Virus of 1918 took a local lady’s life

April 2, 2020

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Emma Bergh died from the Spanish flu at age 32.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

 
As the number of COVID-19 cases grow worldwide, it is easy to compare the new virus to a global pandemic that dates back to early 20th Century, the Spanish flu.
Thirty-two-year-old Emma Bergh, who lived between Hendricks and Ivanhoe, died from the Spanish flu epidemic. She was the wife of John Bergh and the mother of Freda Burns, Anna Johnson, Gaylord Bergh and LeRoy Bergh, all of whom continued to live in the Hendricks area. She was the grandmother of Evon Burns and Lyndon Johnson, who presently live in Hendricks.

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

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“MOTHER, EMMA, 1887-1920” Emma Bergh is buried in the Swedish Cemetery north of Hendricks.

Let’s go on a bear hunt in Hendricks

April 2, 2020

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Are those bears peeking out of the window? Go on a bear hunt of your own and find out.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
In Governor Walz’s Stay At Home order, he explicitly encouraged Minnesotans to enjoy outdoor activities: “Individuals may engage in outdoor activities (e.g., walking, hiking, running, biking, driving for pleasure, hunting, or fishing), and may go to available public parks and other public recreation lands, consistent with remaining at least six feet apart from individuals from other households.” In an effort to encourage Hendricks residents to get outside to enjoy the spring weather, why not join in a community bear hunt?
In the spirit of “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen, communities across the nation are creating their own localized bear hunts…

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

Irene’s Café gets a new look

April 2, 2020

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Due to the closure of cafés, Randy Fuller (center), owner of Irene’s Café on Main Street in Hendricks is remodeling. “Now is the time to do it,” Randy said. Besides new flooring throughout the café, other changes will be made.

First Lincoln County COVID-19 case confirmed in Tyler Monday

April 2, 2020

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By Mark Wilmes
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Tyler Police Chief John Spindler released information on Monday that has identified Tyler as the location of the first confirmed COVID-19 patient in Lincoln County.
“On Friday, March 27, 2020, the City of Tyler received confirmation of a positive COVID-19 case in Lincoln County. Furthermore, the City also acknowledges that this case is a Tyler resident,” the statement said. “City officials have spoken with the family and are confident that this individual is following the proper precautions set forth by their doctor. The city was authorized by the family to provide this release in hopes to educate the general public of this virus and to remind everyone to follow guidelines that were given to the residents of the State of Minnesota by Governor Tim Walz. With the current Shelter-at-Home order in place, the City of Tyler understands that residents need essential items and also need to get of the house from time to time. With that in mind, we remind everyone to continue to maintain social distancing throughout this process. Together we can make a difference and continue to provide a safe community for everyone.”

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

Passing time in Hendricks

April 2, 2020

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Dr. Tomasz Lis, family doctor at the Hendricks Hospital, and his sons Mathew and Lucas were enjoying the nice weather on Friday. With school shut down, Lis said his sons are bored.

Doodles made residents’ day!

April 2, 2020

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During these trying times, residents at the Hendricks Nursing Home are not permitted to have visitors. The facility has around 40 residents who love to have their days brightened. Hendricks Public School students made cards and drew pictures for each resident. This random act of kindness spread joy to each one. A tote sits outside the school entrance to put handmade doodles into. Everyone is welcome to contribute.

Vivian Hansen celebrates 100 years

March 27, 2020

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Vivian Hansen celebrated her 100th birthday on March 21 at the Hendricks Nursing Home, with well-wishing family members greeting her from outside the window.

By Jeanie Ness
jeanieness@msn.com

 
Vivian Hansen celebrated her 100th birthday on March 21 in relative quarantine. She had visitors out her window, and was able to have a conference call with her daughter from Alexandria and granddaughter from Salina, Kansas.
During the Coronavirus quarantine, birthdays are celebrated a little more creatively. Vivian’s family had planned a celebration including her children, grandchildren and friends for this past Saturday at 2 p.m. Hendricks Hospital staff members Gwen Meyer and Ashley Citterman got involved to help make the day festive for her in lieu of the visitors or restrictions at the hospital. Vivian had been looking forward to this birthday celebration for such a long time, they wanted to make her feel special, even without her expected guests. Ashley decorated the north lounge at the nursing home with balloons, quilts and cards. At 2 p.m. on Saturday, Linda and Doug Buller came up to the lounge window in order to talk with Vivian and wish her a happy birthday through the screen. She was also placed on a conference call with her daughter and granddaughter. Her son had called earlier in the day.
She celebrated wearing a sash and a tiara.

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

Coronavirus affects the Hendricks area

March 27, 2020

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The Hendricks School Board was “socially distanced” at last week’s regular monthly meeting.

World pandemic disrupts area people and business

By Jay Nelson
jaynelson@gmail.com

 
First diagnosed in China last year, a severe respiratory disease is fast changing everyday life, and that includes the Hendricks area. Technically called coronavirus disease 2019, it has become known as Covid-19 or Coronavirus. The race to secure populations from infection has upended the lives of area residents this past week. A way of life unthinkable just days ago is now the community’s reality. Each day brings a dramatic escalation of events.
On March 13, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued an executive order declaring a state of peacetime emergency. This would be the first of ten executive orders issued by Walz to address the coronavirus outbreak.

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

Emergency meeting today to be conducted electronically

March 27, 2020

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An emergency meeting of the City Council of the City of Hendricks will be conducted by electronic means on March 25 at 11 a.m. The meeting is being conducted by telephone following the Mayor’s decision that it is not prudent to conduct an in-person meeting. The Mayor’s determination was made to protect the health of board members and public, due to the Covid-19 pandemic following Governor Walz’s emergency declaration. The purpose of the meeting will be to declare a disaster pertaining to the COVID 19 pandemic.

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

Hendricks school district navigates through difficult times

March 27, 2020

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Superintendent Paul Chick.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
At last week’s regular school board meeting, Superintendent Paul Chick said school officials across the state call in daily for updates on the COVID-19 crisis. He told the board that school staff is currently spending their time preparing for what happens if the school closures continue into the week of March 30.
“There is no student learning going on during this time period,” Chick said. “It is strictly dedicated to teachers concentrating on trying to come up with a delivery system to meet all of the learning targets for the remainder of the school year. We’re instructed to prepare for the worst-case scenario where we don’t actually come back to school.”

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