Dell Rapids Chamber Music Festival a Success

rhythmattherapids_2016The Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce held a music festival at Dell Rapids City Park called “Rhythm at the Rapids”.  The event was held on Saturday, September 17th.  Five different performers played throughout the day at the City Park Band Shell.  Hegg Brothers, Jami Lynn, Julie Eddy, Power Play and Bad Hamster were the performers this year.  The event also included different vendors and food items along with some activities for the kids.

Hundreds of people came to the event throughout the day, and many stayed for the entire day.  The event was well received and considered a success by the Dell Rapids Chamber.  Indications are that the bands and vendors would come back to an event like this next year.

Dell Rapids’ Mothers Healing Garden Earns 2016 Hometown Hero Award

beaneverydayheroThe Mother’s Healing Garden, located at the north end of the Dell Rapids Cemetery, as been awarded the 2016 Hometown Hero award from Modern Woodmen Camp 15262.  The garden has been a place that has welcomed those that are grieving or simply want a quiet space.  A presentation will be held on Sunday, September 25th, during the Day of Remembrance event.


The event will take place from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  It’s a special time to remember those that have been lost.  Dr. Rebecca Watson-Miller will give a message, music will be performed by Carol Baum, and refreshments will be provided by Modern Woodmen.


Revive Fitness Gives Big to Dell Rapids Connections

2016revivedonationBrittani and Lee Bollock and Revive Fitness have outdone themselves with another generous donation to the Dell Rapids Connections group.  The Bollocks presented a check to the Connections group during the Bobby Bugattii Jones concert at City Park on Wednesday, September 14th.  The check donated to Connections was $6,000.  The funds donated were raised during the 2nd Annual Revive & Connections Family Fun Event that was held on Saturday, August 27th.  That event consisted of a 5k, 10k, one mile fun run, kids relay, raffles, bounce house, fire truck, ambulance, live music, games, and crafts.

With the generous donation, the Dell Rapids Connections group is looking at bringing in more events like the Bobby Jones event that was just held.

Bobby Bugattii Jones Shares in Dell Rapids

bobbyjones_1Bobby Bugattii Jones shared his message with students at both Dell Rapids and Dell Rapids St Mary schools on Wednesday, September 14th.  Jones spoke to students at St Mary High School at an assembly and then spoke to students at Dell Rapids High School later in the afternoon.  The assembly at both schools was for students in 7th – 12th grade.

A native of Yankton, SD and former football player at Michigan State University, Jones shared his testimony to the students.  Jones fell into the world of alcohol addiction after falling short of his NFL dream.  In 2012 Jones found Christ after nine months in recovery and found a new purpose for his life.  Now bobbyjones_2Jones is a speaker, singer, songwriter and performer.  He shares his story of faith to motivate youth to make right choices for their future.

The Dell Rapids Connection group sponsored both assemblies.  Dell Rapids Connections also held a free picnic cookout at the park at 6:30, with Jones performing at the band shell at 7:30.


2016 Homecoming Royalties Announced

Both Dell Rapids St Mary and Dell Rapids High Schools have announced their 2016 Homecoming Royalty candidates.

The candidates for Dell Rapids St Mary are Haley Michel, Sam Schwebach, Lexi Klein, Dalton Houska, Kennedi Mullaney, and Carson Park.


The St Mary Coronation will be held on Monday, September 19th, at 6:30 p.m. in the St Mary High School gym.  The Homecoming Week theme is “Decades”.  Dress-up days for St Mary are as follows:

  • Monday (19th):  ’50s attire (7-12 only)
  • Tuesday (20th):  ’80s attire (7-12 only); Powder Puff Football (7:00 p.m. at St Mary Field)
  • Wednesday (21st):  ’20s attire (K-12)
  • Thursday (22nd):  Future Decades attire (7-12 only)
  • Friday (23rd):  The Present Decade (Cardinals Spirit Day, K-12)


The candidates for Dell Rapids High School are Ross Wiebenga, Mason Peter, Trevor Pulscher, Tanner Heim, Mackenzie Gullickson, Chloe Solberg, Autumn Schumaker, and Averi Pankonen.


