Local Blood Supplies in Critical Need

CommunityBloodBankDell Rapids, SD- Avera Dells Area Health and Community Blood Bank will partner up to save lives at a special summer community blood drive event held on Thursday, July 11 from 7:00 am to 11:00 am and 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm at Avera Dells Area Health. The public will have an opportunity to donate blood to help local patients in the hospital during the month of July. All blood donations will directly impact patients’ lives in Dell Rapids. All who donate will receive an All American blood donor t-shirt.


“This summer has been one of the most difficult to keep up with the demand for blood in recent years,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. “There have been many weeks where our usage is outpacing collection by 35%. Our hope is to start the summer months strong with an ample blood supply and keep this momentum moving to avoid any summer blood shortages. Join us to save lives within the community and show your support for those who serve and impact the community in many ways.”

Community Blood Bank supplies over 550 units of blood each week to people in the region. Among those who benefit from donated blood are trauma and burn victims, cancer patients and persons undergoing surgery. Donating blood is a simple way to save patients’ lives in the community. Without volunteer blood donors donating blood throughout the summer, it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain an adequate supply of blood for our community hospitals.

Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form found at www.cbblifeblood.org), weigh 110 lbs. or more and be in good general health the day of the donation. Please bring an I.D. It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluid prior to donating. Community Blood Bank is not associated with any other blood bank organizations.

For more information log onto www.cbblifeblood.org or call Avera Dells Area Health Center at 428-2421. Community Blood Bank is not associated with any other blood bank organizations.

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14th Annual ESA Quarry Days 5K Results

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The 14th annual ESA Quarry Days 5K and 1Mile run/walk was held on Saturday, June 22nd as part of the Quarry Days celebration.  The event raises funds that are donated to Dell Rapids community projects.  We had a great turnout of 95 participants as the rain held of and we had perfect running weather.  With the generosity of our sponsors and the participants, over $2000 was raised and will be distributed in the fall.  The overall winner of the men’s 5K was Jared Weston of Brookings with a time of 18:17, and the overall winner of the women’s 5K was Shaylee Hoff of Dell Rapids with a time of 21:03.

Men’s winners by age group:

  • Seth Roemen of Dell Rapids, 15-Under, 21:59
  • John Ditter of Baltic, 16-19, 20:16
  • Jared Weston of Brookings, 20-29, 18:17
  • Jesse Kroupa of Kimball, 30-39, 20:03
  • Todd Christensen of Baltic, 40 to 49, 20:37
  • Kevin Streff of Madison, 50-59, 20:30
  • David Weelborg of Brookings, 60-Over, 30:53
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Women’s winners by age group:

  • Lucy Vargas of Dell Rapids, 15-Under, 25:39
  • Shaylee Hoff of Dell Rapids, 16-19, 21:03
  • Corynn Hoff of Sioux Falls, 20-29, 25:56
  • Amanda McMillan of Dell Rapids, 30-39, 22:14
  • Jessica Holt of Renner, 40-49, 24:48
  • Lisa Schroeder of Dell Rapids, 50-59, 25:52
  • Debra Shissler of Dell Rapids, 60-Over, 25:10
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We had some young runners run the 1Mile as well:  Thomas Christensen of Baltic age 8 and Maebry Dybedahl of Dell Rapids age 5.

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Dell Rapids Native Participating in Junior Roller Derby National Championships

Sioux Falls Junior Roller Derby travels to the National Championships in Loveland Colorado, July 26-28, 2019

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For the first time in history, SoDak Attack, Sioux Falls Jr Roller Derby team (SFJRD) will be representing South Dakota in the Junior Roller Derby Association (JRDA) Championships. JRDA is comprised of 140+ leagues worldwide.  One of those members of the SoDak Attack is Dell Rapids native Rylee Rinehart.

SFJRD’s strong showing at tournaments in California, Iowa, and Colorado helped the team secure their seat in the Open Division at the National Championship tournament. The Top 10 qualifying teams in both the Open and All-Female Divisions received an invitation to attend this tournament.

Skaters, coaches and parents are excited for this opportunity of a lifetime. Practice is held three times a week during the regular season, with a volunteer coaching staff of five. The league is currently at max capacity and works from their waiting list to bring in new skaters.

