April 2016

The CorTrust Bank ALM (Artesian, Letcher, Mt. Vernon) Community Foundation Board of Directors met recently to award its semi-annual grants.
The following distributions were approved: Letcher Volunteer Fire Department for $800; and the Forestburg Community Development Corporation for $2,500.
The CorTrust Bank ALM Community Foundation is an organization formed to attract and distribute gifts of capital for community betterment. It was initially funded by CorTrust Bank with a match from the South Dakota Community Foundation for the benefit of the Artesian, Letcher and Mt. Vernon communities.
The first grants were awarded in August 2000.  Grant applications are considered based on several factors, including the potential benefit of the proposed project to the particular population to be served and to the community as a whole.  The CorTrust Bank ALM Community Foundation has awarded over $117,000 since its inception.
The CorTrust Bank ALM Community Foundation encourages and welcomes donations, memorial gifts, bequests and gifts of capital. The income generated from investment of these funds is then made available for grants.
The CorTrust Bank ALM Community Foundation is managed by a Board of Directors that consists of people from the Artesian, Letcher and Mt. Vernon communities, as well as CorTrust Bank. The current members of the Board of Directors are Jeff Ebersdorfer from Artesian, Gibi Page from Fedora, Lori Kluth and Cheryl Hohbach from Mt. Vernon, Sherri Stekl and Janet Maeschen from Letcher, and Liz Hoffman, Barb Metzinger and Don Threadgold from CorTrust Bank. The Board meets twice a year to review grant applications.

…To find out more details, read this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.

COREY JUHL and the Sanborn County Commissioners and Zoning Board listen as founder of Juhl Energy, Dan Juhl speaks.

COREY JUHL and the Sanborn County Commissioners and Zoning Board listen as founder of Juhl Energy, Dan Juhl speaks.

A proposed, nine-tower, $10 million wind farm in southern Sanborn County is currently under discussion with commissioners and the zoning board, but is finding some opposition from neighbors.
Father and son, Dan and Corey Juhl of Juhl Energy, Inc. met last Tuesday with members of the Sanborn County Commission, County Zoning Board and a number of local residents to discuss the renewable energy project.
Eight of the nine towers would be located on land owned by Harvey and Karen Fouberg two miles south of Letcher. The ninth tower would be on adjacent piece to the east, on Delbert and Kathleen Northrup Trust land.
The GE towers are estimated to cost between $1.1 and $1.2 million each, would stand 477 feet tall and generate a total 20 megawatts of energy. As a general estimate, one-megawatt of power can run between 250-300 households, so the proposed farm could power 5,000-6,000 homes annually.
Juhl Energy is not looking for investors for the project and is asking for no local money. Corey Juhl says the project itself, which would be set up as an LLC, “stands on its own.”

…To find out more, read this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.

Modern Woodmen Representative Stacey Malde presents Rod Weber with a $1,250 check for matching funds from their Family Fun Day fundraiser to raise money for the Woonsocket Community Center Theatre addition.

Modern Woodmen Representative Stacey Malde presents Rod Weber with a $1,250 check for matching funds from their Family Fun Day fundraiser to raise money for the Woonsocket Community Center Theatre addition.

Modern Woodmen of America members in the Woonsocket area recently helped raise money for the Woonsocket Development Corporation with a special fundraising event on Feb. 28.
The event, Family Fun Day, raised $2,908.50. This includes $1,250 matched by Modern Woodmen through the organization’s Matching Fund Program. The funds will be used for a theater addition to the Woonsocket Community Center.
The Matching Fund Program offers Modern Woodmen members nationwide the chance to show their support for a community cause, organization or individual in need by holding fundraisers. These fundraising projects contribute $10 million to community needs across the country each year.
“This community always shows great support where there is a need,” says Stacey Malde, local Modern Woodmen volunteer leader.  “The Community Center Theatre addition will provide a long term benefit for many groups in Woonsocket.”
For more information or to get involved, contact Stacey Malde at 605-732-4340, Stacey.malde@mwarep.org.