All-State Chorus and Orchestra

sdhsaaLogoOver 1,000 of South Dakota’s best high school vocal and instrumental musicians will gather in Sioux Falls for the 62nd  Annual South Dakota All-State Chorus and Orchestra on Friday and Saturday, October 31 – November 1.  The All-State activities will culminate with a Grand Concert at the Sioux Falls Arena beginning at 7:00 p.m. (CDT) on Saturday evening, November 1.  Concert tickets can be purchased at, by calling 1-866-625-4586, or at the box office in the Sioux Falls Arena.  The doors of the Arena will open for the Concert at 5:30 on Saturday evening.

The annual All-State Chorus & Orchestra, sponsored by South Dakota High School Activities Association, is the largest interscholastic high school music activity held in South Dakota. The 2014 All-State Chorus includes 956 singers representing 151 South Dakota high schools.  The All-State Orchestra is comprised of 161 musicians from 25 schools.

Eight students from Dell Rapids and four students from Dell Rapids St Mary will be performing during the Grand 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.

The guest conductors for the 2014 All-State Chorus & Orchestra Concert are Dr. Andre Thomas from Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL and Jane Linde Capistran from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN.  Dr. Thomas will conduct the All-State Chorus while Ms. Capistran will lead the 2014 All-State Orchestra.

During the All-State Grand Concert, the South Dakota Music Educators Association will recognize several high schools and individuals for their contributions to music in South Dakota.

The South Dakota High School Activities Association will present its “SDHSAA Distinguished Service Award” to Dr. Rick Rognstad, Vermillion, and Faye Stryzewski, Chamberlain.

Reserved seats are $16.  General admission is $11 for adults and $7 for students.  South Dakota Public Broadcasting will be airing the Grand Concert live on SDPB1-TV at 7:00 p.m. (CDT).

Haven Butter Braids on Sale

Haven logoIt is that time of the year again – Butter Braids are here!!  This annual fundraiser is done to purchase materials for the Haven’s Before School, After School & Summer Programs.

Butter Braids come in seven scrumptious flavors: Cinnamon, Blueberry-Cream Cheese, Strawberry-Cream Cheese, Apple, Bavarian Crème, Cherry & Carmel Rolls.  Loaves sell for $11 each and are perfect for family get-togethers, holiday events or gifts!  They are extremely convenient to store and easy to make.  Loaves come frozen, and need to stay frozen until ready to use.  To make, simply unthaw on a greased pan for 8-12 hours, then bake for approximately 20 minutes to produce a delicious breakfast or dessert entrée.  Butter Braids are 22 oz and contain 0 grams of trans-fat.

Place your order by November 7 with any Haven staff member, board member, participating family, or by calling 366-8612.

Orders will be ready for pick-up on Thursday, November 20 from 3:00-6:00pm; just in time for the holidays!

2014 Haven Butter Braids


T&C Switching to Local Zip 57022

TCBrandChange 001T&C’s and The Other Place will be switching from Shell to Local.  Postcards were sent out by T&C’s to Dell Rapids residents on Monday, October 20th, explaining the upcoming changes.  Local is a South Dakota brand focused on helping to continue to put hometown first.  Local will offer T&C flexibility to better serve the needs in Dell Rapids without any national brand requirements.  Both T&C and The Other Place will be Local Zip 57022.

Changes to T&C to remove the Shell branding and install the Local branding are nearly completed at both locations.

District 25 Candidate Forum – 10/27/14

District25CandidateForumDell Rapids Elementary School hosted candidate forum for District 25 on Monday, October 27th.  Senate candidates Bill Laird (D) and Tim Rave (R) along with House candidates Roger Hunt (R) and Kris Langer (R) attended the forum.  The forum also brought South Dakota Governor candidate Susan Wismer (D) to Dell Rapids.

The forum was focused around educational issues.  Each candidate opened with introductions and then answered the following two questions:

  • Schools across the state are experiencing a shortage of viable candidates for teaching positions.  What are the top three things that can be done by the legislature to address the issue of recruitment and retention of teachers in this state?
  • Do you feel the state is sufficiently funding K-12 education?  If not, how do you propose to increase funding?

After the candidates answered the focus questions, they answered a couple of submitted questions.  Everyone was then given three minutes to address any other issues other than education they wished prior to the closing remarks.

The entire forum can be seen in the video.


Dell Rapids Students Participating in “Red Ribbon Week” this Week

2014RedRibbonWeekDell Rapids students at both Dell Rapids Public and Dell Rapids St Mary will be participating in “Red Ribbon Week” during the week of October 27th through the 31st.  Red Ribbon Week is held to commemorate the death of Kiki Camarena, a United States DEA Agent who was tortured and killed in Mexico while working in the fight against drugs. Now students, teachers, and families across America participate in this annual awareness campaign.  Public and St Mary students will be taking part in activities throughout the week, which include the following dress up days and activities:

Dell Rapids Public

  • Monday – “Sock It To Drugs” – Wear crazy socks!
  • Tuesday – “Team Up Against Drugs” – Wear Quarrier clothes!
  • Wednesday – “Drugs Turn You Inside Out” – Wear your clothes inside out!
  • Thursday – “Be All You Can Be” – Wear camo!
  • Friday – “Color My World Drug Free” – Wear red!

Dell Rapids St Mary

  • Monday - Sock it to Drugs… wear crazy socks
  • Tuesday - Team up Against Drugs… wear school spirit wear with jeans
  • Wednesday – Smarties choose to be drug free… students will get Smarties for a treat today.
  • Thursday - Being drug free is no sweat… wear sweats today
  • Friday – Don’t be tricked.. Drugs are no treat… students will receive a Halloween treat today.

Students will also be encouraged to send out drug free messages through Facebook at Twitter pledging to be drug free.

In addition to Red Ribbon Week activities, students can take part in a contest to try to win an iPad for themselves and $1000 for their school.  Students and families decorate their home’s front door, mailbox or fence with a double-looped red ribbon and the theme, “Love Yourself. Be Drug Free.”  Take a picture with the decoration and upload it to the following site: from Oct. 1-Nov. 4!  You must be 18 years or older to upload the photo.  Ask friends and family to vote for your photo beginning Nov. 5.  Eleven winners will be announced December 5th!

Downtown Trick or Treat Held on Friday

2014_DowntownTrickOrTreat_3The Downtown Trick or Treat event was held on Friday, October 24th, downtown Dell Rapids.  This year’s event was one of the more attended trick or treat events due to the beautiful fall weather all afternoon and evening long.  There was plenty of fun for all the trick-or-treaters.  Not only was there candy handed out, but the event brought “Cosmic Quest” trailer, Mr. Twister, and little train rides.



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 Revive Fitness is also on Facebook at