Artesian Volunteer Fire Department was recently awarded a $2,200 Operation Round-Up® grant from Central Electric Cooperative to help purchase new equipment. 

Local firefighter Walter Cope said, “With the monies we received from Central Electric, the fire department was able to replace four nozzles on fire trucks, update the hose on the grass rig and replace hoses on the rescue rig. Additional hoses were purchased for the pumper truck as well.”

Central Electric manager of communications Tara Miller said, “Rural fire departments operate on a lean budget. They make the most of what they have, and this Operation Round-Up grant is just one way we can say thanks for everything they do.” 

Operation Round-Up is a voluntary program run by the members for the members. Dawna VanOverschelde represents Sanborn County and Tami Moore represents Miner County on the Operation Round-Up board of trustees. 

Through the program, cooperative members round up their monthly statement to the next whole dollar, and the extra cents accumulate to support area projects.

The next Operation Round-Up grant application deadline is May 1. For more information about the program, call 1-800-477-2892 or visit and click on member programs. 

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

A huge crowd of about 500 people attended the benefit held in Artesian on Saturday night to help Brad Zobel as he fights cancer.

On Saturday, Feb. 10, the Artesian Community Center was filled with love, support and camaraderie, as around 500 people from all over Sanborn County and beyond gathered there to help Brad Zobel, an Artesian resident and member of the Artesian Volunteer Fire Department, who is battling cancer. There was food, gun raffles, silent auctions and more as opportunities for everyone to contribute to the cause, while having a good time with friends, family and neighbors. 

In October of 2023, Zobel was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer that had metastasized to his liver. At the time, he didn’t have any health insurance, which is why he waited so long before seeing a doctor about his condition. After his diagnosis, Zobel and his girlfriend of five years, Angel, decided to get married, thus, he is now on her health insurance policy from her employment with Paulson’s Heating and Cooling. However, as most people know, fighting cancer takes quite a toll on a person’s body as well as their pocketbook, even with insurance to help, so the wonderful people in the Artesian Volunteer Fire Department decided to aid their fellow firefighter with an event to raise funds and help defray some of the expenses.

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

PICTURED IS St. Charles Catholic Church in Artesian, which will be closing its doors Sunday, Oct. 15. 

This Sunday, Oct. 15, the St. Charles’ parishioners, current and former, along with the community of Artesian, will say goodbye to their Catholic church in their home town. To many it will feel like a funeral of a family member, but hopefully it will be a celebration of life.

Due to declining population and priests, St. Charles Borromeo’s final Mass will be this coming Sunday, Oct. 15, at 1:30 p.m. The most Rev. Bishop Donald DeGrood will be presiding. Everyone is welcome, especially current and former parishioners. Please help us say goodbye to an Artesian staple, icon, and family member, St. Charles.

…Read some history about the church in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

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