Pastor Earl Johnson

johnson picPastor Earl D. Johnson, Dell Rapids, surrounded by his family, passed away late Thursday, May 24, 2018 at the Bethany Home in Brandon after a long battle with several illnesses.  Visitation is on Monday, May 28, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids. His Funeral Service is at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids. Interment is in the Willow Creek Cemetery, rural Dell Rapids. Earl’s nephews and nieces will serve as his casket bearers. Pastor Eldon Thurow will officiate. Tim Schreck will play the organ. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Kahler Funeral Home.

Earl was born on July 18, 1940 on the family farm near Trimont, Minnesota, to Arne and Ragnal Johnson.  On the farm Earl lived with his parents, six siblings and a grandmother.  Early education was at Pleasant Hill #115 country school nearby, then to Truman High School, Truman, Minnesota in seventh grade.  He graduated in 1958.  For three years Earl farmed with his father, then decided on attending Concordia College, Moorhead.  It was there that the Spirit pushed and prodded and he went to Luther Seminary in St. Paul after his graduation from college, with plans on becoming a pastor.

In the meantime he met his “Beautiful Brown Eyes,” Linda Christensen from Forestburg, South Dakota.  They were married June 24, 1967 at Forestburg Lutheran Church.

After the first two years of seminary training, Earl was fortunate to serve his year of internship in a mission church at Royal City, Washington.  Returning to seminary, he graduated in 1970.  While studying, he also had a small house painting company, specializing in “big houses no one else wanted to paint.”  Linda taught elementary music in several schools during those years.

Earl’s first Call was to Trinity Lutheran, Fowler, Colorado, on the Arkansas River.  It was a terrific church for a rookie pastor.  While there Carl Arne and Elizabeth Rae were born in nearby Pueblo.  American Lutheran in Gothenberg, Nebraska was his second Call, as Associate Pastor, in 1975.  Two years later he was asked to start a mission congregation in LaSalle, Colorado.  Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran slowly grew, meeting in an old school band room.  Son Andrew Mark was born in nearby Greeley.

Ulcerated vocal cords cropped up, necessitating a move to a more humid climate.  In 1983 Earl accepted a Call as Associate Pastor in the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids and rural Willow Creek Lutheran.  A year later he became Administrative Pastor.  Earl served in this position for the next eight years.  In 1985 he worked with three lay women from the community to organize the local Food Pantry.  He and three others met at Volga Lutheran in 1984 to work with the Family Farm Organizing Research Center from St. Paul.  After several meetings the grass roots movement Dakota Rural Action was formed.  He served several years as the first Director of the Dell Rapids Community Foundation, established in 1998.

In 1992 Earl resigned from LCDR due to worsening vocal problems.  After reconstructive surgery at the Mayo Clinic he was able to continue as pastor in 1994, serving Benton Lutheran, rural Crooks.  A merger with Willow Creek occurred in 2000.  Thus, he was installed at Willow twice!  Within a 30 mile radius Pastor Earl Johnson preached in 21 churches plus 12 more elsewhere in the state.  Some of these were interim churches he served upon “retirement” in 2005.

Grateful for sharing his life are his wife Linda, son Carl and Kathy – Tyler, Cole, Trevor of Sioux Falls, daughter Elizabeth of Dell Rapids, son Andrew and Becky – Noah, Gavin, Emma, Olivia of Tea, as well as his sisters and brothers, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Oh, and Earl had a hole-in-one.

Earl requested his memorials benefit the ELCA Disaster Aid for Refugees and also the building funds at both Lutheran Church in Dell Rapids and Willow Creek Lutheran.


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Cardinals and Quarriers State Track Results

sdhsaaLogoAthletes from the Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinals and Dell Rapids Quarrier track teams are participating in the 2018 South Dakota state track meet held in Rapid City on Friday, May 25th and Saturday, May 26th.

The Cardinals’ Ella Heinitz qualified for the finals in two events, and Weston Geraets had a 6th place finish in the triple jump.  The boys 4x800m Relay team also finished 7th.  For the Quarriers the girls’ 4x100m Relay team, girls’ 4x200m Relay team, girls’ 4x400m Relay team, the boys’ 4x100m Relay team, the boys’ 4x400m Relay team, and Aspen Hansen qualify for finals.  Mason Schmidt won the High Jump event for the second year in a row.  Sydney Stofferahn finished 8th in the Discus, and Emma Paul finished 8th in the Shot Put.

Here are the results after the first day of competition.

