Relay for Life Run

RelayForLifeRun-2015-2The third annual Relay for Life Run in Dell Rapids was held on Saturday, April 25th.  Runners endured a cool morning for the 10k, 5k, and mile walk.  The temperature was a cool 45 degrees with winds out of the west, but that didn’t keep runners from signing up at the ball fields on the south side of the Big Sioux River for the event.  The 10k race started at 9:00 a.m.  The 5k race and mile walk started at 9:30.  The kid’s relay race took place at Dell Rapids City Park at 11:00 a.m.  All the proceeds raised during the event went to the Dell Rapids Relay for Life team.



Dells Nursing and Rehab Center Adding Baseball Field

DNRCBaseballField-2015Dell Rapids is getting a new baseball field.  Dells Nursing and Rehab Center is doing work to the northwest corner of their proper so baseball or softball can be played in that spot.

Chad Stroschein, owner of Dells Nursing and Rehab Center, approached the Dell Rapids Little League about the idea of creating this field in the open space by the facility last year after the baseball season had ended.  He noticed the difficulties in finding field time for the 30 to 40 youth baseball (ages 6-12), softball (ages 6-14), and T-ball (ages 4-5) teams Dell Rapids has every year.  The idea was met with excitement by all the board members.  As spring time approached, Stroschein, also a Dell Rapids Little League board member, again brought up the plans to make the space a playable field.

Work has been ongoing since the snow melt to get the field ready to go by the time youth baseball and softball seasons start at the end of May.  The extra field space will be used by Dell Rapids youth teams along with fields A, B and C at city park on the north side of the river, fields E and F on the south side of the river, Brown Park, and the St Mary field just east of St Mary School.

Not only will this help the youth leagues, it will be an added bonus to the residents who will be able to watch games all summer long, which Stroschein said they will enjoy all season.

City Council Election Results

The votes have been counted for the 2015 Dell Rapids City Council election.  All four wards had a seat up for election.

Incumbent David Sommerfeld won in Ward 1.  Incumbent Paul Miles won in Ward 2.  Mike Sterud won in Ward 3, and Mary Klockman won in Ward 4.

The votes will be canvassed by the city council at their next meeting on Monday, April 20th.

Ward 1

  • Michael Carpenter – 49
  • Douglas R. Geraets – 27
  • David Sommerfeld – 60  (Incumbent)

Ward 2

  • Jim Rueckert – 33
  • Paul Miles – 55 (Incumbent)

Ward 3

  • Jeff Schwebach – 53
  • Mike Sterud – 76

Ward 4

  • Mary Klockman – 33
  • James Borchert – 28
  • Chad Andrews – 24

Dell Rapids School Amends End of School Date

EndofSchool-2015The Dell Rapids School Board amended the last day of school for the 2014-2015 school year during their regular meeting on Monday, April 13th.  The original last day of school was scheduled for Thursday, May 21st, at 1:00 p.m.  However, the school district lost three days of school time during the year, one to weather and two due to state tournaments.

Superintendent Dr. Summer Schultz made the recommendation to make up a day and a half of the three days missed.  Her proposal was to have the last day of school be amended to Friday, May 22nd, at 3:18 p.m.  She said, “Have the kids come a full day on Thursday and Friday, instead of having the half day early release.  And then only have staff make up the contract days that following Tuesday and Wednesday after Memorial Day, so you would only be losing a day and a half of student time.  Then teachers would fulfill their contract.  We would be able to use some of our nine state training days we have coming to us with the lack of days for in-service.  We haven’t been able to use many of those.”

Schultz also told the school board that the state does not make the district count the days/hours missed due to early release because of weather emergencies.

“So your recommendation is of the three days, we make up a day and a half, which would run us up to the end of the day, full day on Friday, the 22nd, right before the Memorial Day weekend and not bring the students back after Memorial Day. I think that’s probably the most logical based on the calendar that we have, rather than trying to bring them back on Tuesday or Wednesday whether it be for a day or day and a half,” board president Tom Morris said.

The proposal passed by a 3-1 vote.

The final day of school will now be Friday, May 22nd, at 3:18 p.m.

