City Council Election to be Held April 14

DellRapidsTowerThe Dell Rapids City Council will fill four open spots in 2015.  Each ward has one open seat on the council.  Ward elections will be held on Tuesday, April 14th, at the Lutheran Church.  Residents must be registered to vote no later than Monday, March 30th.  Absentee ballots can be cast starting on Monday, March 30th.  Those ballots can be picked up and submitted at City Hall.

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Ward 1 Candidates:

  • David Sommerfeld – Incumbent
  • Doug Geraets
  • Mike Carpenter

Ward 2 Candidates:

  • Paul Miles – Incumbent
  • James Rueckert

Ward 3 Candidates

  • Jeff Schwebach
  • Mike Sterud

Ward 4 Candidates:

  • Chad Andrews – Incumbent
  • James Borchert
  • Mary Klockman

Dell Rapids Student to Tour with Northwestern Choir

image001ORANGE CITY, Iowa—Jordan Stone, a student at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, is a member of the college’s A cappella Choir and will perform in churches and schools in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota March 26–29.

The three-part concert will begin with sacred selections, including a powerful setting of “Amazing Grace.” The choir will also perform settings from the Psalms and “Prayer,” which was written from a prayer by Mother Teresa.

Section two of the concert will feature virtuosic choral works, including the women performing “Eatnemen Vuelie,” a Norwegian tune from the soundtrack for the Disney movie “Frozen,” and “Blue Tail Fly,” which the men will perform. “Hee-oo-hm-ha” will feature a tenor yodeler, and “Bohemian Highway” is a musical “duel” between the alto section and the rest of the ensemble.

The concert will conclude with a selection of spirituals and gospel music as well as the choir’s traditional final hymn, “Beautiful Savior.”

Stone is a freshman and is majoring in religion at Northwestern College. She sings soprano in the choir. Stone is the daughter of Dane and Jody Stone of Dell Rapids.

The 43-member A cappella Choir is directed by Dr. Thomas Holm, professor of music at Northwestern and conductor of the Sioux County Oratorio Chorus. The ensemble has performed across the U.S. and in Europe.

Northwestern College is a Christian college of more than 1,200 students in Orange City, Iowa. Rated the nation’s eighth-best baccalaureate college by Washington Monthly and a top-10 Midwestern college by U.S. News & World Report magazine, Northwestern provides an education committed to academic rigor and a Christ-centered worldview.


by Tamara Fynaardt,, 712-707-7115

Chamber of Commerce Hands out Awards at Annual Banquet

L to R:  Mike Park (T&C), Matt Larson (Big Sioux Media), Loren Fjellanger Photo courtesy of Holly Davidson

L to R: Mike Park (T&C), Matt Larson (Big Sioux Media), Loren Fjellanger
Photo courtesy of Holly Davidson

The Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce held their Annual Banquet on Saturday, March 7th, at the Grand Opera House.  During the banquet, the Chamber of Commerce handed out three awards.  Mike Park and the Park family, owners of T&C and The Other Place, received the 2014 Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award.  Big Sioux Media was given the 2014 Community Spirit Award.  Loren Fjellanger was awarded the 2014 Volunteer of the Year.

Lisa Brouwer Photo courtesy of Holly Davidson

Lisa Brouwer
Photo courtesy of Holly Davidson

After the awards were handed out, attendees were treated to keynote speaker Lisa Brouwer.  Brouwer spoke about having a wild imagination for your business, and dreaming big.  Brouwer also spoke of her upcoming Inspired Tour in which she’ll be riding a motorcycle from New York to San Francisco.  More information about The Inspired Tour can be found on their website,

Dells Nursing and Rehab Senior Prom

2015DNRCSeniorProm1The Dells Nursing and Rehab Center held a “Senior Prom” for their residents on Sunday, February 22nd.  The event was held from 2:00 – 4:oo p.m.  Champagne and appetizers were served, and there was also a crowning of the 2015 Sweethearts.

Decorations, corsages, dresses, jackets, and many other items were donated to make the event a success.  Kerri Deats helped the residents with hair for the event.  Shane Skinner provided the music.  The 2015 Sweethearts crowned were Arnold and Nita Heinemann.2015DNRCSeniorProm2

Maranda Koernke, Activity Director at Dell Rapids Nursing and Rehab Center, said, “Thank you to our wonderful team and families at DNRC for your hard work and dedication to making everyday special for our residents.”

More pictures from the event can be found on their Facebook page,

St Mary 6th Grader Qualifies for State Spelling Bee Competition

StMarySpellingBeeContestantsDell Rapids St Mary school sent three students to The Scripps Spelling Bee regional competition for the very first time on February 28th.  The regional competition was held at Augustana College.  The three students that participated were 4th-grader Gabe Nelson, 5th-grader Seth Roemen, and 6th-grader Ella Heinitz.

