Local Vocalists to Participate in the 2018 South Dakota All-State Chorus & Orchestra

Over 1,000 of South Dakota’s best high school vocal and instrumental musicians will gather in Rapid City for the 66th Annual South Dakota All-State Chorus and Orchestra on Friday and Saturday, October 26 & 27.  The All-State activities will culminate with a Grand Concert at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center beginning at 7:00 p.m. (MT) on Saturday evening, October 27th. Concert tickets can be purchased at www.gotmine.com, or at the box office in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.  The doors of the Civic Center will open for the Concert at 5:30 on Saturday evening.

Four students from Dell Rapids St Mary and eight from Dell Rapids will be among those that will be performing.  Courtney Geraets, a 4-year All-State Choir Award recipient, Paige Bunkers, Jon Bares, and Noah Dennis will be representing Dell Rapids St Mary.  Kat Fletcher, Amy Meyer, Mercedes Lodmell, Abby Stauffenecker, Alex Saxon, Andrew Weiland, Peyton Gleason, and Thomas Petrik will be representing Dell Rapids.

The annual All-State Chorus & Orchestra, sponsored by South Dakota High School Activities Association, is the largest interscholastic high school music activity held in South Dakota. The 2018 All-State Chorus includes 928 singers representing 145 South Dakota high schools.  The All-State Orchestra is comprised of 156 musicians from 22 schools.

The guest conductors for the 2018 All-State Chorus & Orchestra Concert are Dr. Phillip Swan from Wisconsin, and Dr. Anthony Elliott from Michigan.  Dr. Swan will conduct the All-State Chorus while Dr. Elliott will lead the 2018 All-State Orchestra.

During the All-State Grand Concert, the South Dakota Music Educators Association will recognize several high schools and individuals for their contributions to music in South Dakota. The SDHSAA will also recognize one of its 2018-19 Distinguished Service Award winners.

Additional information which might assist with other news or feature stories about the All-State Chorus & Orchestra are available at the South Dakota High School Activities Association website (www.sdhsaa.com).   Once on the SDHSAA home page, please go to “Fine Arts”, then “Music”, then “All-State Chorus and Orchestra, and the following information can be found at this site:

1.   Guest Conductor Biographical Information about this year’s All-State conductors

2.   All-State Chorus & Orchestra Rehearsal Schedule – this is the schedule that will be followed during the two days of All-State rehearsal and concert performance

4.   All-State Chorus & Orchestra Concert Ticket Information


Media Contact: Brooks Bowman, SDHSAA Assistant Executive Director (605-224-9261)

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2018 ESA “Christmas for our Kids” Drive

2018ESA_AngelTree“Christmas for Our Kids” is a long standing community project started by Sue Horstmeyer and currently spearheaded by the local ESA women’s organization.  Because of the generosity of the Dell Rapids community, we are able to ensure a Merry Christmas for all of our Dell Rapids kids. Last Christmas we were able to provide gifts to 146 children and gift cards to 60 families in the Dell Rapids area. Those kids truly had a Merry Christmas because of your kindness.

The “Christmas for Our Kids” project works like this:

  • Families in need are identified through anonymous referrals. We may all know a family in our community that is going through tough times and could use our help to provide those extras over the holidays.
  • Referred families are contacted and kid’s “wish lists” are requested.
  • These “wish lists” are filled through donations and delivered to families prior to Christmas.

Here are some ways you can help ensure another successful “Christmas for Our Kids” project:

  1. Refer a Family in Need – Contact Brenda O’Hara or Lori Morris with family referrals. Please submit referrals by November 10th. – (Brenda: Cell 201-6571 or brendaohara@outlook.com Lori: Cell 359-8795 or tlmorris@goldenwest.net
  2. Adopt a Child or Family – You or your group can adopt a child or family and purchase gifts from their “wish lists”. You will be anonymously matched up with a child or family and have fun shopping. Contact Brenda or Lori to be matched with a family.
  3. Angel Tree – There will be three Angel Trees set up with specific gift requests. Stop by Shopko, Avera Hospital, or First National Bank and take a tag from the Angel Tree, do your shopping, and return the unwrapped gift under the tree by December 13th with the tag attached.
  4. Make a Monetary Donation – Monetary donations can be dropped off or mailed to “Christmas for Our Kids”, First National Bank, 312 E. 4th Street, Dell Rapids, SD 57022.

