Quarrier Girls Win Sixth Dak-12 Game

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Averi Pankonen scores on a layup.

The Dell Rapids Quarrier girls basketball team won their sixth conference game by beating the Vermillion Tanagers on Thursday, January 29th, in Dell Rapids by a score of 51-40.

Dell Rapids was able to grab a 13-12 lead after the end of the first quarter.  Both teams scored nine points in the second quarter, and Dell Rapids led 22-21 at halftime.  The Quarriers were able to get a little more separation by the end of the third quarter.  Dell Rapids pushed their lead to six points over Vermillion at 34-28.  The Quarriers then piled on 17 points in the fourth quarter while holding Vermillion to just 12 points.

Mikaela Stofferahn ended the night with 16 points.  Averi Pankonen added 10 points, and Lindsey Morris finished with eight points.

Dell Rapids improves to 8-5 on the year, and 6-1 in the Dak-12.  The Quarriers will play Elk Point-Jefferson in the Dak-12 Conference Classic on Saturday, January 31st.

1 2 3 4 Final
Vermillion 12 9 7 12 40
Dell Rapids 13 9 12 17 51

Highlights

Dell Rapids MIDDLE SCHOOL Announcements

Dell Rapids Middle School Announcements:Quarriers

Friday, January 30th
• Happy Birthday to Cassi R. & Mrs. Gengler!
Lunch today will be choices of:    Pizza, Teriyaki Chicken Sandwich or Turkey & Cheese Sandwich

  • Attention 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Students:  2nd Quarter Honor Roll is posted in the office window.  If you have any questions, please stop in the office.
  • Attention 5th, 6th and & 7th Grade Boys:  Little League Baseball Registration forms are available in the office.  Registrations are due by March 15th
  • Thanks to everyone who participated in the three point shot event last night as it brought in $294.  The FFA will be sponsoring another one on Tuesday, Feb. 3 during the half-times of the varsity girls and varsity boys games against Canton.  The total amount from both nights will be matched by the FFA chapter and given to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
  • Attention Students and Staff:  Dell Rapids First Baptist Church is hosting a SOUP-er BOWL SATURDAY tomorrow from 5-7pm.  Free will offering to support DR Storehouse Food Pantry.
  • Good Luck to the 7/8 girls basketball teams as they host Harrisburg tomorrow starting at 10am.
  • Good Luck to the wrestlers as they travel to Brookings tomorrow.  Bus time is 7:15am – matches start at 9am.
  • Good Luck to the varsity girls basketball team as they travel Lennox tomorrow for the Dak XII Classic.  Lady Q’s vs. EPJ @ 5pm.  Game will be webcast on bigsiouxmedia.com
  • Do you know a teacher who is dedicated, inspiring, and making a difference?
    Nominate a teacher for the Dell Rapids Public School Teacher of the Year Award.
    Forms are in the office and are due by March 5, 2015.

 

 

Thursday, January 29th
Lunch today will be choices of:    Country Fried Steak, Homestyle BBQ Pork Sandwich or Taco Salad

  • Attention 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Students:  2nd Quarter Honor Roll is posted in the office window.  If you have any questions, please stop in the office.
  • The FFA will be sponsoring a 3-point shot event tonight during the half-times of both the varsity girls and varsity boys basketball games.  Pay $1 to shoot a 3 point shot and if you make it, you will receive a pop and a certificate good for a popcorn at the concession stand.  The money raised will be matched by the FFA chapter and donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
  • Good Luck to the varsity girls and boys basketball teams as they host a doubleheader tonight vs. Vermillion.  Games start at 4pm and will be broadcast on bigsiouxmedia.com
  • Good Luck to the 7/8 boys basketball teams as they host Sioux Valley today starting at 4:30.
  • Attention 5th, 6th and & 7th Grade Boys:  Little League Baseball Registration forms are available in the office.  Registrations are due by March 15th
  • The District 3 FCCLA meeting was held yesterday and the Dell Rapids chapter did very well!  First of all, CONGRATULATIONS to Kelcie H. who ran for district office and received the district chairperson position for the coming year.  As district chairperson she will also be installed as one of the nine state officers at the state meeting this spring.  CONGRATULATIONS to the following members who received a gold rating on their Illustrated Talks and will now advance to state competition in April:  Sara V., Anh T., Taylor R., Tim J., Katie J. and Madi P.  Stephanie D. ended her term as district secretary.  Good job everyone and thanks to everyone who helped with various responsibilities at the meeting!
  • Do you know a teacher who is dedicated, inspiring, and making a difference?
    Nominate a teacher for the Dell Rapids Public School Teacher of the Year Award.
    Forms are in the office and are due by March 5, 2015.

