April 2018

On Wednesday, April 11, John Halverson of the Black Hills Raptor Center visited Sanborn Central to introduce the students to birds of prey. Halverson had with him four different birds. One bird, a ferruginous hawk, was a West Nile survivor.  The second was a short-eared owl that had been hit by a car and was blind.  The third was a screech owl and was imprinted to Halverson. It had been in a nest hit by a sickle mower.  The final bird was an American kestrel that had fallen from its nest and was raised by humans.  

To be able to have the birds and any artifacts from other birds, Halverson must have special licenses. He was able to show the students owl feet, raptor wings and a plastic Eagle skull. The skull had to be plastic because it is illegal to own an Eagle skull. He also discussed what the birds had in common, big eyes, talons, and sharp beaks.

Conservation, education, and rehabilitation are the mission of the Raptor Center. These birds are excellent hunters and play a large roll in controlling the population of mice, gophers, rabbits, prairie dogs and snakes. 

Students in grades pre-K through high school enjoyed the program and appreciated Mr. Halverson bringing them to the school.

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

Nearly 200 graduating seniors from South Dakota’s public, private and Tribal/Bureau of Indian Education schools were honored at the 2018 Academic Excellence Recognition Luncheon, which honors the top one percent of graduating seniors from the class of 2018, on Monday, April 23, at the Ramkota Rivercentre in Pierre.

Nathan Linke of Woonsocket High School was one of the students honored.

This year marks the 28th annual luncheon hosted by Associated School Boards of South Dakota in association with Governor Dennis Daugaard, the School Administrators of South Dakota and the Department of Education.

Following Gov. Daugaard’s speech, each student in attendance was presented a certificate and pin, personally greeted by the governor and had their photo taken with him.

The event is sponsored by the South Dakota Board of Regents, the South Dakota Community Foundation and the South Dakota Education Association.

The Town ‘N Kountry Kids Red Crew 4-H Club met on Friday, April 20, at the community center in Woonsocket. Prior to the meeting, the club enjoyed a scalloped potato and ham meal provided by Leader Jen Sandness, and sides by the Senska, Ohlrogge, Burkel and Hunter families.

The meeting was called to order by President Nathan Linke. The Flag Pledge was led by Blake Larson, and the 4-H Pledge was led by Devyn Brooks. Roll call was led by Vice President Xavier Baysinger with the topic, “favorite song or singing group,” which was answered by 23 members.  

The secretary’s report was read by Brooklyn Swenson and approved as read. The treasurer’s report was given by Acaiya Schultz and approved as presented.

A health report was given by Henry Hunter. A report was given by Sutton Senska on Shooting Sports. Hope Baysinger told the club about what she learned at the Babysitting Clinic.

For old business, the club discussed rescheduling the trip to visit McCrossan Boys Ranch and Air Madness. The community service project to take the residents for a walk to and around the lake will be scheduled in May.  

Under new business, the club discussed setting up a schedule for barrel setting for a fundraiser over Memorial Day weekend. They talked about the fun of 4-H Camp and TLC and encouraged members to attend.  State Fair books were handed out. The Special Foods contest scheduled for May 23 was discussed.  There is a combined 4-H/Farmers Union county day on May 22.  Members were asked to consider presenting a mini workshop during the morning 4-H portion. The next meeting will be scheduled in May.

Following the meeting, Luke Larson presented “How to Press a Plant,” explaining how to prepare a plant to exhibit for Range Science. Lane Burkel gave an illustrated talk, “Say Cheese” on how to exhibit for Photography. Sutton Senska delivered a presentation on “Archery and Compound Bow.” Evan Ohlrogge presented an illustrated talk, “Maintaining your Lawn Mower.”

…See pictures of the meeting in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!