March 2019

According to county officials, there are many roads in all areas of the county that are flooded from run-off and melting snow. Once the temperatures started to rise, so did the waters in the ditches, creeks and the James River. Several roads are impassable and/or dangerous to travel on. Authorities are asking drivers to take great caution when driving through standing water on roads because it is difficult to know the condition of the road under the water, and, in many cases, the water is still flowing across the road and could cause a vehicle to be swept into the ditch or worse. If at all possible, they ask drivers to take another route to their destination.

Everyone is hoping for the ground to thaw and the sun to dry up some of the standing water before there is any spring rain in the forecast. This is also a time when people are more appreciative of the irritating wind that is common in South Dakota. Time seems to pass quickly, and it won’t be long before everyone will be complaining about the unbearable heat. 

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

Two men from Miner County went missing while running their route with a garbage truck last Thursday. According to the Department of Public Safety, while the men were traveling north on Highway 37, the truck may have blown a tire or had some type of malfunction to cause them to lose control near the James River bridge just south of the Forestburg Farmers Elevator. The truck went through the guardrail and vaulted an embankment going into the James River.

…Read on in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.

ELK POINT – Chad Kempf has joined Liberty National Bank in Elk Point as a Vice President of Agricultural/Commercial Loan Officer.

A native of Artesian and University of South Dakota graduate, he works with farmers/producers and his other business customers to create a true relationship to help them succeed.  Kempf is responsible for agriculture lending, commercial lending, and maintaining relationships with customers.

For the past seven years, Chad Kempf has been analyzing credits and finding solutions for farmers, producers, and companies worldwide as a credit analyst for POET Nutrition, Inc.   Poet Nutrition, Inc. is a subsidiary of Poet, LLC, which markets five million tons of distiller grains animal feed and 600 million pounds of corn oil from production as one of the world’s largest ethanol producers.

“Chad’s joining our office is a crucial step in our continuing our position as THE ag lender in the area,” said senior vice president for agriculture lending Terry Utech.  “His knowledge of the area and long history of client-focused service are invaluable,” added Utech.

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

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