Citizen of the Year

Return this nomination form and additional page(s) of information to:
Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce
Attn: COTY Committee
P.O. Box 81

511 E. 7th St.
Dell Rapids, SD 57022

2023 Citizen of the Year:  Norene Frederickson

Norene Frederickson was chosen in 2023 as the first Dell Rapids Citizen of the Year. She was nominated by Carolyn Drew, who called Norene a true “unsung hero” for her quiet service and leadership in her church, the museum, senior citizens center, and garden club.

Mayor Tom Earley proclaimed June 24th as Norene Frederickson Day in Dell Rapids.

Norene was honored with special appearances during Quarry Days, beginning with throwing out the first pitch at the “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” on Friday evening. Lion Tom Schwebach treated Norene and her husband Lyle to a chauffeured ride in his classic Cadillac convertible at the head of Saturday’s parade. That afternoon, they attended the wedding of one of their granddaughters, an event that ensured that lots of extended family members were back in Dells and available to share COTY events with Norene.

On Sunday evening, before the stage show in the amphitheater, COTY committee members presented Norene with her engraved star-shaped award. The band played “Dancing Queen” in her honor and she and Lyle danced in front of the stage.