4th annual commencement at HHS

May 21, 2015

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HHS Graduates, from left: Anastasia Schwarz, Nicole Mathison, Tyson Frank, Anna Digre and Austin Benz.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Five Hendricks High School seniors received their diplomas during commencement exercises at the Hendricks Public School on Saturday, May 16.
The program began with the seniors walking in to the accompaniment of the Hendricks Community Band.
Principal Dale Weegman gave the welcome, and advice, and following the “Star Spangled Banner,” which was played by the Hendricks Community Band, Rev. Allen Molascon gave the invocation.
Seniors Anna Digre and Nicole Mathison each took a turn at the podium, giving short speeches that both included their thanks and appreciation of support given to them and classmates throughout the years.
A slide show that included pictures of each graduate from babyhood to present was then shown.
Following the presentation of diplomas by Superintendent Bruce Houck, and congratulations from School Board members, the 3-11 grade choir sang “The Irish Blessing.”
The Class was presented by Supt. Houck and a Benediction given by Rev. Molascon before the recessional.
Following commencement, attendees were able to greet and congratulate the graduates in the hallway and enjoy refreshments in the cafeteria.

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Syttende-Mai celebrated in Hendricks

May 21, 2015

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Gary Johnson, wearing a chicken outfit, joined Tina and Lena and newly-crowned Lena in performing “Bugle Boy.”

“Church Ladies” crowned as Lena, no Ole crowned

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
The Syttende-Mai committee decided to ‘stir the pot’ this year by choosing three Lenas and no Ole. Congratulations to Patty Midtaune, Lori Pederson and Barb Olson. The trio better known as the “Church Ladies,” have been entertaining at Syttende-Mai celebrations for the past 13 years. They will reign over this primarily Norwegian community for one year.
Norwegian Constitution Day is observed on May 17 each year. Among Norwegians, the day is referred to simply as Syttende- Mai meaning Seventeenth of May.
Friday night Tina and Lena’s Musical Comedy Show entertained 5 and 7 p.m. audiences at the Red Barn Theater. The popular Minnesota comedy-singing duo have been performing for three decades in over 20 states across the USA and Canada, for audiences from 40 to 4,000. The former school teachers from Canby, now living in Alexandria, will be retiring this August.
Saturday, 15 city-wide rummage sales gave everybody the chance to buy new trinkets for their home. Irene’s Cafe, Hi-Way Cafe and Hometown Bakery provided holiday specials at their businesses. The aroma of pancakes, french toast and sausage served at the Legion Hall on Saturday, brought in people far and wide for everybody’s favorite breakfast treat. The tasty Syttende-Mai dinner with all of the Norwegian delicacies served at the Senior Center on Sunday, finalized a great weekend of celebrating.

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The newly crowned trio of Lenas—Lori Pederson, Patty Midtaune and Barb Olson.

Hendricks Hall of Fame has three new inductees

May 14, 2015

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Karla (Zylstra) Henry (left) was inducted to the Hendricks Hall of Fame as an Honored Athlete. She is pictured with Muriel Dorn, who, along with her son Jan, accepted the Outstanding School Supporter Award on behalf of her late husband Alden “Ole” Dorn. Dennis Nelson was also honored posthumously with the Distinguished Alumni award.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Dennis Nelson, Alden “Ole” Dorn and Karla (Zylstra) Henry were inducted into the Hendricks Hall of Fame at the Athletic and Awards Banquet held the evening of Friday, May 8.
Information on the inductees was provided by themselves and by family members.
Dennis Nelson was born April 30, 1942 to Orville and Laura Nelson at the Hendricks Hospital. He attended and graduated from Hendricks High School in 1960, and had plans of becoming a medical doctor until he enlisted in the Navy at the onset of the Vietnam War, where he served as a medical corpsman. He was wounded on his third mission into Vietnam and died overseas on March 10, 1967. Dennis was the first Vietnam casualty from Lincoln County. For his outstanding service to his school, community and country, Dennis Nelson received the 2015 Hendricks Hall of Fame Distinguished Alumni Award.

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Memorial Day program

May 14, 2015

The Memorial Day program will be held May 25 at 10:30 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church. The program will be held at the church, park activities to follow after program. Guest speaker is Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Wm. D. Palmer, Marshall, “Memorial Day Reflections.” There will three students reciting Memorial Day readings.

County board hears about LPRW

May 14, 2015

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners was provided with the Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water System (LPRW) 2014 auditors report and a 2015 project overview by CEO Mark Johnson.
Johnson said the auditors had given them a clean opinion with no qualifications. A hard copy of the auditor’s report was provided to the Commissioners.
In the information provided on the projects, Johnson said, “Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water System has submitted its first priority project list to Rural Development for financing. The estimated project costs are $3.6 million and are internal projects funded from water revenues as no expansion will result from these improvements. The projects consist of updating our SCADA system (Phase 1) in the south half of our system; upgrading the well drives at both our Holland and Verdi well fields; developing and completing our SD Verdi wells for use and to understand their long-term characteristic information as to any further treatment needs as well as stabilizing the Verdi well field; add a second connection point to the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System at Magnolia jointly with the Rock County Rural Water System for earlier and better use of this source; and miscellaneous transmission main improvements to address pressure and quantity problems. There are six other priorities that eventually need to be addressed, but the timing and funding of those are not set for any time soon,” said Johnson.
Johnson went on to talk about drought conditions. “Drought and drought conditions are big issues,” said Johnson. “Although the DNR are satisfied to the stability of all the LPRW aquifers, we at LPRW are the first line of protection to making wise use of these aquifers for the benefit of all and for the long term future for all in southwest Minnesota. Therefore, LPRW is working to emphasize the duty of all its customers to conserve water in what already looks like a very dry year. We are asking the cities to implement and work with LPRW through conservation measures and to ban lawn-watering should a drought get severe,” said Johnson.

