November 2020

Over the weekend of Nov. 14 and 15, Jodi Doering, RN, of Woonsocket, was relaxing at home and decided to tweet about an experience she had at work one night that past week. She had helped a COVID patient during one of her shifts at work at the Huron Regional Medical Center, and the patient refused to believe that he was suffering from COVID-19 because he didn’t believe the virus was real. The patient had to be on a machine to help him breathe, and he still didn’t believe he was ill with the virus. Doering has been working at the hospital since the pandemic hit South Dakota in March, and she has helped many patients who have been sick with COVID-19, but this particular case really stood out at her because she just couldn’t believe that someone that sick would still be denying the existence of the virus. So, she took to Twitter to vent a little.

The next day, her tweet had been liked over 200,000 times, and her number of followers had blown up, reaching over 14,000. She was contacted by Good Morning America, CNN, People Magazine, MSNBC and CBS. She decided to schedule an interview with CNN for the following morning, and once that interview aired, things got a little ugly. 

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

Backpack food programs provide nutritious, non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food to children to ensure they get enough food on weekends and holidays to avoid hunger when they can’t depend on school meals. In Woonsocket, the backpack program is supported through the fundraising and efforts of the St. Wilfrid’s Catholic Church Catholic Daughters of America (CD of A) and the Spirit of Faith Church.

When the St. Wilfrid’s High School Youth Group heard that the Catholic Daughters were asking for help with fundraising for the Backpack program, they discussed how they could help. The Youth Group had the opportunity to earn some money by cleaning up the Community Center after the Ducks Unlimited Banquet. They also discovered the opportunity to partner with Modern Woodmen of America and received a $250 donation to purchase groceries for the program. 

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

Sanborn County Commissioners met in regular session on Thursday, November 17, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. with Chairman Jeff Ebersdorfer presiding. Present were P. Larson and Blindauer. Absent were Ohlrogge and S. Larson. Auditor Larson and Deputy Auditor Kami Moody were also present.  Motion by Blindauer, seconded by P. Larson, to approve the minutes as presented. Motion carried.


Stacy Mendenhall, Highway Superintendent, met with the board. Gravel was discussed.


The minutes from October 6, 2020, were wrong. They read that the county is in an agreement with FEMA, and it should read South Dakota DOT. Motion by Blindauer, second by P. Larson, to amend the minutes to make the correction, that we are in an agreement with South Dakota DOT. Motion carried. 


Annual Weed Board meeting will take place at the next meeting.


Casey Miller could not be present.


Don Hammond and Spencer Dockter from Brosz Engineering were present to report to the board regarding their current bridge inspection report. 


Motion by P. Larson, seconded by Blindauer, to approve the following liquor licenses:

John Doren – Retail (On-Sale) Liquor and Package (Off Sale) Liquor – DBA/Doren’s Bar;  

Country Pumper – Retail (On-Sale) Wine – Louise Alt;

Motion carried.


Register of Deeds $2,492.00

Motion by Blindauer, seconded by P. Larson, to pay the following bills. Motion carried. 

South Dakota Association of County Officials, Modification and Preservation $146.00

State Treasurer, Monthly Remittance $59,507.63

Towns, Townships, Schools, T&C, James River Water, Monthly Distribution $1,336,461.58

A-Ox Welding, Supplies $146.97

Department of Animal Services, Redbooks $156.25

Aramark, Rugs $116.17

AT&T Mobility, Cell Phone $54.30

Archeology Lab, Research for Bridge $1,675.00

Beadle County Sheriff, Prisoner Care $3,200.00

Bound Tree Medical, Supplies $592.15

Brosz Engineering Inc., Hydraulic Design $550.00

Central Electric Cooperative, Electricity $255.20

City of Woonsocket, Water/Sewer $99.31

Dakota Two Way, Radio Repairs $523.25

Diane Larson, Mileage $63.00

Greenline Products, Supplies $2,394.00

Growmark Inc., Supplies $441.10

Hillyard/Sioux Falls, Supplies $131.32

Kibble Equipment, Rental of John Deere Tractor $5,910.00

Local Lumber Co., Supplies $310.50

McLeods Printing & Supply, Seals $67.80

Northern Truck Equipment, Snowplow Light $372.90

Office Peeps, Supplies $3,715.35

PCC, Ambulance Service Fee $148.31

PSC Mobile, Supplies $5,800.00

Ramkota Hotel, Travel Expense $154.00

Runnings Supply Inc., Supplies $79.95

Satellite Tracking, Tracking Devices $100.75

South Dakota Association of Assessing Officers, Dues $75.00

Skeeters Bar & Grill, Food $38.90

Sanborn Weekly Journal, Publication Fees $2,172.33

The Road Guy Construction, Sealing $255,520.00

True North Steel, Supplies $18,542.52

Waste Management, Garbage $192.00

Wheelco Truck & Trailer Parts, Supplies $1,782.38

Woony Foods, Supplies $141.20

Motion by P. Larson, seconded by Blindauer, to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried. The next scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday December 1, 2020.

Diane Larson

Sanborn County Auditor

Jeff Ebersdorfer

Chairman of the Board, 

Sanborn County

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