The Dell Rapids Coronation will be held at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, September 19th.  The Homecoming Week dress-up days are as follows:

  • Monday (19th):  Pajama Day
  • Tuesday (20th):  Western/Farmer Day
  • Wednesday (21st):  Patriotic Day
  • Thursday (22nd):  Fake an Injury Day
  • Friday (23rd):  Black & Orange Spirit Day

The 2016 Homecoming Parade will be held on Friday, September 23rd, starting at 1:00 p.m.  The parade’s theme will be “Cereal”.

Little Free Library in Dell Rapids

Two of Wayne and Sherry Petrik's grandchildren - Anayah Turner and Caelee LeBrun - are pictured utilizing the new Little Free Library.

Two of Wayne and Sherry Petrik’s grandchildren – Anayah Turner and Caelee LeBrun – are pictured utilizing the new Little Free Library.

By Jacque LeBrun:  There has recently been a new feature added to Dell Rapids.  It is a Little Free Library and can be found in front of the home of Wayne and Sherry Petrik.  A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange.

Wayne and Sherry Petrik celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary this year and as their children thought about what to do for them, it seemed fitting to give them a gift that would continue giving to the residents of the Dell Rapids area for years to come.  Wayne and Sherry are both humble people and often have their children and grandchildren give to others rather than buying something for them at holidays and birthdays.  The Petriks are invested in the community and have a big heart for the youth, so they were excited about the idea of setting up a library in their honor.   Wayne, being the creative handy man he is, jumped on the opportunity to make the library himself.

A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return book” free book exchange.  Anyone can participate by taking a book or bringing one to share.  It’s a great way to give a good book a new home while getting a new read for yourself.

The Little Free Library can be found in front of their home at 706 E. 5th Street in Dell Rapids.  If you are interested in starting up a little free library yourself, visit  Come and enjoy a “new” read.

Dell Rapids to Get New Mexican Restaurant

eltapatiocomingsoonDowntown Dell Rapids will be the home to a new Mexican family restaurant.  The owners of Azteca Family Mexican Restaurant in Sioux Falls and El Tapatio Family Mexican Restaurant in Yankton will be opening an El Tapatio Family Mexican Restaurant in the Grand Opera House in downtown Dell Rapids.

A sign announcing the news was hung in the window on Wednesday, September 7th.  A targeted opening date has not been released as of yet.

The owners of the restaurant chain are also opening up an El Tapatio in Brandon.

Dells Theater Helps Make Dream Come True

phoenyxbenson_3A Sioux Falls five-year-old was presented with a specially-designed bicycle at the Dell Rapids Theater on Thursday, September 8th, thanks to fundraising efforts led by Variety, a children’s charity.

Phoenyx Benson is living with a significant brain injury and is unable to ride a traditional bicycle.  Variety has led fundraising efforts to have a specially-designed bicycle given to Phoenyx to allow her the joys of having her very own bike to ride.

Dell Rapids Theater owner, Jeff Logan and Logan Theaters chain, have been big supporters of the Variety children’s charity.  They have sold limited edition gold pins from Variety’s Gold Heart Campaign to help raise money for the charity.  All the monies raised in South Dakota stay in South Dakota to help locally.  This year’s pin featured artwork from the “Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2″ movie.  The previous pin featured artwork of the minions from “Despicable Me”.

mockingjay-pin“They are like collector’s pieces.  They tie in with a different movie, and we have support from the studios that they donate the license to use the artwork.  They are able to use a special pin to make it more popular,” Logan said.phoenyxbenson_1

Variety was initially founded in 1927 by a group of 11 theater owners and showmen in Pittsburgh, PA as a social club.  The so-named Variety Club evolved into a charity during 1928.  Today Variety has a network of 42 offices in 13 countries operating as a children’s charity.

After receiving the bicycle, Phoenyx took a ride around the lobby of the theater and posed for pictures with her mother Emily Bartscher and everyone that helped make the bicycle possible.  The specially-designed bicycle was made by Chad Pickard the owner of Spoke-N-Sport bike shop.


