Billion Chevrolet Makes Big Donation to DR Little League

Billion Chevrolet of Dell Rapids, as part of the Chevy Youth Baseball initiative, donated $500 cash to the Dell Rapids Little League this year along with nearly $1,000 in baseball equipment.

On Monday, June 20th, Mike Person, Sales Manager at Billion Chevrolet of Dell Rapids, presented the $500 check to the Dell Rapids Little League on Field C in City Park.  Several Dell Rapids Little League players from various teams in Dell Rapids were at the field to receive the donation.

Dell Rapids Truck Route Ordinance Updated

TruckRouteChangesDuring the last Dell Rapids City Council meeting on Monday, June 6th, the Dell Rapids City Council approved changes to the truck route.  The amended truck route ordinance passed the second reading by a 7-0 vote.

The ordinance now states that a truck over eight tons or more must use the truck route, but may operate off the truck route when it becomes necessary to travel to another street for the purpose of loading or unloading, when instructed to do by any lawful order, authorized emergency vehicle, contractor when engaging in repair, maintenance or construction of city streets or city improvements, or when the operator of the truck obtains special temporary authority.

The truck route ordinance also states that garbage or recycling collector trucks with tandem rear axles or a single dually with pusher used to pick up items from customers located on a regular established route shall not exceed 20 tons total gross weight.  Garbage or recycling collector trucks with less than tandem axles shall not exceed 10 tons total gross weight.  Garbage or recycling collector trucks used to empty large dumpsters or roll-off containers are exempt from the city weight restrictions provided the trucks only deviate from the truck route(s) as is reasonably necessary.

Project Updates Discussed at Council Meeting

DellRapidsTowerDuring the regular Dell Rapids City Council meeting held on Monday, June 6th, City Administator Justin Weiland provided the council with updates on various projects that are ongoing or upcoming for the city of Dell Rapids.

Progress is being made on the Quartzite Street project.  The sewer had been installed and the water should be completed soon.  Grading of the project after the water installation with the final grade and curb and gutter to follow.

The plans for the 10th Street project have been submitted to the department of transportation and DENR for approval.  Once the plans are accepted, DGR will move forward with advertising the project for bids.  This project is still on schedule for bidding in late June or early July.

The planned tiling and grading project for the drainage area south of 10th street along the east side of Highway 115 has made progress.  DGR Engineers have performed a topographic survey and are currently finalizing the tiling and grading plan.  The project will require that new permanent easements be signed by the property owners in that area that are affected by the project, and those signatures will need to be collected prior to starting the construction portion of the project.

City administration is also nearly finished finalizing quotes and plans to construct a new men/women comfort station with showers at Rickemen Field park.  The city did budget $70,000 to complete this project in 2016.  Currently the project is coming in on budget at this point in the planning as reported by Weiland.  The work on the sewer extension and structure of the facility is tentatively planned to take place in July and August.

Dell Rapids CityWide Rummage Sale

2016CityWideRummageSaleThe annual Dell Rapids Citywide Rummage sale is being held this weekend, Thursday, June 2nd through Saturday, June 4th.  This annual event is held the first full weekend in June and many great bargains can be found throughout the city and surrounding area.

Printed lists of the participants are available at T&C’s and Cubby’s.  The list of participants can also be found by clicking this link.

2015-2016 Teacher Awards

With the 2015-2016 school year complete, awards were handed out to staff at both Dell Rapids St Mary and Dell Rapids schools.  Dell Rapids St Mary recognized their “Teacher of the Year” during graduation on Friday, May 20th.  The 2015-2016 Dell Rapids St Mary Teacher of the Year is Kathy Engeman.

Dell Rapids Public schools handed out their awards during a staff picnic on Tuesday, May 31st.  2015-2016 Peer Award winners are Jason Fersdahl, Connie Hansen, Melissa Nygard, Mike Putnam, Jamie Randall, and Joni Smith.  The 2015-2016 Dell Rapids Teacher of the Year is Scott Headrick.

