Christopher Nelson

Christopher NelsonChristopher Nelson, 24, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at his home. Christopher was born on August 10, 1989, in Dell Rapids, SD. He grew up in Flandreau, SD and attended school in Flandreau. After school he moved to Jamestown, ND where he received his GED and built grain bins. He later moved back to Flandreau and worked at Royal River Casino as a Security Guard. Chris loved fishing, drawing, and listening to music.

Chris is survived by his parents, Brenda and Dale Kroeger, two sisters, Melissa McMahon, Sioux Falls, Brittany Nelson, Dell Rapids, one nephew, Kayden Nelson, Grandma Carolyn McMahon and Grandma Carol Kroeger, both from Flandreau, three Aunts Pamela (Loren) Hillstrom, Jamestown, ND, Linda (Glen) VanDyke, Billings, MT, Lori Kroeger, Sioux Falls, special friend, Nina, father Kelley Nelson, and many other cousins and family members. He was preceded in death by his Grandpa Loren McMahon and Grandpa Tom Kroeger.

Funeral services will be Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm at Skroch Funeral Chapel, with burial at Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Cemetery, Flandreau, SD. Visitation is from 4:00 – 7:00 pm Friday at Skroch Funeral Chapel, Flandreau.

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Dell Rapids M Completes Regular Season

Dell Rapids M won five of its last seven games to finish the regular season 6-10.

Dell Rapids M 9, Volga 4

Six first inning runs propelled Dell Rapids M to a win July 21 at Rickeman Field.

Casey Hansen, Josh Roemen, Brett Mogen and Eric Klein all walked in the first inning. An error, hit by pitch and two-run single by Nick Hoffman created the early rally. Dell Rapids scored three more runs in the second inning on walks by Adrian Juba and Hansen in front of three consecutive singles by Mogen, Klein and Elijah Story.

Mogen pitched the first four innings for the win. He allowed three runs on six hits and struck out five. Story followed with two strong innings of relief. He gave up one run on one hit with a strike out. Mason Peter closed out the seventh with three up and three down.

Mogen had a single and double and two RBI. Klein, Story, Hoffman and Peter each had one hit.

Volga 200 110 0 – 4 7 1

Dells 630 000 x – 9 6 3

Dell Rapids Battery: Brett Mogen, Elijah Story (5), Mason Peter (7) and Casey Hansen.

Showing at the Dells Theater

Planes 2 Fire and RescueHeld Over! “PLANES: FIRE AND RESCUE” — Walt Disney’s new family adventure comedy is about a fire fighting airplane and second chances.  When world-famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting.  Dusty joins forces with elite fire-fighters dedicated to protecting Piston Peak National Park from wildfires.  The crew includes veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited super scooper Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers.  Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire, and Dusty learns what it takes to become a real hero. “Planes: Fire and Rescue” is held over through Thursday, July 31.  84 minutes.  It’s rated PG for action and some peril.

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 for showtimes)

Dell Rapids Youth Participating in NLBRA

Drew, Chace, Hannah

Drew, Chace, Hannah
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Two Dell Rapids youth are currently participating in the National Little Britches Rodeo Association (NLBRA) 2014 National Finals in Pueblo, Colorado.  The event started on Monday, July 21st, and runs through Saturday, July 26th.  Drew and Hannah Stroschein are registered for multiple events throughout the week of the National Finals.

Drew and Hannah

Drew and Hannah
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Drew is participating in the Junior Boys Flag Racing, Goat Tying, and Ribbon Roping events.  Hannah is participating in the Junior Girls Breakaway, Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Trail Course, Goat Tying, and Ribbon Roping events.

Hundreds of youth are participating in this national event during the week.  Each event is broken into four performances between Monday and Tuesday, and then repeated again on Thursday and Friday.  Each participant has two runs, one either Monday or Tuesday, and the other coming on either Thursday or Friday.  The top 15 cumulative scores of the two runs advance to the “Short Go” round on Saturday.After the first two days of Nationals, here are the results for Drew and Hannah:

Hannah – Round 1

  • Breakaway – Score: 30.360;    Place:  N/A;    Points:  N/A
  • Barrel Racing – Score:  20.215;    Place:  32;    Points:  0
  • Pole Bending – Score:  20.914;    Place:  4;    Points:  120
  • Trail Course – Score:  25.135;    Place:  6;    Points:  100
  • Goat Tying – Score:  12.190;    Place:  13;    Points:  30

Drew – Round 1

  • Flag Racing – Score:  10.425;    Place:  N/A;    Points:  N/A
  • Goat Tying – Score:  16.520;    Place:  11;    Points:  50

Team – Round 1

  • Ribbon Roping – Score:  40.480;    Place:  18;    Points:  0

Drew and Hannah will have their second runs of all of their events on either Thursday or Friday.

Sister Verna Kelley

Sister Verna KelleySister Verna Kelley, 86, a Sister of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, died July 21, 2014, at Presentation Convent, Aberdeen, SD.

