Community Blood Drive Scheduled to Help Holiday Needs

CommunityBloodBankDells Rapids, SD – Avera Dells Area Health Center will join forces with Community Blood Bank to help with holiday blood shortages by hosting a community blood drive. The blood drive will be held on Thursday, January 4 at Avera Dells Area Health Center from 7:00 am to 11:00 am and 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. The public will have an opportunity to donate blood to help local patients in the hospital during the busy holiday season. All blood donations will go directly to saving patients’ lives at local hospitals including Avera Dell Area Health Center.

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 holiday season is one the peak times for blood usage, as well as being one of the most difficult times to keep supplies at healthy levels,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. “With people addressing elective surgeries before the end of the year and a consistent need for blood for many types of medical treatment, we are asking for the community’s help by giving blood at this event.”

Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form found at, 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. For more information log onto or call Avera Dells Area Health Center’s Laboratory at 605-428-5431. Community Blood Bank is not associated with any other blood bank organizations.

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7th/8th Grade Soccer Season a Success

By:  Coach Mike Ebbing

Last month we concluded our strongest soccer season yet for the 7th & 8th grade girls. This team is made up of girls from Garretson and Dell Rapids. It was great to see the girls gel and become one team. During the season many of the players were able to attend a Minnesota United (pro soccer) game in the Twin Cities, which was a lot of fun as well.

In speaking with our high school coach before the season began we changed our formation and adopted the same type of formation for this group. This gave the girls the chance to learn and develop this new system. It proved to be a very strong approach as the team went 8 – 0 on the season and captured first place in the Sioux Falls league!!! We had two close games beating the Brandon team 2 – 1 in a thriller and a 3 -1 win over West Central. It all starts with good goal keepers and we have two that were stout. We also had a very good back line of defense that would start the attack for us as we moved the ball up to our midfielders and strikers. Great job ladies!

With the sanction between Garretson and Dell Rapids for soccer, this is showing GREAT things to come this fall! If you have or know of a girls between the grades of 7th grade and Senior in high school that would like to play soccer, please call Steph Bittner (605) 212-5946.

Front row left to right:   Leigha Lacey, Tori Lodmell, Madison Ljunggren, Miriam Pickard, Olivia Mullin, Madison Decker, Jenna VanHolland, Morgan Damman, Payton Campbell

Back row left to right:  Kayla Genzlinger, Allison Ebbing, Madeline Reisch, Kylie Bittner, Logan Bly, Raegan Altman, Makayla Duinkerken, Mackenzie Garry, Coach Mike Ebbing

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Dell Rapids Post 65 Baseball Earns Postseason Awards

DellsBaseballLogoDell Rapids Post 65 was crowned champion of the East River Baseball League with a perfect 10-0 record. Other teams included McCook/Minor (9-1), Garretson (4-4), Volga (4-5), Humboldt/Hartford (3-5), Lennox (3-4), Madison (3-7) and Colton (0-10).

Multiple Dell Rapids Post 65 Legion baseball players received postseason recognition due their contributions during the season.

Brett Mogen was named MVP for the East River League. Mogen had a .480 batting average and 11 RBI. He also was 3-0 as a pitcher with 29 strikeouts. He had an ERA of .98 in 18 1/3 innings.

Nate McKee earned the Silver Slugger batting award given to the top hitter. McKee led the league with a .581 batting average and drove in 18 runs.

Cole Gassman from McCook/Miner earned the Cy Young Award as the top pitcher in the league. He had a 2-0 pitching record in 20 1/3 innings while striking out 37 hitters. His ERA was 0.34.

Three Dell Rapids players participated in the State American Legion Baseball All-Star game August 1 in Clark, SD. Mogen, McKee and Josh Roemen were selected from nominations across the state as All-State players. Eric Klein and Casey Hansen were chosen as Honorable Mention All-State players.

Dell Rapids finished the season with a 20-4 record. Team members included Brett Mogen, Nate McKee, Josh Roemen, Keegan Miller, Eric Klein, Seth Andersen, Casey Hansen, Carter Gullickson, Elijah Story, Adrian Juba, Ethan Brobjorg, Logan Ruesink, Matt Gillogly, Tyson Dahler and Lealand Randel.