We hope to have all donations collected by December 14th so that gifts can be sorted and delivered to the families prior to Christmas. As we enter the holiday season please consider being part of this Dell Rapids tradition. If you have any questions please contact Brenda O’Hara at 201-6571 or brendaohara@outlook.com, or Lori Morris at 359-8795 or tlmorris@goldenwest.net

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Historic Soccer Season for Garretson/Dell Rapids Continues into Playoffs

GarretsonHSLogoThe key word for this season this year is effort.

The Garretson High School/Dell Rapids High School girls soccer team started off with a hard-fought loss to Vermillion on a hot, muggy evening, but the team turned around the next day and beat Groton Area for the first time ever.  The team came out strong the next week with a win over Huron, but fell flat against Tea Area a couple days later.  The team did their best to bounce back from the loss, but came up short the next week against Sioux Falls Christian.  Later that week, the team drove down to Dakota Valley, ready to turn the season around.  The girls fought hard on the uncharacteristically warm Saturday and came out on top.  However, that next week brought more heartache as the team succumbed to a loss against Mitchell.

The girls put forth a tremendous effort in their next game against West Central, but the second half was ultimately their demise as they fell once again.  However, the team was able to regroup and pull together for a win two days later against Worthington, MN.  After having five days of rest from games, the girls came out ready to play Vermillion the next week.  With 110% effort for the full 80 minutes, the girls avenged their first loss of the season with a 0-0 tie.  The high from this tie carried over into the next game of that week, and the team once again beat Groton Area, this time on their own field.  The final game of the season was against Sioux Falls Christian.  The girls played their hearts out, but unfortunately came up short in a 1-2 loss to the Chargers to end the regular season.

However, it was enough to land the team the #5 seed in the playoffs – – a feat which has never before occurred in the history of the Garretson soccer program.  On Tuesday, October 2nd, the team will have one final opportunity to defeat Vermillion.  With 100% effort, the team can bring forth strong passes, good runs, and lots of shots, which could land these girls with their first playoff win against a team who has created in this program motivation and a desire for more.

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Event to Impact Local Blood Supply This Fall

CommunityBloodBankDells Rapids, SD – Avera Dells Area Health Center and Community Blood Bank is joining forces to help ward off fall blood shortages by hosting the blood drive event. The blood drive will be held on Thursday, October 4th from 7:00 am to 11:00 am and 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm at Avera Dells Area Health Center. All blood donations will stay local for local use and all who donate will receive a special t-shirt.  

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 fall can be a difficult to maintain an adequate blood supply for the community,” 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, data shows a steady increase in usage as we go through the fall 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 or call Community Blood Bank at 1-877-877-3070 or call Avera Dells Area Health Center at 605-428-5431

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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Dells Q’s JV Splits Double Header


Photo courtesy of Steph Bittner

Another Dell Rapids JV softball team, the Dell Rapids Q’s JV, split two games on Sunday, September 23rd.  Dell Rapids took a 6-4 victory over West Central, but fell behind in the second game and lost to Winner 12-5.

Dell Rapids got on the board early in the first game when Rileigh Foster hit a home run to lead off the game.  Foster collected multiple hits in the game along with Abby Greenhoff, Kenzie Garry, and Haileigh Barnhart.  Kylie Bittner was the winning pitcher as she allowed four hits and four runs over 5 2/3 innings while walking just one batter.

In the second game against Winner, Autumn Tomes and Katrina Kruel shared the pitching duties.  Kruel ended with three strikes out in her two innings of work.  Garry was 2-2 at the plate in the second game.  Dell Rapids had a total of eight hits in the game.

The season for the Dell Rapids Q’s JV team comes to an end with the end-of-the-season tournament this coming weekend.

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New Chef Cooks Lunch for Students in Dell Rapids

LunchtimeSolutionsChefDemoDELL RAPIDS, SD — Sabrina Slater, the new demonstration chef at Lunchtime Solutions, Inc., was in the lunchroom to cook and serve beef and broccoli stir fry on Tuesday, September 25th.  Chef Sabrina created this savory dish right in front of the students and served it up hot and fresh.

Preparing fresh entrees for students through chef demonstrations in the lunchroom is a regular part of Lunchtime Solutions’ food service program.  Lunchtime Solutions has operated Dell Rapids food service for the past 16 years.