Dell Rapids City Council Appoints New Mayor

DellRapidsTowerThe city of Dell Rapids has a new mayor until April 11th, 2017.  During their regular meeting on Tuesday, September 6th, the Dell Rapids City Council appointed an interim mayor.

Councilman Mike Geraets made a motion to nominate Tom Earley as the interim mayor of the city of Dell Rapids.  The motion was seconded by Councilman Gary Haak.  No other nominations were submitted to the council for vote.  The motion was unanimously voted by the council.

With the move to mayor, Earley submitted his resignation as Ward 2 Alderman.  The council unanimously accepted Earley’s councilman resignation.  Earley was then sworn in as interim mayor of Dell Rapids.

“Thank you for your support.  The only thing I want to say is that I think we have an excellent council here.  My one and only goal is to continue to work with you and ask for your support as we move ahead with the city, and we do the things that need to be done and do them right.  I think everyone sitting here has that goal, intention and spirit,” said Earley.

The open seat on the council left by Earley was filled by an appointment by the city council.  Councilman Mark Crisp made a motion to nominate Barry Berg to fill the open seat.  The council unanimously approved the appointment.  Berg will serve as Ward 2 Alderman until the April 11th, 2017 election.  Berg was also sworn into the council.

The council had three options on how to fill the vacant mayor role that was left when Mayor Scott Fiegen resigned on August 15th.  The first option was to continue to act without a mayor and have the board president assume the duties until the April 11th, 2017 election.  The second option, which is the option the council chose, was to appoint a current council member and then fill the open council seat.  The third option could have been to appoint another resident of Dell Rapids as mayor until the next election in April.

Baltic Graduate Brings Africa to South Dakota

AfricanChildrensChoirWhen 18 children from Africa arrive in Dell Rapids this month, it will be a full circle experience for Baltic’s Heidi Moen. Four years ago, when the African Children’s choir first performed in Dell Rapids, it changed her life.

In June 2012, a group of children from Uganda performed at River Community Church in Dell Rapids. Heidi attended that event and learned about the organization sponsoring not only those children, but hundreds of others to improve their lives, and provide them an education through university level in Africa. She joined dozens of others at that concert who learned how these children are chosen from the most impoverished backgrounds, selected and trained to perform concerts throughout the country, and receive an education because of being chosen. The various choirs have toured North America, the United Kingdom and Australia. Being selected for a choir is equivalent to an African child winning a golden ticket for themselves, their family and their community.

At that concert in 2012, Heidi fell in love with the mission of the choir that showed the potential and the beauty of the African child. Shortly after that night, she went on a mission trip to Africa she had already planned with her church in Dells. She couldn’t get the African Children’s Choir off her mind, so she applied to be a volunteer chaperone. ACC chaperones guide the children through concerts, supervise, teach, and disciple their choir children 24/7 through months of their group’s tour. They stay at host homes, and help the children through every experience they encounter as they travel.

Heidi spent 13 months traveling with Choir 41 from Arizona to Alaska. “It was such a joy to see America through the eyes of these children who had so much joy in every little moment.” Heidi served that choir as Math Teacher and Sound & Lighting Technician. After being home from tour only 2 months, she couldn’t stay away. She left to tour with her 2nd choir, Choir 44, in August of 2015. This time she was the Tour Leader, and traveled the country from New York to Texas, ending her tour for the 2nd time in the U.K.

Heidi has arrived home just in time to welcome Choir 45 to Dell Rapids – coming to the same church where she experienced the choir for the first time four years ago.

African Children’s Choir (Choir 45) will perform at 7pm Friday, Sept. 23 at River Community Church in Dell Rapids; AND will perform at 9:30am Sunday, Sept. 25, at Heidi’s home church, Dell Rapids Reformed Church.

“My church and the community of Dell Rapids have been so supportive of me going on tour. I’m so excited to share the African Children’s Choir with them and for my community to experience these amazing children and the ministry I’ve been involved with for the last 2-1/2 years.”

“Touring with the African Children’s Choir has made me more patient, and taught me to take life as it comes. The children live day by day, and live joyfully in the moment. If I can learn anything from my time with them, it would be to live in every moment when it’s happening, and find joy in each day.”