Hendricks Repair and Rental relocates, adds new services

February 26, 2015

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Vince Zylstra, left, is pictured with Pat Dirks, who is working with Zylstra as his front desk person as well as providing computer services to the public. This new aspect of the Hendricks Repair and Rental business is located in the former police station building.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Hendricks Repair and Rental has moved to its new location in the two buildings near the water tower that were formerly the city maintenance shop and police station.
Vince Zylstra, owner of the business, had purchased the buildings from the city last fall, and has been in the process of renovating them.
The renovations to-date have included new roofs for both of the buildings, insulated garage doors and many interior improvements including the installation of plumbing and sewer and electrical and furnace upgrades, and a paint job for the maintenance building.
The former maintenance shop now houses the small engine repair business on the west side, the office/parts room in the middle and a full service auto and light truck repair shop on the east side of the building.

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Vince Zylstra, owner of Hendricks Repair and Rental, is pictured in the newly renovated office/parts room located in the former City Maintenance building. Also in that building is the small engine repair shop and a full service auto shop.

Campground update

February 26, 2015

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
City Administrator David Blees provided a Campground Improvement update to the City Council saying they are continuing to move forward with the DNR grant application process.
Blees said the focus of the improvements continues to be the addition of four cabins that will be placed in the Deer Park area and new restrooms and showers. The old restrooms and showers will be bulldozed and the new ones put in on that site.
With the plan that was presented, each cabin will have its own parking space large enough for a couple of vehicles or a vehicle and a boat, and its own fire pit. A central fire pit will also be installed for the mutual use of the cabins.
Councilman Scott Pearson suggested the installation of electrical posts in order to plug boats in to charge.
Overflow parking for the campground area is also included in the plan.
No additional campsites will be added to the campground, however, one campsite will be eliminated on one end, and a new one created on the other.
Councilwoman Judy Pearson asked if there would be room for more sites to be added later.

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Irene’s to reopen March 2

February 26, 2015

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After extensive remodeling, Irene’s Café will be reopening on Monday, March 2 with a new look, new features and new staff. Pictured are Lynn Grahm, who will be managing Irene’s, and Cory Florke, the new cook. They are pictured by the remodeled entrance, which features a ramp for wheelchair and walker accessibility. Handicap-accessible restrooms have also been installed, and the dining area has been completely redone to facilitate more seating. The kitchen has also been redone. Irene’s Café will be open Monday through Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., with Sundays eventually being added to the schedule.

Grizzly girls excel off the mats

February 26, 2015

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Hendricks-RTR Grizzly gymnasts who received the team award are, left to right, Katie Ekema, Cora Hofer, Greta Johnson, Sophie Johnson and Brianna Bolish. Not pictured are Haley Lorenz and Brittney Moravetz.

The Hendricks-RTR Gymnastics Team was awarded the Silver Academic Team Award by the Minnesota Girls Gymnastics Coaches Association.
Greta Johnson, Sophie Johnson and Cora Hofer all received individual academic honors.

Kendra Moravetz hired as new administrative assistant at HPS

February 19, 2015

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Kendra Moravetz is the new Administrative Assistant at Hendricks Public School.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Kendra Moravetz is the new Administrative Assistant at Hendricks Public School. Prior to taking the job at HPS, Moravetz was a Loan Documentation Specialist at U.S. Bank.
A local gal, Moravetz and her husband Aaron, along with their two-year-old daughter Kinlee, reside in rural Hendricks.
Moravetz said she chose to apply for the job at HPS as it is closer to home and she likes to be involved with the school.
“I’m looking forward to working with the kids,” said Moravetz.
Her first day in the office was on Monday, Feb. 16, during which she spent the day learning essential programs and having out-going Administrative Assistant Nancy Aune show her the ropes.

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Greta Johnson earns second trip to State Gymnastics competition

February 19, 2015

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Greta with her medals at the Section Meet.

By Tammy Mathison 
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

For the third year in a row, Hen­dricks Public School will be rep­resented at the State Gymnastics Tournament.
Greta Johnson, daughter of Sher­ri and Gary Johnson of Hendricks, qualified for the State Tournament at the Section meet held in Pip­estone on Saturday, Feb. 14.
This will be Greta’s second trip to State in as many years. She will be competing in four events—vault, floor, bars and all-around.
In the days leading up to the Feb. 20 and 21 State Tournament, Greta, a freshman at Hen­dricks High School, will continue practicing and working to perfect her routines.
Greta said she feels her best events are the vault and the floor, with the vault being the better of the two. She feels confidant and excited, but not nervous, about her upcoming trip to the State Tournament.

