Dell Rapids 15s Headed to 15/16 State Tournament

The Dell Rapids 15s Teener team qualified for the 15/16 State A VFW Teener Tournament by placing 2nd in the Region 3A tournament which was held in Dell Rapids at Rickeman Field July 27-29.

Dell Rapids 15s started the tournament on Monday, July 27th against West Central.  West Central won the game despite outstanding pitching performances by Elijah Story (four innings) and Lealand Randel (two innings).  West Central scored four runs on three consecutive Dell Rapids throwing errors in the third inning with two outs.  Dell Rapids was only able to muster one run in the game and fell to West Central 4-1.  Seth Spielmann and Story each collected two hits in the game.

Now in the loser’s bracket, Dell Rapids came back and won their next game over Dell Rapids 16s 9-0 on Tuesday, July 28th.  Dell Rapids 15s turned two double-plays in the first and second innings.  Austin Ellingson struck out 11 batters in a complete-game shutout.  Story threw out two attempted base stealers at second during the game.  Jeffry Schuch led the offense for Dell Rapids 15s going 3-4 with a double and five RBIs.  Keegan Miller added two hits, and Ellingosn, Carter Gullickson, and Elijah Story each scored two runs.

Dell Rapids 15s earned a spot in the finals by defeating Tri-Valley 2-0 on Wednesday, July 29th, in an exciting pitching dual.  Gullickson carried a perfect game into the sixth inning, which is when Tri-Valley would get their only hit of the game.  Gullickson finished the one-hit shutout for the win by striking out six batters.  The defense was solid for Dell Rapids as they did not commit an error in the game.  Miller was 3-3 offensively with three singles.  Spielmann went 2-3 and drove in both runs of the game.

Dell Rapids 15s met up with West Central again, this time in the championship game, on Wednesday, July 29th.  After a sluggish start to the game, Dell Rapids was able to tie the game at 6-6 in the sixth inning.  However, Dell Rapids would run out of steam and surrender seven runs to West Central in the seventh inning to fall 13-6.  Story, Schuch, Spielmann, Cameron Bruhn, and Eddie Price all picked up a hit and scored a run in the game.  Logan Ruesink was 2-4 with two RBIs.

Since West Central is hosting the 15/16 State A VFW Teener tournament and was already automatically qualified, the region bid in the state tournament went to Dell Rapids 15s after finishing second in regions.

The state tournament will be held in Humboldt August 7-9.


Mel Freese

Mel FreeseMel Freese, 87, former Madison area resident, died on March 14, 2015, in Texas.  Interment services will begin at 2 p.m. Sun., Aug. 2, at The Lakes Golf Course Memorial Garden. A time of sharing and reception will follow at The Lakes Restaurant.

Freese was born on April 27, 1928, at Wellsburg, Iowa. His mother died when he was 7 days old and he was raised by his maternal grandparents.  He worked in the trucking industry most of his life, first as a driver, then as a salesman of trucking services and finally as a dispatcher.

He lived in Mission, Texas for many years. In 2003, he started coming to South Dakota for the summers. He worked in the clubhouse at The Lakes Golf Course.

Survivors include a son Kenneth (Jane) of Minneapolis, Minn.; a daughter, Char (Mark) Aloisio of Malta; four grandchidlren; two brothers and a sister from Waterloo, Grundy Center and Wellsburg, Iowa; several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents; parents; a brother; and a daughter.

The Kahler Funeral Home of Dell Rapids is in charge of arrangements.  Condolences may be sent to

AUCTION on August 5

Landmark Realty logoAnnual Garretson Swimming Pool Auction
Wednesday, August 5 – 6:30 PM
at the Pool, Garretson, SD

Lunch Available – Grilled Hot Dogs, Chips & Bars! A fun-filled fundraiser with something for everyone!!!  Contact the following Swimming Pool Board Members with your auction items & for complete details.

Angie Blosmo – 594-6601
Jason Bohl – 594-3837
Shawn Frewaldt – 594-2330
Markell Gnadt – 594-6209
Leah Konechne – 594-3127
Doug Grimsrud – 597-6699
Tad Heitkamp – 594-3069
Karla Godbey – 594-6768
Kara Risty – 594-3116

See Ya There!!!

