Colton Community Blood Drive Set

CommunityBloodBankColton, SD:  Tri-Valley High School will host a community blood drive on Wednesday, May 3 from 7:30am to 11:10am and 12:40pm to 3:00pm. All blood donations will directly benefit the local blood supply.

“Donating blood on the bloodmobile is an easy way to save the lives of patients in the community” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. “The need for blood has been extremely high in the last weeks. We encourage community members that are well and healthy to consider donating blood during this difficult time to keep supplies at healthy levels.”

Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form found at, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good general health the day of the donation. Please bring an ID with you. It is recommended that you eat and drink plenty of fluids before donating blood. It only takes 30 to 35 minutes to donate with Community Blood Bank.

Community Blood Bank is the sole provider of blood and blood products to 34 local area hospitals, including Avera Dells Area Health and all Sioux Falls hospitals. For more information call or to schedule an appointment call 446-3538. Walk-ins are always welcome.

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.

Dell Rapids Baseball Soon to have Three College Players

By this time next year, three players from Dell Rapids baseball will be playing college baseball.  Trey Randel and Brett Mogen are currently in their freshman year playing college baseball, and Josh Roemen will be playing college baseball next year.


Trey Randel – DSU Baseball Website

Randel is currently in his first year at Dakota State University playing baseball for the Trojans.  Randel has started many games this season at second base and pitcher for the Trojans.  Currently DSU is 2-26 overall this season and 2-18 in the North Star Athletic Association.  Randel plans to play amateur baseball this summer for Dell Rapids PBR.

Mogen pitching for Dell Rapids in 2016.

Mogen pitching for Dell Rapids in 2016.

Mogen is also in his first year, but at South Dakota State University, playing for the Jacks. Mogen is a pitcher, getting most of his time in middle relief on the mound this season.  Currently Mogen has compiled 31.0 innings giving up 17 runs, 16 earned, on 31 hits with 10 walks and 26 strikeouts.  Mogen has an 0-2 record with a 4.65 ERA for the Jacks who are 16-19 on the season and 9-9 in the Summit League.  Mogen will play another year of Legion baseball this summer for Dell Rapids.

Randel and Mogen will get to face off against one another when the Jacks host Dakota State on Wednesday, April 25th, at 3:00 p.m. in Brookings.

Josh Roemen

Josh Roemen

Roemen will join the college ranks next year when he takes the field for the Mount Marty Lancers.  Roemen will also play Legion baseball this summer for Dell Rapids and is currently on the Dell Rapids HS Club baseball team.



Road Construction Continues in Dell Rapids

DellRapidsTowerRoads continue to be updated in and around Dell Rapids this spring and summer.

10th street was just recently closed for completion.  Removals and grading work is now beginning for 10th Street.  Curb and guttering will take place in the next few weeks, and the asphalting of the street will follow.  The sidewalk install and grading of the yard behind the curb will be the last steps.  Substantial completion date for the 10th Street project has been set for June 10th.

City Administration was informed by the South Dakota Department of Transportation that the Hwy 115 bridge will be opened by May 1st.  That is also the same day that Interstate 29 overpass is scheduled to be closed for that project.  During the last regular meeting, the Dell Rapids City Council approved city administration to arrange a meeting with LG Everist, the I-29 project contractor, and the SD DOT to discuss a temporary truck route south through on Garfield Ave to Quartzite St.

Non-Meandered Waters Update

dan_ahlersOver the past few weeks, many of you have stopped by my business to talk about non-meandered waters. Some to share your concerns and others to ask what is the issue. Periodically, during the legislative interim, I will submit articles to keep you updated on these issues that impact our state.

Non-meandered waters refer to bodies of water that you can cross without walking around. During the 1800’s, South Dakota surveyed all the bodies of water across the state. The bodies of water that were classified as “non-meandered” were considered to be owned by the private land owner. In the 1990’s, flooding caused many of these bodies of water to grow. Some of these bodies of water connected with other waters like Lake Thompson or reached public access points.

