Dell Rapids Resident to be Palm Sunday Guest Soloist

In Yankton — a Palm Sunday tradition and gift to the community this Sunday will be the United Church of Christ Adult Choir as it presents Mark Hayes’ new “Requiem.”

The large choir, under the direction of Jennifer Powell, will be accompanied by a chamber ensemble, organ and piano. Guest baritone soloist is Dr. Wayne Mitchell of Dell Rapids. Originally from the Midwest, he has taught at Westmar College, Dort College in Sioux Center Iowa, Bethany College in Kansas, Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, has been guest soloist with the Sioux City Symphony, and other appearances.

The concert will begin at 3 p.m. on March 29th and the public is cordially invited to attend. Please join us at the reception following the concert in the church parlors. The United Church of Christ (Congregational) is located at 210 W. Fifth Street and Walnut in Yankton.

DRHS School Announcements:

Dell Rapids High School Announcements:Quarriers

Friday, March 27th
• Happy Birthday tomorrow to Sydney L., Brooke G. & Melaine W.!!
Lunch:  Cheese Pizza, Fish Sandwich, or Turkey & Cheese Sandwich

  • Students: Check out the “JOB OPPORTUNTIES” posted in the office window.
  • Seniors – Please pay attention to upcoming scholarship deadlines
    PEO Scholarship – March 31
    Zach Leighton Scholarship – April 1
    Dells Forward Youth Scholarship – April 1
    Dell Rapids Lions Club Scholarship – April 7
  • Seniors:  If you plan on attending any of the South Dakota Technical Schools next fall you are encouraged to stop in to see Mrs. Ruesink regarding the Build Dakota Scholarship. This full-ride scholarship will be awarded to students entering into a high-need workforce program at a technical school.
  • REMINDER TO SENIORS: Make sure you stop in the office TODAY and place your nomination for song choices—Roses Presentation and Recessional (Need TWO).
  • The University of South Dakota is hosting a Health Career Summer Camp from June 14-June 19 for current freshman, sophomore or junior students. Deadline for application is April 1st – see Mrs. Ruesink for more information.
  • ** Prom Grand March sign-up sheet is in the office, as well as Prom Forms for those that do not attend DRHS or are out of school (must not be older than 19yrs of age or one year removed from high school). ***Table Reservations can be made for SENIORS only.
  • ** Post Prom Permission Forms were mailed home, all students attending post prom must turn in a Permissions Form with the payment.  First Deadline is April 2nd.
  • Reminder: Students who do not attend DRHS must fill out a Prom Form if they are going to Prom.
  • **We’re looking for timers and other help for our home Quiz Bowl. Check in with Mrs. Gleason if you can help from 3:30-8pm on Monday, March 30th. Supper will be provided. Thank you!
  • If you forgot to turn in your FCCLA form regarding Monday, please see Morgan or Kelcie today and they will collect them.
  • Any juniors interested in taking online dual credit courses via the governor’s reduced cost dual credit program should see Mrs. Kludt ASAP.  Courses will most likely fill up quickly so you will want to register soon.  Available courses are listed on the SDMyLife website.
  • DRPS is looking for temporary student workers to perform general cleaning duties in and around school buildings during the 2015 summer break. Interested applicants should fill out an online application found on the district web site.  Questions can be directed to LuAnn in the District Office.
  • The 3rd annual Relay for Life Run  (10K Run, 5K Run, 1 mile Walk and Kids’ Relay Race) will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Dell Rapids.  If any students are interested in participating or working the event please pick up a flier in the office or let LuAnn know.  HS Track Athletes are not eligible to participate.  Hope you can help out with this worthy cause.
  • **CHEER TRYOUTS will be April 8th from 4-530pm & April 10th from 4-6pm in the MS Commons.
  • Good Luck to Erica O. as she participates in All-State Band today.
  • Good Luck to the track teams as they travel to Brookings tomorrow.  Bus time is 10:15, field events start at noon, running events start at 1pm.