Individual Girls Results

100m Dash Prelims (Class B)

  • Ella Heinitz – DRSM – :13.18 **Qualified for finals**

200m Dash Prelims (Class B)

  • Ella Heinitz – DRSM – :27.62

400m Dash Prelims (Class B)

  • Ella Heinitz – DRSM – 1:00.64 **Qualified for finals**

800m Run (Class B)

  • Ella Heinitz (10th) – DRSM – 2:29.89
  • Tana Harrinton (17th) – DRSM – 2:45.78

3200m Run (Class B)

  • Addy Gilbert (10th) – DRSM – 13:29.88

Shot Put (Class B)

  • Maddie Schwebach (14th) – DRSM – 33’8.75″

4x100m Relay Prelims (Class A)

  • Hannah VanOverbeke, Shaylee Hoff, Hannah Heiberger, Aspen Hansen – DR – :51.06  **Qualified for finals**

1600m Sprint Medley Relay Prelims (Class A)

  • Sam Price, Ava Schuring, Brooke Klein, Kat Fletcher – 4:46.42

High Jump (Class A)

  • Kyra Graham (12th) – DR – 4’7″

4x200m Relay Prelims (Class A)

  • Hannah VanOverbeke, Shaylee Hoff, Ava Schuring, Aspen Hansen – DR – 1:48.23  **Qualified for finals**

300m Hurdles Prelims (Class A)

  • Aspen Hansen – DR – :46.39  **Qualified for finals**

400m Dash Prelims (Class A)

  • Shaylee Hoff – DR – 1:01.71

4x400m Relay Prelims (Class A)

  • Madysen VanOverbeke, Ava Schuring, Aspen Hansen, Shaylee Hoff – DR – 4:11.22    **Qualified for finals**

Discus (Class A)

  • Sydney Stofferahn (8th) – DR – 106’8″
  • Emma Paul (20th) – DR – 92’00”

Shot Put (Class A)

  • Emma Paul (8th) – DR – 35’3.5″

3200m Run (Class A)

  • Katrina Kruel (15th) – DR – 12:58.03


Individual Boys Results

800m Run (Class B)

  • Connor Libis (14th) – DRSM – 2:13.40

Triple Jump (Class B)

  • Weston Geraets (6th) – DRSM – 41’2.5″

300m Hurdles Prelims (Class B)

  • Ethan Geraets – DRSM – :43.84

4x800m Relay (Class B)

  • Ryan Eining, Connor Libis, Logan Gaspar, Ethan Geraets (7th) – DRSM – 8:39.83

High Jump (Class A)

  • Mason Schmidt (1st) – DR – 6’4″
  • Brayden Pluscher (9th) – DR – 5’10”
  • Ryker Pedde (16th) – DR – 5’8″

Triple Jump (Class A)

  • Josh Heinemann (23rd) – DR – 38’9″

4x100m Relay Prelims (Class A)

  • Blake Reider, Derek Ahlers, Mason Schmidt, Andrew Hegge – :44.18  **Qualified for finals**

1600m Sprint Medley Relay Prelims (Class A)

  • Jeffrey Schuch, Logan Stone, Danek Hilmar, Karsen Welbig – DR – 4:05.77

4x200m Relay Prelims (Class A)

  • Blake Reider, Derek Ahlers, Logan Stone, Andrew Hegge – DR – NT

4x400m Relay Prelims (Class A)

Blake Reider, Mason Schmidt, Caleb Kirschenmann, Derek Ahlers – DR – 3:32.67  **Qualified for finals**

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Showing at the Dells Theater

“SOLO:  A STAR WARS STORY” – Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in this new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy.

Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot, Chewbacca, and acquires the Millennium Falcon from the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian.  This is the journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.
Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, and Emilia Clarke star in the film.

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” starts Thursday with a Special Advance Showing nationally including at the Dells Theatre. 135 minutes. It’s rated PG-13 for sci-fi action/violence.  

Link to Trailer:

  • NEW BARGAIN TUESDAYS–save on tickets and concessions!  Every Tuesday ALL AGES are only $5.  Plus you can get a small popcorn and pop for only $5.

  • EVERY MONDAY is MILITARY MONDAY!  Just show your current military I.D. and get in for only $5!

(check Logan Luxury Theatre for more information)

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Quarrier Girls Golf Team Qualifies for State

NewDRLogoThe Dell Rapids Quarrier girls golf team qualified for the State A tournament with a third place finish at the Region 1A tournament on Thursday, May 24th at Rocky Run Golf Course in Dell Rapids.

