August 2021

COVID-19 and Vaccine Update

Sanborn County has highest vaccination percentage, lowest transmission rate among area counties

As of Monday, Aug. 30, the South Dakota Department of Health’s website reports that approximately 61.8 percent of state residents 12 years of age or older have received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccines with 56.2 percent completing vaccination. Utilizing population data from data.census.gov and vaccination data from the South Dakota Department of Health, approximately 59.5 percent of the population in Sanborn County 10 years of age and older have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccination and 55.8 percent have complete vaccination. Sanborn County has the highest population vaccinated among surrounding counties. The population of people 10 years of age and older vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Jerauld County is 51 percent, Miner County is at 55.4 percent, Davison County is at 57.3 percent, Beadle County is at 54.5 percent and Aurora County is at 52.1 percent. Due to how data is reported by the Census Bureau on its website, the county population numbers utilized contain children 10 and 11 years old even though they are not able to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, making the county vaccination percentages in the report slightly lower.

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

There were over 80 entrants in the car show at this year’s Forestburg Melon Festival.

Forestburg held its annual Melon Festival last Saturday, Aug. 21. 

The committee tried something different this year and began the events a couple hours earlier to help car show participants receive their awards before it progressed too late into the evening.

The change didn’t seem to hinder the good turn out, as attendance was high, and there were over 80 entries in the car show. Attendees partook in a bean bag tournament, silent auction, pork loin meal, 12 vendors, and free watermelon. Kids also enjoyed a wagon tragon, a petting zoo and bouncy houses that were set up across the street in a cleaned out lot.

Miss South Dakota Teen USA Katie Schmit made an appearance to aid in the festivities, while Adam Alt and Margie Larson provided announcements and witty banter. “I’ve been told to keep it PG-13,” Larson remarked over the speakers.

…Read more about and see many more pictures of the event in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

The South Dakota State 4-H Rodeo Finals took place in Ft. Pierre over the weekend, and Tanner Christian and Aubrey Moody both brought home more awards for their outstanding performances.

To start, Christian competed in both sessions of mini-bull riding. In the first session, Friday night/Saturday morning, he placed fourth overall, earning himself a water bottle. In the second session, Saturday night/Sunday morning, he placed first overall and earned a belt buckle. With a combined score for both sessions, Christian finished tying for second place, with just one point difference from the championship. This earned him another beautiful buckle for all his work this summer.

Moody also competed at the State 4-H Rodeo in Ft. Pierre, and she ended her very successful 4-H rodeo season as Reserve Champion Breakaway Roper, which put her as second in the state in that event and earned her another beautiful buckle to add to her collection.

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

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