Hendricks says goodbye to Pearson, long-time Hendricks businessman

October 17, 2019

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Hendricks mourns the loss of Kenneth (Kenny) Pearson, a prominent former businessman. Kenny, pictured working on an engine, was one of the last remaining old-time business owners in Hendricks.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

 
Some of the earliest machinery dealers in Hendricks handled the Deering line of machinery and McCormick machinery. The two companies became one, known as the McCormick Deering Company. This was later changed to the International Harvester Company. Raymond Thomsen purchased the business and changed the name to Thomsen Implement. One of Thomsen’s employees was Kenny Pearson.
In 1985, Kenny Pearson and his son Dirk bought the business from Thomsen. They changed the name to Pearson Sales and Service. The Pearsons repaired tractors, lawnmowers and other farm machinery. They owned the franchise for the Snapper Company, and carried a full line of Snapper products.

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

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Kenny Pearson, pictured in the Pioneer in 2003.

Let’s keep Lincoln County warm this winter; donate to coat drive

October 17, 2019

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Collections for the Lincoln County Coat Drive are ongoing through Friday, Nov. 8.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
After the recent snow, the coming winter is on a lot of people’s minds, especially if they can’t afford to buy warm clothing for themselves or their children. Fortunately, Rosanne Lasnetski of A.C.E. Southwest Minnesota, as well as the communities of Hendricks, Tyler, Lake Benton and Ivanhoe, are ready to help. They have organized a county-wide drive to collect winter gear for anyone who needs it.
Community coordinators for the drive are Ashley Citterman in Hendricks, Angie Dubbeldee in Tyler, Karen Lichtsinn in Lake Benton, and Haley Panka in Ivanhoe…

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

Harvest Fest postponed

October 17, 2019

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Due to wintry weather, the annual Hendricks Harvest Fest has been postponed until Saturday, Oct. 19. In spite of the cold and snow, some of the stores had hot deals going on. People warmed up at the Hendricks Hometown Bakery with hot dogs, hot chocolate and chili. Nevaeh Hagood is pictured getting a hot dog for her grandpa, Mike McHugh.

Students build planetarium

October 17, 2019

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Photo courtesy of Trudy Lawburgh
The Hendricks Public School sixth graders, under the expertise of their teacher Monica Dorn, built a large inflatable planetarium in the mini gym. They decorated the inside to look like our solar system, then took grades K-5 on an educational “tour” they designed.

HHS Class of 1969 holds reunion September 21

October 17, 2019

Members of the Hendricks High School Class of 1969 arrived at the Hendricks Public School building on Sept. 21 around 4 p.m. They enjoyed a tour through the hallways and classrooms conducted by school custodian Scott Johnson. Thank you so much to Scott for his time and patience with the group while they talked about old times in this building.
Later in the afternoon, around 5:30 p.m., the class members enjoyed more time together at Cedric’s on Main Street in Hendricks. There was a great buffet meal of barbecued ribs and broasted chicken. They thank Cedric’s for their great service.

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

Local families make global impact through Operation Christmas Child

October 17, 2019

This month, sites in the Hendricks area will be among 5,000 U.S. drop-off locations collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, Nov. 18- 25.
Hendricks families, churches and groups are busy transforming empty shoeboxes into fun gifts filled with toys, school sup­plies and hygiene items. The Samaritan’s Purse project partners with local churches across the globe to deliver these tangible expressions of God’s love to children affected by war, disease, disaster, pov­erty and famine. For many of these children, it will be the first gift they have ever received.

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

Flu season is here. Be safe. Be smart. Get the flu shot

October 17, 2019

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Now is the time to get your annual flu shot.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Flu season is here. Ac­cording to the CDC, Min­nesota has already had sporadic influenza activ­ity, as of the beginning of October. Getting a flu shot is the most effective way to protect yourself and those you love from com­ing down with one of the many influenza viruses. Despite the benefits, hun­dreds of Minnesotans will choose not to be vaccinated.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Influenza is a re­spiratory infection that can cause serious com­plications, particularly in young children, older adults and people with certain medical condi­tions. Getting an influ­enza vaccine — though not 100% effective — is the best way to prevent the misery of the flu and its complications.” The CDC recommends that anyone over the age of six months get a flu shot, regardless of the frequency they are ex­posed to other people.

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Spot vision screening held at Hendricks Public School

October 10, 2019

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Aaron Swanson of Russell, holding the screening device, and Harlan Petersen of Tyler came to Hendricks Public School on Friday, Oct. 4 to check students’ eyesight with a Spot Vision Screener.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

 
Last Friday, Aaron Swanson of Russell and Harlan Petersen of Tyler, both members of the Tyler Lions Club, came to Hendricks Public School to check students’ eyesight with a Spot Vision Screener. They were invited to HPS by School Nurse Julie Nelson.
The Spot Vision Screener is a handheld vision screening device that helps detect potential vision problems and eye disorders in people six months of age through adult. The touch screen display allows for one-touch activation, simple management of patient and can spot screen both eyes at once.

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

Newly formed Safe Roads Coalition met Monday in Ivanhoe

October 10, 2019

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Pictured from left are Tyler Ambulance Coordinator Teri Hively, Avera Tyler Trauma Coordinator Sheena Strom, Safe Roads Coalition Coordinator Lauren Mellenthin, Lincoln County Sheriff Chad Meester and RTR Principal Dan Bettin at Monday’s coalition meeting in Ivanhoe.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

County officials and law enforcement officers from Lincoln and Pip­estone counties gathered in Ivanhoe on Monday as part of the Lincoln/Pip­estone Safe Roads Coali­tion coordinated through Southwest Health and Human Services. A grant was recently approved for the Lincoln and Pipestone County project. The Safe Roads Grant is funded by the Office of Traffic Safety through the Minnesota De­partment of Public Safety. Total Zero Death (TZD) Safe Roads grant funds are used to implement specific traffic safety activities that enhance other local traffic safety initiatives…

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