Dell Rapids Shopko Hometown Grand Opening

ShopkoOpening_7-22-16_1The store has been open for a couple of weeks for customers, but the Grand Opening celebration for the Dell Rapids Shopko Hometown was held on Friday, July 22nd.  A crowd gathered outside the store for the events that started at 8:45 a.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony and Shopko Foundation presentations.

Dell Rapids Shopko Hometown manager Patty Ramsey said, “Our team and I are so excited to be in this community.  I’ve found it to be very friendly.  I love this community and couldn’t ask for a friendlier community.  I’m really happy to be here.”DR_Shopko_1

“We’d like to thank you for choosing Dell Rapids, for investing in Dell Rapids.  I know the community as a whole appreciates you being here, and we’ll certainly show you our customer loyalty,” said Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce President Dan Ahlers during the ceremonies.

DRSM_Shopko_1Ramsey also presented two checks from the Shopko Foundations.  The first check was for $2,500 to the Dell Rapids High School.  The second check was for $1,000 to the Dell Rapids St Mary High School.  Ramsey then told the crowd that Shopko really does care for the community, and anyone who has fundraising can work with her or the Shopko Foundation.

After the ribbon cutting, the first 100 customers through the door on Friday received a certificate for a $10 gift card.  Customers could also sign up for the loyalty program throughout the day, and they were also treated to refreshments.


Water Rates to Increase in Dell Rapids

DellRapidsTowerThe Dell Rapids City Council approved the second reading and adoption of Ordinance 835, a water rate increase for 10th Street/Hwy 115 Funding during their regular meeting on Tuesday, July 5th.  The city was given a loan in the amount of $705,000 for the 10th Street and Hwy 115 projects by DENR.

In order to get approval for the loan, the council had to increase the water rates for residents by $2.25 per 5,000 gallons.  The base rate will be increased from $10.00 to $11.50.  There will also be an increase per 1,000 gallon rate from $4.37 to $4.52.

The ordinance was approved unanimously.


Dell Rapids Ace Hardware Celebrates One Year

AceOpening1Dell Rapids Ace Hardware celebrated one year in their new location with an anniversary celebration on Saturday, July 9th.  The event was full of activities including a splash cage dunk tank, Zumba class, free hotdog meal, games, inflatables, and other activities.

All the proceeds from the Zumba class and dunk tank were donated to the Children’s Miracle Network.  The event raised $944.66 for Children’s Miracle Network!


City Council Asked to Make Parks Tobacco Free

TobaccoFreeParksDominic Holmes, a recent graduate of Dell Rapids High School along with Kaitlynn Umphleet from Rural Sioux Empire Coalition for Youth made a request to the Dell Rapids City Council at their regular meeting on Tuesday, July 5th, to make the city parks tobacco free.

“We would like the city to adopt a tobacco free policy for all city parks.  We believe this is a great cause because it promotes cleaner air, ensures safer parks for children and animals, and models positive behavior for youth,” Holmes stated in his opening remarks.

Holmes also stated that other policies of not allowing alcohol and needing to clean up after pets help promote a healthy environment designed for parks.  He mentioned that having a tobacco free policy would also contribute to better community wellness.

Umphleet added that the Rural Sioux Empire Coalition for Youth has funding to provide tobacco free signage to Dell Rapids if the city council approves a tobacco free policy.  Umphleet also provided the council with information on a policy that is implemented in Minnesota that Watertown and Sioux Falls have also mirrored for their policies.  The council was also told by Umpleet that the University of Minnesota did a study in 2004 on the policy in place in Minnesota and found that 80% of park directors reported no change in park usage, 71% reported less smoking, and 58% reported cleaner parks.

The city council referred the request to the Policy and Procedures committee at this time to review the information provided to the council to make a determination on adoption.

ESA Quarry Days 5k a Success

Organizers of the 2016 ESA Quarry Days 5K/1 Mile event on Saturday, June 25th, said they had another successful year.  This event is a fundraiser with proceeds going to local community organizations.  This year 89 participants took part in the event with 77 running in the 5K.

The top overall female finisher was Christina Vogel with a time of 22:10.  The top overall male finisher was Ben Devlin from Sioux Falls with a time of 19:40.

Top Female Finishers:

  • 60 & over:  Rhonda Ralston
  • 50-59:  Lisa Schroeder
  • 40-49:  Joan Krush
  • 30-39:  Jessica Holt
  • 20-29:  Anna Grimsrud
  • 10-19:  Christina Vogel
  • 15 & under:  Lisa Koopman


Top Male Finishers:

  • 60 & over:  Tim Devlin
  • 50-59:  Keith DeLange
  • 40-49:  Ivan Vargas
  • 30-39:  Brad Olinger
  • 20-29:  Ben Devlin
  • 16-19:  Peyton Heins


Special Blood Drive Planned to Impact Lives

CommunityBloodBankDell Rapids, SD – Avera Dells Area Health Center and Community Blood Bank will partner up to save lives at a special summer community blood drive event held on Tuesday, July 5 from 7:00 to 11:00 am and 12:30 to 2:30 pm. The public will have an opportunity to donate blood to help local patients in the hospital during the month of July. All blood donations will go directly to saving patients’ lives in Dell Rapids. All who donate will receive a special All American blood drive t-shirt.

