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

“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

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Area Senior Companions Celebrate 40th Anniversary with Recognition Lunch

August 16, 2018 – Senior Companions of South Dakota celebrated 40 of years of service recognizing the Senior Companions that serve the Charles Mix, Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha, Turner, and Yankton Counties. The 40th Anniversary Celebration was held at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church on Wednesday, August 8th in Sioux Falls. Along with a buffet lunch, Senior Companions, staff, and guests were entertained by “Somewhere in Time” barbershop quartet of Sioux Falls.

Senior Companions from Dell Rapids recognized for their service:
Up to one year of service with a certificate: Theresa Roberts, also received the Gold President’s Volunteer Service Award for service over 500 hours; seven years of service: Marjorie Johns, also received the Lifetime President’s Service Award for service over 4,000 hours.

Senior Companions provide in-home services to older persons and other adults in need. They assist others with grocery shopping, meal preparation, light housekeeping, transportation to doctor appointments, and various daily tasks necessary to maintaining independence. This service is provided free of charge. Without the help of Senior Companions, many older adults would not be able to continue living in their own home and might require placement in a nursing home or assisted living facility. In 2017, 66 Senior Companions in South Dakota provided 57,417 hours of service to their 358 clients. These Senior Companions are the foundation of one of South Dakota’s most positive programs. Their dedication to the clients they serve is a blessing to the clients, the clients’ families, and communities.

Our Companions LOVE what they do and are not shy about telling people how much the program benefits not only the clients they serve but also themselves. Our Companions often remark that they feel they are really making a difference in their clients’ lives and are rewarded in many ways, making this a truly enjoyable volunteer experience.

Senior Companions enjoy many benefits, including: an hourly tax-free stipend, mileage reimbursement, paid training, paid personal leave, paid holidays, accident insurance, friendships with peers, and the satisfaction of helping others. If you are 55 or older and enjoy helping others and looking for a way to impact the lives of the senior population in your community, become a SENIOR COMPANION! We are now accepting applications. If you are interested in learning more about Senior Companions of SD, call 605-361-1133 or toll-free 1-888-239-1210 or visit the website at: http://www.good-

SF Group PhotoSenior Companions serving Charles Mix, Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha, Turner, and Yankton counties:
Back row, left to right:  Betty Berry, Irene Nelsen, Donna Ligtenberg, Bill Wood, Geraldine Schnabel, Kip Steinberg, Marge Johns, Wanda Sanftleben, Audrey Weidenbach, Jon Youngberg, Joseph Oleson, Lorna Gardner, and Shirley Larson
Middle Row, left to right:  Loretta Hill, Pat Humphrey, Lorraine Damm, Carolyn Anderson, Rosemary Kilment, and Marilyn Hobert
Front row, left to right:  Donna VanHouten, Dorothy Nelson, Cindy McFadden, Connie Peters, Arlene Jockheck, Theresa Roberts, Dee Hass, Bernice Kjos, and Gloria Kolbeck.

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Garretson/Dell Rapids Girls Soccer Split Two Games Last Week

GarretsonHSLogoComing off a big win August 11, the girls were excited for another well-fought match on Thursday, August 16th.  The girls came out with strength and determination and pulled out a 5-0 win against Huron.  With 38 shots throughout the match, the girls were confident in their playing abilities and were creating opportunities with great passing and teamwork. Riley Altman, junior, scored two goals, including one penalty kick; Paige Sterud, freshman, added one goal to the mix; Jordyn Williams, 7th grader, had another great goal inside the box; and Jayden Clark, junior, had goal from the defensive line.

After the game Thursday against Huron, the girls were ready to play Tea on Saturday, August 18th, though they knew it would be a hard-fought battle.  Though the girls played aggressively and fought hard, they couldn’t seem to get any breaks.  Kayla Genzlinger, freshman, had a phenomenal game in goal. Without her hard work, the outcome of the game would have been much worse.  As it is, the girl lost the battle 0-9 against Tea.  The proudest moment as a coach was to see every girl put forth 110% effort throughout the entire game.  No one gave up, and no one started blaming other people.  The team (2-2-0) as a whole took the loss well and is gearing up for our game against Sioux Falls Christian on Tuesday, August 21st and Dakota Valley on Saturday, August 25th.

