Helen Raker

Helen RakerHelen Raker, Sioux Falls, SD, died January 9, 2017, at Sanford USD Medical Center. She was 95. Funeral Services were held on Monday, January 16. On-line condolences may be left at the Miller Funeral Home website.

Helen J. Raker was born October 29, 1921, to Emma and Joe Haverberg in Centerville, SD. She was second oldest of their six daughters. Helen attended Centerville Public Schools and graduated from Centerville High School in 1939. Active in the Scandia Lutheran Church youth programs and choir, she also played the piano and bassoon. After high school, she served an apprenticeship in a local beauty salon where she satisfied all requirements to become a licensed beautician. At this time, Helen met, fell in love with, and married Donald B. Raker of Brookings, SD. He was serving a one-year pharmacy internship in a Centerville pharmacy.   Helen married Don on June 6, 1943 and they made their home in Brookings, SD where Don finished his pharmacy education and began his career.

Two years later, Helen became a mother to Bob. In 1947 Don took a pharmacist’s job at Schirmer’s Pharmacy in Mitchell, S.D. While living in Mitchell, Helen gave birth to her second son Jim. In the opinion of friends, family, her sons and husband, Helen became an outstanding homemaker and a fantastic cook. In 1952 Helen and her family moved to Sioux Falls, SD when Don became a traveling pharmaceutical salesman. They joined and became involved in First Lutheran Church. She was deeply involved in mothering her two boys, by volunteering at school and by making sure the boys finished their homework and refereeing the boy’s squabbles.

Helen worked in various capacities for Norwest Bank from the late 60’s retiring in the mid 80’s. As they got closer to retirement, she and Don began making trips to Arizona to escape winters in SD. The trips began with a two-week stay in Sun City and finishing in 1999 as a 3-month trip. She took up golf and continued golfing not only in Arizona, but was active in ladies’ golf leagues in Sioux Falls well into her 80s. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Don, in 2000. She is survived by her sister, Margaret Godsk; sons, Robert (and his wife, Karen) and James; grandchildren, Andrea Raker, Gretchen Black and Joel Raker; and great-grandsons, Drew, Colton and Greyson Black, and Mason and Axel Raker.

Winning Streak Continues for Quarrier Girls

NewDRLogoThe Dell Rapids Quarriers pushed their winning streak to four with a 72-54 win over the Sioux Valley Cossacks on Friday, January 20th.  Not only was this the fourth win in a row, it was the Quarriers sixth in their last seven games.

After the score was tied 10-10, the Quarriers finished out the first quarter on a 12-0 run to take a 22-10 lead after the first quarter.  Dell Rapids was able to increase the lead to 37-20 by halftime.  Sioux Valley made a couple of runs in the second half, but every time the Cossacks got the lead under 10 points, the Quarriers had an answer.

Emma Paul and Jayda Knuppe both finished the game with 21 points and seven rebounds each.  Arial Hoffman had nine points, Kaylee Hennen had eight points, and Aspen Hansen finished with seven points.

Dell Rapids (8-4) will host Elk Point-Jefferson as part of a double header with the boys on Saturday, January 21st.  Both games can be seen on Big Sioux Media.

Cardinal Boys Beat Estelline for Third Time

DRSM LogoThe Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinals beat the Estelline Redmen for the third time this season.  The Cardinals won 63-15 at the Dakota Valley Conference tournament in Colman on Friday, January 20th.

The Cardinal defense held Estelline to single-digit scoring in each of the quarters.  St Mary out scored 24-3 in the first quarter and just kept rolling the remainder of the game.  The Cardinals led 38-11 at halftime and 44-13 at the end of the third quarter.

St Mary shot 25-57 (44%) from the field, 9-22 (41%) from three-point area, and 5-8 (63%) from the free throw line.  The Cardinals had 40 team rebounds, 12 assists, 16 steals, and four 22 Estelline turnovers in the game.

The Cardinal offense had a very balanced scoring attack.  Austin Welbig had 12 points and four rebounds.  Luke Brown also finished with 12 points along with five rebounds and five steals.  Connor Libis added 11 points and six assists.  Jason Cook and Max Herber both finished with eight points each.  Garret Frost and Herber each had six rebounds.

St Mary (6-6) will face Deubrook Area in the consolation championship of the DVC Tournament at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 21st, in Colman.

