Dell Rapids 13/14 Teener Season Ends


Photo courtesy of Nathan Sommerfeld

The Dell Rapids 13/14 Teener season came to an end in heart-breaking fashion on Wednesday, July 12th, in Dell Rapids.  The teener team went 2-2 at the Class A Northeast Region tournament held in Dell Rapids at Rickeman Field Monday, July 10th, through Wednesday, July 12th.

Dell Rapids opened up the tournament with an 11-1 win over Sisseton on July 10th.  Connor Libis went 3-3 in the game with three RBIs.  Carter Nelson collected two hits and two RBIs.  Coby Maeschen, Trevon Cross, and Bryce Sommerfeld all had hits as well.  Austin Henry pitched four innings giving up just one run on four hits while walking three batters and striking out five.  Sommerfeld pitched one inning giving up just one hit while striking out two.


Photo courtesy of Nathan Sommerfeld

The team followed that win with a 16-6 win over Flandreau also on July 10th.  Charlie Holm was 2-2 with three RBIs.  Landon Ruesink, Kaeden Eastman, and Nelson all had two hits in the game each.  Libis had two RBIs, while Ruesink and Nelson each drove home a run.  Dayton Andersen pitched three innings giving up one run on three hits with two walks and four strikeouts.  Brady Larson also pitched three innings giving up five runs, four earned, on four hits with four walks and two strikeouts.

Dell Rapids then faced the Madison 14s on Tuesday, July 11th.  The game was back-and-forth throughout the entire contest.  The two teams were tied 5-5 heading to the bottom of the sixth inning.  Dell Rapids scored two runs on back-to-back RBI singles by Eastman and Henry.  But with two outs in the top of the 7th inning, Madison scored four times and then held Dell Rapids to no runs in the bottom of the 7th for the 9-7 come-from-behind win.  Eastman, Henry, Maeschen, and Cross all had two hits in the game.  Ruesink, Libis, and Nelson each had one hit.  Henry drove home two runs, while Libis and Eastman each had an RBI.  Nelson pitched four innings giving up five runs, two earned, on two hits with four walks and two strikeouts.  Henry pitched the final three innings giving up four runs, all unearned, on three hits with three strikeouts.

Volga then defeated Dell Rapids on Wednesday, July 10th, 4-1 to push them into the championship game against Madison.  Dell Rapids managed just one hit in the game which was a first-inning single by Eastman.  Sommerfeld pitched a complete game seven innings giving up four runs on eight hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

Madison went on to win the region championship over Volga 10-4 to advance to the 13/14 Class A State VFW tournament in Milbank July 21st-23rd.  The Northeast Region tournament teams were Madison 14s, Volga, Dell Rapids, Milbank, Flandreau, Sisseton, and Madison 13s.

The Dell Rapids 13/14 teener team that played in the regional tournament was a combination of two 13/14 Dell Rapids league teams.  The league teams played in the I29 League.  Dells-J league team was coached by Jeff Holm, Fran Ruesink, and Nate Henry.  Dells-J finished with an 11-5 league record.  Dells-G league team was coached by Bill Goeken, Matt Larson, and Dane Stone.  Dells-G finished with a 9-6 league record.  The I29 League consists of teams from Tea, Madison, Volga, Hills-Beaver Creek, Canova, Tri-Valley, West Central, Garretson, Dell Rapids, Salem-Montrose, Flandreau, Baltic, Parker/Freeman, and Sioux Falls Christian

Dell Rapids School Board Sets 2017-2018 Fees

NewDRLogoThe Dell Rapids School Board set fees for the upcoming school year during the regular meeting on Monday, July 10th.  The rates and fees that were set were meal prices, admission and activity ticket prices, and transportation rates.