Bob Julson
RE Broker Associate & Auctioneer #339
Garretson, SD
605/351-2654 or 605/594-3550

Marvin “Marv” Peterson

Marv PetersonMarvin L. “Marv” Peterson, age 76, died Thursday, July 30, 2015 at his home following a lengthy battle with PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy), a rare neurological disease. His funeral service will be 10:30 AM Monday, August 3 at Heritage Lutheran Church in Brandon. Visitation begins at 4:00 PM Sunday, August 2 at the church, where the family will greet friends from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Condolences may be left at

Marv was born on May 26, 1939 in Dell Rapids, SD, to Robert and Freida “Petie” (Gruening) Peterson. When Marv was three, his father passed away and Petie married Gene Marcher five years later. Marv was raised and received his education in Dell Rapids. After graduation from high school, he attended and graduated from the University of Minnesota with his degree in architecture class of 1962.

Marvin was united in marriage with Louise Taylor in Minneapolis and the couple was blessed with three children. On July 11, 1987, Marvin was united in marriage with Jolene “Jodi” Kruse-Peters and they made their home in Brandon, SD.

Marv began his career with Spitznagel architectural firm in Sioux Falls. Three of his designs were the Rapid City Convention Center, The HPER Center (Frost Arena) on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings, SD and Risen Savior Catholic Church in Brandon. In 1976, Marv and two other partners started a new firm in Sioux Falls, Architecture Incorporated. In 1979, Marv was offered employment with Sioux Falls Construction Company in the commercial building area. While there, his main account was Avera McKennan Hospital, where he oversaw many new buildings and remodel projects. He retired in 2004 as a Vice President and co-owner of the company.

Grateful for sharing life with Marv are his wife, Jodi, Brandon, SD; three children: Pam Axelson, Lake Havasu City, AZ, Tana Patel and her husband, Monish of Indianapolis, IN, Grant Peterson and his wife, Megan, Milwaukee, WI; four grandchildren, Talon Brown, Logan and Colin Peterson and Hayden Patel; his brother, Al Peterson and his wife, Jan, Goodyear, AZ; his sister, Micki Kennison and her husband, Larry, Rapid City, SD; Jodi’s siblings, Marty Kruse and his wife, Karen, Monument, CO, Lynell Bonnes and her husband, Ray, Puyallup, WA; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and many great friends. Marv was preceded in death by his father, Robert Peterson; his mother, “Petie”; his step-father, Gene Marcher; and a son-in-law, Don Axelson.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial in Marvin’s name is preferred to Heritage Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Dell Rapids Mudcats Heading Back to State

MudcatsLogoA four-run seventh inning lifted the Dell Rapids Mudcats over the Madison Broncos 4-3 at the District 4B Amateur Baseball Tournament in Flandreau on Thursday, July 30th.  The win qualified the Mudcats for the State B Tournament in Mitchell August 5-15.

Madison jumped on Matt Wilbur and the Mudcats right away in the first inning.  The Broncos scored three times on four hits and two Mudcat errors.  Madison would leave the bases loaded, but took an early 3-0 lead.  The Mudcats struggled to find their offense as they were only able to get two total hits through the first six innings.

Madison, meanwhile, threatened to add to their lead in just about every inning.  The Broncos had at least one hit in every inning through the first six innings, but were unable to push across any more runs.  The momentum seemed to shift Dell Rapids way in the top of the sixth inning.  Madison had three hits in the inning, but had a runner thrown out at home, and they again left the bases loaded.

The Mudcats finally got to Brandon Burg in the seventh inning.  Joe Lewellen reached on a one-out single.  Jimmy Bauer hit a two-out double to put runners on second and third.  Travis Peters drove in the Mudcats’ first run with an RBI single.  Kris King drew a walk, and the Mudcats had the bases loaded with two outs.  Madison made a pitching change bringing in Chris Brozik to face Nate Henry.  Henry drove a double off the base of the wall to drive in three runs to give Dell Rapids a 4-3 lead.

Wilbur got through the final two innings to get the complete-game win and send Dell Rapids to the state tournament. Wilbur gave up three runs, two earned, on 11 hits while striking out 10 and walking four.  He was able to pitch Dell Rapids through a rough night in the field as the Mudcats committed five errors.

