Dell Rapids FFA Annual Fruit Sale

FFA Fruit SaleThe Dell Rapids FFA members and agriculture students are selling Texas Rio Star red grapefruit, California navel oranges, Washington Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Braeburn, Fuji and Honey Crisp apples in small medium and large boxes, Washington D’Anjou pears, Clementines, fresh pineapple and ten different mixed boxes with three of the mixed box having Honeycrisp apples.

In addition to the fruit, numerous meat and cheese items, as well as cashews, mixed nuts and chocolate covered mixed nuts will be sold.

They will be offering Pastry Puffins once again, which are a classic puff pastry that have hundreds of alternating thin layers of butter and pastry and they come in 6 different flavors. The flavors include: cinnamon; strawberry-cream cheese; blueberry-cream cheese; apple; cherry; and caramel.

The Puff Crust Pizza is back again with the unique lattice top infused with mozzarella cheese and pizza seasonings with pepperoni and sausage as the choices.

The funds raised will be used for the various FFA activities throughout the year, such as registration for career development events and state and national convention. The sale will run until November 4, with the items coming in the week of December 5-9.

If you would like to purchase any items and you have not been contacted by anyone, you can call Mr. Wolff before or after school at 428-5473 ext. 419 to place an order or send an e-mail to for more information.

District 25 Candidate Forum Held

Dell Rapids Elementary School hosted a candidate forum for District 25 on Wednesday, October 19th.  Senate candidates Kris Langer (R)  and Jeff Barth (D) along with House candidates Tom Pischke (R), Roger Hunt (R), Dan Ahlers (D), and David Haagenson (D) particpated in the forum.

The forum was focused around educational issues.  Each candidate opened with introductions and then answered the forum focus questions.  The forum concluded with closing remarks.  Each candidate visited with those in attendance after the forum completed.

The entire forum can be seen in the embedded video.

SD DOT Projects Could Swap Construction Dates

hwy115bridge_dotCity Administrator Justin Weiland told the Dell Rapids City Council that the scheduled Highway 115 projects by the South Dakota Department of Transportation for 2017 and 2018 could be swapping dates.  That announcement came during Weiland’s Administrative report at the council’s regular meeting on Monday, October 17th.

Weiland told the council that he met with the DOT on Friday, October 14th, and said, “Because this bridge is so far behind schedule, the DOT is pretty much set in stone at this point, unless we raise a bunch of red flags, of flip-flopping the sequencing of the Highway 115 project.”

The original plan by the SD DOT was to replace the south bridge on Highway 115 and the highway south in 2016, replace the north bridge and the road northward to the four-way stop plus the highway west from the four-way stop to the interstate in 2017, and then replace the Interstate 29 interchange in 2018.

“One of the things that I pointed out here is we’re planning the utility project for 2017.  We have it budgeted.  We’re borrowing that money from the DENR.  We can’t close on that loan until the project is done, so that will push that loan until 2018, so we’ll be paying interest on that loan until 2018, just the water portion,” Weiland said.  He also mentioned that there might be something that can be worked out with DENR or the DOT and more information will be requested on that.

Council members raised other concerns as well.

Councilman Gary Haak asked, “My question is, we would have more wear and tear on Garfield, are they going to help keep that up?”

Councilman Mark Crisp added, “So you start adding it up, $25,000 in interest and wear and tear on Garfield.”

Weiland also told the council, “We got them to phase it (the project) so that the Fourth Street intersection south, before they started the interchange, all of that would totally be open before they can shut down the interstate.  Well, there might be about two or three months, if they’re not done with the bridge south, that they’re going to start the interchange.  My whole deal (to the DOT) was we can’t pinch this whole town through Garfield.  If you can’t get down on the interstate, and you can’t get down on Fourth Street south, the whole town is going to have to go down to Garfield.  There’s a possibility there might be two or three months that might happen this spring until the bridge is open.  Now, there might not.  The bridge might be done and open.  But they are still running into problems on the bridge.”