Rubble Site Now Open

DellRapidsTowerThe Dell Rapids Rubble Site is now open.  The site opened on Saturday, April 11th, and will stay open throughout the season during its regular hours.  The site is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

During the regular city council meeting on Monday, April 6th, the Dell Rapids City Council voted to approve two free rubble site days.  The first day will be Thursday, May 7th, and the second free day will be Saturday, May 9th.

As a reminder to residents, the Rubble Site is licensed by the State of South Dakota and is restricted to trees, branches, untreated wood, construction and demolition debris, sheet rock, plaster, concrete, carpet, furniture, mattresses, grass, yard and garden waste and leaves, and large household appliances. Fees are enforced by volume and type of material.  Unaccepted items include household waste, cardboard, plastic (of any kind), small electric appliances (TVs, stereo equipment, microwaves), toys, and bikes with tires, shingles, asbestos, tires, hazardous materials, and fiberglass.  The site is open to Dell Rapids residents only.



Dells Nursing and Rehab Center Easter Egg Hunt

DNRCEasterEgg_1The Dells Nursing and Rehab Center’s annual Easter Egg hunt was a great success on Saturday, April 4th.  The event got underway at DNRCEasterEgg_311:00 a.m. and was held for children ages eight and under.  The Easter Egg hunt was divided into different age groups, and each age group had a golden Easter Egg winner.  Children attending were also able to get a picture with the Easter Bunny and have their face painted.


St Mary Student Council Recognized as an “Outstanding Student Council” by SDHSAA

St Mary Student Council 1The South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) announced today that 25 South Dakota high school student councils have been recognized as being “Outstanding Student Councils” for the 2014-15 school year. This is the 25th year this statewide program has been sponsored by the SDHSAA to recognize those South Dakota high school student councils that meet or exceed the rigorous standards of excellence that are necessary to achieve the “Outstanding Student Council” designation. Student councils that achieve this recognition can best be described as being very active within their school and community throughout the school year. Outstanding Councils excel in having a well-rounded program of activities and projects which benefit both their school and their community throughout the school year.

The “SDHSAA Outstanding Student Council” program requires each participating student council to complete a self-evaluation of their organizational structure and their successful completion of projects in a variety of areas. The evaluation also considers the involvement of the student council in their school and community. James Weaver, SDHSAA Assistant Executive Director, stated “The High School Activities Association recognizes the student councils that have met the stringent standards and criteria demanded by this program. The 25 student councils that have been recognized this year are well organized, highly motivated and have met the rigorous standards necessary to be declared outstanding. The self-evaluation focuses on the structure of the student council as well as the positive involvement of the student council in the activities of their school and community.”

To be recognized as an “Outstanding Student Council”, each council was involved in projects in the areas such as “Community and School Service”, “Health, Safety or Chemical Awareness”, “Education”, and “Leadership”. Completion of projects in a wide range of areas was necessary to fulfill a variety of goals for the student council. Each school receiving the “SDHSAA Outstanding Student Council” award has demonstrated a desire for self-improvement and individual growth by participating in leadership workshops and conventions, as well as other educational programs.

The 2014-15 “SDHSAA Outstanding Student Council” Award recipients are:

  • Aberdeen Central High School
    Advisor: Kevin Rook
  • Custer High School
    Advisor: Jean Diedtrich
  • Dakota Valley High School
    Advisor: James Schmit
  • Dell Rapids St. Mary High School
    Advisor: Joni Smith and Cami Bacon
  • Edgemont High School
    Advisor: Scott Corbett
  • Faith High School
    Advisor: Deanna Fischbach
  • Harrisburg High School
    Advisor: Michael Amolins
  • Huron High School
    Advisor: Becca Briggs
  • Irene-Wakonda High School
    Advisor: Landra Knodel
  • Lemmon High School
    Advisor: Linda O’Donnell
  • Lennox High School
    Advisor: Mary Stack
  • Lyman High School
    Advisor: Carol Birgen
  • McCook Central High School
    Advisor: Tracy Chase
  • Mitchell High School
    Advisor: Nancy Leach
  • Pierre T. F. Riggs High School
    Advisor: Brittany Green
  • Rapid City Central High School
    Advisor: Cassie Furchner
  • Rapid City Stevens High School
    Advisor: Courtney Pool
  • Sioux Falls Lincoln High School
    Advisor: Jennifer DuBois
  • Sioux Falls Roosevelt High School
    Advisor: Michele Jensen
  • Sioux Falls Washington High School
    Advisors: Sandy Hoff & Kristy VanMeerteren
  • Sully Buttes High School
    Advisor: Wanda Meyer
  • Summit High School
    Advisor: Nichole Hoffman
  • Vermillion High School
    Advisor: Paige Chapman
  • Wall High School
    Advisor: Ronda Wilson
  • Yankton High School
    Advisor: Becky Tasa