Every three seconds someone needs blood, and the only way to ensure that those needs are met is to rely on volunteer donors to donate blood. The need for local blood donors is immense. The Community Blood Bank supplies over 550 units of blood each week to people in the region. Among those who benefit from donated blood are trauma and burn victims, cancer patients and persons undergoing surgery.

“As we enter the summer months, it becomes extremely difficult to maintain an adequate blood supply for our community,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. “With many summer activities and vacations occurring, people forget to give blood throughout the summer. Summer is traditionally a time when there is a higher occurrence of accidents and injury as people travel on roadways and water ways, thus increasing the need for blood.”

Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form found at, weigh 110 lbs or more and be in good general health the day of the donation. Please bring an I.D. It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluid prior to donating. For more information log onto or call Avera Dells Area Health Center at 428-5431.

Community Blood Banks is a nonprofit, cooperative of Sanford Medical Center and Avera McKennan Hospital and the sole blood provider to the Sioux Empire. Community Blood Bank is not associated with any other blood bank organizations.

Billion Chevrolet Makes Big Donation to DR Little League

Billion Chevrolet of Dell Rapids, as part of the Chevy Youth Baseball initiative, donated $500 cash to the Dell Rapids Little League this year along with nearly $1,000 in baseball equipment.

On Monday, June 20th, Mike Person, Sales Manager at Billion Chevrolet of Dell Rapids, presented the $500 check to the Dell Rapids Little League on Field C in City Park.  Several Dell Rapids Little League players from various teams in Dell Rapids were at the field to receive the donation.

Dell Rapids Truck Route Ordinance Updated

TruckRouteChangesDuring the last Dell Rapids City Council meeting on Monday, June 6th, the Dell Rapids City Council approved changes to the truck route.  The amended truck route ordinance passed the second reading by a 7-0 vote.

The ordinance now states that a truck over eight tons or more must use the truck route, but may operate off the truck route when it becomes necessary to travel to another street for the purpose of loading or unloading, when instructed to do by any lawful order, authorized emergency vehicle, contractor when engaging in repair, maintenance or construction of city streets or city improvements, or when the operator of the truck obtains special temporary authority.

The truck route ordinance also states that garbage or recycling collector trucks with tandem rear axles or a single dually with pusher used to pick up items from customers located on a regular established route shall not exceed 20 tons total gross weight.  Garbage or recycling collector trucks with less than tandem axles shall not exceed 10 tons total gross weight.  Garbage or recycling collector trucks used to empty large dumpsters or roll-off containers are exempt from the city weight restrictions provided the trucks only deviate from the truck route(s) as is reasonably necessary.

Project Updates Discussed at Council Meeting

DellRapidsTowerDuring the regular Dell Rapids City Council meeting held on Monday, June 6th, City Administator Justin Weiland provided the council with updates on various projects that are ongoing or upcoming for the city of Dell Rapids.

Progress is being made on the Quartzite Street project.  The sewer had been installed and the water should be completed soon.  Grading of the project after the water installation with the final grade and curb and gutter to follow.

The plans for the 10th Street project have been submitted to the department of transportation and DENR for approval.  Once the plans are accepted, DGR will move forward with advertising the project for bids.  This project is still on schedule for bidding in late June or early July.

The planned tiling and grading project for the drainage area south of 10th street along the east side of Highway 115 has made progress.  DGR Engineers have performed a topographic survey and are currently finalizing the tiling and grading plan.  The project will require that new permanent easements be signed by the property owners in that area that are affected by the project, and those signatures will need to be collected prior to starting the construction portion of the project.

City administration is also nearly finished finalizing quotes and plans to construct a new men/women comfort station with showers at Rickemen Field park.  The city did budget $70,000 to complete this project in 2016.  Currently the project is coming in on budget at this point in the planning as reported by Weiland.  The work on the sewer extension and structure of the facility is tentatively planned to take place in July and August.

Dell Rapids CityWide Rummage Sale

2016CityWideRummageSaleThe annual Dell Rapids Citywide Rummage sale is being held this weekend, Thursday, June 2nd through Saturday, June 4th.  This annual event is held the first full weekend in June and many great bargains can be found throughout the city and surrounding area.

Printed lists of the participants are available at T&C’s and Cubby’s.  The list of participants can also be found by clicking this link.