Sioux Falls Roller Dollz Co-founder, Jayme Nelson, aka Pain Maker, had a vision of bringing roller derby to the next generation when she started the SFJRD with a summer camp in 2012. There are two skaters who remain on the team from that very first camp. This year, the 8th Annual Summer Camp will be held June 17-21, 9 am – 12 pm at the Sioux Empire Fair Grounds in the Armory Building. SFJRD Coaching Staff bring in special guest coaches each year. This year’s coaches are coming from Topeka, KS and Portland, OR. Media is welcome and encouraged to come to the camp to talk to the skaters, coaches and parents. Please contact Jayme Nelson, 605-929-7364, to coordinate a visit.

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SFJRD holds many fundraisers throughout the year to help with travel expenses and operating costs during the regular season. The league hosted its annual skate-a-thon fundraiser and raised $15,500 in February, which wasn’t enough to cover operating costs. This heavy travel year required additional fundraisers, which the team has energetically worked towards. The team is currently fundraising and in need of sponsors to defray the cost of the upcoming trip for the Championship Tournament, in a little over a month.

Sioux Falls Junior Roller Derby (SFJRD) is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to empower, build self-confidence and develop athleticism in children ages 7-18 in a positive team culture. SFJRD teaches safety, skating and the sport of roller derby with an emphasis on character development. We have 2 teams within our league. The Baby Dollz is the team that represents us as our “B” team. Our “A” team is comprised of our best skaters and competes as Sodak Attack.  https://www.facebook.com/sfjrd/

The Junior Roller Derby Association (JRDA) is a public nonprofit educational and amateur sports organization that is dedicated to advancing the growth of roller derby through the standardization of rules and goals for existing and new leagues.

The mission of JRDA is to nurture bold self-confidence in youth by developing teamwork and athletic ability while treasuring individuality within a culture of integration, encouragement, and service to others. JRDA partners with competitive & recreational junior leagues, communities & schools, mentors & families; to empower youth through the international sport of roller derby.


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South Dakota Retailers Celebrate Small Business Week, May 5-11

SouthDakotaRetailersThe South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) is celebrating all small businesses in South Dakota during National Small Business Week, May 5th-11th.  Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed it “Small Business Week” in South Dakota to recognize the efforts small business owners make to create jobs and support their communities.

“As we kick off Small Business Week, we encourage everyone to take advantage of the unique commerce opportunities in your community,” said SDRA Executive Director Nathan Sanderson.  “Small businesses are the heartbeat of our towns, and when you patronize a mom-and-pop business, you’re supporting your entire community as well.”

Small business owners work hard to grown their businesses and recognize that being an active part of the community is critical to their success.  From local engagement on public service projects, to sponsorships and public-private partnerships, small business owners strive to make a difference.

“Look at the businesses that support the little league team, get active in 4-H, or help in the schools,” Sanderson continued.  “It is small, local businesses.  They are regularly asked for support, and willingly give it!”

Small Business Week seeks to acknowledge the hard work of these businesses in cities and towns across South Dakota.  All citizens are encouraged to say thank you to those who own and operate the local service station, grocery store, bakery, flower shop, and thousands of other small businesses that drive our communities.

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Eastern Chapter of SD Engineering Society Announces Award Winners

Sioux Falls, South Dakota: The Eastern Chapter of the South Dakota Engineering Society presents awards annually to acknowledge the accomplishments of the engineering profession and recognize engineering achievements that capture the innovative and dynamic spirit of a profession dedicated to public service. The following awards were presented at the Annual Awards Banquet on February 23, 2019:

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Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award

DGR Engineering – Dell Rapids Wastewater Treatment Facility Improvements Project

The City of Dell Rapids existing wastewater treatment facility lacked the capability to provide adequate treatment of the City’s wastewater. The City of Dell Rapids is a growing community that wanted to position themselves to welcome newcomers and not be constrained by a treatment system with limited treatment capacity.