Henry finished 1-3 with a double and three RBI.  Peters was 2-4 with a double and an RBI.  Bauer, King and Lewellen also collected hits for Dell Rapids.

The Mudcats will enter the state tournament as the District 4B #2 rep.  Pairings for the state tournament will be released after the conclusion of all the district tournaments.

Dolores “Dody” Gulbranson

Delores GulbransonDolores Gulbranson, daughter of Fern and Loren Thomas, was born June 3, 1929 in Sioux City, Iowa. She met the love of her life, Merlyn “Merk” Gulbranson while in high school in Trent, SD where they were half of the graduating class of 1947. Merk and Dody were united in marriage on July 28, 1947. They became the proud parents of 5 children; four sons, Randy, Gary, Guy, Kevin, and a daughter Gay. Her children and their spouses blessed her with 15 Grandchildren and 19 Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, a sister, and a granddaughter. She is survived by her sister, Lorene Beatty.

Dody loved her family and loved her Lord. She was an excellent student of God’s Word and loved the opportunities she had over the years to teach others through Bible Study classes and programs. During their retirement years, she and her husband, Merk, enjoyed volunteering with Christian organizations in short-term mission projects. She loved sharing her life’s story and faith at Christian Women’ and Couple’s Clubs.

Dody had a love for music that she passed on to her children and grandchildren. Some of the family’s favorite memories were formed either singing and playing together or performing for others. It seemed appropriate that she slipped from this life into eternity listening to her daughter sing one of her favorite hymns, In The Garden.

For most of her life she lived in and around Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The last few years were spent near family in Des Moines, Iowa. Dolores died peacefully on the morning of July 28, a day that also represented her 68th wedding anniversary. She will be greatly missed by her family but they are assured that they will be reunited with her in heaven.

An Interment service will be in the Trent Cemetery at Trent, SD at 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 3, 2015. Memorials may be made in Dody’s name to The Gideons International. Condolences may be left at

Rickeman Field Grandstand Still Awaits Decision

RickemanFieldGrandStand-2015The Rickeman Field grandstand replacement project continues to be in a holding pattern.  The Dell Rapids City Council decided to table the decision on awarding the bidding of the project during their regular meeting on Monday, July 20th.

The council took no action on the putting the project out for bid during their meeting on June 1st.  Several members of the Dell Rapids Baseball Association asked the council to reconsider and spoke on the need to replace the grandstand during the council’s next meeting on June 15th. During that meeting, the city council voted to put the project out for bid.

The project only received one bid offer.  That bid was from Seating and Athletic Enterprises, LLC of Ellendale, MN for $58,112.  That bid was under the initial estimate of $64,000 for the grandstand with pressbox portion of the project.

The electrical portion of the project, which is separate, carried three options ranging in price from $4,700 to $8,400.  The options were to leave the electrical box where it is and remounting it to the new grandstand or move it to a new location while replacing the grandstand.

The cheaper electrical option is more of a temporary fix according to Dell Rapids Public Works Director Larry Schildhauer.  “I would say the cheaper bid is more of a temporary fix.  We’re going to have to re-do it.  And that would involve tearing out some of the materials that we put in for the temporary.  So we’ll eventually be spending more money than if we did it the right way.”

The concrete slab that would need to be set underneath the grandstand, which is estimated to be a size of 34 foot by 28 foot, was estimated to be around $9,000.  Councilman Mark Crisp said, “That’s kind of spendy…’s definitely something we need to take a look at.  How much concrete do we need?  How thick does it need to be? We should really have some quotes on that before approving.”  He also said, “This may bring it into budget if you get the appropriate numbers on your concrete.”

The total cost of the project with new grandstand and pressbox, electrical work, and concrete work came to a total of around $76,000, which is about $6,000 over the $70,000 budget amount.

A motion by Councilman Gary Haak to table the decision on awarding the bid project was made and the second was made by Councilman Lee Burggraff.  Prior to the vote of the motion, Councilman Mike Geraets presented another idea to the council about the project.

“I was approached by St Mary School that they would be willing to let us use their bleachers they purchased.  They have no use for them other than football season, and baseball season and football season don’t overlap….It’s just a matter of moving them from the field,” said Gearets.  He also mentioned an idea of putting a comfort station where the current grandstand sits and then put a pressbox on top of the comfort station while using the bleachers owned by St Mary school.