The Quarriers finished with a team score of 411.  Madison won the region title with 369.  Sisseton finished second with 401.  McCook Central-Montrose was fourth at 420, and Milbank finished fifth with 429.

Kaitlyn Greenhoff had a third place finish individually with a round of 87.  Olivia Downs placed 11th with a round of 102.  Sydney Emery had a 16th place finish with a 107.  Abby Greenhoff was in the top 20 with a round of 115.  Sami Schmidt finished with a round of 131.

The 2018 State A girls golf tournament will be held on Monday June 4th, and Tuesday, June 5th at Rocky Run Golf Course in Dell Rapids.

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Baseball and Softball in Full Swing in Dell Rapids

2018DRBaseballSoftballSeasonAs the school year comes to a close, the summer ball season has begun.  After weeks of trying to battle snow storms and wet fields, the youth baseball and softball teams have begun playing games and fans can be heard cheering for their teams every night on the Dell Rapids ball fields.

The Dell Rapids 15/16 Teener team began their season on Monday, May 21st with a close loss to Volga 11-12 .   Two Dell Rapids 13/14 teams, Dells-J and Dells-N, have already played a few games this season.  Dells-J is currently 1-1 on the season, and Dells-N is 0-1.  The Dell Rapids Legion team will begin their season in early June.  Dell Rapids PBR and the Dell Rapids Mudcats amateur baseball teams have also started their 2018 season.

The Dell Rapids 12U and 10U baseball teams are in their second week of games.  Dell Rapids has four 12U teams and six 10U teams this year that can be found on the diamonds every Monday and Wednesday night.  The 8U baseball teams began their season on Tuesday, May 22nd, and they play Tuesdays and Thursdays.  The 6U teams began their season on Monday, May 21st and play Mondays and Wednesdays with some games being played at Dells Nursing and Rehab Center.  The Dell Rapids 12U, 10U, 8U, and 6U softball teams began their season on Tuesday, May 22nd.  Their games on are Tuesday and Thursday nights.

One new feature has been added to one of the youth fields for this summer.  Eagle Scout Jack Prasek put together a manual scoreboard and installed it on Field F for the Dell Rapids Baseball and Softball leagues as part of his Eagle Scout project.  The new scoreboard has been a great addition to the field.

Diamonds will be full of baseball games and softball games almost every night of the week through the early part of July.  Head down to the fields and catch some exciting games all summer long!

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Cardinals Boys Golf Finishes 9th at Regions

DRSM LogoThe Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinal boys golf team finished ninth at the Region 2B golf tournament in Brookings on Tuesday, May 22nd.  The Cardinals finished with a team score of 362.  Chester won the region title with a score of 245.  Colman-Egan was second with 253, and Howard finished third with 261.

Jacob Saude and Noah Olund both had the low round for St Mary.  The two each had a round of 114.  Jason Cook finished with a 134, and Brandon Cook had around of 138.

The St Mary boys golf season came to an end at the regional tournament.

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DRHS School Announcements

Dell Rapids High School Announcements:Quarriers

Wednesday, May 23rd
Happy Birthday to Morgan N. (Mon), Jessica S. (Mon), and Danek H. (Mon)!!
Lunch:  Pizza Ranch or Grilling Station

