Dell Rapids School Board Approves Free Meals

NewDRLogoThe Dell Rapids School Board approved free meals for the final days of school during their regular meeting on Monday, May 14th.  The free meals on May 18th through May 23rd 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.

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Swim Lesson Sign Up May 23 and 24

2016DellRapidsSwimLessonsSwimming lesson sign-up at the Dell Rapids Swimming Pool will be held on Wednesday, May 23rd, and Thursday, May 24th, 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 18th-22nd/June 25th-June 29th.  The second session will be held July 9th-13th/July 16th-20th.  Swimming lessons are offered on a first-come, first-served basis as sessions and specific classes fill.  A third session may be offered based on demand of the first and second sessions.  No refunds will be offered for swimming lessons.

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.

Session 1           June 18th – 24th / June 25th – June 29th 

10:00           10:30         11:00       11:30          5:00             5:30

level 2          level 1          Pre           Pre            Pre             Pre

level 3         level 2        level 1      level 1        level 1         level 1

level 4          level 3        level 2      level 2        level 2         level 3

level 6          level 5        level 4      level 3        level 5/6      level 4


Session 2           July 9th – 13th  / July 16th – 20th

10:00           10:30           11:00        11:30        5:00              5:30

level 2          level 1          Pre           Pre            Pre             Pre

level 3          level 2        level 1      level 1        level 1         level 1

level 4          level 3        level 2      level 2        level 2         level 3

level 6          level 5        level 4      level 3        level 5/6      level 4

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DENR Recognizes L.G. Everist, Inc. for Operation and Maintenance Award

LGEveristPierre, SD – The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announces L.G. Everist, Inc. wastewater treatment system in the recipient of the 2017 Operation and Maintenance Wastewater Treatment Award.  This award is for outstanding operation of the wastewater system and environmental compliance with its state surface water discharge permit during the past year.

The award was presented during the 2018 South Dakota Water and Wastewater Association Wastewater Operators Seminar held April 11th and 12th at the Clubhouse Hotel & Suites in Pierre.

“Wastewater treatment is vitally important to our quality of life because it removes harmful pollutants that can spread disease and provides safe water for use by all those downstream,” said DENR Secretary Steve Pirner.  “The winners of DENR’s Surface Water Discharge Permit Awards are to be thanked because they collect, treat, and maintain their wastewater treatment systems at the highest levels.”

Qualifications for the Operation and Maintenance Wastewater Treatment Award are based on a system’s compliance with state environmental requirements, the quality of the treated and discharged wastewater, monitoring reports, state inspections, and proper operation and maintenance of the wastewater treatment facility.

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Dell Rapids Post Prom Committee Says “Thank You!”

NewDRLogoThe Dell Rapids High School Post Prom Committee would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for their generous donations which were used to provide a safe, fun night for students on April 29, 2018.

  • Mitch Adams Construction
  • Advanced Moving
  • Augustana University
  • Avera Health
  • Bagel Boy
  • Brian Benda
  • Big Sioux Media
  • Big Sioux Water
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Carol’s Country Cafe
  • Casey’s
  • Coca-Cola
  • County Fair
  • Mark Crisp
  • Dakota Bank
  • Dakota State University
  • Deli of Dell Rapids
  • Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce
  • Dell Rapids Lions Club
  • Dell Rapids Lumber Co.
  • Dells Auto
  • Dells Diesel
  • Dells Electric
  • Dells Plumbing Inc.
  • Dells Veterinary Services, P.C.
  • Eye-Site
  • First National Bank
  • First Premier
  • Golden West
  • Graham Floor Covering
  • Harrington Chiropractic
  • Heinemann Family Dentistry
  • Heinricy Construction
  • Interstate Collision & Glass
  • Douglas Jaycox
  • Koopman & Sons Gas Co. Inc.
  • Larson Farms
  • Larson Trucking LLC
  • LaDelle and Fourth Coffeehouse
  • Lewis Drug
  • Logan Luxury Theatres
  • Minnehaha Funeral Home
  • Monarch Steak House
  • Norby’s
  • Stacie Paul, Strands Salon
  • Penning Repair
  • Sanford Health
  • Scheels
  • Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union
  • Sioux Valley Energy
  • South Dakota State University
  • Stacie Stange, Thirty-One Consultant
  • Target
  • T&C Other Place
  • T&R Electric
  • University of South Dakota
  • Virg’s Service
  • Wal-Mart
  • Ron Weber, Realtor
  • Paul Zweifel LLC
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New Dell Rapids City Council Called to Order

2018DRCityCouncil_1The new Dell Rapids City Council was called to order on Monday, May 7th with one new councilman taking position.  Chad Ronshaugen was the only candidate that filed a petition for the open seat in Ward 3 left by Mike Sterud.  Councilmen Bill Schmidt, Barry Berg, and Bob Mier ran unopposed as incumbents in their wards and will join Ronshaugen for another term on the Dell Rapids City Council.