Dell Rapids Student Wins South Dakota Junior Duck Stamp Contest

Best of ShowSPEARFISH – Judges spent four hours Sunday, March 29th, viewing hundreds of pieces of artwork to find the South Dakota Junior Duck Stamp Contest Best of Show for 2015.   Students from across the state entered the contest for a total of 489 entries.

This year’s top winner for the state of South Dakota is Brittnay Welbig, an eighteen year-old student from Dell Rapids. Welbig’s depiction of a Red-breasted Merganser caught the eye of the judges. Welbig used acrylic paint on her piece titled “Morning Merganser.” Her painting will now go on to Washington D.C. to be judged against 52 other Best of Shows in the National Contest. The winning submission from the national contest will be used to create a Federal Junior Duck Stamp the following year, which is sold for $5 a stamp. Proceeds go to continuing the program.

Contest participants also had the option to write a conservation message explaining why wetland conservation is important. A Spearfish Classical Christian School student, Jessica Hanson, age 15, won the Conservation Message award with the message “Ducks help us to stay calm and are peaceful to our nation. And their colors make the world smile.”

35 other South Dakota student artists placed in the competition, and 64 more received Honorable Mentions for their art. The top 36 winners will receive art and conservation related prizes and recognition for their outstanding art.

The South Dakota Junior Duck Stamp Contest is an annual U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service program designed to teach students about the importance of wetlands and waterfowl conservation through art. It is open to students kindergarten through high school and is a free contest. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Booth Society, the Friends Group of the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives in Spearfish, sponsor the South Dakota contest.

More information about the contest, a complete list of winners, and pictures of the winning artwork can be found at


April Gregory
SD Junior Duck Stamp Coordinator
(605) 642-7730 ext. 221

Dell Rapids Resident to be Palm Sunday Guest Soloist

In Yankton — a Palm Sunday tradition and gift to the community this Sunday will be the United Church of Christ Adult Choir as it presents Mark Hayes’ new “Requiem.”

The large choir, under the direction of Jennifer Powell, will be accompanied by a chamber ensemble, organ and piano. Guest baritone soloist is Dr. Wayne Mitchell of Dell Rapids. Originally from the Midwest, he has taught at Westmar College, Dort College in Sioux Center Iowa, Bethany College in Kansas, Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, has been guest soloist with the Sioux City Symphony, and other appearances.

The concert will begin at 3 p.m. on March 29th and the public is cordially invited to attend. Please join us at the reception following the concert in the church parlors. The United Church of Christ (Congregational) is located at 210 W. Fifth Street and Walnut in Yankton.

City Council Election to be Held April 14

DellRapidsTowerThe Dell Rapids City Council will fill four open spots in 2015.  Each ward has one open seat on the council.  Ward elections will be held on Tuesday, April 14th, at the Lutheran Church.  Residents must be registered to vote no later than Monday, March 30th.  Absentee ballots can be cast starting on Monday, March 30th.  Those ballots can be picked up and submitted at City Hall.

Click here to determine what ward you are located.

Ward 1 Candidates:

  • David Sommerfeld – Incumbent
  • Doug Geraets
  • Mike Carpenter

Ward 2 Candidates:

  • Paul Miles – Incumbent
  • James Rueckert

Ward 3 Candidates

  • Jeff Schwebach
  • Mike Sterud

Ward 4 Candidates:

  • Chad Andrews – Incumbent
  • James Borchert
  • Mary Klockman