Semi-truck accident in Hendricks

October 17, 2014

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On Saturday, Oct. 11 at approximately 2:54 p.m. the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting that a semi-truck had tipped over within the City of Hendricks at the intersection of State Hwy. 271 and Co. Hwy. 17. The Hendricks Fire Department, Hendricks Ambulance, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Lake Benton Police Department and Minnesota State Patrol responded to the scene. The driver was transported to the Hendricks Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The Minnesota State Patrol is handling the accident report.

Lincoln County Environmental still working toward proper usage of rural dumpsters

October 17, 2014

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Continued miss-use of rural dumpsters located throughout Lincoln County has prompted the hiring of custodians to monitor the sites, since the posted signs are seemingly ignored by many people.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The continued misuse of the rural dumpsters located throughout Lincoln County prompted a request from Robert Olsen of the Lincoln County Environmental Office to implement a pilot project, sooner than later, that would place custodians at three of the sites—Hendricks, Lake Benton and Tyler—for the remainder of this year.
Olsen explained that one of the biggest problems has been cardboard boxes that haven’t been flattened but placed in the dumpsters. The boxes take up more space, which leads to the dumpsters filling up faster and being over-full. This results in overages. Additional items such as mattresses and construction debris have also been an issue, along with people who are not supposed to be using the dumpsters at all. A suggestion from Waste Management has been to place additional dumpsters at each site, the cost of which would be $200-$250, depending on the site. Olsen said he would like to avoid that additional cost if possible, and monitoring the sites could alleviate the problem as the custodians will be removing the boxes and other items that do not belong in the dumpsters that add to the capacity. These items are listed on signs located at each site.

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

USDA officials and Peterson to visit Hendricks

October 17, 2014

USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer and U.S. Congressman Collin Peterson, will visit Hendricks at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, to highlight funding for the Hendricks Community Hospital Association (HCHA) to expand and remodel the existing hospital and make it more efficient for patients and employees.
Currently they operate a 24-bed acute hospital, 58-bed skilled nursing facility, clinic, 16-unit senior rental housing facility, and home health and hospice agency.
Landkamer will emphasize how $5,192,000 in funding from USDA will help HCHA replace aging infrastructure that has reached the end of its useful life, and the importance that the backing of congressional leadership has on USDA investments.
Landkamer also will discuss how this project is one of many community facilities that USDA Rural Development has invested in since 2009, which totals over $353 million.
This event is free and open to the public.

New events at Harvestfest proved popular

October 17, 2014

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The Grizzly Gynmasts put on a demonstration during Harvestfest, much to the enjoyment of those watching. Brittany Moravetz is pictured, far left, in mid-jump.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The addition of the Harvest Market, indoor rummage sales and plant exchange drew a large crowd to the Hendricks Harvestfest this year.
Focusing on a food theme, the Harvest Market drew local vendors, gardeners and bakers to sell their wares. Gail Kvernmo did something a little differently at her table. Rather than selling any of the tasty treats she had available, she offered taste testing and the recipes.
Every room of the former chiropractor’s office and the garage attached to the building was filled with rummage sale items, including many decorative items for various holidays. The area and tables for the displays were provided at no cost to those who brought in their items to sell, and the proceeds from the sales went to the sellers.

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

Marble Lutheran Scholarship awarded to Jackie Peterson

October 10, 2014

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Elwood Bakke, who was President of the Marble Lutheran Church Board for over 4o years, is pictured with nursing student Jackie Peterson, one of two recent recipients of the Marble Lutheran Scholarship. Not pictured is Brett Jelen of Canby, the second recipient.

by Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Ten years after closing its doors, Marble Lutheran Church is still providing a service to the area by way of scholarships through Minnesota West Community and Technical College.
A year after it closed, a bequest of $30,000 was made from the Marble Lutheran Church Board to the scholarship fund available to students of Minnesota West Community and Technical College. The donation was made possible through the estates of Henry and Burmie Lindahl and Carold Olson.
Elwood Bakke, who was President of the Marble Lutheran Church Board for over 40 years, remains a representative of the board. His wife Delphine was a lifetime member of Marble Lutheran Church and also an instructor at the Minnesota West Community and Technical College – Canby Campus for many years.
Two $1,000 scholarships are given each year, one to any Minnesota West student and one to a Minnesota West nursing student.

