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November 26th, 2018 News

4-H Awards Presented

by Kim Hause, 4-H Program Coordinator

SLAYTON, Minn. 11/05/2018 –  Five college scholarships were awarded at the annual Murray County 4-H Awards Celebration on Sunday night.  Receiving 4-H scholarships were Mckenna Samuelson, Slayton Shooting Stars 4-H Club; Emily Kathman, Greg Rhodes, and Maggie Heezen, Cameron 4-H Club; and Kailey Wixon, Lakers 4-H Club.  

 Emily Kathman, Cameron 4-H Club and Rachel Siedschlag, Prairie Hustlers 4-H Club, were honored with the prestigious “I Dare You” leadership award.

Young Achiever Awards were presented to Royalle Siedschlag, Prairie Hustlers 4-H Club and Lindsey Hause, Currie Poco-a-Poco 4-H Club. 

Club secretaries and historians recognized for their contribution and hard work were: Larissa Hoekman & Dalton DeYonge, Chandler Hilltoppers 4-H Club; Vanessa Dahlgren, Prairie Hustlers 4-H Club; Olivia Wehking, Bondin Belfast 4-H Club; Brylei & Ryanna Schreier, Currie Poco-a-Poco 4-H Club; Abby Overman, Kate Blankenship, and Erica Doeden, Slayton Shooting Stars 4-H Club, and Alyssa Boerboom and Zoey Iverson, Cameron 4-H Club.

Mckenna Samuelson, Slayton Shooting Stars 4-H Club, was named the 2017-2018 Outstanding Ambassador.

Samantha Larson, Prairie Hustlers 4-H Club, received the Agnes Herrig Memorial Food & Nutrition Award for her champion food exhibit at county fair.

Eight adult volunteers were honored for their commitment with a combined 90 years of leadership experience:  Dennis Anderson, Pamela Greenfield, Naomi Samuelson, Carol Wixon, Bobbi Jo, Larry and Wade Gunnink, and Monica Kirchner.

Friend of 4-H Award went to Dave Bosacker for his many years of service as auctioneer at the annual 4-H Ribbon Auction held during county fair.

People’s Choice Photography Awards were presented to Lindsey Hause, Currie Poco-a-Poco 4-H Club; Amber Post, Chandler Hilltoppers 4-H Club; and Dylan Doeden, Slayton Shooting Stars 4-H Club.

Carol Wixon, Lakers 4-H Club leader, was honored with the 4-H Alumni Award.  

2018-19 Federation Offices closed the event by leading the 4-H Flag Pledge:  Michelle Zenk, President; Abby Hamman, Vice President; Makayla Rhodes, Secretary; Samantha Larson, Historian; and Hannah Wichmann, Recreation/Program Leader.

Those attending the celebration enjoyed a delicious meal catered by City Limits Bar & Grill and many went home with door prizes. Special thanks to Currie Poco-a-Poco, Prairie Hustlers, and Slayton Shooting Stars 4-H Clubs for planning and hosting this year’s celebration. 

Media Contact & Source: Kim Hause, 4-H Program Coordinator, University of Minnesota Extension-Murray County, PH: 507-836-1144,


Community Blood Drive Scheduled

Slayton, MN- An opportunity to help save lives in the community through donating blood will be held on Wednesday, November 28 from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm at Murray County Central High School and from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Murray County Medical Center.  Residents will have an opportunity make a difference in the local blood supply. 

“As we enter the holiday season, many people look for ways to help to impact the community and make the season count.  A simple way is to roll up your sleeve and give blood at the local community blood drive,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank.  “It is ever so important to give blood during the holidays, as more people travel and schedule surgeries prior to the completion of the year.  The historic trend for blood usage from now to the end of the year is for a significant increase in the usage of blood products.   Donors donating blood on November 28th will be impacting patients’ lives that are in need of blood through the month of December.”  

Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form found at, weigh 110 lbs. or more and be in good general health.  Please bring an ID with you.  It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating blood.  The donation process only takes 30 – 35 minutes on the bloodmobile.  For additional information please contact Murray County Medical Center at 507-836-1286 or log onto

Community Blood Bank is not affiliated with other blood bank organizations and takes pride in being a self-sufficient organization, thanks to the generosity of our local blood donors.