Students and staff enjoying Homecoming Week

September 26, 2014

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Hendricks High School’s 2014 Homecoming Queen Anna Digre and King Austin Benz.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Students and staff at Hendricks Public School are enjoying Homecoming festivities this week, which will come to an end on Friday evening.
A pep fest at 8 a.m. on Monday morning kicked the festivities off with selections played by the Community Band and skits performed by elementary, band and choir students and staff.
With the theme of World Records, Principal Dale Weegman entertained the crowd by juggling the World’s Smallest Apples and the World’s Smallest Squash.

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

Top ten Hendricks tidbits you might not know

September 26, 2014

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Hans J. Hanson, Ina Hanson and two of their children are pictured in the new car Hans won in the early 1900s, compliments of the Hendricks Pioneer.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
You might have lived around Hendricks all your life without hearing some of these interesting facts. I am presenting the top ten tidbit list of things you probably never knew before.
The 10th top tidbit you might not have heard before—Nick Citterman, Sr. lived in the Hendricks School District but his driveway emptied out into the Ivanhoe School District. He had to go to Ivanhoe, as the Hendricks school bus could not drive into Ivanhoe property.
The ninth top tidbit you might not have heard before—Karen Ash married Gary Zylstra so she went from A to Z.
The eighth top tidbit you might not have heard before—Scott Wallace walked his dog 900-plus miles (based on facts he gave me several years ago).
The seventh top tidbit you might not have heard before—Leona Christianson was a Christianson before she married Coney, so did not have to change her last name.

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

Board pleased with after-school program reviews

September 26, 2014

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Prior to their regular monthly meeting on Sept. 16, the Hendricks School Board held a special meeting on the same night to award the Energy Savings Performance Contract for energy efficiency improvements to Ameresco.
The Ameresco company representatives were also on hand for the special meeting to review the two proposed projects with the Board before the Board voted, “so the Board is aware of what we are working on and what they had approved,” said one of the representatives.
After going through a printed version of the Powerpoint presentation presented at prior meetings, the Board voted unanimously to approve the contract. The approval is contingent on financing and legal review.
The special meeting was then adjourned and the regular meeting called to order.
During the Board Member Reports, Nick Citterman commented that he has heard “nothing but good things” about the after-school program.
New this year, in addition to help with their schoolwork after school, the students are being provided with a sack lunch supper each day. To date, 28-30 students have been taking part in the supper program, which is also available to the athletes. The district also provides transportation home.

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

HCHA takes first steps in planned campus expansion

September 26, 2014

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Hendricks Community Hospital Association has plans in the works for a substantial expansion of their campus within the next couple of years. The expansion will include the addition of space and the relocation within the building of services such as the office, kitchen and laundry, to name just a few.
The plans also call for the necessary expansion of the parking lot and the connection of Hay Street to the parking lot, which will create an additional access point.
In preparation for the parking lot expansion and street project, several mature trees were removed last week on the west and north sides of the existing parking lot, and on Monday, Sept. 22, a house owned by HCHA, also located on the north side of the parking lot, was removed.

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

Hendricks Homecoming Week is Sept. 22-26

September 19, 2014

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Candidates for the 2014 Homecoming King and Queen are, from left to right in front, Tyson Frank and Austin Benz, and in back, Nicole Mathison, Anastasia Schwarz, Desiree Scotting and Anna Digre. Coronation will take place at a school assembly on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 2:15 p.m.

 

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Homecoming Week at the Hendricks Public School is Monday, Sept. 22 through Friday, Sept. 26, with the crowning of the Prince and Princess yet this week.
On Thursday, Sept. 18, an all-school assembly will be held in the gymnasium at 2:45 p.m. to introduce the candidates for the 2014 Homecoming King and Queen and announce the 2014 Prince and Princess. Seniors vying for the titles of King and Queen are Austin Benz and Tyson Frank for King and Anna Digre, Nicole Mathison, Anastasia Schwarz and Desiree Scotting for Queen. Students will vote on Friday, with the coronation of the King and Queen set to take place on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 2:30 p.m. in the gymnasium. They will be crowned by the Prince and Princess. Juniors vying for title of Prince and Princess are Matt Victor and Francisco Klas for Prince and Molly Belaen, Sierra Satterlee and Janessa Scotting for Princess.

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

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Candidates for the 2014 Homecoming Prince and Princess are, from left to right in front, Sierra Satterlee, Molly Belaen and Janessa Scotting; in back are Matt Victor and Francisco Klas. The Prince and Princess will be announced at a school assembly on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 2:45 p.m.