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Dell Rapids Ace Hardware Softball 2nd at IYSA Tournament

The 14U/16U Dell Rapids Ace Hardware softball team placed second in the Interlakes Youth Softball Association tournament held July 18th through July 20th.  On Tuesday, July 18th, Ace Hardware defeated Volga 13-1 and Watertown 7-6.  On Wednesday, July 19th, Ace Hardware lost to Madison Rage in the semi-finals of the tournament.  They then went on to defeat Brookings in the loser bracket 14-0 to make it to the championship game.  The championship game was played on Thursday, July 20th.  Ace Hardware was defeated by Madison Rage 5-7 for a second place over all finish.


Back Row L to R: Head Coach Ashley Currey, Assistant Coach Connie Currey, Cassie Geraets, Hannah Sims, Ellie Schultz, Assistant coach Jess Schultz, Sydney Johnson, Zoe Mortrude, Assistant Coach Matt Brue

Front Row L to R:  Sam Price, Hannah Heiberger, Jordan Eining, Zoey Curl, Olivia Stelzer

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Softball Clinic to Benefit Daily Bread Food Pantry

By:  Steph Bittner

Growing up in a small town is quite often taken for granted!   As young children we grow up thinking how annoying it is that our parents know everyone, and everyone knows who we are, but as we get older, we realize how wonderful our small town is.  This really hit home this past year for a group of softball players I coach.  We participated in a tournament in Brookings where two younger Dell Rapids teams were also playing.  As my team played their first game on Sunday, all the girls noticed the younger Dells teams watching them play!  The younger girls were cheering for them, and knew most of their names.  My players, seeing all the young talent and excitement for softball, decided they wanted to do something to give back to these young players.   We decided to team up with the Daily Bread Food Panty and help their “still new” Back to School Program!  Last year, they supplied 51 local kids with all the school supplies they needed.  The girls feel this is a great cause and would like to help!

A softball clinic will be held Tuesday, July 25th, with registration beginning at 6:00 pm and clinic from 6:30-8:00 pm.  The clinic is for all girls who play softball from U6-U12 age groups.  It will be held on Fields A and B at Dell Rapids City Park.  The “cost” for the clinic is two donations to the Daily Bread Food Pantry’s Back to School Program.  Feel free to donate anything on the school supply list for all ages!

If you have any questions or would like to help with the clinic, feel free to call or text Steph Bittner (605) 212-5946, Ryan Rinehart (605) 951-1211, or Amber Fountain (605) 359-4530.


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Local Boy’s Dream Comes True

HeadshotLocal Racer Competes for National Spotlight in AMA National Motocross Championship
Historic Loretta Lynn Ranch Set to Host Largest Amateur Motocross Championship
By:  Jess Hoyer

Colman, SD: Colman’s Camdyn Hoyer just made his dream come true. The 7-year-old dirt bike racer has qualified for the largest amateur motocross race in the world, the 36th Annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, presented by AMSOIL, to be held this August at the historic Loretta Lynn Ranch. Hoyer took on over 22,000 hopefuls from across America to earn one of just 1,482 qualifying positions. Hoyer will be the very first South Dakota kid to compete in the 50cc class.

“The Amateur National at Loretta Lynn’s is the event every motocross racer in the country wants to compete in,” said Event Director Tim Cotter. “A win at Loretta’s gives a racer instant national notoriety and can serve as a springboard to a lucrative professional motocross career.”

Most of America’s top professional motocross racers, including James Stewart, Ricky Carmichael, Travis Pastrana and Ryan Dungey, have won AMA Amateur National titles at Loretta Lynn’s.

Camdyn Hoyer, who attends Chester Area School in the 1st grade, has been riding dirt bikes since he was 5 years old.

Camdyn’s older brother Callyn Hoyer, who is 9, made it past the Local division in the 7-8 class and moved on to regionals in IL where he finished his Lorretta career for the year. For now he will focus on his 65 for next years races. He will be cheering loud for his little brother and be helping him train for his big event over the next couple weeks.

With the help of sponsors such as Hoyer Construction, Storm Racing, Al & Janet Dorn AKA Nana & Papa, Aunt Rachael & Uncle Tim Feekes, Ahrendt Designs, Paul & Becky Beirne Family, Falcon Plastics, Deanna Hoyer AKA Granny Dee, Hoyer Farms, Spearfish Canyon Fireplace and Spa, Jami and Jen Jensen and Lance Anderson who help pay his way to the races, Hoyer has had the opportunity to pursue his dreams. He has won 19 races in the last 2 years and competes nearly every weekend at local tracks such as Fiddler Creek in Homer NE, SVCC in Renner SD, Spring Creek in Millville MN, Dirty Dozen MX in Kellogg MN, MotoCity Raceway in Little Falls MN, 4GMX winter series in Rapid City SD or “in AMA local to national races across the country”.

