February 2023

The Farmers Elevator Company of Forestburg donated $1,822 to the Sanborn Central/Woonsocket FFA on behalf of CRYSTALYX® Cares. CRYSTALYX® Cares is a program designed to assist youth or community groups in raising funds to expand their educational opportunities. According to FFA Advisor Todd Welch, the Forestburg Elevator did a great job setting up the program. “There were 72 dealers who signed up for the CRYSTALYX® Cares program and Forestburg Farmers Elevator finished in the top three in barrel sales, which means we received one of only three checks this large in the nation!” 

…See a picture in the Feb. 23 issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

On Tuesday, Feb. 14, the Sanborn Central/Woonsocket Blackhawks traveled to Huron to take on the James Valley Christian Vikings. The junior varsity SCW girls kicked off the evening of basketball and played a hard-fought game but in the end came up short, losing to JVC, 26-29.

The junior varsity SCW boys were up next and outplayed their opponent, defeating JVC with a final score of 50-46.

The Lady Blackhawks were met with a tough opponent in the Lady Vikings. SCW kept the score even to start the game but started to see the score slipping away and couldn’t recover; the final score was SCW 25, JVC 42.

In the final game of the evening, the SCW boys and JVC boys’ varsity teams met on the hardwood. The Blackhawks struggled with the strong JVC team and lost, SCW 45 – JVC 61.

On Thursday, Feb. 16, the Blackhawks were on the road again to take on the Iroquois/Lake Preston Sharks at Iroquois. The junior varsity Lady Blackhawks played hard but couldn’t overcome the Lady Sharks and lost the game with a final score SCW 13, ILP 20.

In the final game of their regular season, the Lady Blackhawks came out determined to win. They showed real teamwork and hustle as they defeated the Lady Sharks, 59-38.

Both the junior varsity and varsity boys’ games were nail biters, keeping the spectators at the edge of their seats until the end. The junior varsity Blackhawks defeated the Sharks in overtime, 50-47. The varsity Blackhawks lost to the Sharks with a final score, SCW 42 – ILP 45.

The fifth-seeded Lady Blackhawks’ next action was postseason region play against fourth-seeded Mt. Vernon/Plankinton in Plankinton on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The Blackhawks’ next game is against Wessington Springs on Friday, Feb. 24. This will be the final game of the boys’ regular season as they get ready for their region game next week.

…Read more details about the games in the Feb. 23 issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

Eleanor Zell


Eleanor Elsie Esther Zell, 97, of Howard, passed away on Feb. 15, 2023, at the Good Samaritan Society in Howard. 

Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 20, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Canova. Burial will happen at a later date in the spring of 2023. Visitation was at the church on Monday.

She began her life on Feb. 1, 1926, being born in Sanborn County several miles north of Artesian, on a farm. She lived on the farm with her family until about 1941, when the Zell family moved to a farm a mile or two west of Canova. Eleanor lived on this farm until the 1990s, and then moved with her sister, Caroline, to their home in Howard. In 2017, Eleanor moved into the Good Samaritan Society nursing home.

Eleanor grew up speaking German, as her parents Charlie and Annie Zell both spoke German. After moving to Canova, living on the farm was an enjoyable time. She enjoyed the gardens, flowers, pets, and poultry. Eleanor was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. When her parents passed on, Eleanor, her sister, Caroline, and brother, Willard, continued farming. Willard developed multiple sclerosis and died early in life. Eleanor and Caroline continued operating the farm but leased the land when operating the farm became too challenging.

Eleanor is the last of the Charlie and Annie Zell family. Eleanor and siblings never married and have no offspring. The family had many cousins, uncles, aunts, and good friends on both sides of the families.

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