Schools Make Plans for Make-up Days

SchoolMakeUpDaysWith the harshness of winter and school related closings hopefully behind us, both Dell Rapids and Dell Rapids St Mary schools have made changes to the 2018-2019 school calendar to make up for the snow days this year.

Dell Rapids St Mary has made the following updates to their calendar after discussions with staff and EAC.  The end of the 3rd quarter will now end on March 26th.  March 27th will now be a full day of school instead of an early dismissal.  April 18th will be an In-Session day.  May 21st and 22nd will be full days of school.  May 23rd will be the final day of school with an 11:30 a.m. dismissal, and May 24th will be a teacher work day.

The Dell Rapids School Board approved the following changes during their regular meeting to the Dell Rapids calendar.  March 27th will be a regular full day of school instead of an early dismissal.  May 22nd, 23rd and 24th will be added to the end of the school year with Friday, May 24th currently planned as the final day of school.

Both schools have said that these plans could change if more days of snow days are added before the end of the year.

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Gerald Schreier

Schreier, Gerald obit photoGerald “Jerry” F. Schreier, 85, of Dell Rapids went to be with the Lord Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Dells Nursing and Rehab Center.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:00 AM Monday, March 18, 2019 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids. Burial with Military Honors was in the church cemetery.

Visitation was held from 3:00 to 5:00 PM followed by a Wake Service at 5:00 PM Sunday, March 17, 2019 at Minnehaha Funeral Home in Dell Rapids.

Jerry was born on April 23, 1933 to Henry and Laura (Phelps) Schreier in Dell Rapids, South Dakota. Jerry’s love for farming started when he was a kid growing up and helping on the family farm. This is where he learned many of his mechanical skills. Jerry attended St. Mary Catholic School and then went on to serve his country in the Army. He was honorably discharged with a hardship when his father passed away so he could go home to continue farming. While farming, he worked many different jobs to supplement the farm income during his life. He was a “jack of all trades” and there wasn’t anything he couldn’t do when it came to the farm. He woke up every morning and got to do what he loved every day on the farm. He was very proud of the farm. Back in the day Jerry and Clara would host barn dances complete with a band and plenty to drink. He had a passion for selling and repairing Miller farm loaders for most of his life. Jerry was also a Funk Seed Dealer for many years serving the area.

He married his wife of 61 years, Clara (Galles) Schreier, on April 27, 1957. Together they raised five children on the family farm. He was a devoted member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids where he was also involved in The Knights of Columbus. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. His great sense of humor and that twinkle in his eye were always loved.

Jerry is preceded in death by his father, Henry; mother, Laura and siblings, Irene Schmidt, Genevieve Mines, Myrtle Duffy, Henry Schreier Jr., Harold Schreier, Beverly Shea and Charles Schreier.

He is survived by his wife, Clara of Dell Rapids; five children, Patrick Schreier of Apple Valley, MN, Noreen (Jerry) Abrahamson of Omaha, NE, James (Christine) of Fargo, ND, Timothy (Paula) of Dell Rapids, SD and Jeffrey (Jodie) of Moorhead, MN; ten grandchildren, Colleen Schreier, Diana Schreier, Jared (Kelsey) Abrahamson, Elyse Abrahamson, Jocelyn Abrahamson, Emily (Jon) Schroeder, Meghan Schreier, Abby (Robert) Gregersen, Jacob (Trystan) Schreier, Zacharey Schreier and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

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DRHS School Announcements

Dell Rapids High School Announcements:Quarriers

Monday, March 18th
Happy Birthday to Ellie F. (14th) and Makayla D. (Mon)!!
Lunch:  Macaroni and Cheese OR Breaded Beef Patty Sandwich

