Dell Rapids Ace Open in New Location

AceOpening1Dell Rapids Ace  has opened the doors at their new location at 1108 N Hwy 77.  The new 15,000-square foot facility is twice as big as their previous location. AceOpening4

Dell Rapids Ace Manager Alan Nedved said, “The inside of the store is ready to go.”  Nedved also mentioned that the outside still needs some work as the weather has not been kind in allowing everything to be finished.  He said that they hope to get more concrete soon, and that the awning also gets finished.

AceOpening3Owner John Niederauer mentioned in December that the larger, $1-million store will allow Dell Rapids Ace to stock a wider selection of merchandise.  Niederauer bought the Dell Rapids store in 1998, when it was still True Value, and also operates Aces in Miller, Tea, and Redfield.


Slide the City Vote Taken off Agenda



Slide the City submitted an application for an outdoor permit which was to be heard by the Dell Rapids City Council during their regular meeting on Monday, July 7th.

The event permit was being requested for Saturday, August 22nd, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The 1,000 ft water slide was asked to be set up on Iowa Ave from 9th St to 5th St.  The event would have also had live music and food for all ages.

However, during the city council meeting, City Administrator Justin Weiland noted that the event permit was pulled from the city earlier in the day.  The Dell Rapids City Council did not have the opportunity to vote on the permit.

Dell Rapids was the third location that Slide the City had explored in the area.  Sioux Falls and Brandon had also been explored as possible location prior to Dell Rapids.

Showing at the Dells Theater

Inside OutEnding July 9: “INSIDE OUT” — Disney and Pixar’s new animated family comedy stars the voices of Amy Poehler and Bill Hader. Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions—Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life.  As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school. “Inside Out” is held over through Thursday, July 9 at the Dells Theatre. 95 minutes. It’s rated PG for mild thematic elements and some action.

MinionsStarting July 10: “MINIONS” — This new animated family comedy features the voices of Sandra Bullock and Steve Carell. From the dawn of time, Minions have strived to be the assistants to the world’s leading villains. But from T. Rex, to Napoleon, they always soon find themselves without a boss. One day, one Minion, Kevin, and his buddies, teen rebel Stuart, and lovable little Bob, go on a quest to meet female super villain Scarlet Overkill (voice of Sandra Bullock). They find themselves traveling from Antarctica to 1960’s New York City to modern London in their effort to save all of Minionkind from annihilation. “Minions” starts Friday nationally including at the Dells Theatre. 88 minutes. It’s rated PG for action and rude humor.

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)

College Student Spends Month at Animal Clinic

BrittneySchlaikjerBrittney Schlaikjer, Dell Rapids, has spent the month of June working at the Animal Clinic in Winner.

She will be a senior at South Dakota State University majoring in animal science and pre-vet.

Schlaikjer is the daughter of Alan and Sheba Schlaikjer, formerly of Winner. Grandparents are Patsy Schlaikjer of Winner and the late Art Schlaikjer and Bonnie Robinson and Kence Robinson, both of Winner.

Schlaikjer said she has been shadowing the veterinarians at the Winner clinic. She has had a chance to work in the clinic and also make farm visits.

“I have really enjoyed it and it has been a great experience,” she said.

Friday, June 26, was her last day of work at the clinic for the summer.

Schlaikjer says she is in the process of applying for veterinary school. Her goal is to be a large animal veterinarian.

The 2012 graduate of Dell Rapids High School grew up with horses which sparked her interest in veterinary medicine.

14th Annual Dell Rapids Relay for Life

RELAY Shirt ArtworkThe 14th annual Dell Rapids American Cancer Society Relay for Life will start on Friday, July 24th at 6:00 p.m. and will run until Saturday, July 25th at 6:00 a.m.  Relay for Life will take place at the Dell Rapids City Park.  The Boy Scouts will have a whopper feed starting at 5:30 on Friday, and concessions will be run by the Cancer Crusaders also starting at 5:30.

The Survivor Walk and entertainment begin at 6:00 p.m.

Be sure to bring your lawn chairs!

Constance “Connie” Koepsell

Connie KoepsellConstance “Connie” Koepsell, 78, of Canova, South Dakota, passed away on Friday, June 26, 2015 at Golden Living Center, Salem, South Dakota.

Constance Elizabeth Hanten was born January 14, 1937 on a farmstead near White Lake, Aurora County, South Dakota to Otto and Ida (Meier) Hanten. As a young child the family moved to Mitchell, South Dakota, where she attended grade school. Later Connie moved during her High School years to Canova, where she graduated from the Canova High School. Connie was united in marriage to the love of her life Lloyd Koepsell on July 10, 1955 at Mitchell, SD. The couple moved to and lived near Canova, where they farmed and raised six children. Connie worked for the Howard Café, Countryside Café and Canova Bar, while helping her husband Lloyd farm. Some of Connie’s enjoyments include fishing, family reunions, trips to the badlands, doing crafts, coffee time with the local ladies and grilling. She enjoyed her visits with her children and especially with her grandchildren. Connie was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, ladies aid group, Canova Legion Auxiliary, and Homemaker’s Club. Condolences may be left at

Grateful for having shared in her life include her husband of 60 years: Lloyd Koepsell of Canova, SD; her children: Dawn (Dave) Mason of Sioux City, IA; LaVoy (Buck) Amundson of Dell Rapids, SD; Roxie (David) Frey of Mount Vernon, SD; Wanda (John) Laible of Howard, SD; Chad (Kelly) Koepsell of Canova, SD; Heath (Ronda) Koepsell of Canova, SD; 21 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; 3 brothers: Harold (Louise) Hanten of Omaha, NE; Floyd (Jan) Hanten of Mitchell, SD; Gene Hanten of Mitchell, SD; 3 sisters: Marcella Thompson of White Lake, SD; Dorothy Graves of Ethan, SD; Carol (Verle) Everson of White Lake, SD; other relatives and friends.

