New Sewer Rates Take Effect This Month

DellRapidsTowerThe waste water rates in Dell Rapids will take effect this month with the February billing.  The Dell Rapids City Council approved a 20% increase in the sewer rates for the 2016 adopted budget, and Ordinance 827 passed both readings.  The rate increase is to help with costs for the waste water treatment facility project.

The rate increases are as follows:

  • Base rate will increase to $18.34.
  • Per 1,000 gallons rate will increase to $5.06.
  • Total rate increase for 5,000 gallon user will be $7.26 per month.

This rate increase will be the first increase of more proposed increases in the future that will be phased-in to cover the costs of the new waste water treatment facility.  The total increase will not be known until the final funding package for the waste water treatment facility is received from DENR.

Dell Rapids Student’s Artwork Chosen for Arts Advocacy Day at the Legislature

Austin Kramer, a junior at Dell Rapids High School, had his artwork chosen to be printed on note cards for Governor Dennis Daugaard as well as Senator Scott Fiegen as part of Arts Advocacy Day at the Legislature.  Kramer was one of ten artists invited to attend the event to present his artwork.  Kramer will present the artwork to Governor Daugaard.  The high school art teacher is Rick Mott.

Along with Kramer’s artwork, two other students had their artwork chosen to be printed on note cards.  Hannah Heiberger, an eighth-grader, will have artwork printed on note cards for Representative Roger Hunt.  Cameron Espinoza, an eighth-grader, will have artwork printed on note cards for Representative Kris Langer.  The middle school art teacher is Pat Gengler.

Arts Advocacy Day at the Legislature will highlight arts education in the State Capitol on Wednesday, February 10th.

The biennial observance focuses attention on the importance of the arts in the lives of South Dakotans.  More than 120 pieces of student art from every legislative district adorn note cards, one for every legislator, Gov. Dennis Daugaard, Lt. Gov. Matt Michels, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs and Tourism Secretary James Hagen.

“Teachers from every South Dakota legislative district assist in this arts advocacy project, showcasing the creativity of our young people and their own teaching skills,” according to Michael Pangburn, South Dakota Arts Council Executive Director.  “The artwork will serve as a daily reminder to our legislators that the arts are an integral part of learning and living in South Dakota.”

Arts Advocacy Day at the Legislature is sponsored by the South Dakota Arts Council and Arts South Dakota.

South Dakota Arts Council support is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Visit for more information.

Arts South Dakota is a new statewide arts service and advocacy organization.  Arts South Dakota improves the lives of South Dakotans as a catalyst for creative and artistic expression in communities and schools. Visit

SDSU Baseball Coaches Give Clinic to Dell Rapids Coaches

SDSU3Members of the South Dakota State University Jackrabbit baseball coaching staff provided a coach’s clinic for baseball coaches in Dell Rapids on Wednesday, January 27th.  Head Coach Dave Schrage, Assistant Coach Brian Grunzke, and Pitching Coach Ben Norton shared tips, drills, and ideas to 19 Dell Rapids baseball coaches during the clinic.

Coach Schrage said, “What a great thing to talk baseball in the middle of January in South Dakota.  We like going around doing it because I’ll be honest with you, when we leave tonight hopefully we learn something.  There’s not one way to do something.”

Coach Grunzke added during his demonstration, “There’s different ways to do things.  I didn’t invent things.  Most kids are pretty athletic if you let them be athletic.” SDSU2

The coaches that attended the clinic ranged from coaching 6U baseball all the way to Legion baseball in Dell Rapids.  The coaches saw demonstrations on throwing drills, hitting drills, and pitching drills.

The clinic was free to the coaches that attended and was promoted by the Dell Rapids Baseball Association and Dell Rapids Little League.  Members of both the DRBA and DRLL boards were please with the turnout to the clinic.


National Catholic Schools Week Celebration for St Mary

NCSW2016Dell Rapids St Mary School will be celebrating National Catholic Schools Week starting Sunday, January 31st, running through Saturday, February 6th.  Throughout the week the student council will be organizing a food drive for the Dell Rapids Food Pantry.  Classes will join forces to work together to collect “The Most” and the winning team will earn a no uniform day.  Each day during the week will also have a dress-up day theme.

A Family Lunch Day will be held on Friday, February 5th. All family members are welcome to come and have lunch with the students.  Please RSVP to Sabrina Kolda by Tuesday, February 2nd, at 428-5591 or

A full list of events can be found below.

