About 100 people attended the Letcher American Legion Memorial Day program Monday. The speaker was Myron Sonne who as always had a great message. Buckshots provided  the caramel rolls that were served  after the program.

Special awards were presented by Auxiliary President Sandi Ruml to Melanie Ettswold for her years of dedication to the community and Fire Department. The Legion Auxiliary obtained charter in April 1953, so 65 year awards and flowers were given to the only original charter members left, Mary Ann Blindauer, Lois Evers and Sally Olson. One other founding member was unable to come and that is Dolores Stach of Wesley Acres in Mitchell. These ladies have been such wonderful supporters of the Legion and its programs. 

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

Santel Communications announces the appointment of Randy Northrup. Northrup notes, “I’m excited to be back home working as the Sales and Marketing Manager at Santel. My first sales and marketing experience off the family farm was during a summer while attending SDSU. I traveled to Florida selling educational books door-to-door. I called it “The School of Hard Knocks,” tough learning curve, yet I met some of the most amazing people and in the end, I had a profitable, memorable summer.”

Northrup’s most recent experience has been successfully starting, growing, and managing motorcycle and auto racing brands. These highly competitive industries have provided Randy with the experiences and processes that are a good fit for Santel. In the motorsports business he worked with both small business owners and large corporations, plus consumers in all walks in life, all with a goal to deliver our patrons the right products at a competitive


“Randy brings a vast array of experience and skill to best serve our patrons and customers,” said Ryan Thompson, General Manager of Santel Communications. “Our cooperative mission is to connect our customers to the world. In turn, Randy will help us bring the world closer to our customers. We welcome Randy back and look forward to adding some ‘horsepower’ to our offerings and near-term network improvement investments.”

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

The Central Electric Cooperative Operation Round-Up program awarded $12,200 to eight local organizations after the Board of Trustees meeting on May 23.

Recipients included the following: 1) Letcher Community Development, $2,300 for community center updates; 2) Gann Valley Community Center, $1,000 for insulation replacement; 3) Howard Youth Basketball, $1,500 for basketball hoops; 4) Dacotah Tipis Habitat for Humanity in Fort Thompson, $2,000 for radon mitigation in their volunteer sleeping quarters; 5) Plankinton Pool Committee, $700 for pool equipment; 6) Stickney Volunteer Fire Department, $2,250 for a gear washer; 7) Wessington Springs Baseball, $1,500 for equipment updates; and 8) White Lake Volunteer Fire Department, $950 for a gas monitor.

The Board of Trustees reviewed 26 applications totaling more than $100,000 in fund requests. The next Operation Round-Up deadline is Nov. 1.

Since the program’s initiation in 2015, Operation Round-Up has awarded over $60,000 to local projects. Operation Round-Up grants are funded by Central Electric members who voluntarily round-up their electric bill to the nearest dollar. For more information about the program, visit www.centralec.coop or call 800-477-2892.