Hendricks School Board votes to stay with SWEC, alter terms

May 25, 2018

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

During the Tuesday, May 15 meeting of the Hendricks School Board, Chairman Tom Olson told the board they need to decide if they were going to remain with SWEC, as the deadline for noti­fication to pull out of the agree­ment with Lynd is nearing. Hen­dricks has been working with the Lynd School District, sharing the Superintendent and other staff, with SWEC holding those con­tracts and the districts splitting the costs. Up until last year, RTR had also been part of SWEC. Ol­son said SWEC is a formalization of what the districts had already been doing. The agreement is a five-year agreement with a two-year notification period to pull out.

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Hendricks Class of 1968

May 25, 2018

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The Hendricks High School Class of 1968 had a section reserved for them at the HPS Commencement. The alumni were celebrating their 50-year high school reunion, with about half their class present. Pictured left to right in front are Marilyn (Hexem) Mattheis, Marlene (Hexem) Kjelden, Marlene (Shaiskoski) John¬son, Jan Dorn, one of the class’s former teachers Mary Froiland and Kip Johnson; in back row, are Mick Schultz, Betty (Nielsen) Johnson, Mike Buseth, Dennis Johnson and Craig Johnson.

Thank you, veterans

May 25, 2018

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Willard Heismeyer of Hendricks holds the wooden toy he and his cousin used to play with as little boys.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

Donald Antrom, cousin of Willard Heismeyer of Hen­dricks, was young, living a good life in Bryant, South Dakota when in his early 20s was called to serve his country in World War ll. With little fear, Antrom was among the masses of young men who put them­selves on the front lines.
As a result of the Al­lied advance through Italy, young Antrom was killed in action, most likely dur­ing the heavy fighting in the Apennines Mountains shortly before the war’s end. This period in his­tory from July 1943 to May 1945 had some of the most bitter, costly fighting of the war.

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HPS holds first commencement exercises for ALC students

May 25, 2018

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ALC graduate Kash Pierce turns her tassle as she receives her diploma and congratulations from Principal Paul Chick.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer @gmail.com

For the first time in the school’s six-year online history, Hendricks Public School held commence­ment exercises for three graduating seniors who had received their school­ing online through the HPS Alternative Learning Center (ALC.)
The commencement program began much like any other, with the band playing the processional “Pomp and Circumstance” and the recessional “Fan­fare,” and the school choir singing…

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Hendricks Ambulance Service bringing awareness to staffing needs

May 25, 2018

During National EMS Week May 20-25

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer @gmail.com

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, Emer­gency Medical Services stand ready to help those in need.
Locally, the Hendricks Ambulance Service has 17 volunteer crew members to cover, in pairs, all of the hours of the days and nights. With varying avail­ability of the present crew, they are still challenged to fill the schedule. So, they are constantly looking for more people to help out.

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County Environmental Office monitoring area lakes

May 25, 2018

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Chairman Mic VanDeVere reviews the Highway Department’s Annual Report.

By Tammy Mathison 
hendrickspioneer @gmail.com

During the May 15 meet­ing of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, Robert Olsen of the Lincoln County Environmental Of­fice spoke to the commis­sioners about Lake Ben­ton, saying that samples of the lake had been taken. However, the temperature of the lake is rising and it won’t be possible to treat the lake before the water temperatures are too high. As a result, the lake will not get treated this year. Olsen said they will be making application in September or October to be ready for next year, and is hoping to look at a three-year vari­ance. Olsen said that last time, they treated for four years.

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Campground cabins proving popular already

May 25, 2018

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer @gmail.com

During the Monday, May 21 meeting of the Hendricks City Council, City Administrator Da­vid Blees provided an update on the construc­tion of the cabins at the campground.
Blees said the first two cabins are nearly complete. Construction on the final two will be­gin soon. Blees antici­pates all four cabins will be finished next month, adding that, to-date, he has 65 reservations for the cabins.

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Syttende Mai celebrated early

May 17, 2018

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Phil and Roberta Trooien were crowned King Ole and Queen Lena 2018 during the Syttende Mai program held Friday evening, May 11.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Syttende Mai was celebrated early in Hendricks this year, with events taking place Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12.
Saturday’s events included a Scandinavian dinner at the Senior Dining Center and city-wide rummage sales.
Friday was the main event, with the program taking place at the school in the evening…

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Arne Dragasoien, visiting Hendricks from Oslo, Norway, shared photos of Syttende Mai in Norway during his presentation last Friday evening at the school. This photo features the Royal Palace in the background.

Honor band

May 17, 2018

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On Saturday, May 12, five Hendricks Public School students participated in the first and second Year Honor Band in Wabasso. Sixth graders Katherine Kroger, tenor sax, and Rachel Hexem, alto sax, played in a band with 60 students from the area in their second year of band. Fifth graders Ayla Texley, percussion, Kasen Wendinger, alto sax, and Tegan Hansen, trombone, played in a band of 55 area students in their first year of band. Pictured left to right in front are Ayla Texley, Tegan Hansen and Kasen Wendinger; in back are Rachel Hexem and Katherine Kroger.

The store that never closes

May 17, 2018

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Richard Bruns, owner of Vick’s Grocery in Hendricks, puts his job first. He has faithfully served the public for 50 years.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

 
Richard Bruns does not own a “Closed” sign. He doesn’t need one. It may be hard to believe in an era of flexible hours, computers, vacations, working from home, and busy lifestyles, but Richard has had his store open 50 years, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Merlin Vick, the original owner of Vick’s Grocery, opened his new store east of Highway 271 in 1959. Richard Bruns started working for Vick in 1968. After Merlin’s death in 2004, Richard became the owner.

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