14th Annual ESA Quarry Days 5K Results

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Submitted and used with permission by Brenda O’Hara

The 14th annual ESA Quarry Days 5K and 1Mile run/walk was held on Saturday, June 22nd as part of the Quarry Days celebration.  The event raises funds that are donated to Dell Rapids community projects.  We had a great turnout of 95 participants as the rain held of and we had perfect running weather.  With the generosity of our sponsors and the participants, over $2000 was raised and will be distributed in the fall.  The overall winner of the men’s 5K was Jared Weston of Brookings with a time of 18:17, and the overall winner of the women’s 5K was Shaylee Hoff of Dell Rapids with a time of 21:03.

Men’s winners by age group:

  • Seth Roemen of Dell Rapids, 15-Under, 21:59
  • John Ditter of Baltic, 16-19, 20:16
  • Jared Weston of Brookings, 20-29, 18:17
  • Jesse Kroupa of Kimball, 30-39, 20:03
  • Todd Christensen of Baltic, 40 to 49, 20:37
  • Kevin Streff of Madison, 50-59, 20:30
  • David Weelborg of Brookings, 60-Over, 30:53
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Women’s winners by age group:

  • Lucy Vargas of Dell Rapids, 15-Under, 25:39
  • Shaylee Hoff of Dell Rapids, 16-19, 21:03
  • Corynn Hoff of Sioux Falls, 20-29, 25:56
  • Amanda McMillan of Dell Rapids, 30-39, 22:14
  • Jessica Holt of Renner, 40-49, 24:48
  • Lisa Schroeder of Dell Rapids, 50-59, 25:52
  • Debra Shissler of Dell Rapids, 60-Over, 25:10
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We had some young runners run the 1Mile as well:  Thomas Christensen of Baltic age 8 and Maebry Dybedahl of Dell Rapids age 5.

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Chevy Youth Baseball Initiative Makes Donation to Dell Rapids Baseball

ChevySponsorToDRBA_2019Billion Chevrolet of Dell Rapids, as part of the Chevy Youth Baseball initiative, donated $500 cash to the Dell Rapids Baseball Association this year along with over $1,000 in baseball equipment.

On Monday, June 10th, Travis Peterson, Sales Manager at Billion Chevrolet of Dell Rapids, presented the $500 check to the Dell Rapids Baseball Association on Field C in City Park.  Several Dell Rapids youth baseball players from various teams in Dell Rapids were at the field to receive the donation.

The Chevy Youth Baseball initiative has been donating equipment to the Dell Rapids youth baseball program for the past few years.  The equipment has come in the form of catcher’s sets, L-screens, bat racks, baseballs, drop bases, tees, bat bags, scorebooks, umpire clickers, and more that continues to be used year after year.

The cash and equipment donation from the Chevy Youth Baseball initiative, along with all of the great sponsors of Dell Rapids baseball, help make the Dell Rapids baseball program the most affordable program in the area for families.

Other sponsors of Dell Rapids Baseball include:

  • The City of Dell Rapids
  • Big Sioux Media
  • Catholic Order of Forresters
  • County Fair
  • Cubbys
  • Dells Lumber
  • Dells Electric
  • Dells Materials
  • Dells Nursing and Rehab
  • Dells Plumbing
  • Delsl Veterinary Services
  • Executive Recruiting Consultants
  • First National Bank
  • Golden West
  • Harrington Chiropractic
  • Hefty Seed
  • Great Western Bank
  • Jody’s Collision & Repair
  • Kahler Funeral Home
  • KMFW & Associates, PC
  • Landmark Realty
  • Lewis Drug
  • LG Everist
  • Local Best
  • Minnehaha County Funeral Home
  • Pizza Ranch
  • Schwebach Realty
  • Spruce Glen
  • T&C’s
  • Troys Woodworking
  • Dell Rapids Law Firm
  • Xcel Energy
  • Creekside Pumping
  • 5Nines
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Dell Rapids Student Earns Scholarship for Summer FFA Retreat


FFALogoBATH (May 31, 2019) – Agriculture education teachers/FFA advisors make a world of difference for the students they teach.  This spring students put into words, as part of an FFA Advisor Tribute Scholarship application, how their ag teachers/FFA advisors have impacted their lives. Sixteen outstanding examples of amazing teachers impacting their students have been chosen out of over 60 applicants, and winning students will each receive scholarships to attend a SD FFA Leadership Retreat this summer.

