District 25 Candidate Forum – 10/27/14

Dell Rapids Elementary School will be hosting a South Dakota District 25 Legislative Candidate Forum on Monday, October 27th, starting at 6:30 p.m.  Candidates that have confirmed their attendance are Senate Candidate Tim Rave (R), House Candidate Roger Hunt (R), and House Candidate Kris Langer (R).

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City Council Meeting – 10/20/14

The Dell Rapids City Council will meet in regular session on Monday, October 20th, at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers.

Some of the items on the agenda include a public hearing for on/off sale malt beverage and retail on-sale wine licenses, second reading and adoption of ordinance 811, snow removal contract, and the administrative report.  The full agenda can be found by clicking here.

The meeting will be webcast on Big Sioux Media.

Two Dell Rapids Teachers Receive Awards

NewDRLogoTwo Dell Rapids School teachers recently received awards for their outstanding work and efforts in the classroom.

Third grade teacher Karla Gruis was awarded the “General Education Teach of the Year” by New Directions Down Syndrome Association of Sioux Falls.  Nearly 200 families in South Dakota, southwest Minnesota, and northwest Iowa make up the membership of New Directions.  New Directions presented the award on September 20th at the annual Buddy Walk at Sertoma Park in Sioux Falls.  Gruis was recognized for her commitment to the education and inclusion of students with Down Syndrome, inclusive attitude and spirit, welcoming change in the classroom and willingness to adapt to student’s individual needs, as well as seeking out opportunities for the student to be included and maintain ongoing communication with the entire team.

High school science teacher Darwin Daugaard was also recently awarded this year’s South Dakota “Outstanding Physical Science Teacher of the Year” award sponsored by 3M Company and the South Dakota Science Teacher’s Association.  The award also came with $1,000 check for Daugaard to support his classroom efforts, purchase equipment, to aid in his continuing education, or allow him to share his expertise with his fellow teachers by providing travel funds.

Congratulations to both Gruis and Daugaard for their awards!





Dell Rapids School Board Meeting: 10/13/14

The Dell Rapids School Board will meet in regular session on Monday, October 13th, at 7:00 p.m. in the MS/HS DDN Room.  Some of the items on the agenda include the approval of monthly bills, approval of open enrollment request, calendar discussion, request to extend school bus route, and the administrator/director reports.  The full agenda can be found by clicking here.

New Business Opens Doors in Dell Rapids

Revive Fitness is the newest business to open its doors in Dell Rapids.  They held their Grand Opening celebration with ribbon cutting on Saturday, October 4th.  Revive Fitness is a specialized group fitness training business that holds daily classes of Yoga, BarreAmped, Kettleball, and Zumba.

Brittani Bollock, owner of Revive Fitness, is the certified Kettleball instructor.  Melissa Kirby is the Yoga instructor.  Janey Case runs the BarreAmped classes.  Margo Hegge and Katie Luttman are the Zumba instructors.

Revive Fitness is located at 507 N Highway 77 Suite D in Dell Rapids. For more information, call at 605-951-8540 or visit their website at http://www.revivedellrapids.com. Revive Fitness is also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/revivedellrapids


City Council Meeting – 10/6/14

The Dell Rapids City Council will meet in regular session on Monday, October 6th, at 7:30 p.m. at the Council Chambers.  Some of the items on the agenda include first reading on Ordinance 811 (Zoning Amendment – Adjustment to Yard Regulations), outdoor event permit request/discussion, library building project updates, and the administrative report.  The full agenda can be found by clicking here.

The regular session will be webcast on Big Sioux Media.  The city council will then enter into a time of executive session after the regular session has completed.

Quarrier Marching Band 3rd at Menno Band Days

NewDRLogoThe 8th Annual Menno Band Day was held on Friday, September 26th, in Menno.  Both the Dell Rapids Quarrier and Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinal marching bands participated in the event.  18 high school and middle school bands participated in the event broken into three different divisions.

Estelline, Tripp-Delmont, Scotland, Parker, Howard and Marion competed in the “C” Division.  Howard won the division with Scotland placing second.

Freeman, Woonsocket/Sanborn Central, Dell Rapids St Mary, Platte-Geddes, and Chester competed in the “B” Division.  Platte-Geddes placed first, and Chester finished second.

Dell Rapids, Dakota Valley, Tea Area, Tri-Valley, and West Central competed in the “A” Division.  West Central placed first.  Tea Area was second, and Dell Rapids finished third.  Tea Area also picked up the “Outstanding Drum Major” Award, but Dell Rapids Drum Major Josh Benda was just one point away from winning the award for himself and Dell Rapids.

Host band Menno also performed in the Menno Band Day, and the featured college band for this year was the Northern State University Marching Wolves from Aberdeen.

Open Burning Ordinance Approved and Adopted

FirePit_2014During the last Dell Rapids City Council meeting held on Monday, September 15th, the City Council approved the second reading and adoption of Ordinance 806 – Permitted Open Burning.