The Mass of Resurrection for Sister Verna will be Friday, July 25, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. in Blessed Sacrament Chapel at Presentation Convent, Aberdeen, SD. Reverend Greg Tschakert, is celebrant and homilist. A Scriptural wake service will be Thursday, July 24 at 6:30 p.m. in Blessed Sacrament Chapel. The service will be led by Sr. Verna’s brother, Deacon Richard Kelley.  Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery with Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home, 1111 S. Main Street, in charge of arrangements.

Sr. Verna “Patricia” was born May 8, 1928 in Aberdeen, SD to Iva (White) and Verne Kelley. She completed her grade school education at Washington Elementary, Pierre, SD and graduated from Central High School, Aberdeen, SD in 1946. Patricia entered Presentation Convent September 8, 1946 and made her first profession of vows August 10, 1949.  Sister Verna earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Northern State University in1962 and a Master’s Degree in Administration from Northern in 1981. She taught at elementary schools staffed by Presentation Sisters from 1949 to 1999 including Mound and Anoka, MN, Miles City, MT, Mitchell, Madison, Sioux Falls, Aberdeen, Milbank and Dell Rapids, SD. Sister ministered in the Foster Grandparent program at Roncalli Primary School from 1999 to 2013. Her passion for helping others, especially children, was  evident in the many years she taught first and second grade. She wrote poetry, several children’s books including handbooks for teachers instructing children preparing for receiving the sacraments of First Reconciliation and Eucharist. She also enjoyed creating greeting cards, banners, and posters.

Sister Verna is survived by her community of Presentation Sisters, one sister, Margaret Smith, International Falls, MN, one brother, Deacon Richard Kelley, Aberdeen, SD and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Iva and Verne Kelley, three sisters, Mercedes Volk, Kathryn Keenan, Mary Johnson, and two brothers, Vern Kelley and Reverend John Kelley.

Family members will serve as active pall bearers.

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Dell Rapids NSS Takes 2nd at 12U State

Photo courtesy of Stone Photography

Photo courtesy of Stone Photography

The Dell Rapids NSS 12U team finished second at the 2014 12U VFW State Tournament held in Humboldt Friday, July 18th, through Sunday, July 20th.  The tournament had 16 teams from Dell Rapids, Humboldt, Madison, Tea, Vermillion, Volga, Chamberlain, Custer, Groton, Milbank, Lennox, Parkston, and Elk Point-Jefferson.  The teams were put into four pools of four teams each.  The winner of each pool played for the championship on Sunday.

Dell Rapids NSS won all three of their pool-play games.  They defeated West Central 11s by a score of 11-6, Milbank 9-8, and Lennox 12-0 to advance to the championship round on Sunday.

Photo courtesy of Stone Photography

Photo courtesy of Stone Photography

In the semi-final round, Dell Rapids NSS defeated Tea by a score of 6-2.  In their fifth game of the tournament, Dell Rapids NSS fell to the Madison 12s by a score of 7-0 in the championship game, for a second place finish.

Photo courtesy of Stone Photography

Photo courtesy of Stone Photography

The Dell Rapids Devils 11U team also participated in the state tournament, playing hard-fought games against Tea, Volga and Chamberlain.


Photo courtesy of Stone Photography


Photo courtesy of Stone Photography


AUCTION on July 22

Landmark Realty logoEstate Auction
Tuesday, July 22 at 4:00pm
Near Madison SD

The auction will be conducted on site at 23696 458th Ave. From Madison, SD go South on Highway 19 to 237th Street, then East one mile to auction site.

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Auctioneers Note:We will be offering the personal property from the late Arnold Thompson. This auction will offer a wide variety from an exceptional riding mower to collectibles to household to a large quantity of of quality tools that Arnold used in the restoration of older tractors. Arnold was well known for his work on old tractors and mechanical ability. Plan on attending for exceptional tools and quality collectibles. Please call Dean at 605-695-0133

Mower: Cub Cadet commercial zero turn mower w/ 60″ deck, 25HP Kawasaki mower in excellent condition. Serial# 6J124Z80034

Truck: 2003 Chevrolet Cube van w/ Tommy lift approximately 148,000 miles, consigned by Denny Benson- Chester, SD

Tractors: IH Cub LoBoy industrial w/ push blade, comfort cover and chains; Ih Cub LoBoy

Propane Tank: 500 Gallon

Household:Very good full size box spring & mattress; Rolling kitchen cabinet w/ wine rack & stainless steel top; Four metal file cabinets; Large flat top desk; Two end tables; Dresser w/ large mirror; Two bed headboards; Coat rack; Two vacuum cleaners; Microwave Magic Chef refrigerator/freezer; Haier 7 cu ft chest freezer; Lawn chairs; Blankets; Hamper; Kitchen table w/ rolling chairs; Rolling office chair; Floral davenport; Round Mahogany table w/ 2 leaves; Mahogany desk w/ matching horizontal file cabinet; Plus many other normal household items.

