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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!

Dog owners learn from 4-H program

By Audra Scheel, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor, and Chris Maupin

Greetings from the 4-H Extension office!

Youth and adults along with their favorite dog joined the dog obedience training series recently offered by Christy Zoss and Sanborn County 4-H. Participants met each week to work on basic obedience such as heel, sit and stay. Dogs ranged in age from 10 weeks old on up to senior dogs. 

The bond between human and dog is always one that amazes me! I got a new puppy last fall and knew that dog obedience was going to be a must. Luckily, my daughter Kaycee volunteered to show “Hazel” this past summer in 4-H. Throughout their experiences, we have learned quite a bit about training dogs. A head strong dog and kid make quite the pair! Last winter I read a book called “How to raise the perfect dog” by Cesar Millan. I had seen the show on TV, and I was intrigued. It is a good read and I recommend it for anyone who is thinking about getting a dog or is recently starting out with one. Consistent messaging from the handler is invaluable. This is especially seen when you have a family dog. All members of the family should be able to have their dog perform the basic commands. 

Our own local dog whisperer, Christy Zoss, shared her insights, tips and tricks throughout the five-week series. Christy owns her own pet grooming business near Forestburg. Participants from Jerauld and Sanborn counties saw marked improvement in their dog’s behavior. Again, that consistent messaging rings true! 

The 4-H dog project encompasses different components beyond obedience such as agility where a dog moves through an obstacle course. Rally which combines fast paced agility with obedience. And lastly, showmanship where you and your dog work as a team, showing that you are composed, and in control always. If you are interested in learning more, contact the Extension office.

We look forward to 2021 and having another dog training series with Christy. Thank you to all who attended and keep up the practice with your hound. Thank you to Christy Zoss for sharing her time with us!

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

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