2015 All-State Choir Selections

Twelve Dell Rapids students will be participating in the 2015 South Dakota All-State Choir and Orchestra performance on Saturday, October 31st.  Dell Rapids High School had eight selections.  They are Veronica Fritz, Mikaela Stofferahn, Sydney Stofferahn, Micah Gleason, Josh Benda, James Lueders, and Ted DeLange.  Dell Rapids St Mary High School had four selections.  They are Zach Geraets, Jacob Eining, Courtney Geraets, and Cassy Geraets.

The 2015 South Dakota All-State Choir and Orchestra Concert will be held at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City at 8:00 p.m. ct / 7:00 p.m. mt.

This year’s choir selections are “Gloria” from Mass in D  —  Antonin Dvorak, “I Will Lift Mine Eyes  —  Jake Runestad, “Baba Yetu”  —  Christopher Tin, “Come Mighty Father” –  Handel, Arr. Robert Hines, “Dance On My Heart”  —  Allen Koepke, “Water Is Wide”  —  Matthew and Shelly Armstrong, and “He’ll Make A Way”  — Byron Smith.  The combined choir and orchestra selections are “Star-Spangled Banner”  —  Francis Scott Key/John Stafford/arr. Dale Grotenhuis, “Battle Hymn of the Republic”  —  Arr. Wilhousky, and “Elijah: And Then Shall Your Light Break Forth” — Mendelssohn.

The guest conductor for this year’s performance is Dr. Peter Eklund from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Lincoln, NE.

“Helping Kids Round First” in Need of Donations

HelpingKidsRoundFirstCraig Severtson of Flandreau founded an organization called “Helping Kids Round First”.  His organization helps out kids from the poorest country in Central America, Nicaragua.  He takes donated baseball equipment to aid the children.  It is the kids only ray of sunshine.

He is going to Nicaragua in about ten days and needs four more units to fill a container (40,000 lbs.).  He is asking for ANY baseball or softball items that you can donate.  It can be equipment or uniforms, shoes etc. whether used or new.

If you have anything to donate you can bring it to Dell Rapids Middle School office.

You can go to Severtson’s website http://www.helpingkidsroundfirst.org for more information.

Thank you for your consideration.

Free Rubble Site Days for Fall Cleanup

DellRapidsTowerThe Dell Rapids Rubble Site will again be holding free rubble site days at the end of the season for fall cleanup.  The Dell Rapids City Council approved free rubble site days for October 27th, 29th, and 31st.

As a reminder to residents, 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.  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, and fiberglass.  The site is open to Dell Rapids residents only.

SD Baseball Hall of Fame Ceremony Includes Two from Dell Rapids

The South Dakota Baseball Hall of Fame will have its annual induction banquet in Dell Rapids at Old 77 Bar and Grille on Saturday, October 3rd.  The night will start with social hour beginning at 5:30.  Dinner will be served at 6:30 and the ceremony will follow.

The new inductees include Huron natives Rod Merriam and Daryl Deneke of Rapid City, Tom Kessinger of Sioux falls, and longtime Dell Rapids teammates Dale Solberg and Bruce Mogen.

SDAmateurHOF_DaleSolberg, a Lily, SD native, began his amateur career in Clark in 1980 after playing American Legion baseball in Webster.  He spent most of the 1980s playing for Clark.  He earned Most Valuable Player honors as a pickup player for Claremont in the 1984 state tournament.  Solberg began playing for Dell Rapids in 1990, and he completed his 35th year of amateur baseball this past summer for Dell Rapids PBR.  Solberg has played in 13 state championship games, and his teams have won 10 of those games (Claremont – 1984. Dell Rapids – 1991, 1993, 1994. Dell Rapids PBR – 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2007).

“Throughout the years I have been blessed being surrounded by so many talented players.  Now that I am in my twilight, I am learning to appreciate the successes more and more. I truly believe that the successes of PBR over the years was the result of everyone being unselfish and played hard for each other. No one wanted to let the teammates down. The camaraderie and relationships that have developed over the years is what I probably cherish the most. Besides competing, I take pride in being able to play with my two sons, Tanner and Jordan. I have been part of so many epic battles over the years in the state amateur tournament. I am very competitive and baseball feeds this drive. I have pitched against so many outstanding players that it is difficult to pinpoint any one game. Along with our wins, there were some crushing defeats as well,” said Solberg.

Mogen, a Mobridge, SD native, began his amateur career for Mobridge in 1982, a year after being named the South Dakota Class B American Legion Baseball Player of the Year.  After three years in Mobridge, Mogen played a year in Chamberlain in 1985. SDAmateurHOF_Bruce Mogen then brought his talents to Dell Rapids in 1986, with the 2015 season marking his 29th year in Dell Rapids.  Mogen has been a part of nine Class B championship teams (Dell Rapids – 1991, 1993, 1994.  Dell Rapids PBR – 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2007).  Mogen was also the most valuable player three straight years in the state tournament from 1996-1998.

“Nine state championships with PBR have to be the greatest accomplishments. It was gratifying to be a competitive team for so many years and to be a part of the championships runs. I think this was accomplished because every member of the team had something to contribute to the run.  I have many great memories of playing in the district and state tournaments. We always competed hard and strove to get to the final weekend.  The time spent in the summer with my teammates was tremendous. I made a lot of friends through amateur baseball. I always enjoyed the competition and then the opportunity to be friends with my opponents when the game was over,” said Mogen.

All fans of baseball are welcome to attend this fun night of baseball stories, memories, and milestones.  Mike Henriksen will emcee the event.

Solberg stated, “It is humbling as I think back of all the years that I competed. My family, childhood friends, coaches, teammates have all influenced and helped me become the player I was. I still am playing and I don’t like to use ‘past tense’ verbs….obviously, I am honored to be selected and now become part of South Dakota amateur baseball history.”

