Relay For Life 2015 this Friday

June 25, 2015

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Jacob Johnson will be the Survivor Speaker at Friday’s Relay For Life event at Hole-in-the-Mountain Park in Lake Benton.

By Mark Wilmes
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Relay For Life of Lincoln County will hold their annual event Friday at Hole-in-the-Mountain Park in Lake Benton.
Jacob Johnson of Lake Benton will be the Survivor Speaker at Friday’s event. He was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in November 2006 when he was 2½ years old. He had many overnight visits in the hospitals, which included St. Paul Children’s Hospital and both Avera and Sanford Children’s Hospitals in Sioux Falls, S.D.
“I really enjoyed my visits to each because the nurses and doctors made it by far more fun for me than painful,” Jacob recalled. “I could get almost anything I wanted to eat, always had fun things to play with and I would always leave with treats or toys.”

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School board discusses use of upstairs area that has been shut off

June 25, 2015

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Hendricks School Board has been discussing making use of the upstairs area of the school, which has been shut off to classroom use for some years now. At their June 16 meeting, Principal Dale Weegman reported that per the Fire Marshall, the smoke alarms would need to be replaced, new emergency lights would have to be installed in the stairwells, and the doors at the bottom of the stairwells would need to be tied in to the alarm system with magnetic closures. The Fire Marshall also recommended considering the installation of a sprinkler system.
Weegman spoke to the Board about fixing some leaks in the upstairs restroom to make it usable again and the re-installation of a water fountain, saying the school does have an extra fountain in storage.
Superintendent Bruce Houck did not recommend the installation of a sprinkler system, telling the Board that it would collapse the lines in town, “and the expense would kill us,” said Houck.
Houck went on to report on legislative action, telling the Board that once again, the legislature passed over reciprocity. However, there would be an increase of per-student dollars that the school will see.
A construction update from Ameresco was provided. Construction is going well and is a bit ahead of schedule.

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County approves Adopt-a-Highway

June 25, 2015

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted to approve a county Adopt-a-Highway program, which will work much the same as the state Adopt-a-Highway program. However, as a cost saving measure, the signs that are placed along the roadside will be smaller. The county will provide the necessary materials, including bags and safety vests, to the individual/group adopting the highway, and will also pick up the bags after the cleanup is completed. For more information on the county Adopt-a-Highway program, contact the Lincoln County Highway Department.
Lincoln County Engineer Dave Halbersma reported that the Trunk Highway 14 project is complete and the detour is off, but the roads “took a beating.” Halbersma said he walked the roads with a MnDOT representative to inspect the roads, finding several areas that need repair. Halbersma said MnDOT is “committed” to fixing those bad areas. Commissioner Don Evers requested that the work not be done during the County Fair.
Halbersma said there were also areas that were not bad enough to fix, but that the county would be receiving compensation for those areas and that stretch would be overlaid and restriped.
Halbersma went on to talk about upcoming sealcoating, which should start the first part of July.

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Area students at education camps

June 25, 2015

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Hendricks Public School students from grades 3-6 took a field trip to Fort Snelling during Summer History Camp. They are pictured on the parade grounds with a drill instructor, far right.

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Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church to celebrate 125th Anniversary

June 18, 2015

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Trinity Lutheran Church will celebrate its 125th anniversary on Sunday, June 21 with a special worship service.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
In 1880, traveling pastors Christian Boettcher, R. Polzin and H. Hupfer held services in the homes of members of what would become Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. Because of distance, services were irregular.
It wasn’t until the year 1890 that Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of New Grove, Lincoln County, Minnesota was officially organized.
Services were conducted in German and were held four miles south of Hendricks in the District 27 schoolhouse, with Pastor R. Polzin as the first resident pastor from 1890 to 1898. Pastor Bruce Mueller is the current pastor. He has served the congregation for the past 16 years.
On April 8, 1909, at a meeting held in the Hendricks Fire Hall, the congregation voted unanimously to build a church in Hendricks. Services were held at the Norwegian Lutheran Church in Hendricks until the church was able to be built.
On March 5, 1910 the congregation decided to incorporate and chose as their official name, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Unaltered Augsbury Confession. The minutes from this meeting were the first to be recorded in English.
Following a short farewell service in the Norwegian Church on May 29, 1910, the new church was dedicated.

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City Council accepted the resignation of Councilman Schmidt Monday

June 18, 2015

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Hendricks City Council approved the resignation of Councilman Fred Schmidt at their Monday, June 15 meeting.
Schmidt has purchased a home on the South Dakota side of the lake, thus rendering him ineligible to hold the position.
The resignation will be effective Aug. 1.
As the Council will need to fill the vacated position, they first determined that a special election is not necessary, and are asking that any interested persons contact the City Office by Monday, July 6. Councilmembers will also be seeking out and speaking to individuals who may be interested in the position. The Council plans to appoint the position at their July 20 meeting. The person accepting the position will be agreeing to fulfill Schmidt’s term, which ends in December 2016.
To be eligible to sit on the Council, one must be at least 21 years of age and reside in the City of Hendricks.
Vince Robinson of DSI was on hand at the meeting to discuss a grant from the Small City Development Program. A grant through this program was applied for, to be used for the rehabilitation of the Westview Apartments. Robinson said a draft grant agreement had been received from the State and that motions relative to the grant were needed, including one approving DSI providing the administrative services for the grant, approval of a Certificate of Categorical Exclusion, and a resolution adopting the Small City Grant Plans and Documents. All passed by unanimous consent.