The City understood that discharge limits are only going to become more stringent in the future, and they needed a treatment system that was easily expandable and adaptable to meet these future limits. The City selected a sequencing batch reactor (SBR) because it met these requirements and set Dell Rapids up for future growth and success.  The overall project construction cost was nearly $5.8 million.


Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award

RESPEC – Big Sioux River Flood Information System Project

The Big Sioux River Basin in eastern South Dakota has experienced repeated flooding in recent years. In 2014, a major flood in the lower basin revealed shortcomings in understanding and predicting flood-event behavior. In 2016, the State of South Dakota commissioned the development of the Big Sioux River Flood Information System.

The Flood Information System is a two-part web platform including access for the public and flood-response teams. The first part is a public site http://www.bigsiouxfis.org/ with access to stream conditions at over 50 locations throughout the Big Sioux River Basin and a library of over 8,000 inundation maps, representing flood scenarios for five different communities. The second part is a site reserved for state and community officials and includes access to real-time flood inundation forecasts. When flood events are predicted, the hydro-logic output is run through models and predicted inundation maps are loaded to the web platform.

The Flood Information System provides the public with an understanding of potential flood risks and gives flood-response teams accurate information for decision making during flood events.

Already in 2018, the system has proven its value during two separate events near North Sioux City. As significant amounts of rain fell over parts of the basin upstream, there was a lot of uncertainty in the severity of flooding that may occur. The Flood Information System predicted less-severe impacts than previous forecasting methods. Flood response managers had the confidence to hold off any drastic measures well in advance. The Flood Information System predictions held true, accurate to within 0.1 feet of observed flood stage.

The total project cost was $1.3 million.


Young Engineer of the Year Award – Krista May, PE

Krista May is a Project Engineer at Infrastructure Design Group, Inc. of Sioux Falls. Krista has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from South Dakota State University. Krista has played the lead engineering role for multiple large-scale complex projects in her 8 year career. Her lead role includes roadway design, traffic control, lighting and signals, traffic impact studies, drainage, erosion control, water main, pavement marking, signage, and sanitary sewer. Krista has been involved in nearly $130 million worth of civil engineering projects. Krista is involved in numerous professional and community organizations including: Alpha Omega Epsilon (AΩE) (President), MATHCOUNTS Competition (SE South Dakota Chairperson), SD Engineering Society (Eastern Branch President-Elect), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Young Professionals Network (YPN), and Sioux Empire United Way (Emerging Leaders Advisory Committee). Krista likes to read, attend theater productions, and attend her cousins’ sporting events.


Engineer of the Year Award – Lance Weatherly, PE, MBA

Lance Weatherly is a Principal Engineer for the City of Sioux Falls providing engineering support for the Public Works Stormwater division.  Lance is responsible for the planning and execution of the $44 million Stormwater Capital Improvements Program to improve neighborhoods and promote comprehensive growth.  Lance’s professional career has spanned 15 years in the private and public sectors in Eastern South Dakota.  Lance has Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from South Dakota State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Dakota.  Lance obtained his professional engineer licensure in 2008 and is licensed in South Dakota.    Lance is active in the South Dakota Engineering Society, having served in different leadership roles and is the current president of the Eastern Chapter. Lance enjoys giving back to personally and professionally to the Sioux Falls community and mentoring the upcoming generation of professional engineers.  Lance enjoys spending time with his family and traveling to explore new cultures.

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DSU Hosts Watch Party for USS-South Dakota

This Feb. 2, 2019 photo provided by Dakota State University. Members of the United States Submarine Veterans Scorpion Base, including Mike Neuroth (seated), attended the USS-SD Commissioning watch party at Dakota State University on Feb. 2. Also pictured is the group’s Vice Commander Brian Schnerr (left), Kent Winter, Larry Little, Gerald Davey, and Jim Farquhar.

This Feb. 2, 2019 photo provided by Dakota State University.Members of the United States Submarine Veterans Scorpion Base, including Mike Neuroth (seated), attended the USS-SD Commissioning watch party at Dakota State University on Feb. 2. Also pictured is the group’s Vice Commander Brian Schnerr (left), Kent Winter, Larry Little, Gerald Davey, and Jim Farquhar.

