Irene’s Cafe under new ownership

November 16, 2017

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New owners of Irene’s Cafe, pictured clockwise from top, are Randy Fuller, his fiancee Lisa Nicola, and his daughter Tina, who is the great-granddaughter of Bernice Mathison, a sister of the cafe’s namesake, Irene Johnson. In the background of this photo is the painting of Irene, Bernice and their sister-in-law Verona Johnson that hangs in the cafe.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Irene’s Café in Hendricks is under new ownership. Randy Fuller and his fiancée Lisa Nicola purchased the café from Jonathan Lengkeek in October of this year, and took over ownership on Nov. 1.
The couple run the café together and work alongside their employees—Randy cooking and Lisa baking and waitressing—in addition to the day-to-day tasks that running a business entails.
Fuller knows his way around the kitchen, and credits his parents for that. “I’ve been cooking since I was a kid,” said Fuller. “I learned from my mom Leone and my dad Robert…

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Hendricks getting ready to kick off the holidays with Juledazzle

November 16, 2017

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A Christmas tree made this Juledazzle Parade entry extra festive.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Hendricks will be kicking off the holiday season next weekend with the annual Juledazzle celebration.
The celebration is held each year on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, which is also Small Business Saturday. Many of the Main Street businesses will have special hours that day, staying open late and welcoming customers with holiday treats.
This year’s celebration will be held on Saturday, Nov. 25, with events starting at 1 p.m. and lasting into the evening…

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Commissioners approve Sheriff’s Department staffing requests

November 16, 2017

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Lincoln County Deputy Isaiah Wahl and Sheriff Chad Meester spoke to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners regarding the need for an additional full-time deputy.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Lincoln County Sheriff Chad Meester, accompanied by Deputy Isaiah Wahl, Dis­patcher Sarah Koch and Jail Administrator Robin Sik, were in attendance at the Nov. 7 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners to speak about staffing needs.
Sheriff Meester and Dep­uty Wahl spoke to the board about difficulties the depart­ment has had with trying to hire a part-time deputy; get­ting people to apply for the position has been an issue. Meester proposed hiring a full-time deputy to garner more interest in the position and to alleviate the difficulty in filling shifts left open be­cause of sick, vacation or fam­ily leave.

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Annual Club 14 Holiday craft and vendor fair

November 16, 2017

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Club 14 members are pictured with items they crafted and had for sale at their booth during the annual Club 14 Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair held Saturday, Nov. 11.

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A football dream come true for Brandon Zylstra

November 16, 2017

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Brandon Zylstra started realizing his talents when he attended Concordia College in Moorhead, where he was one of the NCAA Division III top high jumpers and Concordia’s outdoor record-holder in the event.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

Brandon Zylstra, son of Vonn and Marcia Zylstra and grandson of the late Gary and Karen Zylstra of Hendricks, is an American gridiron football wide re­ceiver for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League.
He attended New Lon­don-Spicer High School in New London. Following graduation, he attended Concordia College in Moorhead. The 6-foot-4, 220 pounder, finished his college career with 3,322 all purpose yards, 114.6 per game in 29 games, and 23 touchdowns. He caught 120 passes for 1,932 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns in 28 games…

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HPS students give fall concert

November 16, 2017

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Fourth graders demonstrated their skills on the recorders during the fall concert last week.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

The Hendricks Public School Music Department held their fall concert last Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. in the school gymnasium.
Band and choir stu­dents in grades 4-12 presented an evening of contemporary and classic instrumental and vocal selections with a “time” theme.

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Children’s Theater will present “The Jungle Book” at the LBOH

November 16, 2017

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Joe Dagel, Zoey Greer, Keira Larsen and Rachel Hexem receive tips from director Crystal Enga as the rest of the crew prepare for practice.

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

On Saturday, Nov. 18, the Lake Benton Opera House (LBOH) will welcome friends and family of a cast of young people who will present Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book.” This children’s classic will come to life under the direction of LBOH alumnus Crystal Enga of Marshall, and assisted by Graham Dinnel of Lake Benton. Rachel Hexem of Hendricks stars in the play as Mowgli, a human child raised by jungle wolves. Shere Khan, played by Aubree Bales of Lake Benton, hates Mowgli because humans are evil and will destroy the jungle using the “red flower” (fire), according to Enga…

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November 9, 2017

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Dan VanSchepen of DGR Engineering and Scott Mathiowetz of R and G Construction were on hand at Monday night’s meeting of the Hendricks City Council to provide an update on the Lincoln Street project and answer any questions the council may have.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Dan VanSchepen of DGR Engineering and Scott Mathiowetz of R and G Construction were on hand at Monday night’s meeting of the Hendricks City Council to provide an update on the Lincoln Street project and answer any questions the council may have had.
One more layer of asphalt is needed, however, the plan is to wait until spring to do so…

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Editor’s Note

November 9, 2017

On Tuesday, Oct. 31, the Hendricks Pioneer posted a generic message about the fact that there would not be a Veterans Day program at the school this year due to the holiday falling on a Saturday, according to information we had received. Immediately people used the platform to disparage not only the decision, but also Hendricks Public School. The post has since been removed to prevent more uninformed and harmful comments. There were several factors that came into the discussion between the school and the Hendricks Legion that were not included in that post, but the final decision was not made solely by the school district. To imply that the school meant any disrespect for veterans is inaccurate and appalling. This was a mutual decision by multiple parties and has created a situation that is unfair to our local school. The Pioneer staff regrets any misunderstanding created by simply keeping the public informed. Mark Wilmes, Managing Editor.

Thank you, veterans

November 9, 2017

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Larry Larson tells about his experience serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. Nov. 11, Veterans Day, is a day of celebration to honor all American veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
This week’s feature is dedicated to all men and women who have served our country.
Larry Larson served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966-1970.He attended Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia for six months before being accepted into flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station.
After receiving his wings, he was transferred to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina. In March 1968 he was in Chu Lai, Vietnam. After 268 flight missions in the Phantom F4 Fighter Jet, Larson was reassigned to Iwakuni, Japan to train incoming air crews.

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