Friends of Sanborn County 4-H received a $1,000 Operation Round-Up® grant from Central Electric Cooperative to help purchase tables for the new 4-H building addition. The grant was presented at Central Electric’s district meeting on June 3.

In the grant application, Executive Secretary for Friends of Sanborn County 4-H, Paula Linke, said the tables and addition will be used for a number of community events and 4-H activities.

“Many local groups use the building and facilities, and with the expanded space, there is even greater potential to host new events in Sanborn County,” Linke said. “The new tables and chairs enable us to host 4-H Achievement Days activities, graduation parties, reunions, wedding receptions and community events.”

Todd VanWalleghen of Letcher is Central Electric’s Board Vice President and Sanborn County representative. He appointed Dawna VanOverschelde of Letcher to serve on the Operation Round-Up volunteer board of trustees.

VanOverschelde said, “We appreciate the members who are participating in Operation Round-Up each month. There is power in numbers, and it all adds up to support great projects like this one.”

Operation Round-Up is a voluntary program in which Central Electric members round up their monthly statement to the next whole dollar, and the extra cents accumulate to support local projects and programs.

For more information about the grant program, call 1-800-477-2892 or visit and click on member programs.

In addition, Sanborn County’s 4-H and FFA were among the over 200 4-H and FFA programs in North Dakota and South Dakota that Agtegra Cooperative donated to this year. These donations are a part of the cooperative’s agricultural education community impact strategy.

“We are proud to support 4-H and FFA because of their commitment to developing future agricultural leaders,” says Agtegra CEO Jason Klootwyk. “The future of the agriculture industry and our rural communities relies on our youth, and we are proud to help support their education through these organizations.”

Part of being a member-owned business includes supporting the growth and development of its communities, which is evident in Agtegra’s commitment to agricultural education and the role it plays in developing the future workforce and future farmers/ranchers. Agtegra’s donations, including a matching grant from the Land O’Lakes Foundation, will impact 159 4-H clubs and 45 FFA chapters across its trade territory.

Klootwyk notes how his involvement in 4-H shaped the foundation of his career path.

“4-H was where I gained my first leadership experience as an officer and then as president of my club. I gained valuable experience in planning, speaking, keeping records, and holding myself and others accountable. There were also tremendous activities and opportunities for fellowship and friendship. All those experiences played a big part in my path in agriculture as I grew up,” says Klootwyk.

Agtegra supports 4-H and FFA because of the cooperative’s mission to enhance agricultural education throughout its trade territory. Both programs place an emphasis on developing youth’s skills in areas of leadership and agricultural education through a hands-on approach. As an agricultural cooperative rooted in rural communities, supporting these programs also means providing future workforce development for the industry.

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

PIERRE – The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting 12 fallen hero bridge dedication ceremonies this year, honoring 15 veterans. 

In 2019, Governor Kristi Noem and the South Dakota Departments of Veterans Affairs, Military, and Transportation launched the Fallen Heroes Bridge Dedication Program with the mission of dedicating state bridges to South Dakotans who were killed in action while serving their country or classified as missing in action. 

“Naming South Dakota bridges in honor of our fallen gives us the opportunity of remembrance, reflection, and respect—to honor the men and women who gave their lives in service to this nation,” said South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Greg Whitlock. “These men and women, so young and in such a short time, met their destiny on far off battlefields. In return for their great gift, there is nothing more complex or important that we can do but to ensure the memories of their shortened lives go on.” 

Among the 12 bridge dedications is a dedication for PFC Gunnar D. Becker — Aug. 18 — Sanborn County 4-H Building in Forestburg (23237 405th Avenue)—2 p.m. (CT).

  “We are committed to preserving their memories and demonstrating our will to remember. We ask everyone to participate in one of the 12 bridge dedications scheduled in 2024,” said Secretary Whitlock

To learn more about South Dakota’s fallen heroes bridge dedication program, visit

South Dakota 4-H represents at Western National Roundup

Submitted by Audra Scheel, 4-H YPA for SDSU Extension

Several local 4-H youth represented South Dakota 4-H at the Western National Roundup in Denver, Colo. These outstanding individuals earned their spots at the event by placing at state 4-H competitions held throughout the summer. With team members situated in different areas of the state, the participants studied independently, held zoom calls, and even squeezed in some in-person practice during the holiday season.

Abby Kolousek of Wessington Springs, Cash Martinez of Emery, Bailey Fairbanks of Winner, and Elle Goehring of Parkston represented South Dakota in Hippology. Hippology is a competition that tests horse knowledge through an exam and hands-on stations, as well as judging various horse classes and solving a team problem. The team achieved the following placements: third in the Written Exam, fourth in the Stations, fourth in Judging, Reserve Champions in the Team Problem, and fourth overall as a team.

The SD 4-H Horse Judging Team proudly included Alexis Roesler of Wessington Springs, Paxton Dubbelde of Lennox, Anna Johnson of Aberdeen, and Lila Stutzman of Tabor. These students evaluated ten classes and provided four sets of reasons, resulting in a fifth place win in Halter, sixth place in Performance, a seventh place victory in Reasons, and an overall fourth place finish as a team.

The Western National Round Up Horse Classic includes speaking contests. Delaney Zoss of Forestburg was one such participant who earned her spot by placing first at the State 4-H Horse Show in July. Her talk on equine color genetics won her the Grand Champion title at the Western Round Up. “This has been a goal on my radar for a while and to accomplish it is very meaningful, especially since you only get one shot. Once you attend the Western National in a contest you can’t go back in that area again,” stated Zoss.

Another event that took place was the horse team demonstration, where Hope Baysinger and Bailey Feistner, both of Woonsocket, joined forces and secured their spot during the South Dakota 4-H Horse Show. Their talk on “If the Shoe Fits, Hooftastic Things Happen” earned them the Reserve Champion title at the Western National Round Up.

The combined efforts of all the horse competitors from South Dakota resulted in them taking home the 2024 National 4-H Horse Classic Western Division High Overall State Award. We applaud the hard work of these young individuals and commend their dedication and commitment towards their passion.

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

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