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Dell Rapids Student Receives Gold at National FCCLA Conference

July 2018 – Over 8,000 Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the nation traveled to Atlanta, Georgia for the 2018 National Leadership Conference (NLC) June 28 – July 2. The conference was an incredible opportunity for members to develop leadership skills by attending a multitude of workshops and training programs. Students listened to well-known motivational speakers. Members explored different career paths and colleges while attending the conference and learned new ways to “Be Inspired” through conversation with members from across the country.

Rylee Rinehart, Dell Rapids FCCLA member, qualified for national competition at the state conference held in April. She was one of the middle and high school members from chapters across the state who competed at this level. She presented her Food Innovations STAR Event and received a gold rating.

Rinehart and her advisor, Beverly Rieck, also served as room consultant volunteers for different STAR Event presentations.

During the opening general session, the members listened to keynote speaker Johnny Earle, also known as Johnny Cupcakes. Johnny Earle is the founder of Johnny Cupcakes, a T-shirt business that aims to make the entire process feel like a bakery. He had started sixteen businesses before he turned sixteen and spoke about what he learned throughout the years. His words inspired members to do what makes them happy and to follow their dreams.

During the closing general session, Chick-Fil-A CEO, President, and Chairperson Dan T. Cathy spoke to members his life lessons. Cathy believes in having passion behind all the work we do. He also believes we must take the initiative if we wish to see change occur in our world. Cathy was a generous sponsor during NLC.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective national student organization with the goal to help men and women grow as youth leaders in their communities and remain strong leaders into the future. FCCLA pursues to address personal, family, work, and societal issues and find solutions through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA reaches these goals thanks to the 200,000 members that are active within the organization. Over 5,500 chapters are spread among forty-nine state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Since 1945, more than ten million youth have been involved and have grown within FCCLA.

FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience stands apart from other youth organizations because the programs and events are planned, led, and carried out by members. FCCLA is the only career and technical in-school student organization with the family as its central focus. When members participate in national programs and local chapter activities, they grow and develop into strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities. The members lead in the present, and they will continue to lead into the future with help from the skills learned from FCCLA’s programs, workshops, and overall curriculum.

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South Dakota State Rep. Dan Ahlers Selected for the CSG 2018 Toll Fellows Class

DanAhlersStateRepLEXINGTON, Ky.South Dakota state Rep. Dan Ahlers is among the 48 state leaders from across the country selected to participate in The Council of State Governments’ 2018 Henry Toll Fellowship, the nation’s premier leadership development program for state government officials.

The members of the Class of 2018 hail from 32 states and Guam and represent all three branches of state government. A committee of program alumni reviewed applications and selected the class.

“My hope is to improve my leadership and communication skills,” Ahlers said. “Improving these skills will help build new partnerships. These partnerships can help solve the challenges we face as a state.”

The Toll Fellowship, named for CSG founder Henry Wolcott Toll, has convened a group of the nation’s top officials for this intensive six-day, five-night intellectual boot camp for more than 30 years in Lexington, Kentucky. The 2018 program will be held Aug. 24-28.

The program’s agenda includes a lineup of dynamic sessions designed to stimulate personal assessment and growth, while providing networking and relationship-building opportunities. Each year’s program is unique, but previous programs have included sessions on leadership personality assessment, media training, crisis management, appreciative inquiry and adaptive leadership.

“The CSG Toll Fellows are a remarkable group of state leaders,” CSG Executive Director/CEO David Adkins said. “We have designed the fellowship to expand their leadership capacity with a strong focus on collaboration, communication and teamwork skills. Politics today are often characterized by polarization and gridlock. Toll Fellows learn how to overcome differences to serve the common good. These dedicated public servants leave the program energized and ready to return to their states and continue to make a difference.”

Adkins was a 1993 Toll Fellow when he served as a Kansas state representative.

