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.  The league received an L-screen, 4 sets of full catcher’s equipment, umpire clickers, baseballs, and bat racks

On Wednesday, May 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.

Billion Chevrolet will also be the tournament sponsor for the Dell Rapids Little League Tournament held on May 29th through May 31.


Dell Rapids Cemetery Board Starting Fund Raising Effort

The Dell Rapids Cemetery is a non-profit organization. It is governed by a nine member board of directors. The Board function is to manage the upkeep of the cemetery and monitor the finances of the perpetual care trust. The fees associated with the cemetery are set based on the expected yearly expenses. Any projects the board pursues need to be financed independently.

After much discussion at the annual meeting, the board has decided to start fundraising with the intent to surface all the roads in the cemetery. The cost of pouring each concrete section is approximately $5500. There are 28 road sections in the cemetery, so the total cost of surfacing all of the roadways is just over $150,000. The board understands that this project will need to be completed in phases and will depend on the generosity of the families whose loved ones are interred in the cemetery with regard to how long this major project for the Dell Rapids Cemetery will take.

To make it easy for those inclined to make donations, Mark Kahler and Ross Brende will volunteer to accept and coordinate the donations. Donations may be sent to Kahler Funeral Home, 107 W 4th St., Dell Rapids, SD 57022. Please indicate that the donation is meant for the cemetery concrete surface project.

The Dell Rapids Cemetery originally platted on August 6, 1881. One of the first wagon trains to come to the Dell Rapids area was 1872. Some of the first interments in the Dell Rapids Cemetery were John Thorne in 1874 and Rhoda Dutcher in 1894. In 1906 the price of a cemetery lot was $25. Prior to 1906 the Dell Rapids Cemetery was owned and maintained by the City of Dell Rapids. The Dell Rapids Cemetery Association was incorporated April 7, 1905 at which time the association took over full control of the cemetery. The pillars were erected by Chris Paulson for $351 in 1911. The original pillars still stand today. In 1913 the board members of the association voted to officially name the cemetery. The name they voted on was The Grand View Cemetery, today it’s known as the Dell Rapids Cemetery. In 1918 the cemetery expanded the cemetery and bought the north five acres from Nels Jensen those acres are still being farmed by the Jensen family. Today the cemetery contains twelve blocks with over 3300 burials with close to 600 veterans, and over 90 Odd Fellow burials and 3 Daughters of the American Revolution burials.

Notable Burials:
Susanna Hunt is the niece of Morman Founder, Joseph Smith
William McFarland, locked away South Dakota’s first inmate, known as South Dakota’s first turn key.
John January, was a prisoner at Andersonville during the Civil War, due to malnutrution and disease he had to amputate his own legs to save himself.
Thomas Lyons: ran the trolly to cross the big sioux river before bridges, his wife, Maria Lyons was the first known Rebekkah in the state of South Dakota.
Abigail Ervin, her father was part of the original colonist that broke away from England, he was even present when Cornwallis surrendered.

Nohava Elected as SDFDA President

Douglas G. Nohava, CFSP, CPC, of Minnehaha Funeral Home in Baltic, Colton, Dell Rapids, and Garretson, SD, was elected as President of the South Dakota Funeral Directors Association (SDFDA) at their annual state convention held on May 6-8 at the Best Western PLUS Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls, SD. This year’s convention marked the association’s 116th anniversary. Nohava was sworn into office by his father, Myron G. Nohava, a past-president of the SDFDA.

Nohava, a funeral director for 10 years, will serve on the Executive Board of the SDFDA as state president for the 2015-2016 association year. He graduated from the University of Minnesota’s Program of Mortuary Science in 2004. He has been employed with Minnehaha Funeral Home since 2005 and is licensed in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa. Doug is also a Licensed Insurance Producer in South Dakota and Minnesota and currently represents United Heritage Life Insurance, a funeral insurance provider. In 2010, Doug received the Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) designation from the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. To attain the CFSP designation, Doug completed 180 hours of academic, professional, and public education activities. In 2013, he became a Certified Preplanning Consultant (CPC) through the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA). Since 2012, he has also served on the NFDA Disaster Preparedness Resource Group and is also a Region 8 Team Member of the Department of Health and Human Service’s Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (D-MORT).

