Local Rodeo Athlete To Continue Career At Mitchell Tech

Cheyenne with her horse, Rudy.  Rudy is 21 years old.  Cheyenne along with her brother, Sutton, have trained the horse for rodeo after being given to them by their father. (Photo submitted by Roxie Adams)

Cheyenne with her horse, Rudy. Rudy is 21 years old. Cheyenne along with her brother, Sutton, have trained the horse for rodeo after being given to them by their father. (Photo submitted by Roxie Adams)

Local rodeo athlete Cheyenne Adams placed eighth at the South Dakota High School Rodeo Association Finals this past June in Belle Fourche, South Dakota.  Including Adams there were 80 athletes competing in the breakaway roping category. 

Adams was also able to collect three scholarships for college based on her performance and academics.  Adams will be attending Mitchell Tech in the fall where she will continue with rodeo along with her older brother, Sutton Adams.  C. Adams will be majoring in Animal Science at MTI.   

“My dreams are to work with animals. It’s a given that I love horses, but I also really like cattle. Someday I want to live in western South Dakota with cattle of my own,” C. Adams said.  “I’m not sure as of now what specific career I want to hold, but I do find animal nutrition interesting.”

Adams has been active in the rodeo since the sixth grade. 

“I enjoy rodeo most for a couple reasons.  The friendships I have made through rodeo are by far my favorite.  You meet so many other kids/adults from all over, and you share a hobby and so much in common which I think helps to keep those friendships. Unlike many friendships in high school that may fade away as you go to college and grow apart from each other, rodeo friends seem to be more your lifelong friends. I also really like the fact that in the sport of rodeo everyone is your competitor. You don’t have to rely on others to do their part. You’re also friends with every one of your competitors, and everyone cheers each other on. No one really hates another person for beating them. From parents to other competitors, anyone and everyone is willing to help you in any way that you may need, from letting you use their horse to something as simple as helping you get set just perfectly to make a run in the arena. In rodeo everyone is one big family, and I really like that. Also, there aren’t many sports out there that take the time to pray before a performance, but in rodeo, along with the national anthem, we all pray before every single rodeo no matter where you go,” C. Adams stated.  “I’ve probably been in 200 or so rodeos.  I have numerous top four winnings from coats, tack, horse supplies and monetary winnings.  However, I have only won six buckles.”

When C. Adams was asked what she would have to say to the younger kids looking to get involved with the rodeo, she was very passionate about her answer. 

“Definitely worth the try! I guarantee you’ll love it. It’s one of the most humbling sports, and it’s going to teach you many life lessons. Rodeo takes a lot of hard work and effort. You have to make time for it like all other sports, and you have to be willing to put in all the hard work to really succeed,” C. Adams stated.  “It’s not a cheap sport, so make sure it’s what you really want to do. I encourage everyone with an interest in horses and rodeo to try it! Each day the sport of rodeo is threatened by those who don’t understand the sport and are trying to take it away from us. The more people involved and educated on the sport and all of the care we give to the animals the better. It’s life changing, and like I said before, rodeo gives you your lifelong friends.”

Roxie Adams, C. Adams’ mother, has nothing but great things to say about her kids being active in rodeo. 

“As a parent what I love about rodeo is the many lessons it has taught our children, from the responsibility of taking care of their horses, to having them saddled and ready when it is their turn to compete in the arena, it has also taught our kids how to win and lose graciously and to be humble. Rodeo is a very humbling sport. One weekend everything goes right and you place in or win all your events, and the next weekend nothing goes right. The most important to me is the friendship and respect these kids have for each other. When they are in the arena competing, they are fierce competitors, but outside the arena they are good friends who are willing to help each other do better the next time. We experienced this first hand when our son’s horse had a bad accident while Sutton and Cheyenne were team roping, and his horse broke it’s leg. The love and support given to our kids by the other competitors and their families was overwhelming! Those same kids who were competing against our kids offered up their horses for our son to use so that Sutton and Cheyenne could compete again that night. I truly love these friendships that are made both for the kids and the parents. I know that if our kids ever needed anything, there would be someone who could help them if we weren’t around. This is definitely a sport where the whole family gets involved from helping the practice, to helping at the rodeo, to taking pictures, and cheering them on. We all have enjoyed this sport very much. Both of our kids were able to qualify for State High School Rodeo all through high school. Those rodeos are ones we will always remember and be proud of. This sport, because your main piece of equipment is your horse, it takes a lot of hard work, dedication and practice not only for the kids but their horses as well,” R. Adams said.

