Dell Rapids FCCLA Supporting “Shoes for the Shoeless”

ShoesForShoelessThe Dell Rapids FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) Chapter is sponsoring a project called “Shoes for the Shoeless”.   Members of the FCCLA chapter are looking for slightly used, wearable shoes of any size that people are no longer wearing.  The shoe donations can be brought to either the Dell Rapids Elementary School, Dell Rapids Middle School, or Dell Rapids High School.

Donations will be accepted until Friday, November 30th.  All of the shoes collected will be donated to the needy in Sioux Falls and the surrounding communities.

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DRHS School Announcements

Dell Rapids High School Announcements:Quarriers

Friday, November 16th
Happy Birthday to Logan D. (Mon) and Brett P. (Tue)!!
Lunch:  Big Daddy’s Pizza or Beef and Bean Burrito

  • On Monday, November 19th and Tuesday, November 20th the DRMS/HS library will only be opened by Mr. Timperley from 12:50-1:50 pm.
  • There will be an Art Club meeting on Friday, November 16th over lunch in the art room. Please, all member attend.
  • Seniors: The countdown has begun. Please submit your senior photo to by November 16. The senior portrait should be a head/shoulders shot, vertical/portrait orientation, and high resolution .jpg file. Questions? Ask Mrs. Gleason.
  • If you have ever thought about a career in education or in teaching, Dell Rapids is looking at starting their first Education Rising group Please see Mr. Bunkers about the group and becoming a part of it.
  • If you have a favorite recipe or a recipe of your favorite food, you can have it submitted into the Taste of Dells Cookbook! This cookbook will be a compilation of favorite recipes of the DRHS staff and students, and anyone is welcome to submit! Just have a copy of the recipe – preferably printed, and with all of the measurements – and put it in the yellow box that is in the main high school office. Make sure you have your name with the recipe, so proper credit can be given.
  • Attention Quarrier Fans:  DRHS Booster Club will be placing another order that will be here before Christmas.  The online store will be open from November 7 -19 with delivery on December 10th.  The link for the online store is
  • The National Honor Society is hosting a blood drive on Friday, November 30th. Time slots to donate are available for staff and students (sign up sheet is in the office) . Students must be 17 years old to donate (or 16 with signed parent consent form.) Please see Mrs. Ruesink for more information.
  • The prom theme for 2019 will be Vegas.
  • Do you have shoes in your closet that you no longer wear?  If so, consider donating them to the” Shoes for the Shoeless” program where they will be given to those in need in Sioux Falls and the surrounding area.  You may bring them to the box in the high school office until Friday, November 30.  This project is sponsored by the FCCLA chapter.
  • 1st Quarter honor roll is posted on the office window.  Please stop in the office if you have questions – thanks.
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Oral Interp Performers Qualify for State

OralInterpTwo oral interp participants have earned themselves a chance to perform at the 2018 State Oral Interp Festival.  Brooke-Lynn Hawthorne of Dell Rapids and Aubry Hansen from Dell Rapids St Mary both qualified from their respective regions.

Hawthorne qualified for her storytelling piece that was performed at the Class A Region III meet on Monday, November 12th at Brookings.  Dell Rapids also had a few students earn alternate spots.  They include Tim Jaycox in humor, Ella Lueders in serious, Jaycox and Emily Dorn in duet acting, and the reader’s theater team of Kat Fletcher, Peyton Gleason, Jaycox, Lueders, and Krystal Stange.

Hansen advanced to the regions in the serious reading category after her district performance on Wednesday, November 7th in Madison.  Hansen’s performance at the regional meet on Tuesday, November 13th in Sioux Falls earned her a trip to the state competition.  Thomas Eining advanced through the district meet to the regions, but fell just short of qualifying for state.

The 2018 South Dakota State Oral Interp Festival will be held on Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st at the Lake Area Technical Institue and Watertown High School.  Hawthorne’s storytelling category will start at 6:00 p.m. Friday at Lake Area Technical Institute.  Hansen’s serious reading category will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Watertown High School.

