Sanborn and Lamberton Day, January 21, 2016 27 Jan 15


– Sanborn and Lamberton are both members of the Red Rock Central School District, along with the Cities of Storden and Jeffers. They are the Falcons.

– The major industries of Sanborn and Lamberton are agricultural, reflecting the rural nature of the area. In Sanborn there is Meadowland Co-Op and Sanborn Elevators. In Lamberton there is the Meadowland Farmers Elevator, which added more capacity in 2005.

– A major business in the City of Sanborn is Deutschland Meats. The meat processing facility also sells quality cuts of meat at low retail prices.

– Lamberton is home to Valley View Manor Nursing Home.

– The people of Sanborn and the surrounding area have a place to party. Tom’s Rope and Spur Ballroom is home to numerous events throughout the year, and serves as a central meeting location for residents of Redwood County.

– The City of Lamberton is home to the Highwater Ethanol Plant, which held its Grand Opening Celebration in 2009. The $130-million dollar facility produces 50-million gallons of ethanol and 160,000 tons of dried distillers grains each year. When the plant is operating at full capacity, upwards of 75 trucks carrying 950-bushels of corn each visit the facility weekly.


Festivals & Events

– Sanborn’s annual summer festival is called “Watermelon Days.” The festivities take place every August in Sanborn, and include many fun events, as well as a parade. There’s plenty of free watermelon for everybody too. 2014 Watermelon Queen is Katie Schwartz.

– Sanborn celebrates the holiday season with the annual “Memories of a Hometown Christmas.” The day-long festival takes place on the 2nd Saturday in December and features pony and sleigh rides, a craft fair, raffles, games, and much more.

– Lamberton has a summer festival called “Hot Iron Days.” The 2-day festival takes place in September. The festival celebrates the Blacksmith profession. The highlight is the hot iron pour, in which participants make a mold and the watch the sparks fly as the molten iron is poured into it. Lamberton’s blacksmith shop is open to the public during the festivities as well, with numerous items on display.

– The American Legion Colborn Post #286 in Sanborn hosts a Steak Fry every 2nd Saturday night of the month.

– The Sanborn Community Club is a group of volunteer citizens who give their time and talents for the enhancement of the community. New members are ALWAYS welcome and they meet at the Sanborn American Legion on the 3rd Thursday of every month. They help plan activities every year including fundraisers such as a hamburger feed for Watermelon Days, Community Club Spring Banquet, Dairy Days, the Watermelon Days Celebration and Parade, and the Hometown Christmas events.



­The City of Sanborn’s population is approximately 400 people, and the Mayor is Al Larson.  Council Members include Ed Cohrs, Dave Miller, Bob Simonson and Elly Trebesch.

The City of Sanborn is patrolled by the Redwood County Sheriff’s Department and also is surveyed by cameras located at different locations within the city. The Redwood County Sheriff is Randy Hanson.

The Sanborn Volunteer Fire Department consists of 21 firemen that cover the City of Sanborn and 4 surrounding townships as well as providing mutual aid to neighboring cities. Fire Chief is Greg Werner

Sanborn has 8 First Responders that are on call 24/7 to respond and care for patients until the ambulance arrives.

Red Rock Central School District serves the communities of Sanborn, Lamberton, Storden and Jeffers. Superintendent of RRC is Bruce Olson and the principal is Phil Goetstouwers.

Red Rock Central Homecoming Royalty for 2015 is king Jacob Schroepfer and Queen Erika Rogotzke.

Sanborn is home to the town festival Watermelon Days held each July. Miss Watermelon Days 2015 is Molly Stark. Princesses are Alison Doyle and Carissa Havemeir. Little Miss is Julian Brown.

Lamberton has a vibrant business district, churches, service organizations, emergency services and friendly people. The University of Minnesota Southwest Research and Outreach Center is located by Lamberton and provides agricultural research and field trials for southwest Minnesota.

The Mayor of Lamberton is Bill Schaffran. Council Members include David Irlbeck, Joel Keairnes, Terry Neperman and Darrell Knutson.

It is the goal of the Lamberton Police Department to protect and serve the community. Police Chief is Nick Hacker.

Lamberton has a 20 member volunteer Fire Department trained to handle both firefighting and rescue operations. Fire Chief is Tom Neperman.

The Lamberton Ambulance Service is a city owned organization staffed by local volunteer certified drivers and EMTs. Director of the Ambulance Service is Wade Wellner.



– The City of Sanborn was founded in the year 1891 by Charles Porter, who was the 1st man to claim land in town. He was a soldier in the Civil War.

– The City of Lamberton was founded in the year 1872 by HW Lamberton, who was with the railroad.

– Sanborn and Lamberton are both located in Redwood County.

– Sanborn is located off Highway 71, two miles south of the intersection of 71 and Highway 14, which is known as “Sanborn Corners.”

– Lamberton is located on Highway 14.

– The Cottonwood River runs through a park in the City of Sanborn.

– The original settlement of Lamberton was called “Cottonwood Crossing” and was situated on the banks of the Cottonwood River. That settlement was flooded, so the town was moved up the hill, and became Lamberton.

– Sanborn is home to the McCone Sod Houses. Sod houses were the 1st homes built by pioneers. There are tours available, and even a sod house available for a unique bed and breakfast experience.

– Lamberton is home to the Southwest Experimental Station. Operated by the University of Minnesota, the site on the edge of Lamberton conducts ag research. The site was started in 1959 with 240 acres, and has now grown to over 668 acres.