Over 200 attend first Chili and Craft Beer Festival

April 24, 2015

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Over 250 people attended the first Chili Cook-off and Craft Beer Festival held at the Hendricks campground on Saturday, April 18. The festival was held as a fundraiser for the campground improvements.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The skies threatened, but the rain held off until the end of the First Annual Chili Cook-off and Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, April 18.
Held as a fundraiser to benefit the proposed campground improvements, which include the construction of four “primitive” cabins and a new shower/restroom facility, the event drew well over 200 people to taste the offerings of 15 different chili competitors and six craft breweries.
Chili competitors could win in two categories- best chili and best showmanship and the breweries were hoping for the best beer votes.
As the winners were chosen by popular vote, each attendee was given a voting packet comprised of three voting slips—one for best chili, one for showmanship and one for best beer.
Chili competitors set up their booths in the campsites where they would have access to both water and electricity.
A few of the chili competitors chose to dress up in accordance with the theme of their booth while others chose to just decorate their booths.

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

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Tammy Dumke and Angela Coners were the winners of “Best Chili” at the Chili-Cookoff and Craft Beer Festival on Saturday.

Annual PTO carnival held

April 24, 2015

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Kids of all ages enjoyed the inflatables and games at the annual PTO Carnival held at the Hendricks School last Friday.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Hendricks school was the place to be on the evening of Friday, April 17, with carnival games and prizes, inflatables, a silent auction and Nick’s Burgers as an enticement, the school was bustling with people attending the annual PTO carnival.
Nick’s Burgers have become somewhat of a tradition at the carnival, and, as in the past, served to draw a large crowd.
Carnival games and inflatables tended by students, staff, PTO members and parents awaited carnival goers in the large gym, and children of all ages were seen eagerly handing over a ticket or two to try their luck at the next game, earning prizes in return.

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

Council approves water use ordinance

April 24, 2015

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Hendricks City Council approved an ordinance to amend the Code of Ordinances to address City water use restrictions.
The first paragraph of the ordinance provides the following explanation of the purpose. “Whenever the City Council, or, on a temporary basis, the Mayor or City Clerk, shall determine that a shortage of the water supply threatens the City, or if water restrictions are imposed by Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water System, use of the City water supply system for lawn sprinkling or irrigation shall be prohibited. Use of water for other non-potable purposes including, but not limited to, garden watering, car washing or other non-potable uses may be further limited or prohibited by the City Council. Special permit considerations will be given for those property owners with new seed or sod if in the opinion of the public works director sufficient water for such permits is available.”
The amended ordinance also talks of fines that will be imposed for violations.
The ordinance comes on the heels of City Attorney John Engels comment at the last meeting that, as there has been little to no rain, there is the possibility of water restrictions being imposed by Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water to conserve the water supply. This does not mean that there is a shortage at this time, however.

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

RTR FFA students called to action as greenhouse fills up

April 24, 2015

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

It was warm and it was humid and it was bustling last Wednesday in the lit­tle greenhouse that is hid­den amongst the RTR High School buildings. FFA ad­visor Jennifer Schoenfeld was good-naturedly prod­ding her students to keep moving. There were a lot of plants to be potted in a short period of time.
Around three thousand plants, to be more specific, and they all needed to be planted by the end of the day.
“The plugs get here usu­ally in the late morning” Schoenfeld said, “and then it’s all hands on deck until they are all in the soil.”
All of the seedling plugs as well as any other green­house supplies come from BFG Supply Co.
Students were filling molded plastic pot trays with fertilized dirt on one end of the operation and separating seedlings and planting them in the pots on the other end on the big day.
Around 300 of the plants are vegetables, including peppers, tomatoes and ja­lapeños, as well as a new addition this year, herbs.

For the full story and photos, read this week’s Hendricks Pioneer Home & Garden Section.

