Ninety-nine and still going strong

April 21, 2017

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Clarence “Chris” Hoversten was recognized at the Hendricks Golf Club’s annual meeting by the members there and the Minnesota Golf Association for “Being an Active Member at the age of 99 at the Hendricks Golf Club.”

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Last week, Clarence “Chris” Hoversten was recognized at the Hendricks Golf Club’s annual meeting by the members there and the Minnesota Golf Association for “Being an Active Member at the age of 99 at the Hendricks Golf Club” with a certificate from the MGA bearing those words being presented.
Chip Joyslin, Hoversten’s golfing partner, provided some information that was read during the presentation.
“Chris was born in 1918, one of 14 children. He was raised on a farm near Minneota where his son, Paul, presently farms. Chris had many interesting jobs during his summer breaks. He sold magazines to farmers and ranchers throughout Minnesota and South Dakota during the depression and pre-war years. After college, he was recruited by 3M in St. Paul.

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

Kenneth Johnson retired after 52 years at the Hendricks Hospital and Nursing Home

April 21, 2017

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Kenneth (Cotton) Johnson in his earlier days at the hospital.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
Anybody who has worked at the same place 52 years is the exception rather than the rule.
Kenneth (Cotton) Johnson retired a couple weeks ago after 52 years with the Hendricks Hospital and Nursing Home. Johnson has worked for every hospital administrator since the new hospital was built in 1929. Olena Rogness was the first administrator, followed by Hazel Evenson, Steve Midtaune, Kirk Stensrud and Jeff Gollaher.
Cotton and his wife Lois lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico for a number of years. He worked at Sandia Corporation Air Force Base and Lois taught school. When their children were small they moved back to Hendricks.

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

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Kenneth Johnson recently retired from his maintenance position at the Hendricks Hospital and Nursing Home.

How eggs-citing!

April 21, 2017

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Children race to gather Easter eggs at Saturday’s annual Easter Egg Hunt in Hendricks.

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The Easter Bunny was a special guest at the Easter Egg Hunt in Hendricks.

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Good Shepherd Hospice Tour of Tables is Saturday, April 29

April 21, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Since the Hendricks Hospital Good Shepherd Hospice hosted their first Tour of Tables fundrais­ing event several years ago, the participation has increased dramatically. From 12 tables at Senior Dining that first year to over 30 tables at Christ Lutheran Church, the Good Shepherd Hospice Tour of Tables has become an an­nual event that people in the area look forward to.
In addition to people volunteering to host a table, volunteers with the Good Shepherd Hospice program invite people to host a table and the host/hostess invites people to be at the table with them…

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

Opera House spring show opens

April 21, 2017

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From left: Kayla Lindberg of Marshall, Sue Nelson of Tracy and Betty Andries of Marshall will star in “Secrets of a Soccer Mom” opening April 21 at the Lake Benton Opera House.

By Mark Wilmes 
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton Opera House will open its spring play, “Secrets of a Soccer Mom” on Friday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. The show is a comedy in two acts, writ­ten by Kathleen Clark and is set on the sidelines of a soccer match between a group of pre-teen boys and their moms.
The play centers on the three of those moms’ lives outside of the soc­cer game—Nancy, played by Sue Nelson of Tracy; Lynn, played by Betty Andries of Marshall; and Alison, played by Kayla Lindberg of Marshall.

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

SMSU Chorale performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall

April 21, 2017

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Dr. Stephen Kingsbury and the Southwest Minnesota State University Chorale in front of Carnegie Hall in New York City prior to their performance.

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City, New York is a dream for many vocalists. For those in the SMSU Chorale, perform­ing at Carnegie Hall be­came a dream come true on March 20. Four young people from our area were part of that trip—Courtney Mulder of Lake Benton, Courtney Mensen-Vroman originally of Lake Benton, Illana Peter of Tyler, and Peter Engels of Ivanhoe. Recently, the Valley Journal had a chance to chat with Mulder about the experi­ence.
In 2015, the Southwest Minnesota State Univer­sity (SMSU) Chorale re­ceived an invitation from Manhattan Concert Pro­ductions, a company that organizes Carnegie Hall concerts, to join with other college choirs for a concert. It was too late in the season for the group to be able to fundraise for the early 2016 event, so they spent one year rais­ing money and practic­ing for the event. SMSU Choir Director Dr. Stephen Kingsbury led them in the practices at home. They performed “Requiem” at Carnegie Hall, directed by Anton Armstrong.

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

City and County getting fed up with misuse of rural dumpster site

April 21, 2017

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The Hendricks City Council toured the new shower/restroom facilities at the campground.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer @gmail.com

Residents of Hendricks not currently paying for garbage services may be looking at doing so in the near future. City Council members were surprised Monday evening to discov­er there are people in town who are not subscribing to the service, and that doing so isn’t mandatory.
This revelation came about during a discussion on the Lincoln County re­cycling/garbage site that is located within city limits on property owned by the Hendricks Lumberyard.

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

Demolition begins on Astoria School, property to be turned over to City

April 13, 2017

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This May 1962 photo shows the Astoria School under construction. Construction on the school began in the spring of that year and was completed in time for the start of school that same fall.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
After sitting vacant for the past several years, demolition began on the Astoria school building late last week.
According to school officials, discussions with the City of Astoria and community members on what to do with the building have taken place over the years, and while suggestions were made on how to repurpose the building, with the exception of a private daycare being housed there from 2008-2010, no other enterprise has come to fruition.
“It’s a shame,” said Astoria resident Richard Johnson regarding the demolition. “I understand why it needs to come down, but it’s a shame to see it go. I was in the Class of ’63— the first senior class to graduate from this building,” Johnson said. “They started building it in the spring, and it was done in time for the start of school that fall.”

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

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Richard Johnson, a 1963 graduate of Astoria High School, is pictured at the demolition site. The school’s construction was completed in time for the start of his senior year

BapI walked today where Jesus walked

April 13, 2017

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A Holy Land pilgrimage was experienced by Sonya (Hagen) Zieske, formerly from Hendricks, and her husband Rev. Curtis Zieske. They are pictured using rakes to pull olives from branches of an olive tree.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
The Easter experience brings the passion and resurrection of Jesus to life through Bible study, church attending, storytelling, preaching and teaching. Rev. Curtis Zieske and his wife Sonya of Gresham, Oregon, had the privilege of experiencing Easter in a different way by actually walking the path where Jesus walked. Their Holy Land Pilgrimage was Nov. 1-15, 2016. Curtis led the group and the arrangements were facilitated by Group Travel in Minneapolis. This was Curtis’ eighth trip, having led five groups before this, and Sonya’s first.
The following Biblical scenes were witnessed by the Zieskes…

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

HPS carnival

April 13, 2017

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The Hendricks Public School Carnival was well attended, with people of all ages participating in the games and bidding on the many items available at the silent auction.

For more photos, read this week’s Hendricks Pioneer.