Dell Rapids Athlete Plays on AAU Championship Team

A Dell Rapids athlete was part of the South Dakota North Stars 10th grade girls AAU basketball team.  Aspen Hansen played on the team that recently won the AAU North Tartan Meltdown tournament in Hopkins and Bloomington, MN.  They finished with a 5-0 record in the tournament, and the event was an NCAA Division I recruited event.

This team also played in the Minnesota Showcase (Mankato), the South Dakota Showcase (Sioux Falls), and the Mill City tournament (Chaska and Chanhassen, MN) over the summer.  The team finished with an overall record of 16-4 in all the events.

The team was coached by former South Dakota State University player Macie Mickelson and was based out of Brookings, SD.


Back Row: Kadye Fernholz (Miller), Aspen Hansen (Dell Rapids), Mady Wuebben (Yankton), Anna Campbell (Lead-Deadwood), Coach Macie Michelson

Front Row: Britney Lovre (Deuel), Hayvn Heinz (Huron), Jacy Pulse (McCook Central-Montrose), Logan Keszler (Hamlin)

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Dell Rapids High School Eligibility Policy Changes

DellRapidsHighSchoolStudent athletes at Dell Rapids High School will be met with a new eligibility policy starting this fall for the upcoming school year. The new policy was explained by Dell Rapids High School Principal Drew Bunkers during the Dell Rapids School Board regular meeting on Monday, July 9th.

Prior to this change, Dell Rapids followed the eligibility guidelines of the South Dakota High School Activities Association.  Those guidelines state that the student athlete needs to pass two credits the semester prior to the current sport season to be eligible.

“We looked at a situation if you played just volleyball or just football, you could realistically get to the end of your senior year with six credits and never miss a game. You would be not even close to any where near graduating, and you would have played every football game or every volleyball game as long as you passed two credits in the spring. You could flunk every thing in the fall, it wouldn’t matter, you’d play every game. You’d be ineligible for the spring, which you don’t participate in anything.  You’d pass (in the spring), it resets, you play,” said Bunkers.

The new policy that was proposed by Bunkers and approved by the school board is as follows:

  • Grade/Eligibility for activities will be determined at the midterm and end of each quarter/semester. In order to be eligible, a student must pass all of his/her academic courses. Should a student become ineligible at midterm by receiving a failing grade in one or more courses, he/she won’t be allowed to participate in activities for a period of one week or one contest, whichever is greater, effective the Monday after midterm grades have been submitted. If he/she is still receiving a failing grade after one week, he/she will become ineligible for an additional week or contest. Ineligibility will continue until a student can maintain a passing grade in all courses. Students can regain eligibility by showing evidence of a passing grade to the principal or activities director. Students will then become eligible the following Monday after proof of passing all courses. The minimum requirement for ineligibility is one full week or one contest. If a student receives a failing grade in a course(s) for a quarter or semester, he/she will become ineligible for two weeks or two contests, whichever is greater. All SDHSAA requirements and policies must also be met. Students will still be allowed to practice during a period of ineligibility.

During the school board meeting a question was raised about the possibility of students who might be in school just for the sports and what will those students be told.

Bunkers answered, “You’re number one job here is to get an education. That’s what we’re charged with is educating you. If you want to play sports and that is your main motivator, we need to do it in the classroom for you to play the sports. It’s completely up to that student if they are eligible or not. If they put in the work in the classroom, they will remain eligible, and they’ll get to play their sports.”

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Volunteers Needed for Mentor Program

LSS_LogoLutheran Social Services of South Dakota works in partnership with the Dell Rapids School District to bring volunteer mentors to the elementary, middle and high school. Mentors visit with students for one lunch period each week and together read, play board games or just talk. Mentoring can lead to higher self-esteem, improved academics and fewer absences. Above all, it is a fun and rewarding opportunity for adults to make a difference in the life of a child!

The beginning of the school year will be here soon and there are 15 students in Dell Rapids waiting for a mentor. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and willing and able to spend one hour per week volunteering during the school day. To get started, potential volunteers need to complete an application and pass all background screens. All new volunteers are required to attend training before starting.

For more information or to apply, contact LSS at 605-444-7803 or visit

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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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