  • Attention all students:  Please be aware of where you are parking. Do not park in front of any mailboxes, fire hydrants or too close to driveways. Please remember you cannot park within 12 feet of an intersection or crosswalk or 15 feet of a fire hydrant. Also, with this amount of snow, it may be hard to find a parking spot that is close to the curb but this does not allow you to park in the middle of the road. Blocking the traffic is very dangerous and should be avoided at all times.
  • You didn’t miss out on the mini-donuts last week because we did not have school. The FFA has rescheduled the sale of hot and fresh mini-donuts for tomorrow morning before school. You can purchase 6 donuts for $2 in the shop area.
  • Attention 6th – 11th graders: If you are interested in trying out for the next years competitive cheer team there will be an informational meeting on March 20 @ 3:30 in the MS commons. Tryout practice will be held March 27 from 1:30-3:30 with tryouts on March 29 @ 3:30.
  • Sideline Cheer tryouts – there will be an informational meeting on Wednesday, March 20 at 3:30 in the Middle School Commons. If you are interested in participating in sideline cheer during the 2019-2020 school year, please sign up in the office.
  • Dell Rapids Softball players: It is that time of year again to sign up for girls’ softball before March 31st! Registration is now open. More information can be found in the high school office. Please register today at
  • Signup for the 2019 Dell Rapids baseball season is now open.  Please go to to get signed up for baseball prior to March 15th.
  • Seniors – please submit your baby photo to by April 1st. Other photos from your time in school are also welcome.
  • If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Gleason. Volunteers from the senior class will create the slide show. IF you have an opinion about what should be in the slide show at graduation, please sign up.
  • Please stop in the high school office for a David’s Bridal prom coupon.
  • Summer and Fall dual credit application window is open –  please see Mrs. Ruesink if you have questions.
  • JR Alterations, here in town, is available for dress alterations. Please know that in order to get any alterations for prom the latest she can accept dresses is 3 weeks prior.
  • Support your school’s After Prom by ordering your corsage and boutonniere at any Sioux Falls Hy-Vee and they will donate 10% to your After Prom program. Be sure to tell your florist the name of your school while ordering your flowers. Thanks for your support!
  • Attention Juniors & Seniors:  South Dakota Youth Trooper Academy is looking for juniors/seniors (male and female) who have an interest in law enforcement. The South Dakota Youth Trooper Academy is held in Pierre from June 24-June 28.  If interested, see Mrs. Ruesink for more information.
  • Do you have old reading glasses you are no longer using? Marcus Van Dam is having a reading glasses and glass case drive. Donations can be dropped off in both the middle school and high school office and will be picked up on April 8th. These donations will be delivered to South Dakota Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
  • The post prom party has been planned to ensure that our students have a safe and fun activity following prom.  The post prom party will be held at the Dell Rapids High School where we will provide entertainment, along with many games, activities, prizes and food.  Please encourage your student to participate in this activity. The deadline to register for the post prom party is April 19th.  The $30 fee must be paid at the time of registration. Checks should be payable to DRHS Post Prom.  To sign up, students can turn in the fee and the required permission form, signed by a parent/guardian to the high school office.
  • Attention Students:  Dell Rapids American Legion Auxiliary is hosting a Poppy Poster Contest, for more information please see Eve in the high school office or Ms. Gengler.  Entries due in the office by April 16th.
  • Young Hearts Cardiac Screening is returning to DRPS on Thursday, March 28th.  The screening includes a limited echocardiogram, 12 lead EKG, health history, and blood pressure check, all which are reviewed by a local Board Certified Cardiologist. Thousands of young people needlessly die each year from Sudden Cardiac Death.  This potentially life-saving screening is only $89 and scholarships may be available as well as a sibling discount. The screening is open to anyone between the ages of 12-34, not just athletes.  Screenings are easy, painless, and take approximately 20 minutes. Registration and additional information can be found at  Screenings must be scheduled in advanced with Screening America however your child’s screening will take place at the school. Please call the district office if you have additional questions.
  • There will be a quick girls golf meeting for any High School or Middle School girls interested in High School golf Tuesday March 19th (tomorrow).  Meeting will be at the elementary gym at 3:35. Coach Tjaden
  • JOBS
    • The City of Dell Rapids is currently accepting applications for summer positions both Pool (Life gaurd, Basket Clerks) and Public Works Mowing positions. The Applications are due on March 8th.  Please see Eve in the High School office for more information.
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Dell Rapids MIDDLE SCHOOL Announcements

