Lightning strikes Hendricks Nursing Home resulting in evacuation

July 19, 2018

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This was the scene in the parking lot of the HCHA campus early last Friday morning after lighting struck the roof of the nursing home.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
An overnight thunderstorm last Thursday night resulted in an evacuation of the Hendricks Nursing Home after lightning struck the roof.
Mary Pavek, who resides at Lincoln Lane Villa, saw the lightning strike from her apartment. “I was just going to bed after watching the Twins game, my shades were pulled, but I saw the bright flash. I thought it was coming in my window!” said Pavek. “I knew it had hit somewhere close, the clap of thunder was so loud.”
Nursing home staff said they heard a loud boom just before midnight and shortly thereafter, started to smell smoke. As the halls filled with smoke, 911 was called and the evacuation of the home began.

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Rain, rain, go away!

July 19, 2018

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Ominous storm clouds went over the area last Wednesday morning, but the storm passed by with only a few sprinkles of rain.

Chock restoring building at corner of Garfield and Main

July 19, 2018

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The word PLYMOUTH can be seen on the outside of the old white building on the corner of Garfield and Main in Hendricks.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

 
There’s something magical that has appeared recently. The word PLYMOUTH has come into view on the south side of the big white building on the corner of Garfield and Main in Hendricks…

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City approves list of election judges for upcoming elections

July 19, 2018

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

 
The Hendricks City Council met in session on Monday, July 16 at 6:30 pm. with Mayor Julie Hogie presiding.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the council approved the minutes of the July 2 council meeting and approved the agenda for July 16.
Dustin Hauschild from the Hendricks Fire Department asked for the council’s approval of a liquor license for the upcoming Dueling Pianos concert, Sept. 8 at the fire hall. A motion was made by Scott Pearson, seconded by Judy Pearson, to grant them a liquor license for that night.

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Sucessful Fundraising!

July 19, 2018

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The Country House Supper Club in Lake Benton was filled on Sunday evening for the Relay For Life Chicken and Ribs Fundraiser. Around 100 people stopped in to help raise money for the CUREious George/Cancermals Relay team. Donations were received through the sale of food, tips and sale of Brau Brothers beer. Members of the Relay team helped serve the event and a representative from Brau Brothers was on hand with samples of their products.

“Footloose” opens July 26 at the Lake Benton Opera House

July 19, 2018

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The Lake Benton Opera House production of “Footloose: The Musical” opens July 26. Pictured is Graham Petersen (right) explaining to his friends all the things his mama taught him in the song “Mama Says.” Pictured on the left, clockwise from top left, are Jacob Haen of Minneota, Noah Greer of Lake Benton, Emma Lipinski of Ivanhoe, Luke Bielfeldt of Brookings, South Dakota and Jackson Jeremiason of Minneota.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton Opera House will be presenting its 2018 summer musical, “Footloose: The Musical,” beginning Thursday, July 26. The show is an adapta­tion of the hit 1984 movie starring Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow and Lori Singer. The film was loosely based on events that took place in the rural town of Elmore City, Oklahoma.

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Lucky local–truck only casualty

July 19, 2018

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As clouds above threatened a storm, Dan Anderson rushed his seven-year-old grandson into the house while his daughter-in-law grabbed the baby out of her car. Just after the older grandson got into the house, a gust of wind hit, and this large tree fell on Dan’s truck. A few seconds earlier, his grandson had passed behind the truck to get to the house. Dan is pictured above standing where his daughter-in-law typically parks. That morning, she had parked on the other side, just a few feet from where Dan’s truck was parked. Dan said the tree went down so fast, he had no time to move, and that he was standing near enough that the tree scraped his chin as it went down. Dan said he felt lucky the truck was the only casualty.

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Another successful Summerfest

July 11, 2018

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Jon Lengkeek is pictured with his family after receiving the Community Spirit Award.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Summerfest 2018 got off to a soggy start with rain during the morning on July 4, delaying the Parade of Flags and Community Spirit Award ceremony a bit. Attendance was down by quite alot at those events, but the show did go on, albeit without a sound system, due to the fact that electricity and water do not mix well. Many of those in attendance stood under umbrellas as 28 new flags were dedicated. Marcy Sommervold, one of the Parade of Flags organizers, said that although this year was to be the last, five extra holes had been placed, therefore there will be at least one more year of the Parade of Flags.

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Dedication held at Lincoln County Pioneer Museum

July 11, 2018

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Phil Trooien, accompanied by Todd Trooien, sings a song he wrote about his brother Trygve.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
A dedication event honoring former long-time Lincoln County Historical Society Board Member Trygve Trooien was held Wednesday, July 4 in the north exhibit building where the agricultural exhibits are housed. As the crowd gathered and waited for the event to begin, some browsed the exhibits while others looked through a scrapbook of news clippings that all spoke of Trygve. A laptop with a photo slideshow featuring Trygve and his threshing bees sat on a counter, and the plaque that was handmade by friend and former co-board member Dean Janiszeski hung on the wall, under cover until the “big reveal.”

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Commissioners hear SWHHS financial update

July 11, 2018

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners heard from Nancy Walker, Deputy Director of Southwest Health and Human Services (SWHHS), who provided a financial update. Walker said that last fall, Director Beth Wilmes had spoken with the Commissioners about the “significant” financial issues SWHHS was having, forecasting a potential budget overage that could reach into the million dollar range. Walker was pleased to report that through several measures taken by SWHHS, including putting a pause on hiring, they have 15 positions open that have not been replaced, providing only required trainings, better utilization of cars, changes in IT and office supplies, and the list went on. Walker said the result is that “we have a much better financial standing than this time last year.”

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