District 25 Candidate Forum – October 22nd, 2018

A candidate forum will be held for the South Dakota District 25 Legislative candidates on Monday, October 22nd, at 6:30 p.m. at the Dell Rapids Elementary School commons.

The main focus of the forum will be education issues, however, candidates will be allowed time to address non-education issues as well.  Questions to the candidates can be submitted to Dr. Summer Schultz in the District Office or during the forum.

Refreshments will be provided and candidates will spend time visiting after the forum.   Everyone is welcome.  For those that are unable to attend the forum, Big Sioux Media will be streaming the event.  The video for the webcast is at the bottom of this page.

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Some Projects Nearing Completion in Dell Rapids

DellRapidsTowerA few of the projects that have been happening in Dell Rapids this summer and fall are nearing completion.

The Garfield Avenue Improvement project had its final pay request during the Dell Rapids City Council’s regular meeting on Monday, October 15th.  The contractor has just recently finished some grading and reseeding work, and the punch list items being completed.  The council approved the final pay request on this project.

The water tower repainting project is also nearing completion.  The painting of the tower has been completed inside and outside.  The “Dell Rapids” lettering has also been completed on the tower.  Testing on the paint, cleaning up the site, and then getting the tower refilled are the final steps to close out this project.

Another project that is also about complete is the Sioux River Red Rock Trail Scenic Overlook Extension project.  All of the concrete has been installed, and the back-filling and grading has been completed.  The seeding has not been completed at this time.  The plan is to dormant seed the areas in early November.  Some punch list items are also needing to be completed before the project is completely done.

The Rickeman Comfort Station project is also continuing to move forward.  The excavation and concrete work has been completed.  It was reported during the council meeting that the roofing materials are ready to be installed.  After the roof is done, the plumbing, HVAC, and electrical to be done on the building.  The expectation by the contractor is that the building will be finished by the end of November.

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My School Bucks Fee to be Paid by Dell Rapids School District

MySchoolBucksDuring their last regular board meeting on Monday, October 8th, the Dell Rapids School Board approved a change to the Heartland Payment Solutions agreement to have the My School Bucks service charges be paid by the district instead of parents.

When the feature for online lunch payments was introduced, the district knew that someone had to pay the $2.49 fee to have the service.  Up until this point in time, the charge has been passed to the families using the online payment option.  However, the district has been trying to brainstorm ideas of how to change that.  Just recently the district was told by the state that the school can use food service fund dollars to pay that service charge.

“Because our food service fund has a good balance, I just recommend that we give this a try, see how it works, see if it helps with negative lunch accounts, but no matter what, our families are going to go ‘Thank you’,” said Dell Rapids Superintendent Dr. Summer Schultz.

Not only will this change help take the burden off of families to pay the service fee, Dr. Schultz is also hoping it will save time and burden on secretaries to handle lunch money checks and help save time on administration of negative lunch account balances.

“We’ve made so many good changes to the food service, this is that last one where it does cost us a little bit, but it just helps the program overall,” Dr. Schultz also said.

The motion to make the change was approved unanimously by the school board.

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New Truck Route Now in Place

Dell Rapids has an updated truck route ordinance which includes a secondary truck route.  Dell Rapids City Ordinance 856 had a second reading and adoption passed during the regular council meeting on Tuesday, September 4th, but the ordinance did not go into effect until October 1st.

The new primary truck route is as follows:

  1. State Highway 115 from the west boundary of the city turning southeast to the south boundary of the city.
  2. Quartzite Street from State Highway 115 on the west to Garfield Avenue on the east.
  3. Garfield Avenue between Quartzite Street and Seventh Street.
  4. Seventh Street from Garfield Avenue on the west to the east boundary of the city.
  5. County Highway 129 from the north boundary of the city angling southeast to where the highway intersects State Highway 115 (Fourth Street) and continuing south on State Highway 115 to the south boundary of the city.
  6. Zero Street from State Highway 115 on the east to Quarry Road on the west.
  7. The entire portions of Quarry Road and Quartzite Street.

The new secondary truck route is as follows:

  1. Third Street from State Highway 115 on the west to Orleans Avenue on the east.
  2. Orleans Avenue between Third Street and Fourth Street.
  3. Fourth Street between Orleans Avenue and Garfield Avenue.


Signs for the new truck routes that will be placed by the city and the South Dakota Department of Transportation should be completely installed within the next couple of weeks according to comments made by City Administrator Justin Weiland during the last city council meeting.

A question was also raised as to when the new railroad gates would be installed on South Dakota Highway 115 on the south end of town.  It was reported that those gates would be installed after the sidewalks were completely finished to avoid potentially having to come back and move them during sidewalk placements.

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Dell Rapids Fire Rescue Holds Open House

Dell Rapids Fire-Rescue held an open house for the second year in a row on Saturday, October 6th at the Dell Rapids fire station.  The open house helps kick off National Fire Prevention Week which is October 7th-13th.  This year’s theme is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware, fire can happen anywhere.”