There were two parts to the regional competition.  First approximately 45 contestants from grades four through eight were asked to write their responses to 50 pronounced words.  90% of the pronounced words came from the lists studied by participants before the competition.  The remaining 10% of the words were of greater difficulty and were found from different sources.  22 contestants with the highest written scores continued to the second round, the oral spelling portion of the contest.

Heinitz was the 20th name announced to participate in the oral competition.  Heinitz spelled the words guffaw, flambé, grandeur, harbinger, chintzy, domicile, Heinitz2ndPlaceFinishSpellingBeetautology, and herbivore correctly through nine rounds.  In the 10th round, she incorrectly spelled the word kitsch.  However, Heinitz advanced far enough into the competition to finish in second place, qualifying her for the state competition which will be held at the University of South Dakota on March 21st.


Senior Art Majors to Display Work in Northwestern College Gallery

image001ORANGE CITY, Iowa—Two senior art/graphic design majors at Northwestern College will display their work March 16–20 in the college’s Te Paske Gallery. “Something Beautiful,” an exhibit by Megan Timmer and Karen Ettleman, will include a public reception Friday, March 20, at 7 p.m.

Flowers are the subject of Timmer’s oil paintings and monotype and collagraph prints. “Each flower is different and unique from each other, yet each one is beautiful,” she says. “This relates to how each one of us is unique, but God created each one of us beautiful in his eyes.”

Timmer is the daughter of Rick and Julie Timmer of Dell Rapids, S.D. Following graduation this May, she plans to work as a graphic designer.

Ettleman’s artwork will include prints, oil paintings on canvas, mixed media, charcoal drawings and ceramics. Several of her pieces will feature horses. “From a very young age, I loved horses and was always drawing them,” she says. “I think they are a wonderful example of one of God’s beautiful creations, and they’re often referred to in the Bible.”

Ettleman will work in Orange City after graduation while her husband, Levi, finishes college and his last football season at NWC. In addition to her art/graphic design major, she has a minor in business and a coaching endorsement. She is the daughter of Kelly and Fran Hutson of Logan, Iowa.

Northwestern’s Te Paske Gallery is located in the Thea G. Korver Visual Arts Center, on Highway 10 at 214 8th Street SW in Orange City. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to midnight Sunday.


by Anita Cirulis, , 712-707-7369

5th Grade Living History Fair at DR Middle School

The annual Dell Rapids Public 5th grade “Living History Fair” will be held on Wednesday, March 4th, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. and again from 3:30-4:30 p.m.  The 5th grade classes invite everyone to join in the celebration of their hard work, time and effort preparing for this event.

Students will have visual boards and will be dressed in costume.  Donating coins into the students collection jar will bring them to life as they share a little piece of history and how their historical person impacted American history.  All of the money collected by the 5th grade students in their jars will be donated to a charity of the student’s choosing, which will be decided upon at a later time.

The event will be held in the Dell Rapids Middle School commons area.

5th Grade Living History Fair
Wednesday, March 4
9:00-10:00 a.m. &  3:30-4:30 p.m.

Dell Rapids Student to Serve Over Spring Break

ORANGE CITY, Iowa—Megan Timmer is one of 183 students from Northwestern College who will travel across the United States and overseas for the college’s annual Spring Service Projects (SSP) Feb. 28 through March 9.

This year’s teams will serve at 14 sites. International destinations include the Netherlands, Haiti and Nicaragua. In Amsterdam, students will live and work at two Christian youth hostels, sharing their faith with guests from around the world. The team in Haiti will teach children and provide manual labor, while those in Nicaragua will do construction work, distribute food and help lead a vacation Bible school in the impoverished area of Bluefields.

Teams in the U.S. will travel to Minnesota, California and throughout the South. A new U.S. partner for Northwestern College is Mount Olive Ministries, a Christian community development organization in Mount Olive, Miss. Students on that SSP team will serve as classroom, after-school and writing workshop tutors. They will also paint, do manual labor and help with office projects.

In Minnesota, one group will join Urban Ventures in Minneapolis, where they will conduct three health fairs, participate in work projects, serve as tutors, and help with a street patrol ministry and youth events. Another team will travel to the Grand Portage Indian Reservation, where they will interact with community members, and spend time in Duluth, assisting a Habitat for Humanity renovation project.

In California, students will partner with Emmanuel Reformed Church of Paramount, Calif., to paint homes and build relationships in a nearby gang-ridden community.

