Dell Rapids City Council Meeting: 4/21/14

The Dell Rapids City Council will meet in regular session on Monday, April 21st, at 7:30 p.m. at the Council Chambers.  Some of the items on the agenda include first readings on re-zone requests, second reading on zoning ordinance amendments, Planning and Zoning Commission new member appointment, Arbor Day proclamation, and the administrative report.  The full agenda can be found by clicking here.

The meeting will be webcast live on Big Sioux Media Channel 1 on the Webcasts page.

Northview Dr/11th St Water Main Decision Made

During the Dell Rapids City Council regular meeting on Monday, April 7th, the Dell Rapids City Council made the decision not to replace the water main line on Northview Dr. and 11th St. in 2014.  This decision came at the recommendation of a committee that has been monitoring the situation since the beginning of the year.  The committee met the week of March 31st and made the following recommendation:

  • the city continue to monitor the lines and flush throughout the summer and fall months
  • the Northview Dr./11th St water mine line not be replaced in 2014
  • place this water main line on the list for replacement and make the determination on the priority of this line’s replacement date during the Capital Improvement Planning process
  • end the reduced water rates that have been in place for the past couple of months.

As the weather has warmed over the past month, the city has been flushing the lines every 7-14 days when the weather is good for flushing.

Mayor Scott Fiegen said, “I was told the water is now clear and has been for two weeks.  Is that still the case or is that not the case?”

City Administrator Justin Weiland responded, “It has been clear…I know when the guys are flushing, it’s been clear faster and takes a very short period of time to flush those hydrants out before the water is clear.”

Dell Rapids resident Kellee Miles, who was in attendance during the council meeting, shared that the water has been clear.

Currently all the valves are open.

The water main discussion begins at the 3:30 mark and ends at the 8:57 mark of the archived video named DR City Council 4-7-14.

Dell Rapids Rubble Site Set to Open April 19th

The Dell Rapids Rubble Site is scheduled to open for the season on Saturday, April 19th, and will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The rubble site will then be open Tuesday and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   The Dell Rapids City Council declared two free rubble site days at their regular meeting on Monday, April 7th.  The first day will be Thursday, May 1st, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  The second free day will be Saturday, May 3rd, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Dell Rapids School Board Meeting: 4/14/14

The Dell Rapids School Board will meet in regular session on Monday, April 14th, at 7:00 p.m. in the MS/HS DDN room.  Some of the items on the agenda include the consent agenda, consideration of the 2013-2014 (current year) calendar, consideration of health insurance renewal, booster club donation request, and other committee reports.  The school board will then adjourn into executive session.  The full agenda can be found by clicking here.

Big Sioux Media will webcast the regular meeting starting at 7:00 p.m., and the webcast will end when the school board moves into executive session.

Dell Rapids Chamber Easter Egg Hunt

ChamberEgg3The Dell Rapids Chamber held their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 12th, at the Dell Rapids City Park.  The event started at 10:00 a.m. and included three different age categories:  3-years-old and under, ages four to six, and 7-year-olds and older.  The eggs were hidden in three separate sections of the park for each age group to have their own hunt.  Many children attended the event on a beautiful Saturday morning.  Each age group also had a “Golden Egg” winner.




Your Kids and Social Media Event

The Dell Rapids Connections for a Healthy Community group presented a live webcast event “Your Kids and Social Media: What You Need to Know” on Tuesday, April 8th, at the Dell Rapids Elementary School.  The seminar was hosted by Avera and the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation.  The event was a forum on the types of social media children are using today.  The presentation featured guest speakers South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Brent Gromer, Dr. Shari Eich – Pediatrician at Avera Medical Group Pediatrics, Lezlee Greguson-Lund, PhD, LP – Educational Psychologist with Avera Medial Group Midwest Psychiatric, and Paul Ten Haken – ClickRain President and Chief Online Strategist.

The full event can be seen in the archive video section on Big Sioux Media on the Webcasts page, or can be seen by clicking here.  The opening remarks for the event start at the 7:00 mark of the video.


L to R:  Paul Ten Haken, Marty Jackley, Brent Gromer, Lezlee Greguson-Lund, Dr. Shari Eich

Seniors vs Staff Charity Game a Huge Success

SeniorvsStaff2The 2nd annual Seniors vs Staff charity basketball game was held on Friday, April 4th.  The event was a benefit for the MS Walk in honor of Dell Rapids High School senior Damon Scott, 2014 MS Walk Ambassador.  Throughout the night, raffle items were given away and there was also items for sale through a silent auction.  $5,500 was raised during the benefit at the Dell Rapids High School gym.  The seniors won the game in the final moments 88-87.


