Dakota Technology Consulting Ribbon Cutting

Dakota Technology Consulting had their ribbon cutting ceremony with the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce held on Friday, August 28th, at their location in downtown Dell Rapids.  DTC also provided refreshments after the ceremony.

DTC provides remote monitoring and management services, hardware sales and service, as well as consulting services.  DTC is owned and operated by Brian Gaspar and Michael Pica.



Dells Theater Showing Midwest Premiere of “Walt Before Mickey”

WaltBeforeMickeyThe Midwest premiere of the new movie “Walt Before Mickey” will be held at the Logan Luxury Theatres in Mitchell, Huron and Dell Rapids on Friday, August 28.  The producers of the film, Armando Gutierrez and Arthur L. Bernstein, will be at all three locations for the festivities.  The film will show at all three theaters for one week Friday through Thursday, August 28-September 3.

The producers will arrive at the Dells Theatre at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, August 27th, for the 7:00 p.m. “Red Carpet Advance Showing” where Mayor Scott Fiegen will welcome the producers to Dell Rapids and honor them with a presentation.  The movie will be introduced by the producers who will also hold a question and answer discussion following the film.  The movie will begin its regular showings for the week on Friday, August 28.  The public is invited to the Thursday advance showing as well as all showings during the week.

Premiere festivities will also be held Friday at the Luxury 5 Cinemas in Mitchell and on Saturday at the Huron Luxury Cinemas in Huron.

“Walt Before Mickey” stars Jon Heder (“Napoleon Dynamite” and “Blades of Glory”) as Roy Disney.  Jodie Sweetin (from TV’s “Full House”) plays Walt’s young bride, Charlotte.  Thomas Ian Nicholas (“Rookie of the Year” and “American Pie”) plays the young Walt Disney.  David Henrie (“Mall Cop 2” and “Wizard of Waverly”) plays artist Rudy Ising.  Few people today realize the struggles and failures Walt went through before finally finding financial success before he created Mickey Mouse.  Walt assembled a team of animators who would lead animation for Disney and other studios for the next four decades.  It is an inspirational story of a young man’s vision and fight to succeed despite obstacles and unfair treatment by larger companies.  The producers, Gutierrez and Bernstein, also took roles in the film.

Gutierrez previously produced “Henry and Me” starring Richard Gere and “Ask Me Anything” starring Britt Robertson.  Gutierrez holds a graduate degree from Harvard.

Bernstein is an award winning filmmaker who has produced movies, TV shows and commercials.  He previously worked with Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison productions and with Burt Reynolds.  He has also produced or acted in many movies, TV shows and commercials.

Logan Luxury Theatres Corporation president Jeff Logan first met the producing partners at the Cinemacon Convention two years ago.  Logan worked with them over the past year to develop the plan for the midwest premiere over the past year.

City Council Decides on Engineering Firm for Waste Water Project

DellRapidsTowerAfter a month-long battle, the Dell Rapids City Council finalized the engineer firm for the design of the new waste water treatment facility project during their regular meeting on Monday, August 17th.

Stockwell Engineers was first assigned to the project, however, during the city council meeting on July 20th, the Dell Rapids City Council voted to enter into a contract with DGR due to concerns of lack of experience with SAGR systems by Stockwell Engineers.  Jon Brown from Stockwell Engineers asked the council to reconsider their decision during the council’s meeting on August 1st.

Before discussions began during the latest meeting, City Administrator Justin Weiland said, “My recommendation to the council is to stay with DGR.  It’s in the best interest of the community to hire the firm that has the most qualifications and expertise.  In this specific area of engineering…DGR has the experience doing that.  They have a facility online that is a SAGR system, and they have designed multiple mechanical plants.”

Both Brown and Trent Bruce with DGR then fielded questions from the council members.  They both answered questions on the background, experience, and the team of engineers that would be completing the design for this project.

After both firms finished answering questions, City Councilman Mark Crisp said, “At this point, we started with Stockwell Engineers.  After the conversation that you and I had, Trent, you gave me confidence that I was making the right decision by letting Stockwell Engineers continue on with our waste water treatment facility plan.  I still stand with that, and I feel re-assured that you feel confident that Stockwell can do it.”

Crisp then made the motion to back out of the contract with DGR and enter into a contract with Stockwell Engineers.  Councilman Lee Burggraff seconded the motion.  The roll call vote was split down the middle with Crisp, Burggraff, Mike Geraets, and Paul Miles voting in favor of Stockwell Engineers.  Mike Sterud, Mary Klockman, Gary Haak, and David Sommerfeld voted nay.

Mayor Scott Fiegen broke the tie by voting in favor of staying with DGR, saying, “So based on the decision that the council made before and the contract we’re already in, my vote would be for DGR.”

Congratulations to Hannah Stroschein!

The 2015 South Dakota 4-H Rodeo Finals wrapped up its three-day weekend yesterday in Fort Pierre. The winners of each of the 22 events won saddles.

Congratulations to Hannah Stroschein of Dell Rapids who was junior girl all-around saddle winner!


Dell Rapids Ace Grand Re-Opening

AceOpening1Dell Rapids Ace Hardware celebrated their Grand Re-Opening on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 7-9th.  Ace Hardware opened their doors to their new 15,000 square-foot building on July 7th, but the weekend celebration officially welcomed customers to their new store.

The weekend was full of events.  On Friday Ace had their ribbon cutting ceremony with the the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce.  Saturday was full of entertainment including wood sculpting demonstrations, grilling demonstrations, jumpy castles and blood mobile.  Sunday continued with their three-day sale inside the store.




Dell Rapids Rickeman Field Grandstand Replacement Bid Approved

RickemanFieldGrandStand-2015Dell Rapids Rickeman Field will now be getting a new grandstand. The Dell Rapids City Council approved moving forward with the project during their regular meeting on Monday, August 3rd.

