New Paper Coming to Dell Rapids

After nearly a year of discussion, planning, and work, a new printed paper in Dell Rapids is close to being a reality.  Anderson Publications, with help from Big Sioux Media, is putting together the new printed publication called “The Dells City Journal”.  The paper will be a weekly publication that is sent through mail.  The first print of the paper will be delivered on June 27th to every mailing address in Dell Rapids free of charge.  After the first print, all subsequent issues delivered through the mail will be by subscription only.

The editor for the new paper is Tammy Chamley, and the office will be located at 513 W 4th St in Dell Rapids.

Anderson Publications currently prints six newspapers (Alexandria Herald, Canistota Clipper, Emery Enterprise, Marion Record, Montrose Herald, and Minnehaha Messenger) and two area shoppers (Hometown Shopper and Shopping Guide).  “The Dells City Journal” will be the seventh printed paper for Anderson Publications.

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Dell Rapids Pizza Ranch, Under New Ownership, Holds Ribbon Cutting

PizzaRanch2018RibbonThe Pizza Ranch in Dell Rapids is under new ownership, and they celebrated with a grand re-opening and ribbon cutting with the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce on Friday, June 15th.  Matt and Kim Cerwick of Brandon recently purchased the Pizza Ranch.

“It was a God thing,” said the Cerwick’s of purchasing the Dell Rapids Pizza Ranch.  Matt had worked many years in construction prior to the purchase, so this was a complete career change.  Matt spent a few months training at the Pizza Ranch in Orange City, IA as well as the corporate office.  Kim is also the President/CEO of the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce.  They mentioned during the event that they have been blessed to come into ownership with a great staff already in place.

The Cerwicks have made some changes to the inside of the building.  They have done some cleaning, painting, and installed new flooring.  They’ve also removed the video lottery machines from the building and move the arcade games into the space where the video lottery machines were located.  The old arcade area has been turned into another meeting room in the restaurant.

The Pizza Ranch vision is “To glorify God by positively impacting the world” and their mission is “To give every guest a legendary experience.”  The Dell Rapids Pizza Ranch is open Sunday-Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and open Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  More information about the Dell Rapids Pizza Ranch can be found on their website, https://pizzaranch.com/locations/sd/dell-rapids/500-w-4th-street

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Waste Water Treatment Plant in Dell Rapids Nearing Completion

DellRapidsTowerThe new waste-water treatment facility plant in Dell Rapids in nearing final completion.  The Dell Rapids City Council approved the release of 50% of the retainer to KCH Construction they kept on the project during their regular meeting on Monday, June 4th.  The release of half of those retainer funds brings the project one step closer to final completion.  The $5.5 million project started in late 2015.

KCH Construction has been operating the plant over the last few weeks and has been discharging into lagoon four.

“From all we can tell with some of the minimal amount of sampling we’ve had the ability to do up to this point, it’s starting to treat, but it’s not fully there.  Everything in the plant is operating accordingly,” said City Administrator Justin Weiland during the council meeting.

Tweaks and updates are still being made to try to get the microbes working a little better.  A few other items also remain on the project, but they are minimal punch list items and clean-up around the site according to Weiland.

The Dell Rapids City Council is scheduled to tour the new facility prior to their next meeting on June 18th.

The city has also hired a new operator of the facility in Ryan Fods.  Fods will also serve as a part-time public works employee along with operating the new waste-water treatment facility.

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Two Events Coming to Downtown Dell Rapids

2016QuarryDays1Downtown Dell Rapids will be hosting two big events in the coming weeks.  The Dell Rapids City Council approved both of all necessary permits during their regular meeting on Monday, June 4th.

The first big event that will be held downtown is the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce’s Quarry Days street dance on Saturday, June 23rd on Main Street.  Judd Hoos will again headline the street dance with opening act Ashley Wineland starting about 7:15 p.m.  This year’s street dance is being sponsored by Norby’s.

A new event being hosted by the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce will be held on Saturday, July 28th called “Wine and 2018WineAndWonderWonder”.

“This is a new event that the Chamber has worked with the local businesses on Main Street.  They’ve been talking about this for a few years,” said City Administrator Justin Weiland.  The reason for how long it’s taken to get this event going was due to working with the South Dakota Department of Revenue and making sure the event followed all the state’s liquor laws.

