Seniors vs Staff Raises Money for Shriner’s

2016SeniorsVsStaffThe annual “Seniors vs Staff” basketball game was held Friday, May 13th, after the Dell Rapids High School Awards Banquet.  This year’s charity the seniors chose was the Shriner’s Hospital in honor of Austin Machmiller.  The event raised $658 throughout the evening.  The FFA matched the money raised by the event for a total of $1,316 donated to the Shriner’s Hospital.

The seniors “won” the game at the buzzer on a three-point shot by Trey Randel!

Dell Rapids School Board Approves Free Meals

NewDRLogoThe Dell Rapids School Board approved free meals for the final week of school during their regular meeting on Monday, May 9th.  The free meals May 23rd – May 27th will be the reimbursable student breakfast meals and reimbursable student lunch meals.  A la carte items and seconds will still be charged at the usual price.  Students must have money in their accounts or pay cash for those items.  Staff meals will also be charged.

Two Local Students Honored for Academic Excellence

The best and brightest from the Class of 2016 were honored for their academic achievements at the 26th Annual Academic Excellence Banquet in Pierre on Monday, May 2nd.


In conjunction with Governor Dennis Daugaard, the Associated School Boards of South Dakota invited more than 200 students, who were identified  as the top one percent of their senior class, from the state’s public, private, and tribal schools to celebrate their academic accomplishments.  Bridget Dunn from Dell Rapids St Mary and Josh Parrott from Dell Rapids Public were two of the students invited.


“Today we celebrate excellence,” ASBSD President Eric Stroeder said.  “These students represent the best and brightest from South Dakota.”

“You are the future of South Dakota.  We hope you will stay in South Dakota and become the next generation of leaders for our state.”

Governor Daugaard shared Stroeder’s sentiment and encouraged students to stay in South Dakota.

“The prospects for young graduates in South Dakota are better than anywhere else,” Governor Daugaard said.  “Your dreams can come true in South Dakota.”

Prospects and dreams made possible by the hard work the students have put forth.

“You motivated yourself to learn more and more,” Governor Daugaard said.  “That’s something special.  You’re something special.”

The event was sponsored by the South Dakota Community Foundation.  The Mobridge-Pollock High School Band provided the musical entertainment.

Dell Rapids Little League Season Ready to Begin

2016DRLLSeasonEven though there are still a few weeks left of the school year, the Dell Rapids Little League will begin their 2016 season on Wednesday, May 16th.  The Dell Rapids Little League has 17 teams this year.  There are three Coach Pitch (6U) teams, five Transition League (8U) teams, five Pee Wee (9-10) teams, and four Midget (11-12) teams.

The Pee Wee and Midget teams will play their games on Monday and Wednesday nights.  They will be playing in the MinnDak League again this year with teams from Dell Rapids, Baltic, Flandreau, Garretson, Tri-Valley, Humboldt, and Hills-Beaver Creek.  The end of the year tournaments will be held July 8-10.  The Pee Wee tournament will be in Flandreau, and the Midget tournament will be Dell Rapids.

The Coach Pitch teams will play Mondays and Wednesdays, with at least one game that will be played every Monday and Wednesday at Dells Nursing and Rehab Center field.  Teams from Dell Rapids, Flandreau and Tri-Valley will play in the Coach Pitch division.  The Transition League will play on Tuesday and Thursdays with teams from Dell Rapids, Baltic, Tri-Valley, Flandreau and Humboldt.

Swim Lesson Sign Up May 25 and 26

2016DellRapidsSwimLessonsSwimming lesson sign-up at the Dell Rapids Swimming Pool will be held on Wednesday, May 25th, and Thursday, May 26th, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the swimming pool.  Registration will be open until classes are filled.  Lessons will be held Monday-Friday for a two week period per session.  There will be two different sessions available.

The first session will be held June 20th-24th/June 27th-July 1st.  The second session will be held July 11th-15th/July 18th-22nd.  If a third session is needed, it is tentatively scheduled July 27th-August 7th.  Each lesson lasts 25 minutes per day.

Swimming lessons are $30.00 per student per lesson.  Passes can also be purchased for an additional cost – $30.00 for a single season pass, $75.00 for an immediate family pass.

More information about the swimming lessons can be found by clicking here.

New City Council Called to Order

NewDRCityCouncilThe new Dell Rapids City Council was called to order for their first regular meeting on Monday, May 2nd.  Prior to the new council taking over, Mayor Fiegen, City Administrator Justin Weiland and city council members presented outgoing Councilman Lee Burggraff with a certificate of appreciation for his time served on the city council.

The new council began at 8:11 p.m.  Mark Crisp was voted as President.  Tom Earley was voted as Vice President.  Claire Baartman will continue to serve as Finance Officer, Dean Hammer will continue to be the City Attorney, and Max Merry and Josh Brown will be Deputy City Attorneys.