During the open house, hot dogs, popcorn, and cake were served.  Firetruck and ambulance tours were given.  Parents and children were able to meet a firefighter, EMT, and a police officer, and a fire truck bouncy house was also there for the children to enjoy.

A nice turnout came to the fire station during the four-hour open house.


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Event to Impact Local Blood Supply This Fall

CommunityBloodBankDells Rapids, SD – Avera Dells Area Health Center and Community Blood Bank is joining forces to help ward off fall blood shortages by hosting the blood drive event. The blood drive will be held on Thursday, October 4th from 7:00 am to 11:00 am and 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm at Avera Dells Area Health Center. All blood donations will stay local for local use and all who donate will receive a special t-shirt.  

Every three seconds someone needs blood, and the only way to ensure that those needs are met is to rely on volunteer donors to donate blood. The need for local blood donors is immense. The Community Blood Bank supplies over 550 units of blood each week to people in the region. Among those who benefit from donated blood are trauma and burn victims, cancer patients and persons undergoing surgery.

“The fall can be a difficult to maintain an adequate blood supply for the community,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. “With people addressing elective surgeries before the end of the year and a consistent need for blood for many types of medical treatment, data shows a steady increase in usage as we go through the fall season.”

Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form), weigh 110 lbs or more and be in good general health. It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating blood. Please bring an ID with you at the time of donation. For more information log onto www.cbblifeblood.org or call Community Blood Bank at 1-877-877-3070 or call Avera Dells Area Health Center at 605-428-5431

Community Blood Bank is not affiliated with other blood bank organizations and takes pride in being a self-sufficient organization, thanks to the generosity of our local blood donors.

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New Chef Cooks Lunch for Students in Dell Rapids

LunchtimeSolutionsChefDemoDELL RAPIDS, SD — Sabrina Slater, the new demonstration chef at Lunchtime Solutions, Inc., was in the lunchroom to cook and serve beef and broccoli stir fry on Tuesday, September 25th.  Chef Sabrina created this savory dish right in front of the students and served it up hot and fresh.

Preparing fresh entrees for students through chef demonstrations in the lunchroom is a regular part of Lunchtime Solutions’ food service program.  Lunchtime Solutions has operated Dell Rapids food service for the past 16 years.

Chef Sabrina has nearly 15 years of experience in food service, spending three years as a cook at the famous Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas before joining the Lunchtime Solutions team. She is excited to bring her expertise into our schools to provide more healthy, fresh-made lunch choices for students and staff.  Our chef-prepared entrees give them an opportunity to try foods that they may have not tried before and expose them to flavors and tastes not normally a part of school food service.

“Our program centers on getting kids excited about eating lunch at school,” said Jennifer Hopf, Area Director for Lunchtime Solutions. “We think it’s important to provide a wide variety of menu options and make sure students have unlimited access to fresh fruits and vegetables every day.”

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2nd Annual River Cleanup Planned in Dell Rapids

DellRapidsCleanUpDay1What started as a community project after frustrations over garbage and trash at the dam area in Dell Rapids has led to an annual event.  The “2nd Annual River Cleanup Day” is planned for Sunday, October 7th starting at 11:00 a.m.

Kiley Stone organized the annual event last year and is asking the community to join in the cleanup day to keep the local parks of Dell Rapids clean.  Stone invites everyone to the event and says that folks can start a team, bring the kids, or grab a neighbor to help at the event.

The group will be cleaning up trash, glass, and other debris along the dam and along the river.  Trash bags will be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves to protect hands.  It is also suggested to wear jeans, good shoes, a bright shirt, and a hat.

For more information, Stone can be contacted at 605-254-6913 or kiley1978@hotmail.com.  More information about the event can be found on the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/116784005657149/?active_tab=discussion

2nd Annual River Cleanup Days
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Dell Rapids Free Rubble Site Days Announced for Fall Season

DellRapidsTowerThe Dell Rapids City Council approved three “Free Rubble Site Days” this fall during their regular meeting on Monday, September 17th.  The three days will be October 27th (Saturday), November 1st (Thursday), and November 3rd (Saturday).  The council also approved having one of the two Saturdays also be a technology drop day.  City Administrator Justin Weiland is still working SEAM of Sioux Falls to get a date finalized.

As a reminder 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.  Dell Rapids residents only.

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, fiberglass.

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Progress Made on Comfort Station

CampgroundComfortStation2018Construction is finally under way on the new comfort station at Rickeman Field.

“We have that comfort station finally under way, three years and three attempts later.  We’ve got the walls up.  They look good,” mentioned City Administrator Justin Weiland during the Dell Rapids City Council meeting on Monday, September 17th.

The original plan had an October 15th deadline for the completion of the facility, but the contractor has expressed concern about meeting that deadline.  City administration has acknowledged that concern and has expressed a willingness to work with them on the deadline.

The campground updates are still planned to be completed this year.  The city has been in contact with Prunty Construction for the installation of water and sewer lines.  The city has been told that will start to happen within the next couple of weeks.  After the water and sewer lines are installed, the electrical work will take place.

During the construction time, alternative parking on Zero Street and over at Volunteer Park will have to be utilized during games held at Rickeman Field.

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