Council Approves Upcoming Events

DellRapidsTowerThe Dell Rapids City Council approved two upcoming events during their last regular meeting on Monday, April 16th.

The first outdoor permit event that was approved was for a “Worship Under the Stars” event for Wednesday, May 9th.  Some students from the Dell Rapids High School Impact group will be hosting a “clean-up” day at the City Park during the day.  In the evening the group, along with Dell Rapids Connections, will be hosting a worship event in the evening from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. with music.  The second event that was approved was the annual Memorial Day Parade and park service that will be held on Monday, May 28th.  Both of the events were approved with the fee waived.

In other business during the meeting, the council approved the transfer of the Retail On-Off Sale Malt Beverage license of Pizza Ranch from the previous owners to the new owners, Sirwick Inc.  The council also approved the next pay request for KHC Construction for the Waste-Water Treatment Facility SBR Project.  A preliminary plan request for Spruce Glen additions along with Resolution No. 2018-05 (Adopt Minnehaha County Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan) were also both approved.

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Randall and LeBrun Win School Board Election

NewDRLogoThe Dell Rapids School Board will have a new member when the new board is formally introduced later this summer.  Jacque LeBrun along with incumbent Troy Randall were voted to three-year teams for the Dell Rapids School Board on Tuesday, April 10th.

Randall’s current term along with Steve Stofferahn’s term were up for election this year as they both expire in July.

Randall, LeBrun, and Denise Cavigielli were all vying for the two open positions.  There was a 10.6% voter turnout for the election.  Randall received 276 votes, LeBrun had 222 votes, and Cavigielli received 174 votes.

Stofferahn did not seek re-election, and he will come off the Dell Rapids School Board when his term ends after serving since 2012.  Randall and LeBrun will join current board members Matthew Weiland, Jody Schumaker, and Jeff Traill.

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Magician Tries to Help Youth Avoid “Social Media Land Mines”

Cyber Safety & Magic don’t usually go together, but on Thursday, May 3 students at Dell Rapids and Dell Rapids St. Mary will be learning about social media safety in an unexpected & engaging way!  

Teaching students about social media safety is critical. Whether it’s getting addicted to technology, posting hateful things, hurting reputations, meeting people online or tarnishing your online reputation. It can be dangerous.

Magician and “edu-tainer” Robert Hackenson Jr. is slowly changing how teens post and use technology. This amazing presentation has allowed students across the country, in 46 states and counting, to see and understand what to post and what not to post.

His presentation infuses card tricks, eye-catching props, and illusion in a way that engages students while reinforcing the educational lessons. Every piece of magic, story, video clip, etc. is used to deliver a message and make it memorable, without making light of this serious issue. His presentation helps start a conversation amongst students about social media safety and responsible posting. It makes them think not only about their own safety, but also about how they can keep their peers safe.

Hackenson will also give a parent presentation on Wednesday, May 2nd starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Dell Rapids MS Commons area.  The Dell Rapids Connections group will be serving refreshments.


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Dell Rapids Chamber Holds Easter Egg Hunt

2018DRChamberEasterEggDespite having to postpone the event once and chilly temperatures during the hunt, the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce was able to held their annual Easter Egg hunt on Saturday, April 7th, at the Dell Rapids City Park.  The event was originally scheduled for Saturday, March 31st, but a snow storm forced the event to be rescheduled a week later.  The temperatures were chilly, but the sun was out and children of all ages were able to search for eggs before another snow storm hit the area the next day.

The event had three different age groups:  three-years-old and under, ages four to six, and seven-years-old and older.  The chamber filled nearly 6,500 eggs and placed them in three different areas of the park for the kids to find.  This year the Chamber of Commerce had two “Golden Egg” winners per age group.  The “Golden Eggs” were exchanged for prize packages including several prizes from local businesses throughout Dell Rapids.

The Easter Egg hunt started at 10:30 a.m., but the Easter Bunny made a visit to the park at 10:00 to take pictures with all of the kids.

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Dell Rapids Native Jon Hansen to Run for State House

JonHansenCampaignDell Rapids, SD – Former State Representative Jon Hansen announced that he will run for a seat in the South Dakota House of Representatives for District 25.  District 25 includes the towns and rural areas surrounding Baltic, Colton, Dell Rapids, Garretson, Rowena, Sherman, Valley Springs, and eastern Sioux Falls.

Hansen lives in Dell Rapids with his wife Sheila and their three children.  “We’re so blessed to call this community our home, and if elected, I look forward to once again standing up for the people of our district so they know that someone out in Pierre has their back,” Hansen said.

Hansen previously served in the State House from 2010 to 2013.  During that time Hansen served in leadership as a majority whip and as vice chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.  Hansen holds a law degree from USD.