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Sherri Johnson named Section 3A Coach of the Year

February 19, 2015

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Grizzly Gymnastics Coach Sherri Johnson is pictured talking with daughter Sophie before her floor routine. Johnson was voted 2015 Coach of the Year for Section 3A.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Hendricks Grizzly Gym­nastics Coach Sherri John­son has been chosen by her fellow coaches as Sec­tion 3A Coach of the Year.
“I certainly didn’t expect it,” said Johnson. “It’s a huge honor, and I think ev­erybody is deserving. Suc­cess isn’t always defined by the number of wins. It is great athletes working hard and seeing improve­ment. You look from last year to this year and there is an improvement in their abilities and in their con­fidence level. It doesn’t matter what (sports) ac­tivity they do, it is great for kids for building their confidence and making leaders and they become hard workers. That is the goal of our program,” said Johnson.
Johnson is passionate about gymnastics. Her love of the sport began in her seventh grade year of school, but she was only able to continue through her sophomore year of high school. In college she was a cheerleader, and started coaching gym­nastics, working for the park and rec program. After graduating college with a coaching minor, she coached gymnastics at Sioux Falls Washington and club gymnastics.
Eventually, Johnson made her way north, and started coaching club in Brookings, S.D., which she still does once a week.

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One missing person found in Lake Benton Lake, another still missing

February 12, 2015

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By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 12:30 p.m. this past Saturday, Feb. 7, the St. Louis County Rescue Squad located a female in the water. Rescue squad personnel extracted her from the water and transported her to shore where she was identified as Brianna Jean Thooft. The search for Bradley Allen Lund is currently ongoing.
The search for Brianna and Brad began last Sunday, Feb. 1 when the pair was reported missing. The last known whereabouts of the couple was a fish house on Lake Benton, and they had not been heard from since an early morning phone call on Sunday.
On Monday, Feb. 2, authorities were led to believe that a vehicle that Brianna and Brad were traveling in had fallen through the ice out near the Norwegian Creek Campground north of the City of Lake Benton. A multi-agency search was concentrated in that area, where a submerged vehicle was discovered.
The Lake Benton Police Department confirmed that the vehicle found submerged in Lake Benton was related to the two missing persons, Brianna Thooft and Brad Lund.
“We are confident that the truck is the one they were in on the night [in question],” confirmed Lake Benton Police Chief Guy Harding.

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Search and rescue volunteers who assisted in the search for Brianna Thooft and Brad Lund last week near Norwegian Creek Campground are pictured above.

 

Airborne linemen string high-voltage power lines when weather permits

February 12, 2015

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Hooper Corporation subcontracted the use of helicopters to hang lines and operate in areas where heavy machinery had difficulty reaching.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
Nearly every state in the U.S. is capable of generating wind energy. Electricity can be supplied by wind energy.
Hooper Corporation is a national full-service electric power and mechanical contractor that has been connecting wind farms to electrical grid for decades. During the past few months they have been constructing overhead and underground transmission and distribution lines in our area.
Helicopters subcontracted by Hooper Corporation have provided windshield spectacles for people driving along State Highway 271 and SD Highway 30. Owned by Haverfield HV Perfunctionem, the helicopters with airborne linemen have assisted with the construction of electrical power transmission lines. Working from the air allows the worker to pull high voltage transmission lines, inspect and attach wires and position the lines for installation.
According to Rick Tachick, general foreman of Hooper Corporation, the helicopter crew also installed spacers, short metal spans used to keep the adjacent power lines apart. Wind is the reason for the spacers, devices used to prevent “galloping.” Without the spacers, the lines could connect, causing a short-circuit.

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Commissioners okay renovation of county office

February 12, 2015

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted unani­mously of those present (Chair­man Don Evers was absent from the meeting) to approve the renovation of the Lincoln County Treasurer and Auditor offices.
Architect Jeff Nelson of Falls Architecture was on hand to discuss in detail the proposed renovations of the two offices, which will combine the spaces and increase the effectiveness of the offices.
With the renovations, the ex­isting counters will be removed and a new counter installed in a central public area. The idea is to preserve the historic look, and the re-use of stone that is on the counters may be possible or, it was mentioned that there is, or was at one time, slabs of that stone stored somewhere in the courthouse.
The projected estimate for the work is around $48,000.
Since the cost is under $50,000, the county is not required to ad­vertise for bids, however, Com­missioners Joe Drietz and Mic VanDeVere said they would like to see it bid out, with VanDe­Vere expressing the hope that it would go to someone in Lincoln County. “We’re dealing with tax­payer dollars,” said VanDeVere. “Let’s bid it out.”

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