Treasures on Main opens downtown

October 30, 2014

Lynn Graham and Martha Pasco, proprietors of Treasures on Main, are pictured with some of the items available.

Lynn Graham and Martha Pasco, proprietors of Treasures on Main, are
pictured with some of the items available.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Having had success selling their items at the indoor rummage sale during Harvestfest, two local ladies have teamed up to continue running their rummage at the location at 202 S. Main Plaza. They opened on Thursday, Oct. 23.
For practical and advertising purposes, they are calling their enterprise Treasures on Main and have started a Facebook page where people can see photos of what is available.
The ladies made it clear that it is not a consignment shop and it is not a permanent business. “Basically, it’s just two gals getting rid of stuff, so we can get more stuff,” said Lynn Graham, one of the two “gals.”
“And it’s a lot of stuff,” said Martha Pasco, the other “gal.”
Located in the former chiropractor’s office, the rooms are filled with holiday and home décor, beer signs and mirrors, and a few small household items.
The holiday décor includes Halloween, fall and Christmas items. Prominently displayed are hundreds of pieces of the Dept. 56 Snow Village, including many, many, churches.
Treasures on Main will be open on Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fridays 1-7 p.m., at least through the holiday season.

Commissioners consider county ordinance to allow golf cart travel

October 30, 2014

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Lincoln County Engineer Dave Halbersma spoke to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners during their Tuesday, Oct. 21 meeting regarding the adoption of a county ordinance to allow golf cart traffic on County Highway 17 west of Hendricks in accordance with the City of Hendricks permit requirements and golf cart ordinance.
The speed limit has been changed to 45 mph on County Highway 17 for the section of road from the Hendricks campground to the grain bins just north of the Hendricks Golf Club. The change comes on the heels of the result of a speed study done by MnDOT in that area this past summer.
New signs noting the speed limit were placed early last week.
The county ordinance would allow for golf carts to be driven on the section of road that has the wide shoulders; this would be to the curve by the golf course. Carts would use the shoulders whenever possible to stay off the main road.

Read more from the meeting in this week’s Pioneer.

Concerned Hendricks constituents attend Brookings P&Z meeting

October 30, 2014

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

On Oct. 6, Hendricks city officials first learned of a plan to build a dairy plant in South Dakota near Oak Lake. The plan had been advancing within Brookings County (S.D.) to create a dairy barn with 3,999 head of cattle. This would produce 26.2 million gallons of manure per year, and any runoff from the facility would flow into Lake Hendricks. City officials felt the public needed to know about this as the dairy’s runoff would adversely impact hundreds of property owners.
Last Tuesday morning, Oct. 21, a convoy of area residents attended the Brookings County Commissioners meeting held in Brookings, S.D. They attended the meeting to express concerns over this big dairy setup that could affect the Hendricks area for years to come.
Mayor Jay Nelson spoke on behalf of the Hendricks community. He has been working with the Lake Hendricks Improvement Association on numerous issues.
“Our lake association has invested over 30 years to ensure the lake has the best quality imaginable. Our city has created sewage districts on the South Dakota side, so we literally pump your sewage to dispose of this properly. Using EPA statistics, this proposed dairy project would have the equivalent pollution load of a city with 657,000 inhabitants,” Nelson said.

Read more in this week’s Pioneer.

The Local Place closing its doors the end of this week

October 30, 2014

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Members of the community were a bit shocked last week when they learned of a Main Street business that will be closing its doors.

Last Thursday, Oct. 23, Mary Zylstra, proprietress of The Local Place, announced to her customers that she would be closing on Oct. 31. She does not intend to re-open.

In a statement to the Hendricks Pioneer, Zylstra said, “Due to circumstances beyond my control, I was compelled to make a difficult decision, that The Local Place will be closing Oct. 31. Thank you to all of my loyal customers.”

Zylstra said it will be business as usual until she closes on Oct. 31, but she will be offering free coffee and cookies from 10-11 a.m. that morning.

Speed limit change west of Hendricks

October 30, 2014

The speed limit has been changed to 45 mph on County Highway 17 for the section of road from the Hendricks campground to the grain bins just north of the Hendricks Golf Club. The change comes on the heels of a speed study done by MnDOT in that area this past summer. New signs noting the speed limit were placed early last week.

The speed limit has been changed to 45 mph on County Highway 17 for the section of road from the Hendricks campground to the grain bins just north of the Hendricks Golf Club. The change comes on the heels of a speed study done by MnDOT in that area this past summer. New signs noting the speed limit were placed early last week.

