October 2020

The Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central Blackhawks finished up the regular season with a convincing Homecoming win over the Aberdeen Roncalli Cavaliers on Senior Night, Friday, Oct. 16. The non-conference game saw the Blackhawks score early and often en route to a 55-6 victory.

The seventh seeded Blackhawks (6-2) will host a first round matchup in Wessington Springs vs. the 10th seeded Sisseton Redmen (5-3). Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Thursday night (tonight). The winner of Thursday’s game will face-off with the winner of the Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan – Lead-Deadwood game.

…Read details and see an additional photo in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

On Thursday, Oct. 15, at approximately 5:30 p.m., Quentin Hackley, 45, pushed a local, older woman to the ground and sped off in her pickup. The incident occurred north of Woonsocket, and Hackley made it to Howard before he was apprehended and arrested by the Miner County Sheriff’s Department. 

According to Sanborn County Deputy Sheriff Jason Coenen, Hackley is from Missouri, and he was in the area because the company he works for in Missouri was working on a job in Huron. Apparently, Hackley was trying to get back to his job in Huron, but he is suspected to have been under the influence of methamphetamines at the time of the incident, so it is unclear as to why he was in the area with no vehicle in the first place.

Hackley was charged with grand theft, simple assault and ingestion of a controlled substance. Additional charges may be pending with the ongoing investigation. Hackley is currently being detained in the Beadle County Jail.

Fred Geisler


Fred Geisler, 98, of Mitchell and formerly of Artesian, died Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, at Avera Brady Health and Rehab. 

Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial was in Butler Cemetery in rural Letcher. Visitation was Tuesday at Bittner Funeral Chapel with a prayer service. Arrangements were by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Fred Theodore Geisler was born on March 20, 1922, to Joseph and Margaret (Degan) Geisler at the home farm near Dimock. He attended school at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School.

On Jan. 10, 1950, Fred was united in marriage with Lucille (Stunes) in Letcher.

Fred was a farmer all his life – first, for his mother, and then for himself in Plano Township, Hanson County, and then Sanborn County, south of Artesian. After 34 years farming near Artesian, Fred and Lucille moved to the Mitchell area. He enjoyed country retirement for 20 years before moving into town and apartment living. Fred always enjoyed friends and neighbors wherever he lived.

Fred had a special interest in farm methods of the past. He found great satisfaction in restoring old John Deere tractors, especially fixing two-cylinder John Deere tractors.

Fred was a faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church and a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus.

Fred is survived by his wife, Lucille; daughters, Teresa (John) Sullivan of Mitchell, Elaine (Charles) Fuerniss of Paris, Ky., Betty (Skip) Guindon of Plankinton, Cynthia (Darold) Rounds of Wessington Springs, and Mary (Roger) Lee of De Smet; son, Thomas Geisler of St. Peter, Minn.; 23 grandchildren and 53 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Michelle Fuerniss; great-grandson, Jacob Kolousek; brothers, Mathias, Leo, and Joseph; and sisters, Rose Geisler, Marie Gau, and Ann Geisler.

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