HPS welcomes four new teachers

August 24, 2016

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Scott Thoresen will be teaching social studies for grades 5-12 at HPS.

 

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Hendricks Public School is welcoming four new teachers this year, in the preschool, first grade, social studies and band/music classes.
Kelsey Albertz will be teaching the three- and four-year-old preschool classes. She graduated from SDSU in December 2015 with a degree in Early Childhood Education and enjoyed helping out with the preschool camp held in June at HPS. Through that experience, Albertz was able to meet several of her students and their parents. Albertz said she applied for the position at HPS as it is near her home in Canby, and she likes that it is a small school. “It’s exactly how I grew up, which was very appealing,” said Albertz, who added that she grew up in Alexandria, South Dakota, which is a town of about 500 people. Albertz enjoys reading, taking care of flowers and shopping in her spare time.

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

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Meghan Carmody is the new music instructor at HPS.

Remembering the Showboat and its two popcorn poppers

August 24, 2016

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Lois Erschens pops corn in the electric Viking popper restored by her husband Paul.

 

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
Lincoln County was created by the Minnesota Legislature on March 6, 1873. These 143 years of history have been filled with generations of residents and their accomplishments. Yet one resident stands alone for influencing our social scene. His name was Otto Petersen, who once lived in Drammen Township which is north of Lake Benton.
Otto was a visionary. The year was 1917 and Otto saw the isolation of the area’s farm families. People liked to gather in groups for weekly entertainment and the bigger the group, the better. Otto envisioned what would become Lincoln County’s largest entertainment complex. He began creating the Lake Benton Summer Resort and Pavillion.

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

Master Plan tabled once again at county commissioners meeting

August 24, 2016

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Financial Accountant Robin Sterzinger presented the preliminary budget for the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners to review during the Aug. 16 meeting.

By Tammy Mathison 
hendrickspioneer @gmail.com

 

Vince Robinson and Te­resa Schreurs of DSI were on hand at the Tuesday, Aug. 16 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners to pro­vide further information on the Legacy Funds and the cost of the creation of the Master Plan. Robinson said he expects the cost to be more in the $10,000 range, and DSI could re­duce the contract amount to not exceed $15,000 if the board would be “more comfortable” approving the lesser amount com­pared to the amount of $25,000 in the previously proposed contract. Rob­inson said he understood the commissioners wish to keep the cost as low as possible. No decision was made as Commissioner Mic VanDeVere planned to bring the topic to the Park and Rec meeting.

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

Hendricks open house

August 24, 2016

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It was a full house at Hendricks Public School last week when they hosted their open house and served a supper off the grill.

Local ladies represent Hendricks at Lincoln County Livestock Ribbon Auction

August 17, 2016

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Brenda Boeve and Gail Kvernmo represent Hendricks at the Lincoln County Fair ribbon auction.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
For the past five years, Gail Kvernmo, who is known for her passion for 4-H, has been working to create more of a Hendricks presence at the livestock ribbon auction held on the last day of the Lincoln County Fair in Tyler.
Kvernmo had been attending the auction and noted that of all the Lincoln County towns with businesses bidding on and purchasing the ribbons, Hendricks was not well-represented. So, she took matters into her own hands, and with the assistance of Gary Zylstra, began visiting businesses to speak with them about the auction and the lack of Hendricks representation, offering to bid on the businesses’ behalf at the ribbon auction with a dollar amount agreed upon.

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

Hendricks Council reviews Lincoln Street utility project with engineer

August 17, 2016

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Lincoln Street Utility Project engineer Dan VanSchepen was on hand at the Hendricks City Council meeting to review the project and answer questions.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Dan VanSchepen, the engineer for the Lincoln Street Utility Project, was on hand at the Monday, Aug. 15 meeting of the Hendricks City Council to review the project with the council and answer any questions they had. Prior to the meeting, VanSchepen had painted lines on Lincoln Street to provide a visual to council members of how wide the street would be at 40 and 44 feet. The street is currently 50 feet wide, with plans to narrow it to 40, which is the width of the highway. Only two blocks of Lincoln Street will be narrowed to 40 feet, this will result in a savings of $73,000.

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

Open House at HPS on Thursday, Aug. 18

August 17, 2016

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Hendricks Public School will be hosting their annual open house on Thursday, Aug. 18 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. At that time, parents and students can meet the teachers and staff, visit the classrooms and find their desks and lockers.

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

What kids say about going back to school

August 17, 2016

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Sydney Pierce and Zoey Potter

 

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
It’s school time again. You’re probably feeling excited, but maybe a little sad that summer is over. Let’s find out from some students about going back to school.
“I’m looking forward to making new friends and meeting my new teachers. I love art and gymnastics. I’m not looking forward to getting up early in the morning.”—Sydney Pierce, age 11, new student at Hendricks Public School.
“The best part about school is gymnastics. I like recess when I get to play with alot of my friends. I am not looking forward to getting up early and homework.”—Zoey, age 9.

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

Flintknapping: The art of lithic reduction

August 17, 2016

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Flintknappers from around the nation gathered in Lake Benton this past weekend to share their supplies, art, and stories. Jim Redfearn from Mt. Vernon, Missouri shared some of the history of flintknapping, as well as his own flintknapping story.
Flintknapping is defined by EncartaDictionaries as “the method, mainly used by prehistoric people, of chipping and splitting flint to make tools.” The method has not changed much over the years, as the flintknappers at the rendezvous said. Today’s “knappers,” as they call themselves, create replicas of the arrowheads and knives made and used by the ancient peoples. The finished products may be replicas, but they are just as sharp and usable as the originals.

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

Lakeside Lodge Bed and Breakfast opened for business end of July

August 11, 2016

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The upstairs living area in the bed and breakfast boasts a large stone fireplace. The wood in the home is milled from cedar telephone poles.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Lakeside Lodge Bed and Breakfast, owned and operated by Pat Stormo, opened its doors for business at the end of July.
Situated on the north shore of Lake Hendricks, Stormo, who has owned the home since 1989, said the home may be of local historical interest as it was constructed from milled cedar telephone poles that were in use in the area. As the poles were taken down, they were milled onsite.
Before transforming her home into a bed and breakfast, Stormo had thought of selling it and purchasing the Turret House Bed and Breakfast in Hendricks, and reopening it. After discussing it with her daughter, Stormo changed her mind and began the process of licensing her home as a bed and breakfast.

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