Dell Rapids Middle School Announcements:Quarriers

Monday, March 18th
Happy Belated Birthday to Emily M and Hunter H.!!  Happy Birthday to Jaxon C. (Mon)!!
Lunch today will be choices of:  Sloppy Joes or Breakfast for Lunch

  • ATTENTION 5TH GRADE STUDENTS:  If you would like to read morning announcements, please sign up in the office.
  • Attention 6th – 11th graders:  If you are interested in trying out for next year’s competitive cheer team there will be an informational meeting on March 20 @ 3:30 in the MS Commons.  Tryout practice will be held March 27 from 1:30-3:30 with tryouts on March 29 @3:30.
  • High School Sideline Cheer tryouts – there will be a mandatory informational meeting on Wednesday, March 20 at 3:30 in the Middle School Commons.  Any 8th grader interested in participating in high school sideline cheer during the 2019-2020 school year must sign up in the office by Tuesday, March 19.
  • Attention Students:  Dell Rapids American Legion Auxiliary is hosting a Poppy Poster Contest, for more information please see your homeroom teacher or Ms. Gengler.  Entries due in the office by April 16th.
  • Attention Students and Staff:  HS Senior Marcus VanDam is hosting a project for one of his classes and is asking for donations of GLASSES AND GLASS CASES.  There is a donation box in the office.  Donations  will be picked up on April 8th.  All donations will be delivered to SD Rehabilitation Center for the blind and visually impaired.
  • Attention girls and boys 7th & 8th graders: There is a middle school track sign up sheet in the office. There will be a meeting this Wednesday at 3:00 in the middle school commons. See you then!
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Quarrier Boys Take 6th at State Tournament

NewDRLogoAfter falling to the Tea Area Titans in the opening round of the State A Tournament, the Dell Rapids Quarriers bounced back with a victory over the Hot Springs Bison on Friday, March 15th.  Dell Rapids defeated the Bison 47-37.

There were three ties in the game, but the Quarriers never trailed on their way to the win.  Dell Rapids built an early 10-6 lead after the first quarter, but Hot Springs trimmed the lead to three at 27-24 by halftime.  The offenses for both teams struggled in the second half.  Dell Rapids pushed their lead to 36-29 heading into the fourth quarter.  The Quarriers then outscored the Bison 11-8 in the final quarter.

Dell Rapids finished the game shooting 28% (13-46) from the field, 17% (2-12) from the three-point area, and 76% (19-25) from the free-throw line.  Hot Springs shot 30% (13-43) from the field, 22% (4-18) from three-point area, and 54% (7-13) from the free-throw line.

Drew Van Regenmorter led Dell Rapids with 13 points and 10 rebounds.  Logan Heim also had 13 points along with six rebounds.  Colin Rentz and Coby Maeschen both had seven points in the game.

In their final game of the season, the Quarriers fell to the St Thomas More Cavaliers in a hard-fought, close battle.  St Thomas More survived a last second shot from Dell Rapids for a 71-69 victory.

The Cavaliers held the lead after the first quarter at 16-11, but Dell Rapids stormed ahead early in the second quarter.  The Quarriers held a one-point lead with 4:59 to play in the first half, but the Cavaliers led 29-23 at halftime.  St Thomas More was able to grow the lead in the third quarter and led 51-40 heading into the fourth quarter.  The Cavaliers got their largest lead of the game at 12 points with 2:27 to play.  Dell Rapids held the Cavaliers scoreless the remainder of the quarter while mounting a late-game comeback, but a last second, three-point shot fell away no good for Dell Rapids.

