John Devlin

John DevlinJohn Benjamin Devlin, 89, passed away on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at Good Samaritan Center in Sioux Falls, SD. John Benjamin Devlin, son of John Francis Devlin and Mary (Tobin) Devlin, was born April 29, 1928 in Sioux Falls, SD. John was a lifelong resident of Sioux Falls. He attended Cathedral High School. On-line condolences may be left at the Miller Funeral Home website.

Grateful for having shared his life are his five children, Tim (Lynn), John (Mary), Dan (Jill), all of Sioux Falls, Mary Zakrzewski of O’Neill, NE, and Vince (Julie) of Dell Rapids; 12 grandchildren, Bridget, John, Beau, Ben, Dustin, Stacy, Sara, Jean, Paula, Jeff, Michelle, and Rachel; 16 great grandchildren, Bryn, Erin, Caelan, Cullen, Michael, Andrew, Ethan, Jymira, Quinton, Paxton, James, Claire, Oliver, Jack, Luke and Conor, along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean; his parents; three sisters, Mary, Jeanine, and Anne; great grandchildren, Boston and Jeff; and a son-in-law, Dave Zakrzewski.

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Milo Holt

Milo HoltMilo Henry Holt, 92, a long-time Jacksonville, FL resident, passed away peacefully Saturday, Oct. 7 following several months of declining health. He will be buried in the family plot in rural South Dakota. On-line condolences may be left at the Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel website.

Milo was born in rural Dell Rapids, SD, in 1924 to Henry G. Holt and Gertie M. (Monger) Holt, the youngest of four children. He graduated from Dell Rapids High School and farmed in the area until he retired in 1980. He then relocated to Jacksonville because of family in the area and became a financial advisor for the American Classic Securities until 2008 when he once again retired.

Milo had been an active member of Toastmasters International, Sons of Norway Gateway to Florida Lodge 3-541 and Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Church. He served meals on wheels and was a Sunday school teacher. He was very proud of his Lutheran faith and his Norwegian ancestry since his Mother was born in Norway.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three older sisters. Surviving family include varied nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Church Youth Ministry, 7860 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32256 or Sons of Norway, 4013 Moresburg Court, Jacksonville, FL 32257.

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Dell Rapids Middle and High Schools Raise Money for Hurricane Relief

Students at both the Dell Rapids Middle School and Dell Rapids High School held fundraisers recently to raise money for hurricane relief.

The middle school held a week-long “Penny War” the week of October 16th – 20th.  Students could bring in spare change throughout the week with the winning class receiving a movie and popcorn party for the whole grade.  Points were accumulated throughout the week for each grade level.  Points were gained by adding pennies to grade’s jug.  Points were subtracted by adding silver coins and bills to the other grade’s jugs.  The 6th grade finished with -19,001 points.  The 7th grade had -13,763 points.  5th grade finished with -13,762 points.  The winning class of the movie and popcorn party was the 8th grade class with a total of +1,922 points.

Throughout the “Penny War” week, the students and staff of the middle school raised $1,186.24!  All the money will be donated to the American Red Cross for relief efforts following hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

The Dell Rapids High School also held their own fundraiser that also raised funds for hurricane relief.  Raffle tickets were sold to the high school students for $2.00 each.  The raffle earned the students a chance to throw a whipped-cream pie at Mr. Bunkers during the pep rally on Friday, October 20th.  A few lucky students were drawn out and able to throw their pies in front of the entire middle and high school during the pep rally.  The high school students were able to raise $200 to be added to the hurricane relief.

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2017 Dell Rapids FFA Fruit Sale

The Dell Rapids FFA Chapter is running their annual fruit sale now until November 8th.  Items should be delivered the week of December 11th – 15th.  Some of the items for sale include:

  • Texas Rio Star Red Grapefruit
  • California Navel Oranges
  • California Clementine Oranges
  • Washington Apples – Red, Granny Smith, Braeburn, Fuji and Honeycrisp
  • Washington D’Anjou Pears
  • Fresh Pineapple
  • 10 different mixed boxes of fruit
  • Gourmet beef sausage, beef sticks and smokey snack sticks
  • Block Cheese, cheese spreads and string cheese
  • Premium cashews, gourmet mixed nuts and chocolate covered mixed nuts
  • Pastry Puffins with flavors of cinnamon, strawberry-cream cheese, blueberry-cream cheese, apple, and cherry
  • Puff Crust Pizza with flavors of Pepperoni and Breakfast

All the funds raised will be used for the various FFA activities throughout the year, such as registration for career development events, state and national conventions.​
Contact any FFA member or Mr. Wolff, the FFA advisor before or after school at 428-5473 ext. 419 or send a message to tom.wolff@k12.sd.us to place an order.