Jr Sioux Wheelers Finish 2nd at National Tournament

JrSiouxWheelersLogoThe Junior Sioux Wheelers finished second at the Junior Division NIT national tournament in Louisville, KY, for the second year in a row.  The Wheelers earned an opening round win with a 43-29 win over the St Louis Jr Rolling Rams on Thursday, April 3rd.  The Wheelers picked up a second-round win, also on Thursday, 36-26 over the Music City Thunder.  On Friday, April 4th, the Wheelers won their semi-final game over BORP Jr Road Warriors 48-37 to earn a trip to the Junior Division NIT champion game for the second year in a row.  However, the Rockford Jr Chariots defeated the Wheelers on Saturday, April 5th, for the championship.

Michael Mitchell of Dell Rapids was awarded a 1st Team All-Tournament selection and All-Tournament Academic Team.  Mitchell also was awarded a $1,000 tournament academic scholarship and a new wheelchair.

Photo courtesy of Peggy Anderson/Jr Sioux Wheelers

Photo courtesy of Peggy Anderson/Jr Sioux Wheelers


City Council Meeting: 4/7/14

The Dell Rapids City Council will meet in regular session on Monday, April 7th, at 7:30 p.m. at the City Council Chambers.  Some of the items on the agenda include two outdoor permit requests, Northview Dr/11th Street water main decision, four first readings of ordinances, declaration of free rubble site days, and the administrative report.  The full agenda can be found by clicking here.

The City Council meeting will be webcast on Big Sioux Media on Channel 1.

Funeral Director Douglas Nohava Meets with Congressional Representatives

Funeral Director Douglas Nohava Meets with Congressional Representatives to Urge Support of Legislation Impacting Funeral Consumers

Photo Courtesy of Minneahaha Funeral Home L-R: Nancy Kirk, Rep. Kristi Noem, Ken Kirk of Kirk Funeral Home-Rapid City, Doug Nohava

Photo Courtesy of Minneahaha Funeral Home
L-R:  Nancy Kirk, Rep. Kristi Noem, Ken Kirk of Kirk Funeral Home-Rapid City, Doug Nohava

Garretson, SD  ̶  Douglas G. Nohava, CFSP, CPC, of Minnehaha Funeral Homes in Baltic, Colton, Dell Rapids, and Garretson, recently spent time in Washington, D.C., attending the 2014 National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) Advocacy Summit. The Summit, which was held March 4-6, enabled NFDA members to meet face-to-face with members of Congress and discuss issues of critical importance to funeral service. By participating in this event, Nohava is taking a proactive approach in advancing legislation that helps protect funeral consumers and benefits the communities he serves.

During the 2014 NFDA Advocacy Summit, Nohava met with meet with Sen. John Thune, Sen. Tim Johnson, and Rep. Kristi Noem to discuss the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Funeral Rule, a federal consumer protection law. The Funeral Rule has been interpreted as only applying to funeral homes; NFDA members argued that the law should be updated to include all sellers of funeral services and merchandise, including cemeteries, crematories, internet sellers and retail stores.

When the Funeral Rule was first promulgated in 1984, the funeral home was the primary source of funeral goods and services for the funeral consumer. Today, funeral consumers have a much greater variety of funeral service and merchandise sellers to choose from, including cemeteries, crematories, internet sellers and retail stores. Consumers who purchase funeral goods and services from somewhere other than a funeral home are not afforded the protections of the Funeral Rule, putting them in a vulnerable position.

To address this situation, NFDA members, like Nohava, feel that Congress should pass legislation that would require the FTC to update the Funeral Rule to reflect the current for-profit marketplace options for consumers and afford them the same protections they have under the Funeral Rule when dealing with funeral homes.

“Our funeral home staff has an unwavering commitment to the families we serve and our profession,” said Nohava. “I was proud to have the opportunity to meet with our elected senators and representatives in Washington, D.C., to help them understand the importance of updating federal consumer protection regulations.”

About Minnehaha Funeral Home

Minnehaha Funeral Home was founded in 1928 and is a cooperative owned by hundreds of shareholders in our communities. Over the years the funeral home has expanded to four locations in Minnehaha County. Nohava has been a funeral director with Minnehaha Funeral Home since 2005, and is a licensed funeral director/embalmer in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa. He is also a member of the US Department of Health and Human Service’s Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (D-MORT) which responds to mass fatality disasters across the country.

Nohava is also a certified firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician with the Garretson Fire Department, and Garretson Community Ambulance. He is a past Fire Chief and current Assistant Fire Chief of Garretson, and has been a South Dakota Certified Fire Instructor since 2007. Doug is married to Karly Hegge. They have two daughters, Kalyce and Amity.

About the National Funeral Directors Association

NFDA is the world’s leading and largest funeral service association, serving 19,700 individual members who represent more than 10,000 funeral homes in the United States and 39 countries around the world. NFDA is the trusted leader, beacon for ethics and the strongest advocate for the profession. NFDA is the association of choice because it offers funeral professionals comprehensive educational resources, tools to manage successful businesses, guidance to become pillars in their communities and the expertise to foster future generations of funeral professionals. NFDA is headquartered in Brookfield, Wis., and has an office in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

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