Local Beekeeper Receives Grant Money

Dell City HoneyDavid Jastram and Dell City Honey recently received grant money from The Pollination Project on July 26th as part of their Daily Giving 2014 campaign.  Jastram told the Pollination Project, “With the continuing loss of habitat, the bees are in serious decline. I keep bees as a hobby, and have discovered a large amount of interest from rural land owners who would like to have bees on their property, but are fearful of them, so they are looking to others to place hives for them. That’s where I can help.”

Funds received will provide lumber for Jastram to build 20 beehives and place them around rural South Dakota to support the honeybee population.The Pollination Project awards $1,000 start-up grants to individuals and projects that promote compassion around the world.  The Pollination Project’s Daily Giving Community is a team of 40+ people who help provide the $1000 grants every day.  More information about The Pollination Project can be found at their website, http://thepollinationproject.org/.

More information about Dell City Honey can be found on their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/DellCityHoney.


New Laptops for DR Middle School

NewDRLogoThe Dell Rapids Middle School recently purchased enough laptops so that every student in fifth through eighth grade would be able to be on a computer in their core classroom for the upcoming school year.

During the Dell Rapids School Board meeting on Monday, August 11th, Middle School Principal Fran Ruesink said, “We purchased enough laptops so that really any classroom that we’ve got for our core classes of 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th, they should be able to be one-on-one if they want to be with the combination of desktops and laptops right in the rooms.”

Ruesink also reported to the board that with the way that the Language Arts curriculum is going and the way that standardized testing requires an online performance, it’s something they felt was needed.

“None of those machines will go home, but the days of us going to the library for computer lab should be done.  Any classroom should be able to be up and going in five minutes or less,” said Ruesink.

The machines are already at the middle school, and technology staff are currently working to re-image the machines for school use.  The goal is to have the laptops ready for student-use by the time school starts on August 27th, or as soon as possible.

Dell Rapids City Council Meeting: 8/18/14

The Dell Rapids City Council will meet in regular session starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Council Chambers on Monday, August 18th.  Some of the items on the agenda include re-zone request ordinance 807 – first reading, 2015 budget outside agency funding requests, personnel changes, and the administrative report.  The full agenda can be found by clicking here.

The city council meeting will be webcast on Big Sioux Media until the council adjourns and enters into executive session.

Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are!

2014MiracleTreatDayThis year Dairy Queen® is celebrating Miracle Treat Day with even more magic.

On Thursday August 14th, 2014, $1 or more from every Blizzard® Treat purchased at participating DQ® stores will be donated to local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® to help children in need.

Stop by the Dell Rapids Dairy Queen® for a blizzard or blizzard coupon.  Together we can provide hope and healing to sick and injured children in your community.

Dell Rapids School Board Meeting: 8/11/14

The Dell Rapids School Board will meet in regular session on Monday, August 11th, at 7:00 p.m. at the MS/HS DDN Room.  Some of the items on the agenda include approval of monthly bills and financial report, approval of school mascot, discussion on elementary enrollment numbers, and review of school district policies/regulations.  The full agenda can be found by clicking here.

The meeting will be webcast on Big Sioux Media.

Dell Rapids School Registration and Open House

Quarrier LogoDell Rapids Public Schools will be holding registrations starting on Monday, August 11th, and will continue on Tuesday, August 12th.  The Senior class registration will be on Monday from 9:oo a.m. until 12:00 p.m.  The Junior class registration will also be on Monday from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.  A mandatory Parent/Student meeting for fall sport participants in grades 7-12 will also be held on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the high school gym.

Registration will continue on Tuesday with elementary student registration at the elementary school from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  Sophomore class registration will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.  5th grade registration will also be held from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the middle school.  Freshman registration will run from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m at the high school while grades 6-8 registration will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the middle school.

Open houses for Dell Rapids public will take place on Tuesday, August 26th.  The elementary school open house will be from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.  The 5th grade open house will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the high school gym.  Open house for grades 6-8 will be held in the home room classrooms also from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on August 26th.

The first day of school is Wednesday, August 27th.

Complete school supply lists can be found by clicking the links:

20 Years of Jr. Football Coaching

MoeLickteig-3“Moe, 20 years is amazing.  20 years of doing anything is amazing, but 20 years of being a positive influence on kids, that’s tough to beat,” said Mike Henriksen.

Henriksen’s opening remarks set the celebratory mood on Sunday, August 3rd, at Dell Rapids City Park for Moe Lickteig’s 20 years of Jr. Football coaching celebration.  Lickteig was surprised by family and friends with a party in the park to honor him.MoeLickteig-4

“I don’t do it for this…I don’t.  I do it for our program,” said Lickteig at the beginning of the evening.  Throughout the evening, family, friends, and former players enjoyed spending time thanking Lickteig for all the years he has spent coaching Jr. Football in Dell Rapids.  A thank you banner with hand-written thank yous was presented to Lickteig.  The rest of the time was spent reminiscing on past teams and viewing team photos.MoeLickteig-5

Lickteig has no sons of his own, but his daughter approached him with a piece of paper about South Dakota Jr Football with an interest in playing 20 years ago.  He allowed his daughter to play, and noted that she ended up being one of his best blockers over the years.  Lickteig helped coach that first year, and mentioned that all the other coaches were 4th-grade dads.  They looked at him to take over the next year, and he’s been coaching a team of 3rd and 4th-graders ever since.