Sioux Valley Energy scholarships – Kaleb Holm, Brandon Valley; and Madison Decker, Garretson; Jacob Schmidt, Garretson; and Mason Machmiller, Dell Rapids senior

SD FFA Alumni scholarships – Shannon Brown, Deuel; Shane Johnson, Doland; Serena Davis, Belle Fourche; and Jacob Charles Campbell, Viborg Hurley

Walt Johnson Memorial Scholarships – Mikayla Oleson, Harrisburg; Ella Stiefvater, McCook Central; Grace Kock, Parker; Haelee Wuertzer, Rapid City; Lillyanna Wagner, Wall; and Joslyn Gonzalez, Wolsey Wessington

Leonard DeBoer Scholarships – Alex Seuer, Hoven and Paige Lehrkamp, Rapid City

The students wrote essays about how their FFA advisors have made an impact on their lives. Each of these students think their advisor is one of the best and is happy to say so!

  • Kaleb Holm, Brandon Valley senior appreciates the two years he’s had with Ms. Jackie Bogue as his ag teacher, “From the start she pushed me to be involved. She shared all the different things FFA could do for me in and after high school. She is still supporting me and telling me about all the things for college and life.”
  • Madison Decker, Garretson sophomore shares, “Mrs. Kientopf taught me to believe in myself, share my passion for agriculture, and have fun doing it. She let me know I am cared about and worth the time. She guides me in making decisions, makes sure I am doing my best and never gives up on me. I was a keep-to-myself girl; she took that shy girl, pushed me out of my comfort zone to try new things, and changed me into an independent person.” Jacob Schmidt, junior adds, “Ms. Kientopf has done so much for all of us – staying at school late to make sure everything is ready and even canceling family plans to helping us out. She cares about us, treats us like her own, and always makes sure we are ok!”
  • Mason Machmiller, Dell Rapids senior appreciates all his advisor has done, “Mr. Tom Wolff has influenced me and the other members of my FFA chapter  by encouraging us and pushing us to participate in Career and Leadership Development Events, which help us develop leadership skills for life.”
  • Shannon Brown, Deuel FFA sophomore shares, “Mrs. Jaacks helped me understand that working hard to get to where you want to be is better than not trying at all. I have carried her advice beyond FFA, throughout the school year and it has proven itself over and over.”
  • Shane Johnson, Doland freshman comments, “Mrs. Bailey Coates is caring, supportive, and encouraging. She goes above and beyond. She pushes me to strive for greatness in every aspect of my life and encourages me to incorporate FFA lessons into my everyday life. Because of her I have made amazing improvements in my Agriscience Fair entries and CDEs.”
  • Serena Davis, Belle Fourche junior comments, “Mr. Bishop knows the students, can tell each kids personality and interests, and helps us based on these qualities. He is positive and never says a bad thing anyone. He’s informed about class subjects and seeks more knowledge to add to class. We will never forget his ability to help us grow and learn.”
  • Jacob Charles Campbell, Viborg Hurley freshman, thanks his advisor, Mr. Nathan Knutson, “He taught me that if I work hard on something the results will always be good. He pushes us to volunteer for our community, making the world a better place. He is loyal, trustworthy, fun and encourages us to do our best and have fun doing it. He pushes me to meet more people through FFA and prepares me for life. Before Mr. Knutson, I knew nothing about farming or FFA, now it’s part of my life.”
  • Mikayla Oleson, Harrisburg senior, considers Mr. Todd Marks, who has been an FFA adivosr for almost 40 years, a 2nd dad, “As a freshman, I cried at the thought of public speaking. I was depressed and couldn’t see myself going anywhere in life. Mr. Marks showed me the light in life, because he is encouraging and wants to see me and everyone else succeed. He is an amazing advisor.”
  • Ella Stiefvater, McCook Central sophomore, is forever grateful, “My advisors, Mrs. Tracy Chase and Mr. Terry Rieckman, give me an abundance of opportunities and encourage me to do my best. Time management, work ethic, responsibility, and passion for agriculture are attributes they develop in members. Mrs. Chase’s ideas, creativity, organization, and endless supply of energy and generosity amaze me. Mr. Rieckman taught me to make a router sign, plan an SAE, and preside over a conduct of meetings team. Both continually support and push me to my greatest potential.
  • Grace Kock, Parker senior shares, “Mrs. Kelly Dunkelberger works hard to ensure all her students are successful. Under stress, she always perseveres and makes sure everyone is getting the attention and help needed. She has a clear knowledge and great passion for teaching. She encouraged and pushed me to get out of my comfort zone, making me a stronger leader with goals for personal success. She has not only impacted my life, but many other current and past students, pushing them to find confidence.”
  • Haelee Wuertzer, Rapid City junior say, “Mrs. Genetie Hendrix is always pushing us to our fullest potential. She doesn’t care about winning or doing well, but that we experience it, have fun, try our hardest and learn something. She is caring, humble, kind, and working to better the future of agriculture.”
  • Lillyanna Wagner, Wall junior, appreciates Ms. Dani Herring, “for showing people what FFA is really about and supporting us in everything we strive to do. She shows us opportunities and pushes our limits to show us what we really are capable of doing.”
  • Joslyn Gonzalez, Wolsey Wessington sophomore shares, “Mr. Boersma teaches students through hands on activities. Over the summer he checks in with members to look at SAE projects. He helps our community with shop projects, ice cream socials, and by organizing a school career fair.  He has changed our school and the community’s perspective of FFA, bringing a new set of goals every year. His commitment to agriculture and FFA is inspiring.
  • Alex Seuer, Hoven junior happily says thanks to her ag teacher, “Ms. Sara Colombe has showed me what leadership is in everyday life. FFA and agriculture class has allowed me to grow in many different ways, and see things in a different light. She pushed me to be an officer and has made a big impact in my life.”
  • Paige Lehrkamp, Rapid City junior says “Mrs. Donavon has supported me from day one. She pushes me to strive for success and improvement within our chapter, district, and State. The first time I met her we discussed FFA livestock shows at the state fair and she got so excited!  She immediately started emailing other advisors to get information. She helps her students grow in our passion of the agricultural industry and me become more confident and outgoing.”

