Business briefs for Sept. 30

Timmerman hired as Murray County museum coordinator

The Murray County Board has hired Janet Timmerman as the museum coordinator for the End O Line Railroad Park and Murray County Historical Museum. She is scheduled to start on Nov. 4.

Timmerman, a Murray County native, is the author of the local history book, “The Draining of the Great Oasis” and is currently working in a similar position in Olmstead County.

“We are excited to have Janet back in Murray County to share with us her museum knowledge and inspire a whole new generation,” said Gerald Magnus, chairman of the Murray County Board. “Our museums were built on a strong foundation of community support, and we believe that Janet will renew that community spirit and help the museums thrive into the future.”

Murray County has gone through a long process to improve both museums through the Museum Assessment Process, a free service offered by the American Alliance of Museums. The mission was to strengthen the commitment to the historical museums and to expand the museum presence through programming, exhibits, grants and building upon the roots of what the museums already have to offer.

Another local historian, Anita Talsma Gaul, is also on staff as seasonal part-time museum curator. She is working on an extensive grant project to catalog all the artifacts at the End O Line Museum and the stories that go with them. Her goal is to make sure those stories remain intact and accurate for future generations.

Social Security seminar set for Oct. 8 at AmericInn

“Maximizing Your Social Security Benefits” will be presented by Corey J. Skogrand, a financial adviser for Van der Hagen, Skogrand and Associates, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services in Marshall. The free seminar will discuss whether Social Security can provide the income you need when you retire. The seminar is at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at AmericInn, 1406 E. Lyon St., Marshall. Space is limited. Call 507-532-2219 to make a reservation by Monday, Oct. 7. This is an informational seminar. There is no cost or obligation.