HPS academic home to exchange student from Brazil

August 28, 2014

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Francisco Klas, second from left, is pictured with his host parents Julie (Fairchild) and LeRoy Bonde. Also pictured is the Bonde’s infant son Trystan.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Hendricks Public School welcomed four new students this year, including one student who not only is in a new school, but also is in a new, albeit temporary, home and family.
Francisco Klas, a student from Curitiba, Brazil, is attending Hendricks High School this year as a junior. He is staying with the LeRoy and Julie (Fairchild) Bonde family. He arrived in Sioux Falls, S.D. following a 24-hour flight on Aug. 16, just two days before school started.
Klas has had much to adjust to since his arrival. Coming from living in an apartment in a city with a population of around two million to life on a farm has been just one of them. “It’s really different,” said Klas. “Really calm. I really like it here.”
“He has been amazed at how quiet it is,” said Julie.
“I took him on the golf cart to show him around and he told me that he only sees sights like this in the movies,” said LeRoy.

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Football season has an added bonus for Monica Dorn

August 28, 2014

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Monica Dorn of Hendricks, pictured above, taught high school in Palestine, Texas when Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was a student there.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
When Monica Dorn, wife of John Dorn, taught high school chemistry in Palestine, Texas, one of the students attending Palestine High School was Adrian Peterson, who later became a running back for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL).
Monica said Adrian, nicknamed A.D., played basketball and ran track at the school, but clearly was at his best on the football field. When he was growing up, his father nicknamed him A.D. for “All Day” because he could play sports all day long.
“I really didn’t know who he was at the time. I watched him play football and knew he was incredibly fast, but all football in Texas seemed good to me,” Monica, a track star, said. Because of his height, she would ask him to help her if something was out of her reach. “One day when I asked him to help me hang a big houseplant, somebody told me to get the kid’s autograph.”
“He had good people skills and kept his nose clean. He would address us with ‘yes ma’am’ and ‘yes sir.’ He got good grades and was expected to maintain them.”

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

Hendricks School Board calls for special meeting

August 28, 2014

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Hendricks School Board heard another presentation from Ameresco at their Tuesday, Aug. 19 meeting. Representatives of Ameresco showed a short powerpoint presentation detailing items that can be done to possibly cut down on energy costs for the school. Included in the items were the installation of LED lighting and changing over the boiler system. Representatives also spoke to the Board again regarding the indoor air quality improvement plan they proposed last month. No action was taken by the Board regarding either of the presentations at the Aug. 19 meeting. The Board is calling for a special meeting to be held on Wednesday, Aug. 27 for the public to come and share their opinions and to ask what the tax impact would be if the Board moved forward.
The Board is taking action on getting the roof fixed, most likely in parts, having identified the areas of the roof in most need of repair.

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

County approves AIS prevention resolution

August 28, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution for Aquatic Invasive Species [AIS] Prevention Aid at their meeting last Tuesday.
The county has received $30,743 already for 2014 for AIS prevention efforts, and $68,319 will be allocated to Lincoln County in 2015.
Legislation requires the county to establish and adopt a plan to prevent the introduction and/or limit the spread of AIS at all access sites within the county, and this plan will then be submitted to the state.
The amount of funding designated for each county is based on the number of watercraft trailer launches as well as the number of watercraft trailer parking spaces within each county. Lincoln County was allocated .68 percent of the total state funds based on these numbers.
This year, $4.5 million was appropriated to the program by the state, and $10 million will be appropriated statewide each year beginning in 2015. The funds must be kept in a separate dedicated account and there is no expiration date for spending the funds.

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

Lincoln Co. holds Primary Election

August 22, 2014

By Robert Wolfington
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Voters from around Lincoln County turned out to the polls to decide who will be on the ballot this November in two contested races.
Four candidates filed for the Lincoln County Sheriff position with Chad Meester of Ivanhoe receiving 585 votes and Guy Harding of Lake Benton receiving 287 votes, moving them forward to the November ballot.
Al Rensvold of Tyler received 148 votes and John Spindler of Tyler received 142 votes, the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website said.
Three candidates filed for the Lincoln County Commissioner seat for District 2 representing the Tyler area.
Michael “Mic” VanDeVere received 196 votes, Gary Manson received 44 votes and Michael Lovre received 42 votes.
Based on the results, VanDeVere and Manson will move forward to the ballot on Nov. 4.