The “Wine and Wonder” event will close down Main Street for folks to come and enjoy wine and beer samples from local wineries and breweries while wondering downtown shopping, listening to live music, and viewing or participating in art demonstrations.  Cricket’s Catering and Gold Star Kettle Corn will be serving food.  The local wineries that are currently registered to be at the event include Tuckers Walk Vineyard, Humble Hill Winery, Schade Vineyard, Valiant Vineyards Winery, and Take 16 Brewing Company.

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Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office Gives County Report to Dell Rapids Council

MCSOLogoMinnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead along with Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Mike Walker gave a report of what the office is seeing throughout the county.  The presentation was given during the Dell Rapids City Council’s regular meeting on Monday, May 21st.

Sheriff Milstead noted that the drug cases in Dell Rapids stayed nearly the same from 2016 to 2017.  Dell Rapids had 29 cases in 2016 and 30 in 2017.  However, Sheriff Milstead said the meth arrests and overdose deaths in the county have doubled.  There were 11 overdose deaths in Minnehaha County in 2016 and 21 in 2017.

“We didn’t use to see meth overdoses, but here’s what’s happening.  Our percentage of purity and strength of our meth coming into our community is nearly 100%,” said Milstead.  He also noted that the meth epidemic is something the sheriff’s office struggles to handle.  Milstead said that over half of the violent crimes and burglaries in the county are related to meth use.

Meth isn’t the only the drug being seen in the county.  Milstead noted that seven of the overdose deaths in 2017 was related to heroin.

“I don’t think I’ve ever said the word heroin in Dell Rapids.  I never thought that I would, but heroin is in our communities now,” Milstead added.

Despite the shocking statistics given by Sheriff Milstead, he praised the council and the community of Dell Rapids.

“I have great respect for what you do and the challenges you face.  It’s really nice, actually, to come up and listen to a setback issue being a major thing that you’re handling, and you’re not dealing with a crisis that we’re seeing in other communities.  I think there’s a reason why people live in Dell Rapids. They want to keep it like Dell Rapids and will fight to keep it that way,” Milstead commented.

Officer Walker provided a few comments as well.  He noted that while he doesn’t know everything that goes on in the school, he does hear a lot.  Walker said he that he does hear a lot of the trends and said that it goes up and down every year.

“This year has been a really, really good year at Dell Rapids I think.  I’m not here to tell you that no kids are using marijuana or drinking and stuff, but I just did not hear the trend that I have in the last three or four years,” Walker said.

Walker also noted that while he didn’t hear some of the same trends in the school when it came to marijuana or drinking, he did mention that vaping is now becoming more of an issue.

Sheriff Milstead and Officer Walker also touched on other drug related items, apps and technology that the office is using or hopes to use, and social media.

The entire nearly hour-long report can be viewed in the video.

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Dell Rapids Students Participate in Community Service Day

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Students from Dell Rapids participated in a community service day during the afternoon of

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Friday, May 18th. Students were bused out into the community and then picked up trash as they walked back towards the school. Some students also helped do landscaping projects around the Dell Rapids High School building.

A large number of trash bags were filled from the community clean-up.

Students also painted inside of the train car in the park and played bingo at the nursing home.

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Baseball and Softball in Full Swing in Dell Rapids

2018DRBaseballSoftballSeasonAs the school year comes to a close, the summer ball season has begun.  After weeks of trying to battle snow storms and wet fields, the youth baseball and softball teams have begun playing games and fans can be heard cheering for their teams every night on the Dell Rapids ball fields.

The Dell Rapids 15/16 Teener team began their season on Monday, May 21st with a close loss to Volga 11-12 .   Two Dell Rapids 13/14 teams, Dells-J and Dells-N, have already played a few games this season.  Dells-J is currently 1-1 on the season, and Dells-N is 0-1.  The Dell Rapids Legion team will begin their season in early June.  Dell Rapids PBR and the Dell Rapids Mudcats amateur baseball teams have also started their 2018 season.

The Dell Rapids 12U and 10U baseball teams are in their second week of games.  Dell Rapids has four 12U teams and six 10U teams this year that can be found on the diamonds every Monday and Wednesday night.  The 8U baseball teams began their season on Tuesday, May 22nd, and they play Tuesdays and Thursdays.  The 6U teams began their season on Monday, May 21st and play Mondays and Wednesdays with some games being played at Dells Nursing and Rehab Center.  The Dell Rapids 12U, 10U, 8U, and 6U softball teams began their season on Tuesday, May 22nd.  Their games on are Tuesday and Thursday nights.

One new feature has been added to one of the youth fields for this summer.  Eagle Scout Jack Prasek put together a manual scoreboard and installed it on Field F for the Dell Rapids Baseball and Softball leagues as part of his Eagle Scout project.  The new scoreboard has been a great addition to the field.