 

 

Thursday, March 26th
Lunch:  Home-style BBQ Pork Sandwich, Mini Corn Dogs, or Taco Salad

  • Students: Check out the “JOB OPPORTUNTIES” posted in the office window.
  • Seniors – Please pay attention to upcoming scholarship deadlines
    PEO Scholarship – March 31
    Zach Leighton Scholarship – April 1
    Dells Forward Youth Scholarship – April 1
    Dell Rapids Lions Club Scholarship – April 7
  • Seniors:  If you plan on attending any of the South Dakota Technical Schools next fall you are encouraged to stop in to see Mrs. Ruesink regarding the Build Dakota Scholarship. This full-ride scholarship will be awarded to students entering into a high-need workforce program at a technical school.
  • REMINDER TO SENIORS: Make sure you stop in the office by tomorrow and place your nomination for song choices—Roses Presentation and Recessional.(Need TWO).
  • The University of South Dakota is hosting a Health Career Summer Camp from June 14-June 19 for current freshman, sophomore or junior students. Deadline for application is April 1st – see Mrs. Ruesink for more information.
  • ** Prom Grand March sign-up sheet is in the office, as well as Prom Forms for those that do not attend DRHS or are out of school (must not be older than 19yrs of age or one year removed from high school). ***Table Reservations can be made for SENIORS only.
  • ** Post Prom Permission Forms were mailed home, all students attending post prom must turn in a Permissions Form with the payment.  First Deadline is April 2nd.
  • Reminder: Students who do not attend DRHS must fill out a Prom Form if they are going to Prom.
  • Quiz Bowl students: Please attend a lunch meeting TODAYregarding our quiz bowl meet on Monday, March 30th. We need to discuss volunteers and donations please. **We’re looking for timers and other help for our home Quiz Bowl. Check in with Mrs. Gleason if you can help from 3:30-8pm on Monday, March 30th. Supper will be provided. Thank you!
  • FCCLA members—-remember to turn in your form for Monday to Ms. Rieck by the end of the day today.
  • Any juniors interested in taking online dual credit courses via the governor’s reduced cost dual credit program should see Mrs. Kludt ASAP.  Courses will most likely fill up quickly so you will want to register soon.  Available courses are listed on the SDMyLife website.
  • DRPS is looking for temporary student workers to perform general cleaning duties in and around school buildings during the 2015 summer break. Interested applicants should fill out an online application found on the district web site.  Questions can be directed to LuAnn in the District Office.
  • The 3rd annual Relay for Life Run  (10K Run, 5K Run, 1 mile Walk and Kids’ Relay Race) will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Dell Rapids.  If any students are interested in participating or working the event please pick up a flier in the office or let LuAnn know.  HS Track Athletes are not eligible to participate.  Hope you can help out with this worthy cause.
  • **CHEER TRYOUTS will be April 8th from 4-530pm & April 10th from 4-6pm in the MS Commons.

 

 

Wednesday, March 25th
• Happy Birthday to Matt J.!!
Lunch:  Cajun Chicken Penne Pasta, Italian Dunkers, Sub Sandwich

