August 2020

The Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central Blackhawks line up against the Chamberlain Cubs during their first game of the season on Friday, Aug. 21.

On Friday, in Forestburg, the Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central Blackhawks opened up the season with SESD conference victory over the Chamberlain Cubs, 14-0.

The game tested the conditioning of both teams with the temperature in the low 90s at kickoff. After holding Chamberlain to two possessions ending in a punt, W/WS/SC received their second chance with the ball and took advantage of it. The Blackhawks used their triple option offense to attack the Cubs defense leading to several first downs. Facing a third and five from the Cubs 31-yard line, Clay Olinger took a counter to the left and went into the end zone untouched with 1:10 left in the first quarter. A Philip Hines extra point gave the Blackhawks a 7-0 lead, and that score would remain until halftime.

Next up, the Blackhawks travel to Garretson on Friday, Aug. 28, to face the Blue Dragons. Garretson defeated Webster Area 42-0 in their opening game of the year. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. 

…Read more details about the game and see an additional picture in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

Larry Gene Faller, 67, died at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls on Friday, Aug. 14. Faller was convicted in the 1972 shooting murder of Pearl Warner, 74, of Woonsocket, and was serving a life sentence.

On the night of Jan. 15, 1972, Faller, a Plankinton native that had been residing in Woonsocket for approximately four months, shot Volney T. Warner in the back with a .22 caliber bolt-action rifle through a window at the Warner’s home as Mr. Warner got up to change the channel on the television. When Mrs. Warner went to her husband’s aid, Faller then shot her in the abdomen. The Warners were transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Mitchell for their injuries.

When Mrs. Warner’s condition deteriorated, she was transported to the Hennepin County Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn., where she passed away on March 10, 1972, from kidney failure that resulted from complications from the injury that she sustained in the shooting. Mr. Warner was released from the Mitchell hospital.

…Learn more in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.

Myrna Knigge


Myrna L. Knigge 82, of Woonsocket passed away Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, at the Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. 

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 24, at St. Wilfrid Catholic Church in Woonsocket. A scripture service was held at 5 p.m. on Sunday at the church. A visitation was held prior to the service. Burial was in the church cemetery. The service was live streamed on Fr. Kevin Doyle YouTube.

Myrna was born July 10, 1938, to Leo and Gladys (Roti) Higgins in Alpena. She grew up on a farm south of Alpena and later west of Alpena with her parents and six siblings. She attended school in Alpena and graduated in 1956. From there, she earned her nursing degree at St. John’s School of Nursing in Huron in 1959.

She dreamed of moving to California after nursing school; however, she met Charles Knigge at the Lane Ballroom, and after they married on Oct. 22, 1960, she only made it 10 miles when they moved to the Knigge family farm south of Woonsocket. They later moved to the edge of town in 1967 where they raised their four children, Patrick, Cheryl, Lee and Cindy.

Myrna began her career in 1959 at the Huron Regional Medical Center. She then worked at the Weskota Memorial Medical Center from 1960 – 1974. She worked as the Sanborn and Aurora County Community Health Nurse and retired after 27 years of dedicated service in 2001. She loved to care for people and touched many people’s lives. Myrna loved spending time with family, camping, gardening, flowers, traveling, and the color blue. She had a strong faith and was a lifetime member and servant of the St. Wilfrid Catholic Church.

Grateful for sharing her life are her husband, Charles of almost 60 years; children, Patrick, Cheryl (Scott) Moe, Lee (Ann), Cindy (Wade) McKittrick; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; her sisters, Marlene (Pat) Howard, Jan Stange, Ilene Breakie, and Diane (Skip) Larson; sisters-in-law, LeElda Higgins and Patricia Higgins; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding Myrna in death were her parents; father-in-law, Henry Knigge; brothers, Darrell and Duane; grandson, Tyler; brothers-in-law, Fred Breakie and Donald Stange.

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