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Shirley Snoozy

snoozy picShirley Snoozy, 90, of Dell Rapids passed away on Friday, October 20, 2017 at the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center. Her funeral service was at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids Chapel with Rev. Dr. Jeff Sorenson officiating. Interment was in the Dell Rapids Cemetery. Casketbearers were Shirley’s grandchildren. Visitation was on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at noon with the family present from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Kahler Funeral Home. www.kahlerfh.com

Shirley Viola Nielsen was born on May 25, 1927 at Dell Rapids, SD, the daughter of Chris and Ana (Anderson) Nielsen. She grew up on two farms near Dell Rapids and one near Baltic. She attended Noyes Country School and graduated from Baltic High School in 1945. After high school she moved to Sioux Falls and attended Nettleton College. She worked as a bookkeeper at the Sioux Falls Gas Company. She married Ed Snoozy on May 23, 1948 at the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids. After their marriage, the couple rented a farm seven miles west of Dell Rapids. In 1950, they bought a farm across the road and moved there in 1951. In 1966, Ed invented a tractor hitch and it was patented. For twenty-five years, Ed and Shirley sold tractor hitches at fairs and at their home. In 1973, they became a Dixon mower dealer. They continued to sell and repair mowers for many years. After Ed’s death in 1984, Shirley continued to sell and repair mowers. Since 1986, Shirley has spent winters with her daughters. She continued to live on the home place, garden, run the mower business and help her son with farming chores until her health declined. She became a resident of Dells Nursing and Rehab Center in July of 2017.

She is survived by her son, Gerald of Dell Rapids; her daughters, Beverly (Dennis) Dekam of Pipestone, MN, Sylvia (Hank) Vogt of Ruthton, MN, Darlene (David) Sparks of Laguna Woods, CA and Karen (Al) Lange of Pipestone, MN; her 17 grandchildren and her 21 great-grandchildren; her brother, Norman (Vera) Nielsen of Renner and her many extended family and friends.

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DRHS School Announcements

Dell Rapids High School Announcements:Quarriers

Monday, October 23rd
Happy Birthday yesterday to Hannah S.!!
• Happy Birthday today to Katelyn J. and Timothy J.!!
Lunch:  Orange Chicken over Rice, Pizza or Grilling Station

  • Espresso Choir starts tomorrow – all students enrolled please meet at the choir room at 7:45 AM for our first rehearsal
  • Your FCCLA dues should be paid by Tuesday, October 24.
  • If you have shoes that you no longer use or need, consider donating them to the “Shoes for the Shoeless” program.  They are then distributed to those in need in the Sioux Falls area.  Donations will be accepted until Friday, October 27.  See the posters for more information.
  • Any juniors/seniors interested in serving as a legislative page should stop in Mrs. Ruesink’s office for more information – registration deadline is November 6th.
  • The Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce and Big Sioux Media are having a Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Email a photo of you standing by your carved or decorated pumpkin to office@dellrapidschamber.com or admin@bigsiouxmedia.com Please include your name and phone number and enter by 12:00pm on Thursday, October 26th. Pictures of the decorated/carved pumpkins will be displayed at the downtown trick or treat event on Friday, October 27th for voting. $100 prizes will be awarded to the top two favorite pumpkins!
  • The following admission representative will be at school:
    • Tuesday, October 24   Augustana at 11:30 in Mrs. Ruesink’s office
    • Wednesday, October 25    University of Sioux Falls at 11:30 in Mrs. Ruesink’s office
    • Thursday, October 26     Mitchell Technical Institute at 11:30 in Mrs. Ruesink’s office
  • The South Dakota Air National Guard is hosting a Career Day on Wednesday, November 1st from 8:00-12:00 on the guard base for students and parents – please see Mrs. Ruesink if you are interested.
  • Revive Fitness is hosting a Women’s Self Defense Course to high school girls on Sunday, November 5th from 12:00-3:00.  Limited to only 25 girls – cost is $20.00. Please see Mrs. Ruesink if you are interested.
  • Good Luck to the oral interp students as they travel to Brookings today.  Dismiss students at 1:30pm, event starts at 3pm.
  • Good Luck to the volleyball team as they host Beresford tonight starting at 5pm
  • The 1st round of the 11A football playoff pairings are out. The Quarriers will host the St. Thomas More Cavaliers @ DRHS Stadium @ 6:00 PM Thursday, Oct 26. No passes will be accepted-admission is $7 and $5. Again, please note that start time of 6:00!  GO QUARRIERS
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Dell Rapids MIDDLE SCHOOL Announcements