  • Students: Check out the “JOB OPPORTUNTIES” posted in the office window.
  • Seniors:  If you plan on attending any of the South Dakota Technical Schools next fall you are encouraged to stop in to see Mrs. Ruesink regarding the Build Dakota Scholarship. This full-ride scholarship will be awarded to students entering into a high-need workforce program at a technical school.
  • The University of South Dakota is hosting a Health Career Summer Camp from June 14-June 19 for current freshman, sophomore or junior students. Deadline for application is April 1st – see Mrs. Ruesink for more information.
  • ** Prom Grand March sign-up sheet is in the office, as well as Prom Forms for those that do not attend DRHS or are out of school (must not be older than 19yrs of age or one year removed from high school). ***Table Reservations can be made for SENIORS only.
  • ** Post Prom Permission Forms were mailed home, all students attending post prom must turn in a Permissions Form with the payment.  First Deadline is April 2nd.
  • Reminder: Students who do not attend DRHS must fill out a Prom Form if they are going to Prom.
  • Quiz Bowl students: Please attend a lunch meeting on Thursday, March 26th regarding our quiz bowl meet on Monday, March 30th. We need to discuss volunteers and donations please. **We’re looking for timers and other help for our home Quiz Bowl. Check in with Mrs. Gleason if you can help from 3:30-8pm on Monday, March 30th. Supper will be provided. Thank you!
  • Any juniors interested in taking online dual credit courses via the governor’s reduced cost dual credit program should see Mrs. Kludt ASAP.  Courses will most likely fill up quickly so you will want to register soon.  Available courses are listed on the SDMyLife website.
    If you did not come to the FCCLA meeting this morning, please see Ms. Rieck before the end of the day.
  • DRPS is looking for temporary student workers to perform general cleaning duties in and around school buildings during the 2015 summer break. Interested applicants should fill out an online application found on the district web site.  Questions can be directed to LuAnn in the District Office.
  • The 3rd annual Relay for Life Run  (10K Run, 5K Run, 1 mile Walk and Kids’ Relay Race) will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Dell Rapids.  If any students are interested in participating or working the event please pick up a flier in the office or let LuAnn know.  HS Track Athletes are not eligible to participate.  Hope you can help out with this worthy cause.
  • **MANDATORY SENIOR CLASS MEETING TODAY in the CHOIR ROOM @ 1:48pm.
  • Congratulations and job well done to the band and jazz band for a wonderful performance last night!!  You sounded amazing!  Thanks for all the hard work. We enjoyed listening!!

 

 

Tuesday, March 24th
• Happy Birthday to Kalista G.!!
Lunch:  Southwest Enchilada Bake b- Baked Chicken Nuggets c-Crispy Chicken Salad

  • Students: Check out the “JOB OPPORTUNTIES” posted in the office window.
  • Seniors:  If you plan on attending any of the South Dakota Technical Schools next fall you are encouraged to stop in to see Mrs. Ruesink regarding the Build Dakota Scholarship. This full-ride scholarship will be awarded to students entering into a high-need workforce program at a technical school.
  • The University of South Dakota is hosting a Health Career Summer Camp from June 14-June 19 for current freshman, sophomore or junior students. Deadline for application is April 1st – see Mrs. Ruesink for more information.
  • ** Prom Grand March sign-up sheet is in the office, as well as Prom Forms for those that do not attend DRHS or are out of school (must not be older than 19yrs of age or one year removed from high school). ***Table Reservations can be made for SENIORS only.
  • ** Post Prom Permission Forms were mailed home.  First Deadline is April 2nd.
  • Reminder: Students who do not attend DRHS must fill out a Prom Form if they are going to Prom.
  • There will be an FCCLA meeting on Wednesday morning at 8 am in the FACS room.
  • **We’re looking for timers and other help for our home Quiz Bowl. Check in with Mrs. Gleason if you can help from 3:30-8pm on Monday, March 30th. Supper will be provided. Thank you!
  • Any juniors interested in taking online dual credit courses via the governor’s reduced cost dual credit program should see Mrs. Kludt ASAP.  Courses will most likely fill up quickly so you will want to register soon.  Available courses are listed on the SDMyLife website.
  • DRPS is looking for temporary student workers to perform general cleaning duties in and around school buildings during the 2015 summer break. Interested applicants should fill out an online application found on the district web site.  Questions can be directed to LuAnn in the District Office.
  • The 3rd annual Relay for Life Run  (10K Run, 5K Run, 1 mile Walk and Kids’ Relay Race) will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Dell Rapids.  If any students are interested in participating or working the event please pick up a flier in the office or let LuAnn know.  HS Track Athletes are not eligible to participate.  Hope you can help out with this worthy cause.
  • Congratulations to Lindsey W. on placing 1st in Livestock Evaluation,  Austin M. on his 7th place finish in the Natural Resources event, Cheyenne A. on her 6th place finish and Sutton A. on his 20th place finish in the Horse Evaluation event at the Tri-Valley FFA event yesterday.  The horse evaluation team of Cheyenne, Sutton, Karisa N. and Paige B. finished 4th.
  • **MANDATORY SENIOR CLASS MEETING TOMORROW in the CHOIR ROOM @ 1:48pm.
  • Good Luck to the girls track team as they travel to Vermillion today.
  • Jazz/Pops Concert is tonight at 7pm in the Middle School Commons.

