March 2022

The Woonsocket Development Corporation has been working on addressing the lack of housing issue in Woonsocket for a few years. In their work and research in determining some possible solutions, they found that empty lots are needed for housing development. With the recognition of this need, they created a new Housing Group, which consists of Woonsocket investors and citizens. The main goal of this group is to acquire lots within Woonsocket’s city limits and make the lots available to individuals to build a new home or bring a new house to place on a lot. 

According to Housing Group members, the lots that the Housing Group has been purchasing are what they have considered “blemished” lots; taxes are owed on the property, or there is a lean against the property for whatever reason, etc. The Housing Group purchases the lots to clean them up and get them to a condition that makes them marketable again. They are looking for what they consider to be “shovel-ready” projects, so if someone is ready to go in building or bringing in a home, they are trying to determine what is the best way the Housing Group can help. They want it to be clear that they aren’t just buying up lots to obtain property; they are purchasing “blemished” lots to make them more viable for the city and its members. They want them to be more productive for the community rather than just sitting idle. 

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

On Saturday, March 19, at around 5:40 p.m., the Sanborn County Sheriff’s office was called to an accident that occurred at the corner of County Highway 224, known as the Alpena road, and South Dakota Highway 37. Natalia Morelos-Gutierrez of Huron was on her way home from work and was stopped at the intersection in her 2015 Mazda Grand Terrain. Josepha Rik Rik of Huron was on her way to work in her 2010 Dodge Avenger and struck Morelos-Gutierrez. There were no injuries, but both cars were totaled. Rik Rik was cited for careless driving. 

Then, at around 8:50 p.m. the same night, the Sheriff’s Office was called out to a car/deer collision, with, again no injuries, other than to the deer, and there was no chance of resuscitation. The car was damaged, but still drivable.

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

MITCHELL – Dakota Wesleyan University has announced spring scholarship winners for the class of 2022.

Thirty-five high school seniors competed last month for the university’s most prestigious scholarships as part of DWU’s Spring Scholarship Day on Feb. 18. Students with outstanding academic status, leadership potential and commitment to serving others were invited to campus to meet with faculty, staff and students, or virtually, while exploring opportunities at DWU.

Among John Wesley Scholarship winners was Dayton Easton, daughter of JD and Jenny Easton of Letcher, and a Sanborn Central High School student. To qualify for a John Wesley Scholarship, students must have at least a 3.7 GPA. The award is for $13,000 to $14,750 and is renewable for up to 10 semesters if the student remains in good standing.

Easton was also awarded an extracurricular scholarship.

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

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