Kathryn Cotter

Jim's Mother Kathy Cotter - JulyKathryn Cotter, 86, of Colton, passed away on Friday, April 5, 2019 at Prince of Peace in Sioux Falls. Her Mass of Christian Burial is at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2019 in St. Joseph the Workman Catholic Church at Huntimer. Interment is in the St. Joseph the Workman Cemetery. Visitation with the family present is from 5:00 pm. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2019 in the church with the Christian Wake service at 7:00 p.m. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Kahler Funeral Home.

Kathryn Alice Murphy was born on August 21, 1932 in Oldham, SD, the daughter of Ed and Margaret Murphy. Kathryn grew up in the Oldham-Winfred area and graduated from Madison High School in 1950. She married Joseph Thomas Cotter on February 14, 1953 at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Sioux Falls. They lived in Colton where they were happily married for 53 years and were blessed with six children. Kathy most recently resided at Prince of Peace in Sioux Falls.

Kathy spent her early years working on their family farm. In 1971, she decided to pursue nursing and obtained an L.P.N. degree. Later, in her mid-fifties, she earned an R.N. degree. Kathy excelled at nursing and referred to RN work as “a privilege.” Kathy served at Avera McKennan Hospital for nearly 30 years until her retirement.

Kathy enjoyed genealogy, sewing, and traveling with Joe – especially their trip to Ireland. Her greatest joy was family gatherings and the bigger the better. These gatherings swelled over the years as a result of six children, 16 grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Jim (Pam) Cotter of Southern Shores, NC, Rob (Cheryl) Cotter of Goodland, KS, Mary Pfaff of Tea, Barbara (Bob) Sieps of Lincoln, NE, Patty (Matt) Miller of Sioux Falls, and Mark (Denise) Cotter of Sioux Falls; and her Sister-In-Law, Sr. Suzanne Cotter of Sioux Falls, SD.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe (2006), parents, two brothers, Virgil and Lawrence, and sisters, Frances and infant, Mary.

Memorials may be directed toward St Joseph the Workman Catholic Church at Huntimer.

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Big Sioux River Expected to Rise Again in Dell Rapids

NWSBigSiouxFloodDells_4-10-19The City of Dell Rapids may not have seen the last of the flooding issues this spring.  The National Weather Service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service website is predicting the river to rise above 15′ again by Thursday, April 18th and potentially reach a level of 15.5′ by Saturday, April 20th.

Weeks ago the prediction service had predicted the river to potentially be down to 12′ by Friday, April 5th, but the Big Sioux River only dropped to just under 13.5′ by that time.  The current prediction is indicating the river to stay close to the 14′ mark through Friday, but then drop to about 13′ by early next week.  This appears to be just a lull before the river again rises by mid-to-late next week.  Dell Rapids saw the Big Sioux River reach the high point of 15.98′ on Sunday, March 24th.  The current prediction shows the level to stay under that high point as of now.

Administration with the City of Dell Rapids has urged homeowners to monitor the National Weather Service forecast and again prepare for more rising waters through a message on Facebook.  You can monitor the National Weather Service’s water level predictions for the Big Sioux River by clicking this link.

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Cardinals Run at Chester Booster Invite Track Meet

DRSM LogoThe Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinals were able to run at the Chester Booster Invite track meet on Tuesday, April 9th.

The St Mary Cardinal girls team finished with a total of 42 points for ninth place.  Colman-Egan won the girls title with 149 points.  Chester Area was second with 114.5 points, and Parker placed third with 106 points.  The Cardinal boys team had a third place finish with 81 points.  Tri-Valley won the boys title with 121 points, and Chester Area was second with 103 points.

The Cardinals had another state qualifier at the meet.  Weston Geraets qualified for state in the triple jump with a winning leap of 40’4″.

St Mary was scheduled to participate in the Jesse James Invite in Garretson on Saturday, April 13th, but that meet has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.  The Cardinals are next scheduled to run in Estelline at the Estelline Alumni Meet on Tuesday, April 23rd.

Individual Results:

Chester Booster Invite Track Meet Results
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Quarrier Track at Sioux Valley

NewDRLogoThe Dell Rapids Quarrier track team participated in the Brace Hopfinger track meet held Sioux Valley High School on Tuesday, April 9th.

