Opening night December 19 at the Red Barn Theater in Hendricks

December 19, 2014

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The Red Barn Theater is pictured as work began in this picture from last July.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
It is a night that many have been anticipating since the rehabilitation of the movie theater in downtown Hendricks began over a year ago, and for some, it’s a night they’ve been hoping for, but never thought to see, since the Lake Theater closed in 1972.
The Red Barn Theater owners have set Friday, Dec. 19 as the date for opening night, and, for the first time in 42 years, a movie will be showing in the theater in downtown Hendricks.
The rehabilitation of the theater has been a long, expensive process, and with the exception of a few things that had to be subcontracted out, the work was done by owners of the theater, Jay Nelson, Gary Johnson and Ron Rybinski.
Volunteers from the community also stepped up, some to lend a hand and others to spearhead fundraising efforts to help offset the costs of the rehabilitation. These fundraising efforts are ongoing, since, rather than attempting to recoup funds through high-priced ticket sales, the owners have chosen to keep the ticket prices lower than area theaters.

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

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The Red Barn Theater after renovations. It will be open on Friday, Dec. 19.

Coralie Overby returns to the theater

December 19, 2014

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Coralie (Ronning) Overby will have a special job on opening night at the Red Barn Theater.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
When the Lake Theater held its grand opening in 1938, 14-year-old Coralie Ronning sold the first bag of popcorn to the first customer.
This weekend when the new Red Barn Theater holds its grand opening, Coralie will be there to sell the first bag of popcorn to the Red Barn’s first customer.
The theater industry has seen a lot of changes since she was hired as popcorn girl by Earl Sorenson, new owner of the Lake Theater. One thing that hasn’t changed, movie theater popcorn still remains a concession stand staple. And people still refer to Coralie as “the popcorn girl.”
“Popcorn was a nickel a bag,” Coralie said. “My salary was a penny per bag sold.”

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

New managing editor at Buffalo Ridge Newspapers

December 19, 2014

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A familiar face returns to the Tyler Tribute, Lake Benton Valley Journal and Hendricks Pioneer this week. Mark Wilmes has returned to duties as Managing Editor of the three publications in the Buffalo Ridge Newspapers network. Wilmes left the position with Clark Printing in 2009, but recently accepted an offer to return to the papers and started settling in to his old position on Monday.
Wilmes spent nearly five years in the wind power business, working for enXco beginning in 2009, which eventually changed its name to EDF Renewable Services. He also spent the past few months working at Page 1 Printers in Slayton. He says he is looking forward to the opportunity to bring you the news once again on a weekly basis.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to help promote three great cities in southwest Minnesota and help keep them informed.”
Wilmes and Publisher Chuck Hunt will be doing some brainstorming on how to continue to improve the papers and make people look forward to seeing it in their mailboxes.

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

Lengkeek purchases Irene’s by Julie

December 19, 2014

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Jonathan Lengkeek, right, has purchased Irene’s by Julie from Mike, left, and Julie Buchholz. Lengkeek will assume ownership on Jan. 1, 2015.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The community breathed a sigh of relief as word spread last week that a buyer for Irene’s by Julie had been found and the café would not be closing at the end of this month.
Jonathan Lengkeek, owner of Cedric’s and co-owner of Hendricks Hometown Bakery, has purchased the café from Mike and Julie Buchholz and will assume ownership on Jan. 1, 2015. Under Lengkeek’s ownership, the café’s name will change only slightly. He will be reverting the name back to Irene’s Café.
The Buchholz’s have owned and run the café for 20 years, having purchased it from Irene Johnson, the source of the name Irene’s. The café has been a fixture in the community for many years, with many people having fond memories of the café. So much so, that there has even been a book based on the café.

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

Concert at HPS

December 19, 2014

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The third and fourth graders performed “Trepak” from the “Nutcracker” on the drum buckets.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer @gmail.com

Hendricks Public School held their annual Winter Concert on Thursday, Dec. 11 in the school gymna­sium.
Under the direction of Mrs. Donna Hamilton, the students in pre-kinder­garten through 12th grade performed many numbers, some with actions to the words, some were instru­mental.
The fifth and sixth and seventh through 12th grade bands each pe­formed twice during the evening, with the fifth and sixth grade band playing a total of three songs and the seventh through 12th grade band playing four songs.
The three-year-old preschoolers led off the evening with three short songs. They were followed by the four-year-old class, who sang two songs, the second of which was “Jin­gle Bells.”

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

Blumeyer, Schreurs recognized for years on Extension Committee

December 11, 2014

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Lincoln County Auditor Kathy Schreurs, pictured above left, and Commissioner Curt Blumeyer, below left, were presented with certificates of appreciation from the University of Minnesota Extension by Kate Johnson at the Nov. 16 meeting of the Lincoln County Commissioners. The certificates read, “To recognize your dedicated and distinguished service to the people of Minnesota through contributions as a Lincoln County Extension Committee Member.”

