Dell Rapids School District Free Developmental Screening

Dell Rapids School District will be offering FREE developmental screenings for children ages 3 through age 5 that live within the school district boundaries.

September 26, 2016

If you are interested in learning more about your child’s current level of development or have concerns in the areas of personal-social, fine and gross motor, cognitive, and communication skills, we encourage you to participate in this screening opportunity.

Registration deadline is September 23, 2016

Register online at the Dell Rapids School website or by calling the school at 428.5473 option 6.


What is screening?

  • A screening is a series of short tasks and observations in various developmental areas. The purpose is to let us know if we need to complete further evaluation of the child’s development. We usually screen 2 to 3 children during the same time period.

What age children get screened?

  • The early childhood screening is for children ages 3 to 5 who have not entered kindergarten/kindergarten-prep.

What developmental areas are covered?

  • At early childhood screening, we screen the areas of speech and language, concept development, motor coordination (fine and gross), and social development. The screening is adjusted for your child’s age.

Who screens my child?

  • Early Childhood team consists of early childhood teachers, staff, and speech language pathologists. There will be highly qualified educators available to answer questions and explain screening results.

How long does the screening take?

  • The screening usually takes about an hour, but plan on somewhat longer. If your child needs some “warm-up time”, the screening may take a little longer.

What should I tell my child before we come?

  • We suggest that you tell your child that they will be playing some games that will help everyone learn more about him or her. Try to avoid the word “test” and, more importantly, try to convey to the child that it will be fun.

Will the screening be stressful for my child?

  • Rarely. Most children enjoy the screening activities. At times, a child may need more time to warm up and be comfortable. On some occasions, a child is not able to complete all the tasks. If this happens we will talk with you to determine what to do next.

Is it okay to bring guests or siblings?

  • We encourage families to avoid bringing siblings to the screening. Young children will benefit from a quiet, relaxed environment during the screening process.

What is expected of the parent concerning the screening?

  • There is a screening questionnaire to fill out about your child when you arrive.  Also, please bring copies of any reports from individuals or agencies (such as speech therapists, physicians, occupational therapists, etc…) that you feel might be helpful to us.
  • When all screening activities have been completed, your child will be allowed to play in the toy area while we discuss the results with you. At that time, you will also have an opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have about your child’s development.

When will I receive the results of the screening?

  • The professionals who have screened your child will discuss their observations with you at the screening. There will be information available describing activities for your child in all areas of development.

What are the possible outcomes of the screening?

  • If your child’s performance falls within age appropriate limits no further follow-up will be suggested. If a child has some difficulty in one or more areas, we may give you ideas of things to do at home. We will sometimes suggest that we check in with you at a later date to monitor progress. If your child has greater difficulty in one or more areas, further evaluation may be expected. If further evaluation is recommended, it can be completed by our team. As with the screening, there is no charge for this. The purpose of the evaluation would be to determine if your child would be eligible to receive school district services at no cost.

Will the screening results tell me if my child is advanced?

  • The purpose of our screening is to identify areas of possible concern. The screening is not designed to identify advanced skills.

We hope that you have found this information helpful, and that your experience with early childhood screening is a positive and enjoyable one. We look forward to meeting you and your child.

2nd Annual Revive & Connections Family Event

2ndAnnualRevive5k_5On an almost perfect Saturday morning in Dell Rapids, the 2nd Annual Revive & Connections Family Fun Event was held at Dell Rapids City Park on Saturday, August 27th.  The event consisted of a 5k, 10k, one mile fun run, kids relay, raffles, bounce house, fire truck, ambulance, live music, games, and crafts.  The Farmer’s Market also set up in the park during the event.


Revive Fitness owner Brittani Bollock said, “It had a great turnout, and I am so thankful for people who are so involved in the community and support so much!”

Bollock will donate all of the proceeds from the event to the Dell Rapids Connections group.

Bollock, her staff, and all the volunteers put on another great event for the community of Dell Rapids!!


