Showing at the Dells Theater

“THE LION KING”From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau’s all-new The Lion King journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born.

Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother-and former heir to the throne-has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

“The Lion King” starts Friday, July 19 nationally including at the Dells Theatre. There will also be with a Special Advance Showing Thursday, July 18 at the Dells Theatre. 118 minutes. It’s rated PG for sequences of violence and peril, and some thematic elements.

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  • WEEKENDS:  Bargain Matinees every Saturday and Sunday for all shows starting before 6:00 p.m.  All ages, all seats only $5!
  • TUESDAYS are Super Saver Tuesdays!!  All ages, all seats are only $5.  Plus there’s also a special at the snack bar—you can get a small popcorn and small drink for only $5. Want a larger size? You can upgrade and still apply the $2.50 savings!

(check Logan Luxury Theatre for more information)

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Dell Rapids Youth Baseball has Champion and 4th Place Team at State

The Dell Rapids youth baseball program had a champion and a fourth place team at state tournaments held Friday, July 12th through Sunday, July 14th.  The Dell Rapids 12U team won their tournament held in Webster, SD.  The 10U team had a fourth place finish at their state tournament also held in Webster.

Photo submitted by Todd Carr

Photo submitted by Todd Carr

The 12U team began pool play on Friday with a win over Flandreau 14-2.  They followed that with a 10-1 over Lennox on Saturday.  Those two wins gave Dell Rapids the number one seed in the championship bracket on Sunday.  Dell Rapids started their day on Sunday with a win over Webster by a score of 13-0.  After a lightening strike and a two and a half hour rain delay, Dell Rapids defeated Winner 13-5 in the championship game.

Photo submitted by Kurt Peppel

Photo submitted by Kurt Peppel

The 10U team opened their tournament on Friday with two wins.  They defeated Worthing 10-0 and then beat Flandreau 11-0.  Dell Rapids received a bye in the first round of the championship bracket as the #1 seed via a coinflip with West Central, which gave Dell Rapids the day off on Saturday.  Dell Rapids fell to Lennox 9-4 in the semifinals on Sunday, and then lost to Flandreau 10-8 in the third place game.

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Youth Softball Boasts Champion and Two Other Place Winners

The Dell Rapids Youth Softball program had a very successful weekend of state tournaments July 12th – 14th in Sioux Falls.


Photo from Dell Rapids Youth Softball, SD Facebook page posted by Amanda Geraets

The Dell Rapids DeKalb 12U team took home the state title going undefeated all weekend and only allowing six total runs.  They won their opening game on Friday afternoon over Siouxland Fastpitch by a score of 14-2.  They followed that win with another win on Friday over Lennox by a score of 13-0.  Dell Rapids continued to roll on Saturday with a win over Tyndall 11-2 and a win over SWAT 6-2.  SWAT battled back to get another chance at Dell Rapids, but Dell Rapids blanked SWAT 3-0 for the championship.

Head coach Jenny Alderson said, “These girls played their hearts out! They are only going to get stronger as the years go by.  The Dells program has made the players who they are today, and I would like to thank the parents and the community for the opportunity to be a part of a wonderful program.   Also I would like to thank our sponsors Casey Scheidt from Dekalb and Seth Van’t Hof from Taxidermy & Nutrient for helping the girls.”


Photo submitted by Tammy Henry

The Dell Rapids 10U team placed second in their state tournament after a tremendous battle through the loser’s bracket.  Dell Rapids lost their opening game of the tournament to Dakota Valley 12-11.  They then had to play six games just to reach the championship game.  Dell Rapids marched through the bottom half of the bracket beating Extream U10 11-8, Post 22 U10 11-10, Spearfish Toxic 8-3, Strom 15-3, Liberty Sluggers 17-1, and the Freeman Flycats 8-5.  That put Dell Rapids in the championship game against the Road Runners from Mitchell, but the Road Runners ended the Dell Rapids run with a 9-1 victory.


Photo submitted by Amanda Geraets

The Dell Rapids Ace Hardware 18U also played their state tournament in Sioux Falls.  They finished with a 2-2 record and a fifth place finish.  Dell Rapids lost to Winner Purple 13-1, defeated Sioux Falls Inferno 9-7 and the Clearfield Sandburs 7-5, but lost to the Venom 12-9 to end their tournament.

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Matthew Coad

MatthewCoadObitMatthew Graves Coad, 77, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at home surrounded by family. A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, July 17 at First Reformed Church in Dell Rapids, South Dakota.  Family visitation will be held from 5-8 pm on Tuesday, July 16 at the Minnehaha Funeral Home in Dell Rapids, South Dakota.

Matthew Graves Coad was born in Minot, North Dakota on January 31, 1942. His parents Melvin and Ione Coad of Minot, North Dakota.  He married his beloved sweetheart Loretta Olson Coad on May 31, 1964.  They were happily married for 55 years.

