July 2017

Jean Wormstadt, Judy Wormstadt, Jerolyn Dean and Janet Peskey attended the national Women of the ELCA’s Tenth Triennial Gathering at Minneapolis, Minn., July 13-16.  There were 3,322 ladies in attendance, with 1,323 of those being first-time attendees. There were two buses of ladies that went from South Dakota.
The gathering was filled with presentations by featured speakers, Bible study, worship services, servant events, film screenings, vendor booths and informative workshops. The gals really enjoyed their time there.

…See a picture in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.

PIERRE – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission, during the July Commission meeting, adopted a proposal to establish a process where landowners can request the restriction of recreational use of nonmeandered waters for public use.
“The Legislature gave the GFP Commission the authority to decide on requests to restrict nonmeandered lakes. The process being considered by the Commission will give landowners who reside on one of the 27 Section 8 lakes the ability to formally make those requests,” stated Kelly Hepler, GFP department secretary.
Petitioning landowners must first complete and submit the petition form, which can found online at http://gfp.sd.gov/fishing-boating/petition-form.aspx. Landowners can complete and submit the form online or print and mail the form to GFP.
Upon submission of the form, the Commission will schedule and post a hearing date based on the availability of the landowner and the Commission. The hearing agenda will be publicly posted and the hearing will be open to the public. Prior to the Commission’s decision, the department will work with the landowner to determine temporary solutions to accommodate the landowner and the public.
Following the hearing, the Commission will adopt a resolution that grants the petition in part or full, or denies the petition stating its reasons for partial or complete denial. State law requires the Commission to consider privacy, safety and substantially affected financial interests of the landowner, as well as history of use, water quality and quantity and the public’s interest in recreational use of the water.
Final adoption of the petition process rule will be considered at the Commission meeting in September, after which they will then accept and consider petitions for closing waters to public access.
The proposed rule will pertain to the following 27 Section 8 nonmeandered lakes:
Twin in Sanborn County; Casey’s Slough, Cottonwood GPA, Dry #1, Dry #2, Round and Swan in Clark County; Deep and Goose in Codington County; East Krause, Lynn, and Middle Lynn in Day County; North Scatterwood in Edmunds County; Three Buck in Hamlin County; Bullhead, Cattail-Kettle and Opitz in Marshall County; Island South in McCook County; Keisz in McPherson County; Grass, Loss, Scott and Twin in Minnehaha County; Cottonwood and Mud in Spink County; Cottonwood in Sully County; and Dog Ear in Tripp County.
“We continue to encourage conversations from landowners and those who hunt, fish and recreate in our state about the changes and the impacts of the Open Waters Compromise. Together, let’s all contribute to the conversations to ensure our state’s outdoor heritage is conserved and that the quality of life we all enjoy here is taken care of now and into the future,” concluded Hepler.

Sanborn County residents are invited to participate in the 2017 Sanborn County Open Class Event being held during the 4-H Achievement Days on Aug. 10-12.  This is open to anyone residing in Sanborn County, a friend or family member of someone in Sanborn County, or who is a member of a Sanborn County club, organization, etc. Exhibits should be checked in from 4-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10, at the 4-H Building in Forestburg, with judging following.
As in years past, entries judged “Best of Show” in Sanborn County will be taken to the State Fair to be judged in the special “County Best of Show” category.  This year we are introducing a new age division for individuals 65 years of age or older called “Work of Senior.”  Best of show honors will now be awarded in three divisions (Adult Division, Junior Division and “Work of Senior”) for the following categories:
1.    Art, any media;
2.    Canning, jellies/jams, pickles (one-half pint clear glass jar);
3.    Child’s garment;
4.    Craft;
5.    Needlework;
6.    Quilted wall hanging or pillow, any method;
7.    Photography.
Exhibitors who wish to show in the Open Class are encouraged to pick up a copy of the 2017 Sanborn County Open Class Handbook at the Extension Office located in the Courthouse.
Exhibitors are reminded that entries they wish to take to the State Fair must be pre-registered at the State Fair Office by July 31. Exhibits entered in Open Class at Achievement Days do not automatically get entered in the State Fair. Open Class State Fair Books are available online at www.sdstatefair.com.