MADISON, S.D., Feb. 5, 2019 – The newly-commissioned USS-South Dakota, is “not your grandfather’s submarine,” said Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal at the submarine’s commissioning ceremony on Feb. 2.

The boat is “state-of-the-art as far as technology goes,” said South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds, the keynote speaker at the Groton, Conn. ceremony.

Dakota State University’s programs of study center around state-of-the-art technology, so the institution hosted a watch party for the event. About 40 people, including DSU students, faculty, staff, and members of the community gathered at the Beacom Institute of Technology on the campus to watch the 75-minute ceremony. DSU President José-Marie Griffiths attended the ceremony in person, but offered a video welcome to the guests on campus.

Several guests were Navy submarine veterans, members of the United States Submarine Veterans Scorpion Base, including Mike Neuroth, aka “Captain Neutron.” He was brought to the ceremony by a staff person from the Dell Rapids Nursing and Rehab Center, where the 75-year old veteran currently resides.

Neuroth served on two submarines while in the Navy, working in the boats’ nuclear power plants. During his seven years of service, he traveled to the North Pole, and to South America, although in a submarine he admitted “you couldn’t see much.” In civilian life, he traveled the country working at nuclear power plants. “They needed people who knew what they were doing,” he said.

Neuroth is one of seven club members who traveled to Madison for the event. “It’s the camaraderie that keeps us together,” said Brian Schnerr, vice-commander of the Scorpion Base. “It’s awesome to be able to come to DSU for this,” he said. It’s also fulfilling to see South Dakota highlighted, he told KELO-TV in an interview, because “it’s a really great state.” Schnerr is from Hills, Minn.

Rounds, a member of the Armed Services Committee, noted the submarine’s impressive features and talented 132-member crew, which will play a significant role in the nation’s national security efforts.

“We are fiercely proud of the men and women who will serve on this sub,” Rounds said, the same sentiment felt for the two previous South Dakota ships. All three will share the same mission, he stated, to win wars, maintain freedom of the seas, and prevent war.

He said to the crew members, “God go with you and help this nation achieve peace through strength.”


Dakota State University (DSU) is located in Madison, S.D. Founded in 1881, DSU offers undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs through its colleges of arts and sciences, business and information systems, computer and cyber sciences, and education. DSU has a special focus on the development, application, implications, and impacts of computing, information technologies and cyber security in all areas of human endeavor. DSU has received multiple Center of Excellence designations in education, research and regional resource development from the U.S. National Security Agency and U.S. Department of Homeland Security. DSU is home to the Madison Cyber Labs (MadLabs), a cyber R&D hub with labs and institutes that explore and advance technology application, workforce development, business expansion, economic growth, and policy improvement across multiple disciplines and fields. For more information, contact mediarelations@dsu.edu, 605-270-3816, or visit the DSU website at dsu.edu.

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Norby’s and Fabulous Moments to Host Meat Raffle

PrintFor years, the Meat Raffle put on by Norby’s Bar and Grill has been a standout event. On Friday, January 25th at 6pm Fabulous Moments will host a meat raffle. Providing both a charitable donation towards a specified cause and also an opportunity to literally bring home the bacon, it brings about the best of two worlds.

Fabulous Moments, one of South Dakota’s newest nonprofits, will be the beneficiary of the generous donations made in the upcoming raffle. Striving to “make memories one fabulous moment at a time,” the group creates travel opportunities for those who are facing life threatening illnesses along with their families. Fabulous Moments was launched with the intention of assisting families with a wide-variety of health ailments, the organization’s impact is only as pertinent as the funds being raised by volunteers and donors alike.

Founded by Robin Wiebenga of Dell Rapids, Fabulous Moments has coordinated the trips of two separate families dealing with life-threatening illnesses since its conception in 2017. The 501(c)3 makes the aspiration of one final memory truly a reality. To make a donation, submit an application, or learn more about the mission of Fabulous Moments, please visit their website at FabulousMoments.org.

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Benefit Fundraiser to be Held for Derek Gerlach

PlainsPeopleLogoA benefit fundraiser for 10 year old Derek Gerlach, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, will be held Friday, January 25th, in Flandreau. The Crystal Theater will host a performance of “Plains Speaking People, Dakota Stories For the Stage”. Music from the amazing Will Prines will begin at 7pm, and the story tellers will hit the stage at 7:30pm. A free will donation of $10 per person is suggested. All money will go directly to Derek’s family.