Matthew was a graduate of the University of North Dakota with a Masters in high school administration. He lived in Dell Rapids, South Dakota the last 40 years.  He owned and operated the Coast to Coast Hardware Store in Dell Rapids, South Dakota. He also worked for Boy Scouts of America as a Scout executive.

Matthew loved gardening, fishing, woodworking and visiting his brother in Alaska. He enjoyed spending time with his family, and was always happiest surrounded by his children and grandchildren, whom he was so proud of everything they were involved in.  He enjoyed beating everyone at card games and winning “big” playing the Buffalo at the casino.

Surviving family members include his wife Loretta Coad, his brother Lynn (Renee) Coad and his children: Mark (Sheila) Coad, Amy (Ron) Conrad, Steven (Amy) Coad, and Jennifer (Jeremy) Amundson. Matthew was proud of his surviving grandchildren Mason (Maggie) Coad, Seth Conrad, Lucas Conrad, Anna Coad, Nicholas Coad, Christopher Coad, Benjamin Coad, and Johnathan Coad.  Matthew is preceded in death by his grandson Joseph Coad, Parents Melvin and Ione Coad, sisters Marjean Harold and Viola Watts.

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New School Board Member Takes Office

DellRapidsHighSchoolThe newest board member that was elected on April 9th officially started his term of service on Monday, July 8th at the Dell Rapids School Board’s regular meeting.  Lee Bollock started his three-year term replacing Jody Schumaker who finished his service on the board.  Matt Weiland was also elected to another three-year term during the April election.

After the oath of office was taken by both Bollock and Weiland, nominations for president and vice-president took place.  Weiland was nominated and voted to continue his role as president.  Jeff Traill was appointed the vice president.

Also during the meeting, the board approved the meal and admission and activity ticket prices for the 2019-2020 school year.

Student breakfast will be $1.45, and the reduced breakfast price will be $.30.  The K-4 student lunch price will be $2.80, and the 5-12 student lunch will be $2.90  The reduced lunch rate for K-12 will be $.40.  An extra traditional entree for students will be $1.80, extra pizza will be $1.90, and a chef demo meal will be $2.25.

Admission prices for activities for K-12 students will be $3.00, and the price for adults will be $5.00.  Double-header basketball games will cost students $4.00 and adults $6.00.  Resident senior citizens will receive a free permanent activities pass, which is available in the district office.  A K-8 activity pass will be $15.00, 9-12 student pass is $20.00, an adult 10-punch pass is $30.00, and an adult all-season pass is $50.00.  A family all-season pass for parents/guardians (maximum of two) and school-age children living in the same home will cost $100.00.

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Dell Rapids 13/14 Teeners Capture Region Championship


Photo taken and used with permission by Joni Smith.

A day after qualifying for the 2019 13/14 State A Teener Tournament, the Dell Rapids 13/14 Teener team captured the Class A 14U Northeast region title on Friday, July 12th in Sisseton.

Dell Rapids played four games in three days in Sisseton during the tournament which started on Wednesday, July 10th after a rainout on Tuesday.  Dell Rapids opened the tournament with a 21-0 pounding of Milbank on Wednesday, and then followed that with a 17-1 win over Sisseton later that night.  Dell Rapids then punched their ticket to the state tournament with a big win over Volga on Thursday by a score 0f 9-6 which also put them into the region championship game.

Flandreau battled through the loser’s bracket to play against Dell Rapids in the regional championship on Friday.  The game was close early as both teams scored two runs in the top of the first inning.  The score remained tied 2-2 until the bottom of the fourth inning when Dell Rapids added two more runs for a 4-2 lead.  Flandreau cut the lead to 4-3 after scoring a run in the top of the fifth, but Dell Rapids scored three times in the bottom of the fifth, and then added five more runs in the bottom of the six inning to secure the win.

Head coach Nate McKee said, “I was happy with how well we hit the ball all week.  The hitting was contagious.  Defensively we played great.  Everyone knew their roles and played well.  We have a lot of confidence after winning regions heading to Madison, but we will work on cleaning up a few things during practice before the start of the state tournament.”

Dell Rapids will look to a strong pitching staff to carry them through the state tournament.  The South Dakota Class A 14U VFW State Tournament will be held at Flynn Field in Madison Friday, July 19th through Sunday, July 21st.  Dell Rapids’ first game of the tournament will be at 5:30 p.m. against Elk Point-Jefferson on Friday.

Bracket information for the tournament can be found by clicking this link.

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Robert Sorsen

sorsenb picRobert “Bob” Sorsen, 91, of Sioux Falls, formerly of Dell Rapids, passed away on Friday, June 28, 2019 at the Dougherty Hospice House. His Mass of Christian Burial is at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 in St. Mary Catholic Church, Dell Rapids. Visitation with the family present is on Monday, July 1, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Kahler Funeral Home. The Christian Wake Service is at 7:00 p.m.