Chef Sabrina has nearly 15 years of experience in food service, spending three years as a cook at the famous Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas before joining the Lunchtime Solutions team. She is excited to bring her expertise into our schools to provide more healthy, fresh-made lunch choices for students and staff.  Our chef-prepared entrees give them an opportunity to try foods that they may have not tried before and expose them to flavors and tastes not normally a part of school food service.

“Our program centers on getting kids excited about eating lunch at school,” said Jennifer Hopf, Area Director for Lunchtime Solutions. “We think it’s important to provide a wide variety of menu options and make sure students have unlimited access to fresh fruits and vegetables every day.”

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Second Dell Rapids Softball JV Team Wins Two

9 9 18A second Dell Rapids Softball JV team remained undefeated on the season after winning two games on Sunday, September 9th in Lennox.

In the first game of the day, Dell Rapids defeated Lennox 5-1.  Jaycee Tebay homered in the first inning to score two runs.  Autumn Tomes was the winning pitcher in the game.  Tomes allowed just one run on four hits over six innings while striking out six batters.  Tebay, Haileigh Barnhart, and Abby Greenhoff all had multiple hits in the game.

Dell Rapids then defeated Garretson 5-4 in the second game.  Kylie Bittner was the winning pitching as she went six innings allowing four runs on seven hits with six strikeouts.  Kenzie Garry and Bittner had multiple hits in the game.  Garry finished 3-3 at the plate to lead the team.  Barnhart was great in the outfield with several catches covering a lot of ground.

This Dell Rapids JV team is now 4-0 on the season.

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Dell Rapids Softball Sweeps Baltic/Chester/Flandreau

SoftballDell Rapids Softball played a double header on Field E in Dell Rapids on Sunday September 9th. Dell Rapids swept Baltic/Chester/Flandreau (BCF) in a double-header by scores of 13-6 and 6-4. In a combined 45 at bats, the team had 11 hits, seven walks, and just seven strike outs.  Senior Brooke Klein finished the day with two doubles, a triple, a single, and two walks along with three RBIs and five runs scored.  Klein also had several key defensive plays in center field.  Senior Ashlee Lambert had three singles, two walks, an RBI, and four runs scored.  Lambert was also strong defensively at first base.  Senior Alexis Ehrmentrout scored two runs in four at bats with two singles and a double.  Senior Elly Schultz added to the excitement with a two-run home run in the first game.  Samantha Price and Krya  Wajer shared pitching duties with each earning a win for the day. The Dell Rapids Varsity has a season record thus far of 3-1 with their only loss coming in the season opener to Vermillion.

The Junior Varsity also played games against Watertown and Canton on Field F during the day, suffering losses of 5-15 and 9-13 respectively.  In a combined 42 at bats the team had 15 hits, 11 walks and just two strike outs.  Freshman Audriana Uriquo led the day with five singles and two runs scored.  Sophomore Cora Alderson pitched all but two innings on the day and was solid at the plate earning two runs in four at bats with three walks and a single.  The young JV squad has a season record thus far of 0-4, but is improving from week to week learning the new system.

The Dell Rapids Fall Softball program has grown significantly over the last few years with player numbers.  This year over 50 middle school and high school players are playing for Dell Rapids.

Next week both teams travel and play in Lennox with games starting at 12:30.  The next home games will be a big day of seven total games on Sunday, September 23rd.  Varsity squads from Brookings and Pierre along with Junior Varsity squads from Brookings, Pierre and Tri-Valley will come to Dell Rapids for games.  Plan to attend for what’s sure to be some great softball action!

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Garretson/Dell Rapids Soccer Sets School Record for Wins

GarretsonHSLogoWith a win over Dakota Valley on Saturday, August 25th, the Garretson/Dell Rapids Blue Dragon girls soccer team set a school record for most wins in a season.

The Blue Dragons started their week last week with a match against Sioux Falls Christian on Tuesday, August 21st.  Though the team came out firing on all cylinders in the first half that resulted in them trailing 0-1 at halftime, the energy fell flat in the second half, and the Chargers defeated Garretson/Dell Rapids 4-0.  The JV match ended in a 0-0 tie.

The team was able to move past the disappointing loss to Sioux Falls Christian and put in some hard practices to prepare for the match against Dakota Valley.  The team traveled to North Sioux City to take on the Panthers.  With the high temperatures that day, the girls fought through the heat to earn a 2-1 win over Dakota Valley.  Madison Ljunggren (9th) and Raegan Altman (8th) had well placed shots that gave the team the win.  The Blue Dragons ended the day with a 6-0 JV match win.