 

 

Monday, March 23rd
Lunch:  Homestyle Ham & Pasta Hotdish, Cheeseburger, or Sub Sandwich

  • Students: Check out the “JOB OPPORTUNTIES” posted in the office window.
  • Seniors:  If you plan on attending any of the South Dakota Technical Schools next fall you are encouraged to stop in to see Mrs. Ruesink regarding the Build Dakota Scholarship. This full-ride scholarship will be awarded to students entering into a high-need workforce program at a technical school.
  • SENIORS:  Reminder to hand in your Senior Plaque Forms to the office.
  • The University of South Dakota is hosting a Health Career Summer Camp from June 14-June 19 for current freshman, sophomore or junior students. Deadline for application is April 1st – see Mrs. Ruesink for more information.
  • *** Prom Grand March sign-up sheet is in the office, as well as Prom Forms for those that do not attend DRHS or are out of school (must not be older than 19yrs of age or one year removed from high school). ***Table Reservations can be made for SENIORS only.
  • ** Post Prom Permission Forms were mailed home.  First Deadline is April 2nd.
  • Reminder: Students who do not attend DRHS must fill out a Prom Form if they are going to Prom.
  • Any juniors interested in taking online dual credit courses via the governor’s reduced cost dual credit program should see Mrs. Kludt ASAP.  Courses will most likely fill up quickly so you will want to register soon.  Available courses are listed on the SDMyLife website.
  • The FFA Chapter will be holding a TONIGHT at 7 pm in the agriculture classroom.  Anyone planning on attending the State FFA Convention needs to attend.
  • The Dells Theatre is having a student night TONIGHT.  Students will get in for $4.00. Just mention Student Night.  Showing will be “The Duff” a Teenage comedy.
  • AboutGen Cyber/Girls in Cybersecurity—FREE camp designed for girls 8-12th grade.  For more information please stop in the office.
  • The 3rd annual Relay for Life Run  (10K Run, 5K Run, 1 mile Walk and Kids’ Relay Race) will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Dell Rapids.  If any students are interested in participating or working the event please pick up a flier in the office or let LuAnn know.  HS Track Athletes are not eligible to participate.  Hope you can help out with this worthy cause.
  • Girls golf will start TODAY (weather permitting). There will be a short meeting in the Elementary Gym after school (3:45) and then we will head to the course. Contact Coach Tjaden with any questions.

Dell Rapids MIDDLE SCHOOL Announcements

Dell Rapids Middle School Announcements:Quarriers

Friday, March 27th
• Happy Birthday to Haileigh B.!
• Happy Birthday tomorrow to Faithe L.!
Lunch today will be choices of:   Cheese Pizza, Fish Sandwich or Turkey & Cheese Sandwich

  • Boys, Grades 5-7:  Little League Baseball Registration forms are due by March 31st.
  • Girls Softball forms are available in the office.  Forms are due in the office this morning.
  • Dell Rapids Sportsmens Club is offering a HuntSAFE Course April 21, 25th & 26th, for more information, please stop in the office.
  • If you forgot to turn in your FCCLA form regarding Monday, please see Morgan or Kelcie today and they will collect them.
  • Attention 7th and 8th grade cheerleaders:  Competitive cheer tryouts are April 8, 4-5:30 and April 10, 4-6pm in the MS Commons.
  • Good Luck to the 5th grade students at the Design Challenge Competition @ the Washington Pavillion tomorrow!
  • NO TRACK PRACTICE TODAY FOR 7TH AND 8TH GRADE STUDENTS.
  • Good Luck to the varsity track teams as they travel to Brookings tomorrow.  Bus time is 10:30, meet starts at noon.

