When the Artesian First Lutheran Quilters met on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 9, one of the big accomplishments of the day was the compiling and packing of the 86 school kits for Lutheran World Relief that had been donated by Penny Power funds, Thrivent funds and individual contributions.

The group also worked on numerous quilts for LWR, the Abbott House, and the Mitchell Area Safehouse.  Karen and Judy checked the inventory of baby items to see what else was needed to be purchased to complete seven Baby Care Kits. If anyone would still like to put together any of the kits for LWR (lists are at the church), they will need to be completed by Sunday, Sept. 27. There is a very huge need this year because of the explosion in Beirut that destroyed a storage warehouse that held thousands of the quilts and kits for LWR in it. There will be a semi truck in Brookings on Monday, Oct. 5, that will transport all the kits and quilts from northeastern South Dakota to Minneapolis. Judy shared a map of all the countries that the quilts and kits go to and the number of items sent to each. The group shared devotions and prayed the Lord’s Prayer together. Jerolyn Dean, Terry Moore, and Judi Larson brought lunch for the gals.

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

The CorTrust Bank ALM (Artesian, Letcher, Mt. Vernon) Community Foundation Board of Directors recently awarded the following grants: Mt. Vernon Fire Department for $1,780 for two sets of new safety gear; and Sanborn Central School District for $1,500 for a new commercial grade treadmill for the cardio room.

The CorTrust Bank ALM Community Foundation is an organization formed to attract and distribute gifts of capital for community betterment. It was initially funded by CorTrust Bank with a match from the South Dakota Community Foundation for the benefit of the Artesian, Letcher and Mt. Vernon communities. The first grants were awarded in August 2000.  Grant applications are considered based on several factors, including the potential benefit of the proposed project to the particular population to be served and to the community as a whole.  The CorTrust Bank ALM Community Foundation has awarded over $142,000 since its inception.  

The CorTrust Bank ALM Community Foundation encourages and welcomes donations, memorial gifts, bequests and gifts of capital. The income generated from investment of these funds is then made available for grants. Donors may restrict their gifts to certain types of grants or to certain communities, or they may designate them as unrestricted. 

The CorTrust Bank ALM Community Foundation is managed by a Board of Directors that consists of people from the Artesian, Letcher and Mt. Vernon communities, as well as CorTrust Bank. The current members of the Board of Directors are Jeff Ebersdorfer from Artesian, Gibi Page from Fedora, Lori Kluth and Cheryl Hohbach from Mt. Vernon, Sherri Stekl and Janet Maeschen from Letcher, and Jeff Tiede, Barb Metzinger, Brad Haiar and Don Threadgold from CorTrust Bank. The Board meets twice a year to review grant applications. The next grant application deadline is Aug. 15. Applications and more information can be obtained from the CorTrust Banks in Artesian, Letcher and Mt. Vernon, or at

Due to limitations caused by the coronavirus, most events like funerals, weddings and birthday parties are limited to only family members for attendees. That wasn’t going to keep residents of Artesian and the surrounding area from paying their respects to a prominent member of their community.

On Saturday, May 9, Jim Hoffman, whose funeral was that morning, was honored with vehicles and farm machinery full of friends and family and community members lined along both sides of Artesian’s Main Street from the First Lutheran Church to Highway 34. Everyone was there to support Hoffman’s family and to give him the wonderful sendoff he deserved since they couldn’t attend his funeral service.

Once the family escorted Hoffman from the church and down the street in their vehicles, 47 cars, three fire trucks and 20 pieces of machinery followed them in a procession to the Hoffman farm, about a mile north of Artesian, and continued to the cemetery. The entire event was a very respectful and incredibly honorable and moving moment. It was a farewell perfectly suited for a man who loved farming and his rural community and made them an integral part of his entire life. 

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

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