Monday, February 1st

  • Food Drive: Macaroni Monday – Bring anything pasta related
  • Meet at Madyson’s tree in outdoor gear for all-school prayer at 8:35
  • Celebrate Cardinal Families – 9:00-10:30
  • Dress Up:  Cardinal spirit wear with jeans or sweatpants

Tuesday, February 2nd

  • Food Drive: Toiletry Tuesday – Bring soap, paper towels, toilet paper, diapers, wipes, etc.
  • Celebrate Vocations
  • Dress Up:  Bible heroes, saints, or priest/religious

Wednesday, February 3rd

  • Food Drive: Whatever Wednesday – bring misc. items
  • Celebrate America
  • EAC lunch in Parish Hall, 10:50 – 11:50
  • All School movie in the gym, 12:00 – 1:30 (Movie:  “Inside Out”)
  • Pajamarama in the lunchroom, 6:30 p.m.
  • Dress Up:  Celebrate America landmarks, icons, or wear patriotic clothing/costumes

Thursday, February 4th

  • Food Drive: Thirsty Thursday – Bring bottled beverages…juice, water, etc.
  • Celebrate St Mary’s History
  • Dress Up:  High School – Throwback Thursday, retro uniforms
    Elementary School – Noah’s Ark

Friday, February 5th

  • Food Drive: Free Will Donation Friday – Cash donations will be collected
  • 10:00-11:30, 7-9th and 10-12th bingo and volleyball tournaments
  • Family Lunch Day
    – Pre-School at 10:50
    – Kindergarten – 2nd Grade at 10:55
    – 3rd – 4th Grade at 11:05
    – 5th- 6th Grade at 11:10
    – 7th-12th Grade at Noon
  • 1:30 – Mass with Bishop
  • All School picture in the gym after Mass
  • Dress Up:  Avera T-shirt Day with uniform bottoms

Creviers Visit Dell Rapids High School

Crevier1The Dell Rapids Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter, along with help from 1st Crevier3National Bank, brought South Dakota Sports Hall of Famer and basketball legend Tanya Crevier to Dell Rapids High School for an assembly on Friday, January 22nd.

Crevier is a 1977 graduate of South Dakota State University and former player of the WBL, the nation’s first-ever women’s professional basketball Crevier4league.  She, along with her nephew Caleb, came to Dell Rapids to speak to the students about Champions Choose the Difficult P.A.T.H. (Purpose, Attitude, Think of others, High standards).

Crevier2The Creviers wowed the students with their amazing basketball skills while integrating their message throughout the assembly.


Revive Fitness Presents Donation to Dell Rapids Connections

Revive Fitness presented the Dell Rapids Connections group with a $3,000 donation on Thursday, January 21st, during halftime of the Dell Rapids Quarriers vs Madison Bulldogs boys basketball game.  The money donated was raised as part of the Revive You 5k + Family Fun Run held on Saturday, September 19th.

“My goal is to raise awareness for a group of people who give back and help the whole community in not only day-to-day living, but are also a major role in crisis situations,” said owner of Revive Fitness Brittani Bollock.

ReviveFitnessConnectionDonationBollock said that last fall when Revive Fitness was celebrating their one-year anniversary, they started searching for a local group to pay forward all the love and generosity that they have received from the community.

“As far as Revive and my family, we are, and continue to be, humbled and amazed by the support of our community and the surrounding area,” Bollock said.

When Connections came to mind, Bollock said that they didn’t have a second thought on where they were going to give back.  “Not only is the mission they stand for all we believe in, but the people who make up this group are second to none. They are also some of the first people in line to give of themselves and their time to better the lives of the community. When we opened Revive, our goal was to not only help better the lives of our members, but to give back and be involved in our community. Having grown up here and graduated from St. Mary’s, we feel a deep connection with the amazing people of the community and anytime there is an opportunity to give back, we do,” Bollock added.

Dell Rapids Connections will use the funds to help bring activities to Dell Rapids over the next year.

Dr Summer Schultz, superintendent of Dell Rapids High School, said, “We’ve had student groups attend our (Connections) meetings to let us know areas they think would be beneficial to bring in.  We are also lucky enough to have so many different specialties in our group that we get a feel for the information that parents and kids may find useful.  Some of the programming or resources we bring in are ‘uncomfortable’ topics or unknowns that parents, churches and school staff can benefit from learning about.”

Some of the events that have taken place or are planned for the upcoming year by Dell Rapids Connections include Challenge Day, Leadership in Times of Crisis (Connections and community leadership will participate in this event), Texting and Driving assembly for students at both Dell Rapids and Dell Rapids St Mary schools, Social Media Parent Presentation, and new Colossus Training for Dell Rapids and Dell Rapids St Mary staff.

Revive Fitness is hosting another event to help raise funds for Dell Rapids Connections.  They will be hosting a Revive Game On Challenge over the next eight weeks for members and anyone else in the community who would like to join.  Everyone who has placed a wager on themselves will either receive a wager back or Revive Fitness will donate the funds to Connections.  Anyone interested in joining the event or contributing to the organization can contact Bollock at 605-951-8540.

