100 Days of Kindergarten

January 29, 2015

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Hendricks Public School kindergartners celebrated 100 Days of Kindergarten on Monday, Jan. 26 by popping 100 balloons in the mini-gym as other HPS students and staff looked on.

Hendricks School Board learns about implementation of Student Learning Plans

January 29, 2015

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The Hendricks School Board election was held at the Jan. 20 meeting, with Gary Johnson, left, elected as Chairman, Angie Schumacher as Clerk and Tom Olson as Vice-Chairman.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
At the start of the Tuesday, Jan. 20 meeting of the Hendricks School Board, the election of the 2015 Board Officers took place with Gary Johnson being elected to Board Chairman, Tom Olson to Vice-Chair, and Angie Schumacher to Clerk. The position of Treasurer was eliminated.
During his report, Principal Dale Weegman spoke to the Board about the implementation of Student Learning Plans at HPS.
Weegman said the Student Learning Plans will serve to improve the communication between the school, parents and students.
Weegman also mentioned that it should help improve the students’ test scores.
Using previous assessments, along with input from the teacher, parent and student, the Student Learning Plans will feature packets that are tailored to each student to strengthen the student’s skills.
Regarding student input, Weegman said that it will be good for the student to reflect on where they are at and to be a part of the process. “If the student believes this is being ‘done’ to them, they are not going to be on board, but they are more apt to be if you involve them,” said Weegman.

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

Flying through South Dakota

January 29, 2015

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Warren Hovland of Brookings, S.D., co-owner of three airplanes, and his wife Denise have landed at all 61 airports in South Dakota. Warren is pictured in the Grumman Tiger Cub.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
Warren Hovland, a licensed commercial pilot, and his wife, the former Denise Hanson of Hendricks, are the co-owners of three airplanes, a Grumman Tiger Cub, a 1946 J-3 Cub and a Bellanca Citabria. They live in Brookings, S.D. and keep their planes at the Brookings Regional Airport. Warren said 1946 was a big year for manufacturing planes.
“People were returning from the war, they got jobs and had plenty of money.”
Warren, a retired computer programer at South Dakota State University, began flying in 1978 and has accumulated 5,800 hours of flying time. He took flight training at Brookings and has landed at all of the 61 airports in South Dakota.
The couple have become familiar with the appearance of all the airports. Landing at each one of these has helped develop pilotage skills and familiarize the areas from the air. In an alphabetic perspective, they have been all the way from Aberdeen to Winner Regional Airport.

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

Council approves agreement between DNR and HFD

January 29, 2015

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Hendricks City Council approved an agreement made between the DNR and the Hendricks Fire Department that will ultimately provide the Hendricks Fire Department with personal protective gear specifically for CRP burns. Gear will include leather gloves, respirators and special coats and pants, to list a few items.
If the HFD decides to someday get out of the agreement, they will have to turn the equipment over to another fire department.
City Administrator David Blees provided a Cemetery Committee update, saying the committee had met and talked about the cemetery roads. Blees said the committee decided that for now, the committee would like to see the roads built up so there will eventually be a good base sufficient to support asphalt  whenever there is funding to place asphalt.

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

County engineer working with DNR on installation of turtle fence

January 29, 2015

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners heard from Mary Fischer and Dr. Norris Anderson in regard to an update on Southern Prairie Community Care and, for the new commissioners, an explanation on what the program is.
Anderson described the program as a “local healthcare reform effort.”
Dr. Anderson, who is the Medical Director for the program who works with the physicians in the network and the provider network, further explained the program.
According to information provided by Fischer and Anderson, the Southern Prairie Community Care (SPCC) is a 12-county-based regional organization which uses a broad community-based healthcare delivery network. The goal of the SPCC is to provide better health for the population, better care for individuals and lower cost through improvement.
The program looks at their impact to decrease the burden of poor health in our communities.
Currently, their first project is the detection of pre-diabetes and diabetes and early intervention.
The 12 counties included in SPCC are Lincoln, Lyon, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Murray, Nobles, Redwood, Rock, Swift and Yellow Medicine.

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

Building the town we love

January 22, 2015

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A new brick schoolhouse was constructed in July 1921, another sign of progress for the new town of Hendricks.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
The first copy of the Hendricks Pioneer came out in April 1900 by owner C.P. Sonnickson. It was a six-column page of local news, as well as news from the county, state, and nation.
As quoted in the Jan. 3, 1901 issue of the newspaper, “To review in detail the marvelous growth of Hendricks from the 25th day of April, 1900, to the present day, January 3, 1901, would require more space and time than it is possible to devote. Hendricks is a new town platted by the railroad company less than a year ago near Lake Hendricks.”
Residential lots were auctioned off at prices ranging from $125 to $175 with business lots sold for no less than $200. By July 1900, the first passenger train had made its way through the town and not long after that, two trains a day were coming through.
Many improvements were necessary to make the new town grow. The new town council voted in favor of licensing a saloon for revenue. The licensed saloon, at $1,000 per year, would help in the expenditures for the new village. A jail and a night watchman were added.

