Chad and Pam Olsen family recognized as 2017 Farm Family

July 20, 2017

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Chad and Pam Olsen with their children Claire, Charlie, Ellie, Josie and Nora.
The Chad and Pam Ol­sen family of Hendricks has been named Lincoln County’s 2017 Farm Fam­ily of the Year by the Uni­versity of Minnesota.
Chad started farming in 1987 with a small dairy farm. In 1990 the barn burned and Chad lost ev­erything, including his herd. He continued to raise grain and started a custom combine business—Olsen Custom Farms—in 1992, with one combine.

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

Lincoln County Veterans Services receives donated handicap van

July 20, 2017

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Lincoln County VSO Dan Kuss demonstrates the lift seat in the handicap-accessible van the county received for the veterans. The van also has a wheelchair lift.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Lincoln County Veterans Ser­vices was chosen by Newgate School, located in the Twin Cit­ies, as the recipient of a handi­cap-accessible van to be used for transportation of county veter­ans to VA Medical Centers. The van had been donated to New­gate School, who, after making sure the van was mechanically sound and detailed like new, in turn donated the van to Lincoln County veterans at the annual Dennis Kirk Patriot Ride, which they help sponsor.
The van is a 2007 Ford E350 XLT Superduty, with just 32,000 miles on it. It features a wheel­chair lift, and one of the rear pas­senger captain’s chairs works as a lift chair that swings out and down via an electronic control to aid those who cannot step up into the van.

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

Distinguished young women

July 20, 2017

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Pictured are the Distinguished Young Woman of Minnesota finalists who competed last weekend in St. Paul. From left Kira Gifford of Ivanhoe, Gabby Thooft of Tyler, runner-up Laura Woltjer of Willmar and new Distinguished Young Woman of Minnesota Gianna Rucki of Lakeville. Ricki will represent Minnesota at the National Finals in Mobile, Alabama in June 2018.

Elementary physical education teacher dives into backpacking

July 20, 2017

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Kayla Johnson, daughter of Todd and Mary Johnson, recently returned from a 17-day hiking trip on the Superior Hiking Trail.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

Kayla Johnson, a 2009 graduate of Deubrook High School and a 2013 gradu­ate of Northwestern Col­lege in Orange City, Iowa, has a love of adventure.
The Hamlin School Dis­trict elementary physical education teacher recently returned from a Superior Hiking Trail backpacking trip.
Kayla was first intro­duced to backpacking three years ago in Oregon. “I loved it,” she said. “That is where I got the idea to make this trip.

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

Construction on Lincoln Street continues

July 20, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer @gmail.com

City Administrator David Blees provided an update on the Lincoln Street utility project dur­ing the Monday, July 17 meeting of the Hendricks City Council.
Construction has be­gun on the east end of Lincoln Street; tempo­rary water lines have been placed and two of the blocks have been milled. The crews will complete those two blocks, putting them to gravel before continuing on further east toward the hospital. The entire street will be closed to traffic; hospital and clinic traffic is rerouted to Gar­field Street. Signs will be placed.

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

Miss Tootsie a hit for Summerfest

July 13, 2017

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Miss Vanna, aka Mark VanEck, was crowned Miss Tootsie 2017.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

The Miss Tootsie contest, sponsored by the Hendricks Kiwanis Club, held last Friday evening as part of Summerfest was a hit with all ages.
Six contestants—Miss Mikey (Mike Buchholz), Miss Paulette (Paul Engesmoe), Miss Vanna (Mark VanEck), Miss Wilbur (Art Wilbur), Miss Geraldine (Jerry Nolz) and Miss Jeanie (Gene Wendinger), competed for the dubious honor of being named the 2017 Miss Tootsie.
The contestants competed in both the swimwear and eve­ning gown categories, a little bit of talent, and answering questions from the host, Travis Olsen.

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

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The Miss Tootsie contestants modeled evening gowns as well as swimwear during the contest. From left to right in front are Gene Wendinger, Art Wilbur and Jerry Nolz; in back are Mark VanEck, Mike Buchholz and Paul Engesmoe.

Lighting ceremony for lighting of the flags at Veterans Memorial Park

July 13, 2017

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A lighting ceremony for the flags at Veterans Memorial Park was held during Summerfest. Pictured left to right are Janet Olsen and Marcy Sommervold of the Parade of Flags Committee, Mayor Julie Hogie, Margaret Erickson, whose generous donation made the lighting possible, and Reuben Hansen American Legion Post 195 Commander Scott Pearson.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

The flags at Veterans Memo­rial Park will now be lighted at night, thanks to a generous do­nation from Margaret Erickson.
A short lighting ceremony was held Saturday, July 1 at 9 p.m. with Mayor Julie Hogie, Reuben Hansen Post 195 Legion Com­mander Scott Pearson, and City Administrator David Blees pres­ent.
Mayor Julie Hogie thanked Margaret for her donation, which was in memory of her husband Donald Erickson, who was a veteran and member of the American Legion.

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

Lincoln County may receive a van to transport county veterans

July 13, 2017

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Commissioner Jack Vizecky reviews the draft letter that is going out regarding the transfer of county roads to townships.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners heard from Lin­coln County Veterans Service Of­ficer (VSO) Dan Kuss at their Wednesday, July 5 meeting.
Kuss talked about an opportunity to get a veterans van with four captain chairs for seating and a wheelchair lift in the back. Kuss said the Freedom Riders raise money to help with veter­ans programs, and they are giving away a $30,000 van. Kuss said he submitted for Lincoln County, and was told they think providing the van for Lincoln County veterans is a worthy cause…

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

Fun times at SummerFest 2017!

July 13, 2017

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Bonnie Christianson, Donna Kurth and Paul Lovestrand accepted the Community Spirit Award in honor of their father, Raymond Lovestrand, who was recognized posthumously with the award.

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The Boat Parade enjoyed favorable conditions and a great many participants.

For more photos, read this week’s Hendricks Pioneer.

Thooft, Gifford among 2017 Minnesota DYW candidates

July 13, 2017

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Kira Gifford of Ivanhoe

High school girls from across Minnesota will join together for the Distinguished Young Women of Minnesota State Fi­nals to be held Saturday, July 15 at Eden Prairie High School.
Two local girls will be among the finals contestants.
Gabby Thooft is the daughter of Christopher and Lee Thooft of Tyler and qualified to par­ticipate through the At Large program…
Kira Gifford is the daugh­ter of Brandon and Kristy Gif­ford of Arco. She is the current Distinguished Young Woman of Ivanhoe…

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

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Gabby Thooft of Tyler