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By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Representing the Extension office, Kate Johnson presented Commissioner Curt Blumeyer and Lincoln County Auditor Kathy Schreurs with Certificates of Recognition from the University of Minnesota Extension at the Dec. 2 meeting of the Lincoln County Commissioners. The certificates read, “To recognize your dedicated and distinguished service to the people of Minnesota through contributions as a Lincoln County Extension Committee Member.”
Lincoln County Engineer Dave Halbersma reported that the department is working with the DNR Wildlife Management office to plan culvert work on County Road 9. There are protected wildlife species including two particular butterflies and a species of turtle in that area that need to be taken into account with the planning of the work, which should take place next year.
Halbersma reported that there have been issues with the county shop in Hendricks with three electrical items burning out in three weeks. The first was an air compressor, then the hot water heater and most recently, the electric motor on the overhead door. The electrician was contacted along with OtterTail. No cause has been found yet, but the possibility of a power spike is being checked into.

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

HPS school bus receives light damage in accident

December 11, 2014

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This photo shows the minimal damage sustained to the rear right bumper of the HPS school bus after hitting a parked car in a slow moving accident last week. No injuries occurred.

According to a release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, on Thursday, Dec. 4, at approximately 8:09 p.m., the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department received a phone call from the Hendricks Public School. A report was made about one of their school buses being involved in an accident at approximately 3:30 p.m. Minimal damage was done to the school bus, and moderate damage was done to the parked truck that was backed into. There were children on the bus at the time of the accident, but no one was hurt according to the bus driver.
On Friday morning, Dec. 5, Principal Dale Weegman sent the following email to all parents of students at the Hendricks Public School informing them of the incident. “One of our school buses damaged a parked vehicle yesterday afternoon. This was a low speed accident where no one was injured. Students were on board the bus at the time of the accident but no one was injured. The parked vehicle was damaged; the bumper on the school bus was scratched. Lincoln County Law Enforcement and MnDOT School Transportation Safety officials have been contacted. Please contact me at 275-3115 should you have questions.”

Hendricks kicked off the holidays with Juledazzle 2014 on Saturday

December 4, 2014

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Santa and Mrs. Claus are pictured waving from a fire truck during the Juledazzle Parade.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Hendricks was bustling with activity on Saturday, Nov. 29 during Juledazzle, with hundreds of people flocking to the downtown area to take in the Juledazzle activities and support the local businesses that extended their hours and hosted open houses well into the evening. Many of the businesses provided hot cocoa or cider and holiday treats to the customers.
Just in time for Juledazzle, the new decorative lights were hung on the light poles on Friday by OtterTail Power. The new lights, which are all snowflakes, were purchased with funds raised at the annual Chocolate Auction. Five of the old Christmas lights have been donated to the City of Astoria, S.D. for their use.

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

Hendricks loses local businessman and town supporter John Thomsen

December 4, 2014

 

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One of Hendricks’ well-known businessmen passed away last Wednesday. We are honoring the memory of John Thomsen, who is hailed by many as a big promoter in Hendricks. He was a major force in the purchasing and revitalization of the properties at 100 South Main, The Local, 100 North Main, Angie’s on Main, and the Turret House Bed and Breakfast on Division Street. He knew what towns needed and what it took to make a community work.
John and his wife Joy moved back to Hendricks from Anoka in 2000. The son of Harry and Lorena, John cared deeply about Hendricks and was proud of his roots.
He was a real estate broker and owned a mortgage company while they lived in Anoka. He was Chamber of Commerce Manager in Brainerd and Anoka and worked as a consultant in the transportation industry. After they moved to Hendricks, he managed The Local Restaurant until he became ill.
Joy said he cared deeply about Hendricks, the school and the entire community.
“He cared about people,” she said, “and loved working with youth.”

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

Red Barn Theater concert was a magical afternoon of entertainment

December 4, 2014

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Dr. Terry Parr and son Dan pleased the crowd with guitar and vocal selections.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
The Red Barn Theater fundraising concert attracted around 300 people to the Hendricks School Gym Sunday afternoon, Nov. 30. Former KELO-land anchorman Steve Hemmingsen was master of ceremonies for the 2 p.m. program.
Jay Nelson spoke on behalf of the three theater restorers, Gary Johnson, Ron Rybinski, and himself. He said they are overwhelmed with the wonderful financial, physical and verbal support they have gotten and continue to get from the community.
“This is not just our theater, but a community theater,” he said. “This is good for the town.”

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