Holland and Grant old high school friends

August 15, 2014

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Hendricks Public School Golf Coach Steve Holland, pictured above, grew up a few blocks from Bud Grant, the former Vikings coach and Hall-of-Famer.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
As Mike Grant, Bud Grant’s son, watches his winning high school football team practice in Eden Prairie, Steve Holland watches his winning golf team practice in Hendricks.
Mike and Steve grew up together in Bloomington only blocks apart.
Holland’s sanctuary—golf practice—is still the best hours of his day, he says. He is committed to producing a great golf team and says their winning record is proof of that. Grant’s 21-year coaching commitment at Eden Prairie has six undefeated seasons.
“Mike and I spent a lot of time together. He came over to our house a lot,” Holland said. “We attended Bloomington Lincoln High School together.”
Holland said Bud Grant was strict with his kids.

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

Swanson farm recognized as a Century Farm

August 15, 2014

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The Swanson farm was recognized as a Century Farm during this year’s Lincoln County Fair.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
This year, 215 farms throughout Minnesota were recognized as being Century Farms . Qualifying farms have been in continuous family ownership for at least 100 years and are 50 acres or more.
Swanson Farms, located in rural Ivanhoe, was one of two farms recognized in Lincoln County this year. The farm is the home of the Kevin and Deb Swanson family.
The farm was originally purchased in 1913 by Kevin’s grandparents, Alfred and Johanna (Gudmundson) Swanson. The purchase included the land, the current house, an old house, a barn, chicken coop and an old granary. Alfred made some substantial changes to the farm, including draining an area of a about 100 acres east and north of the buildings that was a lake. Alfred had petitioned the county to install a county drainage system there, and since he had over half of the benefits, he was able to choose between an open ditch or tile system. He chose the tile system, installing 30 inch cement tile.
Alfred raised pigs and beef stock, and milked cows, selling the cream in town. He also sold purebread Hereford bull calves, and raised Gopher oats, which he sold for seed. The income for the hog operation and the Gopher oats is credited with being what helped him keep the farm in the 1930’s, when the economy was poor.
Over the years, additional buildings were added to the farm, including a shed built in 1946 using lumber from the old grandstand at the Lyon County Fairgrounds.

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

 

Hospice and Ambulance fundraisers Aug. 22

August 15, 2014

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The third Annual Hospice Golf Tournament, sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, will be held Friday, Aug. 22 at the Hendricks Golf Course. The tournament supports the Good Shepherd Hospice.
There will be two flights, with shotgun starts at noon and 3:30 p.m.
The tournament will be a 9 hole scramble with best ball play, and is open to all skill levels, ages and non-golfers. Those participating can play in teams of four or as individuals.
The registration fee includes the tournament entry, golf cart use, 9 holes of golf, a chance to win $300, the Burger Bar, and the eligibility to win a brand new golf cart donated by NB Golf Cars and Club Car.
Additional contests during the tournament include a Hole-in-One contest, a 40 foot putt contest and many other prize winning contests.

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

County board says farewell to Sommers

August 15, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Outgoing Emergency Manager Jeanna Sommers was given a token of thanks by the Board of County Commissioners for her years of service to Lincoln County at last Tuesday’s regular meeting.
During her final report for the county, Sommers explained that an Emergency Management Performance Grant in the amount of $15,729 was received by the Emergency Management Department. This amount is matched by the county and it comprises a large portion of the county’s emergency management budget.
A letter has been mailed out to the installer regarding the faulty installation of one of the county’s sirens. In the letter, the county has asked for $1,600 in reimbursement from the installer for the cost of a new radio and the replacement of the faulty parts.
Sommers recommended having County Attorney Glen Petersen be the contact since she will no longer be available due to her resignation. All ten sirens within the county are currently operational.

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

Singsaas Free Lutheran Church celebrates 140 years

August 8, 2014

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The Rev. James Carlson of Arlington, Singsaas pastor from 1980-89, is pictured presenting greetings.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
On Sunday, Aug. 3, Singsaas Free Lutheran Church, the fourth-oldest church in South Dakota, held its 140th anniversary. Pastor Ron Smith led the 10:30 a.m. anniversary celebration. Music was presented by Jan Roelofsen, Kelly and Makenzie Trooien and Shale and Haley Nelson.
Following the worship service, a dinner and fellowship was enjoyed in the church basement with inflatable games outside for the children.
The afternoon service was introduced by Jay Nelson, who presented church history facts and reminiscence.

