Month: May 2019

The Work of Mercy Center Opens in Graceville

Story courtesy of The Northern Star Newspaper, Clinton, MN Work of Graceville Mercy Center  To Help Those in Need of Basics The Work of Mercy Center has been established by a group of local volunteers to help individuals and families in need of basic household items. The Mercy Center is a ministry to serve Big Stone, Traverse, Lac qui Parle and Stevens counties, as well as the surrounding area. Father Brian Oestreich, Pastor of the local Catholic churches and church members developed the idea of The Work of Mercy Center. “Our mission is to have basic items available to individuals and families in need at no cost. Some of the items we try to have available include clothing, hygiene items, shoes, dishes, pots, pans, diapers, bedding and many others,” said Katie Jensen, church member. “Everyone is welcome at The Mercy Center”, Oestreich stated. “We offer special hospitality to our guests, to care for their basic human needs and to treat them as respected people of God”. The Work of Mercy Center is located in the old school …

First Annual Ag Career Day in Big Stone County

A great first year-event, thanks to Suzanne Souza and Heidi Torgerson of Big Stone County 4-H and the Minnesota Farm Bureau (wish I would have taken a photo of Kari Casper and Kobie Morrill – great job!) along with all the support of this year’s Presenters (see logos below!) and assistance by the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and the Ortonville Economic Development Authority! And, a huge thank to the CGB and Ortonville Schools for bringing 170 students to the event. It was the hope that the students would hear about an ag-related career today that would give the students the opportunity to return to this area after college graduations.  The presenters provided information and answered questions at their perspective booths and then also took a few minutes at the front podium at the close of the day share with the students the particular job opportunities that were available within their company.  Brian McNeill, Extension Educator at the University of Minnesota, was the main speaker and provided great information for the students to …