The project was tabled during the council’s last meeting on Monday, July 20th, to gather more information on the cost of concrete as well as to gather more information on a different plan idea.

City Administrator Justin Weiland said, “We have firmed up those numbers (the concrete). I estimated at around $9,000, and narrowed that down to $5,000 at $5.00 a square which is still estimating a little high.”

With the new estimated costs of concrete, the project went from $76,000 to $72,000. That is still $2,000 over the estimated budget of $70,000 for the project.

Weiland presented the council with three options. One option was to go forward with the project of the new grandstand with press box installed, electrical work, and concrete work for the $72,000. The second option was to replace the grandstand with just bleaches and put a freestanding press box behind with the option of putting a comfort station underneath at a later time. The third option was to build a freestanding press box where the current grandstand is located with the option of putting a comfort station underneath and using the St Mary bleachers for seating.

“Personally what I think is option A, just going ahead and doing it. We’ve got it to $72,000. We’re within $2,000 of budget. That’s the closet project that we’ve had budgeted this year, “ said Councilman Mark Crisp. Crisp then made the motion to approve option one, which was seconded by Councilman David Sommerfeld.

The motion passed unanimously to move forward with the project to replace the grandstand with a new grandstand that has a press box mounted at the top, electrical work, and new concrete pad under the grandstand.

Rickeman Field Grandstand Still Awaits Decision

RickemanFieldGrandStand-2015The Rickeman Field grandstand replacement project continues to be in a holding pattern.  The Dell Rapids City Council decided to table the decision on awarding the bidding of the project during their regular meeting on Monday, July 20th.

The council took no action on the putting the project out for bid during their meeting on June 1st.  Several members of the Dell Rapids Baseball Association asked the council to reconsider and spoke on the need to replace the grandstand during the council’s next meeting on June 15th. During that meeting, the city council voted to put the project out for bid.

The project only received one bid offer.  That bid was from Seating and Athletic Enterprises, LLC of Ellendale, MN for $58,112.  That bid was under the initial estimate of $64,000 for the grandstand with pressbox portion of the project.

The electrical portion of the project, which is separate, carried three options ranging in price from $4,700 to $8,400.  The options were to leave the electrical box where it is and remounting it to the new grandstand or move it to a new location while replacing the grandstand.

The cheaper electrical option is more of a temporary fix according to Dell Rapids Public Works Director Larry Schildhauer.  “I would say the cheaper bid is more of a temporary fix.  We’re going to have to re-do it.  And that would involve tearing out some of the materials that we put in for the temporary.  So we’ll eventually be spending more money than if we did it the right way.”

The concrete slab that would need to be set underneath the grandstand, which is estimated to be a size of 34 foot by 28 foot, was estimated to be around $9,000.  Councilman Mark Crisp said, “That’s kind of spendy…..it’s definitely something we need to take a look at.  How much concrete do we need?  How thick does it need to be? We should really have some quotes on that before approving.”  He also said, “This may bring it into budget if you get the appropriate numbers on your concrete.”

The total cost of the project with new grandstand and pressbox, electrical work, and concrete work came to a total of around $76,000, which is about $6,000 over the $70,000 budget amount.

A motion by Councilman Gary Haak to table the decision on awarding the bid project was made and the second was made by Councilman Lee Burggraff.  Prior to the vote of the motion, Councilman Mike Geraets presented another idea to the council about the project.

“I was approached by St Mary School that they would be willing to let us use their bleachers they purchased.  They have no use for them other than football season, and baseball season and football season don’t overlap….It’s just a matter of moving them from the field,” said Gearets.  He also mentioned an idea of putting a comfort station where the current grandstand sits and then put a pressbox on top of the comfort station while using the bleachers owned by St Mary school.

The vote passed unanimously to table the decision on the project to get more information on the cost of concrete and also to gather more information about the new idea presented by Geraets.



14th Annual Dell Rapids Relay for Life

2015RelayForLife_1The atmosphere and weather were absolutely amazing for the 14th annual Dell Rapids American Cancer Society Relay for Life held at Dell Rapids City Park.  A Whopper feed, concessions and survivor registration kicked off the event at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 24th. 2015RelayForLife_2

The Survivor Walk started at 6:00 p.m.  Entertainment was held throughout the night.  Luminaries were lit at dusk.  The event concluded with a sunrise service by Pastor Melissa Fletcher on Saturday, July 25th, at 6:00 a.m.



Hundreds Honor Girls at Vigil

Hundreds of people arrived downtown Dell Rapids on Monday, July 20th, to honor and remember Madyson Barbee and Mariana Krempges.  Each person who attended the vigil carried a balloon as those who gathered walked from downtown to the ball fields at City Park.  The pink balloons represented Mariana, and the zebra balloons represented Madyson.

After everyone arrived at the ball fields, the crowd celebrated their lives with music, prayer, and then released the balloons.

Dell Rapids Connections also held an event during the day for those who wanted to talk with counselors.



Prayer Vigil Planned for Girls

CandleA prayer vigil will be held on Monday, July 20th, starting at 7:30 p.m. for the LeBrun, Krempges, and Christian Rave families.  Those attending are asked to bring a candle.  Some candles will be available, but there is a very limited supply.  Posters or anything else that would like to be made for the vigil are welcome.

The vigil will start on Main St on the north and south sidewalks between LaDelle and Orleans Ave.  Attendees will be able to visit stations that will be set up to light the candles and to receive a balloon.

Those attending will then start to walk towards the softball fields on the north side of the Big Sioux River at 8:00 p.m.  After arriving at the ball fields, a community prayer as well as words spoken will be shared.  Afterwards, the balloons will be released.

Everyone is encouraged to come and support the families, the girls, and the community.