Dell Rapids Grad Helps Design New Corn Palace Murals

2019CornPalace_1A Dell Rapids graduate had a significant role in the new Corn Palace mural designs.  Chloe Solberg, a sophomore at Dakota Wesleyan University, was part of a team from DWU’s Digital Media and Design department that helped design nine different murals for the Corn Palace in Mitchell.  The new murals will be made out of corn and grain and will be installed this summer and fall.  The designs were announced about a month ago.

Solberg, a Graphic Design major, just completed her freshman year at Dakota Wesleyan this past spring.  During her freshman year, she did work study for Digital Media and Design Professor Kyle Herges.  During her work study, she created sports posters, homecoming t-shirt designs, and club organization posters.

“I really loved being a part of the work study because he (Herges) put me right into Graphic Design projects that really exposed me to experiences I needed as a freshman to set myself apart from my peers,” said Solberg.

The other big project that Professor Herges assigned to Solberg was working on the Corn Palace murals.  Solberg helped create three of the designs on the computer, Mt Rushmore, Iwo Jima, and Saluting Half-staff with the Sunset.  Along with digitally working on those designs, Solberg also helped to other students, Isabelle Barraza and Liam LaFrance, by applying the big 10-foot by 30-foot designs on the mural paper.

“I helped grid out the designs and draw out some of the designs.  IT was quite a big project, and it took a few months, but in the end when we were all done, we were so satisfied with our outcome.  I hope our designs can hit home with our veterans, because we were very honored to take on this project to represent our country and veterans.  I cannot wait to see them up outside the Corn Palace, and I hope the Dell Rapids community can take a drive to Mitchell to see my designs!” Solberg said.

Solberg was also involved in other campus activities.  She’s involved as a Student Ambassador and campus ministries such as Monday Night Freshmen Ministry, Thursday Campus Chapel, and Worship Under the Stars.2019CornPalace_1

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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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Heinemann Signs with DWU


Photo courtesy of Kris Heinemann

Another Dell Rapids High School senior will be continuing their education along with playing sports next year.  Josh Heinemann signed his letter of intent to participate on the Dakota Wesleyan University Tiger track and field team.  Heinemann was joined by DWU track and field coach Derik Fossum during his signing on Wednesday, May 16th at Dell Rapids High School.

Heinemann is in his final season for the Quarrier track team and was a part of the Quarrier football team this fall.

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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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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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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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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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Schumaker, Dells Grad, Only SD Student to Make List

Schumaker, from Mt Marty MBB bio

Schumaker, from Mt Marty MBB bio

Zane Schumaker, a Dell Rapids graduate and junior at Mount Marty, was one of 177 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II men’s basketball student-athletes named to the 2018 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes list for the 2017-2018 season.

Schumaker was one of two students from Mount Marty named to the list and the only student from South Dakota to make the list.

In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.

Schumaker led the Lancers in assists and steals during this past season.

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Dell Rapids Students Win Awards


NewDRLogoSeveral Dell Rapids High School students received awards or accolades during the first half of the month of March.

Amanda Tomes and Bergan Weiland both were recognized by NCWIT.  Tomes won an NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing for the North and South Dakota Region.  Weiland was an honorable mention for the same award.

Samantha Verver recently placed third in the Paul Witherington Prose Contest at South Dakota State University for her short story entry, “Phoenix & Grace”.

Evan Schmidt is a finalist in the South Dakota Student Journalist of the Year competition.  The South Dakota High School Activities Association will announce the specific awards at a convention on March 28th.

Casey Machmiller placed 1oth and Kyle Steineke placed 16th in the FFA Ag Mechanics Career Development Event recently held in Watertown.  The Ag Machanics team finished fourth with the other two members being Kenyon Shellum and Riley Anderson.


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Quiz Bowl and Vocal Ensembles Shine for Dell Rapids

NewDRLogoMembers of the Dell Rapids High School choir participated in a solo and ensemble contest held at Augustana University on Monday, March 12th.  Ten students made the trip to Sioux Falls, and those ten students performed in eight events.

The quartet of Kat Fletcher, Abby Stauffenecker, Jay Holm, and Mitchell Heinemann earned an excellent rating.  Alec Saxon and Heinemann earned a superior rating for their duet.  More impressive is the fact that Saxon was working on the duet with another student prior to the contest, but that student caught the flu and couldn’t perform.  Heinemann sight-sang the piece with Saxon.  Fletcher and Mercedes Lodmell earned a superior for their duet.  Chloe Fischer and Anna Symens earned an excellent rating for their duet.  Stauffenecker and Allison Hegg earned a superior in duet.  Lodmell earned a superior for her solo.  Peyton Gleason also earned a superior for his solo.  Stauffenecker earned an excellent on her solo performance.

The Dell Rapids Quiz Bowl Team One earned a second place finish at the Dak XII Conference quiz bowl meet on Monday, March 12th.  The team scored a total of 96 points in the competition.  Canton won the event with 119 points.  West Central placed third with 90 points.

Members of the quiz bowl team are Joey Abbott, Amy Meyer, Dylan Yetter, Matt Benda, Tayte Gleason, and Cooper Emery.

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