Year in Review – Part 3

January 16, 2019

If you missed something in the paper from the last four months of the year, check out the year in review, part 3.

Big year for LHIA Fishing Derby

January 16, 2019

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Lake Hendricks is the site of the 40th anniversary of the Lake Hendricks Improvement Association Fishing Derby.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

 
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Lake Hendricks Improvement Association (LHIA) Fishing Derby. The event will take place Feb. 2, starting at 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
According to Tom Landmark, LHIA Secretary/Treasurer and also tournament director, the event usually draws between 300 and 400 people. “This year could draw more people,” he said.

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

Fun facts about Hendricks

January 16, 2019

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The U.S. Department of Interior has been creating maps of our area since before the creation of Lincoln County.

U.S. government agencies have discovered many interesting facts about our community

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

 
Ever since this area was virgin prairie, the U.S. government has played roles in developing our communities. The Department of Interior is one such agency, as they’ve created maps of this area dating back to days before the formation of Lincoln County. An 1855 map of public surveys indicates our small area of the state was the last to be surveyed. At midnight on Dec. 21, 2018, a partial shutdown of the U.S. government took effect. This has now become the longest shutdown in our country’s history. To make this shutdown seem more relevant to us, we gathered statistics about Hendricks from many of these government agencies. We used the statistics to find interesting comparisons to other places.
The U.S. Department of Interior reports Hendricks to be 1,780 feet above sea level. This is remarkably low, as we are so far away from the sea. Every drop of water in Hendricks will make its way down the Mississippi River to New Orleans, which is 1,289 miles away. For every mile water travels toward New Orleans, it drops just over one foot and four inches.

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

County Commissioners kept busy at first meeting of the year

January 16, 2019

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Lincoln County Engineer Joe Wilson reported that a server used by the Roads and Bridges Department has reached its life expectancy. He will present a quote for a replacement server in a future meeting.

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commissioners met for their first meeting of the year on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Court Administrator Wen­dy Rost administered the Oath of Office to new/ re-elected officials: Com­missioner District 2 Mic VanDeVere, Commissioner District 4 Joe Drietz, Audi­tor-Treasurer Deb Vierhuf, Recorder Michelle Facile, Sheriff Chad Meester, and Attorney Glen Petersen. VanDeVere was selected as board chair, with Drietz selected as vice-chair.
The board approved sev­eral resolutions. The coun­ty board also approved the 2019 Commissioner Com­mittee Appointments. The resolutions and appoint­ments are similar to previ­ous years’ appointments and resolutions.

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

Hole-in-the-Mountain Park among recommended recipients for grant dollars

January 16, 2019

By Mark Wilmes 
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Greater Minne­sota Regional Parks and Trails Commission has announced grant recom­mendations for the FY20 funding cycle. Vince Rob­inson of Lincoln County Enterprise Development Corp (LCEDC) said they have been working with the Lincoln County Parks Department and the Coun­ty Commissioners to apply for grant funds to update the Hole-in-the-Mountain (HITM) Park 20-year re­source plan.
“It appears that the fund­ing we have requested will be forthcoming; assuming the legislature again ac­cepts the recommendation of the Greater MN Region­al Parks and Trails Com­mission,” Robinson said. “This funding will help us to survey park users and regional community mem­bers about their usage of current HITM park ameni­ties and their interest in additional amenities.”

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

2018 Year in Review – Part 2

January 10, 2019

Check out the news stories from the middle of last year in case you missed something.

Bank Brewing Co. holds first big event of 2019 in Hendricks

January 10, 2019

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Bank Brewery owner Jason Markkula, center, was serving Black Imperial IPA (India Pale Ale) along with other favorite varieties of craft beer.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

 
Saturday, Jan. 5 marked the first big event of the year for the Bank Brewing Co. of Hendricks. The event, earmarked as Into the Black Day, was so called because the darkest days of the year deserve the darkest Black Imperial IPA (India Pale Ale) made.
Doors opened at 4:30 p.m. with special bottle releases and growler fills. Food was available along with Tammy Dumke’s famous snacks. The Carlson and Johnson Band furnished music throughout the evening…

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

Xcel Energy’s new wind facility

January 10, 2019

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According to Steve Zimmerman, inside work on the Blazing Star Wind Project Operations and Maintenance Building right east of Hendricks will be completed in the spring.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

 
Xcel Energy continues to expand its wind portfolio as it takes over development of the Blazing Star Wind Project in southwestern Minnesota. The project is near Ivanhoe as well, but the first phase is near Hendricks. The addition of Blazing Star moves forward Xcel Energy’s plan to invest in renewable energy, taking advantage of low-cost wind energy in the region. Xcel Energy will own and operate the wind facility…

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

Lincoln County was snowbound over the holidays

January 10, 2019

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During the recent winter storms, roads were covered with heavy snow, ice, and large drifts, making them impassable across much of southwest Minnesota. Pictured above, a local tractor was called to clear U.S. Highway 14 because of a large drift covering the entire road, which blocked traffic on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018.

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The winter of 2018-2019 may be remembered for the heavy snows that have fallen across the region. A winter storm blan­keted Lincoln County with sev­eral inches of snow on Dec. 27- 28, 2018, and was followed by a second storm that included high winds which caused severe drift­ing on Dec. 31-Jan. 1.
The Dec. 27-28 snowstorm that hit Lincoln County extended up to the Canadian border, ac­cording to CBS. Their forecast map showed a Winter Storm Warning that covered Lincoln and Lyon Counties, then traveled through the state to the north­ernmost border…

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

100 and fabulous

January 10, 2019

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Leona Christianson celebrated her 100th birthday Sunday afternoon at the Hendricks Nursing Home.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

At the Monday, Jan. 7 regular city council meet­ing, Mayor Julie Hogie and councilmen Scott Pearson and Darren Schumacher took their oaths of office.
The minutes of the Dec. 17, 2018 meeting and the evening’s agenda were approved.
At the Dec. 17, 2018 city council meeting, Greg Pearson said he would like to put five campers and RVs in the empty lot he owns on the corner of Lin­coln and Prairie Streets, one block off Main Street…

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