While in Pierre Hansen, a fiscal conservative, advocated for low taxes and fees, open and efficient government, protection of life, preservation of family farms, and quality education for South Dakota children.

Hansen will face a primary election on June 5th, 2018.

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Highway 115 Project Set to Start in Dell Rapids

The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the Highway 115 project is set to continue in Dell Rapids as soon as the weather cooperates.  That message came from Travis Dressen, Sioux Falls Area Engineer for the SDDOT, during a community forum meeting held at River Community Church on Monday, March 26th.  T&R Contracting will be the company that will be doing the work on the project.

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“I think that interstate route will be one of the better routes to take from a convenience standpoint,” said Dressen.  This comment was made as Dressen was explaining that the SDDOT has plans of doing shoulder work from the Colton road into Sioux Falls on Highway 115 southward.  That work cannot start until mid June in hopes that the concrete overlay of the Highway 115 project is complete or nearly complete.

The concrete overlay portion of the project will run from 472nd Ave, which is where the interchange project stopped, eastward to about 473rd Ave.  Once T&R Contracting starts the overlay portion of the project, they have 21 calendar days to finish the work.  During that time there will be 24/7 operation with a flaggers and a pilot car.  The contractor is hoping to begin the overlay portion towards the beginning of May, or sooner, if the weather cooperates.

The next section of construction will be the grading section which will start at 473rd Ave eastward towards the four-way stop.  The section of roadway will be completely removed.  There will be storm sewers installed in some spots as well as roadway lighting and new concrete pavement.  As the road gets closer to the city, it will be a three-lane road with two driving lanes and a center turning lane.

The project will also include replacing the current structure over Rocky Run Creek.  While replacing this structure, there will be a traffic-diversion road placed to the north of Highway 115 that will cause a new temporary intersection to be placed just north of the four-way stop.  As of now that intersection will be a one-way stop, but Dressen said that if during the construction they feel a three-way stop is needed, the SDDOT would consider doing that.  The diversion road construction can begin on April 30th.

The City of Dell Rapids will also be doing some coordinating with T&R Contracting during this project.  The city will be doing water main work which will result in a temporary closure of Third Street at Highway 115.  During that time the truck route will be temporarily moved to Fourth Street.  The SDDOT will communicate the timing of this closure through press releases when the time comes to shut down the intersection.

The city also secured a grant to have a shared-use path installed with this project.  The path will be installed on the west side of the road of Highway 115 that runs south of Dell Rapids and will tie into the existing path that was installed in 2016.  As the highway turns west at the four-way stop, the path will be on the north side of the road.

Dressen also commented on the state of the bridge work that is currently being done on Highway 115 over the Big Sioux River at the meeting.  He said the footings of the bridge is complete as well as the pier walls.  He said that most of the work in the water has been completed.  The contractors expect to be setting bridge girders sometime around mid April with a deck pour anticipated around the June time frame.

The substantial completion date for this project is November of 2018.

The Highway 115 project is a continuation of the of the project from the 2017 I-29 interchange project.  In 2016 Highway 115 was completed along with the south bridge from the Colton road to River Road.  The Garfield Ave bridge reconstruction project was completed in 2015 in Dell Rapids.

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AT&T Brings Faster Network to Dell Rapids Customers

4G LTE Expansion Will Give Customers Better Access to Mobile Internet

AT&T Logo VerticalDELL RAPIDS, S.D. Apr. 2, 2018 — AT&T* added a new cell site to its 4G LTE network in Dell Rapids. The upgrade will give customers faster, more reliable wireless service.

With 4G LTE, customers will have a better network connection while streaming videos, sharing on social media or texting family and friends.

“Customers are doing more with their wireless devices than ever before, and our goal is to give them an effortless network experience,” said Cheryl Riley, president of AT&T Northern Plains States. “Thanks to this investment, Dell Rapids residents and businesses can now enjoy faster mobile speeds than ever before on our 4G LTE network.  We are proud of our continued investment across South Dakota.”

We’re also boosting network reliability and capacity as we expand our network. These upgrades will improve critical services that support public safety and first responders.

In 2017, South Dakota accepted the FirstNet and AT&T plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state’s public safety community. AT&T, in a public-private partnership with FirstNet, will build, operate and maintain a highly secure wireless broadband communications network for South Dakota’s public safety community for the next 25 years at no cost to the state. The FirstNet experience will deliver innovation and create an entire system of modernized devices, apps and tools for first responders.

From 2014-2016, we invested more than $90 million in our South Dakota wireless and wired networks. These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for South Dakotans and their businesses.

We continued our investment in South Dakota in 2017 and plan to keep upgrading our network throughout 2018.