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

MHA board certification— moving from good to great

January 22, 2015

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Pastor Al Molascon from the Hendricks Community Hospital Association is pictured with Lawrence Massa, who is the President and CEO of the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) since October 2008.

Hospital governing boards have a profound responsibility to their hospital and community. This position demands a full range of skills that will qualify the board member to make effective decisions for the future of the organization. Trustees have a very important role to play in carrying out the delivery of health care.
How a health care organization invests in its leaders often times defines its commitment to the community. Governance not only requires traditional skills and qualities, but a special awareness of a complicated industry.
The Minnesota Hospital Association Trustee Council has developed a special board education certification designed to make a good board member great. This certification is a process of verifying an individual trustee’s initiatives to improve personal health care knowledge, leadership effectiveness and compliance with a variety of governance best practices.
The 2015 Winter Trustee Conference was held on Jan. 9-11. There were 16 board members from across the state who received a certificate and lapel pin for completing the MHA’s Board Certification program. Pastor Al Molascon from the Hendricks Community Hospital Association was one of those recipients.

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

LHIA Fishing Derby

January 22, 2015

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Lake Hendricks Improvement Association will be hosting its 36th annual Lake Hendricks Fishing Derby on Saturday, Feb. 7.
The Fishing contest will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the tournament entrance at the City of Hendricks Lake Access ramp. Tickets to fish in the contest will be available the day of the tournament; one ticket per hole is required, as well as a current fishing license. There is no minimum age for contestants; children are welcome to fish with adult supervision. All contestants must fish close to derby headquarters.
Over $1,500 in prizes will be available, with prizes awarded for the largest walleye, northern and perch caught during the tournament.
According to LHIA member Chuck Nygaard, prizes include a $250 gift certificate to Kjergard Sports, a five-tool, 20-volt DeWalt set (retail $549), a Markum LX3 Flasher, Markum Showdown sonar fish finder, and a Frabill rod locker with four ice rod combos.

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

Newly elected county officials sworn in at meeting

January 15, 2015

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Newly elected and re-elected Lincoln County officials were sworn in on Tuesday, Jan. 6. Pictured from left to right are Commissioners Joe Drietz and Mic VanDeVere, Sheriff Chad Meester, Lincoln County Treasurer Sue Paluch, Lincoln County Auditor Deb Vierhuf and Lincoln County Court Administrator Wendy Rost swearing them in.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners had several annual approval items on the agenda for their first meeting of 2015 on Jan. 6.
Prior to the start of the meeting, newly elected and re-elected county officials were sworn in. These included Commissioners Joe Drietz and Mic VanDeVere, Lincoln County Auditor Deb Vierhuf, Sheriff Chad Meester, and Lincoln County Court Administrator Wendy Rost.
Don Evers was re-elected to board chair, with Joan Jagt elected as vice-chair.
The meeting time and days remained at 9 a.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, with the Truth and Taxation meeting set for Dec. 1 at 2 p.m.
The appointment of the Ag Inspector was tabled.
The annual appropriation to the Legions and VFWs was approved at $100 per organization as well as the funding assistance for the operation of aeration systems at $300 per organization.
Committee appointments were made, as well as re-appointments.
The commissioners approved the newspaper bid for the placement of legals. The bid was made jointly between the Ivanhoe Times and the Buffalo Ridge Newspaper Group as the Lincoln County Editorial Association. Legal ads will appear in all four of the newspapers in Lincoln County—the Tyler Tribute, Lake Benton Valley Journal, Hendricks Pioneer and the Ivanhoe Times.

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

Vierhuf takes over as Lincoln County Auditor

January 15, 2015

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Deb Vierhuf is the new Lincoln County Auditor.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
On Jan. 6, several newly elected and re-elected Lincoln County officials, including newly elected Lincoln County Auditor Deb Vierhuf of rural Hendricks, were sworn into office. She will be replacing Kathy Schreurs, who chose not to run for re-election last fall.
Vierhuf is no novice to the Auditor’s office. For the last ten years she has worked in the Auditor’s office alongside Schreurs as the Lincoln County Chief Deputy Auditor.
Vierhuf shared her thoughts on her new position.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed working for Lincoln County and I look forward to continuing as the Lincoln County Auditor. I would like to point out that I have had a great leader to follow. Kathy Schreurs has been an asset to the county and the people and she will be greatly missed.

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