Construction continues at HCHA

February 15, 2018

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The new mammography room at HCHA is much more spacious and has a private changing room.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
While some of the construction and renovation projects at the Hendricks Community Hospital Association (HCHA) are still in progress, many of the areas are either completed or nearing completion.
The most recent of the projects to be completed are in the radiology department. The renovations in the radiology department have resulted in larger designated rooms for the various scans including, but not limited to, those for ultrasounds and mammography…

For the full story, read this week’s Lake Benton Valley Journal.

Heading to Regions!

February 15, 2018

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Ayla Texley and Sadie Johnson are heading to regional competition in Redwood Falls after taking first place in their age groups in the Free Throw Tournaments, first in Ivanhoe, then Minneota.

Senior and Parent Night held at HPS

February 15, 2018

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Parents received bouquets from their athletes during Parents Night.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Hendricks Public School se­nior Greta Johnson was rec­ognized between the JV and varsity basketball games last Friday evening. Johnson, who is the daughter of Gary and Sherri Johnson of Hendricks, is a multi-sport athlete at HPS, currently participating in both basketball and gymnastics, where she was also recognized as a senior ath­lete the night before at the last home gymnastics meet.

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

Life as a Super Bowl volunteer

February 15, 2018

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Buchholz and his cousin Jackie (Janes) Slama of Lake Crystal are pictured by the logo of Crew 52, the official volunteer force of Super Bowl Lll.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

The 10-day Minneapolis Super Bowl 52 extravagan­za is history. But for local Mike Buchholz, the memo­ries will last forever.
From 30,000 interviews in August, 10,000 people were selected by the Min­nesota Super Bowl Host Committee to volunteer at the 10-day Super Bowl fes­tival. Buchholz, a one-time restaurant owner in Hen­dricks, was one of them.

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

Free antique appraisal opportunities to be hosted by Plum Creek Libraries

February 15, 2018

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Mark Moran will be traveling through the Plum Creek area for 19 Antique Appraisal events. Local libraries are seeking people to preregister antiques for a free appraisal at one of 19 events across the Plum Creek Library System.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Have you ever wondered what the vase passed down from great-great-grandma is worth? How about that unique tea set you bought at an auction for a dollar or those old gas station signs you found in Dad’s garage? The Plum Creek Library System is offering you the chance to have your an­tiques and rare finds appraised for free.
Thanks to a grant from Min­nesota’s Arts and Heritage Fund, also known as a Legacy Grant, Mark Moran will travel through the Plum Creek region libraries for a total of 11 appraisal events during the month of March. Hen­dricks, Lake Benton and Tyler are all on his list of stops.

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

Lake Benton in need of whole treatment for curly leaf pondweed

February 15, 2018

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Lincoln County Board of Commissioners discussed the need to treat Lake Benton for invasive species.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

During the Feb. 6 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, Robert Olsen of the Lincoln County Environmen­tal Office presented the year-end DNR Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) report, then informed the Board of Commissioners of the need to treat Lake Benton for curly leaf pondweed. Olsen said since treating up to 400 acres of the lake would cost between $100,000 and $120,000 and that treating the whole lake would be about $150,000 per year over three years, treatment for the whole lake was the preferred op­tion. The treatment, when done at the proper time, will prevent the plant from reproducing. Ol­sen told the board that the Lake District would need to borrow funds from the county if treat­ment began in 2018, but would not have to borrow any funds if the treatments begin in 2019.

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

LHIA 39th annual Lake Hendricks Fishing Derby held Saturday with 400 anglers

February 8, 2018

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Pictured are the many winners at the annual Ice Fishing Derby on Lake Hendricks.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The 39th annual Lake Hendricks Fishing Derby was held Saturday, Feb. 3, which turned into a fantastic day. Approximately 400 ice anglers joined together for their chance at catching the largest walleye, northern, or perch. The derby was extremely successful and through the generous support of all participants, a record amount of funds was generated — nearly $10,000. The final total was approximately $1,500 more than the prior record.
Participants in the derby caught a total of five perch, five northern pike, and two walleyes during the tournament, with top honors going as follows:…

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

Last home meet of first Hendricks gymnasts

February 8, 2018

Senior gymnasts Greta Johnson and Maddie Ekema will perform in their final home meet on Feb. 8 against the Pipestone Arrows.

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

Council considering new water meters

February 8, 2018

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The Hendricks City Council is considering replacing all of the water meters in town.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
City Maintenance Manager Kevin Huber spoke to the Hendricks City Council on Monday evening during their regular meeting about the water meters currently in use in Hendricks. There are two types of residential meters, which are good for 10-14 years. “After that, the accuracy goes downhill,” said Huber. “These are the city’s cash registers,” said Huber, pointing to two meters he had brought to show the council. “This is how the city gets paid.” Huber pointed out that the majority of meters in Hendricks have reached their lifetime limit and are in need of replacement. City Administrator David Blees estimates the loss of revenue from inaccurate meters to be at least 10 percent. “At our current rates, if we were able to capture just 10 percent of what we are not able to bill due to inaccurate meters, the revenue generated would be about $25,000 per year,” said Blees.

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

Trio visiting from Hawaii braves cold to experience ice fishing

February 8, 2018

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Logan Gonzaga, Rhys Ishihara and Matthew Noguchi, visiting from Hawaii, are pictured following the ice fishing derby on Lake Hendricks. Ishihara is holding the prize he won in the general drawing.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Trading balmy breezes and warm waters for brisk temperatures and a frozen lake, three gentlemen from Hawaii—Logan Gonzaga, Rhys Ishihara and Matthew Noguchi—experienced ice fishing for the first time on Lake Hendricks this past weekend, having participated in the annual Ice Fishing Derby put on by the Lake Hendricks Improvement Association. Ishihara took home one of the general drawing prizes, an ice fishing pole and tackle set that he said he will come back and use another year.

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