Doug is a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Garretson, and the Garretson Commercial Club. He is also a certified firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician, and fire service instructor with the Garretson Volunteer Fire Department and currently serves as the department’s 2nd Assistant Chief. He and his wife, Karly Hegge, have two daughters, Kalyce and Amity.

The South Dakota Funeral Directors Association is a professional association that represents the funeral service professional and the funeral home establishments in the state. The Association provides education, legislative representation and public relations statewide.

2015 SDFDA Officers 5-11-15

Left to Right: Dist 3 President Michael Wight of Wight, Comes, Sogn Funeral Chapel, Watertown; Dist 4 President Jim Schriver of Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary, Aberdeen; President Doug Nohava; President-Elect Chad Osthus of Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel of Watertown; Vice-President Dan Krugman of Welter Funeral Home, Huron; and Immediate Past President George Bittner of Bittner Funeral Chapel, Mitchell.


For More Information Contact:
Tammy Kerr, Executive Director
SD Funeral Directors Association25654 431st Ave.
Spencer, SD 57374-5800
Phone: (605) 246-9466

New City Council Members Take Office

2015CityCouncil_1The new members of the Dell Rapids City Council took office on Monday, May 4th, during the council’s regular meeting.  Mike Sterud is representing Ward 3, replacing Craig Lauritzen.  Mary Klockman is representing Ward 4, replacing Chad Andrews.  David Sommerfeld was re-elected in Ward 1, and Paul Miles was re-elected in Ward 2.  2015CityCouncil_2

Mayor Scott Fiegen recognized Lauritzen and Andrews for their service on city council before the new council commenced.

Along with the new members of the council taking office, committees were also determined during the meeting.  Mark Crisp was nominated as President, and Miles was nominated as Vice President.  Sommerfeld, Crisp and Miles will serve on the Finance and Utilities Committee.  Sterud, Gary Haak, and Lee Burggraff will serve on the Policies and Procedures Committee.  Mike Geraets will serve as Minnehaha County Economic Development Association/Dell Rapids Economic Development Corporation liaison.  Mary Klockman will serve as Library Board liaison.2015CityCouncil_3

SD Elder Abuse Task Force

During the 2015 South Dakota legislative session, SB 168 established an Elder Abuse Task Force which will be studying financial, physical and emotional abuse of elderly South Dakotans. The task force is charged with making recommendations to the SD Legislature on policies and legislation to effectively address the issue. Appointed members will serve until January 1, 2016. Included in the seventeen member task force is Rep. Kris Langer from Dell Rapids. The first meeting will be held later this summer.

Dell Rapids High School Student Wins SD/ND NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

ShaunaBrechDell Rapids High School student Shauna Brech has received the North and South Dakota NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.  The award, sponsored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), the East Dakota Educational Cooperative – Career Link Program, Sanford Research, and the Great Plains Girls Collaborative Project, recognizes high school women for their computing-related achievements and interests as part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology.

Brech was one of just eight award-winners who were selected from high schools across the two-state area for their outstanding aptitude and interest in information technology and computing, solid leadership ability, good academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.

“The awards committee was impressed with Shauna’s willingness to look beyond the classroom in her attempts to develop new skills.  Her ability to seek out and find broadcast technology projects really demonstrates her initiative and entrepreneurial spirit.   We admire her for that and are eager to see what she does next,” said Kristy Jackson, regional NCWIT awards chairwoman.

These regional award winners were formally recognized during an event in Sioux Falls SD.  Regional winners are now eligible to compete for exclusive internships and scholarships, which are designed to further support their career aspirations.

“Encouraging young women’s interest in technology careers is critical: our workforce needs their creativity and their innovation,” said Lucy Sanders, CEO and Co-founder of NCWIT.