 

 

Thursday, March 26th
Lunch today will be choices of:   Homestyle BBQ Pork Sandwich, Mini Corn Dogs or Taco Salad

  • Boys, Grades 5-7:  Little League Baseball Registration forms are due by March 31st.
  • Girls Softball forms are available in the office.  Forms are due in the office tomorrow.
  • Little Quarrier Track forms are due in the office this morning.
  • Dell Rapids Sportsmens Club is offering a HuntSAFE Course April 21, 25th & 26th, for more information, please stop in the office.
  • FCCLA members—-remember to turn in your form for Monday to Ms. Rieck by the end of the day today.
  • Good Luck to the 7/8 Quiz Bowl team as they travel to West Central today for a 4pm meet.  Dismiss students at 2:55 for a 3pm bus time.

 

 

Wednesday, March 25th
Lunch today will be choices of:   Cajun Chicken Penne Pasta, Italian Dunkers w/ Marinara Sauce or Sub Sandwich

  • Boys, Grades 5-7:  Little League Baseball Registration forms are due by March 31st.
  • Girls Softball forms are available in the office.  Forms are due in the office by March 27th.
  • Little Quarrier Track forms are due in the office TODAY.
  • Dell Rapids Sportsmens Club is offering a HuntSAFE Course April 21, 25th & 26th, for more information, please stop in the office.
  • If you did not make it to the FCCLA meeting this morning, please see Ms. Rieck today.
  • Middle School Mean Stinks Girls Group will start TOMORROW. Group will meet in Mrs. Randalls’ Room at 8:00.

 

 

Tuesday, March 24th
• Happy Birthday to Avery W.!
Lunch today will be choices of:   Southwest Enchilada Bake, Baked Chicken Nuggets or Crispy Chicken Salad

  • Boys, Grades 5-7:  Little League Baseball Registration forms are available in the office.  Registrations are due by March 31st.
  • Girls Softball forms are available in the office.  Forms are due in the office by March 27th.
  • Little Quarrier Track forms are due in the office TOMORROW.
  • Dell Rapids Sportsmens Club is offering a HuntSAFE Course April 21, 25th & 26th, for more information, please stop in the office.
  • Today is the last day of Quarter 3.
  • There will be an FCCLA meeting on Wednesday morning at 8 am in the FACS room.
  • Good Luck to the girls varsity track team as they travel to Vermillion today.
  • DRHS Jazz Concert is tonight at 7pm in the Middle School Commons.
  • Middle School Mean Stinks Girls Group will start on Thursday, March 26th. Group will meet in Mrs. Randalls’ Room at 8:00.

 

 

Monday, March 23rd
• Happy Birthday to Kyra G., Lincoln R., Raigan S. and Diego V.!
Lunch today will be choices of:   Homestyle Ham & Pasta Hotdish, Cheeseburger or Sub Sandwich

  • Boys, Grades 5-7:  Little League Baseball Registration forms are available in the office.  Registrations are due by March 31st.
  • Girls Softball forms are available in the office.  Forms are due in the office by March 27th.
  • 7th & 8th students interested in golfing, please sign up in the office.  There will be a meeting today @ 3:30 in the MS Commons.
  • Little Quarrier Track forms are due in the office Wednesday, March 25th.
  • Orthopedic Institute will be here today.  Please sign up in the office if you need to see them.
  • 7th and 8th grade quiz bowl practice tomorrow morning at 8am in Mr. Fersdahl’s room.
  • Congrats to the Quarriers on their 2nd place finish at the State Tournament last weekend!

Local Births

  • New BabyA boy to Craig Heinemann and Sabrina Kolda, Dell Rapids, March 22.
  • A girl to Dan and Katie Diez, Dell Rapids, February 20.
  • A boy to John and Sara Schoeberl, Dell Rapids, February 15.
  • A girl to Jeff and Amanda Geraets, Dell Rapids, February 15.
  • A boy to Justin and Jessica Evans, Dell Rapids, February 11. 
  • A boy to Dylan Bunkers and Stacia Wilson, Dell Rapids, February 8.

City Council Election to be Held April 14

DellRapidsTowerThe Dell Rapids City Council will fill four open spots in 2015.  Each ward has one open seat on the council.  Ward elections will be held on Tuesday, April 14th, at the Lutheran Church.  Residents must be registered to vote no later than Monday, March 30th.  Absentee ballots can be cast starting on Monday, March 30th.  Those ballots can be picked up and submitted at City Hall.

