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Pictured is a group of the people in attendance at the Nelson land auction that took place by the Federal Government in the Sanborn County Courthouse on Wednesday, Jan. 6.

A good number of people congregated at the courthouse for the public auction of three quarters of land owned by Ted and/or Steve Nelson. The property was sold by court order to pay off a debt the Nelsons owe to the Federal Government in unpaid income taxes. According to a notice printed in the Sanborn Weekly Journal, the Nelsons owe $1,831,146.04 in unpaid income taxes. The property taxes on the land for sale were paid except for the last year’s property taxes. 

Before the auction started, a lawyer stood and explained that he was there to represent one of his clients who has a mortgage on one of the quarters of ground for sale. The mortgage was for $85,000 and would have to be added to the price of the land and paid to his client in order for the buyer to own that particular quarter. 

Rich Nebelsick, a representative of the Prairie Hills Farms, spoke to the crowd with the intent to make sure it was on record that the Nelsons don’t actually own the land for sale, but that the group Prairie Hills Farms is the actual owner of the property. The IRS field agent on site, Leslie Anderson, told Nebelsick that a Federal judge had ruled in court that Prairie Hills Farms is actually just a trust created by the Nelsons in order to avoid paying income taxes, and that the court ruling is the legal decision confirming the need and legality of selling the property in order to pay off the debt owed to the IRS. 

…Read on and see more pictures of the auction in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

The Sanborn Weekly Journal, CreativeWEB Apparel and Gifts, the Dumont Boutique and Company and R.G. Beuty and Body Spa teamed up to collect donations for the Sanborn County Food Pantry and the Mitchell Area Safehouse. Both places service the entire Sanborn County area to help people in need or distress. People who brought donations or provided money to collect donations were put into a drawing for a $20 gift card from all three businesses and a year’s subscriptions to the Journal. The winner is Judy Hinker. Thank you to everyone who donated.

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

The beauty of the Christmas holiday has definitely started to become visible throughout Sanborn County as each day of December passes. The fact that we have had such mild weather for the past few weeks has helped with allowing people to decorate their homes, yards and businesses in the anticipation of the joyous holiday.

Woonsocket citizens are reminded that the Woonsocket Community Club and Sanborn Weekly Journal are conducting a decorating contest that will be judged on Friday, Dec. 11. The categories the displays will be judged on are Best Business, Best Theme, Most Creative, Best Use of Inflatables and Best Overall-People’s Choice. Don’t forget to turn in your vote for the Best Overall display by either dropping off your choice in the drop box outside the Journal’s office or by e-mailing

Another reminder to all of Sanborn County is for the collection of donations taking place at the Sanborn Weekly Journal office. For each item donated, the donor’s name will be added to a drawing for a $20 gift card from Dumont Boutique, a $20 gift card from CreativeWEB, a $20 gift card from R.G. Beauty and Body Spa and a year’s subscription to the SWJ. We are collecting boxed items for the food pantry and the following items for the Mitchell Area Safehouse: paper towels, Kleenexes, toilet paper, garbage bags, disposable gloves, disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, dish soap, copy paper, batteries (all types), feminine hygiene items, diapers (all sizes), and baby wipes. They could also use gift cards for grocery stores, gas stations, hair salons and office supplies. 

Also, don’t forget about the other contests the Sanborn Weekly Journal is holding this month. The staff is collecting explanations from kids as to why they think they should be on Santa’s nice list, people’s letters to the editor and anyone’s reason to look on the bright side, especially considering the difficult situation we are all currently in with the pandemic.

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

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