Congratulations to all the winners and a big thank you to all of the teachers in Dell Rapids!!!

New Dairy Queen Store Opens in Dell Rapids

2016DellsDQOpening_2After months of construction, the brand new Dairy Queen store in Dell Rapids opened on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30th.  The construction of the new building took just under seven months.  Demolition of the old building began on November 5th, 2015.

Even though the new store matches most of the other Dairy Queens in the area, a piece of the old Dell Rapids Dairy Queen still found it’s way in the new building.  The old ice cream cone neon sign is mounted on the wall just inside the front entrance doors. 2016DellsDQOpening_3

The opening of the new store was a great success as the store was full of people all day long.

The hours for the Dell Rapids Dairy Queen are 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. every day.

Memorial Day Programs Held in Dell Rapids

2016DRMemorialDay_3Dell Rapids held many different programs and services throughout the day for Memorial Day.  Logan Reformed Cemetery held a service at 8:00 a.m.  Stordahl Cemetery then had a service at 8:40 a.m. followed by a service at Willow Creek Cemetery at 9:00 a.m.

Hundreds of people gathered on 4th St in Dell Rapids for the Memorial Day Parade at 10:00 a.m.  Ceremonies followed the parade at Dell Rapids City Park at 10:30 a.m. with a service then at 11:00 a.m. at the Dell Rapids Cemetery. 2016DRMemorialDay_2

There was a short program held at Veterans Memorial Park at 11:30 a.m.  Dells Nursing and Rehab Center and Orchard Hills both held ceremonies at 12:45 p.m.

2016DRMemorialDay_1Post 65 held a brat feed from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the American Legion Hall.

Seniors vs Staff Raises Money for Shriner’s

2016SeniorsVsStaffThe annual “Seniors vs Staff” basketball game was held Friday, May 13th, after the Dell Rapids High School Awards Banquet.  This year’s charity the seniors chose was the Shriner’s Hospital in honor of Austin Machmiller.  The event raised $658 throughout the evening.  The FFA matched the money raised by the event for a total of $1,316 donated to the Shriner’s Hospital.

The seniors “won” the game at the buzzer on a three-point shot by Trey Randel!

Dell Rapids School Board Approves Free Meals

NewDRLogoThe Dell Rapids School Board approved free meals for the final week of school during their regular meeting on Monday, May 9th.  The free meals May 23rd – May 27th will be the reimbursable student breakfast meals and reimbursable student lunch meals.  A la carte items and seconds will still be charged at the usual price.  Students must have money in their accounts or pay cash for those items.  Staff meals will also be charged.

Two Local Students Honored for Academic Excellence

The best and brightest from the Class of 2016 were honored for their academic achievements at the 26th Annual Academic Excellence Banquet in Pierre on Monday, May 2nd.


In conjunction with Governor Dennis Daugaard, the Associated School Boards of South Dakota invited more than 200 students, who were identified  as the top one percent of their senior class, from the state’s public, private, and tribal schools to celebrate their academic accomplishments.  Bridget Dunn from Dell Rapids St Mary and Josh Parrott from Dell Rapids Public were two of the students invited.


“Today we celebrate excellence,” ASBSD President Eric Stroeder said.  “These students represent the best and brightest from South Dakota.”

“You are the future of South Dakota.  We hope you will stay in South Dakota and become the next generation of leaders for our state.”

Governor Daugaard shared Stroeder’s sentiment and encouraged students to stay in South Dakota.

“The prospects for young graduates in South Dakota are better than anywhere else,” Governor Daugaard said.  “Your dreams can come true in South Dakota.”

Prospects and dreams made possible by the hard work the students have put forth.

“You motivated yourself to learn more and more,” Governor Daugaard said.  “That’s something special.  You’re something special.”

The event was sponsored by the South Dakota Community Foundation.  The Mobridge-Pollock High School Band provided the musical entertainment.