The winners of the 10k and 5k divisions were:

OVERALL WOMAN:   Summer Schultz (overall everyone & 40-49 woman)
OVERALL MAN:   Travis Ahlers (30-39)
20-29:   Elizabeth Johnston (F)
30-39:   Amanda McMillan (F)   Travis Ahlers (M)
40-49:   Summer Schultz (F)     Terry Pederson (M)
50+:    Lisa Schroeder (F)
OVERALL WOMAN:   Kirsten Church (20-29)
OVERALL MAN:   Kyle Finn (overall everyone & 20-29)
0-19:   Elaina Haugaard (F)    Joshua Fletcher   (M)
20-29:   Kirsten Church (F)   Kyle Finn (M)
30-39:   Heidi Thoreson (F)    Jeff Thoreson (M)
40-49:   Shauna Hoglund (F)   Will Boever  (M)
50+:   Lisa Schroeder (F)   Dennis Erkfritz   (M)

School is Back in Session

SchoolCrossingThe 2016-2017 school year is set to begin on Wednesday, August 24th.  As a reminder to the school year starting again, the school zone speed limits are 15 mph.

This year’s school year will see two new teachers to Dell Rapids St Mary.  Joni Smith returns to St Mary and will teach K-12 vocal music, 5-12 band, and be student council advisor.  Marsha Weiland will teach K-2 reading class.

Dell Rapids will have eight new teachers this year.  They are Michelle Wharton (4th Grade), Sarah Anderson (4th Grade), Maddie Merriam (4th Grade), Amanda Button (5th/6th Grade Special Education), Bryan Timperley (5th/6th Grade Band), Mark Honerman (5th Grade Science and Language Arts), Natalie Eggers (5th Grade Social Studies), and Peggy Hancock (Special Education).

Along with the new staff, the three projects of the new locker rooms, new science rooms, and new entrances are nearly complete. NewDROfficeEntrance

10th Street Project Now Underway

The 10th Street project has officially started.  A pre-construction meeting was held on Tuesday, August 9th with T&R Contracting, their subcontractor, the city, DGR, and the property owners affected by the project.


All of the questions from the property owners were answered, and the city has received all the needed permanent and temporary easements associated with the project.

City Administrator Justin Weiland updated the Dell Rapids City Council during their regular meeting on Monday, August 15th, about the project.

“T&R Contracting is full bore and ready to go.  The signs got placed, and they are starting removals.  10th Street is now officially closed.  They (T&R Contracting) provided a schedule that shows them completing it this year, that’s if everything falls in place perfectly.  I’d anticipate that probably won’t happen, but that’s the initial schedule they provided us with,” commented Weiland.

Dell Rapids Will Have New Mayor

DellRapidsTowerThe city of Dell Rapids will have a new mayor as Mayor Scott Fiegen submitted his resignation during the regular Dell Rapids City Council meeting held on Monday, August 15th.  The resignation was accepted by the council and was effective immediately.  Until a new mayor is found, Dell Rapids City Council President Mark Crisp will assume all the duties and responsibilities of the mayor. Fiegen’s resignation comes due to him moving outside of the city of Dell Rapids.

City Administrator Justin Weiland presented three options to the council on how to move forward with the open mayor seat.

Weiland said, “The first option is the board president could just continue in the role as acting mayor until the next municipal election in April (2017).  That means the board president would assume both the duties of the mayor and president until the next election.”

“The second option we put together is the council could appoint a sitting city council member to fill the role.  It should be stated that this council member would have to relinquish their existing seat to take over the full mayor’s roles and responsibilities.  That appointment is only good until the next election in April.  That would create an open seat in the that ward where the council would have to look at appointing a new council member to fill that open seat.”

“The third option is to appoint another resident of Dell Rapids.  That appointment to mayor would only last until the next election in April.”