Toll Fellows alumni include Cheri Beasley, associate justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court; Oregon Gov. Kate Brown; Delaware Gov. John Carney; Idaho U.S. Attorney Bart Davis; Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey; Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap; Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett; former Delaware Gov. Jack Markell; Anne McKeig, associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court; Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin; Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill; Tennessee U.S. Attorney Doug Overbey; Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate; U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, a former Indiana secretary of state; former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis; and Rhonda Wood, associate justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court.

“We need to continually challenge ourselves to be better leaders,” Ahlers said. “We can never rely on just one session to really change our bad habits. We need ongoing reinforcement, follow up and feedback to ensure good leadership habits are maintained.”

About The Council of State Governments

The Council of State Governments is the nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. This offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships. For more information about CSG, visit

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Dells Veterinary Services Adds New Doctor

DellsVetNewHireThe Dells Veterinary Services family is growing!  The duo of doctors is now a trio.  Dr. Ashley Vegter joined the Dells Vet team this June.  Dr. Vegter grew up on a small crop farm in Illinois.  She spent her childhood there taking care of cats and dogs, which grew into a passion of caring for animals.  While working on a dairy farm, Dr. Vegter found she enjoyed working with production animals just as much as companion animals.  She developed her veterinary skills at the University of Illinois so she could help animals both large and small.  Dells Veterinary Services is thrilled to have her at the clinic to be able to help more of the community!


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Central Payments Expands Headquarters in Dell Rapids

CentralPaymentsLogoCentral Payments is renewing its commitment to the community of Dell Rapids with an expansion that more than doubles the size of its headquarters in the Rocky Run development.

Central Payments, a division of Central Bank of Kansas City, is a leading national issuer of prepaid debit cards and delivers innovative financial products in collaboration with partner businesses. The bank, owned by the same family since opening in 1951, entered the payments space modestly in 2002 when it offered one of the industry’s first stored-value cards in its Kansas City branches. Central Payments was formed in 2014 with the hiring of a new President, South Dakotan Trent Sorbe, who was charged with leading the new division’s aggressive nationwide issuing goals.

Why Dell Rapids?

“It was important for us to be close to Sioux Falls, a hub for payment card issuing in the U.S., in order for us to recruit experienced payment card professionals,” said Trent Sorbe, President of Central Payments. “It was equally important for us to find a home in a welcoming community that shares our values and entrepreneurial spirit.”

Dell Rapids fit the criteria and Central Payments opened its doors in January 2015. “Most of our staff grew up in Midwestern communities like Dell Rapids and we think those small-town values have had a lot to do with our early success,” said Sorbe. “From the beginning, we felt welcomed by the local Chamber of Commerce, the Dell Rapids Economic Development Corporation, the office site developer, and the City of Dell Rapids.”

Fastest Growing Issuer in the U.S.

Central Payments is quickly setting itself apart in the marketplace.

“We are not a mass issuer catering to hundreds of partners,” said Sorbe. “We choose to work with a select number of highly reputable companies capable of significant growth verses the prevailing many-to-one issuing model embraced by our competitors.” Central Payments clients include market leaders like Bausch & Lomb and General Motors.

It’s an approach that is paying off. The Nilson Report, a national source for payments news and statistics, identified the company as the fastest growing prepaid issuer in the United States in 2016 with more than $106 million in purchase volume. Central Payments issued nearly 500,000 cards in 2017 and projects annual growth rates of more than 100 percent.

Expansion in Dell Rapids

That growth is fueling new job creation. The company expects to add 15 new professional-level positions in the next two years, bringing the total workforce to more than 40.

“It’s rare for a community the size of Dell Rapids to be home to a growing, nationwide financial services company,” said Doug Hainje, President of Dell Rapids Economic Development Corporation. “Central Payments’ workforce is predominantly made up of college-educated, salaried professionals who spur our local economy by shopping and living here.”

Central Payments’ growth has also required more space. Earlier this month the company extended its lease with Quartzite Investors another four years and is doubling its square footage by expanding into the west half of its current location. The project is expected to be complete in June and a grand opening will be held in early Summer.

“Our home here and the support of everyone in Dell Rapids is a big part of our success,” said Sorbe. “Choosing to expand locally was an easy decision.”

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