Dell Rapids Carnegie Library Receives Accreditation

LibraryDedication-2Dell Rapids was one of eight South Dakota public libraries to receive accreditation by the South Dakota State Library in 2016.  The libraries were honored in front of lawmakers, library colleagues and community members at the Capitol rotunda Wednesday, January 20th. This event was held in conjunction with the annual South Dakota Library Association Library Legislative Day.

Accredited libraries demonstrate that they meet important benchmarks for providing high quality library services to their communities.  Public libraries are accredited at one of three levels: Essential, Enhanced or Exemplary. Libraries are evaluated in the following areas, as outlined in South Dakota Public Library Standards: governance, administration, access, collections and resources, funding, staffing, technology and public relations.  Dell Rapids received an Enhanced accreditation.

Besides Dell Rapids, the following libraries have been accredited: Brookings Public, Watertown Regional Library, Edgemont Public Library, Madison Public Library, Hill City Community Library, Scotland Community Library and Potter County Free Public Library (Gettysburg).

Media Release

Local Retailer Named State Business Delegate

DellRapidsLumberPIERRE, S.D. – Doug Hainje of Dell Rapids Lumber in Dell Rapids was among the business owners and operators who served as Business Delegates for a legislative briefing sponsored by the South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) on Monday, January 11th in Pierre.

As part of the Business Delegate program, business people from each legislative district were invited by SDRA to participate in a legislative briefing regarding key issues expected to be considered during this year’s state legislative session.

The briefing kicked off with Gov. Dennis Daugaard providing an overview of the issues he planned to address in his State of the State Address to the Legislature the next day.

Attendees also heard presentations from Senate Majority Leader Corey Brown of Gettysburg, Assistant Senate Minority Leader Troy Heinert of Mission, political news reporter Bob Mercer and SDRA Executive Director Shawn Lyons, who offered their thoughts on some of the retail issues to be considered during this year’s legislative session. The delegates had an opportunity to ask questions and voice their opinions about the issues.

Among the issues discussed at the briefing were proposals regarding county government funding, state sales tax increase for education and Medicaid expansion in South Dakota.

The briefing was followed by a dinner attended by SDRA Business Delegates, legislators, state constitutional officers and cabinet secretaries.

Lyons said the SDRA Business Delegate program is now in its nineteenth year.

“Connecting legislators with business owners is important,” he said. “This event gives legislators the opportunity to hear about real issues affecting their business community while educating retailers about becoming more active in the legislative process.”

He noted that it’s important for legislators to understand how the laws they pass will impact the business community, and for retailers to understand how they can have a voice in the process.

“There are many issues seeking additional funding this year and retailers collect the sales tax that makes a large part of the state’s budget,” Lyons noted. “State legislator and retailer dialogue is crucial to sound decisions being made.”

The South Dakota Business Delegate program is believed to be the only one of its type among state retail associations nationwide.

About the South Dakota Retailers Association

The South Dakota Retailers Association is an almost 4,000-member statewide business organization which represents retailers in the legislative and regulatory process; provides information to businesses; and offers money-saving member services such as credit card processing, group health insurance and workers’ comp insurance. SDRA was organized in 1897, and is one of the five largest state retail associations in the nation.

Thank You from “Christmas For Our Kids”

ChristmasForKidsCandyCanePlease accept our sincere “Thank You” on behalf of “OUR” kids and their families for your generous support this Christmas.  Your help for families came in the form of child or family adoptions, cash donations, toys, clothing, homemade pillow cases, and gift cards – all representing your love for others in our community. We found a thankful home for each gift donated and used the financial contributions to buy toys and gift cards. You opened  your hearts to spread Christmas joy to families currently experiencing difficult times. Thank you so very much!!!

Because of your generosity, “Christmas for Our Kids” was able to sponsor 45 local families this Christmas. You helped to ensure that all the children of Dell Rapids had a Merry Christmas.

Thank you on behalf of “OUR” kids and their families for your contributions to our 2015 Christmas drive. You’ve made the “Dell Rapids” difference!

Here is an excerpt from one of the many thank you notes sent by the families we helped: “I wanted to write to you and say thank you all for the help and things you have done for us on this Christmas. My son is going to love it on Christmas day opening the presents. You all saved me this year and want to thank you all so very much. God bless you all. Thanks again.”

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Election Day Set for April 12

VoteThe City of Dell Rapids and the Dell Rapids School District will have a joint election on Tuesday, April 12th.  The election will take place at the Dell Rapids Lutheran Church.

The Dell Rapids School District election will be for three vacancies on the Dell Rapids School Board that will come open this summer.  The Dell Rapids City Council election will be for five vacancies.  Ward 1 will have one open spot, Ward 2 will fill two open spots.  Wards 3 and 4 will also each have an open spot.  Circulation of nominating petitions for City Council may begin on January 29th.  Petitions must be filed at City Hall no later than February 26th.