Wood Lake Lutheran Church to celebrate 140th anniversary

July 28, 2016

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Wood Lake Lutheran Church in rural Astoria, South Dakota was organized on Oct. 19, 1876.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
Wood Lake Lutheran Church of rural Astoria, South Dakota will be celebrating its 140th anniversary on Aug. 7 with a morning worship service at 10:30 a.m. including special music and greetings from former pastors and members, followed by a free-will dinner served at noon. The public is invited to join in this special anniversary celebration.
The more important part of the history of this Christian congregation is the spiritual blessings that have come to the individual members and to the believing Body of Christ down through the years, through diligent use of the means of grace and faithful service in the church.

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Sheriff Meester talks software with county commissioners

July 28, 2016

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Jay Trusty of SRDC showed the commissioners a power point presentation outlining the strategic planning process and direction for the future.

 

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Sheriff Chad Meester spoke to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners regarding soft­ware that would be used for creating reports and providing mapping systems and up-to-date records, all in one system. The software would be used by officers and dispatchers and can also be used by EMS and fire departments. Meester said there are many different com­panies that provide similar software at varying prices, but he chose this particular soft­ware as it is compatible with LyonCounty’s.
The total cost of the soft­ware is $195,667, some of which could be paid for with 911 funds, with the remainder being spread out over three years.

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Opera House show to feature local, statewide talent

July 28, 2016

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Cast members from the Lake Benton Opera House production of “Urinetown: The Musical” count down the final rehearsals this week before Thursday’s Opening Night.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Seven weeks of rehearsals will come to an end this week as “Urinetown: The Musical” opens Thursday, July 28 at the Lake Benton Opera House.
Tryouts were held in early June and a cast of 25 actors and actresses from the area have been working alongside five professionals from the Twin Cities and St. Cloud to present this year’s summer musical.
Luverne Seifert and Darcey Engen are co-founders of the Sod House Theater, based in the Twin Cities area. The group’s mission is to “bring professional theater experiences to greater Minnesota communities that will inspire people to value and embrace theater as part of a reflective and thoughtful life, and to engage local residents in presenting high quality theater in their home communities.”

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Hendricks Community Hospital now re-designated as Level 4 trauma hospital

July 21, 2016

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The Minnesota Department of Health recently re-designated Hendricks Community Hospital as a Level 4 trauma hospital. Hendricks Community Hospital and staff voluntarily participated in the intense designation process to become part of Minnesota’s statewide trauma system. Pictured in the ER are some of the HCHA hospital staff. From left to right— Brooke Murphy, LPN; Rosemary Christianson, RN; Amanda Beer, RN; Kathy Christensen, RN; Alicia Tykwinski, RN; Hilary Horsley, RN; Sheila Monnier, EMT/Emergency Preparedness.

The Minnesota Department of Health recently re-designated HendricksCommunityHospital as a Level 4 trauma hospital. Hen­dricks Community Hospital and staff voluntarily participated in the intense designation process to become part of Minnesota’s state­wide trauma system. The process included an outside review of the hospital’s resources and capabili­ties to care for trauma patients. HendricksCommunityHospital met standards of commitment, clinical and equipment resources, and staff training. The hospital also participates in a continuous performance improvement pro­cess.
For a severely injured person, the time between sustaining an injury and receiving the definitive care is the most important predic­tor of survival—the “golden hour.” The chance of survival diminishes with time; however, a trauma sys­tem enhances the chance of sur­vival regardless of proximity to an urban trauma hospital.

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Reeves retiring from law practice after nearly 40 years

July 21, 2016

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Attorney Michael McHugh, left, will be taking over Thomas Reeves’ law practice when Reeves, right, retires next month.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

After practicing law in Hen­dricks for nearly 40 years, Thomas W. Reeves will be retiring in August and start­ing a new job as caretaker of the SDSU Oak Lake Field Sta­tion, which is located about a mile and a half from his home. Reeve’s wife Janet, who is his legal secretary/business man­ager, will also be retiring.
In 1977, Reeves, along with his wife and small son, had been living in St. Paul, working for the IRS as an agent and at­tending law school at William Mitchell. After completing law school, the placement office at William Mitchell had a letter from the Hendricks Business Club, looking to get an attorney to take up residence and start their practice. Reeves said he had been looking to move to South Dakota, and as Hendricks was nearby, he looked into it and, impressed with the area, ultimately decided to make the move.

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Nelsons created a connection to the earliest moments of American Independence

July 21, 2016

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Having earned his doctorate degree, Lowell “Rusty” Nelson and his wife Barb Nelson lived in Ayr, Scotland for three years of post-doctoral work.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

Hendricks residents continue to celebrate Independence Day as part of the community’s Sum­merfest celebration. Since the Revolutionary War started over 240 years ago, it is highly un­common for area residents to have a personal tie back to the formative years. Yet one area couple has such a tie. Remark­ably, the tie isn’t to any of the early Americans. The tie is to Richard Oswald, a prominent British ambassador.
Oswald knew Benjamin Frank­lin well, as they once sat across a table negotiating the peace trea­ty that ended the Revolutionary War.

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“Urinetown” opens LB Opera House

July 21, 2016

By Mark Wilmes 
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton Opera House will debut “Urine­town: The Musical” on Thursday, July 28. A win­ner of three Tony Awards on Broadway, “Urinetown,” a.k.a. “the show with the horrible title,” is a musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irre­sponsibility, populism, bu­reaucracy, corporate mis­management and musical theater itself.
In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water short­age caused by a 20-year drought has led to a gov­ernment-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public ameni­ties, regulated by Caldwell B. Cladwell (played by Luverne Seifert of Minne­apolis) and his malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs….

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Lincoln County 4-Hers are right on target

July 13, 2016

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The Lincoln County 4-H Archery group— from left to right in front are Sadie Johnson, Liberty Wendinger, EllieAnna Hanson and Raychel Hexem; in back are instructor Katie Hanson, Ethan Hanson, Zach Buchholz, instructor Tom Hanson and Wyatt Digre.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

This summer Lincoln County 4-Hers have the privilege of learning the art of archery. The class, which started in June, is taught by Tom and Katie Hanson, certified 4-H archery instructors. The Hansons believe getting a child started when they are young, chances are they will stay with the sport their entire life.
Since so many from Hendricks, ages fourth grade and up, were interested in learning, the Hansons decided to offer a weekly class in Hendricks at Kallevig Field every Monday night from June through September. Wednesday nights they have classes in Tyler. Lake Benton kids can either go to Tyler or Hendricks for instruction. “Anybody within that age group is welcome to join us,” Tom said.

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Hendricks city water and sewer rates to increase in August

July 13, 2016

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

During their Tuesday, July 5 meeting, the Hendricks City Council voted to increase the water and sewer base rates by $4 each. Effective Aug. 1, the new base rates will be $12 for the first 1,000 gallons for both water and sewer.
The EDA has approved the Lumberyard to build a twin home in the Kings Court Subdivision. However, the subdivision will need to be rezoned to R2 status. It is currently zoned as R1, which allows for single family residence.

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Commissioners approve pictometry flyover contract

July 13, 2016

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners heard from Lincoln County Assessor Bruce Nielsen regarding the Pictometry Flyover contract during their Tuesday, July 5 meeting. Nielsen said the pictometry is a “good tool” for city and county entities to have. In addition to buildings and tree lines, other layers will show underground infrastructure.

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