County Commissioners approve purchase of playground equipment

April 29, 2016

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The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of this Rainbow Play System, which will be installed at Norwegian Creek Park this year.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of playground equipment to be installed at Norwegian Creek Park.
The cost of the equipment, which is a Rainbow Play Systems unit, is $19,929. The price includes installation and the equipment is covered by a 10- year warranty.
Norwegian Creek Park has seen other recent improvements, with additional camping sites having just been completed. The creation of seven more sites is also planned.

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

SWEC board hires attorneys

April 29, 2016

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The Southwest Educational Cooperative (SWEC) held a special meeting on Wednesday, April 20. Pictured clockwise from bottom left are RTR representative Peggy Dunblizier, Mike Pochardt of Lynd, Tom Olson of Hendricks, Michelle Williams of Lynd, SWEC Superintendent Bruce Houck, Chair Nick Citterman of Hendricks and Terry Gordon of RTR.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Southwest Educational Cooperative (SWEC) Joint Powers Board scheduled two special meetings last week in the span of four days.
On Wednesday, April 20, the board met at Lynd Public School to hire attorney James K. Martin of Booth Law Group of Minnetonka. The hiring was done in response to receiving notice from the RTR district of plans to withdraw from the SWEC joint powers agreement.

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

Hendricks School Board approves teacher resignations

April 29, 2016

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

During their regular Tuesday, April 19 meeting, the Hendricks School Board approved the resignations of four teachers and a request for a reduction in hours by another.
Submitting their resignations were Music Instructor Donna Hamilton, who accepted a position closer to where she lives, preschool teacher Megan VanderPoel, whom the board said cited family reasons, Special Education teacher Nancy Olsen, who will remain with HPS as a paraprofessional, and Desiree Luedke, who was slated to begin teaching at HPS as a Special Education teacher this fall for the 2016-17 school year. Luedke submitted her resignation as she and her family plan to move to Rapid City, South Dakota.

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

“Around the World” at Hendricks’ prom

April 29, 2016

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The theme was “Around the World” Saturday evening for the Hendricks High School Prom. Pictured above, from left to right in front, are Brianna Bolish, Lloyd Hunter, Abigail Satterlee, Kolbe Frank, Kristina Bolish, Devin Ward, Isaiah Aadland, Esmeralda Buller, Jordyn Satter, Janessa Scotting, Nick Brown and Laura Roy; in back are Max Schumacher, Sierra Satterlee, Jurnee Ellingson, Autumn Buchholz, Greta Johnson, Kylee Pownell, Jordyn Satter, Kelli Zuraff and Stephen Roy.

RTR board remains mum on recent events

April 22, 2016

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The RTR School Board held its regular meeting Monday evening at RTR Middle School in Russell. After opening the meeting and approving the agenda, Chairman Jeff Hansen called for a motion to close the meeting “for preliminary consideration of allegations against an individual subject to the board’s authority.”
The board voted unanimously to go into closed session.
“This session relates to Mr. Houck,” Hansen told the crowd, referring to RTR Superintendent Bruce Houck.

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

Handelssted open for business in Hendricks

April 22, 2016

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The Handelssted opened for business Saturday, April 16 on Main Street in Hendricks.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Handelssted opened its doors on Main Street in Hendricks on Saturday, April 16.
Home to over a dozen booths housing crafts and goods from local and area craftsmen, vendors and collectors, the Handelssted is basically an indoor flea market with “everything from soup to nuts including the kitchen sink!” as owner Joline Glazier says.

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

Hendricks Repair and Rental to hold Grand Opening Saturday

April 22, 2016

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The new mowers at Hendricks Repair and Rental will be outside ready to be test driven during the Grand Opening on April 23.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Hendricks Repair and Rental will be holding a Grand Opening on Saturday, April 23, to showcase their new line of Simplicity brand lawn and garden equipment. The line includes weed trimmers, chainsaws, lawnmowers of all sizes, tillers and snowblowers.

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

Council approves Chicken Ordinance

April 22, 2016

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
After reviewing a revised draft of the proposed Chicken Ordinance, the Hendricks City Council approved the ordinance by unanimous consent.
The first paragraph of the ordinance addresses the number of chickens allowed: 5.351 Number Allowed. It shall be unlawful for any person to keep more than eighteen adult chickens in the City of Hendricks. A person may hatch a clutch of eggs and keep a brood of chicks for not more than 16 weeks at which time the total flock must be reduced to 18 or fewer birds. All chickens kept in the City must be kept in accordance with the regulations set out in the City Code. Any person wishing to keep chickens within the City of Hendricks shall first obtain a license from the City Administrator.

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Volunteers celebrated in Hendricks

April 14, 2016

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Mayor Julie Hogie, Lincoln County Commissioner Rick Hamer, Hendricks City Administrator David Blees and Lincoln County A.C.E. Coordinator Roseanne Lasnetski visited with volunteers last Tuesday during the Volunteer Appreciation Day event held at Hendricks City Hall. Throughout the county on April 5, Volunteer Appreciation events like the one in Hendricks were held.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

On Tuesday, April 5, in honor of National Volunteer Day, the Hendricks, Ivanhoe, Lake Benton and Tyler communities showed their appreciation of the volunteers in Lincoln County by hosting appreciation events with refreshments served at each location.

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

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Lincoln County A.C.E. Coordinator Roseanne Lasnetski, left, talks with Hendricks volunteer Lois Johnson about the newsletter during the Volunteer Appreciation event held at Hendricks City Hall on Tuesday, April 5.

RTR board starts the process to withdraw from SWEC

April 14, 2016

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RTR School Board member Craig Hess

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The RTR School Board met in special session on Thursday, April 7 at the middle school in Russell. At recent meetings, the board had discussed the need to hire an attorney for a second opinion on the current Southwest Education Cooperative (SWEC) joint powers agreement and how the RTR district could withdraw from the cooperative. A motion was made to hire Attorney Kristi Hastings of Pemberton Law Office at a cost of $480 to look over the agreement and give a summation.
Before a second could be made, board member Terry Gordon asked for discussion and asked why the board would be hiring Hastings.
Board member Craig Hess, who made the motion, explained that the attorney would be hired to do the summation discussed at previous board meetings.

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