Hoyer will make the long journey to Hurricane Mills, Tennessee along with his mom and dad/mechanic Clark and Jess Hoyer two sisters Jennilee and Jayda, big brother Callyn Hoyer and grandma Dee Hoyer. In the meantime, Hoyer will have many family members and friends cheering him on from back home in SD. The race runs July 31st-Aug 5th, 2017. Hoyer and his family will be camping onsite for the week-long event, and will participate in many non-racing evening activities.

Hoyer is just one of the over 22,000 racers across the country who spent the last four months qualifying for the event. The top Ticket to Nationalsfinishers in Area Qualifiers and Regional Championships earn a gate position in the National Championship race at Loretta Lynn’s. Racers may enter a wide variety of classes, from minicycle classes for children as young as four, all the way up to a senior division for riders over 50. There are also classes for women and classes for both stock and modified machines. In total, there are 38 different classes of competition. Hoyer will compete in the highly competitive 50cc Limited 4-6 class.

The track is built on a section of Loretta Lynn Ranch and Campground in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. The course contains a variety of jumps, corners and other obstacles designed to test the skills and stamina of the racers. The motocross track is used only once a year for motorcycles, so there is no hometown advantage. Racers compete in three 15-20 minute races over the course of the week per class, sometimes in grueling temperatures. Proper training and preparation are paramount.

Most riders attend the event with the help of their families. In fact, many consider the event their family’s summer trip, nicknaming it the “World’s Greatest Motocross Vacation.” Besides the races, the week-long event hosts many family-friendly activities, including swimming, talent show, concerts, and live entertainment.

The race action will be broadcast live daily at, July 31st-Aug 5th, for a total of 40 hours of live coverage. In addition, two highlight shows featuring the event will air on NBC Sports Network in the fall.

For additional information on the Amateur National, visit the official website at or call (304) 284-0101. Also, follow the official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for exclusive content and to catch the latest news.

About the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship

The Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship is the world’s largest and most prestigious amateur motocross racing program. The national qualifying program consists of 59 Area Qualifiers (February through May) and 13 Regional Championships (May through June), hosted at select motocross facilities across the country. The qualifying system culminates in the National Final (first week in August) hosted annually since 1982 at the home of country music star Loretta Lynn in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Nearly 22,000 racers attempt to qualify in 38 classes for the 1,482 available positions at the National. Christened “The World’s Greatest Motocross Vacation”, the National event serves as a launch pad for some of the biggest names in professional motocross and supercross, including Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto, and Ryan Dungey. The national program is produced by MX Sports, Inc., a West Virginia-based race production company and is sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). For more information, please visit


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Dell Rapids 14U Softball 2nd in League Tournament

The weekend of July 7th, Sioux Empire Fast Pitch Softball Association held their annual league tournament. The girls played through a long, hot weekend, and Dell Rapids took 2nd place in the U14 division. Kylie Bittner led Dell Rapids with 24 strikeouts in 12 innings of pitching.  Autumn Tomes added five strikeouts in four innings of work.  The top batting averages for the weekend were Kylie Bittner with .750, Kenzie Garry with .727, Haileigh Barnhart with .636, Makayla Duinkerken with .538, and Cara Rice, Leigh Lacey, and Audi Uriqujo with .545.


Top row (left to right): Coach Ryan Rinehart, Coach Amber Fountain, Kenzie Garry, Mallory Krempkes, Rylee Rinehart, Autumn Tomes, and Coach Steph Bittner
Bottom row (left to right): Leigh Lacey, Cara Rice, Audi Uriqujo, Haileigh Barnhart, Makayla Duinkerken, and Kylie Bittner

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Dell Rapids 14U Softball Wins Tony Tournament

On Sunday, June 25th, the Dell Rapids 14U softball team traveled to Lake Benton for the 7th Annual Tony Tournament.  The tournament for U14 was set up as a true round robin tournament.  Dell Rapids played a series of three games.  The tournament was compiled of wins, losses, and points scored.   At the end of the rainy day, Dell Rapids took first place!  Kylie Bittner lead the team in pitching with 17 strikeouts and only one walk in the tournament.  Top batting averages were Makayla Duinkerken and Bittner with an .833 average.  Kenize Garry, Cora Alderson, and Autumn Tomes all had an .800 average, and Leigha Lacey finished with a .667 batting average. Tony Awards were given to one girl each game for the following:  Garry for her outstanding skills at 1st base, Autumn Tomes for her two triples she hit in one game, and Lacey for some great plays she made playing catcher.