 

 

Wednesday, January 28th
• Happy Birthday to Payton K.!!
Lunch today will be choices of:    Cajun Chicken Penne Pasta, Italian Dunkers with Marinara Sauce or Sub Sandwich

  • Attention 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Students:  2nd Quarter Honor Roll is posted in the office window.  If you have any questions, please stop in the office.
  • The FFA will be sponsoring a 3-point shot event on Thursday, Jan. 29 during the half-times of both the varsity girls and varsity boys basketball games.  Pay $1 to shoot a 3 point shot and if you make it, you will receive a pop and a certificate good for a popcorn at the concession stand.  The money raised will be matched by the FFA chapter and donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
  • The 7th grade Lady Q’s earned a huge win over Baltic with a score of 38 to 9. 
  • Last night, the 8th grade girls took on the Baltic Bulldogs and got their biggest win if the season with a final of 29-7! Five girls scored and everyone saw lots of floor time. Every girl had a great game and the ladies played like a team!
  • January 17th Dell Rapids bowled against Vermillion @ Yankton Family Fun Center. Varsity 1 girls lost 4 1/2 -19 1/2.  Alicia Tiesen had high game with a 169 & high series with a 462.  Varsity 2 girls lost 1-24.  Varsity 1 boys lost 1-24.  Varsity 2 boys lost 7-18.  We are at Dells Bowl again this Friday at 4pm!
  • Do you know a teacher who is dedicated, inspiring, and making a difference?
    Nominate a teacher for the Dell Rapids Public School Teacher of the Year Award.
    Forms are in the office and are due by March 5, 2015.

 

 

Tuesday, January 27th
• Happy Birthday to Mrs. Ziebarth & Nurse Jill Dvorak!
Lunch today will be choices of:    Super Nachos, Baked Chicken Nuggets or Crispy Chicken Salad

  • The 7th grade Lady Q’s fought hard to come back last night, but lost to West Central by a score of 28 to 39.  The girls hustled and played great defense, but just couldn’t get their shots to go in.
  • Yesterday the 7th grade boys basketball team played at West Central. In the A game the boys won a thrilling game 29 to 28. The boys were down by 10 at one point and by six points with less than two minutes to go but hit some huge shots and played some tough defense to tie the game with 15 seconds to go. The boys played tough defense and got the ball back with 7 seconds to go. The boys brought the ball down the court and with fourth-tenths of a second left Tyler W. hit the game winning free throw. In the B game the boys played a great game and had several last second shots fall just short and fell by one point in the end.
  • The 8th grade boys basketball team travelled to West Central yesterday.  The A team lost by a score of 12 to 43.  The score was 8 to 10 at the end of the first quarter, but we lost our scoring touch for the rest of the game.  The B team lost an exciting 16 to 17 game in overtime.  The game was close throughout and we had our chances to win at the end of regulation and in the overtime, but just couldn’t get it done.
  • Good Luck to the 7/8 girls basketball teams as they host Baltic today starting at 4:30.
  • Good Luck to the wrestlers as they travel to West Central today.  Bus time is 3:30 – matches start at 5:30.
  • Do you know a teacher who is dedicated, inspiring, and making a difference?
    Nominate a teacher for the Dell Rapids Public School Teacher of the Year Award.
    Forms are in the office and are due by March 5, 2015.