Quarrier Boys Rally to Beat Madison

NewDRLogoThe Dell Rapids Quarriers rallied from a nine-point fourth quarter deficit to beat the Madison Bulldogs 58-57 in Madison on Thursday, January 19th.

The Quarriers trailed through most of the game.  Madison held a 16-11 lead after the end of the first quarter.  Dell Rapids was able to trim the lead to 28-24 by halftime.  Both teams scored 15 points in the third quarter, and the Bulldogs led 43-39 at the end of the quarter.

Madison pushed their lead to nine points after a 5-0 run in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter.  However, with 5:54 to go in the game, the Quarrier run started.  The Quarriers went on a 12-0 run over the next 2:20 with points by Austin Ellingson, Sheldon Siemonsma, Mason Peter and Tanner Heim to take a 51-48 lead with 3:38 to go.

The Bulldogs stopped the run with two free throws with 3:01 to go to cut the Quarrier lead to 51-50.  The Bulldogs then regained the lead after a bucket with 1:28 to go.  Jeffrey Schuch put Dell Rapids back in front at 53-52 with 1:12 to go after two made free throws.  Again the lead went back to Madison with :58 after two made free throws, but Siemonsma hit a three point shot from the win with :45 to go to put the Quarriers back in front 56-54.  The Bulldogs were called for an offensive foul with :17 left to turn the ball over to Dell Rapids.  Peter was fouled with :14.6 on the clock and promptly made both free throws to put Dell Rapids ahead 58-54.  Josh Giles hit a three point shot with :08.1 to cut the lead to 58-57.  Dell Rapids turned the ball over on the in-bounds pass trying to baseball pass to their end of the court.  However, the defense kept Madison from getting a last second shot to hold on for the win.

Dell Rapids finished the game shooting 22-50 (44%) from the field, 3-17 (18%) from three-point area, and 11-14 (79%) from the free-throw line.  The Quarriers had a total of 29 rebounds, 14 assists, and turned the ball over just eight times.

Four players finished in double figures for Dell Rapids.  Schuch led the team with 13 points and nine rebounds.  Heim tallied 12 points and six rebounds.   Peter finished with 12 points and three steals.  Mason Schmidt added 11 points.  Austin Ellingson dished out five assists in the game.

Dell Rapids (7-2) will host Elk Point-Jefferson as part of a double header with the girls on Saturday, January 21st.  Both games can be seen on Big Sioux Media.

DRHS School Announcements

Dell Rapids High School Announcements:Quarriers

Friday, January 20th
Lunch:  Teriyaki Chicken Sandwich, Grilling Station or Pizza

  • Student Council meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 26th in the Spanish Room over lunch.
  • Current Juniors… applications for SD BOR Dual Credit Courses during the summer semester open on February 21.  If you are interested or if you would like more information, please see Dr. Kludt or Ms. Ruesink.  More information can also be found on the SDMyLife website.
  • The FFA Chapter will be holding a meeting on Monday, Jan. 23 at 7 pm in the high school agriculture classroom.
  • The College of Computing at Dakota State University, will be hosting an Information Technology Camp for high school students on Monday, February 13, 2017. Some of the topics that will be discussed are: Computer Forensics, Computer Game Design, Computer Programming, and Network Security and Cyber Operations.    If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Kludt.
  • Attention creative writing students (from the class and otherwise): please print and submit your work to Ms. Gleason by today, Jan 20 for submission to the SDSU creative writing contests. All work will be sent in one big envelope on Friday at 3pm. Please see Ms. Gleason if you want to know the correct format or have other questions. There are cash prizes!! (You may not submit anonymously.)
  • Please stop parking in front of mailboxes at all times during the day. You have been asked to not park in front of mailboxes numerous times!
  • Dell Rapids ACT Prep Class registration sheets are available in Mrs. Ruesink’s office.

