Mid-winter concert held at Lincoln HI High School

March 24, 2011

Lincoln HI High School hosted its mid-winter concert on March 18. (Above) During the mid-winter concert held at Lincoln HI High School the Lincoln HI Sr. High Choir showcased the songs they were planning to sing at large group contest the following Monday, March 21. Subsequently, at the contest, the choir received two supe

Rushmores win over-65 baseball in Las Vegas

March 17, 2011

The over-65 champion S.D. Rushmores are pictured above. In front, from left to right, are Ken Smith, John Somerville, Lew Ingalls, Nick Pashulka and Phil Trooien; in back are Phil Clements, Howie Bich, George Tomaiko, Dave Wheeler, Phil Loftis and Manager John Larson.

South Dakota’s over-65 baseball Rushmores traveled to Las Vegas, Nev. for the March 5, 6 and 7 MSBL Kickoff Classic Tournament and returned home with the championship trophy. There were 78 teams entered in the various categories.
The other teams in the over-65 group were the American National Wildcats from the Chicago area, the DC National Spirit and the California Golden Bears.
On Saturday morning the Wildcats pummeled the Rushmores in the opener, 16 to 2. South Dakota seemed to be suffering from blizzard blues and couldn’t accomplish much. Even though they had 30 base runners, they couldn’t get the hits to plate many runs.
Saturday afternoon the Rushmores started to find their baseball skills. They slammed out 19 hits, which led to a 16 – 3 victory over the Nationals. The DC pitching was erratic and after South Dakota built a 10 to 0 lead after two innings, the Nationals lost some of their spirit.
Sunday morning the Rushmores lost to the Golden Bears 8 to 1. The Bears proved to be a good hitting team and, aided by four errors, they led 4 to 0 after two. South Dakota had 13 hits, but, again, the timing of them was futile.
Thus, after the round robin play, the seeding found California in first, Wildcats in second, Rushmores third and the Nationals fourth and out of the tournament. Number two would play three and the winner would play the Golden Bears for the championship.
Sunday afternoon the Wildcats started strong in the playoff game. Aided by three walks and three hits and an error, they led 5 to 0 after three. But in the fourth, Clements and Tomaiko both scored after singling and in the fifth Wheeler and Pashulka did the same. At the end of five, South Dakota trailed 7 to 4. Ingalls, Pashulka and Bich scored after hits in the sixth and Somerville and Ingalls did the same in the eighth to secure the win for South Dakota.
By Monday morning the baseball juices were finally flowing for the Rushmores. They jumped out to a 9 to 0 lead after two innings and increased that to 15 to 0 after four. The Golden Bears made a couple of valiant comeback efforts, but the Rushmores answered each rally with one of their own. The final was 21 to 8, championship Rushmores! Phil Clements pitched a masterful game as he allowed only a dozen hits and no walks to the powerful Golden Bears. He was backed by a great defense that committed only one error. Howard Bich was 5 for 6, Phil Trooien and George Tomaiko were 4 for 6, Lew Ingalls was 3 for 5, Nick Pashulka and John Somerville were 2 for 5, Clements 2 for 6 and John Larson, Dave Wheeler, Ken Smith and Phil Loftis all hit safely.

N.M. “Bud” Tyler

March 17, 2011

N.M. “Bud” Tyler, age 91, of Astoria, S.D. passed away Wednesday, Jan. 19 at the Hendricks Hospital. Since Bud’s favorite season was spring, funeral services have been pending and will now take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 19 at United Methodist Church in White, S.D. with interment in Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the United Methodist
Church. Eidsness Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Second Annual Pheasants Forever Banquet held in Hendricks

March 17, 2011

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com
The second annual Pheasants Forever Banquet was held in Hendricks on Saturday, March 5 at the Hendricks Fire Hall.
Banquet Coordinator Orv Johnson said that despite attendance of the banquet being down this year, it was still a successful evening. “The number of people there were down this year but we still raised almost as much money as last year.” The banquet, which is held the first weekend of March every year, includes a silent and live auction and raffles and is at this time the only fundraiser the Hendricks Chapter of Pheasants Forever does.
“A ticket for the banquet is $50,” said Johnson. “That pays for the annual membership. $35 of that goes to the National Pheasants Forever and $15 of the ticket pays for the meal. We’re not making a lot of money, but we get to use the money that goes to the national organization.
When we buy land, we get 80 to 90 percent of the money from the national organization. It depends on their opinion.” Currently, the Hendricks Chapter has 150 members.
Over the last year, the Hendricks Pheasants Forever Chapter has purchased 38 acres from the Clare Johnson Estate and are close to closing on 240 acres by Shaokatan. The land will be turned into a State WMA (Wildlife Management Area). “We want to have more land out there for birds and deer,” said Johnson. “With CRP land going away, the population will go down. Plus, it gives people who don’t own land an opportunity to hunt on public land.” Johnson went on to say that they are looking at acquiring another 400-500 acres close to Hendricks in the next year or so.
In addition to acquiring land for the wildlife, the Pheasants Forever organization is also dedicated
to youth education. Aaron Morseth is the youth coordinator in the Hendricks chapter.
Jason Markkula, founder/owner of the Bank Beer Company, which is based but not brewed in Hendricks, is the president of the Hendricks chapter. All profits from the sale of Markkula’s beers Rooster Lager and Walleye Chop are donated to build wildlife areas.