The Quarrier girls team won the team title with 67 points.  Hamlin finished second with 59.5 points, and Deubrook Area was third with 51 points.  The Quarrier boys team placed second with 55 points.  Madison won the boys team title with 62.5 points, while Webster Area placed third with 52 points.

Kyra Graham had a state-qualifying leap in the high jump with a first-place jump of 4’10”.

The track meet to be held at Flandreau on Saturday, April 13th has been cancelled.  Dell Rapids is next scheduled to be Beresford on Tuesday, April 16th.

Individual Results:

Brace Hopfinger Track Meet Results
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Lisa Husaboe

husaboe pic copyLisa Husaboe, 40, of Trent, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at the River Manor in Flandreau. Her funeral service is at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2019 in the Trent Baptist Church. Visitation with the family present is from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 in the church. A prayer service is at 7:00 p.m. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Kahler Funeral Home.

Lisa was born on January 31, 1979 at Watertown, SD. She was placed with Bill and Marlene Husaboe on April 17, 1979. The couple adopted her in October of 1981. She grew up in Trent and attended CCHS from 1983-1999. She graduated with the class of 2000 from CCHS. She then moved to ADVANCE in Brookings, SD where she lived for 17 years. She moved in with her sister and brother-in-law, Tamara and Jacob where she lived until the time of her death.

She was a member of the Trent Baptist Church, the Trent Study Club and the Trent Senior Citizens.

Lisa loved people of all ages, her church community, her time spent with family and traveling.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Don and Maimie Husaboe and Lynn and Celia Jorgenson, her aunts, Donna Marshall and Karen Husaboe and her uncles, Merle Marshall and Phil Caruso.

Those left to cherish her memory are her parents, William and Marlene Husaboe of Trent; her sister, Tamara (Jacob) Liesinger of Trent; her brothers, Lawrence (Teresa) Husaboe of Pierre, Travis Husaboe of Trent, James (Rebecca) Dubro of Harrisburg and Paul Husaboe of Dell Rapids; her niece, Juzeah Husaboe of Pierre, her nephew Luken Dubro of Harrisburg, her future niece, baby Liesinger and her extended family and many friends.

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Dell Rapids Adds Built-in Snow Days to 2019-2020 Calendar

DellRapidsHighSchoolThe Dell Rapids School Board approved changes to the 2019-2020 calendar during their regular meeting on Monday, April 8th.  The changes to the calendar are to have built-in snow days to help alleviate adding more days to the end of the school year.

The school sent out a survey asking parents if they would be in favor of having built-in snow days in the school calendar, and if so, what days would be the best for built-in snow days.

“I have to be honest though, those who are against it are against it.  I get it.  People want to know what days they have off, staff and parents, but it was an overwhelming majority that did say please look at using built-in student contact days for making up snow days,” said Superintendent Dr. Summer Schultz.  She noted that 86% of those that submitted the survey were in favor for built-in snow days.

After a discussion about a plan, school board member Troy Randall made a motion to forgive the first snow day of the year, and then have February 17th, March 19th, and April 13th of 2020 be the built-in make-up days given there is at least one week’s notice prior to needing to use one of those days as a make-up day.

One of the biggest items discussed about the motion was if one week’s time was enough notice for parents when deciding to use one of the built-in snow days.

“We could get a lot of heat.  We could get a lot of complaints, and next year at this time we make it two weeks,” said Dr. Schultz.

“I guess we won’t know until we try it,” added school board member Jacque LeBrun in response to Dr. Schultz.

“There could be complaints about this, there could be complains if we have days at the end (of the school year).  Inevitably it’s not perfect for everybody,” said school board member Jeff Traill.

Jody Schumaker then seconded the motion, and it was passed unanimously.

Dr. Schultz mentioned during the meeting that this could be tried for the 2019-2020 school calendar and then revisited for the 2020-2021 to determine if it’s worth continuing.


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Dell Rapids Club Baseball Notches Win over SF Christian

DRHSBaseball_4-8-19On a beautiful evening for baseball, Dell Rapids used a 7-run sixth inning to pull away from Sioux Falls Christian for a 14-2 win on Monday, April 8th.  It was the third game this season played at Ronken Field on the campus of Augustana University.  Ronken Field is quickly becoming the “home away from home” for Dell Rapids.