 

 

Monday, January 26th
Happy Birthday to Brian K. & Hunter N.!!
Lunch today will be choices of:    Homestyle Ham & Pasta Hotdish, Cheeseburger or Sub Sandwich

  • On Friday the 7th grade boys fell to Baltic 27 to 17. The boys played tough but couldn’t find their range and fell short offensively.
  • The Dells 8th grade boys basketball team lost a very physical ball game at Baltic, Friday night.  The final score was 28 to 37.  The boys played hard, but cold shooting and turnovers were our downfall.
  • Good Luck to the 7/8 girls basketball teams as they host West Central today starting at 4:30.
  • Good Luck to the 7/8 boys basketball teams as they travel to West Central today.  Dismiss athletes at 3:05 for a 3:15 bus time.  Games start at 4:30.
  • Good Luck to the 7/8 wrestlers as they travel to Volga today.  Dismiss athletes at 3:05 for a 3:15 bus time.  Matches start at 5pm.

Quarrier Wrestlers Fall to Tri-Valley and West Central

QuarriersThe Dell Rapids Quarrier wrestling team dropped two Dak-12 matches on Tuesday, January 27th, at West Central High School.  The Quarriers lost to Tri-Valley 54-24.  West Central also defeated Dell Rapids 64-12.  The Quarriers will participate in the Brookings Tournament on Saturday, January 31st.

Dell Rapids vs Tri-Valley Individual Results

  • 106:  Trevor Klinnert (TV) pinned Max Lamer (DR)
  • 113:  Caden Lamer (TV) pinned Gage Carr (DR)
  • 120:  Connor Farr (TV) by forfiet
  • 126:  Chase Foster (DR) pinned Blake Eldeen (TV)
  • 132:  Max Breitkreutz (TV) by forfiet
  • 138:  James Lueders (DR) pinned Logan Greer (TV)
  • 145:  Jacob Geary (TV) pinned Isaac Land (DR)
  • 152:  Sutton Adams (DR) by forfiet
  • 160:  OPEN
  • 170:  Trevor Hallman (TV) by forfiet
  • 182:  Ben Cavigielli (DR) by forfiet
  • 195:  Logan Amundson (TV) pinned Nick Palmer (DR)
  • 220:  Willie Heiberger (TV) pinned Jacob Eining (DR)
  • 285:  Austin Leuning (TV) pinned Nick Schmidt (DR)

Dell Rapids vs West Central Individual Results

  • 106:  Caden Ideker (WC) def. Max Lamer (DR), 8-0
  • 113:   Gage Carr (DR) pinned Landry Knight (WC)
  • 120:  Clayton Hanisch (WC) by forfiet
  • 126:  Caden Farmer (WC) pinned Chase Foster (DR)
  • 132:  Tayt Boeckholt (WC) by forfiet
  • 138:  Tristen Boeckholt (WC) pinned James Lueders (DR)
  • 145:  Josh Mettler (WC) pinned Sutton Adams (DR)
  • 152:  Jonah Rechtenbaugh (WC) pinned Sam Schwebach (DR)
  • 160:  Jake Anderson (WC) by forfiet
  • 170:  Riley Hollander (WC) def. Reice Tiernan (DR), 14-11
  • 182:  Jared Mettler (WC) def. Ben Cavigielli (DR), 5-3
  • 195:  Brendan Jensen (WC) pinned Nick Palmer (DR)
  • 220:  Jacob Eining (DR) by forfiet
  • 285:  Hunter Hanley (WC) pinned Nick Schmidt (DR)

DRHS School Announcements:

Dell Rapids High School Announcements:Quarriers

Thursday, January 29th
• Happy Birthday to Kaitlyn G. & Ms. Krantz!!
• Lunch:  a-Country Fried Steak;   b-Home-style BBQ Pork Sandwich;   c-Taco Salad