“Plains Speaking People” features eight individuals sharing a chapter of their life. The tales can range from heartbreaking to inspirational to hilarious. Each story only takes 10 minutes. Some of the speakers you may be familiar with, and some you may not.

In addition, a raffle for a couple of homemade quilts and some other items will be held.

Derek is the son of Shane and Donelle Gerlach. They currently live in Dell Rapids. Shane is a Flandreau native.

For more information, go to plainsspeakingpeople.com. There is also a Go Fund Me page to help the family if you are unable to attend.

For more info or interviews, contact Mike Henriksen at 605-595-8487

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Event to Impact Local Blood Supply This Winter

CommunityBloodBankDell Rapids, SD- Avera Dells Area Health Center and Community Blood Bank are joining forces to help ward off winter blood shortages by hosting a blood drive event. The blood drive will be held on Thursday, January 10 from 7:00 am to 11:00 am and 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm at Avera Dells Area Health Center in Dell Rapids, SD.  All blood donations will stay local for local use.  

Every three seconds someone needs blood, and the only way to ensure that those needs are met is to rely on volunteer donors to donate blood. The need for local blood donors is immense. The Community Blood Bank supplies over 550 units of blood each week to people in the region. Among those who benefit from donated blood are trauma and burn victims, cancer patients and persons undergoing surgery.

“The winter months can be a difficult time to maintain an adequate blood supply for the community,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. “With the cold and flu season upon us, less people are eligible to give blood. This fact coupled with an increase in travel accidents creates a high need for blood products, data shows a steady increase in usage as we go through the winter season.”

Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form), weigh 110 lbs or more and be in good general health. It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating blood. Please bring an ID with you at the time of donation. For more information log onto www.cbblifeblood.org, call Community Blood Bank at 1-877-877-3070 or call Avera Dells Area Health Center at 605-428-2421.

Community Blood Bank is not affiliated with other blood bank organizations and takes pride in being a self-sufficient organization, thanks to the generosity of our local blood donors.

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Monster 4th Quarter Lifts Flandreau Past Dell Rapids

By Rich Winter, Sacred Hoops Contributor

NewDRLogoTrailing 40-23 during Friday’s, December 28th, Dell Rapid’s game, Megan Severtson’s ball club roared back, outscoring Dell Rapids 26-9 in the 4th quarter and won 60-56. Hannah Parsley’s 15 point, 16 rebound effort were huge, but Severtson received double-digit scoring from Ashtyn Bertram (13) and Marianna Pavlis (12). Off the bench, Bella Pavlis hit a clutch 3-pointer while Mia Parsley contributed eight points and six rebounds.

Down by 17, M. Pavlis and Bertram turned up the heat.

First Pavlis put back an offensive rebound, then Bertram canned an open 3-pointer before banking in a tough, jump-shot in the lane that cut the lead to ten, 40-30.

Dell Rapids led 46-34 after three quarters.

H. Parsley hit 1-2 at the line, Mia Parsley put back a rebound, and then H. Parsley connected on a pretty feed from Madie Hursey, and suddenly the Fliers trailed 46-40.

Quarrier senior, Jayda Knuppe, saddled with foul trouble late, scored on a pretty post move, but M. Pavlis answered to cut the lead to 48-42. A Bertram 3-pointer cut the lead to four. A tough catch and finish from M. Parsley cut the lead to 54-52.

Hursey’s drive made the score 56-54, and the Fliers took their first lead of the night, 58-56 after M. Pavlis hit a pair of free-throws. H. Parsley sealed the win with a pair of made free-throws.

Knuppe led the Quarriers with 18 points in the game.  Aspen Hansen finished with 16 points, and Janae Schoeberl added nine points.

Dell Rapids (3-3) will travel to Lennox to play the Orioles on Monday, January 7th.

Box score:

Dell Rapids 13 20 14 9 – 56

Flandreau 8 15 11 26 – 60


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