Groundbreaking for Kings Court Subdivision and Mueller Drive held

April 18, 2014

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A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Kings Court Subdivision and Mueller Drive on Monday, April 14. Pictured at the ceremony are, from left to right, City Administrator David Blees, Gloria Mueller, Mayor Jay Nelson, City Council members Judy Pearson and Fred Schmidt, Hendricks EDA President and HCHA Administrator Jeff Gollaher and Hendricks EDA member Paul Olson.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
On Monday, April 14, with excavation equipment working in the background on the new street, a groundbreaking ceremony was held in the location of the Kings Court Subdivision. Present were Jeff Gollaher, who is both President of the Hendricks EDA and the Administrator at HCHA, Mayor Jay Nelson, City Administrator David Blees, Hendricks City Council members Judy Pearson and Fred Schmidt, (Schmidt is also a member of the EDA,) Paul Olson, also a member of the EDA, and Gloria Mueller. Mueller is the wife of the late Dr. LeRoy Mueller, for whom the street that is being installed in the subdivision is being named.
The groundbreaking was a culmination of 15 years of effort to get a new subdivision in Hendricks.
According to Schmidt, some time ago the EDA had done housing studies. “The results of the study identified Hendricks as being the only town in Lincoln County projected to grow. Not by much, but it was projected to grow,” said Schmidt. “And it has grown some,” said Schmidt.

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

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Excavation has begun on Mueller Drive, the street being installed in the Kings Court Subdivison. Sewer and water lines will be installed for future homeowners to connect to when they construct their homes.

History found again at the Red Barn Theater in Hendricks

April 18, 2014

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Remember this? The wooden stage, the slanted cement floor and the pipe railing leading to the east exit door of the old Lake Theater, which closed its doors in 1972, are back. Last week when the level floor was removed, a lot of good memories surfaced. Pictured working on the project of bringing the theater back to life are Ron Rybinski, Gary Johnson and Jay Nelson. This summer it will reopen as the Red Barn Theater.

Chocolate Auction planned for April 26

April 18, 2014

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Decadent chocolate desserts, Vikings tickets, rounds of golf at Red Rock, birthday party package, two special dinners for six, wooden bowls, gift certificate for a pedicure, facial and hair spa, two framed watercolors by local artist Scott Hanson and many other fun items await attendees of the fifth annual Chocolate Auction.
Sponsored by the Hendricks Community Club, the annual Chocolate Auction has become the premier fundraising event for the club with proceeds designated toward projects. This year’s proceeds will be going to the Plant PaTroll fund.
Martha Pasco, Chocolate Auction Committee and HCC and Plant PaTroll member, shared information on the upcoming Chocolate Auction and the Plant PaTroll. “In the four years since the Plant PaTroll was formed, we have added more flowers downtown, bought a golf car so we can water easier, given a donation to the band shell, and we just bought new downtown light pole Christmas decorations for next year. If we need to add more Christmas decorations we will. Also, we had the north and south entrances redone,” according to Pasco.

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

Group packs 37,584 meals for Food for Kidz

April 18, 2014

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
On Sunday, April 13, 246 volunteers of all ages hailing from Hendricks, Ivanhoe, Tyler, Brookings, Eden Prairie, White, Minneota, Sioux Falls, Fulton, Astoria, and the country of France, joined together at the Hendricks Fire Hall to pack nutritious dehydrated meals made up of rice, soy protein and vitamins for the Food for Kidz program. There was $5,540.10 collected in donations to pay for the food, which meant the volunteers were able to pack 37,584 meals. Each of the packages that volunteers filled will feed six people.
The packing party, and the Mission Fair held later in the day at Christ Lutheran Church, were planned by the Buller family in honor of their daughter Sarah, who lost her life while doing missionary work in Africa. This is the third year the Bullers have organized the event. “We always wanted to do something that would be important to Sarah,” said Peggy Buller, Sarah’s mother. “But she wouldn’t want it to be about her.”

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

Preparing for Resurrection Sunday

April 18, 2014

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 

“God’s Not Dead!” I would urge anyone who has not seen this Christian film to find a theatre where it is showing. It is an amazing story about faith and the limits one young man goes to in order to defend his belief in God.
The elementary and high school students at Hendricks Public School are fortunate to learn, on a weekly basis, about the life of Jesus right inside the doors at school. May these students grow up and share their faith with others, just as the young man in the film shared his. He made a difference. You can too.
As we approach Holy Week, we focus our hearts on the cross of Christ and His empty tomb. This final week of Easter devotionals is submitted by several Hendricks Public School Religious Release Time students.

