Post- holiday winter storm included snow and ice in our local area

January 9, 2020

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Tracy Rowlett had not built a snowman since she was a young girl. Sunday, after the snow and ice storm, she proved to everybody who drove by her home at the corner of Henderson and Prairie, that you’re never too old to have fun. Her reason was, “The wet snow makes building a snowman conducive.”

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Following beautiful weather for the Christmas holiday, Lincoln County saw a severe winter storm that dropped rain, ice and snow as it swept across the county. The storm lasted three days and cre­ated travel hazards for many holiday travelers. As the last storm of 2019, the precipitation that fell helped to break several re­cords across the region.
According to the Nation­al Weather Service (NWS), “A major and long-lasting winter storm impacted the region the night of Friday, Dec. 27 through Monday, Dec. 30, bringing peri­ods of moderate to heavy snowfall, wintry mix (rain, freezing rain, sleet) and strong winds. The high­est total snowfall amounts recorded were around 16 inches in parts of Gregory, Charles Mix, and Douglas Counties in south cen­tral South Dakota…

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City Council has annual meeting recapping the city departments

January 9, 2020

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City council members busily prioritize future expenditures.

By Jay Nelson
jaynelson@gmail.com

 
The Hendricks City Council met Monday evening, Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m. The first meeting of the year is designated as an annual meeting, set aside to designate city functions and have high-level overview of departments. Mayor Hogie brought the meeting to order, followed by the flag pledge. Council members Judy Pearson and Darren Schumacher were unable to attend.
The evening’s agenda and the minutes of the Dec. 16, 2019 meeting were approved. There was no public forum.
Sheriff Chad Meester addressed the council concerning ongoing court cases pertaining to city infractions…

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More from lighting contest

January 9, 2020

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The Pioneer apologizes for inadvertently omitting the picture of Honorable Mention recipient Barb Olson’s beautifully lighted property in last week’s issue featuring winners of the lighting contest. Good job, Barb!

Mueller is Iowa state cross country champion

January 9, 2020

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This fall, Nathaniel “Nate” Mueller, grandson of Gloria Mueller of Hendricks, won the Iowa State Cross Country Section 3A Championship.

By Violet Nelson
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Nathaniel “Nate” Mueller is the son of Bart and Casandra Mueller of Adel, Iowa. He is the grandson of Gloria Mueller of Hendricks.
Recently, the 17-year-old high school junior won the Iowa State Championship Cross Country Section 3A. His time was 15:45, breaking the school record by one second.

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

Guy Harding retires after 34 years of service in law enforcement

January 9, 2020

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Guy Harding retires after 34 years of service in law enforcement.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
After more than 30 years of service, Guy Harding retired from law enforcement at the end of 2019. During his years, he served communities in both England and the United States, ending up as a Lincoln County Deputy Sheriff until his retirement.
Harding began serving in law enforcement in England, his native land, beginning in 1985. He worked as an officer there for 15 years before he moved to the United States in 1999. Before entering law enforcement, Harding spent 12 years as a paramedic in a large city. Harding and his wife moved to Lincoln County in 2000.

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

Hendricks Pioneer 2019 Year In Review, part 2

December 31, 2019

Check out the stories in Hendricks 2019 Year in Review Part 2. There may be something you missed.

HPS teachers celebrated National Ugly Sweater Day Friday

December 31, 2019

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Seated in front is Jody Hexem; standing, left to right, are Paul Chick, Kendra Moravetz and Josh Eide.

Saturday, Dec. 21 was National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. In celebration of this day, teachers and students at Hendricks Public School came to school on Friday, Dec. 20, in ugly Christmas sweaters.

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Lighting contest winners announced

December 31, 2019

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First place went to the Gary Hawks farm.

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The Turret House won second place.

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Cousins just by chance

December 31, 2019

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Willard Heismeier, sitting, and Mike Cooper became cousins and best friends.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

 
When Mike Cooper’s mother was a young girl, her mother, Mike’s grandmother, died at an early age, leaving her husband alone with six children. It was during the Depression and times were tough. He knew he couldn’t take care of the children, ages two through 12 years.
He took them all to the Trinity Church in Estelline, South Dakota and told the church people he could not take care of them anymore. He was forced to give all six of them away. Fred and Adeline Heismeyer of Estelline, South Dakota, Willard Heismeier‘s grandparents, said they would take two of the children. The kids’ names were Lois and Lloyd Schuster. Two of the other four children stayed in Estelline, and two went out of state.

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

Krier and her red kettle rang in Christmas in Lincoln County

December 31, 2019

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Nona Krier served Lincoln County as a Salvation Army Bell Ringer. According to Krier, 88% of the money collected will stay local.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
With their bright red kettles and their festive apparel, Salvation Army Bell Ringers are a common sight (and sound) during the holidays, especially in large cities. This year, Lincoln County enjoyed the sight and sound as well. Nona Krier of Lake Benton spent her days between Thanksgiving and Christmas ringing a bell to raise money for those in need right in Lincoln County…

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