No news on the front page this week

August 16, 2017

This week, more than 200 newspapers across the State of Minnesota will publish no news on their front pages. This “Whiteout” is taking place during Minnesota Newspaper Week, August 13-19, a part of the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s yearlong celebration of its 150th Anniversary. The Whiteout reminds Minnesotans of the important role that newspapers play, writing the first draft of history and telling the stories of their communities.

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

Dr. Rolland Digre, owner of Hendricks Dental Clinic, celebrates 40 years

August 16, 2017

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Pictured in action this week are Dr. Rolland Digre, left, at his dental clinic with his first patient, Harvey Buchholz, and his first dental assistant, Ann Thomsen.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
Harvey Buchholz, Mayor of Hendricks for 37 years and former Siverson’s Drug Store pharmacist, was a recent patient at the Hendricks Dental Clinic. To his amazement, when it came time to pay, dentist Rolland Digre told him “no charge.” The reason? Forty years ago, Harvey was Digre’s first patient. “It was April 25th,” dental assistant Laurie Pavek said, while checking old files. “Harvey had a No. 20 (cavity filled),” Digre said.
Rolland Digre, D.D.S. came directly to Hendricks after graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1977. His first dental assistant was Ann Thomsen, who worked there two years. Thomsen remembers making a lot of gold crowns. “We did a lot of lab work for both crowns and dentures,” she said.

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

For the children–Tehlula Lee Foundation

August 16, 2017

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Jack and Marjoanne Thompson with Tehlula Lee. The Tehlula Lee Foundation was formed in her memory.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
In 2010, Jack Thompson, son of Joann Ovall, and his wife Marjoanne lost their seven-week-old daughter Tehlula Lee to SIDS.
While at the cemetery, they noticed an inordinate amount of graves of other children that had no headstones. Rather, they had only the temporary markers that are placed, and some of those had been in place for decades.
To honor their daughter’s memory, the Thompsons founded The Tehlula Lee Foundation. Their mission — to provide headstones for infants and children who have passed away.

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

HHS Class of 1967, 50 years later

August 16, 2017

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The Hendricks High School Class of 1967 celebrated their 50-year reunion at Cedric’s in Hendricks on Saturday evening, Aug. 12. Those in attendance told of the highlights of their last 50 years. With much laughter and visiting a good time was had by all. Pictured left to right in front are LorRae Johnson Carstens, Joan Hey Skoog, Phillip Hanson, Randy Erickson, Stephanie Dorn, Chris Caugherty, Nancy Bahr Popowski and Barry Anderson; in back are Linda Warner Barnett, Nona Vasslaar Krier, Arlinda Reinertson Bednarek, Susan Reed Bittner, Allen Ochocki, Carol Nelson Kreager, Edith Midtovne Peterson, Susan Johnson Fox and Robert Johnson. Classmates not present are Sylvia Buller Olson, Loren Hoseck, ValLorice Johnson Livermore, Gloria Kampman Isaacson, Sandy Mickelson Trooien and Kathy Trautman Buchhlotz. Deceased classmates are Paul Hindbjorgen, Rose Ann Jerzak Eastman and Neal Ronning.

Worth serves soybean growers in Washington DC

August 16, 2017

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Bob Worth recently traveled to Washington DC to meet with federal congress people on behalf of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association.

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Except for the time he served in the military, Bob Worth has been farming his entire life. Farming has offered Worth a number of interesting challenges and opportunities; it has also opened doors to un­expected places. Recently Worth traveled to the na­tion’s Capital to lobby for the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association.
The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association was established in 1962 by soybean farmers…

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

Buying lake lots in the early 1960s started development around Lake Hendricks

August 9, 2017

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Aaron and Mary Rogness were the first ones to develop the north side of Lake Hendricks back in the early 1960s. Today Mary Rogness enjoys the beautiful view of the lake from the house she and her husband built in 1967.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
In the early 1960s, Aaron and Mary Rogness purchased lake land from the Hendricks Golf Club. They were the first ones to buy three bare lots around Lake Hendricks for development. There were some houses and farms around the lake but no lake houses.
“The lots cost $500 each,” son Tim Rogness said. The land was located from the original golf cart shed on east to the house now owned by Gary Zahns, formerly the Mershbergen home.