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

HCHA Good Shepherd Hospice annual Tour of Tables held

April 14, 2014

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Barb Angerhofer puts last minutes touches on her table, including snacks for her guests.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
From whimsical to elegant and everything in between, the creatively decorated tables on display at the annual Good Shepherd Hospice Tour of Tables are a testament to the level of dedication to supporting the hospice program the participants and attendees have.
Some tables were decorated just for fun, and some, like the one hosted by Lola Hindbjorgen, had a back story.
Hindbjorgen chose an aviation theme in memory of her husband Paul, who had a fondness for aviation and a pilot’s license.
“A few years ago, after he died, my sister-in-law had a fundraiser for the McKennan Free Clinic called Great Tables in which people would do themed tables,” said Hindbjorgen.
“I first did this table three-and-a-half years ago at that fundraiser, and invited my niece Cindy and her fiancé Dan, who is also a pilot, and other guests. The table was done in memory of Paul at that time.”

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

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This aviation-themed table decorated by Lola Hindbjorgen in memory of her husband Paul, who was a pilot, and her niece Cindy and in honor of Cindy’s husband Dan, also a pilot, and their three-year-old daughter Adreanna. Cindy had passed away the night before the Tour of Tables.

First Security Agency is under new ownership

April 14, 2014

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Siblings Kim Harding and David Frank are the new owners of First Security Agency, now known as First Security Hendricks. They will be keeping the offices in both Hendricks and Tyler.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
David Frank and Kari Harding of Southwest Insurance Services, Inc. of Canby purchased the insurance business at First Security Bank last Tuesday, April 1.
Frank and Harding are a brother-sister team who have been in the insurance business since the 1990s.
Harding has worked in insurance since 1992. In 2004 she moved back to the area from Rochester with her husband and three children after her father, LeRoy Frank, asked her if she and David would like to purchase the agency in Canby from him. “It was a rare opportunity,” said Harding, “I thought it would be crazy not to.”
Frank had been working with his father since 1996. He is a bit more familiar with Hendricks than Harding, as he has been a member of the Hendricks Golf Club for the past few years. Frank and his wife currently reside in Canby with their two children.

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

Free food for those in need

April 14, 2014

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
With the help of volunteers and various donations, the Hendricks Dining Center is hosting a food distribution at no cost to those in need. The local give-away will be held April 15 from 5-7 p.m. at the Hendricks Senior Center. Please bring your own container.
Ellen VanErdwyk, Hendricks Dining Center coordinator, said this is a program designed for anybody regardless of age and is sponsored by the Hendricks Senior Citizens, area churches and businesses.
“The groceries are transported in a refrigerated truck from Second Harvest, a food rescue and redistribution charitable organization out of the Cities that strives to decrease hunger. Such items include meats, milk, produce, bakery products and miscellaneous canned foods,” Van Erdwyk said.

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

Council adopts fishing and boating ordinance

April 14, 2014

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Hendricks City Council voted unanimously to adopt an ordinance regulating fishing and boating in designated swimming areas.
The ordinance came about because there have been some problems in the past with people fishing from the swimming beach, and fishing from boats near the swimming area. As there was no ordinance in place, legally nothing could be done about the problem.
Now, with the new ordinance, violations will be a misdemeanor.

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

Follow Him

April 14, 2014

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Pastor Bruce Mueller is the pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hendricks and First Lutheran Church in Gary, S.D.

Pastor Bruce Mueller gives his Easter message in the sixth part in the Hendricks Pioneer series

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
When I hear the words in the last verse of “Amazing Grace”— “when we’ve been there ten-thousand years,”— I realize just how long eternity is. It is forever, there is no end. Ten thousand years is a mere part of it. I hope we all take a look at how important eternal life with Jesus is. It is my hope that the weeks of Easter messages written by our local spiritual leaders have been inspirational to all of you. May you start or may you continue your walk with Jesus.
Reverend Bruce Mueller from Trinity Lutheran in Hendricks and First Lutheran in Gary, S.D., brings us the sixth in a series of Easter messages.
On the television game show “Let’s Make a Deal,” contestants are given the choice to keep the prize they are first offered or to trade it for whatever is hidden behind a door or concealed in a huge box onstage. Most make the deal in hopes of getting something better than what is first offered. Sometimes they make the right choice—trading prizes of minimal value for appliances, electronics, trips, or even cars. Sometimes their choice isn’t so good—giving up worthwhile prizes for Zonks, booby prizes such as ridiculous articles of clothing, actors dressed in crazy costumes, or even live animals.

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