As long as Minnehaha County has not instituted a county-wide burn ban, residents are allowed to have the following types of open burning:

  • Only charcoal and untreated, unpainted, clean, dry wood and manufactured fire logs less than two feet in length may be burned.
  • The must not be on a wood or wood composite surface and must be contained in a pit, ring or manufactured fire pit or chiminea, or outdoor fireplace.
  • Fire pits and rings must be located at least five feet away from structures and combustible materials, must be no more than 18 inches in depth from ground level and must be a minimum of five feet from adjoining property lines.
  • Manufactured freestanding fire pits and chimineas must be located at least five feet from structures and combustible materials and a minimum of five feet from adjoining property lines.
  • All recreational fires must be supervised at all times until the fire has been completely extinguished.

Officials from the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Department, City’s Code Enforcement Officer, and local fire department are authorized to extinguish any open burning if it’s determined to not be in compliance.  Law enforcement officers or the City’s Code Enforcement Officer is authorized to issue citations for violation of the ordinance.

A minimum of a $100 fine will be issued for the first violation, $150 for the second violation, and $200 for the third and subsequent violations within a year.

The motion was made by Lee Burggraff to approve and adopt the new ordinance.  The motion was seconded by Gary Haak.  The motion passed unanimously.

Karla Peter Honored by “Pray for Gray”

PrayForGrayKarla Peter was recently asked to be an honoree for an organization called Pray for Gray.  Karla was diagnosed with a Stage II astrocytoma brain tumor in September 2012 after having a seizure while watching her oldest son, Trevor, and the rest of the Quarrier football team playing against West Central. After being taken to Avera McKennan Hospital that evening and spending a week in the hospital, the diagnosis of an inoperable tumor was made. Karla promptly underwent 27 radiation treatments which were very effective in shrinking the original 6.5 cm mass to .4 mm. Routine MRIs followed.  Unfortunately, the MRIs began to show growth in the tumor starting in January 2014. Further doctoring ensued, including a visit to Mayo Clinic in April. It was then decided to begin oral chemotherapy treatments which are what Karla has been taking since that time.

Pray for Gray is a 501c3 non-profit brain tumor organization based out of Fargo, North Dakota, which also includes folks from Minnesota and now South Dakota, as well. This organization was founded by brain tumor survivor, Julie Fletcher. Founding Pray for Gray was part of her dream to raise funds to be used to further the research of, find better treatments for and, ultimately, help provide hope for all those affected by this disease.

Karla and Julie began communicating after being ‘introduced’ to each other by a coworker of Karla’s whose son had also been diagnosed with a brain tumor and had been a past honoree for this organization. Karla quickly learned that she and Julie had many things in common which was very refreshing. After various conversations, Julie asked Karla to be an honoree for the 6th Annual Pray for Gray Silent/Live Auction and Dinner which was held September 12, 2014, in Fargo, North Dakota.

In preparation for this event, Karla and her oldest son, Trevor, made the trip up to Fargo to be interviewed.  This interview was videoed and later played during the Dinner/Auction event. There were three honorees for this year’s event – two adults and one child. Each story was touching, heart-wrenching and moving in its own way. The evening’s events started with a silent auction, dinner, a program then a live auction of many amazing items. The first item presented for the live auction was a case of toilet paper. Yes, toilet paper! Trevor really wanted to bid on this item. After a few glances back and forth, Karla gave Trevor the go-ahead to bid which he promptly did. The auctioneer paused a moment non-verbally asking for the ‘OK’ to take his bid. After receiving that, he proceeded to say, “This young man now has the bid for $400, can I get $500?” Needless to say they were shocked, but luckily for only a short period of time with other bids being promptly shouted out. In the end, the case of toilet paper brought $1,500…but only after the final bidder verified that it was 4-ply and not just 3-ply! That started the Live Auction out in a BIG way with many fine people donating a lot of money to this cause.

Pray for Gray will be sponsoring Trevor as a wrestler at Dakota Wesleyan University, as part of their efforts to grow and become better known as an organization in South Dakota. If anyone is interested in more information about Pray for Gray, Karla may be contacted. She would be happy to talk with you about its goals and mission.

Brain cancer is an unpredictable, devastating, fear-invoking disease. Karla is currently a two-year survivor who feels physically strong and very healthy for which she is very thankful! She is most thankful for the awesome, constant support, encouragement, kindness and generosity shown to her and her family from the Dell Rapids community as well as so many other family and friends.  Karla, along with her husband – Louis, and her four sons – Trevor, Mason, Riley, and Levi – are Dell Rapids community members.

More information about Pray for Gray can be found by clicking here.

Dell Rapids Listed as #9 City on the Rise in South Dakota

DellRapidsTowerNerdWallet recently published an article listing the “cities on the rise” in South Dakota.  NerdWallet is trying to find the cities and communities that are growing the fastest and why for each state in the country.  Their factors include growth in working-age population, employment, and income from 2009 to 2012.

NerdWallet found trends when analyzing the communities of South Dakota.  They found that the southeast part of the state is prospering, income is rising, and small cities are strong.

Dell Rapids made the list of the top 20 cities and places on the rise in South Dakota.  Dell Rapids was listed at #9 on the list.  The working-age population in 2012 is listed as 2,838 for Dell Rapids, which is a 22.01% growth from 2009 to 2012.  Median income for Dell Rapids in 2012 is listed as $37,845, which is a 3.15% growth from 2009 to 2012.

North Sioux City was #1 on the list, followed by Pine Ridge, Box Elder, Beresford, Spearfish, Pierre, Sisseton, Yankton, Dell Rapids, and Winner.

The full article published by NerdWallet can be found by clicking here.