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) works to correct the imbalance of gender diversity in technology and computing because gender diversity positively correlates with a larger workforce, better innovation, and increased business performance. Increasing the number of women in technology and computing also has the potential to improve the design of products and services to better serve a more diverse population, and increase economic and social well-being by providing more women with stable and lucrative careers. Find out more at

Kristy Jackson, Career Link Program Manager
NCWIT, regional awards coordinator (SD/ND)
East Dakota Educational Cooperative
715 East 14th St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
(605) 367-7680 x 120

Newly Remodeled Dell Rapids Carnegie Public Library Dedicated

The newly remodeled Dell Rapids Carnegie Library was dedicated on Saturday, May 2nd, on a picture perfect morning.

LibraryDedication-1Tom Earley, president of the Board of Trustees, opened up the dedication ceremony with a few opening remarks.  “Today we celebrate the completion of the renovation of the original Dell Rapids Carnegie Public library and the completion of the addition.  You see before you a building renovated to the standards of today…updated infrastructure wired for technology.  The additional space allows us to improve our service with new and exciting programs,” said Earley.

A new flag pole dedication followed an invocation by Pastor Melissa Fletcher.  Eight members of the Dell Rapids High School choir sang the national anthem as the American flag was raised on the new flag pole for the first time.  American Legion Post 65 presented the colors. LibraryDedication-4

LibraryDedication-5Mayor Scott Fiegen also spoke during the ceremony.  “I’ve been involved in many projects over the years as mayor, but none that have taken this long.”  Mayor Fiegen then asked those in attendance to raise their hands if they served as a library board member, served on the city council, or donated time or money to the project.  “Just look around at the hands up, just look around.  This is what a community project looks like.  This is definitely a community project.”   Mayor Fiegen also said, “I think this is a great addition to our community,” after thanking many for their work and dedication to the project.

Library Director Brittany Moeller said, “I just want to thank everybody for their continued support and dedication to this project.  With this new library, my staff and I are eaglery anticpating the different opportunities and programs we will be able to offer the community of Dell Rapids.” LibraryDedication-6

Mary Jones, Director of Siouxland Libraries was the guest speaker during the ceremony.  She concluded with a challenge to the audience.  “You all need to find and renew all the ways you can to encourage the use of this new facility and connect with the community after this celebration today.”

The 45-minute dedication ceremony ended with a ribbon cutting with the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce and refreshments served inside the library.




Three Ribbon Cuttings in Dell Rapids

Three downtown Dell Rapids businesses held ribbon cuttings with the Dell Rapids Chamber on Friday, May 1st.


Ashley Horton, owner of Creative Lush Boutique, had her grand opening and ribbon cutting at her location at 412 E 4th St.  Katie Luttmann, owner of Mason Jar Boutique, also had her grand opening and ribbon cutting at her location of 418 E 4th St.  The final celebration was for Thelma Busk, owner of Blooms on Main.  She held a ribbon cutting and Grand Re-opening to celebrate the move to her new location at 406 E 4th St.


All three businesses had refreshments and great shopping to celebrate the events.BloomsOnMain

Sheltered Reality Performs for Dell Rapids Elementary Students

ShelteredReality-1 The Dell Rapids Elementary School students were treated to a program by Sheltered Reality on Tuesday, April 28th.  Sheltered Reality, started in 1996, uses choreographed drumming to help spread their message of “Success” to the students.  The drummers for the program at Dell Rapids included six students from Dell Rapids Elementary that participate in the Haven program.  The other students were from the Tea after school program.

The program centered around the message of “Success”.  The group shared about personal success and success in helping others.  They gave the students four points to being successful: ShelteredReality-2

  1. Take a chance to learn something new
  2. Never give up on hard work
  3. Do whatever it takes
  4. Be legit – own who you are and be proud of it

The entire assembly was webcasted and can be viewed on the webcast page in the archive section.