  • STUDENTS:  Please make sure you are signing into YOUR infinite campus account and checking/reviewing your transcript.  Any questions please see Ms. Ruesink
  • Seniors:  New scholarships are available in Mrs. Ruesink’s office
  • Do you know a teacher who is dedicated, inspiring, and making a difference? Nominate a teacher for the Dell Rapids Public School Teacher of the Year Award.  Forms are in the office and are due by March 5, 2015.
  • Student Council Meeting TODAY over lunch in the Spanish Room.
  • Attention Juniors: South Dakota State University is hosting “Junior Day” on Saturday, January 31st. Any interested students need to register online this week.  The day will include academic majors fair, campus tour, admission information, and free tickets to the basketball game.
  • SOPHOMORES:  Class meeting next Monday (2/2) at 8:30am in the choir room.
  • The District 3 FCCLA meeting was held yesterday and the Dell Rapids chapter did very well!  First of all, CONGRATULATIONS to Kelcie Hauf who ran for district office and received the district chairperson position for the coming year.  As district chairperson she will also be installed as one of the nine state officers at the state meeting this spring.  CONGRATULATIONS to the following members who received a gold rating on their Illustrated Talks and will now advance to state competition in April:  Sara V., Anh T., Taylor R., Tim J., Katie J. and Madi P.  Stephanie D. ended her term as district secretary.  Good job everyone and thanks to everyone who helped with various responsibilities at the meeting!
  • Good Luck to the girls and boys basketball teams as they host a doubleheader tonight vs. Vermillion.  Games start at 4pm and varsity games will be broadcast on bigsiouxmedia.com
  • The FFA will be sponsoring a 3-point shot event during the half-times of both the varsity girls and varsity boys basketball games tonight.  Pay $1 to shoot a 3 point shot and if you make it, you will receive a pop and a certificate good for a popcorn at the concession stand.  The money raised will be matched by the FFA chapter and donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

 

 

Wednesday, January 28th
• Lunch:  a-Cajun Chicken Penne Pasta;   b-Italian Dunkers w/ Marinara Sauce;   c-Sub Sandwich

  • Seniors:  Transcripts will be updated with Semester 1 grades by the end of the week.
  • Seniors:  New scholarships are available in Mrs. Ruesink’s office
  • Do you know a teacher who is dedicated, inspiring, and making a difference? Nominate a teacher for the Dell Rapids Public School Teacher of the Year Award.  Forms are in the office and are due by March 5, 2015.
  • National Honor Society Meeting TODAY over lunch in the Spanish Room.
  • Student Council Meeting on Thursday over lunch in the Spanish Room.
  • Attention Juniors: South Dakota State University is hosting “Junior Day” on Saturday, January 31st. Any interested students need to register online this week.  The day will include academic majors fair, campus tour, admission information, and free tickets to the basketball game.
  • SOPHOMORES:  Class meeting next Monday (2/2) at 8:30am in the choir room.
  • The FFA will be sponsoring a 3-point shot event on Thursday, Jan. 29 during the half-times of both the varsity girls and varsity boys basketball games.  Pay $1 to shoot a 3 point shot and if you make it, you will receive a pop and a certificate good for a popcorn at the concession stand.  The money raised will be matched by the FFA chapter and donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

 

 

Tuesday, January 27th
• Happy Birthday to Nurse Jill and Ms. Ziebarth!!
• Lunch:  a-Super Nachos;   b-Baked Chicken Nuggets;   c-Crispy Chicken Salad

  • Seniors:  Transcripts will be updated with Semester 1 grades by the end of the week.
  • Seniors:  New scholarships are available in Mrs. Ruesink’s office
  • Do you know a teacher who is dedicated, inspiring, and making a difference? Nominate a teacher for the Dell Rapids Public School Teacher of the Year Award.  Forms are in the office and are due by March 5, 2015.
  • National Honor Society Meeting on Wednesday over lunch in the Spanish Room.
  • Student Council Meeting on Thursday over lunch in the Spanish Room.
  • Attention Juniors: South Dakota State University is hosting “Junior Day” on Saturday, January 31st. Any interested students need to register online this week.  The day will include academic majors fair, campus tour, admission information, and free tickets to the basketball game.
  • SOPHOMORES:  Class meeting next Monday (2/2) at 8:30am in the choir room.
  • The FFA will be sponsoring a 3-point shot event on Thursday, Jan. 29 during the half-times of both the varsity girls and varsity boys basketball games.  Pay $1 to shoot a 3 point shot and if you make it, you will receive a pop and a certificate good for a popcorn at the concession stand.  The money raised will be matched by the FFA chapter and donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
  • Good Luck to the wrestlers as they travel to West Central today.  Bus time is 3:30 – matches start at 5:30
  • Good Luck to the One Act participants as they perform in Brandon Valley today.