Tools & Equipment: Welding table; Halogen lighter; New buffer/polisher; Trouble lights; 1450 PSI power washer; NEW 10 cubic foot trailer cart – never assembled; Shop vac; Ladders; 20 gal parts washer; Handyman jacks; Log chains & load binders; Floor jack; Jack stands; Extension cords; 2 1/4 ton cherry picker; Engine stand; Rolling shop cart; Sawhorses; Tarp; Bench vise; 12 ton shop press; 40 pound sandblaster; Ratchet sraps; 3/4″ socket set; Porter Cable 6hp air compressor; Air tank; Clamps; Air hose on reel; Ryobi 8″ bench grinder on stand; Chest on chest rolling toolbox; Acetylene set w/ torch; Bolt cutters; Battery charger; Very large assortment of hand tools including socket sets, chisels, punches, screwdrivers, crescents, pliers, hammers, wrenches, snips, drill bits, allen wrenches, vise grips, pipe wrenches and all of Arnold’s other tools used in the restoration of his old tracotrs; Special Mention: IH 1/4″ socket set in original holder; John Deere set of combination wrenches on wall rack and a set in canvas roll; Plus other older tools.

Collectibles: Dazey 60 glass churn; King-Pin Baldwin mfg bowling game; Marx Swing Arm Target game; IH 1977 Farmall thermometer; Miniature pool tables; Cast iron dog door stop; Barn lantern; Cistern pump; Fire hydrant; Laundry stove; Purina clock; Vintage sofa; Round oak table; Marble top plant stand; Vintage wingback chair w/ ottoman; Set of Bavaria China – Winterling pattern; Sets of silverware & silver items; Native American pottery items; John Deere 3010 & 4020 operators manuals; Redwing 20 gal Birchleaf crock w/ Ski oval; RW 2, 3 & 5 gal crocks; Small egg carrier; Quilts; Quilt pieces & tapestries; Cookbooks; IH spreader in box; Conoco, Champlin, Phillips 66, Standad, Co-op and other oil cans; Ford parts tin sign; Primitive grain sieve; Plus many other collectible items dating back to Arnold’s childhood.

Yard & Miscellaneous:Large Kingsford charcoal grill; CharBroil electric grill; Stihl gas weed eater; New firepit; Large assortment of yard ornaments; Patio furniture; Garden hose & winder; Yard windmill – drag section; Yard & garden tools; FIMCO pull type sprayer; BRINLY pull type fertilizer spreader; Wheelbarrow, plus more.

Guns: Newport Model CN 20 gauge double barrel shotgun; Western Field Model 39A-22 bolt action rifle; Daisy BB gun; Other sports related items

Arnold Thompson Estate
Michelle Moore – Personal Rep.

Auction Arranged & Conducted By:
Dean Gulbranson – Gulbranson Auction Services – 605/695-0133
Kelan Bludorn – Bludorn Auction Services – 605/690-7772


Relay for Life!

RelayForLifeThe 13th annual Dell Rapids American Cancer Society Relay for Life event will be held on Friday, July 25th at the Dell Rapids City Park.  Have you purchased your luminaria in honor/memory of your loved one?  Contact LuAnn (428-5392) or Elaine (428-3679) right away.  Each luminaria candle represents a person.  They are our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, friends, coworkers, and so many others.  All luminaria can also be dedicated in support of a Relay participant.  Relay for Life Lumanaria

The Boy Scout Whopper Feed along with other concessions will begin at 5:30 p.m.  The Survivor Walk and entertainment for the evening and night will begin at 6:00 p.m.  Be sure to bring your lawn chairs.

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY RELAY FOR LIFE Celebrating a world with less cancer and more birthdays! July 25-26, 2014 – 6:00PM-6:00AM Dell Rapids City Park

Local Births

  • A boy to Tim and Ashley Horton, Dell Rapids, July 15.
  • A girl to Josh and Jacque LeBrun, Dell Rapids, June 26.
  • A girl to Kurt and Becky Peppel, Dell Rapids, July 13.
  • A boy to Kyle and Nikki Erickson, Dell Rapids, July 8.
  • A girl to Ryan and Krista Allen, Dell Rapids, June 25.
  • A boy to Josh and Beth Howardson, Dell Rapids, June 5.
  • A boy to Jemina and Joe Geraets, Dell Rapids, June 3.

Help Wanted: Dell Rapids Community Haven

Help WantedThe Dell Rapids Community Haven is looking for energetic individuals to work part-time for the Before & After School Programs for the 2014-15 school year.  Days and hours may vary. Applicants must be self-motivated, enthusiastic & enjoy caring for school-aged children.  Stop in the Old Public Elementary School or call 366-8612 for an application.  Applicants must be at least 16 years of age.