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Dell Rapids Library Releases Final Summer Numbers

LibraryDedication-2Brittany Moeller, the Dell Rapids Carnegie Library Director, presented the Dell Rapids City Council with the final summer reading program numbers for 2018 during the council’s regular meeting on Monday, August 6th.  The summer reading program officially ended the last week in July this year.

“The total sign up for babies through adults for the summer reading program was 654 people.  That’s an increase of more than 220 people from last year, so that’s amazing!  Our numbers just skyrocketed.  We had double the amount of adults and teens sign up, and those are our two hardest groups to get signed up for the summer reading program.  So to have those numbers double was pretty exciting to see,” said Moeller.  In 2017 the library had a total of 426 people register for the program.

There were a total of six different programs for babies through adults.  The library had just under 2,000 people attend just the program, which is nearly double from last year’s number.  That number doesn’t include people who came into the library just to use the computer or check out books.  There were a total of 934 participants that attended five different programs in 2017.

So far in 2018, the library has issued 71 new library cards for a total of 206 new people to the library.  In 2017 the library issued 92 library cards for a total of 212 new people.

“We’ve had a record-breaking summer, and it’s been super exciting and a lot of fun,” Moeller added.

Moeller also said that they would like to keep this trend going, keep seeing people come into the library to participate in the programs, and do all the fun activities.

After the report of the new numbers, Dell Rapids Councilman Gary Haak asked Moeller what she would like to see in the future for the library in terms of programming and reaching out into the community.

“We would like to definitely expand the programs that we do.  Libraries aren’t the same as they were 20 years ago.  The library that my older siblings were used to where they came in and they checked out all these research books to write their papers and that kind of stuff, they still kind of do that, but a lot of that is online.  So now the library’s role is changing.  What we provide now is a place for community members to gather, to be together, to learn new things, to have new experiences whether it’s story time for their kids or offering photography classes or different ways we can involve community members.  We would love to do more things like that, really expand not only the programming that we have at the library, but what else we can do outside of the library in the community, doing more with the schools, and partnering more with the daycares and centers like that.  That’s kind of our main goal,” Moeller responded.

“When we look back at spending the money to add on to this, it shows that we did it right.  Probably didn’t build it big enough now, I don’t know.  If it’s growing like this, it’s good to see,” Haak commented.

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Local Pink Ladies Chapter Gives Back

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The Dell Rapids Pink Ladies are a non-profit, all-woman organization committed to helping those in need that are battling cancer.  The Dell Rapids Pink Ladies hold various fundraisers throughout the community to raise money for local families fighting all types of cancer.  The Dell Rapids Pink ladies will provide funds to cancer patients and their families for incidental expenses.  All of the money raised stays in the Dell Rapids community and is donated to those in need.

Through the Pink Ladies website, drpinkladies.com, people can nominate individuals in primarily the Dell Rapids community that are battling cancer of any type.

“Some think we are breast cancer only, and we want to change that perception,” stated Jody Heinemann, one of the board members.

Pink Ladies will support other families that are within a 25-mile radius of Dell Rapids as well.  The chapter started as dart players, but has evolved to include more women in the community that do not play darts but still support the cause.

Pink Ladies did not start doing true fundraising up until this year.  Previously, as dart players, players would throw their darts, and if their score was less than 25, they would have to put a quarter in what they refer to as the “kitty”.  With the addition of a board and becoming a non-profit organization, they were able to start doing more to help those in need in our community.

Board members include: President-Rhonda Nelson, Vice President-Jody Heinemann, Treasurers-Paula Schrier and Jenn Kruse, Secretary-Ashley Horton, Event team-Bailey Erickson, Mindy Schmidt and Jamie Hansen. There are a total of 30 members in the chapter that are dart players and a total of 10 members that are non-dart players.