James Borchert, Mark Crisp, and Tom Earley were appointed to the Finance and Utilities Committee.  Mike Sterud, Gary Haak and Mary Klockman were appointed to the Policy and Procedures Committee.  Mike Geraets will serve as Minnehaha County Economic Development Association and Dell Rapids Economic Development Corp liaison.  The Library Board Liaison was tabled.

4th Annual Relay for Life Run Held in Dell Rapids

2016RelayForLifeRun_2The 4th Annual Relay for Life Run was held at the the Dell Rapids City Park on Saturday, April 23rd.  Over 100 participants ran in the 5k, 10k, mile walk and kid’s relay throughout the morning.  The 10k race started at 9:00, and the 5k/mile walk started at 9:30.  The kid’s relay race started at 11:00.

All the proceeds raised during the event went to the Dell Rapids Relay for Life team.  Not only did this year’s event continue to raise money for cancer research, but also contained many personal accomplishments.  Will Beover, who is blind, participated in this year’s event after training for months at Revive Fitness.  He was led along the route by Lee Bollock.  Others in this year’s race completed their very first 5k as well.

10k Winners by Age Group

  • 50-59 Women:  Lisa Schroeder – 52:47
  • 40-49 Men:  Robert O’Meara – 1:04: 10
  • 40-49 Women:  Amy Bohl – 54:44
  • 30-39 Men:  John Kramer – 52:37
  • 30-39 Women:  Amanda McMillan – 55:05
  • 20-29 Women:  Kat Wilson – 57:51

5k Winners by Age Group

  • 50-59 Men:  Joseph Tornell, Sr. – 25:05
  • 50-59 Women:  Ellen Egeberg – 36:15
  • 40-49 Men:  Will Boever – 26:33
  • 40-49 Women:  Barb Meers – 32:34
  • 30-39 Men:  Stephen Flicek – 22:37
  • 30-39 Women:  Rebecca Herman – 25:34
  • 20-29 Men:  Sam Chozen – 26:22
  • 20-29 Women:  Becca Ideker – 31:03
  • 19 & Under Men:  Josh Benda – 26:27

Kid’s Relay

  • Ages 6-7 (Tied 1st):  Mason, Jackson, Jace, Beckett – 4:43
  • Ages 6-7 (Tied 1st):  Rhett, Rorie, Caelee, Caiden – 4:43
  • Ages 8-9 (1st):    Braden, Lincoln, Cole, Grady – 3:56.3
  • Ages 8-9 (2nd):  Brianna, Megan, Addison, Jade – 4:23.5
  • Ages 10-12 (1st):  Carter, Jade, Landon, Braden – 3:16.2
  • Ages 10-12 (2nd):  Kamren, Owen, Sam, Dylan – 3:22.3

Ben Hammer does it again!

GPACFor the second week in a row, Ben Hammer has been named Great Plains Athletic Conference field athlete of the week, after strong performances in the 2016 Sioux City Relays in Sioux City, Iowa held April 11-17, 2016 . Ben qualified for the NAIA National Championships in the shot put after qualifying last week in the discus. He finished third in the shot put with a toss of 15.60 meters to qualify for nationals. In the discus, he took fourth place Saturday with a throw of 48.08 meters, besting all throwers from the NAIA level.

DR School Board Approves Planning for New HS Trip

The Dell Rapids School Board approved authorization of plans to move forward with a new trip planned for high school students to Washington, D.C. during their regular meeting on Monday, April 11th.  The trip idea was proposed by teachers Mr. Shriver and Mr. Welbig.

High School Principal Dr. Kludt mentioned to the board that the trip would occur every four years starting in the spring of 2017 and would be open to all high school students who participate in a U.S. History course.  Dr. Kludt also said that the difference between this trip and the 8th grade trip is that the students have studied more history and would be more interested in learning more of the finer points.  The anticipation is that more juniors and seniors will be interested in this trip.

Students would have to pay for the trip, but fundraisers would be held as much as possible to help the students fund the trip.

The travel company being used for the trip is World Strides.

Ben Hammer is GPAC’s Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week

GPACBen Hammer of Dakota Wesleyan is this week’s Hauff Mid-America Sports/Great Plains Athletic Conference’s track & field athlete-of-the-week.  Hammer, a freshman from Dell Rapids, South Dakota, set a school record, while picking up strong finishes in three events. Hammer placed first in the men’s shot put with a toss of 50′ 2¾”, while adding an eighth-place showing in the hammer throw with a toss of 118′ 6″. His record performance came in the discus with a throw of 169′ 9″, eclipsing the DWU school record by 11 feet. Hammer finished second in the event, qualifying for the NAIA national meet.

Source: GPAC Sports