There was potential for a fourth option.  The city could have taken petitions for mayoral candidates and held an election with that elected person holding the position until April.  However state statute says the city would have to have an ordinance adopted that governs how the special election would be held prior to the vacancy occurring, and the city of Dell Rapids does not have such an ordinance in place.

City council member Tom Earley said, “I firmly believe that the city needs to have somebody in position of mayor to operate until April. I think we have capable people on this board who are well versed and well aware of what’s taking place in the city right now with various projects and some potential things down the road. This council has operated with a vacant seat in the past many times. I would think that hopefully at the first meeting in Sept that we are able to agree on who we want to appoint as mayor of the city of Dell Rapids. I think it’s a position that somebody needs to be in to give it the proper attention full time.”

City council member Mary Klockman motioned to table a decision until the September 6th meeting (in hopes a full council will be present), seconded by council member Mike Sterud.  The motion carried.  Council members Mike Geraets and Gary Haak were absent from the meeting.

Fiegen had been serving as Dell Rapids Mayor since 2009. 

Small Company Pursues National Market

FlagShooter’s Product Makes Placing Utility Flags Easier

GARRETSON, S.D. – In less than a decade, FlagShooter, Inc. has grown from a concept into a company that does business in 46 states.

Paul Carrette, the owner and CEO of FlagShooter, saw the need for a new tool in 2008 while watching a technician in his back yard locate and mark the path of a water line. Carrette figured there had to be a better way, and the success of FlagShooter, Inc. suggests that he was right.

Bob Bishop - FlagshooterBob Bishop, FlagShooter’s marketing and sales manager, was the first employee hired by Carrette. Bishop joined the staff in 2010 to help develop the company’s namesake product: a handheld tool that inserts marking flags into the ground and also can be used to paint the surface of the ground.

The Flagshooter tool is light enough to be operated with one hand, which allows a technician to hold a receiver in the other hand to locate underground lines for marking. Client companies use the FlagShooter to mark the location of their water, electricity, gas or cable lines prior to construction so that companies or individuals who dig into the ground don’t damage lines and disrupt services.

FlagShooter, Inc.’s office and production operations are based in a building on Carrette’s farm near Garretson. The company now has seven full- and part-time employees.

2010 was a big year for the company. It developed 12 prototypes before settling on its initial model. It also began contacting utility companies and taking preorders for 2011. Sales grew steadily and jumped 100 percent from 2013 to 2014. But then sales slowed.

About that time, South Dakota Manufacturing & Technology Solutions helped by connecting the company with Richard Johnson, founder and CEO of 21st Century Marketing Systems Inc. Johnson and his Utah-based company work with MTS to help train businesses to sell products.

Johnson evaluated what Flagshooter, Inc. was doing – and some things it wasn’t doing – to help transition the company from product development to sales mode. For example, Johnson helped the company develop a positioning statement that presents in an impactful way who the company is and what it offers. The statement also outlines a central marketing message.

“He helped get us in a more consistent direction,” Bishop says. “It helped us improve our phone call conversion rate.”

Johnson does a lot of work for businesses as a vendor partnering with MTS, says Wes Kelly, center director at the office in Sioux Falls. “We want manufacturers to come to us whenever they have a problem. We’ll go out and find them a solution,” Kelly says. “We want to be a trusted source for them.”

MTS is among the state business-assistance offices affiliated with the South Dakota Small Business Development Center. In addition to connecting FlagShooter, Inc. with Johnson, MTS helped connect Bishop and Carrette with Lisa Te Slaa and the Precision Leadership Group, which provides productivity courses for businesses in the Sioux Falls area.

“It was very good training,” says Bishop, who had previously worked in sales but had no formal training in the field. Bishop credits Te Slaa, Johnson and the MTS for helping re-energize sales. For the first six months of 2016, sales were up 60 percent from the first half of 2015, Bishop says.