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

Council hears ambulance proposal

August 9, 2017

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Hendricks Ambulance Coordinator Dave McCormick spoke to the Hendricks City Council during their Aug. 7 meeting about the need for a new ambulance.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Hendricks City Council heard from Hendricks Ambulance Coordinator Dave McCormick, who spoke to the council regarding the plan to replace the ambulance with an updated model.
McCormick provided the council with a list of reasons why the service would like to replace the ambulance, citing patient comfort and the ability to communicate with the patients as priorities…

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

All four Lincoln County libraries request increase in funding

August 9, 2017

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Plum Creek Director Jim Trojanowski and Lake Benton Library Director Shelly Finzen are pictured at the Aug. 1 commissioners meeting. Finzen represented the Lincoln County library directors, requesting a funding increase for all four libraries.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Library directors from all of the libraries located in Lincoln County—Hendricks, Ivanhoe, Lake Benton and Tyler— attended the Tuesday, Aug. 1 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners to advocate for a budget increase, the striking of the current formula system which has been used to determine the amount of funding each library receives, and funding each library equally.

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

“Beauty and the Beast” final showing was Sunday

August 9, 2017

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The Lake Benton Opera House production of “Beauty and the Beast” closed on Sunday afternoon. Over 2,100 saw the show during the two-week run. Pictured left to right in front are Sydney Johansen, Tyler; Eliise Meseck, Balaton; Nate Gates, Brookings, South Dakota; Jana Votava, Balaton; Jodi Greer, Lake Benton; Bob Burke, Brookings; Darin Burke, Brookings; Lorilee Malecha, Tyler. Row 2: Mark Wilmes, Tyler; Tom Schmitt, Porter; Sophie Peterson, Ruthton; Ryan Juutilainen, Marshall; Becky Peterson, Ruthton; Graham Dinnel, Lake Benton; Katie Roberts, Tyler; Taylor Holck, Pipestone; Emilirose Rasmusson, Ivanhoe; Stephen Rasmusson, Marshall; Jocelyn Klein, Tyler; Madison Witte, Tyler; Adam Madsen ,Tyler; Carrie Enga, Marshall (seated); Taylor Engel, Marshall; Eric Fish, Lake Benton; Abraham Taberes, Marshall; Bev Swift, Balaton. Row 3: Laralynn Skorczewski, Hendricks; Ashton Lindahl, Lake Benton; Zoey Greer, Lake Benton; Cari Baune, Tyler; Faith Thomsen, Tyler; Hannah Dagel, Lake Wilson; Annie Nichols, Tyler; Joseph Dagel, Lake Wilson; Sarena Schwartz, Garvin; Anika Finzen, Lake Benton; Caleb Witte, Tyler. Row 4: Benjamin Engels, Ivanhoe; Jenna Hollien, Marshall; Alexis Christensen, Lake Benton; Arthur Finzen, Lake Benton; Holly Juutilainen, Marshall; Emma Kampmann, Elkton, South Dakota; Liz Voit, Ghent; Dajza Gilmore, Tyler; Brooke Thomsen ,Tyler; Caleb Thul, Balaton. Back row: Neil Witte, Tyler; Taryn Bedow, Tyler; Chesney Panka, Ivanhoe; Crystal Enga, Marshall; Peter Engels, Ivanhoe; Katiyanna Finzen, Pipestone; Sandy Hanson, Tyler; Gabby Thooft, Tyler; Noah Greer, Lake Benton; Mary Porter, Marshall; Shelley Schwartz, Garvin; Channa McCurdy, Verdi.

Te Tonka Ha Rendezvous held at Hole-in-the-Mountain county park

August 9, 2017

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Dave Huebner, owner of Dakota Stoneware out of Bushnell, South Dakota, created his clay figurines on site as visitors watched. Huebner is one of the founders of the Benton-Fremont Days celebration.

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The 19th annual Te Tonka Ha Rendezvous and Benton-Fremont Days and fifth annual Tatonka Knap-in and Pickers Paradise was held at Hole-in-the- Mountain County Park Aug. 4-6. A wide variety of vendors, flint knappers, entertainers, reenactors, and flea market vendors were on hand offering goods, food, entertain­ment, and knowledge to event visitors.
Food vendors this year included a sno-cone truck, which was popular with all ages, popcorn, hot dogs, and snacks provided by the local Lake Benton Volunteers for Education and Lake Benton Public Library, a taco truck, and selections of Cold Stone Creamery Ice Cream pro­vided by Lighthouse As­sembly of God Church.

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