The goal for the Pink Ladies organization is to make their mission and their cause more well known in the Dell Rapids area.  To become a part of the organization or become a member, it is not required that you are a dart player. The more the community knows about the Pink Ladies cause and efforts, the more nominations they will be able to receive and be able to help the people in the community that are in need of it.

Pink Ladies held a bake sale during the city wide rummage sale back in June of this year.  The ladies were amazed and overwhelmed with the amount of donations they received and were able to raise enough funds to support six different families that were in need.

The organization is currently making plans for more events and fundraisers to help raise money needed for individuals in the community.  One of the events includes a bean bag tournament on Saturday, August 11 in the Norby’s parking lot.  They will be selling barbecues, chips, cookies, and drinks for anybody that would like to participate in or watch the tournament.  They will also be raffling off a set of pink bean bag boards at the event that were made and donated by Tim and Ashley Horton.

In October the organization plans to trick-or-treat for change instead of candy as a way to help raise money and will be promoting that event in the near future.  The Pink Ladies are also planning to sell pink ribbons at local businesses for one dollar a piece to help raise money and raise awareness.  All of the organization’s upcoming events and fundraisers can be found on their website.

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Free Food Giveaways at First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church in Dell Rapids has been given a new ministry opportunity with the Empire HyVee in Sioux Falls to help distribute food to our community and area. This is not another food pantry, but it is just a free give away of items that the Empire HyVee cannot sell and would have to throw out. This is not expired food. The items simply have a short shelf life to be used or frozen. There is a huge amount of food thrown out in America, and First Baptist Church is trying to help in cutting down on this in the area. Food is already arriving, and the church wants it to go right back out to the people. This is not just for people in need, it is for anyone who wants to stop by.

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Great Plains Watercolor Society Event Held In Dell Rapids

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Jeannie Ammon uses watercolors to create her painting

Members from all over the region come together to paint in a variety of locations across the area.  The Great Plains Watercolor Society has both men and women who participate in their events and workshops totaling 117 members to date.  Members come from Nebraska, Minnesota and all over South Dakota.

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Carol Baum playing a dulcimer during the painting session at The Mother’s Healing Garden

On Thursday, July 26, The Great Plains Watercolor Society met at The Mother’s Healing Garden here in Dell Rapids.  “I don’t paint very well, but it is the experience of sharing nature with your paintbrush,” said Mary Buckmiller, member of the society.  “Together, we share our love for painting.  We have been to the Avera Cancer Center to paint with patients and family members as well as The Inn On Westport and shared our art with folks that can’t get out and paint.”

Every Thursday the society meets to paint on location at a variety of locations varying from Falls Park in Sioux Falls, Veteran’s Memorial Garden, Jappenese Gardens and so many more.  “Twice a month we also get together and paint indoors,” Jeannie Ammon stated.  “We have one of our members demonstrate and we all follow along.”

The Great Plains Watercolor Society has numerous art shows throughout the year.  Currently, they have an exhibition at Coffea in Sioux Falls and had a display at the Wine & Wander event held in Dell Rapids on July 27.

New members are always welcome to join The Great Plains Watercolor Society.  Information for membership can be found at greatplainswatercolorsociety.com.  “Everyone is welcome to come check us out,” Ammon said.  “Beginners who may have never picked up a brush, or even professionals.  We would love to have more people join.”

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Very Successful First “Wine and Wander” Event Held in Dell Rapids

2018WineAndWanderThe very first “Wine and Wander” event held in downtown Dell Rapids was a huge success with the number of people that attended.  The event was held on Saturday, July 28th and was put on by the Dell Rapids Downtown Committe of the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce.

Attendees were able to walk around downtown between different tents to sample wines and craft beer from several local wineries and breweries.  About 225 wristbands were sold for the event.  The Wine and Wander also featured live music and food from Cricket’s Catering, Gold Star Kettle Corn, and LaDelle and Fourth Coffeehouse.  Several of the downtown businesses were open during the event.  The Sioux Falls Watercolor Society had an exhibit, and the Dell Rapids Museum held an art show as well.

Ashley Horton, owner of Rustic Lime Boutique in downtown Dell Rapids, said, “I just can’t even say how awesome our first Wine and Wander was!  It is so amazing to see our amazing community not only support our vibrant downtown businesses, but also the art and culture of Dell Rapids!”