Connie was preceded in death by her parents Otto and Ida, 2 brothers: Donald, Russell, 2 sisters: Sally, Cecelia, a son-in-law: Dave Neises, a granddaughter: Shannon Kidd, a sister-in-law: Marilyn Hanten, 2 brother-in-laws: Bud Thompson and Eddie Graves.

Blaine Bacon Named 9B Assistant Coach of the Year

DRSM LogoThe South Dakota Football Coaches Association named the 2015 Assistant Coach of the Year winners for all classes.  Blaine Bacon of Dell Rapids St Mary was named the 9B Assistant Coach of the Year.  The award will be presented during halftime of the All-Star Football game on Wednesday, July 15th in Aberdeen.  The SDFBCA also announced other award winners.  The fill list of winners is listed below:

2015 Assistant Coach of the Year Winners:

  • 9B – Blaine Bacon, Dell Rapids St Mary
  • 9A – Derek Hoellein, Warner
  • 9AA – Dustin Hourigan, Deuel
  • 11B – Gary Kortan, Bon Homme
  • 11A – Dan DeVries, Lennox
  • 11AA – Chris Koletzky, Sturgis
  • 11AAA – James Stubkjaer, SF Roosevelt

State Friend of Football Award Winners:

  • Joe Salem, Sioux Falls
  • Dale McElhany, Watertown

30 Years of Coaching Football Service:

  • Tom Culver, Avon HS
  • David Dolan, RC Central HS
  • Dan Evans, Centerville HS
  • Chris Jacobson, Watertown HS
  • Kent Mueller, West Central HS
  • Tom Price, SF O’Gorman HS
  • Dan Thelen, Huron HS
  • Robert Tiff, Redfield-Doland HS
  • Bill Weber, Watertown HS

40 Years of Coaching Awards (will be presented at state football championships):

  • Ron Estacion, RC Stevens
  • Frank Podraza, Hitchcock-Tulare
  • Virg Polak, Watertown



Velda Schnellbach

Velda SchnellbachVelda M. Schnellbach, 77, of Dell Rapids, passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at the Dells Area Health Center. Her funeral service will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, 2015 in the Kahler Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be two hours prior to the start of the service. Interment will be in the St. Mary Cemetery. Condolences may be left at

Velda Marie Schnellbach was born on May 11, 1938 in Mitchell, SD to Raymond and Hazel (Baughman) Songer. She married Edward Schnellbach on November 18, 1957 in McClusky, ND. They had seven children. Edward passed away in 1982.

Velda worked and resided in Sioux Falls, SD and retired in 1998 due to health. She resided in Dell Rapids, SD the past two years.

Velda is survived by her four sons, Curtis Leroy Schnellbach, Carl James Henry Schnellbach, Kraig Joseph Schnellbach and Jamie Michael (Hiedi) Schnellbach; his two daughters, Catherine Lea (John) Radziwon and Karene Kay Schnellbach; her three sisters, Iola Hamilton, Geneva (Duke) Leetch and Leota Story; her three brothers, Keith (Rose) Songer, Wayne (Barb) Songer and Larry Songer and her ten grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Hazel Songer; her husband, Edward Schnellbach, her son, Kevin Schnellbach; her seven brothers, Kenneth, Dale, Leonard, Lester, Melvin, Donald, Calvin, and her sister, Charlette.

She was loved very much and will be missed by all.

Mudcats Defeat PBR Behind Donahue’s 17 Ks

PBRvsMudcatsQD_2Jared Donahue pitched 7 2/3 innings of two-hit baseball for the Dell Rapids Mudcats as they defeated Dell Rapids PBR 6-2 on Friday, June 26th, during “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” night as part of the Quarry Days celebration.  Donahue gave up two runs on two hits while striking out 17 batters.

PBR jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.  Blake Harms drove in a Zane Schumacher with an RBI single.  Harms came around to score on a Tanner Solberg RBI double.  The Mudcats got one of the runs back as Jimmy Bauer scored on an error to make the score 2-1 PBR after the first inning.

The Mudcats tied the game in the bottom of the 3rd after Tom Pischke scored on an RBI single by Nate Henry.  Bauer scored the go-ahead run in the fifth inning after scoring on an error.  The Mudcats led 3-2 after the fifth inning and went on to add three more runs in the eighth inning.  Bauer scored for the third time in the game on an RBI sacrifice-fly by Henry.  Kris King scored on an RBI singled by Mark Hauck.  Aaron Johnson drove in Travis Peters for the third run of the inning. PBRvsMudcatsQD_1

The story of the game was the pitching by Donahue.  Donahue faced seven batters in the first inning giving up two earned runs on two hits while walking two batters.  He then hit Sheldon Davis with a pitch to lead off the second inning.  However, Donahue did not allow another PBR base runner in his next 6 2/3 innings while striking out 15 batters in that stretch to earn the win.  Colin Karst pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up no runs on no hits and struck out one.

Nate Alfson pitched a strong game for PBR giving up three runs, but only one earned, on four hits while walking one and striking out two over five innings.  Dale Solberg pitched three innings giving up three runs, all earned, on five hits while walking one and striking out one.