Dell Rapids Middle School Announcements:Quarriers

Monday, October 23rd
Happy Birthday to Custodian Brett Gruis!
5th/6th Lunch today will be choices of:   Orange Chicken over Rice or BBQ Rib Sandwich
7th/8th Lunch today will be choices of:   Orange Chicken over Rice, Pizza or Grilling Station

  • Final Penny War totals are as follows:
    6th grade: -19001 points
    7th grade: -13763 points
    5th grade: -13762 points
    And the winning grade is 8th grade with +1922 points!!!

    Total money raised was $1,186.24.  All money raised will be donated to the American Red Cross for relief efforts following hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

    Great job middle school students and staff!!!

  • DR Chamber of Commerce and Big Sioux Media are hosting a Pumpkin Decorating Contest.  Details are posted on the office window
  • If you have shoes that you no longer use or need, consider donating them to the “Shoes for the Shoeless” program.  Shoes are then distributed to those in need in the Sioux Falls area.  Donations will be accepted in the office until Friday, October 27.  See the posters for more information.
  • FCCLA dues should be paid by tomorrow.
  • Good Luck to the oral interp students as they travel to Brookings today.  Dismiss students at 1:30pm, event starts at 3pm.
  • Good Luck to the volleyball team as they host Beresford tonight starting at 5pm.
  • The 1st round of the 11A football playoff pairings are out. The Quarriers will host the St. Thomas More Cavaliers @ DRHS Stadium @ 6:00 PM Thursday, Oct 26. No passes will be accepted-admission is $7 and $5. Again, please note that start time of 6:00!  GO QUARRIERS
  • Today is the start of Red Ribbon Week.  This week is intended to bring awareness to drug and alcohol abuse in our country.  We will have activities going on throughout the week.  Each day there will be two red ribbons located somewhere in the middle school with trivia questions attached.  Tell Ms. Telkamp the correct answer to either of the questions and you will get a treat!  You will also be viewing videos and completing classroom lessons related to Red Ribbon Week.
  • Attention 7th and 8th Grade boys and girls basketball players:  Ambush Basketball will be conducting pre-season workouts starting next Monday, Oct. 30.  Please see Mr. Fersdahl for registration information…forms are due this Friday, Oct. 27.
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Dell Rapids Students Learning about Locally Grown Foods One Bite at a Time

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Dave Hoversten poses with a basket of Red Gala apples he delivered to Dell Rapids schools that were served to students for lunch.

Dell Rapids School District students are benefiting from the fruits of local growers’ labors not only during National Farm to School Month, but year-round.

The school district’s partnership with Hoversten Orchard north of Brandon, SD, is just one example. Over the past two months, orchard owner Dave Hoversten has been personally delivering a wide variety of apples grown at the orchard – up to 800 apples, or 8 bushels, a week. As a result, Dell Rapids students have gotten to munch on a wide variety of apples that include Honeycrisp, Gala, Zestar!, Sweet Sixteen, Ginger Gold, and Williams’ Pride.

Deb Emmert, Dell Rapids Food Service Director, said she’s been partnering with Hoversten for several years to supply apples to the lunchroom during his regular growing season. “The best part of going through a local orchard is that we get types of apples kids have never heard of before,” Emmert said. “The response we’ve gotten is remarkable. Students love the taste and they can tell when we have to go back to store-bought.”

Dell Rapids’ breakfast and lunch programs are operated by Lunchtime Solutions Inc., a K-12 food service management company based out of Dakota Dunes, SD. The apples are being served as part of Lunchtime Solutions’ monthly Farmers Market Selections program, through which locally grown produce is featured on school lunch menus accompanied by education about the fruit or vegetable and information about the local grower. October is also National Farm to School Month, which celebrates the connections happening all over the country between children and local food.

Emmert said she tries to serve local fruits and vegetables as much as possible throughout the year, partnering with several other growers in the area.

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Dell Rapids High School students have enjoyed eating locally grown apples from Hoversten Orchard north of Brandon, SD, throughout the month of October.

“There are lots of reasons why it’s important to serve local foods,” she said. “These growers contribute to the school district through being located here, so supporting them helps everyone. And the education our kids receive is great – they find out more about the food they eat and see they can actually go and pick it themselves.”