Additional U.S. service opportunities include tutoring and recreational programs in Jonesboro, Ark.; home repair in the Appalachian community of Annville, Ky.; after-school programs and construction projects in New Orleans; and construction, tutoring and community cleanup in Opelousas, La.

Still other Northwestern students will assist with after-school programs, home visits and a thrift store in Cary, Miss.; volunteer in local schools and after-school programs in Jacksonville, Fla.; and serve with a ministry to ex-prisoners in Lindale, Texas.

Timmer is a senior and an art/graphic design major at Northwestern College. She will serve with United Christians International in Haiti. Timmer is the daughter of Rick and Julie Timmer of Dell Rapids.

Northwestern College is a Christian college of more than 1,200 students in Orange City, Iowa. Rated the nation’s eighth-best baccalaureate college by Washington Monthly and a top-10 Midwestern college by U.S. News & World Report magazine, Northwestern provides an education committed to academic rigor and a Christ-centered worldview.


by Anita Cirulis,, 712-707-7369

Dells FFA Chapter “Goes All Out”

2015NationalFFAWeekEach year, FFA chapters around the country celebrate National FFA Week. The week-long tradition began in 1947 when the National FFA Board of Directors designated the week of George Washington’s birthday as National FFA Week in recognition of his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer. The first National FFA Week was held in 1948. Today, FFA Week always runs Saturday to Saturday and encompasses Feb. 22, Washington’s birthday.

This year National FFA week will be held February 21-28 and the theme is Go All Out. FFA asks its members to Go All Out as they live their lives. All agriculture students need to have courage and conviction in making choices that will lead to success for themselves, their schools and their communities. Members need to motivate themselves and put everything they have into everything they do. They need to be determined, know no bounds and take action.

National FFA Week is an opportunity for FFA members, alumni and sponsors to advocate for agricultural education and FFA. It’s a time to share with local, state and national audiences what FFA is and the impact it has on members every day.

Today’s FFA members are the innovators and leaders of tomorrow. Through agricultural and hands-on learning, they are preparing for more than 300 career opportunities in the food, fiber and natural resources industry.

The activities planned by the Dell Rapids FFA Chapter will consist of a scavenger hunt for various FFA symbols in the high school and a trivia question related to the FFA on Monday.   The activities for Tuesday will be drive a tractor to school and a new FFA trivia question. The FFA chapter will provide muffins for the high school staff members as a sign of appreciation for all they do to support the program, a dirty vehicle contest and another FFA trivia question on Wednesday. On Thursday, a short activity will be conducted during a pep rally along with another FFA trivia question. To finish out the week, agriculture Olympic games will be set up in the shop for agriculture students to compete in and a final FFA trivia question.

**Submitted by Tom Wolff

Rezone Request Passes 2nd Reading

ReZoneRequest_2-2-15Ordinance 816, Rezone Request for 608 E 6th St, passed the second reading during the Dell Rapids City Council meeting held on Tuesday, February 17th.  The request is to have the property owned by Paul Roemen to be rezoned from an R2 Two Family Attached Residential to a B2 General Business District with the intent to sell the property to an interested buyer.  After the sale of the property, the intended use for the property is for a contractor’s shop.

Chris Gross, a Dell Rapids resident that lives in the neighborhood, was in opposition of the rezone request and said, “I’m opposed to it.  We take great pride in our home.  We restored it.  We have received an award from the historical society for the preservation of it.  It to me is encroaching on a historical neighborhood in town that should be respected and kept in tact as such.”

After hearing other residents speak for and against the rezone request, the council held more discussion on the matter.  Councilman Mark Crisp asked Councilman Chad Andrews why he was not in favor of this rezone.  “Chad, let me ask you this…you were the only one on this board supporting Argonne doing what they were doing.  Now you are sitting here opposing….same thing.   You were the only one supporting that at that time, so what’s changed your mind?”

Andrews responded, “They were going to run a business out of a stone structure that they could afford to maintain…one person.  They weren’t going to build a shop.  They weren’t going to store equipment on it.  I look at it as I would have loved to live next door to that because I know they were going to maintain it.  Here…who knows what could happen.  We rezone this lot, like he said, anybody could buy it after they want it and do whatever the heck they want with it as a B2, and there’s no stopping them.”

Crisp made the motion to pass the second reading of the rezone request.  Councilman Paul Miles seconded the motion.  The rezone request passed by a 5-3 vote.  Councilmen Andrews, David Sommerfeld, and Craig Lauritzen voted no.

Even though the council passed the second reading, residents still have an opportunity to stop the rezone from happening.  If 40% of the property owners within 250 feet of the property are opposed, they can bring a protest to the council.