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Extension, SMOC and MCIT present annual reports to Board

June 2, 2011

By Dorothy Bloemendaal
r> The condition of county roads continues to be a topic of discussion for the Murray County Board of Commiss-ioners. Weight restrictions have been removed for the most part, however, with soil preparation and planting season, farmers have found it necessary to use the roadways even though many roads are almost impassable. The heavy snows and abundance of rain have not allowed the roads to firm up creating hazards for traffic. Users of the roads need to be cognizant of the conditions and use caution to not create further damage.

Kurt Deter discussed with the board options for the repair of County Ditch #4, Dovray Township. The ditch goes through DNR property therefore it is a combined effort for repair. It was suggested land-owners in the area petition to be in the drainage system rather than a redetermination of benefits.

Sarah Willhite was hired as secretary in the Assessorís office.

Margie Anderson reported on the summer activities of the 4-H. There are 211 club members enrolled with 43 being Cloverbuds. Summer fun is planned on Wednesdays and include crafts, snacks and games. The pizza garden with 16 members plan to plant vegetables to be used for a pizza party in August. Final registration for 4-H camp is June 13. All programs are open to young people whether or not they are members.

The community gardens, Bonnie Christiansen said, have been upgraded with a more available water system, a fence to enclose the gardens and a shed to store the various tools in.

Five 4H members have enrolled in the adopt a calf project. They will show the calf at the fair and pay half of the feed costs. There is also an adopt a lamb project. A road tour is planned for this summer for youth especially interested in the areas of livestock, veterinary services, nutrition and meat processing. Mike Boersma expects 100-150 youth to participate.

On June 29 and 30 Minnesota Extension ag educators will tour southwest Minnesota agriculture enterprises including several in Murray County.

Fourth grade students in Murray County and Pipestone County attended an agriculture day with classes on the impact agriculture has on their lives, food safety, and soil and water.

The board approved a Chevrolet Impala for the motor pool to replace a 1996 Ford Crown victoria with 237,957 miles on it.

A resolution was signed to appoint Bill Ufkin and Mitch Kling to the Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water Board for a four year term.

Tara Einck was introduced as deputy registrar in the License center.

Bruce Casey presented the annual report of Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust (MCIT). Murray County was commended on the Most Improved County at the annual meeting earlier this year. The trust provides property, casualty and workerís compensation coverage, risk management and loss control services and long-term rate stability to counties and associated members. Eighty-one of Minnesotaís 887 counties participate in MCIT and almost 380 other public entities also.

Neal Steffl, executive director of Southwest Minnesota Opportunity Council also presented an annual report. Services provided include child care, energy assistance, the Head Start program, weatherizations, Food Shelf, Family planning, Senior work force, housing, etc. Murray county receives $1,267 million in services through the various programs. Steffl said SMOC in in good financial shape for three to five years and will continue to advise southwest Minnesota.

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