March 2017

AR 32 web    Students that exceeded the required Accelerated Reader points for the third quarter at Woonsocket School were treated to rolls and juice, courtesy of the Friends of the Woonsocket Library.
They are pictured from left to right around left table: Raelyn Weber (number one reader for the quarter, 689 points, and over 1,100 for the year), Ashleigh Fry, Andrew Lindgren, Xavier Baysinger, Wyatt Feistner, Mary Francis Bruce, Nathan Linke and Taylor Burkel. Around the back table, left to right: Trinity Boschee, Madison Schmiedt, Serymar Matias, McKenzie Baruth, Mrs. Pat Carsrud, Jordan Klich and Dylan Klich.  Not pictured are: Aaron Linke, Evan Ohlrogge and Aiden Lieber.
Students that have achieved Woonsocket Reading Club status for the 2016-17 school year are: Trinity Boschee, Xavier Baysinger, Madison Schmiedt, Noah Terkildsen, Cage Boschee, Graceana Terkildsen, Raelyn Weber, Ashleigh Fry, Nathan Linke, Taylor Burkel, Wyatt Feistner and Aaron Linke.

A Tribute to Dorothy

By Wanda Swenson

For the last four years, my Mondays at the Sanborn Weekly Journal were punctuated by a short conversation with our Artesian correspondent, Dorothy Weinberger, when she called to see if the local news she had faxed was delivered to us. She was always punctual with her news and brief with her call, as she did not want to take us away from our work.
Sometimes, however, she asked questions about our neighbors or relatives, commented on things we had published in the paper the week before, or shared story ideas. Dorothy was particular that her news info be accurate and understandable, adding a correction the following week if something needed clarification.
I remember the week she called and shared that she had moved off the farm and into an apartment in Mitchell. She was somewhat sad, but felt it was time and was so grateful to her family, who had spent long hours with her going through her things and cleaning out her house. I remember how upset she was when, over a year ago, she told us she would not be able to be our correspondent any longer, as it was getting difficult for her to do it. She was concerned that her column would die, so she continued to send us a lesser amount of news, and then contacted several of the Artesian community residents on Sunday and Monday to remind them to e-mail their news to us.
I enjoyed those Monday conversations. I liked her matter of fact attitude about life and all that went with it. I wasn’t working the last Monday that she called, the day she became terminally ill, so I didn’t get to have that last conversation with her. I feel badly about that. And today, when her call didn’t come, I missed her. Dorothy was a very special lady…what more can one say!!
    Editor’s Note: I took Dorothy’s final call the Monday she fell ill. Dorothy sounded every bit herself, wanting to make sure her news was complete and understood. She had written a bit about former Sanborn Central Supt. Linda Whitney and the award she’d recently received from the SD High School Activities Association. I could tell she was hoping I’d give it some extra attention. That’s how Dorothy was as the correspondent in “her area” — even after moving to Mitchell — she was always right on top of the news she considered her responsibility. She carried that responsibility right into her final days, and for that, we at the newspaper office will always be grateful. She will be missed.

The Letcher Legion Auxiliary met on Monday, March 13, at 7 p.m. President Sandi Ruml called the meeting to order. Chaplain Pat Nelson read the opening prayer. Roll call was answered by six members present.
February meeting minutes were read, and the treasurer’s report was given by Kathy Northrup.
Old Business: Past due memberships and how to continue to meet our membership goals were discussed. Judging of the Americanism Poems was March 14.
New Business: April 1 is the Girls State entries deadline. Girls State Tea in Mitchell is April 30 at 2 p.m. Spring Meeting for District 6 is April 2 at Kimball with a luncheon at 1:30 p.m., and meeting at 3 p.m.
President Ruml is working to complete our Annual Report. Poppy donations are due by June 15, and there was a discussion to send in payment soon, as there isn’t a need to wait when we already know what we are donating. Poppy poster deadline is April 22, President Ruml will complete this paperwork and send it in.
April 15 is our Spring Salad Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Letcher Community Center. Everyone is welcome to attend.
There was also discussion for nominating new committee officers and catering for funerals that will be tabled until next meeting.
Chaplain Nelson read the closing prayer and the meeting was adjourned. Hostess was Pat Nelson.
The next meeting will be April 10 at 7 p.m. with Amy Howard as hostess.