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Dell Rapids MIDDLE SCHOOL Announcements

Dell Rapids Middle School Announcements:Quarriers

Wednesday, November 14th
Happy Birthday to Carter T. (Mon), Lexi I. (Wed), and Rowan M. (Wed)!!
Lunch today will be choices of:  Roasted Turkey or Breaded Steak Fingers

  • ATTENTION 7TH & 8TH GRADE STUDENTS:  If you would like to read morning announcements, please sign up in the office.
  • Mandatory winter sports meeting for 7/8 athletes and parents will be held this THURSDAY at 6:30pm.
  • Attention Quarrier Fans:  DRHS Booster Club will be placing another order that will be here before Christmas.  The online store will be open from November 7 -19 with delivery on December 10th.  The link for the online store is
  • First Quarter Honor Roll will be posted on the office window today.  Please stop in the office if you have any questions – thanks.
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Showing at the Dells Theater

“DR. SEUSS’ THE GRINCH”This new animated, family, comedy adventure is based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved holiday classic.

It tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit. Funny, heartwarming and visually stunning, it’s a universal story about the spirit of Christmas and the indomitable power of optimism.

Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch lends his voice to the infamous Grinch, who lives a solitary life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpet with only his loyal dog, Max, for company.

“Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch” is held over at the Dells Theatre. 86 minutes. It’s rated PG for brief rude humor.

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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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2018 American Legion Soup Supper – Dec 1st

LegionLogoThe George A. Fitzgerald American Legion Post 65 will be serving their annual soup supper at the Legion Hall in Dell Rapids on Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm. The menu will include the following soups: chili, chicken noodle, vegetable beef, and bean & ham. Other menu items include buns, crackers, assorted pies and bars, and coffee or water. Cost of the meal is $6.00 for age 10 and older and $3.00 for age 9 and younger.

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David Donahue

donahue picDavid J. Donahue, 66, of Sioux Falls, passed away on Friday, November 9, 2018 at the Golden Living Center in Arlington, SD. His Mass of Christian Burial is at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 in St. Mary Catholic Church, Dell Rapids. Interment is in the St. Mary Cemetery, Dell Rapids. Casketbearers are Richard Donahue, Bob Donahue, JohnDonahue and Mike Donahue.  Visitation with the family present is from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.on Monday, November 12, 2018 in the church with the Christian Wake at 7:00 p.m. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Kahler Funeral Home,

David Joseph Donahue was born on May 10, 1952 in Dell Rapids, SD, the third child of Fifteen to Francis and Mary Ann (Thompson) Donahue. He grew up on a farm near Baltic, attended St. Mary’s primary school, and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Dell Rapids. His decision to attend the Lake Area Vo-tech in Watertown was a good choice as the skills he learned there became a big part of his life’s work as a licensed plumber and owner of several properties around the Sioux Falls area. He married Jane Gadbois in 1976 and had two children, Paul and Amy. They later divorced. David continued to manage his properties and his plumbing throughout the Sioux Falls area and surrounding towns. His business was prosperous and continued to grow.   David was a jack of all trades including construction and real estate, even moving houses to a different location. Later in life Dave met and  married Gail Wiese.  In March of 2009 he had an electrical accident while working on one of his rental properties. He became a resident of the Good Living Center in Arlington, SD where he remained until his death.

David  was a very social person and could be found having coffee at Hy-Vee every weekday at 4:00 p.m. With his flashing blue eyes, and Irish temperament it was always lively conversation. He was a go-getter with relentless energy, and had a unique creative problem solving style with a big generous heart. He had a soft spot for, and reached out to less fortunate people. We will all miss his beautiful smile and shocking blue eyes.

He was preceded in death by his father, brothers, Jimmy and Jerry and his sisters, Patty and Joan.

He is survived by his mother, Mary Ann Burns of Dell Rapids; his son, Paul of Sioux Falls and his daughter, Amy (Gary) Steffen of Elkhorn, NE; grandchildren, Lily and Miles; his siblings Mary (Jim) Harmon of Pierre, Judy (Dirk) Pearson of Hendricks, MN, Richard of Cathedral City CA, Bob of Dell Rapids, Betty (Gary) Weber of Chester, Kathy (Jim) Goodale of Chester, Theresa (Monte) Burggraff of Crooks, Dorothy (James) of Larchwood, IA, Mike (Sandy) of Sioux Falls, John (Shelly) of Sioux Falls and his extended family and friends.