Dell Rapids scored in the top of the first inning with two outs to strike first.  Jake Rechtenbaugh hit an RBI single to drive home Logan Stone for the first run of the game.  Thane Hilmoe scored with two outs in the top of the third to give Dell Rapids a 2-0 lead after three innings.

Sioux Falls Christian tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning on a two-run single, but Dell Rapids regained the lead in the top of the fifth inning.  After Jake Steineke reached on an error, courtesy runner Gabe Skonseng scored on an RBI single by Keegan Miller for a 3-2 lead.  Dell Rapids delivered the big blow in the top of the sixth inning with seven runs scored on hits by Eddie Price, Stone, Rechtenbaugh, and Austin Henry.  Dell Rapids added four more runs in the seventh with hits by Charlie Holm and Kaeden Eastman.

Price, Stone, Rechtenbaugh, and Henry all had two hits each.  Holm, Miller, Eastman, and Mason Goeken also collected hits.  Rechtenbaugh had three RBIs in the game.  Stone, Miller, Henry, and Eastman all drove home two runs each, and Price also had an RBI.

Price took the win on the mound pitching 5 2/3 innings giving up two runs, both earned, on five hits with four walks and 11 strikeouts.  Henry pitched the final 1 1/3 innings giving up no runs on no hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

Dell Rapids also won the five-inning JV game by a score of 10-6.

Dell Rapids (2-1) is scheduled to play Tri-Valley in Colton on Sunday, April 14th.  The varsity game will start at 2:00 p.m. with the JV game to follow.  The HS Club baseball team schedule can be found by clicking this link, http://dellrapidsbaseball.com/hs-club-baseball/.  All schedule updates due to spring weather are reflected on this schedule.

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Cardinal Track Runs at Estelline Sno Bird Meet

DRSM LogoThe Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinal track team hit the road for another track meet on Thursday, April 4th.  The Cardinals traveled to Estelline for the Estelline Sno Bird meet.

The Cardinal girls finished with a team score of 75 points for fifth place.  Hamlin won the girls title with 119 points.  Colman-Egan finished second with 101.5 points, and Northwestern placed third with 82 points.  The St Mary boys team finished sixth with 51 points.  Hamlin also won the boys team title with 115 points.  Northwestern was second with 92 points, and Deuel placed third with 74 points.

Maddie Schwebach became the first Cardinal track member to qualify for the State B meet.  She had a first-place, state-qualifying discus throw of 109’9″.

The Cardinals are scheduled to be in Chester for the Chester Booster Invitational on Tuesday, April 9th.

Individual Results

Estelline Sno Bird Track Meet Results
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Donald Berg

Berg, Don obit photoDonald P. Berg, 97, of Dell Rapids passed away peacefully Sunday, March 31, 2019 at Dells Nursing and Rehab Center.

Funeral services will begin at 3:00 PM Friday, April 5, 2019 at Willow Creek Lutheran Church, rural Dell Rapids with burial in the church cemetery.

Visitation will from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Minnehaha Funeral Home in Dell Rapids.

Donald Phillip Berg was born December 26, 1921 to parents Andrew and Carrie (Woken) Berg on the family farm near Baltic. He attended Williamson Country School thru the 9th grade and then worked on the family farm and for various other farmers in the area.

Don married Joyce Geraldine Tonseth on June 24, 1945 at Lyons, SD. They enjoyed over 31 years of marriage until her death on August 15, 1976. He was then married to Donna Walters on September 23, 1978 in Dell Rapids.

Don enjoyed farming in the Baltic, Colton and Dell Rapids area until 1964. He then went to work for Buskerud Construction and other construction jobs in Sioux Falls. Later on in life he was the handyman everyone knew and called on to fix anything.

Don took pride in being a head usher for 54 years and custodian for almost 50 years at Willow Creek Lutheran Church. His health finally made him realize he was going to have to pass the baton on for the custodian job. However this decision weighed heavy on his heart, so a week later he asked to come back again. He also enjoyed his Saturday morning coffee club the men had in the basement of the church, always providing treats and a story to share.