 

 

Monday, January 26th
• Happy Birthday to Ty F., Derek A. & Ms. Reyes!!!
• Lunch:  a-Home-style Ham &  Pasta Hotdish;   b-Cheeseburger;   c-Sub Sandwich

  • Seniors:  Transcripts will be updated with Semester 1 grades by the end of the week.
  • Seniors:  New scholarships are available in Mrs. Ruesink’s office
  • Do you know a teacher who is dedicated, inspiring, and making a difference? Nominate a teacher for the Dell Rapids Public School Teacher of the Year Award.  Forms are in the office and are due by March 5, 2015.
  • National Honor Society Meeting on Wednesday over lunch in the Spanish Room.
  • Student Council Meeting on Thursday over lunch in the Spanish Room.
  • The FFA will be sponsoring a 3-point shot event on Thursday, Jan. 29 during the half-times of both the varsity girls and varsity boys basketball games.  Pay $1 to shoot a 3 point shot and if you make it, you will receive a pop and a certificate good for a popcorn at the concession stand.  The money raised will be matched by the FFA chapter and donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Sing n’ Sprout, LLC Ready for Next Level of Success

Sing n’ Sprout, LLC. Ready for Next Level of Success via $75,000 Crowd Funding Campaign
A Christian Music and Movement Company Plans to Build on Faith, Meeting the Demands of their Growth

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Photo courtesy of Trisha Murphy.

Sioux Falls, SD:  On Friday, January 23rd, Sing n’ Sprout, LLC., a Christian music and movement program for preschoolers, announced that they will launch a $75,000 crowd funding campaign using Indiegogo.com on February 5th, .  After starting Sing n’ Sprout three years ago, Sing n’ Sprout has grown to 32 teachers, teaching their program to young children in Doha, Qatar, Rwanda and across the United States.  To date, over 850 children have taken part in Sing n’ Sprout classes.  Following a fully-funded campaign, Sing n’ Sprout plans to build on their success by rapidly expanding their teacher base to 500 teachers nationwide over the next two years.

Young children love to move, and Sing n’ Sprout has created curricula that maximizes this natural energy. Leaning into a combination of both traditional and original music about Bible verses and truths, Sing n’ Sprout guides children through a series of activities using props, body movements, and musical instruments—each one intentionally and effectively exposing them to another facet of our great God.

The Sioux Falls area, including Tea, Brandon, Dell Rapids, has six active Sing n’ Sprout teachers, offering classes throughout the year.  Music and Movement programs are nothing new, however, Sing n’ Sprout offers something unique.  Families are signing up for Sing n’ Sprout because it is faith-based and cost less than half the price of traditional music and movement classes.

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Photo courtesy of Trisha Murphy.

“Sing n’ Sprout has been very well received in the Dell Rapids community. It provides a service that parents with young children have been searching for but haven’t been able to find locally.”
– Alicia Anhalt, Dell Rapids, teaches Sing n’ Sprout at Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids

Jenni Auvenshine, Sing n’ Sprout owner and teacher said, “I am ready for this next phase of our company.  After successfully beta-testing our product, we know that Sing n’ Sprout classes are a fun and effective way for young children to grow with God through music as well as provide independent job opportunities for stay-at-home moms.  Every step we have taken has been in faith.  This next step may seem bigger, but we have to remind ourselves we are just putting one foot in front of the other.”

In order to expand their teacher base to 500 teachers over the next two years, Sing n’ Sprout will use the $75,000 to execute a website that effectively connects teachers to children and children with God, advertising and expanded curriculum.

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Photo courtesy of Trisha Murphy.

Of the company’s big plans, Jenni believes this is just the beginning. “I know other traditional programs, like Kindermusik, have been very successful in using music and movement to improve learning in over one million children.  What gets me excited is to think we could provide a Christian music and movement program that not only improves the mind and body of a child, but most importantly their spirit. It connects them with a God who loves them and wants to have a personal relationship with them.  What better foundation can we hope to build on than that?”

