Local Newlywed Game begins

February 16, 2017

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Couple No. 1, Marino and Ashley Drietz of Hendricks, are on board to play the Hendricks Pioneer version of the Newlywed Game.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

The Hendricks Pioneer version of the Newlywed Game will take place over the next few weeks. It is an exciting game in which three newly-married couples will be given a series of ques­tions, determining how well the spouses know or do not know each other.
Marino and Ashley (Knott) Drietz of Hendricks were mar­ried March 11, 2015 in Las Ve­gas, Nevada. Tyler and Miranda (Nelson) Tschetter of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, were married July 23, 2016 in Hendricks. Cal and April (Rogness) Yocius of Hart­ford, South Dakota, were mar­ried July 4, 2014 in Brookings, South Dakota.

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

Commissioners hear from Lake Benton representative regarding law enforcement

February 16, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners heard from Eileen Chris­tensen and Dave Enke of Lake Benton, who came before the board to ask questions regarding con­tracting with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Depart­ment for law enforcement coverage in Lake Benton.
Christensen and Enke said Lake Benton has been assessing the ef­ficiency and practicality of their law enforcement options—one being to continue as they have with their own police de­partment and the other to contract with the county, similar to what Hendricks is doing.

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

Lincoln County Corn and Soybean Growers hold annual meeting

February 16, 2017

 

 

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Bob Worth, Chairman and MSGA Director, called the meeting to order at the annual Lincoln County Corn and Soybean Growers meeting on Saturday, Feb. 4.

By Nancy Mulder
valleyjournaloffice@gmail.com

On Saturday evening, Feb. 4, the Lincoln County Corn and Soybean Growers held their annual meeting at the Center Post in Lake Benton.
The Lincoln County Corn and Soybean Growers Association organize a Plot Day every year featuring side-by-side comparisons of area corn and soybean varieties. According to their website, the association also hosts foreign trade teams.

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

 

Housing study shows need for more units in the county by 2030

February 16, 2017

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Earlier this year, officials from all corners of the county gath­ered in Ivanhoe to talk about the future of housing in the area. Vince Robinson of the Lincoln County Enterprise Development Corporation (LDEDC) and Jay Thompson of Viewpoint Consult­ing Group, Inc. were on hand to discuss the results of an analysis that was prepared in 2016. Cal­culations of estimates of housing demands for 2016 through 2030 were presented.
Robinson told the group the information should give officials a better feel for what lies ahead.
“We will talk about how we can utilize the information to enhance and develop housing needs within the county,” he said.

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

Lake Benton considers same plan as Hendricks for law enforcement

February 16, 2017

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The City of Lake Ben­ton’s citizens and coun­cil members met last Wednesday evening to discuss whether or not the community wants to keep a local police force or lease police coverage from Lincoln County.
Mayor Worth asked if the proposal presented was negotiable. Meester replied that “those would be a ballpark number. They are dependent upon the county board’s deci­sion to follow through.” The numbers presented were based on the cur­rent contract between Lincoln County and the City of Hendricks for po­lice coverage.
Councilman David Enke attended the Lin­coln County Commis­sioners meeting earlier in the week. According to Enke, the commissioners are interested in expand­ing the police coverage program that Hendricks currently uses. Enke also reported that Lin­coln County intends to continue this particular program, however that intent may change with a different sheriff and dif­ferent commissioners.

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

HPS fifth and sixth grade girls are providing hope for young families in Haiti

February 9, 2017

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A group of girls get together several times a month at the Hendricks Public Library to sew diapers for babies in Haiti. Pictured from left to right are ElleAnna Hansen, Kathryn Kroger, Rachel Hexem, Brenna Nuese and Claire Dagel.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
Several fifth and sixth grade girls from Hendricks Public School are blessing the moms and babies in Haiti by sewing diapers for them. The small island, still recovering from the deadly earthquake that hit six years ago, was left in a state of emergency after all their resources were destroyed.
Parts of Haiti do not have running water or bathrooms. In those areas, mothers carry their babies around naked. Deadly diseases, bacteria and parasites can be transmitted through human waste. Sewing diapers out of breathable, washable material allows bacteria to not get trapped inside. Such diapers would ensure healthy and sanitary living.

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

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ElleAnna Hansen is enthusiastic about the diaper project.

Hendricks City Council looking into radar speed signs

February 9, 2017

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Hendricks City Council members discussed the installation of radar signs in Hendricks.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail. com

The Hendricks City Council discussed the in­stallation of radar speed signs. The approximate cost of the solar-powered signs will be approximate­ly $2,500. The council di­rected City Administrator David Blees to continue checking into this.
The council received an update on the ballpark fencing from Al Molsas­con, who reported that Don Kanz has finished the ornate fence, but was requesting an additional $200 as he made a slight design change to accommodate the footings…

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

HPS students learn about Native American culture

February 1, 2017

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Native American Camas Johnston dances the Hoop Dance, a traditional Native American storytelling dance, which incorporates from 1-40 hoops to create both static and dynamic shapes. These formations represent the movements of various animals and other storytelling elements. In its earliest form, the dance is believed to have been part of a healing ceremony designed to restore balance and harmony in the world. With no beginning or end, the hoop represents the never-ending circle of life. The hoops, typically made of reeds or wood, are used to create symbolic shapes, including butterflies, turtles, eagles, flowers, and snakes.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Last week, the students and staff were treated to an educational presentation by Native Americans Bud, Rona and Camas Johnston of Pipestone. They talked to the assembly about Native American culture, their heritage, and demonstrated Native American dances. The Johnstons have traveled to other countries, including New Zealand and Australia, to present their demonstration.
The trio began their presentation with a Pow Wow Grand Entry dance, explaining that at Pow Wows, there is a presentation of flags that include the tribal flags, state flags, the United States flag, and veterans’ flags to show honor and respect. Many different dances are done at a Pow Wow, including those done by just the men, just the women and just the children.

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

Construction continues at HCHA

February 1, 2017

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Sheetrock stands ready to be hung in the new Physical Therapy waiting area.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
In 2013, the Governing Board of the Hendricks Community Hospital Association (HCHA) began the planning and funding process for a multi-million dollar renovation and addition project.
In the intervening years the site was prepared, and in June 2016, HCHA officially broke ground on the multi-phased project.
Seven months later, construction of the addition to the Hendricks Community Hospital is well underway, with the structure being complete enough that crews are currently working inside the addition on a variety of jobs including electrical, mechanical, insulating and preparing to hang sheetrock.

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

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A view of the new main entrance to the hospital.

Students interview seniors; gain insight into aging

February 1, 2017

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Last Wednesday, eight nursing students from SDSU interviewed senior citizens about the aging process. Students pictured above, left to right, are Abbey VanMeeteren of Yankton, South Dakota, Justine Possail of Arco and Kelsey Maeyaert of Minneota, interviewing Mike Nelson and Stanley Gorecki, both from Hendricks.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
Questions on youth, career and family were some subjects Hendricks Public School students asked the senior citizens they interviewed last week at Cedric’s Dining Room in Hendricks.
A similar study, called the Healthy Elder Interview, was done by a group of SDSU nursing students the day before at the Hendricks Senior Dining Hall.

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