Hendricks Community Foundation provides project review

March 17, 2011

In 2002 a group of enthusiastic, community minded individuals had the vision of creating an organization for the purpose of raising money to finance a variety of improvements and projects
in Hendricks. After much work, red tape and many government hoops to jump through, it finally paid off. In 2005, the IRS gave final approval to the creation of the Hendricks Community
Foundation (HCF).
The HCF is a tax exempt organization created under the IRS tax code which means contributions
made are tax deductible in the same manner as gifts to churches or schools. The foundation
is a not-for-profit organization which can solicit and accept contributions of money or property to be used to fund improvements and projects within the Hendricks community now and in the future.
Recent projects funded by the HCF include the fishing pier and related marina improvements, building improvements to the Lincoln County Museum, Lincoln HI Elementary projects including theatre arts (Missoula Children’s Theatre project), school facility improvements, other school projects, Christmas lighting at the park on South Main Street, gazebo on the hospital grounds, picnic at Summerfest, ballpark improvements, playground equipment at the campground, Sherwin Linton concert and the Community Spirit awards.
The following people have made contributions to the make the above improvements possible: M.O. Kochenderfer, Lisa and Fred Schmidt, Gary* and Sherri Johnson, Russ* and Ginny Smith, Tom and Shelly Olson, Alida Johnson, Joey Fritz, Tim and Melissa Rosenthal, Wayne Hexem, Omer* and Ilene Ness, Thrivent Financial, Mr. and Mrs. David Christianson, Matt and Crystal
Aschenbrenner, Mary Froiland, Bob’s Repair, Hendricks Farmers Lumber Co., Alden and Janet Olsen, Kate* Aydin, Leon and Diane Siverhus, Jenna Olson, Dave* and Portia Blees, Jeff* and Jan Moen, Tom and Janet Reeves.
* Denotes board members.
To our contributors—thank you very much.
“We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give.” W. Churchill
Submitted by Russel Smith