Robert (Bob) Raymond Sorsen was born on April 13, 1928, to George and Mae (Hey) Sorsen in Dell Rapids, SD. Eventually the family moved to White, where Bob graduated from high school in 1946. After graduation, Bob chose to serve his country by enlisting in the Army; he spent 18 months, including time in Japan, before receiving an honorable discharge. Upon his return home, he moved back to White and began a distinguished career as a truck driver. He soon landed in Sioux Falls and began driving truck for John Morrell; he retired after 30 years of dedicated service and too many miles to mention. Bob married the love of his life, Bonnie Lail, on October 10, 1970, at Little Flower Catholic Church; this union forged two families together into one, eventually totaling seven children. The couple remained in Sioux Falls until 1986, when then headed north to Dell Rapids. After his retirement from John Morrell, Bob filled his days by driving school bus for the Dell Rapids school system and mowing at both the Dells and Madison golf courses. Bob and Bonnie made their way to Baltic in 2008 and then to Sioux Falls, when both he and Bonnie would last reside prior to meeting Jesus some 70 days apart, together again.

Bob was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dell Rapids, the Dell Rapids American Legion Post and the VFW. Sorespot, as was affectionately known to many, enjoyed playful banter with most everyone he met, and loved to cheer on his Minnesota Twins.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, two grandchildren and his beloved wife, Bonnie.

He is survived by his children Jeff Sorsen, Aloma (Bob) Graham, Michone (Paul) Collins, Rick Lail, Vern (Dana) Lail, Jill Sorsen and Tabitha (Ryan) Merriam; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.

The family requested those that attended the service Monday night, come dressed in Twins clothing in honor of Bob.


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Lois Burkhart

burkhartLois Burkhart, 92, of Dell Rapids, passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center. Her funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 1, 2019 in the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids. Interment will be in the Logan Reformed Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, 2019 at Kahler Funeral Home.

Lois K. Jeanette Mohrman was born on November 7, 1926 in Dell Rapids, SD, the daughter of Herman and Louise (Kenna) Mohrman. She grew up and attended school in Dell Rapids. She graduated from DRHS in 1944.  After high school she attended St. Luke’s Nursing School in Chicago, IL where she became a registered nurse. She moved back to Dell Rapids and married Wayne Burkhart on January 11, 1950. The couple farmed six miles east of Dell Rapids on the family farm. Wayne passed away in 2015. Lois continued to remain on the farm.

She was a member of the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids, the Dell Rapids Legion Auxiliary and was active in the SD Cattleman’s Association for many years. Wayne and Lois where blessed with 4 children, Barry Burkhart, Kay (Arny) Erickson, Brian Burkhart  (special friend Pattie Loosbrock), and Bruce (Julie) Burkhart; 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, son, Barry, husband, brother and sister-in-law, LeRoy and Gladys Mohrman and her nephews, Roy, Don and Paul Mohrman and Bill Burkhart.

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Kevin Kuper

Kuper, Kevin obit photo 2Kevin Kuper, 57, of Dell Rapids passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Kevin requests your presence at the Celebration of His Life by wearing tank tops, shorts and flip flops, which will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at the Minnehaha Funeral Home in Dell Rapids from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. There will be Military Honors at 12:00 pm. Followed by a party at Bluejay’s in Egan, one of Kup’s favorite spots to hang out.

Kevin “Kup” was born June 19, 1962 in Dell Rapids, SD. He attended Grade School and High School at Dell Rapids St. Mary’s. Kevin joined the Air Force right after high school and continued to serve in the Air National Guard for 20 years 9 months and 14 days. His greatest accomplishment was when stationed in Las Vegas at Nellis Airforce Base during Desert Storm; he got to work on the Stealth Bombers.

Kevin married Cheryl Turner on August 15, 1998, in Baltic, SD. Together they had two children Brittany and Kollin.

Kevin lived life to its fullest enjoying music, playing keyboards for multiple bands, including Kuper Family Band and Battle Creek Station Band. Kevin never learned how to read music he played by ear. Kevin was notorious for his quick wit humor, sarcasm, pink tank tops, and black shorts (rain, snow or shine.) Kevin loved entertaining friends and family, hosting many patio parties and watching NASCAR.


Kevin is survived by his wife of 20 years, Cheryl; daughter, Brittany (Cody); son, Kollin; mother, Bette; sisters, Lynne and Tami (Steve) Clark; brothers, Steve (Lola), Dan (Jane), Jim (Jill), Jeff (Ann) and Rod (Kim).

He is preceded in death by his father, Lowell Kuper; uncles, Hank Bunkers and Lee Bunkers and his best friend, Troy Anderson.

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