Diamonds will be full of baseball games and softball games almost every night of the week through the early part of July.  Head down to the fields and catch some exciting games all summer long!

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Dell Rapids Library Use and Membership Continues to Climb

LibraryDedication-2Brittany Moeller, the Library Director at the Dell Rapids Carnegie Public Library, recently gave a report to the Dell Rapids City Council that showed continued growth at the library.

Moeller reported that 21,580 people visited the library in 2017.  She also noted that 55% of residents within the city limits of Dell Rapids, as well as the rural Dell Rapids residents, have a library card.  The library also saw 2,333 children and teens attend library programs in 2017.

“We had a really awesome year in 2017.  We’re hoping to continue that,” said Moeller.

Moeller also reported that since 2017 the library has added 500 new patrons and has seen an internal circulation of in-house items increase by 5,000 items as well.

Library staff is now preparing for the 2018 summer reading program.  Registration for the program opened on May 14th.  The reading portion as well as the programming and activities will start the first week of June and will run for eight weeks through July.  There will be activities and programming for preschool aged all the way through teens and adults.

“We appreciate the work you do at the library and the rest of the staff.  It pleases me to no end to see the use and increases, and particularly the children.  I think that’s just fantastic.  It’s a wonderful, great thing,” said Dell Rapids Mayor Tom Earley during Moeller’s report on Monday, May 7th.

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Dell Rapids School Board Honors DR 5th Grade Class

LivingHistoryFair2018The Dell Rapids School Board recognized the Dell Rapids fifth grade students and teachers for the work that they did at the Living History Fair on Friday, March 23rd.  Ms. Eggers,  Ms. Gruneich, Joshua Fletcher, Mylie Anderson, and Gavin Benson attended the school board meeting on Monday, May 14th to represent the fifth grade class.

The students were given an historical figure to portray during the event.  They researched their person putting together a report, creating a costume, and creating a visual board about their historical figure.  The student had coin cans at their stations, and when visitors put coins in the jars, the students “came to life” and acted out their report about the life of the person they were portraying.

The fifth grade class raised $1,000 during the event.  The students decided to donate all of those funds to the local food pantry in Dell Rapids.  For that act of generosity, the school board recognized the fifth grade class.

“That’s awesome.  Thanks for doing that.  We just wanted to recognize your hard work and thank you for doing it,” said School Board President Matthew Weiland

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Soil Health Road Show Scheduled for June 12-13

SDSHCLogoSOUTH DAKOTA SOIL HEALTH COALITION (SDSHC), Pierre, S.D. May 20, 2018:  A Soil Health Road Show has been scheduled for June 12-13, with events being held in four different locations throughout central and eastern South Dakota. Each event will feature nationally recognized soil health speaker Ray Archuleta as well as additional soil health specialists from the state and region. Archuleta is a farmer from Seymour, MO who teaches Biomimicry Strategies and Agroecology principles for improving soil health nationwide. He has over 30 years of work experience as a Soil Conservationist, Water Quality Specialist, and Conservation Agronomist with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Next month’s road show begins on June 12, with a bus tour in Moody County from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Stops will be made in Dell Rapids, SD and Pipestone, MN with soil and equipment demonstrations to be included as well as lunch and a producer panel. Beginning at 5:00 PM the same day will be an event at the Spink County 4-H Facility. This event will include a meal followed by a presentation by Archuleta which will cover topics such as soil biology, the benefits of diverse crop rotations and cover crops. The first event the following day, June 13, will be held at Dakota Lakes Research Farm and feature a farm tour and speakers Dr. Dwayne Beck, Dr. Cody Zilverberg, Dr. Jose Guzman and Ray Archuleta. Topics covered during the farm tour will include the importance of proper crop rotation techniques and their benefits, phosphate fertility associated with long-term use of no-till, the importance of understanding the carbon to nitrogen ratios in crop and cover crop selections, as well livestock integration into cropland.

The fourth and final event of the Soil Health Road Show will begin at 6:00 PM in Tripp County at St. Mary’s Hall. Speakers Bryan Jorgensen and Ray Archuleta will present sessions on the benefits of diverse crop rotations and cover crops as well as a discussion on carbon to nitrogen ratios. Attend an event near you to learn how you can work to improve your soil health this season and for years to come!

For full event details and flyers for each event please visit our website www.sdsoilhealthcoalition.org/events. or contact Cindy Zenk, SDSHC Coordinator, at (605) 280-4190 or sdsoilhealth@gmail.com.

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