Video Production class a hit at Hendricks Public School

September 19, 2014

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
An exciting new class teaching students about video production is being offered this year at the Hendricks Public School.
With the use of high-tech video equipment, students are able to make their own videos and televise events such as games over the local television channel on ITC.
The class is co-instructed by Mrs. Emily McGowan, who attended a class over the summer related to teaching the video production class, and Mr. Matthew Adams.
“The goal of the class is to get the kids familiar with being in front of and behind the camera,” said McGowan. “They will be learning all the aspects of video production, running the cameras, running the editing equipment and learning how to edit audio.”

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

Come run with the Grizzlies

September 19, 2014

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Hendricks Grizzlies Cross Country Team is extending an invitation to people of all ages and fitness levels to come and run a 2,000- or 4,000-meter cross country course with them on Thursday, Sept. 25. The course will be set up at the Hendricks Golf Course, with the run starting at 5:15 p.m.
A special invitation has been issued to children in kindergarten through the fifth grade, to be at the course by 5:45 p.m. to warm up and stretch with the Grizzly Cross Country Team. The run for these children will begin at 6 p.m. The distances for the elementary children have been adjusted as follows:
K- first grade – 200 meters
Second and third grade – 400 meters
Fourth and fifth grade- 800 meters
It should be noted that elementary children can choose to run a distance even if they are not in that designated grade.
Following the races at 6:45 p.m., there will be a supper sponsored by the Hendricks PTO at the golf course.
Everyone is invited to join the run or watch and cheer and share in the Homecoming excitement.
For additional information on this event, please contact Pam Olsen at 507-530-2908.

Council discusses pending projects

September 19, 2014

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The City Council heard an update on the subdivision at their Monday, Sept. 15 meeting. City Administrator David Blees told the Council that since it has rained a little bit, the road there will have to be packed and graded. The curb and gutter crew is hoping to start work on Thursday.
Then ensued a discussion on what the contracted completion date was and if there is a fine if the road is not finished. Oct. 24 is the date for substantial competition, after that it is $500 liquidated damages, Blees told the Council. “We all agree that it should have had the curb a while ago,” said Blees. He went on to say the Engineer could say days were missed because of this or that, as the weather has played a factor in why the curb is not in. “We could allow a little bit for that, but basically, it is $500 per day.”
“It’s a council decision, but I would encourage threatening them with that,” said Mayor Jay Nelson.
“You’re still within contract for now,” said City Attorney John Engels. “As long as it’s done by Oct. 24. That’s the deal you made.”
“Maybe we should send them a letter reminding them,” said Councilwoman Judy Pearson.

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

Faith Lutheran Brethren Church celebrates 50 years

September 12, 2014

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By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Faith Lutheran Brethren Church celebrated their 50th anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 7, with both current and former congregation members and pastors present. The community was also invited to attend.
The day’s events included the regular morning service, a catered noon meal and an afternoon program and dessert luncheon. Pastor Dan Chell, who served as pastor at Faith Lutheran Brethren from 1976 to 1981, was the guest speaker.
A history of Faith Lutheran Brethren Church spanning 1963 to 2014 was included in the commemorative bulletin; an effort to condense that information was made here.

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

Lincoln County Museum keeps growing

September 12, 2014

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Pictured above, left to right, are Carol (Nelson) Krueger, who grew up by Lake Hendricks, and three of her cousins, Ellie Brooks of Surprise, Ariz. and Shirley Stelzer and Darlene Baal, both of Sioux Falls, S.D. The ladies donated their great-grandmother’s kowl to the museum.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
One of many great attractions in Hendricks, the Lincoln County Pioneer Museum, helps engage and educate the community. Comprised of six buildings, the museum inspires visitors with an exceptional array of items from many time periods. Every item can help educate both the young and old.
Last Wednesday, four great-granddaughters of Helga (Soldal) Heggeseth presented museum board members with a kowl, or wooden milk bucket, from Norway. Carol (Nelson) Krueger is the daughter of Elmer (Bernice) Nelson of Hendricks, and sisters Ellie Brooks, Shirley Stelzer and Darlene Baal are daughters of Leslie Nelson. Elmer and Leslie were grandsons of Heggeseth.
Helga Soldal was born in 1850 in Oystese, Norway. During the summer the girls and women of the family were responsible for the daily milking of the cows at their mountain house (the cows were driven up the mountain where it was cooler.) The milkmaids, or budeie, milked the cows, churned the butter, processed the cheese and preserved the dairy products for the coming winter months.

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