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Highway 115 Work Continues in Dell Rapids

The construction on the Highway 115 Project has continued slowly throughout the months of 2018, but Dell Rapids City Administration still believes that the majority of the concrete work will be completed before the end of the year.

City Administrator Justin Weiland gave a report to the Dell Rapids City Council during their regular meeting on Monday, November 5th.  Weiland mentioned that he thinks T&R Contracting will get the main paving done yet this year, and that is what the contract states.  The contract does also roll into June of 2019 for finish work.  Weiland mentioned that the city probably won’t see the trails poured or the seeding done this year.

“They’re going to have to come in and play cleanup in the spring,” Weiland said.

Weiland also mentioned an issue was recently discovered with the project.  The bridge elevation just west of the four-way stop was designed at a lower elevation than the design for the road elevation.  The issue was not caught before construction, but plans are for that issue to be fixed.  Weiland mentioned that the road diversion has not been removed yet, and he thinks once the rest of the concrete is complete west of the bridge, traffic will be routed back to the diversion to fix the elevation issue.  Weiland also said that he wasn’t sure exactly how T&R Contracting plans to fix the issue, but it will be fixed.  A temporary blacktop patch has been put in place to allow traffic through while concrete work continues.

Not only has the project been delayed, and now has an issue with the bridge elevation, the city of Dell Rapids has also seen a decline in sales tax revenues.  The council was presented with numbers for September, and once again the sales tax revenues were down compared to 2017.  July was down 11.68%, August was down 23.24%, and September was down 6.7%.

“This highway project, in my opinion, has affected sales tax within the community.  The biggest thing that we want to make sure is that people’s trends haven’t changed, or they haven’t altered their habits,” Weiland said.

He also mentioned that once the majority of the project has been completed, they city plans to work with the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce and media outlets to get the word out to people that the city is “back open for business”.

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Rosemarie Lewis

lewisRosemarie Lewis, 80, of Trent, passed away on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. Her Memorial Service will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 18,  2018 in the Trent Baptist Church. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Kahler Funeral Home.

Rosemarie Madril was born on October 10, 1937 in Fresno, California, to Alfonso and Lucille (Marquez) Madril. She grew up in Riverside and San Jose, California and graduated from Campbell High School.

Rosemarie married Ira J Lewis on December 16, 1955 in San Jose, California. Ira was a career Navy man and the couple lived in many places including Monterey, Moffett Field, Coronado, California, White Sands Missile Range and Albuquerque, New Mexico, and finally, Alameda California. While in Alameda the couple divorced. Over the years Rosemarie had many jobs including Short order Cook; Volunteer work for the Navy Relief society, Secretary and avid bowler on many bowling leagues, and she especially loved her many years of working in Banking. After her retirement Rosemarie spent many years living with her daughter Shawn and Dan in Fairfield, California until she finally moved to Trent in 2014.

Rosemarie was a member of the Trent American Legion Auxiliary and the Trent Study Club. She loved to spend time Reading, Gardening, Crocheting Afghans and a variety of projects as well as Cross-stitching baby quilts. “Ramblin’ Rose” was very passionate about traveling across country visiting friends and family all along the way. She totally enjoyed her Monday, Wednesday and Friday water aerobics and swim class in Pipestone, MN with the other “Water Lilies”!

Rosemarie is survived by her children, Richard Lewis of Trent, SD, Robert (Angyla) Lewis of Trent, SD, Shawn (Dan) Richardson of Fairfield, CA, and David (Lori) Lewis of Imperial, CA; her 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; her brother, David Madril of Billings, MT, and her sisters, Gloria Garrett of Santa Rosa, CA and Judy (Steve) Waldrum of Shady Cove, OR; and many nieces and nephews.

Rosemarie was preceded in death by her parents, Alfonso and Lucille Madril, her brother Alfonso “Al” Madril Jr, a grandson Christopher Lewis, a great granddaughter Abigail Hefferon Glavaris and great grandsons Mason Lewis and Joshua Lewis.

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