The following meal prices were adopted by the board:

  • Student breakfast – $1.45
  • Reduce price breakfast – $.30
  • Adult breakfast – $1.80
  • Extra breakfast entree – $1.20
  • K-4 student lunch – $2.80
  • 5-12 student lunch – $2.90
  • K-12 reduce price lunch – $.40
  • Adult lunch – $3.35
  • Milk – $.50
  • Extra traditional entree – $1.75
  • Extra pizza – $1.85
  • Chef demo meal – $2.25

Admission to activities were set at $3.00 for K-12 students and $5.00 for adults.  Admission for doubleheader basketball games are $4.00 for students and $6.00 for adults.  Activity ticket prices are as follows:

  • Resident senior citizens – free pass available in district office
  • K-8 student pass – $15.00
  • 9-12 student pass – $20.00
  • Adult 10-punch pass – $30.00
  • Adult all-season pass – $50.00
  • Family all-season pass – $100.00

The transportation rates for the upcoming year will be as follows:

  • Resident in-town and open-enrollment transportation (on designated route), St Mary non-resident rural transportation (on designated route), and Haven transportation (between elementary school and River Community Church) – $80.00/child or $200.00/family
  • St Mary transportation off designated route – $432.50 annually per mile added to the route
  • Open-enrollment transportation off designated route (as determined by the school board on an individual basis) – $432.50 annually per mile added to the route
  • St Mary / outside organization transportation – $2.00 per mile (minimum of $20.00) plus actual driver cost

Dell Rapids School Board Swears in New Member

NewDRLogoDuring the Dell Rapids School Board regular meeting, Jeffrey Traill took his oath of office on Monday, July 10th.  Traill was elected to a three-year term in April.  He will take over the seat vacated by Tom Morris.

With Traill joining the school board, new officers were selected.  Matt Weiland was voted the new president.  Troy Randall will serve as vice president.  Weiland will also serve as the Prairie Lakes Educational Cooperative Board of Directors representative with Jody Schumaker serving as the alternate.  Schumaker will be the ASBSD voting delegate with Steve Stofferahn the alternate.

Each of the school board members were voted to different committees.  Stofferahn and Schumaker will be on the Technology Planning and Wellness/Insurance committees.  Stofferahn and Traill will head the Facilities committee.  Weiland and Randall are on the Transportation  and Negotiations/Personnel committees.  Randall and Traill will be on the Budget/Finance committee.  Weiland and Schumaker will head the Curriculum committee, and Schumaker and Traill will be on the Policy committee.

John Den Boer

John Den BoerJohn A. Den Boer, 75, of Dell Rapids passed away unexpectedly at his home Monday, July 10, 2017. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 AM Friday, July 14, 2017 at Reformed Church in Dell Rapids. Burial will be in Logan Reformed Church Cemetery, rural Dell Rapids. Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM with a Prayer service at 7:00 PM Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Minnehaha Funeral Home in Dell Rapids. John was preceded in death by his wife, Eldine; parents and a brother-in-law, Loren Wiese. He is survived by his daughter, Barb (Terry) Kriens of Dell Rapids; daughter, Laura (John) Vortherms of Dell Rapids; son, Kevin (Helene) Den Boer of Hendersonville, North Carolina; 5 grandchildren, Janilyn Klein, Macey Kriens, Derrick Vortherms, Kaitlyn Vortherms and Vega Den Boer; great-grandchildren, Terryn and Korbin Klein. He is also survived by brothers, Willis (Kathy) Den Boer, Darold (Joanne) Den Boer and Peter (Arlyce) Den Boer; sisters, Judy Wiese and Jean (Randy) Zomer and brothers and sisters-in-law Roger (Hilaine) Kempema and Norman (Deb) Kempema.

Dell Rapids Youth Baseball Places Well in MinnDak Tourneys

Four of nine Dell Rapids teams took home first or second place in the 2017 MinnDak “End-of-the-Year” tournaments Friday, July 7th, through Sunday, July 9th.  The Midget tournament was held in Humboldt, and the Pee Wee tournament was held in Colton.


Dell Rapids had three Pee Wee teams play in the Gold Bracket and three teams play in the Bronze Bracket.  Dell Rapids T&C and Dell Rapids ERC competed in a very exciting back-and-forth championship game in Colton.  The game ended with T&C taking first place and ERC finishing second.  The Dells Nursing and Rehab Center team placed first in the Bronze Bracket also in Colton.


Dell Rapids youth baseball had one Midget team play in the Gold Bracket and two teams play in the Silver Bracket.  Dell Rapids Jody’s Collision played their way to a second place finish in Humboldt.

Dell Rapids had three teams play in Midgets (ages 11-12), six teams play in Pee Wees (ages 9-10), four teams in the Transition League (ages 7-8), and five teams play in Coach Pitch (ages 6&U) in the 2017 baseball season.  The MinnDak League consists of teams from Baltic, Crooks/Colton, Dell Rapids, Flandreau, Garretson, Hills/Beaver Creek, and Humboldt.