The burgeoning demand for locally grown foods is one reason Hoversten Orchard has stayed in business for 30 years, Hoversten said. Not only is there more of a market for the fruit of the orchard’s 5,000 apple trees, he’s been able to expand the crops he provides to corn, beans and other products. But it’s the apples that have everyone’s taste buds hooked.

“Apples you get at the store are picked before they are ripe,” he said. “We wait for them to develop more before picking them, so they have a better flavor. A ripe apple picked off the tree is the best you can get.”

Emmert and Hoversten both said they look forward to continuing to work together. “They are the sweetest people and they provide excellent customer service,” Emmert said of the Hoversten family. Several family members work together to run the orchard and farms. “I’m glad our students are able to benefit from this partnership and the orchard does, too. Everyone wins.”

For the past 15 years, Lunchtime Solutions has provided healthy and delicious meals to Dell Rapids students through the schools’ breakfast and lunch programs.

“Our program centers on getting kids excited about eating lunch at school,” said Jennifer Hopf, Area Director for Lunchtime Solutions. “We think it’s important to provide a wide variety of menu options and make sure students have unlimited access to fresh fruits and vegetables every day.”

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Contact: Deb Emmert
E-mail: d.emmert@lunchtimesolutions.com
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Cardinal and Quarrier Runners Compete at State

CrossCountry-GenericThe Dell Rapids St Mary Caridnals and Dell Rapids Quarriers sent multiple runners to the 2017 South Dakota State Cross Country meet on Saturday, October 21st, in Rapid City.  Dell Rapids had eight runners participate in state, while St Mary had six runners in the state meet.

The entire St Mary boys team competed and finished 13th with 119 points.  Ipswich won the boys State B title with 29 points.  Freeman Academy/Marion was second with 32 points, and Burke/South Central was third with 39 points.

Connor Libis (39th) finished at 18:34.20.  Jacob Vogel (49th) had a time of 18:53.88.  Ryan Eining (101st) finished in 20:25.32.  Seth Roemen (105th) had a time of 20:35.67.  Thomas Eining (119th) had a time of 21:53.97.

Ella Heinitz placed 21st individually in the girls competition with a time of 21:02.87.

The entire Quarrier girls team also competed in the state meet.  Dell Rapids finished 12th with a total of 227 points.  Hill City won the girls State A title with 33 points.  Custer was second with 64 points, and St Thomas More placed third with 67 points.

Shaylee Hoff (34th) had a time of 20:57.18.  Aspen Hansen (85th) had a time of 22:28.60.  Kathryn Fletcher (86th) finished at 22:29.12.  Katrina Kreul (106th) completed in 23:05.30.  Alli DeStigter (117th) had a time of 24:15.53.  Madysen VanOverbeeke (119th) finished in 24:27.82.

Canyon Lowman and Carter Wynja competed individually for Dell Rapids in the boys race.  Wynja (79th) had a time of 18:48.93.  Lowman (101st) finished in 19:21.20.

 

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Dell Rapids City Council Approves Scoreboard Eagle Scout Project

ManualScoreboardThe Dell Rapids City Council gave the green light for an Eagle Scout project that will place manual scoreboards on two baseball fields at Dell Rapids City Park.  The approval was given during the council’s regular meeting on Monday, October 16th.

Jack Prasek presented plans to the council for a manual scoreboard to be given to the Dell Rapids Baseball association that he will build for his Eagle Scout project.  The scoreboard is planned to be placed on Field F on the south side of the river once completed.

“It will mostly be a simple scoreboard with a home score, guest score, and an inning.  We plan on having brothers or sisters doing the scoring at the games,” said Prasek during his presentation.

The manual scoreboard will start five feet off the ground and go to a height of ten feet.  The width of the scoreboard will be five feet.  Also included on the structure will be a walkway platform about two feet off the ground to be used to reach placing the scores.  There will be hooks placed on the scoreboard to hang numbers for the home score, guest score, and inning.  A lock box will also be built on the structure to store the numbers. DellRapidsFieldF

The cost of the project is estimated to be about $375-400.  Dell Rapids Lumber was chosen as the lumber company to purchase materials for the project.  The Dell Rapids Baseball Association will be paying for all the costs associated with the project.

None of the baseball fields have scoreboards at this point.  The hope is these manual scoreboards will be a benefit to the players and fans, and possibly these manual scoreboards will lead into digital boards sometime in the future.

 

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