Haak also said, “It will be interesting if that doesn’t open and have a lot of snow, and we have a lot of traffic on Garfield, how that’s going to hold up.  And the spring if it’s soft, and if we have flooding.”

Weiland said he would bring these concerns to the DOT.  Weiland mentioned that a potential idea would be to put into the contract that the DOT can’t start on the interchange until the traffic is open on the bridge.



Dell Rapids City Council Recognizes Former Mayor Fiegen

fiegenrecognize_2Former mayor Scott Fiegen and his wife Teri were recognized for their years of service to the city of Dell Rapids by the Dell Rapids City Council during the regular meeting on Monday, October 17th.

Mayor Tom Earley said, “We want to express our appreciation and our best wishes to Scott and Teri as they enter a new venture with their move to Sioux Falls.”

Scott served the city of Dell Rapids for 16 years.  He was an Alderman from 1998-2001, and he served as Dell Rapids mayor two different times, once from 2001-2007, and then again from 2009-2016.  Scott also served as a District 25 State Senator in 2016.

“Many people voice concerns, but few take steps to be involved to see if they can make a difference.  Scott you can certainly be proud of your work and your accomplishments that have greatly helped make Dell Rapids the community it is today. Your willingness to work with others, to listen to all sides of an issue, to look for the right way to accomplish a goal, these skills and values have directly benefitted our community and the people who chose to make Dell Rapids their home.  This city council is a better council today because of your guidance and your leadership since 2001.  Thank you for your service to Dell Rapids,” stated Mayor Earley.

Teri was also recognized by Mayor Earley for the many years on the board of the Dell Rapids Society for Historical Preservation, work on documenting information about the Dell Rapids and St Mary cemeteries, restoring the markers that identify the veterans in the cemetery, as well as providing educational and entertaining tours of the cemeteries.

“Thank you for all the things you have done to make Dell Rapids what it is today,” Mayor Earley said thanking Teri.

Scott was presented with a framed letter of proclamation of his service and his name plate from the Dell Rapids City Council.  The presentation was held at the beginning of the meeting and can be seen in the archived video found by clicking this link.


Dell Rapids Jr Football Teams to Play Each Other in Semifinals

Photo Courtesy of Tarah Burggraff

Photo Courtesy of Tarah Burggraff

The Dell Rapids 3rd-4th grade Pee Wee teams are both enjoying a great season.  The two teams have combined for a record of 17-1, and on Monday, October 24th, at 6:00 p.m. at Sanford Sport Complex Field 6, they will play one another in the semifinals.

Dell Rapids (Team 106) had a 6-0 regular season record.  They have also won three playoff games with wins over Simplot Grower Solutions (27-0, Oct 11th), First Dakota National Bank (21-6, Oct 13th), and Marso Outdoor Equipment (13-0, Oct 16th).

Dell Rapids Mitch Adams Construction (Team 107) had a 5-1 regular season record.  They, too, have won three playoff games with wins over Tea Pizza Ranch (19-6, Oct 11th), Penske Truck Rental (24-13, Oct 13th), and Superior Spray Foam (12-6, Oct 16th).

The two teams will also have another game after their semifinal match-up.  Both teams will also play on Saturday, October 29th, at Howard Wood Field.  The loser of the game will play for 3rd place in the league with the winner playing for the championship.

Photo Courtesy of Tarah Burggraff

Photo Courtesy of Tarah Burggraff

Dell Rapids T&C (Team 206 – 5th/6th Grade) finished their regular season with a 4-2 record.  They have won two playoff games defeating Carnaval Brazilian Grill (28-6, Sept 29th) and First Rate Excavate (25-22, Oct 10th).  Their season continues with a playoff game against Alliance Communication on Monday, October 17th, at 7:30 p.m. at Sanford Sports Complex Field 4.

