Around the County

For the second year in a row, the Sanborn County Extension Office was able to host a trapping workshop on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the 4-H Building in Forestburg. This opportunity was open to all interested adults and kids.  Darold Bitterman and Mike Piehl of Mitchell were on hand to lead the group through the various trapping techniques.   

After discussing the different types of traps used in the area, the group was able to get actual hands-on experience when they headed outdoors. The youth were excited to look for animal tracks, trails and droppings in the area. Once trails were located, they spent time discussing the different options of where to set the traps.  Involvement in the process of looking and then watching Darold set actual traps helped the whole group gain knowledge, skill and understanding in trapping.

To end the workshop, County Commissioner Gary Blindauer generously donated a jack-knife, three live traps and snares to be given away at the workshop.  After the drawing and receiving these items, a very happy group of participants were excited to try their hand at trapping.

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

In 2010, the Land O’ Lakes Foundation started a “Feeding Our Communities” campaign that aimed at reducing hunger issues in the United States.

Agtegra Cooperative is a cooperative member of Land O’Lakes and can participate in the “Feeding Our Communities” campaign to donate money to help a selected organization in their community. As part of the campaign, Agtegra Cooperative donated $1,600 to the Sanborn County Food Bank for the county’s food pantry. The Land O’ Lakes Foundation also sent a check in the amount of $1,600 to the Sanborn County Food Bank as a matching grant to Agtegra Cooperative’s donation. The Sanborn County Food Bank received a total of $3,200 through the “Feeding Our Communities” campaign to help county families in need. 

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

Avery Miller confidently takes her horse through the reining pattern at the Fun Horse Show held in Forestburg on Oct. 6.

A 4-H Fun Horse Show was held on Oct. 6 at the 4-H Grounds in Forestburg with nine counties represented.  Thirty-seven 4-Hers kicked off National 4-H Week by participating in horse safety training and improving their horsemanship skills in several individual events. 

Eric Kobernusz of Mt. Vernon served as the horse safety instructor for the day.  He kept the attention of the participants by teaching them basic horse safety skills.  Safety is always at the forefront of any project done in 4-H.  Other information he taught included:

•How to pick up a horse’s feet

•Safe ground handling

•Checking tack

•Loping each direction in the correct lead

•Turning a horse on its forehand and hind quarter

•Backing the horse on the ground

Jennifer Martinez of Ethan was given the task of judging the many events of the Fun Horse Show.  Ribbons were awarded in each event to the top six finishers in each class of beginner, junior and senior participants.  Points were totaled and Grand Champion and Reserve Champion ribbons and prizes were awarded to overall beginner, junior and senior participants.  This event is sponsored by Sanborn and Jerauld/Buffalo Counties.

…Read the results and see an additional photo in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!