Vehicle pursuit ends in Lincoln County

July 24, 2014

The following is a news release from the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office related to a vehicle pursuit that ended in Lincoln County on Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

On July 22, 2014 the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office and the Marshall Police Department were involved in a pursuit with a vehicle that had two suspects from the assault that resulted in the shooting of Daniel Scheff south of Granite Falls in Yellow Medicine County on July 18th.  The pursuit started south of Marshall, MN on highway 23 at about 3:15 pm, and continued for several miles lasting over 45 minutes. The pursuit traveled through Lyon and Lincoln Counties.  The pursuit was terminated when a Minnesota State Patrol Trooper used the PIT maneuver to stop the vehicle on county road 137 about a half a mile from the South Dakota line in Lincoln County.  The vehicle rolled onto its top as a result of the PIT maneuver.

The driver and passenger were treated at the Hendricks hospital and released to the custody of the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff.  Other agencies involved in the pursuit were the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Lake Benton Police Department.

The two individuals are identified as Devin Donald Hexum (21) and Derek Michael Hexum (19).  Brothers from the rural Balaton, MN area.  They have been arrested and are being held in the Yellow Medicine County Jail pending formal charges by the Yellow Medicine County Attorney.

No further information is available at this time.

Former exchange student is biking across the United States

July 24, 2014

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Jan Assmusen, a former foreign exchange student who lived with the Harvey Buchholz family, stopped in Hendricks the first part of July while biking across the country.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
Riding bike across the country is one of those journeys that many dream of but probably don’t attempt. It is a major achievement and a fantastic once-in-a-lifetime goal.
Jan Asmussen, who was a foreign exchange student in Hendricks from August 1978 until July 1979, became a hardcore cyclist several years ago. “I’ve been practicing long distance biking,” Jan said, “riding through France and Spain up into the Pyrenees Mountains and the Alps.”
On June 14, Jan flew into Monroe, Wash. from Denmark. He bicycled through Washington, Idaho, Wyoming and South Dakota and arrived at the Kelly Buchholz home by Oak Lake on July 2 after traveling a distance of 1,991 miles. By the end of the trek when he arrives in Boston, he will have traveled 3,197 miles across the United States.
To make such a trip, Jan had to be well prepared. He had to know how to fix his bike in any weather or situation. He had to pack well. “I carry a tent, a spare tire, three shirts, three pair of shorts and one pair of leggings. For breakfast I carry along raw oatmeal, 10-grain bread, raisins and bananas. He usually stops at a place that has a buffet for his second meal of the day. “I love sweets,” he said. “Drinking pop eases the cravings.”

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

Crafting for a cause

July 24, 2014

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Seven-year-old Ayla Texley is pictured demonstrating how to make a rubberband bracelet. She taught her aunts, parents and grandparents how to make the bracelets, too, and together they are making and selling them to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
In honor of family and friends with cancer, seven-year-old Ayla Texley of Hendricks, with some help from some family members, has been making colorful rubber band bracelets to sell to raise money to donate to the American Cancer Society.
Ayla said she recently learned how to make the bracelets from her daycare provider Kelly Hawks. Ayla then taught her parents Stacey and Braden Texley and her aunts and grandparents how to make the bracelets.
The bracelets are made by placing them on two fingers and interlocking them by flipping one through the other and so on until the size of the bracelet desired is achieved. A small plastic hook holds the two ends together. According to her grandmother Roberta Texley, It takes Ayla about five to seven minutes to make an adult-sized bracelet, using about 55-60 rubber bands. Texley added that it takes the adults a little longer.

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

School board approves air quality plan

July 24, 2014

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
With assurances that they were not locked into a commitment, the Hendricks School Board voted unanimously at their Tuesday, July 15 meeting to approve a $3.3 million indoor air quality improvement plan as presented by the Ameresco Company.
Representatives of Ameresco had presented two options of the plan to the Board following their inspection of the school.
After making their presentation, the Board was strongly encouraged by Ameresco to approve one of the two options as presented as the plan would need to be sent to the MDE by a July 25 deadline for approval.
Ameresco representatives told the Board that it was better to approve the more costly plan for submission for the MDE’s approval as the Board will have the option of scaling back the plan at a later date, but they would not be able to increase it.

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

Reduced hours at Hendricks Post Office

July 24, 2014

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
Lakefield Postmaster Marlene Voss and Fulda Postmaster Jane Olsem conducted a meeting at Hendricks City Hall on Tuesday, July 15 at 7 p.m. with 19 locals attending.
Voss pointed out that postal customer retail visits dropped 27 percent from 2005 to 2011. The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service is seeking to keep thousands of rural post offices open with shorter hours. No post offices will be closed, but a lot of mail facilities will see reduced operations of between two and six hours. “People are doing a lot of on-line correspondence today,” she said. “They don’t mail out invitations, thank yous and letters. They use e-mail. People pay bills online.”
After surveying the local community and posting information at the Hendricks Post Office, 261 surveys were returned of the 680 customer surveys mailed out.
From the surveys that were returned and taking into account Postal Service operational needs, retail hours for the Hendricks Post Office will likely be Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. with lunch from 12-1 p.m., Saturday, 9-10 a.m. Total Saturday window service hours will not be reduced and access to delivery receptacles will not change as a result of the realignment of weekday window service hours.