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St Mary Student Council Recognized as “Outstanding” by SDHSAA

DRSM LogoThe South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) announced today that 38 South Dakota high school student councils have been recognized as being “Outstanding Student Councils” for the 2017-18 school year. This is the 28th year this statewide program has been sponsored by the SDHSAA to recognize those South Dakota high school student councils that meet or exceed the rigorous standards of excellence that are necessary to achieve the “Outstanding Student Council” designation. Student councils that achieve this recognition can best be described as being very active within their school and community throughout the school year. Outstanding Councils excel in having a well-rounded program of activities and projects which benefit both their school and their community throughout the school year.

The “SDHSAA Outstanding Student Council” program requires each participating student council to complete a self-evaluation of their organizational structure and their successful completion of projects in a variety of areas. The evaluation also considers the involvement of the student council in their school and community. The High School Activities Association recognizes the student councils that have met the stringent standards and criteria demanded by this program. The 38 student councils that have been recognized this year are well organized, highly motivated and have met the rigorous standards necessary to be declared outstanding. The self-evaluation focuses on the structure of the student council as well as the positive involvement of the student council in the activities of their school and community.

To be recognized as an “Outstanding Student Council”, each council was involved in projects in the areas such as “Community and School Service”, “Health, Safety or Chemical Awareness”, “Education”, and “Leadership”. Completion of projects in a wide range of areas was necessary to fulfill a variety of goals for the student council. Each school receiving the “SDHSAA Outstanding Student Council” award has demonstrated a desire for self-improvement and individual growth by participating in leadership workshops and conventions, as well as other educational programs.

The 2017-18 “SDHSAA Outstanding Student Council” Award recipients are:

  • Aberdeen Central High School
  • Bennett County High School
  • Dakota Valley High School
  • Dell Rapids St. Mary High School
  • Douglas High School
  • Edgemont High School
  • Ethan High School
  • Harding County High School
  • Harrisburg High School
  • Henry High School
  • Herreid High School
  • Huron High School
  • Irene – Wakonda High School
  • Lead – Deadwood High School
  • Lemmon High School
  • Lennox High School
  • Lyman High School
  • McCook Central High School
  • Milbank High School
  • Mitchell High School
  • Philip High School
  • Pierre T.F. Riggs High School
  • Rapid City Stevens High School
  • Sioux Falls Lincoln High School
  • Sioux Falls O’Gorman High School
  • Sioux Falls Roosevelt High School
  • Sioux Falls Washington High School
  • St. Francis Indian School
  • Sully Buttes High School
  • Summit High School
  • Timber Lake High School
  • Vermillion High School
  • Wall High School
  • Watertown High School
  • Waverly-South Shore High School
  • Winner High School
  • Yankton High School
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Annual 5th Grade Living History Fair Held

LivingHistoryFair2018The Dell Rapids fifth graders held their annual Living History Fair on Friday, March 23rd, in the Dell Rapids Middle School commons area. This was the seventh year the fifth grade classes at Dell Rapids have held this event.

Students were given an historical figure to portray during the event.  They spent the last few weeks researching their person, putting together a report, creating a costume, and putting together a visual board about their person.  The students then held “performances” two different times during the day of their event. The first session was held from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., and the second session was held from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Students had coin cans at their station. When visitors put coins in the jar, the students “came to life” and acted out their report about the life of the person they were portraying. The students will be donating all the money raised during the event to a charity of their choosing.

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Pinewood Derby Time Again in Dell Rapids

2018PinewoodDerbyThe Dell Rapids Boy Scouts Pack 53 held their annual Pinewood Derby race on Saturday, March 24th, at the Dell Rapids Elementary School.  Den members from the Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Bears, and Webelos once again spent time creating their Pinewood Derby cards for the big race.  Family members were also once again able to enter a race with the specially created cars in the open class division.  The Boy Scouts again invited the Girl Scouts to build cars and race as part of the event on Saturday.

Four places were given to the Boy Scout division and three places were given to the Girl Scouts.  Best of show awards were also given to a car from each den and the Girl Scout division.  There was also an overall best of show winner.

The top three Boy Scout place winners advanced to race their cars at the Scout-O-Rama in Sioux Falls.

Behr Peckenpaugh placed first, Dylan Aker was second, Orran O’Meara placed third, and Liam Zellmer was fourth in the Boy Scout division.

Best of Show winners were Blake Lebahn for the Tigers, Dylan Berg for the Bears, Noah Hubers for the Wolves, Gavin Jones for the Lions, Zander Lacey for Weblos 1, and Noah Larson for Weblos 2.  The overall Best of Show winner was Henry Anderson.

The Dell Rapids Lions Club officiated the event as well as voted for the Best of Show winners.

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