Scholarships are made possible through the SD FFA Foundation by the SD FFA Alumni, Sioux Valley Energy, and the Walt Johnson Memorial Fund; in memory of two past FFA advisors: Leonard DeBoer and Walt Johnson.  Both men led by example and their advice was truly ripened with wisdom.  Mr. DeBoer spent his life teaching young people about agriculture and the leadership skills that would make them successful in their career choice.  He was the FFA advisor in Chamberlain for almost 40 years where he lived FFA’s mission by making a difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.  Mr. Johnson served as the SD FFA Foundation President, as well as on the SD FFA Foundation board, in Newell as an ag teacher, community supporter and coach for FFA career development events. He was devoted to agriculture education and earned his Honorary American FFA Degree in 2007.

For more information about the South Dakota FFA Foundation and South Dakota’s FFA programs, visit www.sdffafoundation.org.

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Inspiration on the Infield


Photo taken and used with permission by Shane Gerlach

Inspirational, courageous, heroic….these are just some of the words that describe Derek Gerlach.

Derek has been fighting against a cancerous brain tumor which was diagnosed in November.  Since that day Derek has been fighting with a strength that can only be described as super human.

All of that strength and fight has led to some recent big wins.  Derek was able to participate in a couple of baseball practice drills in May with his team.  A recent MRI scan came back clean.  And on Wednesday, June 5th, Derek inspired everyone by playing in his first baseball game of the season.

With leg braces in place, ball pants and jersey just right, Derek stepped out onto the field and played first base.  He was able to be a part of three plays that night and step into the batters box for an at-bat.


Photo taken and used with permission by Shane Gerlach

The fight continues for Derek with more rounds of chemotherapy to keep the MRI results coming back clean, but for one evening, Derek was a normal 11-year-old boy playing the sport he loves.  That night he showed us it’s not about always making the play or getting the big hit, but it’s the attitude, determination, courage, and fight you bring to what you do.  On this night on the baseball field, Derek certainly inspired his teammates, coaches, and parents to always keep fighting.

To help support Derek’s fight, donations can be made to his Go Fund Me page found here, https://www.gofundme.com/help-derek-fight/.


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2019 Cootie Days Activities

CootieDays1The George A. Fitzgerald American Legion Post 65 is hosting its’ 2019 Cootie Days Celebration in the Dell Rapids City Park on Friday June 7th from 3:00 pm to 10:30 pm, and on Saturday June 8th from 1:00 pm to 10:30 pm. Activities include a Carnival Midway, fun rides, bingo games, raffle drawings and fantastic food from the Dell Rapids Legion Auxiliary. You can receive advance ride tickets at a discount from T&C’s & T&C’s Other Place. Come one, Come all, bring the whole family and enjoy the festivities.

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New City Council Called at Regular Meeting

DellRapidsTowerEven though no election was needed to fill the four open seats on the Dell Rapids City Council, a new council had to be called to order on Monday, May 6th. All the members of each ward are the same and the council members are Gary Haak, Bill Schmidt, Mark Crisp, Barry Berg, Mike Geraets, Chad Ronshaugen, James Borchert, Bob Mier, and Mayor Tom Earley.  Some of the council positions have changed from last year.

