MN State Patrol K-9 Division 

Uses Golden Living Center Building for Training

The Minnesota State Patrol K-9 Division met in Slayton on Monday, March 1st to do narcotics training at the old Golden Living Center Building. Austin Christensen who grew up locally is a MN State Trooper out of the Marshall District (lower 13 counties). He contacted Josh Malchow, Slayton City Administrator, to see if they would be able to do one of their required monthly trainings here. It was agreed to be a good location for a narcotics search. The dogs and their handlers search for 5 different drugs when they train: Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Heroin, Marijuana, Psilocybin (mushrooms). It is mandatory they do 16 hours of training a month to stay certified. 

Christensen’s K-9 is King, a 5 year old German Short Hair. King lives with the family and has been with them for 4 years. He originally came over for the K-9 program from Hungary.

The MN State Patrol K-9 Division currently has 14 offices and are located all over the state. They continued to Worthington on Tuesday for another day of training. 

Minnesota State Patrol

K-9 Trooper

Austin Christensen & King

Slayton City Council Approve Liquor Licenses and Receive Update on Lake Elsie

The Slayton City Council met on Monday, March 1st. Mayor Carney called the meeting to order and the agenda was approved with additions. The meeting minutes from February 17th were approved with corrections. 

City Administrator Josh Malchow discussed the matter of street parking on Broadway Avenue. The City’s ordinance states “no parking from 2am to 6am on Broadway Avenue”. It was brought to the council members’ attention that this has not been enforced consistently. Public Works Director Weston Mahon and Police Chief Tom Whitehead both stated this issue was discussed today amongst the city employees and they had good conversations regarding this. Malchow stated, “we have ordinances in place, and these will be equally enforced.” 

Moving on to pending items, Malchow and Mahon updated the Board on the progress at Lake Elsie. Mahon stated he’d spoken with Dave Brown and things are going smoothly, even faster than he had anticipated. They started on the south end and are working north. The trees on the berm will be cut off and sprayed, not pulled out, as they don’t want to lose the integrity of the berm. The plan is to leave the trees that are cut, in a pile there until next year to dry out. 

Malchow briefly touched on the Slayton Township Annexation. He will be attending the township meeting on Tuesday, March 2nd.

There were two items of new business for the Police Department. First, was a request to allow Jeremy Steinle to attend firearms instructor training. This will save the City money as they currently do this with the County and have to pay them for it. His certification will be for 3 years. Officers get certified twice a year. Whitehead stated “By having him on staff, it will allow them more flexibility for refresher training if needed.” The Council approved this request. They also approved the request to allow Nate Holden to get Use of Force Instructor training. This is also something they currently use the County for, and officers need to be certified once a year. This instructor training is good for 2 years. 

The next item was the 2021 Liquor License Renewals. These include the On/Off Sale, Wine, 3.2 Beverage, Sunday and Setup Liquor Licenses. All of these are pending the proper paperwork, insurance and fees paid. They include City Limits, The Grain Exchange, Slayton Country Club, Murray County Racing Association, Slayton Liquor, Slayton Liquor & Tobacco, Alley Cat Lanes, Beaver Creek Archery Club, The Plaid Moose, and Slayton Aryian, LLC(BP).

The Council also approved the letter of support for Kari Carlson to be the Region V Director for the Minnesota Clerk & Finance Officers Association. The purchase requests for items out of the Golden Living Center Building were reviewed and approved. 

With no other business the meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be Monday, March 15th. 

Beautiful Weather for Key Largo’s Winterfest Event

MCC Speech Team Competes Virtually this year

The speech team placed second overall in their recent competition and the individual results are below. 


Creative Expression

Logan Clarke - 1st place

Wyatt Biren - 3rd place

Lila Scandrett - 6th place


Dramatic Interpretation

Carlye Larson - 5th place


Duo Interpretation

Dawson Blankensip & Brailynn Breberg - 1st place


Great Speeches

Lindsey Hause - 3rd place


Humorous Interpretation

Megan Peterson - 6th place


Prose Reading

Lauren Stoel - 5th place



Brealyn Damm - 3rd place

Speech Schedule: 



6th - Virtual SMSU (pre-recorded)  

20th - RTR Virtual (hybrid Varsity with JH division and finals)

27th - Minneota (Virtual live)


Subsections TBD

Sat., 17 - Sections @ SMSU

Sat., 24 - State @ Eastview High School in Apple Valley

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