Prior the the new council being called to order, the old council had to adjourn.  Prior to that happening, Dell Rapids Mayor Tom Earley shared some comments about Sterud. 2018DRCityCouncil_3

“It is my honor to be able to recognize Mike Sterud for his service to the community.  Mike, it’s been a pleasure having you on here,”  Mayor Earley said.

After the new councilmen were sworn to office, the council elected new officers and committee members.  Councilman Mark Crisp was elected the President.  Councilman Mike Geraets was elected as Vice President.

2018DRCityCouncil_2Committee appointments are as follows:

  • Finance and Public Works Committee:  Crisp, Schmidt, Haak
  • Policy and Procedure Committee:  Borchert, Ronshaugen, Berg
  • Surplus Property Appraisal Committee:  Entire Council
  • Minnehaha County Economic Development Association:  Geraets
  • Dell Rapids Economic Development Corporation:   Geraets
  • Library Board Liaison:  Mier
  • Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce Board Liaison:  Ronshaugen
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Thefts on the Rise in Dell Rapids

CarTheftDellRapidsThe Dell Rapids City Council heard a report of thefts on the rise in the community during their regular meeting on Monday, May 7th.  Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office had Deputy Mitchell give the report to the council.

Deputy Mitchell reported that within the last couple of weeks the department has taken several theft calls, with most of the calls being things taken out of people’s cars or front porches.  He noted they have taken a lot of vehicle break-in calls.

“I just wanted to let you guys know that’s been on the rise for some reason.  I don’t know if it’s the warm weather or just people coming up from other parts of the state.  It wouldn’t be a bad idea to remind people to keep their doors locked and to lock up their bicycles,” said Deputy Mitchell.

“Has it kind of been in one area or pretty much all over town?” asked Councilman Bill Smith.

Deputy Mitchell responded that the car break-ins have mostly been happening in the Garfield Ave and 7th St area.

“The report I took for bicycle was on the west side of town, west of Highway 77, so it’s been all over,” Deputy Mitchell also noted.

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Abbott Awarded DSU Champion Scholarship


Joseph Abbott pictured with Bob Preloger, interim vice president of Institutional Advancement at DSU. Photo courtesy of DSU.

MADISON, S.D. – Joseph Abbott, a student at Dell Rapids High School, was recently awarded the DSU Champion Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to high achieving students based on ACT scores and high school GPA.

Abbott will be attending Dakota State University in Madison, S.D. in the fall, majoring in production animation.

In 2017, DSU awarded over $1,284,764 in academic, athletic and other scholarships.

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Dept of SD Veterans of Foreign Wars Announces First Ever Youth Baseball Grant Results

Dell Rapids Baseball Association Receives Grant Dollars from SD VFW

SDVFWBaseballLogoSioux Falls (May 4, 2018) – Department of SD VFW Baseball Chairman, Danny Frisby-Griffin, released the results of the program’s first Youth Baseball Grant Results. Drawing upon the initial set-aside funds and a generous donation from the Frisby-Griffin family, VFW Baseball was able to provide a total of $2500 divided among the following three grant applications: Selby Teeners, Dell Rapids Baseball Association and Webster Youth Baseball Association.

The new grant program was created to help ensure youth across South Dakota have an opportunity to participate in baseball. In addition to the grant program, the Department of SD VFW Baseball also created a Youth Baseball Community of the Year Award (monetary) and established a Veterans Program Donation process to allow VFW Baseball to donate to various VFW Veterans programs and initiatives.

Webster Youth Baseball Association plan on utilizing their funding to build a batting cage for the 8U, 10U and 12U baseball teams as well as their youth softball teams. Dell Rapids Baseball Association are also utilizing their grant to add an outdoor batting cage serving over 200 players. Selby Teeners are purchasing new uniforms in addition to other equipment required to provide play safe youth baseball.

“This is an awesome opportunity for the Department of SD VFW Baseball program to give back to the future leaders of our nation,“ said Frisby-Griffin. “And who knows, there may be a future major league player out there that just needed a bit of support to keep playing.”

ABOUT THE VFW: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation’s largest and oldest major war veterans organization.
Founded in 1899, the congressionally-chartered VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With 1.7 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in 6,400 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. For more information or to join, visit our website at or

CONTACT: Danny Frisby-Griffin, 402.332.7423,

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Dell Rapids’ Students, Teacher Honored at NCWIT Ceremony

MADISON, S.D., May 2, 2018 –Twenty-seven young women from North and South Dakota have begun to write their life stories in the field of technology.

“We need to know the stories of women in computing today,” said Dakota State University President Dr. José-Marie Griffiths, “to awaken this generation of young women, and the next and the next, to their potential to participate and lead in the computer workforce.”

Eva Bradshaw, regional affiliate manager with the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), praised the achievements of “these brave young women” at the 2018 NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Award Ceremony held on the Dakota State University campus April 23.