Joyce Wigton

Joyce WigtonJoyce Carroll Wigton died unexpectedly Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at her residence in Marshall. On-line condolences may be left at the Rehkamp Horvath Funeral Home website.

Joyce was born Feb. 20, 1941, in Hope Township, Lincoln County, to Clarence and Mabel (Peterson) Wigton. As a young child, she suffered through Polio. She lived in a variety of communities including Faribault, St. Peter and Willmar before moving to Marshall in 1979. She lived at REM Fairview and worked for Advance Opportunities. Joyce was always smiling. She enjoyed wearing hats and looking good. She also enjoyed playing cards, singing, and going for car rides, especially if they involved going over bumps or enjoying views of water or the railroad.

She is survived by her siblings Clarissa Breyfogle of Garretson, S.D., Jean (and Vernon) Popowski of Staples, Jerry Wigton of Mesa, Ariz., Betty Wigton of Dell Rapids, S.D., Clarence (and Lynn) Wigton of Tracy; nieces, nephews, many friends, housemates at REM and co-workers at Advance Opportunities. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Louis and Lee and brother-in-law James Breyfogle.

Bathhouse in Dell Rapids Could See Updates

DellRapidsBathhouseCould the Gina Smith Campbell Bathhouse at City Park in Dell Rapids see preserving and restoring updates?  It could according to Dell Rapids Mayor Tom Earley.

Mayor Earley gave an update to the Dell Rapids City Council during their regular meeting on Monday, July 3rd, about a meeting he had with South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard and Linda Daugaard.  The Daugaards and Mayor Earley met earlier in the day on July 3rd.  It was indicated to Mayor Earley that the Duagaards have some interest in providing support to preserve and/or partially restore the bathhouse.  Some of the ideas that were reported to the council were to put together a working group to assess the building and provide some basic options that could make the facility usable again.  To help on costs of a project like this, the hope is that some of the people in the working group might be able to donate materials and do in-kind-service work on the building.  Funding for some of this type of work could come money provided by the city, monetary or work-in-kind donations from interested community members, and potentially a matching donation by Governor Daugaard.  The facility should also be eligible for grant dollars given out by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission’s Outside of Deadwood Grant Program.   Application deadlines for those grant dollars are January 2nd, 2018, and June 2nd, 2018.

The Gina Smith Campbell Bathhouse was dedicated on July 4th, 1934 after being built by the Dell Rapids Park Board and the Dell Rapids City Council in coordination with the Civil Works Administration.  The bathhouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 10th, 1986.

The ideas of projects to restore and preserve the bathhouse are in the very early stages of talks.  However, there does seem to be interest in making the bathhouse usable again.

Mary Gilmore

Mary GilmoreMary Alice Gilmore was born November 28, 1920 in Walt Hill, NE to parents John L. and Blanche P. (Tuttle) Irby. She passed away July 1, 2017 at the Centerville Care and Rehab Center at the age of 96 years.

Mary received her elementary education in Walt Hill, Nebraska, graduated from high school in Staples, MN, and graduated in 1939 from the Interstate Business College in Fargo, ND. She married Lewis Gilmore on May 29, 1940 in Staples, MN. The couple eventually moved to Centerville, SD where Mary has resided until the present time.

Mary worked in medical, legal and retail offices and was employed by Nervig Travel for 28 years, retiring in 1987. She was a travel agent and tour escort. She had visited 90 different locales during her career and visited Hawaii over 30 times. She was a member of Scandia Lutheran Church where she was active in the Ladies Aid and was a Cancer Care volunteer at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Mary was fond of quoting “If the Lord is with me, who can be against me?” She will be dearly missed by her family and all those who knew her. God bless her memory.

Her survivors include four children, Jan (Bob) Steadman, Centerville, SD, Barbara (Chuck) King, Winchester, TN, Michael (Jean) Gilmore, Dell Rapids, SD and Susan (Jerry) Foster, Rapid City, SD; 14 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, 1 great, great grandchild and many relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Sheree Deaderick, son Douglas Gilmore, 4 brothers and 3 sisters.

Memorial services will be held 1:00 PM, Friday, July 7, 2017 at Scandia Lutheran Church, Centerville, SD. On-line condolences may be left at the Wass Funeral Home website.