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

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The Singsaas Band, pictured above, performed several selections for the 140th anniversary.

Three positions open on Hendricks School Board

August 8, 2014

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The clock is ticking for those wishing to throw their hat in the ring to seek election to the Hendricks School Board.
The period for filing affidavits of candidacy for the office of school board member for ISD 402 Hendricks School Board opened on July 29 and will close at 5 p.m. on Aug. 12. The general election will take place on Nov. 4. At that time, three members will be elected to the School Board for the terms of four years each.
However, as of Tuesday morning, Aug. 5, only one person, incumbent Nick Citterman, has filed for candidacy. Tom Olson and Angie Schumacher’s terms are also coming to an end this year.
According to information received from the district, Affidavits of Candidacy are available from the school district clerk designee, 200 East Lincoln. The filing fee for this office is $2. A candidate for this office must be an eligible voter, must be 21 years of age or more on assuming office, must have been a resident of the school district from which the candidate seeks election for thirty (30) days before the general election, and must have no other affidavit on file for any other office at the same primary or next ensuing general election.
The affidavits of candidacy must be filed in the office of the school district clerk and the filing fee paid prior to 5 p.m. on Aug. 12.

Council talks Rural Service District

August 8, 2014

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Hendricks City Council said they plan to keep working on the creation of a Rural Service District, which would lower the taxes on tillable acres located within city limits. The creation of the Rural Service District will increase taxes to other residents. A public hearing, which is required, will be held sometime in the future. At that time, residents will be able to address the council with questions.

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

Couple breathes new life into their land

August 1, 2014

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By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 

Omer and Ileen Ness take pride in their five-acre park. They know that patience is essential for transforming bare earth into beauty, but it is well worth it.
In 1959 Omer and Ileen built a house on the property owned by Omer and his brother Joe. In 1980, when Joe moved to Arizona, Omer bought out Joe’s half. In 2007, after Omer and Ileen retired from Ness Brothers (NB) Golf, they had time on their hands. “Yard work was good therapy,” Ileen said.
“It just sort of evolved,” Ileen said. “I always liked flowers and working in the yard.”
She said she would help her Grandma Hogie with her garden in Astoria. “I got my love for flowers from her,” Ileen said. “We don’t have fancy flowers, just those native to the area. We have lilies, delphiniums, mums, sedums, four plum trees, three apple trees, a couple vegetable gardens—nine gardens in all.”

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

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Ileen and Omer Ness, pictured above, enjoy the beauty and serenity of the nine gardens that surround their home.

Smokey Bear visits Hendricks Public Library

August 1, 2014

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Children and their parents, along with librarian Laura Lee Rue, are pictured with Art Wlderstrom from the DNR and Smokey Bear last week at the Hendricks Public Library.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
On Thursday, July 25, Smokey the Bear visited the Hendricks Public Library to help educate children and their parents on wildfire prevention. They also learned the story of Smokey Bear, who was, in fact, a real bear.
Hendricks Public Library librarian Laura Lee Rue read to the children a book about Smokey the Bear that Art Wlderstrom, Program Forester with the DNR, had brought along as part of the program.
The book told the story of Smokey Bear, who, as a small cub in 1950, was rescued from a wildfire in his forest in New Mexico.
After his burns were treated, his rescuers named him Smokey Bear, and he was flown to the National Zoo in Washington D.C. where he would live for 26 years.

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

Lincoln Co. Fair this week

August 1, 2014

By Robert Wolfington
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Fair is set to kick off this Thursday, July 31 with activities planned through Sunday.
Things will get started on Thursday night with the 4-H Fashion Review located at the outdoor free stage starting at 7 p.m.
Friday will include activities like “Paint it Yourself!” with Michele Steffen from 4-7 p.m. at the interactive area in the exhibit building.
Starfire will be performing ‘50s and ‘60s rock music from 7-9 p.m. at the outdoor free stage Friday night.
Saturday will see the presentation of the Century Farm at 11 a.m. located at the Log Cabin Display.
The Old Time Fiddlers will be performing 2-4 p.m.; Larry Olsen Band will be performing from 4:30-6:30 p.m.; and Ol’ Country Music with Vern Bishop will be performing from 7-9 p.m. at the Rainbow Pavilion.
Saturday is Children’s Day at the Lincoln County Fair with activities ranging from the Ranch Rodeo at 1 p.m. down at the Horse Arena to Origami-paper folding make and take at the interactive area in the exhibit building from 1-4 p.m.

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