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HPS students perform in spring concert May 8

May 14, 2015

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HPS preschoolers sang five selections at the Spring Concert.

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The HPS 7-12 grade band played a jazz selection, “Uncle Mylo’s Side Show.”

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Olson celebrates 100th birthday

May 7, 2015

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Helen Olson, who graduated from Lake Benton High School and lived her life in Arco, celebrated her 100th birthday last Tuesday, April 28 at the Lincoln Lane Villa in Hendricks with family and friends.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Last Tuesday, April 28, Helen Olson celebrated her 100th birthday at the Lincoln Lane Vil­la with family and friends.
A spry lady with a twinkle in her eye, and looking not a day over 80, Olson deftly managed to greet her guests and carry on a brief interview with the Hen­dricks Pioneer at the same time.
When asked what she attrib­uted her longevity to, Olson said with a smile, “Sugar, chocolate and coffee.” Her daughter Marlys added that caffeine was the com­mon thread there as Helen pre­fers caffeinated over decaf cof­fee, and drinks it night and day.
Olson shared a few details of her life with the Hendricks Pio­neer.
“I was born on April 28, 1915 on a farm in Osceola, South Da­kota. My Aunt Francis was the midwife as there was no doctor for the delivery. I came to Min­nesota in 1928, and graduated from the LakeBentonSchool in 1929,” said Olson. Olson said she had completed school through the eighth grade.

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Balaton couple die in suspected homicide, house fire Thursday

May 7, 2015

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Suspicious circumstances and an ensuing investigation have led to charges being filed against three men in connection with the deaths of Jim and Cathy Hively of Balaton. Emergency crews were summoned to the Hively home in rural Balaton on Thursday morning, April 30 shortly after 9 a.m. The home was engulfed in flames and the bodies of the Hivelys were discovered inside.
Being charged with second degree murder, arson and armed burglary on Monday in Lyon County District Court were Theodore Allen Como, 18, of Marshall and Derek Michael Hexum, 20, of Balaton. Kyle Richard Wesselink, 21, of Tyler was charged with first degree arson, first degree burglary and receiving stolen property.
After a traffic stop on April 30, police found stolen guns in the trunk of Wesselink’s vehicle. Como was a passenger of the vehicle at the time. Hexum was subsequently arrested at a residence adjacent to the Hively property.

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From left—Theodore Como, Derek Hexum and Kyle Wesselink.

Hendricks Fire Chief reports on recent RFD activities

May 7, 2015

By Tammy Mathison 
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

At the Monday, May 4 meeting of the Hendricks City Council, Hendricks Fire Chief Dustin Hauschild pro­vided an update on the Fire Department’s activities.
Hauschild reported that within the last month, the department had four paged fire calls, three fires and one call at the school. The department has also been busy with CRP burns, hav­ing been asked to do twelve pieces amounting to a little over 400 acres. They have two of the pieces left. The CRP burns are profitable for the department, since with these twelve, they have made $12,000 and there are three more they may be able to do.
Hauschild also said that he knows of other depart­ments making use of ATVs when doing burns and as the Hendricks Fire Depart­ment has been doing a lot of burning, they are look­ing into purchasing an ATV/ UTV. Hauschild said he had spoken with Jim Ness of NB Golf Cars and they do carry a line of UTVs for rugged use. The government rate for such a machine would be about $10,000. How­ever, Hauschild added that Ness had spoken with other people who are willing to make donations towards the purchase. These donations could total $6,000 to $9,000 leaving the final cost to the Fire Department $1,000 to $4,000. Hauschild said the money the Fire Department would use would come from the CRP revenue. What he was looking for from the City Council was their blessing to go ahead with the purchase.

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Eleventh annual Tour of Tables held

May 1, 2015

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A variety of creatively themed tables once again impressed attendees of the 11th annual Tour of Tables held at Christ Lutheran Church on April 25.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The 11th Annual Tour of Tables was held on Saturday, April 25 at Christ Lutheran Church with 161 guests in attendance.
Table themes varied from whimsical to elegant with decorations including everything from a live goldfish to sports. One spring-themed table brought the lawn inside, with grass grown in a large flat container as part of the centerpiece!
Table winners this year were:
Best Theme: “Candy Cane Lane” by Lori Pederson and Megan Rybinski.
Most Fun: “Sesame Street” by Jessica Siverson.
Most Whimsical: “Spring” by Sara Weber.
Most Original: “American Revolution” and “Revolutionary Rendezvous” by Lola Hindbjorgen.
Traditional Beautiful: “Nifty Thrifty” by Kathy Robbins.

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