June 2023

This year’s Woonsocket Water Festival Parade Marshals are Mike and Barb White. They were chosen for the honor because of the service they provided with White’s Drive In over the years. The full Water Festival schedule can be found on the back page of this issue.

PICKSTOWN — Lake Francis Case isn’t Duane Hjelm’s home body of water, but the South Dakota pro angler owned the section of the Missouri River on Thursday and Friday.

Hjelm hauled in a 27-pound bag of fish after two days on the water to claim the Pickstown-leg of the National Walleye Tour tournament, which was a special win for the South Dakota native. The finish marked Hjelm’s first individual NWT tournament championship in his home state, and the crowd’s roar showed their pride for the Woonsocket native.

“I feel really good, honestly. Going out today, I knew I had a chance to win, but I did throw a couple of overs back. One was a 21-inch fish, and in a way, I threw back a pound,” Hjelm said. “I thought that would probably cost me. I love this place.”

With the win, Hjelm claimed a $15,000 check and a new Ranger fishing boat with Mercury engine. 

…You can see a picture and read on in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

Megan Kogel, Miss Clay County Fair’s Outstanding Teen, of Woonsocket, has started a Bear Hugs program as her Community Service Initiative for Miss South Dakota Teen Scholarship Program. Through Bear Hugs, Kogel collects new or gently used teddy bears and donates the bears to ambulances, sheriff’s departments, and any emergency service agencies that deals with children in times of need.  Kogel would like to provide comfort to children during some difficult times in their lives. If anyone would like to follow Megan’s Bear Hugs program, they can follow her Facebook page at Bear Hugs SD.

Megan is the daughter of Mike and Sheri Kogel and the granddaughter of Pat and Lynell Mentele, David Kogel and the late Karen Kogel.

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

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