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The Sanborn County Sheriff’s Department is still searching for Roxanne Johnson of rural Artesian. She was involved in a crime with three other people that took place in Artesian in June. The three others were Shannon Hanson of Plankinton, Aaron Stevens of Letcher and Steven Dirkes of Mitchell. The four of them broke into a man’s home in Artesian, assaulted him and held him there against his will, all with the intent of obtaining the man’s drugs. According to Sanborn County Deputy Sheriff Jason Coenen, there were no drugs on the premises that they found.

Johnson is the only person involved in the crimes that has not been captured and indicted. One of the others made a plea agreement and was released on bond. Two others were incarcerated and have since been released with electronic ankle monitors. 

Johnson is wanted for second degree burglary and aiding and abetting second degree kidnapping. If anyone has information about her whereabouts, please contact the Sanborn County Sheriff’s Office at 796-4511.

Every year in September, members of the Jensen family participate in the Annual Memory Walk held in Sioux Falls in conjunction with World Alzheimer’s Month/Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the walk in Sioux Falls had to be cancelled, so the teams were challenged to gather and walk together on their own. 

Michelle (Jensen) Stahl organizes a team every year in memory of her mother, Vicki Jensen, who passed away in 2016 from Lewy Body Dementia, which is a form of Alzheimer’s. This year, Stahl accepted the challenge of gathering her family members to walk on their own in memory of her mother and to show their support for finding treatments to fight the disease. So, on Sunday, Sept. 20, any family that could make it, came to Woonsocket and took a few laps around Lake Prior since the walk in Sioux Falls was cancelled.

According to Stahl, “I am so grateful for the wonderful family I have that continue to support me and fight against this horrible disease. Due to COVID and other events, not everyone was able to make it, but we still had a good turnout and a good time!”

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

The Town ‘N Kountry Kids Red Crew 4-H Club met on Sept. 20 at the Woonsocket Community Center.

The meeting was called to order by Co-Vice President Xavier Baysinger. The Flag Pledge was led by Emmitt Feistner, and the 4-H Pledge was led by Tyson Eddy. 

Roll call was led by Blake Larson with the topic, “What is Your Favorite Thing About Fall?” which was answered by 19 members.  

The secretary’s report was read by Luke Larson and approved as presented. The treasurer’s report was given by Hope Baysinger and approved as presented.

Hope and Emmitt told the group about participating in the State 4-H Small Animal Shows. Reporting on the Nursing Home Visit were Elisha Schultz, Isaiah Schultz, Tyson Eddy, Ezra Schultz and Gavin Scofield.  Lane Burkel talked about the tree clean-up project. Ty Burkel and Chaz Larson told about their State Fair experience. Blake Larson, Paige and Alex Anderson shared news about their Labor Day weekend activities.  

The club talked about what they need to do to prepare for record books and award applications due Oct. 1.

Discussion was held on planning for celebrating National 4-H Week from October 4-10.

Following the meeting, Emmitt presented an illustrated talk on his companion pet squirrel “Ralph.” Tyson gave a demonstration on how to show a rabbit for Showmanship with his New Zealand Red Rabbit “Jewel.”  Blake did an illustrated talk on the noxious weeds of South Dakota. Gavin presented an illustrated talk on his squirrel feeder project.

The next 4-H meeting will be Sunday, Sept. 27. 

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

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