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Mike Huether of KELOland News was in Woonsocket working on stories for a new program he will be working on entitiled, “On the Road with Mike Huether.” He stopped by the news office in Woonsocket on Monday to gain information about the community.

On Monday, March 18, Mike Huether, former mayor of Sioux Falls, visited Woonsocket for the entire afternoon. He is working for KELO-TV on a new special interest news program, “On the Road with Mike Huether.” The show is based on the program from the seventies and eighties titled, “Charles Kuralt, On the Road.”  

…Learn more in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

YANKTON, March 11 – First National Bank is investing in the future of agriculture by donating to nine local FFA chapters in South Dakota, announced Jeff Jones, South Dakota market president. The bank is donating a total of $1,500 to the following FFA chapters: Yankton, Mitchell, Sanborn Central/Woonsocket, Wessington Springs, Huron, Hitchcock-Tulare, Bon Homme, Wolsey-Wessington and Scotland. First National Bank’s contribution is part of its broader efforts to celebrate National Agriculture Week and will help provide positive educational experiences for the students enrolled in agricultural education in South Dakota. First National Bank and its affiliates are among the largest Agribusiness lenders in the country.

“We’re proud to support the agriculture industry and join in FFA’s mission of developing premier leadership, personal growth and career success for the next generation of farmers,” said Jones. First National Bank is also donating to the Nebraska FFA Foundation, Colorado FFA Foundation and local FFA chapters in Illinois.

It might look like a winter wonderland at times, but the winter weather is no wonderland for hospital patients who depend on blood to keep them healthy and alive. 

Woonsocket residents are gearing up for a community blood drive to help prevent possible blood shortages in the coming weeks.

“In areas with harsh winter weather, cold weather and storms often keep people from donating blood,” says Nancy Pretre, Donor Recruitment Representative of Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services. “With fewer people donating blood, some parts of the country run the risk of having critical blood shortages.”

To make sure there’s a dependable blood supply locally, the Catholic Daughters have scheduled a community blood drive on Friday, Feb. 15, from 1-5:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call Carrie Howard at 605-770-8997. The drive will be held at the Community Center. 

“For those who are venturing out and the winter weather hasn’t dampened their routine, we invite them to stop by the blood drive and donate blood.”

Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 and 17 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian.

To help speed up the process, donors can now complete their health history the day of their donation by visiting