Many of these waters, by definition, would no longer be considered non-meandered. The question becomes, who owns the rights to the water? Technically, all the lakes in South Dakota are considered public domain. In the case of these disputed bodies of water, the land is still privately owned. The issue is further complicated by the fact that Game, Fish and Parks has been stocking these waters with fish and building docks on public access points.

This issue of water and land rights culminated in the State Supreme Court opinion Duerre v. Hepler. The result of the Supreme Court ruling is the Game, Fish and Parks cannot facilitate access to non-meandered waters for recreational purposes. To comply with this ruling, the GFP has fenced public access points to these lakes and posted signs. The Supreme Court has instructed the legislature to determine whether and how the public may use non-meandered waters for recreational purposes.

Unfortunately, the timing of the Supreme Court decision doesn’t lend itself to a timely solution. The legislature will not convene for session until January 2018. This issue for landowners, sportsmen and small business owners will not be resolved during the interim. That will mean a negative impact on many South Dakota small businesses and communities that rely on the fishing industry.

After session, I received the Supreme Court decision on non-meandered waters. I had been unaware that this was an issue. Upon further research, I learned that this issue had been brought forward to the legislature on several occasions. A representative offered to bring a bill during this session, but the Governor and GFP told him to wait. I am deeply disappointed that this issue was not resolved during session. As a result, an entire South Dakota industry will suffer.

On April 18th, the legislature’s Executive Board determined we will make non-meandered waters a summer study. The scope of the study will include the Supreme Court opinion, private property protections, public access, regulation and management of non-meandered waters. The study will also define recreational use and review past legislation on this subject. The first meeting will be held in Pierre on April 27th. No public testimony will occur at this meeting. The public will have an opportunity to testify at future meetings. The committee will be considering meetings at different locations across the state to encourage more public feedback. I will keep people updated on these future meeting dates. Please email me with your thoughts at

Dell Rapids Students Honored at DSU Ceremony

NCWIT local winner Janae Hahn is congratulated by Dakota State University President José-Marie Griffiths (left) and South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard at a ceremony at DSU on April 12.

NCWIT local winner Janae Hahn is congratulated by Dakota State University President José-Marie Griffiths (left) and South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard at a ceremony at DSU on April 12.

MADISON, S.D., April 20, 2017 – “Believe in yourself,” is simple advice, yet it is sometimes hard to do, said South Dakota’s governor Dennis Daugaard.

“The biggest challenge we all have is believing that we can accomplish something when others doubt us and when we may doubt ourselves,” he stated.

Daugaard’s remarks were made at Dakota State University during the 2017 NCWIT (National Center for Women in IT) Award Ceremony held on campus April 12, where 17 high school women from North and South Dakota and two South Dakota technology teachers were honored with the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) award.

Among the honorees was Janae Hahn of Dell Rapids High School, who was a Local Winner. She is planning a career in electrical engineering, math and statistics. Bergen Weiland of Dell Rapids High School was a Local Honorable Mention awardee. She is planning a career in artificial intelligence and robotics. Students were selected on the basis of their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.

NCWIT local honorable mention winner Bergen Weiland is congratulated by Dakota State University President José-Marie Griffiths (left) and South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard at a ceremony at DSU on April 12.

NCWIT local honorable mention winner Bergen Weiland is congratulated by Dakota State University President José-Marie Griffiths (left) and South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard at a ceremony at DSU on April 12.

“We know that a sense of belonging is a key persistence factor for young women who chose computing degrees and careers,” said NCWIT CEO and Co-founder Lucy Sanders. “Not only do these awards increase the visibility of young technical women and their educators, they also grant entry into an inclusive community of peers that support each other in advancing their innovative dreams.”

AiC provides a long-term community for female technologists by encouraging persistence in computing through continuous engagement and ongoing encouragement at each pivotal stage of their educational and professional development. This is the 11th season of the Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC), and the 6th year with regional affiliates. The South and North Dakota region honored eight winners at their first event in 2013.

