Water Rates to Increase

DellRapidsTowerWater rates within the city limits of Dell Rapids will increase starting December 20th.  The Dell Rapids City Council approved the second reading and adoption of ordinance 812 on Monday, November 17th, during their regular meeting.  The rate will increase by 3%.  The increase in rates will be spread across the base rate and an increase per 1,000 gallons used.

The base rate will increase from $9.88 to $10.00.  The rate per 1,000 gallons used will increase from $4.26 to $4.37.  The average water bill will increase by a total of $.67 per month.

Alderman David Sommerfeld made the motion to approve the second reading and adoption with the second coming from Alderman Mike Geraets.  The roll-call vote passed 7-0.

Local Chiropractor Celebrates 5 Years in Dell Rapids

SevertsonSevertson Spinal Care of Dell Rapids opened five years ago this November. Dr. Seth Severtson, a Valley Springs, SD, native says his family has roots in Dell Rapids. His grandfather worked on the Randall Farm and his father attened Dell Rapids elementary. His family has enjoyed their time here. “It has been a great 5 years,” Severtson says. “We’ve met some amazing people and have been blessed to be a part of so many ‘miracles.’ We really enjoy serving this community.”

A previous Chamber of Commerce board member, Severtson encourages community involvement.  “We like to be involved. I love to speak, so I’ve presented for several groups in town. We like to sponsor a youth baseball team. We like to be involved with Quarry Days. I think doing those things are just part of small town community,” said Severtson.  A former FFA member, he also is involved in local and district level FFA events. While there are many areas to be involved with, Severtson says his church is the main focus. “We came to Dell Rapids because of RCC (River Community Church). We love it there. I’m an elder, and my wife is on the children’s team. They even let me preach from time to time.” Severtson doesn’t just serve in Dell Rapids. He also does pulpit supply to other churches on an as-needed basis.

Severtson says that his practice continues to grow as does the area that he serves.   He states, “We love taking care of people in Dell Rapids and the surrounding towns; yet, many of our patients come from out of town, such as Madison, Howard, Brookings, Watertown, Sioux Falls, to name a few. It’s been great to take care of people all over Eastern South Dakota.” Severtson even serves patients from as far away as Northwest Iowa, Rapid City and Winnipeg, Canada.

Although as a chiropractor he doesn’t treat illness or disease, there are specific cases he likes to take care of. Severtson says, “I used to suffer from migraines. So I really like to take care of people suffering with headaches or migraines. But honestly, any way we can help with quality-of-life and help people get their life back on track is why we are here. Some of my favorite patient success testimonials are from those suffering with headaches, women with painful cycles, infertility, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, and chronic dizziness. We even have people that have regained hearing and sense of smell. It’s been amazing.”

To learn more about Dr. Severtson’s chiropractic clinic or to schedule a complimentary consultation visit www.severtsonspinalcare.com or call 428-4778.

Grand Marshal Frank Boerema

Frank BoeremaDowntown Sioux Falls, Inc. (DTSF) is proud to announce that Frank Boerema (former Dell Rapids resident/Pastor) has been selected as Grand Marshal to lead the 2014 Parade of Lights.

Boerema is a very active volunteer both at several downtown non-profits and throughout all of Sioux Falls. He donates his time to DTSF, Lutheran Social Services – Center for New Americans, Creative Spirits, The Community Outreach, Morning Optimists, Center of Hope Bike Ministry, The Banquet, Phillip’s Home, Snow Fox, Cub Scouts, Symphony Choir, Church Choir and Men’s Chorus. He also supports individuals in the community through personal coaching and helps out at a variety of charity events and several churches.

Maureen Ohm, Event Director for DTSF said, “Frank volunteers at nearly every DTSF event, and not only does he do so with a smile on his face, he even thanks me for the opportunity. Frank shows up early for volunteer shifts and never leaves until the whole event is dismantled. His positive attitude radiates and brightens the day of anyone nearby.”

A constant advocate for downtown, Boerema also lives downtown and is an active member of the DTSF resident committee. He is a shining representative of downtown Sioux Falls. Boerema says, “I love living downtown, and I proudly think about the people and businesses as my neighbors. I try to do everything I can to support and encourage them. What a better way to do that than with the Parade of Lights – starting a season that says, ‘it is better to give than to receive.’ ”

Boerema will not only appear as Grand Marshal in the Parade of Lights – he is also one of Santa’s elves! Boerema has known the self-proclaimed “Sioux Falls Santa,” Lyle Kroon, for over 40 years.

Santa says, “From the time that Buddy the Elf or Frank and I were in college together, our paths have been diversified. Looking back, we see how they have intersected numerous times through the years with similar life experiences. Frank is truly a fine person, and you will find his name at the top of the nicest of nice lists that Santa puts together each Christmas. He is a joy and inspiration to know and call a friend.”

This year’s Parade of Lights presented by CenturyLink will take place on Friday, November 28, 2014 at 7:30 pm along Phillips Avenue from 14th to 5th Street in historic downtown Sioux Falls.