The Quarriers finished the game shooting 52% (25-48) from the field, 47% (9-19) from three-point area, but only 50% (10-20) from the free-throw line.  St Thomas More was 47% (25-53) from the field, 39% (7-19) from three-point area, and 78% (14-18) from the free-throw line.

Colin Rentz had a game-high 28 points and eight rebounds.  Logan Heim had 11 points and nine rebounds.  Connor Rentz and Logan Ellingson also both had 11 points each.

Dell Rapids finishes their 2018-2019 season with a 6th place finish at the State A Tournament and a 15-9 overall record.

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Showing at the Dells Theater

“WONDER PARK”June, an optimistic, imaginative girl, discovers an incredible amusement park called Wonderland hidden in the woods. The park is full of fantastical rides and talking, funny animals – only the park is in disarray. June soon discovers the park came from her imagination and she’s the only one who can fix it, so she bands together with the animals to save this magical place and bring back the wonder in Wonderland.

“Wonder Park” starts Friday, March 15 nationally including at the Dells Theatre. 85 minutes. It’s rated PG for some mild thematic elements and action.

Link to Trailer:



  • 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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Quarrier Boys Fall in Opening Round of State A

NewDRLogoThe #8 seeded Dell Rapids Quarriers faced a tough challenge in the opening round of the 2019 South Dakota State A Boys Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 14th.  The Quarriers had to open the tournament against the #1 seeded Tea Area Titans at the Premier Center.

Dell Rapids held a slim two-point lead with just under four minutes to play in the opening quarter, but the Titans flexed their muscles throughout the rest of the game.  The Quarriers trailed by just four points at the end of the first quarter at 15-11.  Dell Rapids, however, was not able to get a bucket to fall in the second quarter and was held scoreless.  Tea Area extended their lead to 33-11 at halftime.  The Titans continued to roll in the second half.  They outscored Dell Rapids 23-16 in the third quarter and 25-11 in the fourth quarter for the 81-38 win.

The Quarriers were held to just 24% (12-51) from the field, 18% (3-17) from three-point area, and 52% (11-21) from the free-throw line.  Tea Area finished the game shooting 43% (31-72) from the field, 34% (11-32) from three-point area, and 62% (8-13) from the free-throw line.  The Titans also out-rebounded Dell Rapids 49-36 and forced 15 Quarrier turnovers.

Drew Van Regenmorter led the Quarriers with eight points and eight rebounds.  Colin Rentz had seven points and five rebounds.  Logan Ellingson tallied five points.  Coby Maeschen had four points, and Logan Heim had four points and eight rebounds.  Tea Area was led by Noa Freidel with 25 points and Justin Hohn with 19 points.

Dell Rapids will play the #5 seed Hot Springs Bison at 12:45 p.m. in the Sioux Falls Arena on Friday, March 15th.

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American Cancer Society/Dell Rapids Relay for Life – July 26th

Relay For Life logoThe American Cancer Society/Dell Rapids Relay for Life Event will be held in the Dell Rapids City Park on July 26, 2019.  If you are interested in forming a team, purchasing luminaries in honor or memory of a loved one or friend, or if you have any questions about the relay event please contact LuAnn Heidebrink at 261-8832.

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City Council Election Canceled, School Board Election to be Held

DellRapidsTowerThe Dell Rapids City Council will not need an election on Tuesday, April 9th.  This announcement came during the council’s regular meeting held on Monday, March 4th.

All four of the open seats will be filled by the incumbent council members.  Each of the four wards had an open seat up for election, but the only petitions submitted to fill those seats were filed by the incumbent council members.  Gary Haak in Ward 1, Mark Crisp in Ward 2, Mike Geraets in Ward 3, and James Borchert in Ward 4 will all serve another three-year term on the Dell Rapids City Council.

The Dell Rapids School Board will still continue to have their election on April 9th as three petitions have been filed for two open spots.  Matthew Weiland, Denise Cavigielli, and Lee Bollock will be up for election.

Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.  All precincts will vote at the Lutheran Church located at 701 North Orleans Avenue in Dell Rapids.  

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