Don was a master gardener! For many years he loved tending to his pumpkins, squash, potatoes, radishes, cucumbers and tomatoes. Someone mentioned to him how to grow square pumpkins, but no one ever remembers it being a success!! He enjoyed sharing the fruits of his labor in the garden to many of his friends and neighbors, which included his homemade pumpkin pies he baked with pumpkins from his garden. He’ll always be remembered for baking all of his angel food cakes. Any occasion could be a reason to receive his cake, it didn’t matter if you were his daughter, grandchild, great-grandchild or worked in the bank. He just had such great pleasure in sharing his baking.

Don enjoyed going to see his great-grandchildren participate in their sporting events in the summer. The most fun was jumping in the Kawasaki side by side and heading to the Dairy Queen for his favorite Heath Blizzard afterwards.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Donna, Dell Rapids; daughter, Delight Hansen (Jeff Nelson), Dell Rapids; grandson, Nathan Hansen, Dell Rapids; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Nicholas and Jake Hansen, Dell Rapids; step sons, Steve (Diane) Brasseur, Blaine, MN and Jim Brasseur, Sioux Falls; step grandchildren, Serena, Isaac and Olivia Brasseur, Blaine, MN and Nicholas Brasseur, Arizona; brother-in-law, Ron (Barbara) Walters, Henderson, MN; sisters-in-law, Barb (Daryl) Rieck, Aberdeen, SD and Gerrie (Bob) Binion, Brownstone, MI and several nieces, nephews and relatives.

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Dell Rapids HS Baseball Splits Opening Games

DRHSBaseball_4-1-19With only just a couple of practices under their belts due to the weather, the Dell Rapids High School baseball team opened up their 2019 season with a game on Sunday, March 31st and Monday, April 1st.

After trying to get opening game of the season played on Saturday, March 30th, Dell Rapids was finally able to get on the field at Ronken Field on the campus of Augustana University in Sioux Falls on Sunday.  Dell Rapids opened up their season with a game against Baltic.

Despite the lack of practice time, Dell Rapids was able to get a 6-4 extra-inning win over Baltic.  Dell Rapids scored the first three runs of the game in the first two innings on just one hit.  They scored two runs in the first on wild pitches, and Logan Stone drove in the third run on an RBI single in the second for a 3-0 lead.  Baltic cut the lead to 3-2 on a couple of RBI singles in the bottom of the third inning by Avery Nordbye and Cobain Goehring.  Jake Steineke added an RBI single in the top of the 5th to give Dell Rapids a 4-2 lead, but Baltic responded with an RBI triple by Nordbye.  Nordbye later scored on an error to make it 4-4 after five innings of play.  The game remained tied at 4-4 after seven innings of play, so the two teams headed to extra innings.  Brandon Geraets scored on an error, and Ty Wood scored on a wild pitch in the top of the eighth inning to give Dell Rapids the 6-4 lead.  Baltic was held scoreless in the bottom of the inning as Dell Rapids hung on for the win.

Steineke started on the mound for Dell Rapids pitching four innings while giving up four runs, just one earned, on five hits with no walks and five strikeouts.  Austin Henry earned the win pitching the other four innings while giving up no runs on a hit with four walks and three strikeouts.

Dell Rapids then played Sioux Falls Lincoln on Monday in less than ideal baseball conditions.  With the wind blowing, temperatures in the mid 30s, and snow falling, Dell Rapids fell the SF Lincoln by a score of 12-0.

Neither team was able to get a hit through the first two innings of play.  SF Lincoln finally broke through with one out in the top of the third inning.  After a walk and then a batter reaching on a dropped third strike, SF Lincoln five straight balls in play and scored five times for a 5-0 lead.  The offensive momentum continued as they added three more runs in the fourth inning and four more in the fifth.  Dell Rapids was held to just one hit, a single by Jake Rechtenbaugh, with the game ending after five innings at 12-0.

Eddie Price took the loss for Dell Rapids pitching three innings while giving up five runs, all earned, on four hits with three walks and eight strikeouts.  Rechtenbaugh pitched an inning giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits with two strikeouts.  Wood, Kaeden Eastman, and Gabe Skonseng also all pitched.

Dell Rapids (1-1) will travel to Hartford to take on West Central on Friday, April 5th.  The varsity game will start at 5:30 p.m. with the JV to follow.

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