Local/state briefs

Autumn Boutique is Sept 8, 9 in Slayton

The Slayton Women of Today organization is a non-profit organization. Each year it hosts the Autumn Boutique and makes many worthwhile donations from the funds raised from the food stand.

Decorated in fall hues and with the last thoughts of summer, the Murray County Fairgrounds is the location of the 25th annual Slayton Women of Today’s Autumn Boutique. The event will be from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, and from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Murray County Fairgrounds in Slayton.

This year there are more than 90 exhibitors presenting such items as traditional, country, wood, seasonal creations, furniture, home decor, clothing, jewelry, purses and more. Traveling from the upper Midwest, exhibitors fill seven buildings plus outdoor booths. As a juried event, each exhibitor is reviewed on quality, pricing and uniqueness.

The Slayton Women of Today also manage a food stand. The food stand opens at 8 a.m. each day. Throughout the event ongoing entertainment provides atmosphere for a day of shopping and fellowship.

Admission and parking are free. For more information, group/tour specials and packages, or exhibitor applications, write to: Autumn Boutique, PO Box 45, Slayton, MN 56172-0045 or email autumnboutique@yahoo.com. Slayton Women of Today is a nonprofit organization.

PBS ‘The Vietnam War’ clips to be shown Sept. 12 at SMSU

Pioneer Public Television will offer an advance screening of “The Vietnam War,” a film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, from 5:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Southwest Minnesota State University Conference Center, 1501 State St., Marshall. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m. followed by the program which will conclude with a discussion at 7:30 p.m. facilitated by the Minnesota Humanities Center. The screening will include clips from the 18 hours of “Vietnam War” programming. The event is co-sponsored by Lyon County Veteran Services, Pioneer Public Television, SMSU, Blandin Foundation, Minnesota Humanities Center. It is funded with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created by a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 2008.

Twin Cities superintendents try to address achievement gap

ST. PAUL (AP) — A group of Twin Cities superintendents is attempting to address the segregation and academic achievement gap issues that are still prevalent in Minnesota schools.

The Pioneer Press reported that nearly 50 superintendents launched the Reimagine Minnesota initiative to create recommendations that schools can use to improve education equity.

The group held meetings last year to get input from students, parents, educators and community members. Suggestions included improving communication between schools and families, increasing student support services and hiring more diverse educators.