Barnaby hired as new kindergarten teacher at HPS

August 22, 2014

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Kellie Barnaby is the new kindergarten teacher at Hendricks Public School.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Kellie Barnaby has been hired at the Hendricks Public School as the new kindergarten teacher. She is replacing Jessica Jordahl, who will be teaching the first grade.
Barnaby, a first-year teacher, graduated in the spring of 2014 from St. Cloud State University, having majored in Elementary Education.
Her prior teaching experience includes having worked two-and-a-half years ago for a year with the America Reads Program, working with first through fourth graders. The America Reads Program is a program through elementary schools that helps students with their reading.
Barnaby was inspired to become a teacher by her mother and her fourth grade teacher. “Education is big in our family,” said Barnaby. “My mom was a second grade teacher, and growing up and seeing her experience being a teacher was inspiring. I loved helping her getting her classroom ready and volunteering in her classroom. It was like living the experience without being a teacher. Mom still is a teacher and loves it,” added Barnaby.

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Welcome back to school

August 22, 2014

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Nicholas  Brown and Taryn Scotting

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
It’s time for kids to hit the books again. Even though summer went by way too fast, there is always a ray of excitement when getting back into the classroom.
Blake Hanson is looking forward to seeing his kindergarten classmates, especially Blake C. (Coners) and Robbie. His favorite subject in school is drawing and using the iPad. Going to Wild Water West in Sioux Falls was the highlight of his summer. The best part of school is riding the bus. “It comes right to my door,” he said.
Seventh grader Taryn Scotting has been waiting for the back-to-school season. “I like school and am anxious to get back to my friends,” Taryn said. She is especially excited for the new science lab. Her favorite subject is math. She is active in volleyball, basketball and golf. Her favorite part of summer vacation was going to Texas for a wedding.

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

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Kayla Laitinen and Blake Hanson

Candidates file for city and school positions

August 22, 2014

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Aug. 12 was the final day for those wishing to file an affidavit of candidacy to run in the City and School Board elections this fall.
Filings closed at 5 p.m. on Aug. 12, with four candidates, including three incumbents, filing for the three School Board positions that will be on the ballot.
Angie Schumacher, Nick Citterman and Tom Olson all filed for re-election, with Al Dunn also filing an affidavit of candidacy.
There will also be three positions on the ballot for the City, including two Council positions and the Mayor. Incumbents Darren Schumacher and Scott Pearson both filed for re-election to the City Council.
Councilman Fred Schmidt and former Councilwoman Julie Hogie both filed for candidacy for the Mayoral position. Mayor Jay Nelson did not file for re-election.
In a surprise twist, after hearing that Hogie had filed for candidacy, Schmidt withdrew from the election, opting to retain his current position on the Council and support Hogie in the election.
Schmidt commented on his decision, “I want to thank everybody who was supportive of me running for Mayor of Hendricks in 2014. However, after a short conversation with Julie Hogie and knowledge of her long history of service to the town of Hendricks, I felt she would be a better fit as Mayor of our little town by the lake. If she is elected, I have no doubt she will be a very good Mayor and am looking forward to casting my vote for her as the next leader of the Hendricks City Council. I have formally withdrawn my name for Mayor and wish Julie the best in all of her endeavors,” said Schmidt.

Hendricks Public School open house held

August 22, 2014

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Parents were able to sign their kids up for Bible School, which takes place during school at HPS, during the open house last Thursday, Aug. 14.

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Principal Dale Weegman holds the HPS Family Tree during the open house last Thursday, Aug. 14. Just for fun, he asked parents and students to each place a fingerprint “leaf” on the tree and write their names. The tree will be on display in the school.

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Holland and Grant old high school friends

August 15, 2014

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Hendricks Public School Golf Coach Steve Holland, pictured above, grew up a few blocks from Bud Grant, the former Vikings coach and Hall-of-Famer.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
As Mike Grant, Bud Grant’s son, watches his winning high school football team practice in Eden Prairie, Steve Holland watches his winning golf team practice in Hendricks.
Mike and Steve grew up together in Bloomington only blocks apart.
Holland’s sanctuary—golf practice—is still the best hours of his day, he says. He is committed to producing a great golf team and says their winning record is proof of that. Grant’s 21-year coaching commitment at Eden Prairie has six undefeated seasons.
“Mike and I spent a lot of time together. He came over to our house a lot,” Holland said. “We attended Bloomington Lincoln High School together.”
Holland said Bud Grant was strict with his kids.

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