Enjoying the fruits (and vegetables) of his labor

April 24, 2015

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

For the past three years, Richie Mulder of Mulder Pro­duce has been providing fresh, farm-grown produce for residents of Lake Benton and the surrounding area dur­ing his yearly farmers markets.
Mulder has lived in Lake Benton his entire life – all 20 years of it, and he first became interested in gardening when he began working for Jensen Sweet Corn & Pro­duce out of Aurora, S.D. through FFA during his freshman year at Elkton High School.
“After I started there, I started doing a small garden,” said Mulder. “Then it got bigger. Then it got even bigger. Now, it’s going to be the biggest yet.”
Mulder estimates that his garden comprises about two acres of arable land on his parents’ farm just north of Lake Benton.
Richie hopes to have the farmer’s market up and run­ning with fresh crops by the middle of June.
“I’ll plant the tomatoes in the middle of May around Mother’s Day,” said Mulder. “This is the first time that I’ll be planting early in the spring. Last year, I had to worry about finding a garden space and breaking ground, so that took a long time. It really depends on a lot of stuff, but it’ll all probably be ready by the middle of June.”
Last year, the farmer’s market ran from June to Octo­ber.
“I think I stopped the farmer’s market in the middle of October last year,” said Mulder. “We had that early freeze last year, and I lost a lot of stuff. Otherwise, I would have kept going.”

For the full story and photos, read this week’s Hendricks Pioneer Home & Garden section.

Missoula Children’s Theater casts Hendricks Public School children

April 17, 2015

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The Sailors, from left to right, were played by August Dagel, Tegan Hansen, Charlie Olsen and Talon Lawrence.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
As young actors and actresses from Hendricks Public School arrived on stage Saturday for the two showings of “Blackbeard The Pirate,” directors Jessica Wall from Niagara Falls, N.Y. and Isabella Miyares from Jacksonville, Fla., gave a big nod of approval.
“We set the bar for the five rehearsals we did this week, and the kids reached it,” Jessica said. “Kids are like sponges. They learn quickly and listen well.”
Isabella was amazed at the unity between students. “The older kids pitched right in and helped the little ones with their parts,” she said. “They were all so excited.”
“Blackbeard the Pirate” starts out as a lazy day at the beach but quickly turns into mystery and adventure when the search for Blackbeard’s treasure begins.
Tales both past and present lead a group of beach bums to action in search of untold riches. Can the crabby Crabs or melodious Mermaids be trusted? Parents, friends, relatives and locals came to the school Saturday for the 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. performances, ready to solve the mystery!

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

Dr. Greta Krafsur on schedule at sled dog race at the top of the world

April 17, 2015

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Veterinarian Greta Krafsur is pictured with a couple of Alaskan sled dogs.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
Dr. Greta Krafsur, daughter of Willard and Gail Heismeyer, Hendricks, lives a busy life both before and after graduating from Colorado Veterinary School in 2013.
Even though she earned a bachelor’s degree in textile science and a master’s degree in non-wovens engineering and polymer science, she realized the happiest days of her life were spent working alongside her father and grandfather on the family’s four-generation farm in eastern South Dakota. Even though she was determined to go to veterinary school, she put the goal on hold for a while due to the birth of son Joseph and 18 months later, the arrival of twin sons.
Once her children were in school, she assisted the wildlife veterinarian with postmortem examination of animals. She got hooked on working with animals. Since she had a special place in her heart for Alaska, she worked for Alaska Veterinary Pathology Services, Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the North Slope Borough Department of Wildlife Management in Barrow, Alaska. Barrow is an isolated town without roads, only air travel.

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

School Board holds special meeting

April 17, 2015

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Hendricks School Board held a special meeting on Tuesday, March 7 for the purpose of approving teacher and non-licensed staff contracts, and a resolution for non-renewals.
After calling the meeting to order and approving the agenda, the Board went into a closed session that lasted about 20 minutes.
Upon reconvening the meeting, a motion was called to approve Nancy Aune’s contract as a long-term substitute. She will be subbing in the third grade room until the end of the year.
The Board approved a resolution for non-renewals. These included Aune’s contract as a long-term sub, and science teacher Emily McGowan. A roll call vote was taken with each of the non-renewals with unanimous agreement to both.

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

Lincoln County Board approves dispatch and deputy hires

April 17, 2015

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners heard from Cathleen Amick and Bev Herfindahl of Western Community Action in regard to public transit.
The pair explained the usage and benefits of public transit and that consolidating would create stronger systems, and that there would be more to gain than to lose.
Chairman Don Evers said he thinks this is something that should be looked into.
Dustin Hauschild provided the Engineer Report, with a bid opening for gravel crushing. The lowest bid was from Sibson Gravel out of Beardsley with a bid of $111,600. The Board awarded Sibson the contract.

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

Legion Auxiliary teaches Hendricks students

April 17, 2015

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Betty Aune and Mary Froiland spoke to Hendricks Public School elementary students about making posters in honor of Memorial Day and about the poppies they sell this time of year. At the end of their presentation, the students were given a flag and a poppy.