 

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17th Annual Relay for Life Held at Dell Rapids City Park

2018RelayForLife_2The 17th Annual Relay for Life was held on Friday, July 27th, into the morning on Saturday, July 28th at the Dell Rapids City Park.  The event started at 6:00 p.m. on Friday and wrapped with a sunrise service at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday.

The Boy Scouts once again held a Whopper feed starting at 5:30 on Friday evening.  The Cancer Crusaders ran a concession stand until 10:00 p.m. Friday night.  Luminaries again lined the paths of the park and were lit at dusk on Friday.

The Survivor Walk was the official kick-off to the Relay for Life event at 6:00 p.m. on Friday.  After the Survivor Walk, entertainment was provided by various individuals including the Hallelujah Hooligans, Jon Hanson, Angie Peterson-Kaffar, John Pollman, Shane Skinner, and the Lutheran Church Praise Band.

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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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Dell Rapids Community VBS Has Another Successful Year

2018VBSThe Dell Rapids Community Vacation Bible School program had another successful year.  This year’s event was held from Sunday, July 15th through Wednesday, July 18th at the Dell Rapids Lutheran Church.  The theme for for 2018 was “Shipwrecked”.

About 150 children from age four through sixth grade participated in the four-day program.  Members from River Community Church served a hot dog meal on Sunday, the Lutheran Church served walking tacos on Monday, the Methodist Church served mini pizzas on Tuesday, and the Reformed Church served hot ham and cheese sandwiches on Wednesday.  Volunteers from other churches also helped serve as crew leaders for the week to help get the children from station to station.

This year’s VBS board members were Darci Kringen and Lisa Wilber (Lutheran Church), Danette Costain (Reformed Church), Denise Cavigielli (Methodist Church), and Amber Larson (River Community Church).

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Dell Rapids High School Eligibility Policy Changes

DellRapidsHighSchoolStudent athletes at Dell Rapids High School will be met with a new eligibility policy starting this fall for the upcoming school year. The new policy was explained by Dell Rapids High School Principal Drew Bunkers during the Dell Rapids School Board regular meeting on Monday, July 9th.

Prior to this change, Dell Rapids followed the eligibility guidelines of the South Dakota High School Activities Association.  Those guidelines state that the student athlete needs to pass two credits the semester prior to the current sport season to be eligible.

“We looked at a situation if you played just volleyball or just football, you could realistically get to the end of your senior year with six credits and never miss a game. You would be not even close to any where near graduating, and you would have played every football game or every volleyball game as long as you passed two credits in the spring. You could flunk every thing in the fall, it wouldn’t matter, you’d play every game. You’d be ineligible for the spring, which you don’t participate in anything.  You’d pass (in the spring), it resets, you play,” said Bunkers.

The new policy that was proposed by Bunkers and approved by the school board is as follows:

  • Grade/Eligibility for activities will be determined at the midterm and end of each quarter/semester. In order to be eligible, a student must pass all of his/her academic courses. Should a student become ineligible at midterm by receiving a failing grade in one or more courses, he/she won’t be allowed to participate in activities for a period of one week or one contest, whichever is greater, effective the Monday after midterm grades have been submitted. If he/she is still receiving a failing grade after one week, he/she will become ineligible for an additional week or contest. Ineligibility will continue until a student can maintain a passing grade in all courses. Students can regain eligibility by showing evidence of a passing grade to the principal or activities director. Students will then become eligible the following Monday after proof of passing all courses. The minimum requirement for ineligibility is one full week or one contest. If a student receives a failing grade in a course(s) for a quarter or semester, he/she will become ineligible for two weeks or two contests, whichever is greater. All SDHSAA requirements and policies must also be met. Students will still be allowed to practice during a period of ineligibility.

During the school board meeting a question was raised about the possibility of students who might be in school just for the sports and what will those students be told.

Bunkers answered, “You’re number one job here is to get an education. That’s what we’re charged with is educating you. If you want to play sports and that is your main motivator, we need to do it in the classroom for you to play the sports. It’s completely up to that student if they are eligible or not. If they put in the work in the classroom, they will remain eligible, and they’ll get to play their sports.”

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