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Out of the Darkness Walk

Minnesota Area Director for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention  Cassandra Linkmeyer  presented  Currie’s 4th Annual Walk Out of Darkness committee members an award for 2017 Top Community Walk per Capita Fundraising. 

Please join us in the 4th Annual Out of the Darkness Walk in Currie to be held at the Currie End O Line Park October 6th.  Sign up as a Team or an individual, virtual walkers are also more than welcome. We encourage all to join us, walking or not!  Sign up at

Over the past three years approximately $33,000 has been raised to help suicide prevention programs from our little community with a big heart! 

Registration will begin at 9am with a short program at 10am and walking after that. We will have food and a Silent Auction right on site so plan to stick around after the walk and visit. 

If you are interested in volunteering in any way, Contact Laura DuCharme  530-7230 and if you have any items you wish to donate for the Silent Auction contact: Tiffany 626-5778 or Tonya 320/460-0165

Thank you for your support! 

Do you have a shoreline that was damaged by the recent flooding?

Before doing any work, please call the Murray County Environmental Services Office and they can help answer questions and help you with the various permitting processes, if necessary.

Give either Jean or Sarah a call when you are ready to assess your shoreline issues.

Jean Christoffels, Zoning/Environmental Administrator

Phone: (507) 836-1166

 Sarah Soderholm, Environmental Technician

Phone: (507) 836-1165

Opera House Show Opens July 26

The Lake Benton Opera House will be presenting its 2018 summer musical, “Footloose: The Musical,” beginning Thursday, July 26. The show is an adaptation of the hit 1984 movie starring Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow and Lori Singer. The film was loosely based on events that took place in the rural town of Elmore City, Oklahoma.

When Ren (played by Luke Bielfeldt of Brookings, SD) and his mother, Ethel (Aubree Cheadle of Ivanhoe) move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn’t prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher (Tom Schmidt of Porter), determined to exercise the control over the town’s youth that he can¬not command in his own home. When the reverend’s rebellious daughter, Ariel (Jocelyn Klein of Tyler) sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend, Chuck (Ian Lundgren of Brookings) tries to sabotage Ren’s reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. The stage play features hit songs from the movie as well as new songs written especially for the play, and celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people and guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind. 

The show also stars Katie Roberts of Tyler as the reverend’s wife, Vi; Graham Petersen of Tyler as Ren’s new friend, Willard; Aubree Cheadle of Ivanhoe as Ren’s mother, Ethel; and Crystal Enga of Marshall as Rusty, included in a cast of 40 from Lake Benton, Tyler, Brookings, South Dakota, Elkton, South Dakota, Marshall, Porter, Minneota, Ivanhoe, Verdi, Pipestone and Hendricks. The music will be performed by a six-piece orchestra led by piano accompanist Lauren Johnson of Florence and director/percussionist Justin Condelli of Marshall.

The show is under the stage direction of Mark Wilmes of Tyler.

Show dates are July 26, 7, 28, August 2, 3, 4 at 7:30 and July 28, 29, August 4, 5 at 2:00. Tickets can be purchased at, or call 507-368-4620.

Get The Dirt

Kathy Schwartz, Murray County Master Gardener

After rain, cultivate garden soil very shallow to break the crust. This provides weed control and creates a “dust mulch” that will conserve moisture. Use a hoe or a four tined cultivator.

Water when the lawn starts to appear dry and dull. Wet soil to a depth of six inches each time you water.

Weeds in your asparagus bed? Try Ortho GrassBGon, High Yield Grass Killer or Bonide Grass Beater. Results are slow.

Information provided by the University of Minnesota Extension Service.