To date, AiC has publicly recognized nearly 4,700 young women for their interests and achievements in technology. Seventy-one percent of those are now in college, pursuing a computer science or engineering degree. More than 150 educators have been recognized through AiC as well. Lori Goldade, district technology coordinator at Warner School District, was this year’s teacher award winner; Amber Fluth, business computer teacher at Tri-Valley, was the runner-up.

Daugaard encouraged the high school women to consider careers in computing, because the work they could do is important. In 2016, there were 1.6 million attacks on the South Dakota state government, he stated, so “we need people like you to help defend our state, defend our businesses and our nation against attackers like this.”

He also asked the girls to consider Dakota State for their academic degrees, calling the school a cyber leader in America. “It’s an excellent institution of higher learning,” he said.

“We want all of our students to experience the world as it’s going to be through the use and application of emerging and available technologies — a distinguishing feature of this institution,” said DSU President José-Marie Griffiths.

Alexis Perez, an analyst with Facebook, was another special guest at the ceremony, teaching the winners about Python coding with a hands-on project. Presenters included the NCWIT Regional Program Director Ammi Ludwick, and Dakota State University faculty Dr. Ashley Podhradsky, Pam Rowland and Dr. Kyle Cronin.

Sponsoring partners for this event were Dakota State University, AiC, National Center for Women and Information Technology, and DSU’s Center of Excellence in Computer Information Systems. Also assisting was DSU’s new CybHER outreach program, a movement to add more gender diversity to the field of cybersecurity through a variety of events and interactions.


Dakota State University is a public university located in Madison, South Dakota, part of the State of South Dakota Regental system of specialized schools and universities.  Founded in 1881 as a teacher’s college, it maintains that heritage mission, while also carrying out its signature mission of technology-infused and technology-intensive degrees.  The university offers both undergraduate (Associate and Baccalaureate) and graduate degrees (Masters and Doctorate).  It has grown rapidly in national recognition as a technology-forward school, and has significant partnerships with the U.S. National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, among others, for DSU’s cyber security-related programs.  For more information, please contact Jane Utecht, Strategic Communications Coordinator at, 605-256-5027. The DSU website is

Warming House on National Register of Historic Places

WarmingHouseApril 12, 2017:  From a press release on the South Dakota State News website, two South Dakota properties were recently added to the National Register of Historic Places, according to the South Dakota State Historical Society. The listed properties are the Dell Rapids Warming House and the Arlington Masonic Temple.

The National Register is the official federal list of properties identified as important in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering and culture. The State Historic Preservation Office of the State Historical Society works in conjunction with the National Park Service, which oversees the National Register program, to list the properties.

“South Dakota’s history is rich in American Indian culture, pioneer life and change,” said Jay D. Vogt, state historic preservation officer and director of the State Historical Society. “Properties listed on the National Register are important for their role in South Dakota’s culture, heritage and history. And when properties get listed, it shows that their owners take pride in their role in preserving that culture, heritage and history.”

Buildings, sites, structures and objects at least 50 years old possessing historical significance may qualify for the National Register, according to Vogt. Properties must also maintain their historic location, design, materials and association. Listing on the National Register does not place any limitations on private property owners by the federal government.

The Dell Rapids Warming House was built around 1930 using local rose-colored quartzite. It is located next to the river at the end of State Ave. The warming house is listed in the National Register as significant for its association with the historical themes of entertainment and recreation in the early 20th century. At the time, ice skating was a popular national pastime and an integral part of life in Dell Rapids during the winter months.

Read the full press release on the South Dakota State news website by clicking here.

Dell Rapids School Board Updates

NewDRLogoThe Dell Rapids School Board will have a new member starting in July.  Jeff Traill won an election for the position being vacated by Tom Morris.  Traill received 185 votes in the April 11th election, while his opponent Kevin Mattern received 76 votes.  There was a 6.5% voter turnout for the school board position election.