Hendricks Clinic and Ivanhoe Medical Center teaming up with HCHA

March 17, 2011

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com
“I am pleased to announce that my clinics in Hendricks and Ivanhoe have entered into a verbal
agreement with Hendricks Community Hospital Association (HCHA) for the hospital to acquire
ownership,” said Dr. Tabb McCluskey, owner of Hendricks Clinic P.A. and Ivanhoe Medical Center.
“However, I want to assure the public that Hendricks is our home, we have no plans of moving,”
added Dr. McCluskey. “Our sons were raised here and received a good education in the Lincoln HI school system. One has gone on to become a lawyer, one is in grad school for biology and one is working on his degree in paleontology. My practice is here and I have a strong desire to finish my practice here—way in the future,” said Dr. McCluskey.
Dr. McCluskey began his medical practice in Hendricks 24 years ago when he and his wife Joan, along with their two young sons, moved to Hendricks. “We moved here because we like the area,” said Dr. McCluskey. “Joan was from Elkton and I grew up in Arlington. We had looked at multiple facilities, but we really liked Hendricks.” In 1989, a third son was added and Dr. McCluskey
entered into a partnership with Dr. LeRoy Mueller, who owned the Hendricks Clinic at the time. In 1994 Dr. McCluskey purchased Dr. Mueller’s ownership portion of the Hendricks Clinic. In 2007, at the request of the Divine Providence board, Dr. McCluskey established the Ivanhoe
Medical Center.
About a year ago, Dr. McCluskey approached HCHA Administrator Jeff Gollaher about a possible
merger of the clinics and hospital.
“I approached the hospital to see if we could look at a different plan,” said Dr. McCluskey. “There are so many changes in medicine and I just felt that together we could be stronger than if we were separate. And as we looked at that plan it just really progressed.”
“We have a history of collaborating and working together in the community and providing care, which enabled that communication to really progress to the point we could look at what would be mutually beneficial for both entities in the community going forward,” said Gollaher. “Moving the (Hendricks) clinic from downtown to the hospital campus in 2006 was a great success, we were able to improve patient access to services which was a value to them by not having to have multiple visits. It’s a convenience to the patients to have much quicker care. This opportunity is in front of us right now because of our prior working relationships that we have had,” said Gollaher. “By joining 1together it will allow us to lower costs of delivering primary care to the community
by not having duplicative services.”
“We will be able to offer more services and have more available to the patients,” added Dr. McCluskey.
“Although we have had a wonderful working relationship through the years and we worked to ensure primary care was being delivered in the community, it required the complexity of two entities working toward that goal. Combining the clinics and hospital into one entity makes it easier to navigate through the complexity of providing health care,” said Gollaher. “While both the hospital and clinics are financially strong, we believe working together will improve the quality and access to care in our communities and the ability to recruit doctors is greatly enhanced,” added Gollaher.
Gollaher went on to say that the merger has many additional benefits. “We will strengthen our ability to remain independent, have access to better technology and we will have an increase in reimbursements from the federal government, which will in turn provide more resources
to work with to continue to provide services to the community. Overall, I would say Dr. McCluskey and I are very excited about the ability to continue providing primary care services in Hendricks,
Ivanhoe and White working as one entity,” said Gollaher.
“All these years I have been in private practice, providing primary care and providing jobs and running a business,” said Dr. McCluskey. “The clinics have been successful. I am appreciative of my family’s and community’s support for the clinics through the years. This is an opportunity
for us to expand the resources we have and now I can focus on the care of patients and not as much on the business aspect.
It allows me to continue to do what I love to do, which is taking care of patients.”

Rebel boys end season on high note

March 10, 2011

The Lincoln HI Boys Basketball Team ended the regular season on a high note as 10 players scored in the Rebels’ non-conference win on Monday in Ivanhoe with a score of Lincoln HI 83, ECHO Charter 20. The Rebels end the regular season with a 6-15 record.
Joey Bednarek led the Rebels with 14 points, eight rebounds, six steals and two blocks. Dion Nelson had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Dan Paluch added 10 points.
The ECHO Rockets were led by Kyle Lecy with 11 points. Halftime score was Lincoln HI 44, ECHO 9.
The Rebels open Section 3A North play on Thursday, March 3, hosting Renville County West.

Rebels rally stops short against Knights 76-69

March 10, 2011

In a game of runs, the team that made the last one was going to come out on top. Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Coach Ted Kern commented, “It’s never easy to play at Lincoln HI. We seem to bring out the best in their team. They played an outstanding second half. I haven’t seen a team get that hot in quite a while. Luckily, we were able to hang in there and fight our way back.”
The Rebels (5-15) took the early lead, but the Knights battled back. Lincoln HI kept the score close and Joey Bednarek made it a four-point game with about six minutes left in the half. RTR turned up the heat and with 50 seconds left in the half, RTR led by 20 points.
Rebel Matt Pavek said, “We had a lot of turnovers that killed us and we weren’t hustling back. That was the one thing that really hurt us.” Coach Brock Citterman told the boys at halftime, “Shots fall sometimes. Some games we make the shots, sometimes they make the shots. You may just as well start making the shots and it happened. We started making the shots and they started missing their shots in the second half. It really was a game of runs.”
Lincoln HI came out strong in the second half, getting big shots from Pavek, Bednarek and Dan Paluch. With 11 minutes left on the clock, Pavek hit a shot to cut the lead to one, 53-52. “The biggest thing, we started getting some defensive stops,” Citterman said. “We play our best when we get stops and we get out in transition.
When we get easy buckets, the hoop opens up a lot.”
Dan Paluch led the Rebels with 15 points, Joey Bednarek and Matt Pavek each added 14 apiece. Brandon Stynski put nine points up for the Rebels and Cody Ness added seven. Bednarek also led the team on defense with nine rebounds. The Rebels struggled with 17 turnovers and 20 fouls.
The Rebels end their regular season play against ECHO on Monday night. They are scheduled to begin the Camden Conference playoffs on Thursday at home against RCW.

Rebels lose 54-68 to Dawson-Boyd in Section 3A playoffs

March 10, 2011

The Rebels boys basketball team fell to the Dawson- Boy Blackjacks after keeping the game close throughout most of the game Saturday, March 5 at SMSU in Marshall.