HPS looking for community volunteers to work with students

October 30, 2014

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
During their Tuesday, Oct. 21 meeting, the Hendricks School Board learned from Principal Dale Weegman that Hendricks Public School is seeking volunteers from the community to work with students both during the school day and after school.
“We are working on creating an academic learning plan for all of the students,” Weegman said.
Weegman said the academic plan is not related to special education, but rather designed to discover the strengths and weaknesses in the students to bring out the strengths and work on the weaknesses.
Weegman said volunteers would be reading to students or listening to a student read or possibly just sitting next to a student to ensure the student remained focused on their work. Interested persons will be required to complete a background check. Weegman reported to the Board that the rummage sale held as a benefit to raise funds for the Trap Shooting Team raised $711.

Read more in this week’s Pioneer.

Groundbreaking ceremony for $5.2 million HCHA project

October 23, 2014

U.S. Congressman Collin Peterson and USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer were special guests at the expansion celebration and groundbreaking at the Hendricks Community Hospital Association on Friday, Oct. 17. They are pictured above with HCHA board members, administration and city officials.

U.S. Congressman Collin Peterson and USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer were special guests at the expansion celebration and groundbreaking at the Hendricks Community Hospital Association on Friday, Oct. 17. They are pictured above with HCHA board members, administration and city officials.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

A full house greeted Congressman Collin Peterson and USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer in the Chapel Room at the Hendricks Community Hospital Association (HCHA) on Friday, Oct. 17.
Peterson and Landkamer, along with HCHA Board members, administration and staff, local community leaders and community members were gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking for the over $5 million expansion and renovation project at HCHA. Peterson and Landkamer were instrumental in the funding for the project.
Mayor Jay Nelson provided the welcome and introduced HCHA Administrator Jeff Gollaher.

Read the rest of the story in this week’s Hendricks Pioneer.

City Council takes official position on Lake Hendricks water quality

October 23, 2014

Water quality in Lake Hendricks and the headwaters of the Lac Que Parle River are potential concerns of city council.

Water quality in Lake Hendricks and the headwaters of the Lac Que Parle River are potential concerns of city council.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

The dairy operation proposed to be built in Brookings County was a topic on the Hendricks City Council’s Monday, Oct. 20 meeting agenda.
City Administrator David Blees said he had received a couple of calls from concerned people regarding a full page color ad taken out in the Oct. 15 issue of the Town and Country Shopper, which was a letter written and signed by Mayor Jay Nelson in opposition of the proposed dairy. The City of Hendricks was also prominently represented in the ad.
Blees said he had contacted the League of Cities regarding the ad. Passing on the information, Blees advised the council that when acting on behalf of the city, the actions need to be first authorized by the council as a whole. City Attorney John Engels added that it is alright to use their titles if making a statement or action on their own, but it needs to be said also that they are representing their own opinions.
In regard to who is paying for the ad, Nelson is not seeking reimbursement from the city.

Read more in this week’s Hendricks Pioneer.

Peek through time—Buchholz’s collection of native artifacts

October 23, 2014

Artifact enthusiast Kevin Buchholz, pictured above, knows about the Native Americans who were here when the first settlers arrived.

Artifact enthusiast Kevin Buchholz, pictured above, knows about the Native Americans who were here when the first settlers arrived.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

Kevin Buchholz’s interest in archaeology dates back to childhood. The son of Harvey and Delores Buchholz, he grew up about a block from Lake Hendricks and started looking for rocks at an early age.
“I got a geologist’s hammer for Christmas one year so I could break rocks apart,” Kevin said.
His favorite class in school was science. When he became an adult he moved to Montana, where he developed a broader interest. “My sister-in-law is Native American,” he said. “I learned a lot from her father.”
Anyone familiar with history knows about the Native Americans who were here when the first settlers arrived. They used deer antlers to flake stones or make sharp points on stones, a process called flint knapping. They loved, gathered food, mated and died, leaving behind these artifacts.

Read more in this week’s Pioneer.

Meet the Sheriff Candidates event held in Hendricks

October 23, 2014

A Meet the Candidates event was held in Cedric’s banquet room for those who wished to meet Lincoln County Sheriff candidates Guy Harding and Chad Meester.

A Meet the Candidates event was held in Cedric’s banquet room for those
who wished to meet Lincoln County Sheriff candidates Guy Harding and Chad Meester.