Top row (left to right): Kylie Bittner, Mallory Krempges, Leigha Lacey, Rylee Rinehart, Autumn Tomes, Cora Alderson, Kenzie Garry
Bottom row (left to right): Haileigh Barnhart, Audi Urquijo, Makayla Duinkerken, and Cara Rice.

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Dell Rapids 14U Softball 2nd in Last Two Tournaments

The past two weekends have been very busy for the U14 DR Quarriers softball team. They played in the Denny Sanford Memorial Day Tournament the weekend of June 2nd in Sioux Falls, and took 2nd place! They also played in the Brookings Softball Tournament on June 9th weekend and took 2nd place. Kylie Bittner led the team with pitching a total of 370 pitches over the weekends. She pitched a total of 288 stikes, and 82 balls; she struck out 25 batters and walked six. The MVP’s picked by the opposing teams were Kylie Bittner (for her pitching), Haileigh Barnhart (for her amazing diving catch in left field), and Leigha Lacey (for her outstanding catcher abilities) in the Denny Sanford Tourney. The MVP’s from the Brookings tournament were Cara Rice (for her awesome team spirit), Leigha Lacey (for her hustle at catcher), Kenzie Garry (for her long stride at 1st base), Autumn Tomes (for her glove playing 3rd base), and Kylie Bittner (for her pitching).

The DR Quarriers bats were on fire these weekends! The leaders were Kenzie Garry and Kylie Bittner with a .818 batting average on the weekends. Leigha Lacey, Autum Tomes, and Cora Alderson had a .727 batting averages; Cara Rice had a .636 batting average!


Top Row: (left to right) Coach Ryan Rinehart, Coach Steph Bittner, Rylee Rinehart, Mallory Krempges, Cora Alderson, Kenzie Garry, Cara Rice, and Coach Amber Fountain.
Bottom Row: (left to right) Autumn Tomes, Makayla Duinkerken, Audi Urquijo, Leigha Lacey, Haileigh Barnhart, and Kylie Bittner.

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Dell Rapids Teacher Gets Adopt-A-Classroom Grant from Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union

Kari HettingerSioux Falls Federal Credit Union Awards Six Adopt-A-Classroom Grants

Sioux Falls, June 14, 2017:  As our local school districts face increasing budget constraints, a growing number of teachers spend more of their own money to provide school supplies for their students. In a recent survey conducted by SheerID, teachers in the United States spent an average of $513 on out-of-pocket classroom supplies such as instructional materials, books and professional development.

Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union has been helping to off-set these costs since 2009 with their Adopt-A-Classroom grant program. This grant provides teachers in Lincoln, Minnehaha, McCook and Turner counties $500 to help cover necessary non-salary expenses to fund their classroom.

Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union invited the public to nominate any certified K through 12 classroom teacher who works in an accredited public or private school within the credit union’s service area to receive the Adopt-A-Classroom grant. The nomination form included a brief description on how the teacher has made an impact on their life. “We knew teachers made an impact on their students, but in reviewing all of our nomination forms, we realized all the ways our teachers create an engaging, interesting and fun classroom experience that not only benefited the student but their family,” stated Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union President/CEO Fran Sommerfeld.

The credit union has awarded six grants in the 2017-2018 school year. Grants of $500 have been awarded directly to teachers to provide them with some of the resources necessary to cover out-of-pocket expenses. “The teaching profession is one that demands dedication, commitment, and sacrifice. Most teachers often go beyond the call of duty to create a stimulating, safe learning environment and to help each student succeed. We are excited to be able to offer this program to help our teachers create an engaging, interesting, and fun classroom experience for their students” said Sommerfeld.

Congratulations to our 2016-2017 winners:

  • Danyel McFarlane – Lowell Elementary
  • Kari Hettinger – Dell Rapids Middle School
  • Sarah Darling – Brandon Elementary
  • Doyle Becker – Washington High School
  • Carla Diede – Harrisburg South Middle School
  • Cheyenne Lambley – Tri-Valley Elementary

Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union was chartered in 1934 and currently serves anyone who lives or works in Minnehaha, Lincoln, McCook and Turner counties of South Dakota. The not-for-profit cooperative has over 27,000 members with six Sioux Falls branch locations.


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