Click here to determine what ward you are located.

Ward 1 Candidates:

  • David Sommerfeld – Incumbent
  • Doug Geraets
  • Mike Carpenter

Ward 2 Candidates:

  • Paul Miles – Incumbent
  • James Rueckert

Ward 3 Candidates

  • Jeff Schwebach
  • Mike Sterud

Ward 4 Candidates:

  • Chad Andrews – Incumbent
  • James Borchert
  • Mary Klockman

Quarrier Girls Track Team Participates at Dan Lennon Invite

NewDRLogoThe Dell Rapids Quarrier girls track team participated in the Dan Lennon Invitational track meet on Tuesday, March 24th, in Vermillion.  This was the first event of the season for the girls team.

60-meter dash

  • Illiene Jaycox 12th place 60m dash
  • Samantha Verver 17th place 60m dash

400-meter dash

  • Shaylee Hoff – 1:08.90
  • Amanda Tomes – 1:18.57
  • Rebkah Tiernan – 1:26.03

4×200 meter relay

  • Team time – 2:02.67

1600 Sprint Medley Relay

  • Team time – 5:03.73

Triple Jump

  • Jessica Tisher – 30’03.50″

Shot Put

  • Mikaela Stofferahn – 36’09.00″ – 4th Place
  • Brittney Siemonsma – 35’03.00″ – 6th Place
  • Jill Nelson – 29’06.00″

Lester Hansen

Lester HansenLester L. Hansen, 82, of Faulkton, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at Faulkton Senior Living.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 23, 2015, at United Church of Faulkton, with Pastor Bill Hoffman presiding. Burial will follow in the Faulkton Cemetery with full military honors. A prayer service will be 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 22, 2015, at the church with visitation one hour prior. Luce Funeral Home of Faulkton has been entrusted with Lester’s arrangements. Condolences may be left at familyfuneralhome.net

Lester Louis Hansen was born Dec. 30, 1932, in Faulk County to John “Jack” and Malinda (Borcherding) Hansen. He attended school at the Hansen Country School through the sixth grade and finished his education graduating from Faulkton High School. Following high school, Lester joined the U.S. Army on Sept. 24, 1952, serving during the Korean conflict. He was honorably discharged on Sept. 23, 1954. Upon his return, Lester worked with his dad, drilling wells and farming.

On June 11, 1956, Lester was united in marriage to Patty Roseland at the Seneca Methodist Church. They made their home in Faulk County, where they raised their family and Lester lived his life working the land as a farmer and rancher.

Lester enjoyed spending time working in his shop, doing woodworking and watching football and high school wrestling. Above all, he gave his time freely to his wife, kids and grandkids. Lester spent as much time as he could watching their sports and school events. He was also a member of the United Church of Faulkton, the VFW and served as a director at the Faulkton Farmers Elevator.

Lester’s life will be cherished by his wife, Patty of Faulkton; his children: Lee (Diane) Hansen of Faulkton, Jay (Linda) Hansen of West Point, Neb., Holly (Ken) Veldkamp of Dell Rapids and Kip (Jeanne) Hansen of Watertown; his grandchildren: Rick (Ashley) Hansen, Trish (Cole) Cotton, Haeley (Trent) Petersen, Alex and Mattie Hansen, Keith (Jennifer) Veldkamp, Craig Veldkamp (fiance, Megan Johnson), Mandi Veldkamp and Colton, Alana and Lawson Hansen; great-grandchildren: Blake, Evan and Heidi Hansen and Raya Cotton; one sister, Loretta Ketterling of Faulkton; one sister-in-law, Geraldine Hansen of Faulkton; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Leslie Hansen; and grandson, Cody Hansen. In lieu of flowers, Memorials will be directed to a charity of the family’s choice.

2015 Dell Rapids Chamber Easter Egg Hunt

The Dell Rapids Chamber will hold their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 28th, at the Dell Rapids City Park.  The event will start at 10:00 a.m. and include three different age categories:  3-years-old and under, ages four to six, and 7-year-olds and older.  The eggs will be hidden in three separate sections of the park for each age group to have their own hunt.  There will be “Golden Egg” winners as well.