Garretson/Dell Rapids (3-3 record) is now gearing up to face Mitchell on Thursday, August 30th.

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Dells Theatre Hosting South Dakota Movie Premieres

Armando Gutierrez as the Ringmaster in Little MermaidThe Dells Theatre is celebrating its 80th anniversary this month by hosting back-t0-back South Dakota premieres of two movies and bringing in the stars or producers of those movies. The art deco theatre was designed by famed Minneapolis theatre architect Perry Crosier. It opened on August 19, 1938. Logan Luxury Theatres Corporation purchased it in 1998 and is the third and current owner of the theatre. They have constantly restored and upgraded the theatre since purchasing it.

“The Little Mermaid” will premiere Thursday night (August 23rd) with a special reception for actor/producer Armando Gutierrez at the Dells Rapids Museum at 5:30. At 7:00, Gutierrez will go to the red carpet event at the Dells Theatre where he will introduce the movie and answer questions following the screening. The movie will play for the next eight days through Thursday, August 30. It will start a week’s engagement on Friday, August 24 at the other Logan Luxury Theatres locations, the Luxury 5 Cinemas in Mitchell and Huron Luxury Cinemas in Huron.

Armando Gutierrez plays a lead role and is the producer of the live action version of “The Little Mermaid.” This movie is based on the characters from the original story by Hans Christian Anderson.   Gutierrez will be in Mitchell Friday, August 24. He will make an appearance at the new Mitchell Indoor Aquatics Center at 5:30 with a live mermaid. At 6:30, he will be driven to the Luxury 5 Cinemas for a red carpet event. Gutierrez will introduce the movie and answer questions after the movie.   “The Little Mermaid” will play for one week through Thursday, August 30, and may be held over another week.

In this new story, a grandmother (played by Shirley MacLaine) tells her daughters the story of the Little Mermaid but they don’t believe until she tells them a tale of her own. A young reporter finds a circus with a beautiful mermaid trapped in a glass box. The mermaid appears to the girls as a woman with legs. The girls soon learn of a prophecy about a girl born on land blessed with the heart of a mermaid. As the prophecy comes to life they become entangled in a plot by a sinister wizard.

Gutierrez produced “Walt Before Mickey” which had its Midwestern Premiere at the three Logan Luxury theatres two years ago. Gutierrez is excited about his new movie and is anxious to return to South Dakota. He said, “We hope that the South Dakota Premieres will bestow “The Little Mermaid” with the same attention and success as “Walt Before Mickey” enjoyed.”

More information and the trailer can be found on the movie’s website at www.thelittlemermaid.tv

“Farmer of the Year”, which was shot around Tyler, MN and in South Dakota at the Corn Palace, will have its South Dakota Premiere on Friday, August 31. The film was written by Tyler, MN native and farmer’s daughter, Kathy Swanson. It was produced by her and her husband, Vince O’Connell, who have been taking it to film festivals around the country.

O’Connell and Swanson will be in Dell Rapids Friday afternoon (August 31st) to promote the film. They will then travel to Mitchell for a public reception with the producers at the Second Floor Art Gallery at the Corn Palace at 5:30. They will be driven to the Luxury 5 Cinemas at 6:30 for a red carpet event where they will introduce the movie. They will also answer questions following the screening.

Saturday they will be at the Freedom Stage at the State Fair in Huron as guests of the SD Farmer’s Union.   That evening, they will be at the red carpet event at 7:00 the Huron Luxury Cinemas to sign autographs and introduce the film.

The comedy-drama is an affectionate look at farm life and generational differences. A widowed 83-year-old Minnesota farmer sells his farm to his daughter. Bored with retirement, he decides to travel with his rebellious granddaughter across country in his 40-year-old Winnebago to a reunion of his World War Two army outfit. On the way, they stop at the Corn Palace and other locations in South Dakota and Nebraska.

Sioux Falls resident and Stepping Stones counselor Arin Winger along with Mitchell residents Cheryl Miller, John, Lori and Ryan Solberg have parts in the movie.

“Farmer of the Year” has been selected to play at film festivals across the country. It won the Audience Choice Award at the Minneapolis St. Paul Film Festival and was an Audience Choice finalist at the Sedona, Arizona Film Festival. It was nominated for Best Feature Film and Best Actor for Barry Corbin at the Soho International Film Festival in New York City.

More information and the trailer can be found on the movie’s website at www.yellowhousefilms.com/home/farmeroftheyear

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