The vote passed unanimously to table the decision on the project to get more information on the cost of concrete and also to gather more information about the new idea presented by Geraets.



Showing at the Dells Theater

MaxEnding July 28: “MAX” — This new family adventure is about a boy and his dog who was a marine K-9. A young teen and his family are dealing with the loss of the boy’s older brother, a U.S. Marine who served in Afghanistan. The boy and his family find comfort, healing and adventure with the heroic military dog for which the older brother was the handler. The film is from the producers of “Marley and Me” and was directed by Boaz Yakin, who previously directed “Remember the Titans.” “Max” is showing through Tuesday, July 28. 111 minutes. It’s rated PG for action, violence, peril, brief language and some thematic elements.

VacationStarting July 29: “VACATION” — The next generation of Griswold’s is at it again—and on the road for another ill-fated adventure. Following in his father’s footsteps and hoping for some much-needed family bonding, a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) surprises his wife, Debbie (Christina Applegate), and their two sons with a cross-country trip back to America’s “favorite family fun park,” Wally World. The film also stars Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Chris Hemsworth and Leslie Mann. “Vacation” starts Wednesday, July 29 nationally including at the Dells Theatre. 99 minutes. It’s rated R for crude and sexual content and language throughout, and brief graphic nudity.

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 for showtimes)

Dell Rapids Mudcats Reach Semifinals

MudcatsLogoThe Dell Rapids Mudcats opened up the District 4B Amateur Baseball Tournament in Flandreau with a 4-1 win over Hartford/Humboldt.  10 total hits and three RBIs by 2nd baseman Nate Henry was all the run-support starting pitcher Jared Donahue needed to pick up his third win against H/H.  Donahue gave up one run on three hits while fanning 15.

“He pitched real well for us today,” said Manager Jim Wilber. “It was real important to get this first win, and Jared did that.  The lineup he faced was a very tough line-up and they hit the ball very well.  Jared was great.”

The last time these two teams met, H/H scored 11 runs, however this time they were only able squeeze out one run.

The Mudcats started the scoring early in the bottom of the 1st inning.  With one out Grant Olson doubled over the left fielders head.  Kris King moved Olson over on a error by the H/H right fielder’s dropped ball.  With runners on first and third, Henry drove in Olson on a fielders choice to second base.

The pitching duel continued as both teams made good plays out in the field, and both pitchers were able to locate the pitches they wanted.  In the fourth inning, Donahue gave up a run.  That would be the closest thing to a struggle for Donahue in the game.   H/H scored after Rob Lind worked a one-out walk, only Donahue’s second walk of the game.  After Danny Flahiee grounded out and moved Lind to second, H/H’s Cole Rockefellow reached on an error with two outs scoring Lind.

In the bottom of the 5th inning, the Mudcats put the only crooked number up on the scoreboard.  Jimmy Bauer led off the inning with his second single of the game.  Bauer stole second base.  Olson then popped up to short, which then brought up King.  King singled and drove in Bauer, which turned out to be the game-winning run.  Henry came to the plate and lined a base hit to right field.  When the throw to third came up wild, King was able to come home for another run.

The Mudcats added another run in the 7th when Henry drove in King again with a single after King singled and stole second base.

Donahue pitched a complete game with 15 strikeouts, only walking two. The run he gave up was unearned.

Bauer, King, Henry and Aaron Johnson each had two hits.  Olson and Colin Karst each had a double.

The Mudcats will play Tuesday, July 28th, at 8:00 p.m. in Flandreau.

Dell Rapids PBR Season Comes to an End

PBRLogoIn an elimination game on Saturday, July 25th, Dell Rapids PBR fell to Salem 12-0 in seven innings ending their 2015 season.  This is the second year in a row that Dell Rapids PBR has failed to qualify for the State B Amateur Baseball Tournament.

Salem opened up the game with two runs in the top of the first inning, one of those runs coming on a steal of home.  The Cubs added another run in the second inning and had an early 3-0 lead.  Salem did not slow down as they added three more runs in the third.  The big blow came in the top of the 7th inning when Salem scored five times to push their lead to 12-0.

The Dell Rapids PBR offense could not get anything going throughout the game.  Salem kept PBR off the bases in 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th innings retiring 15 PBR hitters in a row.