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Tragedy hits Sanborn County

Three Woonsocket teens killed in three-car collision

As the overabundance of rain and flooded roads became the biggest concern for most of the citizens of Sanborn County last week, their attention was abruptly changed to concern over the loss of three young lives from the Woonsocket community.

After some area schools, including Mitchell, had to close due to severe flooding after over seven inches of rain fell in under three hours in that area, and some activities had to be cancelled or postponed due to flooded roads, the people of Sanborn County thought they may have dealt with the worst problems to experience this fall, and that all changed in an instant.

On Saturday, Sept. 14, around 8 p.m., a 2000 Oldsmobile Alero with four young boys in it was traveling east on Highway 34 headed to Huron. When they got to what is known as the “three-mile corner,” they turned to go north to Huron on Highway 37 and collided with a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer traveling west on Highway 34. The Alero spun around and collided with a 2011 Chevrolet Impala that was at the stop sign on Highway 37.

All three passengers in the Alero, Jordan Klich, 15, Dylan Klich, 14, and Kristian Kesary, 14, were pronounced dead at the scene. The 14-year-old driver of the Alero was transported to the Mitchell hospital with serious, non-life threatening injuries. All four boys were wearing their seatbelts. They were on their way to a movie in Huron as a birthday surprise for Jordan Klich’s birthday, which is this week.

…Read on and see pictures of the deceased in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.

On Saturday, Aug. 24, members from the Artesian Fire Department, Sanborn County Ambulance and the Town and Country (Woonsocket) Fire Department attended a Traffic Incident Management class. With the increasing number of emergency responders getting injured and killed at accident scenes, this training enables the responders to work the scene safely while also keeping the public safe from further accidents. The emergency responders would like to remind everyone to please slow down when approaching an emergency scene; they want to get home as much as you do.

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

Jennifer Feistner, Regional Business Lead for Bayer Crop Sciences, presents a $2,500 donation from the Bayer Fund to Henry Linke, a Sanborn County Farmer who directed his America’s Farmers Grow Communities grant to Sanborn County 4-H.

Sanborn County farmer Henry Linke directed $2,500 to Sanborn County 4-H through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Bayer Fund. “As part of their mission, Sanborn County 4-H will use the funds toward their planned 4-H Building Addition project,” said Stacy Zoss, Sanborn County 4-H Leaders President. Stacy shares that over the past few years Sanborn County 4-H has made numerous improvements to the 4-H grounds/facilities for all project areas. “With consistent growth of our 4-H programs over the past 15 years, we have reached the point where we feel an addition to our 4-H Building is needed to support our current numbers and expected growth.”

…Read more in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.