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.

Funds Set up for Krempges Girls

KrempgesA GoFundMe account has been set up for Malory, Madelyn, and Mariana Krempges who were all involved in Monday’s accident.

The oldest daughter, Mallory, age 11, has a lot of bruising and a punctured spleen. The younger girls, 7 year-old-twins Madelyn and Mariana, were in the back seat and were hurt much worse. Madelyn is upgraded to stable but still on a ventilator. Mariana passed away on Tuesday evening.

Donations can be made at http://www.gofundme.com/zed57jd5

An account has also been set up at Wells Fargo for Malory, Madelyn, and Mariana.  Donations can also be made at any Wells Fargo to the “Christina Rave Donation Account”.

GoFundMe Account Set up for Madyson

MadysonBarbeeFamilyPhoto2On Monday, July 13th, 2015 Brian and Kendra LeBrun lost their precious daughter, Madyson, in a tragic car accident.

Madyson was a beautiful, spunky 11-year-old girl.  She had a beautiful smile that will be missed by so many.

Funeral services will be held Monday, July 20th at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church.  The wake service will be Sunday, July 19th at 4:00 p.m. Kahler’s Funeral Home in Dell Rapids, SD

Please keep Madyson’s family in your prayers.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family:  http://www.gofundme.com/zcxjns

Moody County Accident

FLANDREAU, S.D. – An adult and a juvenile were killed Monday morning in a two-vehicle crash that occurred southeast of Flandreau.

South Dakota Highway Patrol officials say Joshua Krempges, 38, Flandreau, and Madyson Barbee, 11, Dell Rapids, were pronounced dead at the scene. Four other people were injured.

Monday’s crash, reported at 7:04 a.m., occurred at the intersection of 485th Avenue and 237th Street.

The Highway Patrol says a 2007 Chevy Silverado pickup, driven by Gary Eikmeier, Pipestone, MN., was traveling west on 237th Street. A 1989 Toyota Camry, driven by Joshua Krempges, was southbound on 485th Avenue. The Highway Patrol says Krempges failed to stop at the stop sign and entered the intersection, colliding with the pickup.

Besides the two fatalities in the Toyota Camry, three other passengers were injured. Malory Krempges, Madelyn Krempges, and Mariana Krempges all suffered life threatening injuries. They were transported to a Sioux Falls hospital. All are from Dell Rapids.

Eikmeier sustained minor injuries. He was treated and released from a Pipestone, MN hospital.

No charges are pending. The investigation continues.

Other assisting agencies were Moody County Sheriff’s Office, Moody County Ambulance, Trent Fire Department and Pipestone, MN, ambulance.

The Highway Patrol is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

Traffic Increases with New Library Renovations

LibraryDedication-2“Business has picked up at the library, and we’re loving it,” said Library Director Brittany Moeller Monday, July 6th, during the regular Dell Rapids City Council meeting.  Moeller presented the council with an update at the library since re-opening at the renovated building on Monday, March 23rd.

66 new library cards have been handed out since the beginning of 2015, and 58 of the new cards have been acquired since moving back into the building.  The 66 cards are servicing a total of 193 people.  Moeller mentioned that in all of 2014, only 68 new cards were acquired.  “We’re only halfway through the year, and we’re almost there,” said Moeller.  The cost for a library card is free if you live inside the Dell Rapids city limits.

The library is currently in the middle of their summer reading program, “Every Story has a Hero”.  So far 392 people from birth through adults have signed up for the program.  Last year the summer reading program had 242 people.

The average number of check-ins and check-outs has also increased since the renovation.  Moeller said, “The amount of items that we check-in and check-out every day has more than doubled from the past two years.”  Right now the library staff is averaging over 600 total check-ins and check-outs Monday-Friday.




Dell Rapids Ace Open in New Location

AceOpening1Dell Rapids Ace  has opened the doors at their new location at 1108 N Hwy 77.  The new 15,000-square foot facility is twice as big as their previous location. AceOpening4

Dell Rapids Ace Manager Alan Nedved said, “The inside of the store is ready to go.”  Nedved also mentioned that the outside still needs some work as the weather has not been kind in allowing everything to be finished.  He said that they hope to get more concrete soon, and that the awning also gets finished.

AceOpening3Owner John Niederauer mentioned in December that the larger, $1-million store will allow Dell Rapids Ace to stock a wider selection of merchandise.  Niederauer bought the Dell Rapids store in 1998, when it was still True Value, and also operates Aces in Miller, Tea, and Redfield.


Slide the City Vote Taken off Agenda

Photo: slidethecity.com

Photo: www.slidethecity.com

Slide the City submitted an application for an outdoor permit which was to be heard by the Dell Rapids City Council during their regular meeting on Monday, July 7th.

The event permit was being requested for Saturday, August 22nd, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The 1,000 ft water slide was asked to be set up on Iowa Ave from 9th St to 5th St.  The event would have also had live music and food for all ages.

However, during the city council meeting, City Administrator Justin Weiland noted that the event permit was pulled from the city earlier in the day.  The Dell Rapids City Council did not have the opportunity to vote on the permit.

According to Slide the City organizers, they pulled the application to try to get the event set up in Sioux Falls in 2016.

Dell Rapids was the third location that Slide the City had explored in the area for this summer.  Sioux Falls and Brandon had also been explored as possible locations prior to Dell Rapids.