With six minutes left in regulation, the Rebel men were only down by one point. The Rebel team was starting to believe that they could upset the number two team in the Camden Conference. For a seventh seeded team, the Rebels gave the number two seed fits throughout the night. But, then the foul trouble started.
Dan Paluch was the first to get the foul fever as he received his fourth foul with about 12 minutes left in the second half. He was benched and the team fought to stay within a few points for the next six minutes. When Paluch came back into the game, the team was only down by eight points, but the momentum had shifted in Dawson-Boyd’s favor. With four minutes left in the game, Matt Pavek fouled out, followed soon after by Paluch. Joey Bednarek was playing with four fouls for the last several minutes of the game. The foul trouble affected the aggressiveness of the game for the Rebels in the second half. The Rebels also were playing with a deficit as one of their key players was out with Influenza B. Brandon Stynski (the first man off the bench) was out ill for the last game of the year. His quickness and shooting skills were missed, especially when the team ran into foul problems.
Joey Bednarek had an awesome evening on offense and defense. In addition to 15 points, he pulled down 14 rebounds, four assists and two steals. Three minutes into the second half, the Rebels pulled within one point (36-35) as Cody Ness sank a three-pointer. Dawson-Boyd was able to pull away with a couple of steals and key baskets, but the Rebels never gave up. Bednarek hit a fade-away with about 12 minutes left to bring the Rebels back within one point. Coach Citterman
said, “This is the best effort we’ve seen all season and for them to come out and do it in this game takes a lot of guts.”
D-B’s #12 Nathaniel Huot was unstoppable Saturday as he scored a team high 27 points with five three-pointers. The entire Dawson-Boyd team seemed nearly perfect with their free throw shots as well. The Rebels knew they were facing a strong offensive team as they entered the contest on Saturday.
But the single handed ball handling and shooting of Huot was more than the Rebels bargained for.
Some of the same problems that have plagued the Rebels all year continued into the playoffs, free throws and turnovers. The Rebels made half of their free throws for the night, seven out of 14. Dawson-Boyd’s Coach Stelter said, “We played hard and they did, too. I have to give them a lot credit. They are a good team. The difference was that our late game situation was good (no foul troubles) and it helped us out a lot.”
The last time the Rebels made it into the second round was in 2007. Brock Citterman commented, “It was a positive situation for the guys and they showed that they deserved to be there.” The Rebels were led by Matt Pavek with 17 points, followed closely by Joey Bednarek with 15.
Halftime score was Lincoln HI 26, Dawson-Boyd 34.
The Rebel men played a great season. They ended their year with eight wins and 15 losses. The record doesn’t look as good as their effort showed on the court. Many of the losses were close games. The community, the school and the parents are very proud of their efforts and their determination. Congratulations Rebels on a successful basketball season!
BOXSCORES
Matt Pavek 6 4-5 17
Andrew Swanson 1 1-4 3
Cody Ness 1 0-0 3
Joey Bednarek 7 1-1 15
Matt Otto 3 0-2 6
Dan Paluch 2 0-0 5
Dion Nelson 2 1-2 5
Rebounds 32, Assists 11 (Pavek 4, Paluch 3), Steals 10 (Swanson 2, Ness 2, Pavek 2, Bednarek 2), Blocks 2 (Nelson, Ness).

David A. Pederson

March 10, 2011

David A. Pederson, age 70, of Burnsville died March 5.
The memorial service is Thursday, March 10, 11 a.m. at Hope Presbyterian Church, 7132 Portland Ave. S., Richfield, with visitation one hour prior.
Dave was born in Minneapolis, spending his elementary years in Hendricks
where his father, Arvid, owned the local bakery in the late 1940s-50s until it burned. The family returned to Minneapolis and Dave graduated from Roosevelt High.
Dave was proud to be on the Met Stadium grounds crew in the 60s-70s and has been in the printing industry all his life as plant manager at Data-Documents, then owning the Richfield-Bloomington Insty-Prints from 1994-2010. For the past 45 years, Dave had been a loyal
supporter of the YMCA through the Hiawatha Y Service Club, chairing the 1990 international conference in Minneapolis.
Dave was a lifelong member and deacon at Hope Presbyterian Church, Richfield.
Dave is survived by his wife Marty Ziehwein; daughters Sheri Pederson (Steve Ensrud) and Lori Pederson (Kelly Collins); grandson Zack Pederson (Libby Johnson); great- grandchildren Lily and Phillip; brother Ron (Jeri) Pederson; sisters Nancy Christensen and Pat (Bob) Jones. He was preceded in death by Phyllis, his wife of 44 years.