Councilman Crisp was elected the President once again.  Councilman Ronshaugen will be the new Vice President.  Committee appointments are as follows:

  • Finance and Public Works Committee:  Crisp, Schmidt, Haak
  • Policy and Procedure Committee:  Borchert, Ronshaugen, Berg
  • Surplus Property Appraisal Committee:  Entire Council
  • Minnehaha County Economic Development Association:  Ronshaugen
  • Dell Rapids Economic Development Corporation:   Geraets
  • Library Board Liaison:  Mier
  • Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce Board Liaison:  Mayor Earley


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South Dakota Retailers Celebrate Small Business Week, May 5-11

SouthDakotaRetailersThe South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) is celebrating all small businesses in South Dakota during National Small Business Week, May 5th-11th.  Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed it “Small Business Week” in South Dakota to recognize the efforts small business owners make to create jobs and support their communities.

“As we kick off Small Business Week, we encourage everyone to take advantage of the unique commerce opportunities in your community,” said SDRA Executive Director Nathan Sanderson.  “Small businesses are the heartbeat of our towns, and when you patronize a mom-and-pop business, you’re supporting your entire community as well.”

Small business owners work hard to grown their businesses and recognize that being an active part of the community is critical to their success.  From local engagement on public service projects, to sponsorships and public-private partnerships, small business owners strive to make a difference.

“Look at the businesses that support the little league team, get active in 4-H, or help in the schools,” Sanderson continued.  “It is small, local businesses.  They are regularly asked for support, and willingly give it!”

Small Business Week seeks to acknowledge the hard work of these businesses in cities and towns across South Dakota.  All citizens are encouraged to say thank you to those who own and operate the local service station, grocery store, bakery, flower shop, and thousands of other small businesses that drive our communities.

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Dell Rapids ESA Raises Money for DRAMA and St Jude’s


Pastor Jeff Sorenson accepts the DRAMA donation from ESA members, Lori Morris, Glenda Siemonsma and Diana Jones. Photo submitted and used with permission by Lori Morris

The Dell Rapids Chapter of ESA recently held a wine/beer tasting fundraiser to benefit the Dell Rapids Area Ministerial Association (DRAMA) and St. Jude’s, which is ESA’s national project.  The fundraiser allowed the ESA chapter to donate $5500 between DRAMA and St. Jude’s.  This was the third year “Uncork and Unwind” was held in Dell Rapids.  Beer tastes were added to this year’s event as well as light hors d’oeuvres.  Papa’s Pub and Eatery provided the location for the event.  Local business sponsors were LG Everist, 1st National Bank, Direct Automation, Mark Crisp Construction & C/R Realtors, Hegg Realtors/Spruce Glenn, and BXCC/Dells Materials.

Attendees purchased a ticket for $40.  With that purchase they were able to enjoy six wine or beer tastes and sample a variety of gourmet cheeses and chocolates.  Papa’s Pub also prepared crostini, marinara meatballs, and chips and salsa.

ESA members assembled 12 raffle baskets that were available ranging in value from $80 to $400.  Attendees could purchase tickets at a cost of one for $5 or five tickets for $20 for their chance to win the baskets.  Many of the baskets included donations from local businesses.  There was also an additional travel-themed raffle basked which included a weekend at The Lodge in Deadwood valued at $500.  Chances to win the weekend basket were made available in the form of a cork pull.  Fifty corks were numbered and available to purchase for $20.

Dell Rapids ESA member Lori Morris said, “Our guests opened their hearts and wallets in support of our recipients.  We are thankful to live in such a supportive community!”


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New School Board Member to Join in July

DellRapidsHighSchoolThe Dell Rapids School Board will have a new member join in July.  The school board held an election on Tuesday, April 9th for two open positions.  Three cadidates, incumbent Matthew Weiland, Lee Bollock, and Denise Cavigielli, petitioned to fill the two open spots.

Weiland unofficially finished with 127 votes and will return the school board for another term.  Bollock will join the board after compiling 117 votes.  Cavigielli finished with 78 votes.

Bollock will take over for current member Jody Schumaker, whose term expires in July.


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Big Sioux River Expected to Rise Again in Dell Rapids

NWSBigSiouxFloodDells_4-10-19The City of Dell Rapids may not have seen the last of the flooding issues this spring.  The National Weather Service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service website is predicting the river to rise above 15′ again by Thursday, April 18th and potentially reach a level of 15.5′ by Saturday, April 20th.

Weeks ago the prediction service had predicted the river to potentially be down to 12′ by Friday, April 5th, but the Big Sioux River only dropped to just under 13.5′ by that time.  The current prediction is indicating the river to stay close to the 14′ mark through Friday, but then drop to about 13′ by early next week.  This appears to be just a lull before the river again rises by mid-to-late next week.  Dell Rapids saw the Big Sioux River reach the high point of 15.98′ on Sunday, March 24th.  The current prediction shows the level to stay under that high point as of now.

Administration with the City of Dell Rapids has urged homeowners to monitor the National Weather Service forecast and again prepare for more rising waters through a message on Facebook.  You can monitor the National Weather Service’s water level predictions for the Big Sioux River by clicking this link.

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