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City and EDA hold special joint meeting

June 18, 2015

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Hendricks City Council and the Hendricks EDA held a special joint meeting at 6 p.m., prior to the start of the regular Council meeting.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the need to commit TIF funds, and potential projects located in the business and industrial TIF district.
Some TIF funds have been committed, those being used to purchase the old furniture store and barber shop buildings from the Trygve Trooien estate and funds deposited in the Small City loan program to assist with the rehabilitation of the old hardware store.
TIF funds can be used to assist with projects including new businesses, business expansion, purchase of property, rehabilitation of buildings, and City Utility projects as long as the project is located in the TIF district.
A letter will be sent out to property owners in the TIF district providing information on the TIF funds.
The EDA and City Council plan to continue to meet quarterly as they are working jointly to determine the best use of the TIF funding.
The TIF funds need to be committed by August of 2017.

The Exercise Place under new ownership and new management

June 11, 2015

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As of June 1, The Exercise Place is under new ownership and management. Jonathan Lengkeek, left, is the new owner, and Brad DeBeer, right, the new manager. The pair are pictured in what will soon be The Exercise Place’s new location in the old hardware store building. The new location is about twice as large as the old one.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Exercise Place, currently located on the corner of Main and Lincoln Streets in Hendricks, is now under new ownership.
According to local businessman Jonathan Lengkeek, Tim Nelson, the previous owner of The Exercise Place, recently approached Lengkeek about the possibility of purchasing the business. Nelson, who had several Exercise Place locations, is downsizing to just the two closest to where he lives.
Lengkeek made the decision to purchase The Exercise Place and assumed ownership on June 1. Brad DeBeer will be managing it.
In addition to new ownership and management, The Exercise Place will also be moving into the old hardware store within the next few weeks.

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County receives donations for restoration of log cabin in park

June 11, 2015

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

During their June 2 meeting, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners accepted $900 in donations for the restoration of a log cabin located in Hole-In-The-Mountain County Park.
At an earlier meeting this year, Lincoln County Parks Manager Daryl Schlapkohl had reported to the Board of Commissioners that the cabin was in desper­ate need of repair, with one wall was ready to fall, logs separat­ing, tuck pointing throughout needed and the roof in need of shingles. At that time, Schlapkohl had said he’d had a contractor look at it and the cost estimate was between $5,000 and $8,000 to complete the needed restora­tions. He had also told the Com­missioners that he would seek donations to help with the costs in an effort to keep funds needed from the County to a minimum.
Lake Benton Valley Journal News Editor Steven Hurd wrote an article on the cabin that was published in the Lake Benton Valley Journal, Hendricks Pio­neer and Tyler Tribute in their March 25 issues, providing infor­mation on the history of the cab­in, which was erected in 1861 by William Taylor, who was the first white man to settle in the area.
According to the article, anoth­er famous settler, John Snyder, who was known as a founder of Lake Benton, lived in the log cab­in for a period of twelve years before he passed away from can­cer in his home – the log cabin.
The cabin was also the boy­hood home of George Anderson. Lincoln County purchased the land that comprises Hole-in-the-Mountain Park from Anderson for a total of $5,244.
In his report to the Commis­sioners on June 2, Schlapkohl told the Commissioners that to date, $900 in donations had been received. He listed the donors and the amounts as $500 from the Lake Benton Senior Citizens, $100 from James Matthis, $100 from Mary Gunnink and $200 from Robert Bushman.
Commissioner Joan Jagt ex­pressed her appreciation for the donations and also thanked the newspapers for helping to raise awareness of the need. She then motioned to accept the dona­tions, with Commissioner Rick Hamer seconding. The motion passed by unanimous consent.

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New events planned for Summerfest this year

June 11, 2015

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Teen Events have been expanded and three new events have been added to Summerfest 2015.
The Teen Events, which are for kids going into seventh grade through age 18, are set for Thursday, July 2 and will now include a volleyball tournament, octaball, eating contest, karaoke/dance and more. Prizes will be given away throughout the afternoon and evening. Check out the video on the Hendricks MN Summerfest page to see octaball being played.
The object of the game of octaball is to be the last player in the arena. The ball stays in constant motion and cannot be caught or grabbed. The ball is hit with the hands, not kicked, and to get someone out, that person must be hit below the waist. A complete list of rules is posted on the octaball arena, which is already in place by the ball field. The arena was constructed with Community Club funds; no city funds were used.
Those wishing to participate in the volleyball tournament should contact Brad DeBeer in Hendricks to register their four-person team by June 26. The cost is $12 per team.
Summerfest will kick off this year on Main Street with free food from the Hendricks Community Club from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 2. The Hendricks Community Club has once again teamed up with local organizations and businesses, expanding the activities for Summerfest.

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