Immediately following the parade, an awards party will be held at the Holiday Inn City Centre where five awards will be given to the entries that dazzled the judges. The public is invited to attend. Santa and Boerema the Elf will both be in attendance.

- See more at: http://dtsf.com/news/23rd-annual-parade-of-lights-grand-marshal-announcement/#

City Council Meeting: 11/17/14

The Dell Rapids City Council will meet in regular session on Monday, November 17th, at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  Some of the items on the agenda include a public hearing on a variance request, second reading and adoption of ordinance 812 (water rate increase), Northview Dr/11th St./10th St. project scope and engineering agreement, ice skating rink citizen request, and the administrative report.

The meeting will be webcast on Big Sioux Media.  The full agenda can be found by clicking here.

Academy Awards Come to Dells Nursing and Rehab Center

DellsNursingRehabAcademyAward_2014_3The Academy Awards found their way to Dells Nursing and Rehab Center.  Dells Nursing and Rehab Center hosted an Academy Awards Social Hour on Sunday, November 9th.  All the residents, families and staff had a great time.  Kerri Deats donated time to style hair, and Tim Deats and Shane Skinner played the piano during the event.

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Dell Rapids School Board Meeting: 11/10/14

The Dell Rapids School Board will meet in regular session starting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 10th, in the MS/HS DDN Room.  Some of the items on the agenda include approval of monthly bills, approval of district surplus, discussion of final 2014-2015 student count, approval of Haven lease agreement, and other committee reports.

The meeting will be webcast until the board enters into executive session.  The full agenda can be found by clicking here.

Election Results

Results from the 2014 election.

All 714 precincts fully reporting:

  • Governor:  Dennis Daugaard – R
  • U.S. Senator:  Mike Rounds – R
  • U.S. Representative:  Kristi Noem – R
  • Secretary of State:  Shantel Krebs – R
  • Attorney General:  Marty Jackley – R
  • State Auditor:  Steve Barnett – R
  • State Treasurer:  Rich Sattgast – R
  • Commissioner of School and Public Lands:  Ryan Brunner – R
  • Public Utilities Commissioner:  Gary Hanson – R
  • State Senator – District 25:  Tim Rave – R
  • State Representatives – District 25:   Kris Langer – R & Roger Hunt – R
  • Minnehaha County Auditor:  Bob Litz – R
  • Minnehaha County Commissioner at Large:  Jeff Barth – D, Cindy Heiberger – R, Gerald Beninga – R
  • Constitutional Amendment Q:  Yes
  • Initiated Measure 17:  Yes
  • Initiated Measure 18:  Yes

Click here for a full list of all South Dakota election results.

Christmas for Our Kids

ChristmasForKidsCandyCane“Christmas for Our Kids” is a long standing community project started by Sue Horstmeyer and currently spearheaded by the local ESA women’s organization. Because of the generosity of the Dell Rapids community, we are able to ensure a Merry Christmas for all of our Dell Rapids kids. Last Christmas the ESA elves were able to deliver gifts to 95 children from 42 families in the Dell Rapids area. Those kids truly had a Merry Christmas because of your kindness.

The “Christmas for Our Kids” project works like this:

  • Families in need are identified through anonymous referrals. We may all know a family in our community that is going through tough times and could use our help to provide those extras over the holidays.
  • Referred families are contacted and kid’s “wish lists” are requested.
  • These “wish lists” are filled through donations and delivered to families prior to Christmas.

Here are some ways you can help ensure another successful “Christmas for Our Kids” project:

  1. Refer a Family in Need – Contact Brenda O’Hara or Lori Morris with family referrals now or any time before Christmas – (Brenda: Cell 201-6571 or brendaohara@outlook.com Lori: Cell 359-8795 or morris@k12.sd.us ).
  2. Adopt a Child or Family – You or your group can adopt a child or family and purchase gifts from their “wish lists”. You will be anonymously matched up with a child or family and have fun shopping. Contact Brenda or Lori to be matched with a family.
  3. Angel Tree – There will be two Angel Trees set up with specific gift requests. Stop by Avera Hospital or First National Bank and take a tag from the Angel Tree, do your shopping, and return the unwrapped gift under the tree with the tag attached.
  4. Make a Monetary Donation – Monetary donations can be dropped off or mailed to “Christmas for Our Kids”, First National Bank, 312 E. 4th Street, Dell Rapids, SD 57022.

We hope to have all donations collected by December 14th so that gifts can be sorted and delivered to the families prior to Christmas. As we enter the holiday season please consider being part of this Dell Rapids tradition. If you have any questions please contact Brenda O’Hara at 201-6571 or brendaohara@outlook.com, or Lori Morris at 359-8795 or lori.morris@k12.sd.us.

City Council Meeting – 11/3/14

The Dell Rapids City Council will meet in regular session on Monday, November 3rd, at 7:30 p.m. at the Council Chambers.  Some of the items on the agenda include a public hearing for a special event retail on-sale license, outdoor event permit, request to extend water line, first reading of ordinance 812: water rate increase, and the administrator’s report.

The full agenda can be found by clicking here.  The meeting will be webcast on Big Sioux Media.

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 www.ticketmaster.com, 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).