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On Thursday, May 12, South Dakota was hit with some serious weather, and Sanborn County was included. At around 4:30 p.m., the clouds and magnitude of the storm literally rolled into the area and did serious damage in some areas and then completely left other areas alone. Trees were torn out of the ground, roots and all; buildings were flattened, and powerlines were knocked down. The sky was black as night, and the storm raged for a little over an hour before things started to die down and get back to “normal.” Crews were out almost immediately working on cleaning up the debris and turmoil caused by the forceful winds and torrential rains. 

The aftermath included the destruction of some outbuildings and power outages in some areas of the county. Forestburg was without electricity until Saturday evening. Woony Foods was without power, so the store had to close early on Thursday due to the storm and didn’t reopen until Friday morning. However, Sanborn County fared better than other parts of the state as Castlewood’s school was destroyed, a few people in Salem lost their homes, and a teacher in Sioux Falls lost her life when a tree fell onto her car. It was a storm like most have never seen and hope they never have to experience again.

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

Both schools in Sanborn County had graduation ceremonies this past weekend, Woonsocket on Friday night and Sanborn Central on Saturday afternoon. Co-valedictorians, Dilyn Brooks and Brooke Doering, spoke at Woonsocket’s graduation, while Valedictorian Dayton Easton and Salutatorian Malorie Mattke spoke at Sanborn Central’s. 

Something that has become a tradition at Sanborn Central’s graduation is high school teacher and coach, Corey Flatten, gives the commencement address every year. Mr. Flatten did give a speech again this year, but since he will be leaving the school district after this year, Noah Wormstadt was chosen to say a few words about Mr. Flatten and what he has meant to their school. 

A tribute was also given at the Woonsocket graduation as this year’s senior class remembered one of their classmates, Jordan Klich, who was killed in a car accident at the west junction of SD Highways 34 and 37 during their sophomore year. Klich’s family was there to receive an honorary diploma handed to them by Supt. Dr. Rod Weber during the ceremony.

As another school year comes to an end, graduation reminds us of the importance of a good education to prepare our young people for what lies ahead for them as adults. All stages in life have their ups and downs, but we can have faith that the youth of Sanborn County are ready for all of them. 

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

Woonsocket City Council proceedings

Minutes - May, 9, 2022

The regular meeting of the Woonsocket City Council was called to order by Mayor Richard Reider at 7:00 p.m., Monday, May 9, 2022, with the following members present: Arin Boschee, Derek Foos, Elliott Ohlrogge, Joel Rassel, Darin Kilcoin and John Baysinger. Also attending was Brandon Goergen. Finance Officer Tara Weber was also present.

Motion by Foos, seconded by Rassel, to approve the agenda. Motion carried.

Motion by Kilcoin, seconded by Ohlrogge, to approve the April 11, 2022, minutes. Motion carried.

Motion by Rassel, seconded by Foos, to approve the April 18, 2022, minutes. Motion carried.

Motion by Boschee, seconded by Baysinger, to approve the Financial Statement. Motion carried.

Motion by Rassel, seconded by Foos, to approve the following bills:

Benders $1,542.00 Sewer

Waste Management $5,155.54 Garbage

Santel Communications $255.38 Phone/Internet

South Dakota Federal Properties $80.00 Shop

Public Health Lab $41.00 Water

One Call $12.32 Shop

Hawkins $20.00 Water

Northwest Pipe Fitting $864.24 Water

Menards $56.70 Shop

Local Lumber $157.45 Parks

Express 2 $418.11 Shop

Dakota Pump $2,763.99 Lift Station

Dick’s Welding $290.00 Water

Alpena Co-op $735.00 Propane

AmeriPride $76.14 Shop

NorthWestern Energy $5,024.60 Utilities

Running Supply $16.68 Shop

Department of Revenue $350.01 Sales Tax

First National Bank $2,278.72 Payroll Tax

South Dakota Retirement Plan $1,059.12 Retirement

OLD BUSINESS

The council discussed the cabin at the lake. This is scheduled to be completed before the Fourth of July. 

Council discussed the streets.

The council discussed the sale of the Maintainer. The high bid was $28,500.00.

The council discussed the code enforcer.

The Council discussed the spring clean-up set for May 19th. The rain date is May 26th.

The Council discussed summer help. Motion by Foos, seconded by Baysinger, to pay the mower/weed eater $13.50 per hour. Motion carried.

The Council discussed getting cameras set up at the parks.

The Council discussed the Depot.

The Mayor and the Council members thanked Elliott Ohlrogge for his year of service on the Council.

NEW BUSINESS

Richard Reider, having been nominated to office, took his oath of office and was seated as Mayor for two years.

Arin Boschee, having been elected to office, took his oath of office, and was seated as Councilmember Ward I for two years.

John Baysinger, having been nominated to office, took his oath of office, and was seated as Councilmember Ward II for two years.

Brandon Goergen, having been nominated to office, took his oath of office, and was seated as Councilmember Ward III for one year.

Mayor Reider announced the following persons heretofore appointed to their respective offices without being required to re-qualify: City Attorney, Christian Ellendorf; Finance Officer, Tara Weber; Cemetery Sexton, Marc Olson; Librarian, Tracy Steele; Water, Sewer, Streets and Maintenance, Richard Jensen and John Ames; Dumpground Caretaker, Richard Jensen; Official Newspaper, Sanborn Weekly Journal; Official Depository, First National Bank of Omaha and Dakotaland Federal Credit Union. 

Nominations were held for President of the Council. Motion by Foos, seconded by Boschee to nominate Joel Rassel. With no other nominations, motion by Kilcoin, seconded by Boschee to cast unanimous ballot. Motion carried.

Nominations were held for Vice President of the Council. Motion by Rassel, seconded by Goergen to nominate Darin Kilcoin. With no other nominations, motion by Rassel, seconded by Goergen to cast unanimous ballot. Motion carried.

Mayor Reider presented the committee appointments.

The council discussed the recent FEMA planning meeting which was held at the courthouse. The council discussed projects that were needed for mitigation. The following projects were identified: backup generator, ditch cleaning by the watertower, coordination of ditch cleaning throughout Sanborn County, storm water drainage improvements and upgrade emergency generation system. 

Motion by Rassel, seconded by Goergen, to approve the following 2022-2023 Malt Beverage License for renewal; motion carried:

The Muddy Cup, Retail (on-off sale) Malt Beverage and South Dakota Farm Wine;

Woony Foods, Retail (on-off sale) Malt Beverage and South Dakota Farm Wine;

  Express 2, Retail (on-off sale) Malt Beverage and South Dakota Farm Wine;

Express Stop, Retail (on-off sale) Malt Beverage and South Dakota Farm Wine.

With no further business to be discussed, motion by Baysinger, seconded by Boschee, to adjourn the meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Richard Reider,

Mayor

(SEAL)

Tara Weber,

Finance Officer

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