Dell Rapids Lumber (Team 207 – 5th/6th Grade) finished their year with a 2-4 regular season record, and a 1-1 playoff record.  Dell Rapids Lumber lost their first post season game to Midco 24-13 on October 2nd, but won their final game of the year 26-0 over I.B.E.W. at the USD Dakota Dome on October 9th.


Congratulations Steve Munk

The South Dakota 4-H recognized volunteers during the 2016 South Dakota State Fair in Huron.

One of the inductees was Steve Munk from Dell Rapids. Steve has given 12 years of continuous service to SD 4-H as the lead chaperone for Citizenship Washington Focus which is a week-long citizenship and leadership experience for 4-H youth.

Steve worked for the SDSU Extension for 30 years and has served as a registered 4-H volunteer for five years. He also serves on the Sioux Empire Fair Board.

New Street Signs in Dell Rapids

dellrapidssignreplacementWork has begun in Dell Rapids to replace the street signs throughout the community.  During the Dell Rapids City Council’s regular meeting on Monday, October 3rd, City Administrator Justin Weiland mentioned to the council that work on this project just began suddenly, however this project has been discussed for the past two years.

Minnehaha County received a grant to replace the signs in every community within the county and along all of the county highways and townships.  The thought was this project would be completed last year, but was not able to be completed in 2015.  Weiland mentioned that with it being as late as it is in 2016, he wasn’t sure this project would be completed this year.

The county hired engineers to GPS all the locations the signs need to be placed.  The engineering firm has studied all of the new standards of signage, and because of the new standards, some of the signs in Dell Rapids will be placed in different locations to meet those new standards.  One of the big changes will be street signs will no longer be on light poles.  That is no longer an approved placement for signs.  Taller posts are being installed for stop signs, and street signs will be placed on top of those posts.  Weiland stated that the old signs won’t come down until all the new signs are in place.

Weiland also said that the city has been provided a map of everything that is being replaced to make sure everything is replaced correctly.  He said that the biggest change is that the school zone signs around River Community Church (old elementary school building) will be coming down and will not be replaced.

Congratulations Nick Schwebach!


The South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association (SDRRMA) was established in 2008 to promote and recognize musicians, venues, studios, disc jockeys, and other music supporters across the state. Since 2014, the SDRRMA has awarded grants to school music programs for the purchase of instruments and training programs. It is the goal of the SDRRMA to assist out state’s music educators in achieving musical excellence.

The SDRRMA Hall of Fame announced recently its 2017 inductees during a press conference at the SDRRMA Museum in the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls. A total of eight bands, three ballrooms and six South Dakota Rock and Roll supporters are slated to become members of the association.

The 2017 Induction Ceremony will be held next April 21-22, 2017, at the Ramkota Exhibit Hall in Sioux Falls. The Autograph Session will begin at 3:00pm, doors open at 4:30pm and the Induction Ceremony will be held from 6pm-11pm. Please LINK HERE to the SDRRMA website.


Free Rubble Site Days for Fall

DellRapidsTowerThe Dell Rapids City Council approved free rubble site days in October during their regular meeting on Monday, September 19th.  The free days will be held during the following times:

OCTOBER 25th (1 – 6 PM), OCTOBER 27th (1-6 PM), and OCTOBER 29th (10AM – 4 PM)

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.

10th Street Project to be Fully Complete in 2017

10thStreetProjectDuring the Dell Rapids City Council’s Regular Meeting on Monday, September 19th, City Administrator Justin Weiland gave an update to the council on the 10th Street project.  Weiland mentioned that work is continuing for the project, and the utility sub-contractor is reporting that utility work should be complete within the next week.  Grading work is also being finished in front of the hospital to reach final grade.

The current plan of the project is to finish everything, including the curb and gutter and paving of the road in front of the hospital over the next couple of weeks.  The rest of the 10th Street project west of the hospital will be to only lay gravel on the street and let it set during the winter.  The curb and gutter, sidewalk, and paving will all occur in the spring of 2017.  After the utility work is complete and the gravel is in place on 10th Street, the street will be open throughout the winter months.