Midco, which provides internet and networking, cable TV, phone and other telecommunications services to homes and businesses in a three-state area, is among FlagShooter’s clients. The company locates thousands of miles of existing and planned infrastructure annually in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota.

Erin Hayes, Director of Corporate Construction for Midco in Sioux Falls, says technicians working in the field like using the FlagShooter. FlagShooter, Inc. also provides Midco with special flags that carry Midco’s logo.

Midco employees doing location work come across all sorts of weather and ground conditions, Hayes points out. “The FlagShooter shoots through ice, and the flags stand up well. The flags help ensure that our locate sites will remain visible, which helps protect our infrastructure,” she says.

“There are other tools on the market. But those who use the FlagShooter really enjoy using it and prefer not to use anything else,” Hayes says.

About the SBDC

For more information about the South Dakota SBDC and its affiliated offices see

The SBDC has regional offices in Aberdeen, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Watertown and Yankton, and satellite offices in Brookings and Mitchell. Other programs in the SBDC network include South Dakota Manufacturing & Technology Solutions, South Dakota Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, South Dakota International Trade Center, Small Business Innovation Research programs and the Enterprise Institute. The SBDC network is an outreach program of the Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota.

The Small Business Development Center network is funded through the support of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Small Business Administration. Additional support comes from the Citi Foundation and Xcel Energy.

Rickeman Comfort Station Put on Hold

RickemanFieldComfortStationThe Dell Rapids City Council voted to not accept the bid for the Rickeman Field comfort station project during their regular meeting on Monday, August 1st.  The lone bid received by the city came in at $98,767.60, not including additional utility work.  The total project cost would have come around $108,000, which is about $38,000 over the budget set.  The city budgeted $70,000 this year for the entire project.

While discussing the bid to the council, City Administrator Justin Weiland mentioned that just a few weeks ago there was an announcement made that the Land-Water Conservation Fund Grants, through the Game, Fish and Parks which only come out every two years, will be available next year.  Weiland thought that the city could package the comfort station along with proposed campground expansion into an application for this grant next year.

The council voted to reject the bid.  Weiland said that he would check into costs for engineering specs for the project for the possibility of applying for the Land-Water Conservation Grant.

Dell Rapids Quarrier Football Team Serves at The Banquet

DellRapidsFBBanquet_2The Dell Rapids Quarrier football team served a little over 400 people at The Banquet on the evening of Tuesday, August 2nd.  About 35 players, some of the coaches, their wives, and a few Quarrier football fans were on hand to serve the meal.

The money that was raised during the annual fall fundraiser, the discount card sold by the football players, was used to fund this wonderful opportunity. DellRapidsFBBanquet_1

GoldenWest’s Tour of Independence Comes to Dell Rapids

GoldenWest100YearCelebrationGoldenWest’s 100th Anniversary Tour of Independence celebration made a stop in Dell Rapids at City Park on Sunday, July 31st, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The celebration included a free lunch cookout, giveaways, kids’ activities, and an interactive technology exhibit called “Fence Posts to Fiber Optics”.

The tour celebration started on June 11th in Hot Springs.  The event has made stops in Custer, Pine Ridge, Mission, Freeman, Winner, Armour, and Hartford.  The celebration tour will also make a stop in Murdo on August 20th and Wall on September 24th.

15th Annual Relay for Life Held

RelayForLife_7-29-16_2The 15th Annual Relay for Life event at Dell Rapids City Park was held on Friday, July 29th.  The event started at 6:00 p.m. and ran until 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 30th.RelayForLife_7-29-16_7

Luminaries lined the park paths and were lit during the night.  The Boys Scouts held a whopper feed, and the Cancer Crusaders held concessions throughout the event.

RelayForLife_7-29-16_4The Survivor Walk kicked off the event right at 6:00 p.m. on Friday.  After the survivor walk, entertainment was provided by various individuals and groups throughout the evening.  The event concluded with a sunrise service led by Pastor Rick Timmer.  The emcee for the event was Erica Fersdahl.