The Dell Rapids School Board also heard or took action on the following items during their last regular board meeting on Monday, April 10th:

  • The school board approved the health insurance, vision insurance, and worker’s compensation insurance renewals.
  • School board also approved the school-sponsored summer camp fees and stipends for the 2017 summer season.
  • Activities Director Jeff Dvorak gave a report to the school board about some potential changes to athletic rules pending vote by the South Dakota High School Activities Association.  Some of those potential changes include region re-alignment, a moratorium during the Christmas break starting the 2018-2019 school year, and changes to the amount of full-contact practices in football.
  • The school board also accepted the resignations of Nathan Korn (facility/grounds manager effective April 3rd), Lori Morris (teacher at the end of the 2016-2017 school year), and JoAnn Borns (paraprofessional at the end of the 2016-2017 school year).  They approved the hire of Jordan Huska as a teacher effective for the 2017-2018 school year.

ChiroSport Has Ribbon Cutting

ChiroSportRibbonCut_2017ChiroSport was officially welcomed to the community and welcomed as a member of the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the office at 410 W 4th St, Suite C, in Dell Rapids on Wednesday, April 12th.  Drs. Alex and Danika Nachreiner along with members from the chamber and guests cut the ribbon in front of their office prior to an open house for the community.  The open house consisted of a meet and great with Alex and Danika, tour of the office, snacks and drinks, along with prizes.

ChiroSport opened their doors to appointments on Monday, February 13th.  ChiroSport offers services of chiropractic care, nutritional counseling, pediatric care, maternity care, ARP trainer rehab, functional and dynamic rehab, Graston soft tissue therapy, myofascial work, spinal decompression, and kinesiotaping.

The Dell Rapids ChiroSport is the third ChiroSport office in the area.  There are also ChiroSport locations in Sioux Falls and Brandon.  Alex is a graduatate of Brandon Valley High School, South Dakota State University, and Northwestern Health Sciences University.  Danika is a native of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada and attended the University of Saskatchewan and Northwestern Health Sciences University.

Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce Hands out Awards at Annual Banquet


Katie Luttmann and The Mason Jar Boutique

The Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce gave out three awards during their annual banquet on Saturday, April 8th, at the Rocky Run Golf Course clubhouse in Dell Rapids.  The chamber handed out their annual awards of Business of the Year, Community Spirit Award, and Volunteer of the Year award.


Representatives of the Dell Rapids Connections group

Katie Luttmann and The Mason Jar Boutique was named the 2016 Dell Rapids Business of the Year.  The Community Spirit Award was given to Rob Everist.  The Volunteer of the Year was given to the Dell Rapids Connections group.

Besides the annual awards that were given, the evening also included a social hour, a catered meal by J&K Randel Catering of Dell Rapids, and a speech by inspirational business speaker and best-selling sports author Ross Bernstein.  Bernstein shared his thoughts and stories about passion and keys to business success with those in attendance.  He also gave away one of his books, America’s Coach, to everyone in attendance.


Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce board members Dan Ahlers, Amanda Roth, Amber Larson, Melissa Van’t Hof, Amy Lensing, Holly Davidson with Ross Bernstein.


Hundreds Gather for Chamber Easter Egg Hunt

2017DRChamberEasterEgg_3The Dell Rapids City Park was filled with hundreds of kids for the annual Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 8th.  The event was again broken into three different age groups:  three-years-old and under, ages four to six, and seven-years-old and older.  The eggs were hidden in three different areas of the city park for the kids to find.

The Easter Egg hunt started at 10:30 a.m., but the Easter Bunny made a visit to the park at 10:00 to take pictures with all of the kids.

2017DRChamberEasterEgg_2Each of the age groups had a “Golden Egg” winner.  The Golden Egg was exchanged for a prize package including several prizes from local businesses donated by the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce.