Groundbreaking ceremony for $5.2 million HCHA project

October 23, 2014

U.S. Congressman Collin Peterson and USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer were special guests at the expansion celebration and groundbreaking at the Hendricks Community Hospital Association on Friday, Oct. 17. They are pictured above with HCHA board members, administration and city officials.

U.S. Congressman Collin Peterson and USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer were special guests at the expansion celebration and groundbreaking at the Hendricks Community Hospital Association on Friday, Oct. 17. They are pictured above with HCHA board members, administration and city officials.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

A full house greeted Congressman Collin Peterson and USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer in the Chapel Room at the Hendricks Community Hospital Association (HCHA) on Friday, Oct. 17.
Peterson and Landkamer, along with HCHA Board members, administration and staff, local community leaders and community members were gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking for the over $5 million expansion and renovation project at HCHA. Peterson and Landkamer were instrumental in the funding for the project.
Mayor Jay Nelson provided the welcome and introduced HCHA Administrator Jeff Gollaher.

Read the rest of the story in this week’s Hendricks Pioneer.

City Council takes official position on Lake Hendricks water quality

October 23, 2014

Water quality in Lake Hendricks and the headwaters of the Lac Que Parle River are potential concerns of city council.

Water quality in Lake Hendricks and the headwaters of the Lac Que Parle River are potential concerns of city council.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

The dairy operation proposed to be built in Brookings County was a topic on the Hendricks City Council’s Monday, Oct. 20 meeting agenda.
City Administrator David Blees said he had received a couple of calls from concerned people regarding a full page color ad taken out in the Oct. 15 issue of the Town and Country Shopper, which was a letter written and signed by Mayor Jay Nelson in opposition of the proposed dairy. The City of Hendricks was also prominently represented in the ad.
Blees said he had contacted the League of Cities regarding the ad. Passing on the information, Blees advised the council that when acting on behalf of the city, the actions need to be first authorized by the council as a whole. City Attorney John Engels added that it is alright to use their titles if making a statement or action on their own, but it needs to be said also that they are representing their own opinions.
In regard to who is paying for the ad, Nelson is not seeking reimbursement from the city.

Read more in this week’s Hendricks Pioneer.

Peek through time—Buchholz’s collection of native artifacts

October 23, 2014

Artifact enthusiast Kevin Buchholz, pictured above, knows about the Native Americans who were here when the first settlers arrived.

Artifact enthusiast Kevin Buchholz, pictured above, knows about the Native Americans who were here when the first settlers arrived.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

Kevin Buchholz’s interest in archaeology dates back to childhood. The son of Harvey and Delores Buchholz, he grew up about a block from Lake Hendricks and started looking for rocks at an early age.
“I got a geologist’s hammer for Christmas one year so I could break rocks apart,” Kevin said.
His favorite class in school was science. When he became an adult he moved to Montana, where he developed a broader interest. “My sister-in-law is Native American,” he said. “I learned a lot from her father.”
Anyone familiar with history knows about the Native Americans who were here when the first settlers arrived. They used deer antlers to flake stones or make sharp points on stones, a process called flint knapping. They loved, gathered food, mated and died, leaving behind these artifacts.

Read more in this week’s Pioneer.

Meet the Sheriff Candidates event held in Hendricks

October 23, 2014

A Meet the Candidates event was held in Cedric’s banquet room for those who wished to meet Lincoln County Sheriff candidates Guy Harding and Chad Meester.

A Meet the Candidates event was held in Cedric’s banquet room for those
who wished to meet Lincoln County Sheriff candidates Guy Harding and Chad Meester.

Area residents band together to “Save Lake Hendricks”

October 23, 2014

The scenes around Lake Hendricks are beautiful this fall.

The scenes around Lake Hendricks are beautiful this fall.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

In response to the proposed construction of a commercial dairy by Oak Lake, located west of Hendricks in South Dakota, and the possible ramifications of runoff from said dairy, a grassroots movement has begun to “Save Lake Hendricks.” A Facebook page of the same name has been created.
Along with members of the Lake Hendricks Improvement Association, lake property owners and other interested persons, Jay Nelson attended a recent meeting of the Brookings County Planning and Zoning Committee to voice concerns over the construction of the dairy. Nelson shared information that he has been able to learn on the proposed dairy and the impact it could have on Lake Hendricks.
“The dairy is proposing to have 3,999 cows which would generate 26.1 million gallons of manure each year,” said Nelson. “A 2004 EPA study found that a farm with 2,500 dairy cattle is similar in waste load to a city of 411,000 people. Applying this EPA statistic, this dairy could have the pollution equivalent to a city of 657,435 people. This entire dairy is in the Deer Creek Watershed and any runoff would flow into Lake Hendricks,” said Nelson.