  • Happy Last Day of School!
  • All students files will be deleted from the network on May 31st. If you have any questions or concerns, please see Mr. Krumm.
  • Freshman and Sophomores will check in computers on Tuesday and Juniors on Wednesday!
  • If you picked up a form to help serve at the Banquet, please see Ms. Rieck by noon today.  Also, see her if you are interested in helping.  Thanks!
  • Attention Students: Lunch balances will need to be paid in full before the last day of school.
  • Please join former college coach and current BASA Director of Coaching, Becky McCabe, and GHS Coach Emily Willman in this fun and intense soccer camp in Garretson. This camp is for boys and girls. To register, go to
  • If you have forms for helping serve at the Banquet, please turn them in or see Ms. Rieck by the end of the day.  Thank you!
  • For those students that are not going to the state track meet, please return your uniforms. Girls return uniforms to Mr. Hegge and boys return uniforms to Mr. Dahl. Thanks!
  • Attention anyone that is interested in the Dell Rapids Booster Club Individual Athletic Camp Scholarship Program, please stop by the office and pick up an application. The Booster Club scholarship is available to athletes entering the 9th-12th grade and participating in a sport in the upcoming school year. Forms can be picked up and turned in to Eve prior to the end of the school year.
  • If you are interested in the Dell Rapids High School Girls All-Sport Acceleration Program or the Dell Rapids Quarrier Football Sport Enhancement Program, please stop by the high school office and pick up a pamphlet.
  • Lost: a pair of size 11, black/white tennis shoes last seen yesterday in the 7th grade boys locker room. If found, please see Ms. Barber (reward will be given).
  • All library books were due May 11th. There is a list of HS students with overdue books posted outside the library. All books and/or fines must be resolved before you can be signed out for the end of the year.
  • Attention students: If you have a negative balance in your lunch account you are not permitted to take a la cart items unless you are paying cash for them at checkout. Attention Students: Lunch balances will need to be paid in full before the last day of school.
  • Are you interested in learning more about other countries and cultures? The 2018 Lions Youth Exchange Camp will be held in Sioux Falls July 15-21 at Augustana University. 25 youth exchange students from around the world will attend the camp, and 20 youth from North and South Dakota will be selected to attend. Cost of the camp is $400, which includes all food, lodging, and activities. This is a unique opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with students from around the world. Host families are also needed. International students will arrive July 8, 2018 and depart July 28th. Host families provide a place for the student to live before and after the youth camp, as well as help the student learn more about American culture. For more information, visit or call Jennifer at 338-0551.
  • ATTENTION 7TH AND 8TH GRADERS: Quarry Days Top of the Rock tournament will be held June 23rd. Stop in the office for more info/registration info.
  • The Fine Arts Boosters are doing Jazz Fest parking again as a fundraiser. The event is held July 20-21, 2018 in Sioux Falls and we can use volunteers who are 18 and over. Jazz Fest organizers will keep groups of 2 or 3 people together if you want to work with friends or family. Proceeds will be used to support the band, choir, drama, quiz bowl and journalism programs. To sign up, visit Deadline to sign up is May 15th.
  • Summer Jobs:
    • Jellystone Park is excepting applications for the 2018 season. Interested? Apply in person at I90, exit 402 or email at and they will send you an application.
    • Heinemann Restoration is hiring for general labor positions. Must be 18 years of age.
    • Summer pollinating positions in DuPont Pioneer in Volga. Application due no later June 20th. Please go on their website
    • Anyone that would be interested in umpiring softball this summer can sign up at (Dell Rapids Softball Dot Com). You can earn from $15.00 to $35.00 per game. You must be 13 by June first. Again, sign up at (Dell Rapids Softball Dot Com).
    • SHOPKO is now hiring. We are looking for your help as we work to staff our part time and seasonal help. We promote from within, offer competitive wages, provide a teammate discount, flexible scheduling and on the job training. Please contact Katy Behl, sourcing specialist at (920) 429-4423 and apply online at
    • Summer custodial position for the high school:
      The school is looking for summer student custodial help. Please stop by either office if you are interested. Close date will be April 20th.
    • Wild Water West is now hiring for individuals who are willing to work Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day for the following positions: Lifeguards and concessions. If interested apply online at
    • The Library is hiring a part-time library assistant. Applications and full job descriptions are available at the Carnegie Public Library, City Hall or under the Employment section at Applications are due May 31st. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age. This is NOT a seasonal position. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 428-3280 or email us at
    • The City of Colton is now taking applications for lifeguards help for the 2018 season at the Colton Swimming Pool. Certificate requires for lifeguard positions. Cost will be reimbursed by the city. Applications can be picked up at Colton City Hall at 309 E 4th St. in Colton or call 605-446-3811 for more information.
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Dell Rapids MIDDLE SCHOOL Announcements

Dell Rapids Middle School Announcements:Quarriers

Wednesday, May 23rd
Happy Birthday t0 Dawson H. (Thu), Desirae H. (Thu), and Grady L. (Thu).  Also Happy Birthday to all students and staff with summer birthdays!!
5th/6th Lunch today will be choices of:  Toasted Cheese Sandwich or Pizza Ranch
7th/8th Lunch today will be choices of:  Pizza Ranch or Grilling Station