Dell Rapids Community Haven Valentine’s Raffle Fundraiser

Dell Rapids Community Haven is having their annual Valentine Raffle fundraiser.  The raffle runs until February 6th.  They’ve created a basket of local items to give away.  Funds raised during this raffle will help purchase program materials and help keep the cost of tuition as affordable as possible for families.

Tickets can be purchased from any active Haven family, staff member, or board member.  All sales are 100% profit for Haven as all the prizes have been donated.  The goal of the fundraiser is to raise $2,000.

Tickets are $1 each or $5 for six.  The drawing will be held February 9th at 4:30 p.m.  The winner will be notified by phone and will need to pick up their prize from Haven.  Please make checks payable to Dell Rapids School District.  The prize package is valued at $400!

Items in the prize basket include:

  • GIFT CERTIFICATE from Old 77 Bar & Grille
  • MASSAGE from A Touch for Wellness
  • BOUQUET from Blooms on Main
  • PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION from Amy Lynn Photography
  • ACE GIFT CARD from Dell Rapids Ace
  • GIFT FROM COUNTY FAIR donated by County Fair Foods
  • MOVIE TICKETS & SNACKS from Dells Theatre
  • ROMANTIC MOVIE from Video Plus
  • GIFT CARD from Unique Boutique & Bistro
  • HEAVENLY CUPCAKES from Lacey Tebay
  • GIFT CARD & PIZZA from Cubby’s
  • T&C’S GIFT CARD from T&C’s
  • CHOCOLATES & CANDLE donated by Pam Leib
  • TASTEFLULLY SIMPLE CAKE MUG donated by Darcie Kringen
  • DAIRY QUEEN BLIZZARDS donated by Darcie Kringen

Haven Valentine Raffle 2015

Showing at the Dells Theater

American SniperHELD OVER! “AMERICAN SNIPER” — Bradley Cooper stars in the title role in the amazing true story of Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history. The film was directed by Clint Eastwood. Kyle was a Texas native who journeyed from rodeo cowboy to SEAL Chief who was sent to Iraq with one mission–to protect his brothers-in-arms. His accuracy saves thousands of American lives. As stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” After four tours in Iraq, he faces a different kind of war at home as he tries to be a good husband and father. “American Sniper” is held over at the Dells Theatre. 132 minutes. It’s rated R for strong and disturbing war violence, and language throughout including some sexual references.

NEW TUESDAY SPECIAL!! Every Tuesday when you buy any size popcorn, you get the same size drink free!!
  • Every Wednesday get double stamps on your director’s club card!! Earn points for free snacks and free movies that much faster on Wednesdays! Director’s Club cards are free and available at the box office.
  • With the start of school, we have switched to our “winter hours”. There will be 9:00 shows on Friday and Saturday nights only.

(check http://www.dellstheatre.com for showtimes)

Library Renovation Project Running on Schedule

DRLibraryDuring the Dell Rapids City Council meeting on Monday, January 19th, Tom Earley presented to the council the progress on the library renovation project.  Earley told the council that the library has received around $24,000 in donations since his last update back in November 2014.  Earley also mentioned different aspects of the project in the update.

“The ceramic tile in the bathrooms and entrance way have been installed.  It’s looking good,” said Early.  “The elevator installation is supposed to start next Monday (January 26th) and should take about two weeks.  As that gets close to completion, they will schedule the dry wall people back in to get that area finished off.”

Early provided the council with a timeline for completion.  He noted that the library staff is already preparing for the move from their current location in the River Community Church building (old elementary) back into the library.  The estimation for the move is sometime in late March.

“We are on schedule for completion March 6th.  The week of February 26th I think it is, or thereabouts, we will do the walk-thru for a bunch of us to see what needs to be addressed at that point,” Earley said.

The library was last dedicated on March 16th, 1910.  Earley presented the idea of having a re-dedication ceremony once the project was completed.

“What we’d like to do, once the move is completed and once we’ve had time to figure out if everything is where it ought to be, we’d like to have a re-dedication ceremony, possibly in May.  We would like this to be a community-significant event.  It’s an important resource, and you guys have helped make it possible.  It should be something significant in the life of our community,” he said.