Read more in this week’s Hendricks Pioneer.

Semi-truck accident in Hendricks

October 17, 2014

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On Saturday, Oct. 11 at approximately 2:54 p.m. the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting that a semi-truck had tipped over within the City of Hendricks at the intersection of State Hwy. 271 and Co. Hwy. 17. The Hendricks Fire Department, Hendricks Ambulance, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Lake Benton Police Department and Minnesota State Patrol responded to the scene. The driver was transported to the Hendricks Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The Minnesota State Patrol is handling the accident report.

Lincoln County Environmental still working toward proper usage of rural dumpsters

October 17, 2014

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Continued miss-use of rural dumpsters located throughout Lincoln County has prompted the hiring of custodians to monitor the sites, since the posted signs are seemingly ignored by many people.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The continued misuse of the rural dumpsters located throughout Lincoln County prompted a request from Robert Olsen of the Lincoln County Environmental Office to implement a pilot project, sooner than later, that would place custodians at three of the sites—Hendricks, Lake Benton and Tyler—for the remainder of this year.
Olsen explained that one of the biggest problems has been cardboard boxes that haven’t been flattened but placed in the dumpsters. The boxes take up more space, which leads to the dumpsters filling up faster and being over-full. This results in overages. Additional items such as mattresses and construction debris have also been an issue, along with people who are not supposed to be using the dumpsters at all. A suggestion from Waste Management has been to place additional dumpsters at each site, the cost of which would be $200-$250, depending on the site. Olsen said he would like to avoid that additional cost if possible, and monitoring the sites could alleviate the problem as the custodians will be removing the boxes and other items that do not belong in the dumpsters that add to the capacity. These items are listed on signs located at each site.

For the full story, read this week’s Hendricks Pioneer.

USDA officials and Peterson to visit Hendricks

October 17, 2014

USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer and U.S. Congressman Collin Peterson, will visit Hendricks at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, to highlight funding for the Hendricks Community Hospital Association (HCHA) to expand and remodel the existing hospital and make it more efficient for patients and employees.
Currently they operate a 24-bed acute hospital, 58-bed skilled nursing facility, clinic, 16-unit senior rental housing facility, and home health and hospice agency.
Landkamer will emphasize how $5,192,000 in funding from USDA will help HCHA replace aging infrastructure that has reached the end of its useful life, and the importance that the backing of congressional leadership has on USDA investments.
Landkamer also will discuss how this project is one of many community facilities that USDA Rural Development has invested in since 2009, which totals over $353 million.
This event is free and open to the public.

New events at Harvestfest proved popular

October 17, 2014

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The Grizzly Gynmasts put on a demonstration during Harvestfest, much to the enjoyment of those watching. Brittany Moravetz is pictured, far left, in mid-jump.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The addition of the Harvest Market, indoor rummage sales and plant exchange drew a large crowd to the Hendricks Harvestfest this year.
Focusing on a food theme, the Harvest Market drew local vendors, gardeners and bakers to sell their wares. Gail Kvernmo did something a little differently at her table. Rather than selling any of the tasty treats she had available, she offered taste testing and the recipes.
Every room of the former chiropractor’s office and the garage attached to the building was filled with rummage sale items, including many decorative items for various holidays. The area and tables for the displays were provided at no cost to those who brought in their items to sell, and the proceeds from the sales went to the sellers.

For the full story and more photos, read this week’s Hendricks Pioneer.

Marble Lutheran Scholarship awarded to Jackie Peterson

October 10, 2014

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Elwood Bakke, who was President of the Marble Lutheran Church Board for over 4o years, is pictured with nursing student Jackie Peterson, one of two recent recipients of the Marble Lutheran Scholarship. Not pictured is Brett Jelen of Canby, the second recipient.

by Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Ten years after closing its doors, Marble Lutheran Church is still providing a service to the area by way of scholarships through Minnesota West Community and Technical College.
A year after it closed, a bequest of $30,000 was made from the Marble Lutheran Church Board to the scholarship fund available to students of Minnesota West Community and Technical College. The donation was made possible through the estates of Henry and Burmie Lindahl and Carold Olson.
Elwood Bakke, who was President of the Marble Lutheran Church Board for over 40 years, remains a representative of the board. His wife Delphine was a lifetime member of Marble Lutheran Church and also an instructor at the Minnesota West Community and Technical College – Canby Campus for many years.
Two $1,000 scholarships are given each year, one to any Minnesota West student and one to a Minnesota West nursing student.

For the full story, read this week’s Hendricks Pioneer.