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.

All-State Choir Selections for Dell Rapids and Dell Rapids St Mary

sdhsaaLogoEight Dell Rapids students and four Dell Rapids St Mary students were recently selected to participate in the 2014 South Dakota All-State Chorus and Orchestra concert.

Dell Rapids students participating are seniors Melanie Wilke and Luke Snoozy, juniors Josh Benda, Nick Holmes, Mikaela Stofferahn, and Ted DeLange, and sophomores Veronica Fritz and Elly Petrik.  The Dell Rapids St Mary students participating are seniors Matt Farmer and Julia Rush, junior Faith Jorgensen, and sophomore Zachary Geraets.  With his selection this year, Farmer has been selected to participate in the All-State Chorus all four years of high school.

This year’s conductor for the Grand Concert is Dr. Andre Thomas.  He is a professor at Florida State University, and the 2014 South Dakota All-State Chorus will be premiering one of his pieces.  The concert will be held on Saturday, November 1st, at the Sioux Falls Arena and Convention Center.  The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. with the doors opening at 5:30.  Reserved seats are $16.  General admission is $11 for adults and $7 for students.

Dell Rapids City Council Meeting: 9/15/14

The Dell Rapids City Council will meet in regular session on Monday, September 15th, at 7:30 p.m. at the Council Chambers.  Some of the items on the agenda include public hearing on resolution 2014-11: Assessment roll for snow removal, vegetation abatement and past due utilities, outdoor event permit request for homecoming parade and events, second reading and adoption for ordinances 806, 808, 809, and 810, unnamed island naming recommendation, and the administrative report.

The full agenda can be found by clicking here.

Suspected EV-D68 in South Dakota

The South Dakota Department of Health recently sent suspected cases of the enterovirus EV-D68 to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for testing.  The cases come from 14 individuals across the state ranging in age from two weeks old to 19-years-old.

There are more than 100 different types of enteroviruses that cause between 10 to 15 million infections every year, however, the EV-D68 strain is less commonly reported.  The state has sent these suspected cases to the CDC because neighboring states have reported cases in this current outbreak.  Hospitals and state health labs do have the ability to test for enteroviruses, but most of them do not have the specialized testing to distinguish the individual strains.

Most people infected have no symptoms to mild symptoms, but the infections can be serious for infants, children and teenagers.

Currently there is no specific anti-viral medication nor vaccine available for the EV-D68 strain.

People can protect themselves by avoiding close contact with sick people, disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, and washing hands often with soap and water.  Hand sanitizers are only minimally effective against enteroviruses.

More information about the EV-D68 strain and other enteroviruses can be found on the CDC website at

Haven Changes Inclement Weather Policy

Haven logoDuring the Dell Rapids School Board meeting on Monday, September 8th, an update to the Dell Rapids Community Haven inclement weather policy was reported to the school board.  According to Haven Director Jessica Ostwald, they have had many requests to be open more during inclement weather, and because of those requests, the school attorney had to be included in those discussions.  Haven was then informed they cannot be open when school starts late, gets out early, or is cancelled due to weather.  The Dell Rapids Community Haven program operates under the auspice of the Dell Rapids School District, therefore, Haven must follow the same guidelines as all school employees.  The change to policy will take effect immediately.

Here is the new policy:


  • Before School Program:
    • Operates each day public school is in session starting at 6:45 am.
    • If the Dell Rapids School District announces a “late start” on a particular day due to the weather or other emergency, the Before School Program will be closed.
  • After School Program:
    • Operates each day public school is in session until 6:00 pm.
    • The After School Program will be open on all public school scheduled early dismissal days beginning when school is dismissed until 6:00 pm.  (The after school fee for early release day will be determined based on the number of hours of operation.).
    • If the Dell Rapids School District announces “early dismissal” due to inclement weather, the After School Program will be closed.
  • The Haven Program will be closed on snow days.
  • Administration may close program for severe weather or other emergencies. Parents will be contacted to pick-up their child as soon as possible.

Dell Rapids School Board Meeting: 9/8/14

The Dell Rapids School Board will meet in regular session starting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 8th, in the MS/HS DDN Room.  Some of the items on the agenda include the consent agenda, Haven inclement weather procedures, attendance report, discussion on dual enrollment policy work, and other committee reports.  The school board will also enter into an Executive Session during the meeting.  The full agenda can be found by clicking here.

City Council Meeting: 9-2-14

The Dell Rapids City Council will meet in regular session on Tuesday, September 2nd, at 7:30 p.m. at the Council Chambers.  Some of the items on the agenda include Ordinance 807 second reading, Resolution 2014-09: Zoning Ordinance Violation, Ordinance 806 first reading, Ordinance 808 first reading, Ordinance 809 first reading, Ordinance 810 first reading, and the administrative report.  The full agenda can be found by clicking here.

The city council meeting will be webcast on Big Sioux Media until the council enters into Executive Session.

Local Beekeeper Receives Grant Money

Dell City HoneyDavid Jastram and Dell City Honey recently received grant money from The Pollination Project on July 26th as part of their Daily Giving 2014 campaign.  Jastram told the Pollination Project, “With the continuing loss of habitat, the bees are in serious decline. I keep bees as a hobby, and have discovered a large amount of interest from rural land owners who would like to have bees on their property, but are fearful of them, so they are looking to others to place hives for them. That’s where I can help.”

Funds received will provide lumber for Jastram to build 20 beehives and place them around rural South Dakota to support the honeybee population.The Pollination Project awards $1,000 start-up grants to individuals and projects that promote compassion around the world.  The Pollination Project’s Daily Giving Community is a team of 40+ people who help provide the $1000 grants every day.  More information about The Pollination Project can be found at their website,

More information about Dell City Honey can be found on their Facebook page,