 

 

Thursday, January 19th
 Happy Birthday to Mason M. and Megan N.!!
Lunch:  Homestyle BBQ Pork Sandwich, Grilling Station or Pizza

  • ATTENTION JUNIORS: There will be a prom meeting today (Thursday) at noon in the library!
  • Current Juniors… applications for SD BOR Dual Credit Courses during the summer semester open on February 21.  If you are interested or if you would like more information, please see Dr. Kludt or Ms. Ruesink.  More information can also be found on the SDMyLife website.
  • The FFA Chapter will be holding a meeting on Monday, Jan. 23 at 7 pm in the high school agriculture classroom.
  • There will be an FCCLA meeting on Thursday morning at 8 in the FACS room for all members.
  • The College of Computing at Dakota State University, will be hosting an Information Technology Camp for high school students on Monday, February 13, 2017. Some of the topics that will be discussed are: Computer Forensics, Computer Game Design, Computer Programming, and Network Security and Cyber Operations.    If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Kludt.
  • Attention creative writing students (from the class and otherwise): please print and submit your work to Ms. Gleason by Friday, Jan 20 for submission to the SDSU creative writing contests. All work will be sent in one big envelope on Friday at 3pm. Please see Ms. Gleason if you want to know the correct format or have other questions. There are cash prizes!! (You may not submit anonymously.)
  • Please stop parking in front of mailboxes at all times during the day. You have been asked to not park in front of mailboxes numerous times!
  • Dell Rapids ACT Prep Class registration sheets are available in Mrs. Ruesink’s office.

 

 

Wednesday, January 18th
 Happy Birthday to Justin H. and Sydney S.!!
Lunch:  Homestyle Beef Stroganoff, Grilling Station or Pizza

  • There will be no schedule changes after 3:18 today.
  • The FFA Chapter will be holding a meeting on Monday, Jan. 23 at 7 pm in the high school agriculture classroom.
  • There will be an FCCLA meeting on Thursday morning at 8 in the FACS room for all members.
  • The College of Computing at Dakota State University, will be hosting an Information Technology Camp for high school students on Monday, February 13, 2017. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Kludt.
  • Attention creative writing students (from the class and otherwise): please print and submit your work to Ms. Gleason by Friday, Jan 20 for submission to the SDSU creative writing contests. All work will be sent in one big envelope on Friday at 3pm. Please see Ms. Gleason if you want to know the correct format or have other questions. There are cash prizes!! (You may not submit anonymously.)
  • Please stop parking in front of mailboxes at all times during the day. You have been asked to not park in front of mailboxes numerous times!
  • Dell Rapids ACT Prep Class registration sheets are available in Mrs. Ruesink’s office.

 

 

Tuesday, January 17th
Lunch:  Cajun Chicken Penne, Grilling Station or Pizza

  • Attention creative writing students (from the class and otherwise): please print and submit your work to Ms. Gleason by Friday, Jan 20 for submission to the SDSU creative writing contests. All work will be sent in one big envelope on Friday at 3pm. Please see Ms. Gleason if you want to know the correct format or have other questions. There are cash prizes!! (You may not submit anonymously.)
  • Stop parking in front of  Mrs. Rieck’s mailbox at all times during the day! If you do this, she is unable to get her mail!
  • Dell Rapids ACT Prep Class registration sheets are available in Mrs. Ruesink’s office.

Dell Rapids MIDDLE SCHOOL Announcements

Dell Rapids Middle School Announcements:Quarriers

Friday, January 20th
Happy Birthday to Tristen M.!!
• Happy Birthday on Sunday to Paige S.!!
5th/6th Lunch today will be choices of:  Pizza or Teriyaki Chicken Sandwich
7th/8th Lunch today will be choices of:  Teriyaki Chicken Sandwich, Grilling Station or Pizza

  • Attention 6th Grade Students:  if you would like to read announcements this quarter, please sign up in the office!
  • DRMS Yearbook order forms are in the office.  Order/payment are due in the office by March 1st
  • Attention Students:  3 pair of glasses have been turned in to the office.  Please stop in to claim.
  • Attention students:  The second annual “sock hop” dodge ball tournament will be held Friday, February 10th.  Let’s try to beat our record of donations from last year!!    **Remember a pizza party is on the line for the winning class.  If you have any questions please see Ms. Barber!!
  • Last night, the Quarrier 7th graders defeated McCook Central 49-34.  In the second game.
  • The 8th Grade Lady Q’s took down McCook Central 42-18 in last night’s game.
  • 2nd Quarter Honor Roll is posted on the office window.  If you have any questions, please stop in the office.
  • Good Luck to the bowlers as they travel to Sioux Falls for a meet tonight starting at 4pm.
  • Good Luck to the 7/8 boys basketball teams as they travel to Baltic today.  Dismiss athletes at 3pm for a 3:10pm bus time – games start at 4pm.
  • Good Luck to the varsity girls basketball teams as they travel to Volga – games start at 6:15pm.
  • Good Luck to the wrestlers as they travel to Lennox tomorrow.  Bus time is 8:15am, matches start at 10am.
  • Good Luck to the girls and boys basketball teams as they host a doubleheader with Elk Point Jefferson tomorrow starting at 2pm.

 

 

Thursday, January 19th
Happy Birthday to Ashlyn B.!!
5th/6th Lunch today will be choices of:  Homestyle BBQ Pork Sandwich or Hot Dog
7th/8th Lunch today will be choices of:  Homestyle BBQ Pork Sandwich, Grilling Station or Pizza

  • Attention 6th Grade Students:  if you would like to read announcements this quarter, please sign up in the office!
  • DRMS Yearbook order forms are in the office.  Order/payment are due in the office by March 1st
  • Attention Students:  3 pair of glasses have been turned in to the office.  Please stop in and claim.
  • Attention students:  The second annual “sock hop” dodge ball tournament will be held Friday, February 10th.  Let’s try to beat our record of donations from last year!!    **Remember a pizza party is on the line for the winning class.  If you have any questions please see Ms. Barber!!
  • Good Luck to the 7/8 girls basketball team as they travel to Salem for a game today staring at 4pm.  Dismiss at 2:40 for a 2:50 bus time.
  • Good Luck to the wrestlers as they travel to Sioux Falls O’Gorman today.  Bus time is 3:15 – matches start at 5pm.
  • Good Luck to the varsity boys basketball team as they travel to Madison today.  C game starts at 5pm with JV and Varsity to follow.

 

 

Wednesday, January 18th
Happy Birthday to Gunnar C. and Ms. Swaney!!
5th/6th Lunch today will be choices of:  Homestyle Beef Stroganoff or Bosco Sticks with Marinara Sauce
7th/8th Lunch today will be choices of:  Homestyle Beef Stroganoff, Grilling Station or Pizza

  • Attention 6th Grade Students:  if you would like to read announcements this quarter, please sign up in the office!
  • DRMS Yearbook order forms are in the office.  Order/payment are due in the office by March 1st
  • Attention Students:  3 pair of glasses have been turned in to the office.  Please stop in and claim.
  • Attention students:  The second annual “sock hop” dodge ball tournament will be held Friday, February 10th.  Let’s try to beat our record of donations from last year!!    **Remember a pizza party is on the line for the winning class.  If you have any questions please see Ms. Barber!!
  • There will be an FCCLA meeting on Thursday morning at 8 in the FACS room for all members.
  • REMINDER TO 7TH AND 8TH GRADE BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYERS:  Sport photos will be taken today after school at the ES gym – be sure to have your uniform and picture packet.
  • Attention Student Council Representatives:  We will have a meeting today at 12:40 in Ms. Telkamp’s office.
  • On Monday, the 7th grade boys basketball team took on the Flandreau Flyers.  The Quarriers came out on fire and led 18 to 8 after one.  However the rest of the game would not prove to be so easy as several transition turnovers led to easy buckets for the Flyers and they cut the lead to 5 heading into the final frame.  Flyers would inch closer but several steals down the stretch brought the Quarriers a 40-36 victory and a 4-2 record overall.  In the B Game, the Quarriers fought off a tough flyers team to win 11-9.  Next game will be Friday 1-20-17 at Baltic.
  • The 8th grade boys basketball team defeated Flandreau in overtime by a score of 33 to 27 on Monday afternoon in Dell Rapids.  The boys played very well defensively.  This was a game of spurts and points were hard to come by.  Dells pushed out to a 16 to 10 lead at halftime, while Flandreau battled back to tie the game at 25 all at the end of regulation.  The boys took a 2 point lead in the O-T and then converted their free throws down the stretch to get the win.  The B team lost 7 to 18.