“The kids.  The kids.  The kids.  The things they do, the things they say, the hard work they give you, that’s what I do it for,” said Lickteig.  His coaching philosophy over the years has been very simple.  He says, “Play hard and have fun.  You don’t want to do that, you might as well stay home.  Play hard and have fun.  The rest is going to fall into place.  Johnny wants to be a quarterback…well…Johnny you are going to have to try harder.  It just don’t come overnight.  You gotta work.  And they do.  It’s been that good.”


Lickteig also made it a point over and over again throughout the night that it’s not all about him.  “It’s not all because of me.  It’s my assistant coaches.  It’s my family that has allowed me to do this.  It’s all the parents.  I tell them at the beginning of the year this isn’t my team.  This is our team.”  He also thanked all of his sponsors throughout the 20 years.  “The support in this town is outstanding.  It’s that great.  When you go up and ask them…it’s gone up every year…but they don’t blink an eye.  Here you go Moe, here’s a check,” said Lickteig.

The full interview can be seen in the video.  Full-sized versions of the photos can be seen by clicking on the photos.

City Council Meeting: 8/4/14

The Dell Rapids City Council will meet in regular session on Monday, August 4th, at 7:30 p.m. at the Council Chambers.  Some of the items on the agenda include outdoor event permit request, Ordinance 806 – Open Burning, 10th Street/Northview Dr water quality issue, Resolution 2014-08, and the administrative report.  The full agenda can be found by clicking here.

The council meeting will be webcast on Big Sioux Media.

Relay For Life in Dell Rapids

2014_RelayForLife_3The 13th Annual Dell Rapids Relay for Life was held on Friday, July 25th, and lasted into the morning of Saturday, July 26th, at City Park.  The Boys Scouts sponsored a Whopper Feed that started at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.  The Survivor Walk started at 6:05 p.m.  Deb Henriksen served as the emcee for the event.  Many different entertainment acts were held throughout the night.  Luminaries were 2014_RelayForLife_5lit at dusk, and the festivities concluded with a Sunrise Service by Pastor Ryan Franchuk of Christ Fellowship Church in Baltic.

Dell Rapids Youth Participating in NLBRA

Drew, Chace, Hannah

Drew, Chace, Hannah
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Two Dell Rapids youth are currently participating in the National Little Britches Rodeo Association (NLBRA) 2014 National Finals in Pueblo, Colorado.  The event started on Monday, July 21st, and runs through Saturday, July 26th.  Drew and Hannah Stroschein are registered for multiple events throughout the week of the National Finals.

Drew and Hannah

Drew and Hannah
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Drew is participating in the Junior Boys Flag Racing, Goat Tying, and Ribbon Roping events.  Hannah is participating in the Junior Girls Breakaway, Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Trail Course, Goat Tying, and Ribbon Roping events.

Hundreds of youth are participating in this national event during the week.  Each event is broken into four performances between Monday and Tuesday, and then repeated again on Thursday and Friday.  Each participant has two runs, one either Monday or Tuesday, and the other coming on either Thursday or Friday.  The top 15 cumulative scores of the two runs advance to the “Short Go” round on Saturday.After the first two days of Nationals, here are the results for Drew and Hannah:

Hannah – Results

  • Breakaway – R1  Score: 30.360;    Place:  N/A;    Points:  N/A
  • Breakaway – R2 Score:  45.470;    Place:  N/A;    Points:  N/A
  • Barrel Racing – R1 Score:  20.215;    Place:  32;    Points:  0
  • Barrel Racing – R2 Score:  15.472;    Place:  2;    Points:  140
  • Pole Bending – R1 Score:  20.914;    Place:  4;    Points:  120
  • Pole Bending – R2 Score:  30.119;    Place:  25;    Points:  0
  • Pole Bending – Short Go Score:  30.006;    Place:  12;    Points:  40
  • Trail Course – R1 Score:  25.135;    Place:  6;    Points:  100
  • Trail Course – R2 Score:  21.500;    Place:  3;    Points:  130
  • Trail Course – Short Go Score:  22.382;    Place:  8;    Points:  80
  • Goat Tying – R1 Score:  12.190;    Place:  13;    Points:  30
  • Goat Tying – R2 Score:  11.270;    Place:  8;    Points: 80

Drew – Results

  • Flag Racing – R1 Score:  10.425;    Place:  N/A;    Points:  N/A
  • Flag Racing – R2 Score:  9.587;    Place:  N/A;    Points:  N/A
  • Goat Tying – R1 Score:  16.520;    Place:  11;    Points:  50
  • Goat Tying – R2 Score:  13.150;    Place:  8;    Points:  80

Team – Results

  • Ribbon Roping – R1 Score:  40.480;    Place:  18;    Points:  0
  • Ribbon Roping – R2 Score:  0.000;    Place:  N/A;    Points:  N/A

Drew and Hannah will have their second runs of all of their events on either Thursday or Friday.