Open House at First Security Bank

December 12, 2019

bank nancy 1206191227
Nancy Sandro and Jan Roelofsen furnished music at the First Security Bank open house. Pictured is Nancy Sandro at the piano.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

 
Last Friday, Dec. 7, our favorite Christmas carols were performed on the piano by local musicians Nancy Sandro and Jan Roelofsen. People sat around and enjoyed music and munched on the large selection of Christmas goodies.
This tradition started back in 1990, one year after Matt Amundson purchased First Security Bank in Hendricks. He wanted to do something special for everyone in the community before Christmas…

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

Hendricks Kiwanis Club celebrates 58th year, with charter signed Feb. 14, 1961

December 12, 2019

kiwanis tree 1203191936
The Hendricks Kiwanis Club plans to expand Christmas lighting in Veterans Memorial Park in Hendricks every year. This evergreen tree, beautifully decorated by Tim Hawks, is a great start.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

 
The Hendricks Kiwanis Club was organized in February, 1961 when Superintendent Dick Froiland met with Lt. Governor Therkel Jorgensen and Ed Eklund of Pipestone. These two gentlemen wanted to know if there would be any interest in starting a service club in the Hendricks community.
An organizational meeting was held at the school with 26 men in attendance. The men signed the charter petition to officially become a Kiwanis Club. Feb. 14, 1961 marked the official beginning of the Hendricks Kiwanis Club. Somewhere in the 1980s, women were allowed to join.

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

With plunging temps, locals chill out

December 12, 2019

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Temperatures plum­meted early this week across the Upper Midwest. Standing temperatures were in the single dig­its, while winds created windchills in the negative double digits. New snow­fall also added to the situ­ation to create dangerous blowing snow and drifting conditions for the Monday morning commute.
According to the Nation­al Weather Service (NWS) NOAA website, tempera­tures over the weekend were in the 20s and 30s. They remained in the 20s until early Monday morning, when they be­gan plummeting to single digits…

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

Lincoln County tax levy set at 1% increase

December 12, 2019

county t in t DSC_0112 (3)
A crowd of Lincoln County taxpayers were on hand to speak to the county board at the Dec. 3 Truth in Taxation hearing concerning the 2020 tax levy. The county approved increasing the levy by 1% for the 2020 tax year.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Truth in Taxation (TnT) meeting was held on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m. at the Lincoln County Courthouse. According to the Minnesota House Research Department, “TnT was enacted with a goal of improving ac­countability by focus­ing taxpayers on the relationship between budget decisions and property taxes, and pro­viding taxpayers with a greater opportunity to become involved in the local government bud­geting process.” County landowners partici­pated in the meeting to discuss the proposed 3% levy increase and to learn what the final levy would be.

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

Worth appointed to the Governor’s Council on Biofuels

December 12, 2019

file Bob Worth DSC_0068 (2)
Bob Worth of Lake Benton.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Bob Worth, local farmer, Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) Director and Lake Benton Mayor, was recently given another title and responsibility. Governor Tim Walz recently appointed Worth to the Governor’s Council on Biofuels, where he will represent the soybean growers of southwest Minnesota.
In September, Governor Walz established the Governor’s Council on Biofuels by Executive Order 19-35. According to the order, the council consists of 15 members, appointed by the governor “representing agriculture, the biofuels industry, transportation, environmental and conservation interests, and other relevant stakeholders.”…

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

Hesse family awarded Conservation Farmer of the Year

December 12, 2019

county DSC_0100
At the Dec. 3 County Board meeting, Lauren Mellenthin and Chad Meester presented information on the Towards Zero Deaths initiative in Lincoln and Pipestone Counties.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met for their regular meet­ing on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. Commissioner Corey Sik was absent from the meeting, due to a schedul­ing conflict.
Lincoln County Sheriff Chad Meester and Lincoln Pipestone County Safe Roads Coalition Coordi­nator Lauren Mellenthin spoke to the board con­cerning the Towards Zero Deaths initiative. The co­alition received a grant from the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety, which works to prevent fatal and serious injury traffic crashes…

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

Hendricks celebrated Juledazzle

December 5, 2019

yule 3 1130191508_Burst01
Niko Villanueva came all the way from Chicago to visit Santa during the Yuledazzle celebration.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

 
In conjunction with Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30, local retailers celebrated the annual Juledazzle event in downtown Hendricks. The celebration paved the way for the holiday shopping season.
From 3 to 5 p.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus paid a visit to the Red Barn Theater. You might think the famous pair don’t show favoritism, but little Niko Villanueva from Chicago got an extra squeeze when sitting in Santa’s lap…

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

yule 6 1130191825c_Burst01(1)
Yuledazzle 2019 ended in a big way, with a beautiful display of fireworks.

Hendricks Farmers Lumber Co. bids farewell to John Buseth

December 5, 2019

buseth IMG_7201
John Buseth has been bookkeeper at Hendricks Farmers Lumber Co. for 30 years. He retired the end of November.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

 
After 30 years, John Buseth is calling it quits as bookkeeper at Hendricks Farmers Lumber Company in Hendricks. His position will be filled by Jamie Engelstad, who started working there last spring.
John graduated from Hendricks High School and attended Golden Valley Lutheran College in Minneapolis. His first job out of school was working for Lyle Skorseth Excavating. He attended Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU), where he got his accounting degree. While attending SMSU, he was a painter with Craig (Otis) Midtaune.

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

Council accepts two donations to Hendricks Fire Department

December 5, 2019

city council 1202191902a
The Hendricks City Council discussed Jack Streich, Jr. and Brian Johnson property issues at Monday evening’s city council meeting.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

 

The regular meeting of the Hendricks City Council was called to order Monday evening, Dec. 2, at 6:30 p.m. by Mayor Julie Hogie. The minutes of the Nov. 18, 2019 city council meeting and closed meetings and the agenda for the evening were approved.
Al and Joyce Molascon were present for public forum. Al said the water problem in their base­ment at 310 Cottage Ave. has been fixed. According the calen­dar log, the initial water problem occurred on April 13 following back-to-back snowstorms. He presented before-and-after pic­tures of his basement as proof. On Nov. 26 a water line leak was discovered. A drain was installed along Cottage Ave. and Lake Street. Al was wondering what the city policy is on replacing lawn. City Administrator David Blees said the city will take care of this.

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

Round ‘em up, head ‘em out

December 5, 2019

cattle drive 78178827_559872871514954_871964805894766592_n(1)
Dustin Otten rounds up his cattle and drives he and wife Amy’s herd of Black Angus cattle back home to their farm every fall. Cattle drives are conducted pretty much as they were a century or more ago. Last Sunday afternoon before the snow came, Dustin and Amy Otten, who farm five miles west of Hendricks, were driving their herd of cattle from the summer range to the winter range over the hills and plains by Oak Lake.