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

Work progressing on the Red Barn Theater

July 18, 2014

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Blanche Aunoien, left, visits with Jay Nelson, asking questions about the renovations and reminiscing about attending the theater in her younger years. Above them is the projection booth, which will feature a digital projector, making it possible to show the latest movies.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Renovations are well underway on the Red Barn Theater (formerly the Lake Theater) located on Main Street in Hendricks.
Co-owners Gary Johnson, Jay Nelson and Ron Rybinski have been doing the majority of the work themselves, using local contractor services when necessary.
After being nearly completely gutted and cleaned out, to-date the theater has received a new cement floor, new front doors, electrical work throughout and plumbing work in the concession area and restrooms. The interior walls and ceilings are also being redone and insulated, and the original 1938 stage, while still intact, will be restored.
A new projection room was built, along with a 160-square-foot loft that can be used for birthday parties and other events. The loft is located in the concession area. According to Nelson, the concessions will sell the typical concession fare and more.

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

Bockelmans wed at Icelandic Church

July 18, 2014

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Joylynn Boardman and Troy Bockelmann exchanged their wedding vows at 6 p.m. Friday evening, June 27 at the Icelandic Church in Hendricks.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
The Icelandic Church on the Lincoln County Museum grounds in Hendricks, is without a doubt one of the most versatile places to say your vows.
Friday evening, June 27, Troy Bockelmann, son of Lynn Bockelmann of Hendricks, and Joylynn Boardman of Longmont, Colo., became husband and wife.
After the 100 guests were seated inside the church, a beautiful wedding ceremony was performed. Celebrant was Wendy Rost, relative of the groom. Troy’s sister Nicole Bockelmann-Espland of Hendricks performed Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years.” Singing with her brother-in-law Brant Kompelien, the pair performed “My Kind of Woman/My Kind of Man” by Vince Gill.
Following the ceremony, a group photo took place in front of Lake Hendricks. Directly after that, a reception was held at Cedric’s in Hendricks.

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

Sommers resigns as County Emergency Manager

July 18, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
At Tuesday’s regular meeting, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners accepted the resignation of Lincoln County Emergency Manager Jeanna Sommers effective Aug. 8.
Sommers has accepted a job with the State of Minnesota in Homeland Security Emergency Management as a regional program coordinator for Region 4, which is the west-central area of the state, and she will be moving closer to her family.
She began work for the county in 2011 just prior to the massive storm that came through the county that summer.
“It’s been a great three years,” said Sommers. “I greatly appreciate everything that you guys have done for me to let me grow this position to really work with the community members and work with the responders and build those relationships.”
In turn, each commissioner thanked Sommers for her service to the county.
“I’d like to congratulate Jeanna for all the service she has given and the opportunities that are ahead of her,” said Commissioner Larry Hansen.
“We hate to see you leave,” said Chairman Don Evers. “We wish you the best of luck.”

Kjergaard Sports to hold 10th annual demo shoot

July 18, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The 10th annual demo shoot will be held at Kjergaard Sports of Lake Benton this Saturday, July 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kjergaard Sports opened its doors in March 2002, and has since become the largest shooting sports store in the tri-state area with over 4,000 firearms in stock.
The first demo shoot was held in July 2005 as an opportunity for customers to get a chance to test out potential purchases, and the event was a success from the very beginning.
“It started out pretty good, but it has gotten better,” said owner Steve Kjergaard. “When I first started it, I was thinking of it as a demo day for everyone to try out firearms because, a lot of times, people don’t know if they’re going to buy something until they actually handle it and fire it.”
Ten years later, the event is something that gun enthusiasts from all over the region look forward to each year.
“There aren’t too many dealers that do this sort of thing,” said Steve. “Partially, the reason is that they aren’t located out in the country like us where they’re able to hold an event like this. It ends up getting to be a big deal, and it’s our biggest volume day of the year. Normally, we have well over a thousand people  out during the day of the shoot.”

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

Preschoolers dive into summer learning program

July 18, 2014

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Michael McCandless, son of Michael and Jessica McCandless, and Carter Hawks, son of Megan and Kyle Hawks, work on letter recognition during summer preschool with teacher Jamie Roelofsen.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Hendricks preschool teacher Jamie Roelofsen and assistant Shanda Frank are making learning fun this summer for the students attending the summer preschool program this month.
Throughout the month of July, the four-year-old preschoolers are attending three days a week and the three-year-olds are attending one day a week.
Roelofsen said a typical day will start with a morning meeting, where she and the students will go over the calendar and the days of the week. The alphabet and shapes are also reviewed. A dice game is played where the students will roll two dice, the numbers are written down and put into groups together (added) and the corresponding number of objects are collected.

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