  • Attention 8th Grade Students:  Dell Rapids Booster Club Individual Athletic Camp Scholarship Program, is available to incoming freshman – juniors that will be participating in a sport in the 18-19 school year.  Please stop by the office to pick up an application. Completed forms should be turned in to the office prior to the end of the school year.
  • Avera Dell Rapids is hosting a babysitting class on May 31st from 9am-3pm.  Class size is limited and will be filled on a first come first serve basis.  For more information, please stop in the office.
  • Attention Students:  Lunch balances will need to be paid in full before dismissal today.
  • All-Star Basketball Camp registration forms are due in the office by Friday, May 25.  If you need a new form, please contact Mrs. Gruis or Mr. Tjaden.  Thanks!
  • Attention 5th grade band students:  If you are doing band next year, please turn in your registration card.
  • 5TH and 6th grade band students:  Please bring chrome books to band today.
  • Attention Soccer Players: Please join former college coach and current BASA Director of Coaching, Becky McCabe, and GHS Coach Emily Willman in this fun and intense soccer camp in Garretson. This camp is for boys and girls. To register, go to
  • ATTENTION 7TH AND 8TH GRADERS: Quarry Days Top of the Rock tournament will be held June 23rd. Stop in the office
    for more info/registration info.
  • DRMS Yearbooks are in!  If you ordered a yearbook, please see your homeroom teacher.  If you did not order and would like to buy one, please stop in the office.  Cost is $25
  • Any 8th grader who has not picked up their FACS project, please do so today!!
  • Suckers will be sold after school at the north end of the commons area.  1 for $1.00 or 3 for $2.00.
  • Good luck to Rylee Rinehart as she represents Dell Rapids and South Dakota at the National FCCLA Conference competition with her STAR Event in the category of Food Innovations!  It will be held in Atlanta in late June.
  • Talent Show will be held today at 1:30 in the Commons.
  • Good Luck to the STATE TRACK participants as they travel to Rapid City for the STATE MEET.  Bus leaves tomorrow at 7:30am, meet will be Friday and Saturday.
  • Good Luck to the varsity golfers as they participate in the REGION meet tomorrow at Rocky Run golf course starting at 10am.
  • Good Luck to the varsity golfers as they host the STATE MEET June 4th & 5th.
  • Reminder to drivers ed students:  Classroom portion will be next week Tuesday-Friday 8am-4pm.
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Comeback Falls Short for Dell Rapids Baseball

DellsBaseballvsRedfield_5-22-18Dell Rapids had the bases loaded with two outs trailing by a run in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn’t get the tying run home as Redfield upset #1 seed Dell Rapids 13-12 in the opening round of the Region 2B tournament at Rickeman Field on Tuesday, May 22nd.

Redfield scored first in the top of the first inning after a fielding error.  Redfield added three more runs in the top of the second inning after back-to-back singles and then a double for a 4-0 lead.  Dell Rapids answered in the bottom of the second with a big inning.  Jake Steineke drove home two runs with a single to cut the lead in half.  After Tyson Dahler was hit by a pitch, Eddie Price doubled to bring home Steineke.  Carter Gullickson followed with another double scoring both Dahler and Price to give Dell Rapids a 5-4 lead.  Two batters later, Matt Gillogly hit a two-run home run to push the Dell Rapids lead to 7-4.  Redfield scored another run in the third inning to make the score 7-5, but Dell Rapids again when Dahler got an RBI single in the bottom half of the third to push the lead back to three runs at 8-5.

Redfield had another big inning in the top of the fourth.  The first run of the inning scored on a wild pitch.  Back-to-back hits drove home three more runs to give Redfield the lead again at 9-8.  Another run came home after an error, and Redfield lead 10-8 after the top of the fourth inning.  Three more runs came home to score for Redfield in the top of the fifth inning.  An error, a single, and an error led to the runs for Redfield as they led 13-8 heading to the bottom of the fifth inning.  Dell Rapids got back-to-back RBI doubles by Dahler and Price to cut the lead to 13-10 heading into the sixth inning.  Neither team scored in the sixth to set up a tense seventh inning.

After an error, Dell Rapids was able to turn a double-play defensively in the top of the seventh inning.  Redfield, however, drew three straight walks to load the bases with two outs.  Gillogly was able to get the next batter out on a strikeout to keep the game at 13-10 heading into the final at bat.  Jeffrey Schuch started the top of the seventh with a single.  After a pop out, Dahler collected another hit to put runners on first and second.  Price drew a walk to load the bases for Dell Rapids.  Gullickson followed with a walk to score Schuch to make the score 13-11.  Jay Holm popped out to shortstop for the second out.  Gillogly drew another walk to bring home Dahler, and the lead was cut to 13-12 with the bases remaining loaded with two outs.  Keegan Miller hit a 1-0 popup just behind first base that was caught for the final out of the game.

Schuch, Price, and Dahler all had three hits in the game.  Gullickson and Gillogly had two hits each.  Elijah Story and Steineke both had a hit as well.  Gullickson and Gillogly both had three RBIs each.  Price, Steineke, and Dahler all drove home two runs apiece.

The Dell Rapids season comes to an end with a record of 10-3.

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