TomesDSUHonorees in the North/South Dakota affiliate region from Dell Rapids High School include: Amanda Tomes, who received honorable mention and is planning a career in chemical engineering; and Bergen Weiland who also received honorable mention and is planning a career in artificial intelligence and robotics. Selection is based on the student’s aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. WeilandDSU

Liza Mundy, the featured speaker, highlighted stories of other women in computing, women called into service during World War II. They are featured in her best-selling book Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers in World War II.

During the war years a majority of men were called into service, forcing the military to look at other sources for intelligence department workers, namely school teachers and students at women’s colleges. “Global war is the mother of innovation and inclusion,” Mundy said.

Today global war involves cyber security issues, and there are not enough men to fill workforce needs in technology, Griffiths said, so “the ongoing success of our world depends on getting more women into computing.”

Guest speaker Linda Daugaard, first lady of South Dakota, said the Aspiration award winners represent “a rich and ready source… of highly qualified young women ready to enter the computer or information technology area.”

Bradshaw noted that NCWIT’s Aspirations in Computing organization can provide a long-term community for female technologists by encouraging persistence in computing through continuous engagement and ongoing encouragement at each pivotal stage of their educational and professional development.

HeadrickDSUTwo educators were honored at the event as well. Tina Boldt-Belden, technology coordinator and high school computer teacher at Estelline School District, was this year’s teacher award winner. Runner-up was Scott Headrick, K-12 technology integrationist and high school personal finance and business math teacher at Dell Rapids Schools. Also honored was DSU freshman Alexis Vander Wilt, a collegiate national finalist.

Presenters included the Dakota State University faculty Dr. Pam Rowland, Dr. Ashley Podhradsky, and Rob Honomichl. Sponsoring partners for the 2018 event were Dakota State University, the National Center for Women and Information Technology, AT&T, SBS CyberSecurity, and DSU’s CybHER program.

This is the twelfth season of the Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC), and the seventh year with regional affiliates. The South and North Dakota region honored eight winners at their first event in 2013.


These April 23, 2018 photos provided by Dakota State University:

NCWIT AWARD winner – Amanda Tomes was honored at the April 23 NCWIT Aspirations in Computing award ceremony held at Dakota State University. Also pictured are guest speaker Liza Mundy (left), First Lady Linda Daugaard, and DSU President José-Marie Griffiths (right).

NCWIT AWARD winner – Bergen Weiland was honored at the April 23 NCWIT Aspirations in Computing award ceremony held at Dakota State University. Also pictured are guest speaker Liza Mundy (left), First Lady Linda Daugaard, and DSU President José-Marie Griffiths (right).

WINNING TEACHER – Scott Headrick was honored with the NCWIT North/South Dakota Affiliate runner-up teacher award. Also pictured are guest speaker Liza Mundy (left), First Lady Linda Daugaard, and DSU President José-Marie Griffiths (right).

Dakota State University is a public university located in Madison, S.D. DSU offers technology-intensive and technology-infused degrees in a variety of majors, from the associate to the doctoral level. Strategic partnerships with governmental entities and corporations have bolstered DSU’s position as a technologically forward-thinking institution. Both online and on-campus programs have been recognized for their quality, affordability, and graduates’ job placement records, which are 100 percent for several majors. Enrollment for Fall 2017 was 3,307. For more information, contact Jane Utecht, Strategic Communications Coordinator at, 605-256-5027, or visit the DSU website at

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Ahlers Selected for Emerging Leaders Program

DanAhlersStateRepSIOUX FALLS, S.D. – State Representative Dan Ahlers (D-Dell Rapids) has been selected to participate in the Emerging Leaders Program, an annual seminar sponsored by the State Legislative Leaders Foundation (SLLF) and the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

Rep. Ahlers will join 44 other legislators from 42 other state who were selected to participate in the Program.

“It’s an honor to be selected to the Emerging Leaders Program,” said Rep. Ahlers. “I am humbled by the opportunity to be South Dakota’s representative at this prestigious event, where I can both learn about important national issues and trends in state government and share with others South Dakota’s values and vision of leadership.”

Legislators were selected to participate in the Program based upon criteria including the candidate’s long-term commitment to public service and keen interest in self-development, as well as a demonstration of the skills and aptitude to attain positions of greater political responsibility.

According to SLLF, the key objective of the program is to develop the leadership potential of emerging political leaders for the challenges of the 21st century. This will be accomplished through a highly interactive program that focuses on:

  • Analysis and feedback on elements of personal leadership style.
  • Awareness of the importance of values and ethics in governance and public service.
  • Gaining perspective on the importance of the role of the state legislature in contemporary American politics.
  • Recognition of the importance of legislators as consensus builders and facilitators of compromise.

Rep. Ahlers represents District 25 in the South Dakota Legislature, which includes parts of Minnehaha County.

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