“The quality of amateur baseball in South Dakota is high, so I am honored and humbled to be chosen as a member of the Hall of Fame,” added Mogen.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting any of the inductees or through Mick Hoglund at 605-201-1537 or mick.hoglund@k12.sd.us.  Adult tickets are $20, and student tickets (ages 5-18) are $10.

New Student Assessment Test Results for Dell Rapids

DRElementarySchoolThe first Smarter Balanced test scores and district report cards were released on Tuesday, September 22nd, for school districts across the state of South Dakota.  Testing was based on the Common Core State Standards, which has been adopted by South Dakota.  The exams that were administered to the students are measuring how prepared a student is for life after high school.  The report card for each district includes performance information, including results from the Smarter Balanced test.

Dell Rapids Superintendent Dr. Summer Schultz said, “I’m pleased South Dakota schools again have access to standardized achievement data in English Language Arts and Math.   The infancy of Smarter Balanced Assessments leaves districts little opportunity to determine student growth or school improvement, therefore, it’s difficult to generalize a district-wide response to our data.   At this time, building administrators and teachers will dig into student and grade level data.  Focus areas will be determined and building level goals will be created.”

58.30% of all Dell Rapids students who took the test last spring tested at or above the benchmark for reading, compared to 50% of all the students in South Dakota.  44.98% of all Dell Rapids students tested at or above the benchmark for math, compared to 41.29% of all the students in South Dakota.  72.13% of students received an ACT score of 20 or higher for math, and 73.77% of students received an ACT score of 18 or higher for English at Dell Rapids.

Schultz also said, “I am very pleased to congratulate our Elementary on being labeled a Status School.  This means that they earned School Performance Index (SPI) value ranks in the top five to 10 percent of all schools in South Dakota.  I believe this is a reflection of the hard work our staff displays each school day and the quality implementation of new standards.”

The full report and breakdown by class can be found by clicking here.

Report cards from other districts can be found on the Department of Education’s website.

The South Dakota Board of Education voted to adopt the new standards in English language arts and math on Nov. 29, 2010.  While the Common Core standards were adopted, each school district within the state of South Dakota is still allowed to set their own curriculum.

DRHS School Project Being Rebid

NewDRLogoA plan by the Dell Rapids High School to make improvements to the building will be going out for rebid in December.  Mark Aspaas of Architecture, Inc presented revised plans to the Dell Rapids School Board during their regular meeting on Monday, September 14th.

The improvement plans for the school include adding a science room addition, moving the office area location to near the front door where the current distance learning room is located, and renovating the locker rooms.  The plan was estimated to cost about $1.5 million and was put out for bids in June.  The bids came back at over $2 million.  The school board decided to reject the bids at that time and re-evaluate the plans.

Aspaas presented the board with updated plans that included $100,000 of savings from the original plan.  He also mentioned to the board that comparable projects in the area coming back with lower bids than earlier in the year.

The specifications of the project are expected to be completed in October for December bidding.  If the project moves forward after bidding, construction could potentially start in the spring.

Homecoming Festivities Come to an End

2015Homecoming3Rain threatened to put a damper on Homecoming celebration on Friday, but most the rain held off long enough for most of the Homecoming activities to take place during the day.

The Homecoming Parade, which started at 1:00 p.m., completed without any rain showers as the floats and bands paraded down Fourth St.  Rain showers later in the afternoon postponed the St Mary tailgater before the football game, and the St Mary Booster Club is working on plans for a potential future date for the tailgater.

The rain ended before the varsity football games, and both Homecoming Queens were able to make their entrances to the football games on the Avera helicopter.

The Cardinals posted a 24-0 Homecoming win over Castlewood/Estilline, while Tea Area defeated the Quarriers 14-6.

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Dell Rapids High School Homecoming King and Queen Crowned

Dell Rapids High School crowned their Homecoming King and Queen during Coronation ceremonies held at the Dell Rapids High School on Monday, September 14th.  The 2015 Homecoming King for Dell Rapids is Ty Hoglund, and the 2015 Homecoming Queen is Hannah Fiedler.

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The Dell Rapids Homecoming Royalty Candidates were:
Hannah Fiedler                   Josh Benda
Lindsey Morris                    Ryan Geraets
Samantha Reider                 Ty Hoglund
Hannah Welbig                    Sam White

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Dell Rapids St Mary Homecoming King and Queen Crowned

Dell Rapids St Mary crowned their Homecoming King and Queen during Coronation ceremonies held at the Dell Rapids St Mary School on Monday, September 14th.  The 2015 Homecoming King for St Mary is Noah Fiegen, and the 2015 Homecoming Queen is Marryn Brown.

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The Dell Rapids St Mary Homecoming Royalty Candidates were:
Abby Burkhart                     Josh Brown
Marryn Brown                     Noah Fiegen

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Northview Dr/11th St/10th St Project Nearing Completion

NorthviewDrWaterProject-2015The Northview Dr/11th St/1oth St project to replace the water line and sewer line is nearing completion.  That report came from City Administrator Justin Weiland during the city council’s regular meeting on Tuesday, September 8th.  Weiland reported that at the time of the meeting all the asphalt had been completed and curb and gutter was installed the prior week.

Weiland mentioned that walk-thru inspections were going to be taking place during the next week to put together a final list of items that needed to be done prior to the final sign off of the project.  Some of those items might include back-filling and re-seeding boulevards that may have been dug up during the course of the project.

Weiland also said, “We’ve had several compliments of clearness of water up and down the project.”

Trent Bruce of DGR told the council, “We anticipate the project cost is going to come in real close to the budget.”