 

 

Tuesday, January 17th
Happy Birthday t0 Mr. Honerman!!
5th/6th Lunch today will be choices of:  Cheeseburger or Homestyle Cajun Chicken Penne
7th/8th Lunch today will be choices of:  Cajun Chicken Penne, Grilling Station or Pizza

  • Attention 6th Grade Students:  if you would like to read announcements this quarter, please sign up in the office!
  • Attention Students:  3 pair of glasses have been turned in to the office.  Please stop in and claim.
  • Attention students:  The second annual “sock hop” dodge ball tournament will be held Friday, February 10th.  A letter was sent home with you to give to your parents.  The letter explains how much for the socks and t-shirts.   Let’s try to beat our record of donations from last year!!
    **Remember a pizza party is on the line for the winning class.
    If you have any questions please see Ms. Barber!!
  • Middle school music students: You will be able to pick up your El Tapatio fundraiser cards today. If you do not have a music class today you may pick them up right after school.
  • Last Thursday, the 7th Grade Quarriers squad traveled to Madison to take on the Bulldogs.  Early in the game, the Quarriers couldn’t buy a bucket and found themselves down 10 early.  However, Quarriers fought back in the second half to cut the lead to 7 in the fourth quarter.  It just wasn’t enough however as the Bulldogs pulled away late with free throws winning the game 38-23 and dropping the Quarriers record to 2-2.  The B game didn’t go much better as the Quarriers struggled from the floor and lost the game 17-10.
  • On Friday night, Lennox came to town in a battle of the black and orange schools.  Quarriers came out on fire and led the orioles 15-5 after one.  Lennox tried to close the gap in the 2nd, but a three at the end of the half gave the Quarriers a 22-13 lead at the break.  At half, Lennox switched to a zone defense and stifled the Quarriers offense for much of the remainder of the game.  However, thanks to tough defense and clutch free throw shooting, Dells came away with a well-deserved 33-28 victory.  In the B game, both offenses struggled to find a rhythm as the defenses swarmed to the ball.  Lennox made a big three pointer and put the Quarriers away for good, 8-4.
  • The 8th grade boys A team defeated Lennox by a score of 42 to 32 on Friday night in Dell Rapids.  The boys played hard all night.  We struggled on the boards and denying the cutters early in the game and trailed by 2 points at the end of the 1st quarter.  We did a better job as the game progressed and gradually pulled away.  The B team fell by a score of 7 to 14.
  • REMINDER TO 7TH AND 8TH GRADE BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYERS:  Sport photos will be taken tomorrow after school at the ES gym – be sure to have your uniform and picture packet.
  • Last night, the 7th grade girls traveled to Flandreau and came home with wins in both games. In the first game, the Quarriers got a 37-17 win. The girls played great defense holding the fliers to only five points in the second half. In the second game of the night for the 7th grade, the Quarriers earned a 10-2 victory.
  • For the 8th grade Lady Q’s, 90% of the girls scored in their loss 37-44. Great hustle was shown by all!
  • Attention Student Council Representatives:  We will have a meeting on Wednesday at 12:40 in Ms. Telkamp’s office.
  • Good Luck to the varsity girls basketball team as they host West Central today starting at 5pm.
  • Good Luck to the wrestlers as they travel to Madison today.  Bus time is 3:15, matches start at 5:30pm.
  • Today is the first day of Quarter 3.

2017 SD Legislative Session – Dan Ahlers Week 2 Update

dan_ahlersGreetings from Pierre. Because this program affects so many South Dakotans, I would like to focus on the proposed changes to the South Dakota Retirement System. Due to economic factors, SDRS is recommending changes to protect the longevity of the fund as well as member benefits.

The South Dakota Retirement System was created to provide members and their families the opportunity to achieve financial security due to retirement, disability or death. The goal of the plan is to implement, manage and efficiently administer a sustainable retirement program.

The South Dakota Retirement System has a membership of more than 84,000 people. SDRS pays benefits in excess of $500 million each year. The majority of money paid each year goes to individuals that still live in South Dakota.

In the last 26 years, SDRS has been over 100% in actuarial valuations 21 times. SDRS’s fund ratio remains nearly 30% greater than the national average. Most states would love to have a retirement system funded as well as ours. However, due to lower than assumed investment performance the fund is 97% of its Fair Value Fund Ratio. In order to avoid the catastrophic situations of other state retirement funds, the Board of Trustees has a 100% funded objective. To maintain this objective SDRS is introducing 3 bills to ensure its longevity and commitment to its members.