Easter Egg Hunt 2015

Showing at the Dells Theater

The DuffEnding March 26: “THE DUFF” — This new comedy takes a hilarious look at secrets of the dating world. Bianca (Mae Whitman) is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as ‘The DUFF’ (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends (Skyler Samuels & Bianca Santos). Now, despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher (Ken Jeong), she puts aside the potential distraction of her crush, Toby (Nick Eversman), and enlists Wesley (Robbie Amell), a slick but charming jock, to help reinvent herself. To save her senior year from turning into a total disaster, Bianca must find the confidence to overthrow the school’s ruthless label maker Madison (Bella Thorne) and remind everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone’s DUFF. “The Duff” is showing through Thursday, March 26 at the Dells Theatre. 101 minutes. It’s rated PG-13 for crude and sexual material throughout, some language and teen partying.

HomeStarting March 27: “HOME” — This new animated family comedy stars the voices of Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez. When Earth is taken over by the overly-confident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly relocated, while all Boov get busy reorganizing the planet. But when one resourceful girl, Tip (Rihanna), manages to avoid capture, she finds herself the accidental accomplice of a banished Boov named Oh (Jim Parsons). The two fugitives realize there’s a lot more at stake than intergalactic relations as they embark on the road trip of a lifetime. “Home” opens Friday nationally including at the Dells Theatre. 93 minutes. It’s rated PG for mild action and some 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 http://www.dellstheatre.com for showtimes)

Ellen (Williams) Thompson

Ellen (Williams) ThompsonEllen Marie Thompson – born Ellen Marie Williams in 1921, “Spec” Thompson’s first 18 years, was spent in Dell Rapids, South Dakota where she met her husband, Bob Thompson.

After attending nursing school at McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, Spec and Bob were married in Reno, NV, on their way to San Jose, CA where they made their first home in 1941. There, Joy, their first child, was born. When Bob was drafted in 1945, Marie and Joy moved back to South Dakota, living with sister-in- Law “Babe” in Huron and in Howard where Bob’s parents had settled.

Bob’s career in heavy construction succumbed to the family business- banking. Marie and Bob settled into a new home in Howard for the next 40 years until Bob’s death in 1984. Marie was small but mighty. She was a huntress, often accompanying Bob and his men friends hunting geese, ducks, pheasant, deer and elk. Bob, Spec, Joy and son Kent, were tent campers, fishers, water skiers, and snow mobile riders. Marie kept a garden and worked in the local bank for over 50 years, where Bob’s father Art, Bob and Kent all found their careers as well. Marie was active in Extension Club, Eastern Star, PEO, Eight and Forty, American Legion Auxiliary and Bethany Lutheran Church.

After Bob’s death, Marie traveled extensively, enjoying seeing the world with her daughter, Joy and friends made in the banking business. Joy’s home in California and frequent trips to Texas kept Marie in touch with “Snow Birding”. Marie was a singer, a pianist and a seamstress, and she loved to dance. She was proud of her Marine son Kent’s late in life higher education, fulfilling his medical aspirations in becoming an RN.

Those grateful for having shared in her life include her two younger sisters, Willajean and Jacquiline (Billie and Jackie) survive her along with a daughter Joy (Ralph) of Anaheim, CA; and son Kent (Sally) of Howard, SD; two grandsons, Orion and wife Darla and Keir (Art) and wife Kristen; and five great grandchildren, Ciara, Mya, Emma, Hudson, and Jens. Marie’s daughter-in- law, Sally was especially close as was her son-in-law, Ralph.

Marie’s parents, Zeo and Lowell Williams and her husband, Robert Thompson as well as his parents, Etta and Art Thompson preceded her in death. Marie died on March 22nd at Avera Brady where she had lived in Mitchell, S.D. for several years. Her family thanks God for the time we shared with her!

Funeral services will be 11am, Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Bethany Lutheran Church, Howard with burial to follow in Stordahl Cemetery, Dell Rapids, SD. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 6pm at the Willoughby Funeral Home, Howard. Condolences may be left at www.willoughbyfh.com