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

New Trap Shoot class at HPS to hold Ultimate Garage Sale

October 10, 2014

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Kelly Stewart, a substitute teacher at Hendricks Public School, will instruct the new trap shooting class the school will be offering later this year.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
There are burger feeds and pancake breakfasts. There are walk-a-thons and bike-a-thons. The Hendricks Public School Trap Shooting Class will be holding an Ultimate Garage Sale fundraiser next week in the old Hendricks Hardware Store on Main Street.
“A lot of expenses are incurred when you offer a new class,” instructor Kelly Stewart said. “We are excited to be offering this class in our school and are ecstatic with the amount of interest our students have shown so far.”
Early on in life, Kelly Stewart was encouraged by family and friends to trap shoot. When she was married to the late Lee Benz, he was a big instigator. “He helped me alot,” Stewart said. She also owes a lot of her enthusiasm to the Canby Sportsman’s Club, which she was a member of for 16 years.
The PTO is asking people to donate items for an event they’re calling the Ultimate Garage Sale. Basically, they’re asking for salable items that have value but wouldn’t be a candidate to bring to Main Street Consignment in Hendricks. If Brad could use your item, please take it there. Any donated items should be of good, clean quality and salable. Bring antiques, fishing reels, collectibles, clothes or whatever items you can generously spare.

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

Proposed Brookings County project could impact lake

October 10, 2014

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
During their Monday, Oct. 6 meeting, it was brought to the attention of the Hendricks City Council that a Public Hearing for a Conditional Use for the proposed construction of a dairy in Brookings County in Oak Lake Township was to take place on Tuesday, Oct. 7.
The hearing was brought to the council’s attention by Lake Hendricks Improvement Association member Chuck Nygaard, who expressed his concerns that the runoff from the proposed dairy will most likely end up in Lake Hendricks. “It is a 4,000-head dairy farm,” said Nygaard. “It takes 200 gallons of water per head per day. That’s 200 times 4,000, that’s 80,000 gallons per day. All that water will come down through Deer Creek, to the dam and down right into the lake,” said Nygaard.
Nygaard also expressed his concerns regarding the disposal of the manure produced by the proposed dairy.
Nygaard said that he had discovered the information on the Hearing earlier in the afternoon and had requested and received information via email which he had passed on to Mayor Jay Nelson. Nygaard asked that the information be shared with the other Council members so they could review it and possibly attend the Hearing scheduled for the following night.

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

Everyone a winner at Woofda 2014

October 10, 2014

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Everyone was a winner at the 2014 Woofda event, with prizes being awarded to all.
Three cats and ten dogs, along with their humans, participated in the event which was held on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Hendricks Fire Hall.
The pets also visited the residents at the Hendricks Nursing Home while on the group walk, which was one of the events of the morning.
During the pet show, dogs were judged on obedience, body condition (health) and personality.

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

Fundraising drive for the Red Barn Theater

October 2, 2014

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Built in 1938, the original stage is being restored as part of the Red Barn Theater renovation.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
Many Hendricks residents say their number one reason to love Hendricks is our Main Street and all it offers. Our stores offer convenience and a destination for regional shoppers. Everyone’s quality of life is boosted over a good meal or a cup of coffee. Yet successful Main Streets just don’t happen. They’re the result of a community’s labors, resources and willingness to do whatever is necessary to ensure the entire business district is viable. A local project has been underway to help draw visitors to Hendricks to help ensure our local businesses stay viable. The community is being asked to help make this a reality.
There was a time last year when our Main Street was in temporary decline. The hardware store merged with the lumber yard, leaving our largest retail space vacant. The bakery had closed and a new owner had not yet surfaced. There were rumors of other businesses that may close. This direction of Main Street needed to change, and three local gentlemen decided to do their part by reestablishing the theater that had last shown movies in 1972. A theater’s benefit to other business might be large or it might be small, but there was undoubtedly benefit. Additionally, a theater would help attract families with children that would benefit our Hendricks Public School. There were no losers.

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

Irene’s by Julie up for sale, but not closed

October 2, 2014

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
After 20 years of ownership, Mike and Julie Buchholz, owners of Irene’s by Julie, have decided to sell the café and have had a couple of parties show an interest in purchasing it.
Mike said the café will remain open for now, but with a change of hours. “The hours will be 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 or 2 p.m. until the end of October, and starting Nov. 1 until it’s sold or Dec. 31, we will be open 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., breakfast through the coffee hour,” said Mike.
Mike said he will be fulfilling existing catering commitments, and if the café sells before Dec. 31, the new owners will fulfill those catering commitments. Mike added that he is still accepting catering jobs until Dec. 31.
According to Mike, the decision to sell was a tough one to make, and he and Julie had discussed it at some length before making it.