HB 1016 will revise the methodology for calculating the annual cost of living adjustment or (COLA). If the fair value funded ratio is 100% or greater the COLA payable is equal to the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage earners or (CPI-W). It will have a maximum increase of 3.5% and a minimum increase of .5%. If the fair value funded ratio is less than 100%, a maximum COLA is calculated that results in SDRS being fully funded and a minimum of .5%. It is important to note that this change will not cut benefits. The change only impacts the amount of increased benefits.

HB 1017 revises the definition of compensation of SDRS and establishes a penalty for false reporting. Compensation is defined as wages earned for services rendered during a specific time frame. Employer funded benefits, allowances or reimbursements for expenses are excluded. Payments in lieu of insurance, temporary pay for additional duties or incentivize retirements are also excluded. An example would be a teacher that would take an additional $1000 cash instead of opting into a group insurance plan. The $1000 payout would not be considered compensation.

HB 1018 revises the computation for benefit compensation. The reason for this change pertains to large, late-career increases in compensation. These incidents create inequities that result in a significantly higher benefit and liability. These benefits and liabilities exceed the amount the contribution and investment income can fund. This bill will phase in a longer averaging period of 5 years for people hired on or after July 1, 2021. Compensation for each year considered is limited to 105% of the highest compensation in any of the final 10 years of employment. This bill will prevent losses from large increases just prior to retirement and keep ongoing cost benefits in balance with contributions.

All 3 bills passed the House Retirement Laws Committee and are headed to the House floor. If you missed last week’s article, it should still be available on Big Sioux Media. If you would like to contact me, you may email me at dan.ahlers@sdlegislature.gov or call 940-3071. I would be happy to answer any questions.

Dell Rapids Baseball Association Update

DellsBaseballLogoThe snow is nearly gone, the ice is melting, and the grass is turning green—all signs pointing toward spring and the start of baseball season.   Yes, it’s nearly here and the Dell Rapids Baseball Association (DRBA) is diligently preparing for the upcoming season.   The DRBA is looking forward to building off of last year’s success, as both the A and B Teener teams earned “runner-ups” in their respective state tournaments.  Little League also had two “runner-ups”, but also crowned a championship team in the MinnDak League.  Other highlights included:  High School Club Baseball saw Dell Rapids make the final four of the state tournament for the second year in a row; Legion baseball won its first game at regions before losing to the eventual state champion; and, both amateur teams (PBR and Mudcats) qualified for the state tournament and advanced past the first round.   Dell Rapids hosted the “B Teener” state tourney to many compliments and a huge success, even mother nature could not damper the mood of our guests.
DRBA is writing this column to simply update the community of the needs, changes, and future of baseball in Dell Rapids.  There are many exciting projects underway to improve our love of baseball in Dell Rapids—such as field improvements, tournaments, equipment updates, and tons of fun.  Currently, the Dell Rapids Baseball Association and Dell Rapids Little League (DRLL) are joining forces to form one entity to better accommodate baseball fans, parents, and kids in Dell Rapids. The current structure is still being formed; however, all information regarding baseball in Dell Rapids will be conducted through one website, dellrapidsbaseball.com.  To eliminate confusion, all ages of baseball will be using the same online registration site, same as last year.  You can register for Little League, High School Club Baseball, Teeners, and Legion Baseball.  Online registration will open on February 1, 2017-so register early.  Registration costs will remain the same as last year.
Of course as in every year, the DRBA and DRLL are both looking for coaches.  If you’re interested in coaching at the High School Club, American Legion, Teener, or Little League levels, please send us a note or contact a board member—all through the website.   We are always looking for coaches to teach, mentor, and encourage our youth in Dell Rapids.   You don’t need to be an expert, but a background check is required for all coaching positions, at all levels.   If you have questions, please contact a board member so we can get an answer for you.  If you are new to town and part of a new business and interested in becoming a sponsor, please see the website for more information.    DRBA and DRLL thanks all those businesses who have supported Dell Rapids baseball in the past, and would like to just give a “heads-up” that our yearly letter will be arriving shortly.   We would not have baseball if not for the support of many local businesses—so a big thank you again.
Also, with change comes the departure of board members—long time DRBA board members LeAnn Kerzman and George Henry both have stepped down from the board after many years of service; their advice and expertise will be missed. DRBA appreciates their time and efforts put forth for the youth of Dell Rapids.  Please thank them when you visit with them in the community.  Until next time, LET’S PLAY BALL!