Earley finally mentioned that the Library Board is constructing a short and long-term landscaping plan.

Library Director Brittany Moeller said, “I would add how appreciative we are to the community of Dell Rapids! Everyone has shown tremendous amounts of support during this project, and we are so excited to move back in! We have big plans for the new library, and we can’t wait to get them started!”

Elmer Penning

Elmer PenningElmer Edward Penning, 82, of Belle Fourche, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, at home surrounded by his wife, Peggy, of 62 years and his loving family.

He was born July 13, 1932, in Dell Rapids, South Dakota, to Nic and Elizabeth Penning. He was one of 14 children and raised on the family farm near Dell Rapids. He graduated in 1950 from St. Mary’s Catholic School, working at JF Anderson Lumber Company in Trent, South Dakota, until he was drafted into the Army in 1952.

Between basic training and a leadership course at Camp Roberts, California, he married Margaret “Peggy” Carol Hammond, on Jan. 12, 1953, in Hardin, Montana. Peggy then stayed with her family in Montana while Elmer was deployed to Korea, serving as a ‘forward observer’. On the way, he was able to meet his brother in Camp Fuji, Japan, who was on his way back from Korea.

He returned home to his job at the lumber company, soon managing in Trent, South Dakota. He always volunteered in many civic duties, even designing the school gymnasium. Anderson Lumber Company asked him to remodel and manage the lumber company in Nashua, Iowa, and he also bought and managed a Redi-mix plant as well.

In 1964, he left his management job to use his talents to serve in missionary work and moved his family to Bethlehem, South Dakota, to volunteer at what was then a Monastery. He was responsible for much of the concrete work, buildings and grounds. He also worked with 50 youth each summer who would come from Canada to volunteer. This was his Catholic faith at work.

In 1967, he moved his family to Belle Fourche when he went to work for Robbins and Stearns Lumber Company out of Rapid City, retiring after 18 years of service. In 1986 he managed for Neiman Sawmills, Inc. in Hulett, Wyoming retiring in 1992 to tend his gardens, orchards and grandchildren. He was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, lectoring for 18 years as well as being involved in many volunteer projects.

Grateful for having shared his life is his wife, Peggy, three daughters, Carleen Liggett & Cathy (Clark) Sowers, Belle Fourche, Peggy Sue (Dave) Mutchler of Keystone, six sons; Brett (ReNette), Tom (Mary), Chris (Sharon) of Hulett, Wyoming, Mike (Sheri) of Belle Fourche, Shawn (Jennifer) Saginaw, Michigan and Les (Debbie) Sundance, Wyoming; 38 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, two sisters, son, Joseph, grandson, Michael and great-grandson Josef.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, with burial to follow at noon at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. Pallbearers will be his six sons, Brett, Mike, Tom, Chris, Shawn and Lester Penning and grandson, Joe Penning. Condolences may be left at www.klinefuneralchapel.com. The family suggests memorials to any prolife group.

Riley Schmidt Earns 2014 NHSACA All-American Award

2014DRHSFootballChampionship_11Dell Rapids Senior Riley Schmidt has earned a 2014 National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) All-American honor.  Schmidt finished the 2014 season with 1,404 rushing yards on 140 carries with 19 rushing touchdowns.  Schmidt also had 18 catches for 429 yards and two touchdowns.  Schmidt was also a special teams force.  He had nine kick-off returns for 356 yards and three touchdowns along with 11 punt returns for 240 yards and a touchdown.  Schmidt scored both touchdowns for the 11A State Champion Dell Rapids Quarriers in the championship game against Madison.  He won the SD Coaches Association Outstanding Back Award and the SD Sports Writers “Joe Robbie” MVP award for his efforts in the game.  He won the same two awards in the 2012 championship game win over Harrisburg.  DRHSvsWC_FB_11-8-14_1

Luke Loudenburg of Howard also earned the award.  Honorable Mention All-Americans were Brody Grantham – Hamlin, Kurt Braun – Gregory, Weslee Dvorak – Parkston, Jonathan Kabambi – Harrisburg, and Braxton Large – Sioux Falls Lincoln.