Council accepts bid from Hulstein Excavating on east expansion project

November 7, 2018

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The ExCel Energy expansion project is underway east of Hendricks.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

 
The Hendricks City Council met Monday evening, Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting was brought to order by Mayor Julie Hogie. The minutes of the Oct. 15 meeting and the evening’s agenda were approved.
Kevin Huber and Aaron Moravetz, city maintenance employees, presented their maintenance report. Huber said in order to fix all of the pot holes within the city, more manpower is needed. City Councilman Darren Schumacher questioned why, when we have four employees, we don’t have enough people to fill potholes…

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Lincoln County Sheriff election

November 1, 2018

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The race for Lincoln County Sheriff will be decided on Election Day, with incumbent Chad Meester squaring off against Nate Nafziger. We asked each candidate to talk about their qualifications for the job.

 
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Hendricks Community Foundation meets to discuss new lights on Main Street

November 1, 2018

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Chip Joyslin led a discussion with community leaders Monday evening, Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m. at Cedric’s in Hendricks.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

The Hendricks Commu­nity Foundation and other community residents met Monday evening, Oct. 29, at Cedric’s Small Banquet Room, the purpose of which was to discuss put­ting in new street lights on Main Street. Chip Joys­lin led the meeting.
Joyslin said some major projects have been taking place in Hendricks, one being Ardor Square. An­other project is the post clock on the corner of Main and Lincoln Streets, which is now completed…

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Olsen presents update on curly-leaf pondweed infestation

October 26, 2018

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Angela Larson of United Community Action Project presented a report for the organization.

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commissioners met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Lin­coln County Courthouse. All commissioners were present for the meeting.
The first topic of discus­sion was to open the sealed agriculture land bids and approve one. There were three bids submitted for the 101.5 acre plot. The high bid of $15,936 per year for three years, sub­mitted by Matt Toft, was selected.

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Theft at pump house reported

October 18, 2018

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The Hendricks City Council discussed a wide range of topics.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

 
At the Oct. 15 meeting of the Hendricks City Council, Sheriff Chad Meester discussed procedures for car removal following a snowstorm.
City Administrator David Blees reported that several items had been stolen from the pump house west of town, including manhole covers, tractor weights and plywood. All of the items are believed to have been sitting outside of the pump house when they were stolen. Sheriff Meester was notified. Blees said that residents should keep their eyes open for suspicious activity in the area.

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County scheduled Truth and Taxation meeting for December 6

October 11, 2018

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At the Oct. 2 County Board meeting, Dale Sterzinger presented an extensive report covering the many programs run by the Soil and Water Conservation District.

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday, Oct. 2 for their regular meeting. Chair Mic VanDeVere was absent; Commissioner Joe Drietz led the meeting in his absence.
Dale Sterzinger of the Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) presented an extensive report on the various programs run by the SWCD. According to his report on the Wetland Conser­vation Act, the Blazing Star Wind Energy project is in the process of planning the field roads for their towers, which requires a wetland delineation…

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Library update and air exchanger request

October 4, 2018

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

The Hendricks City Council met Monday evening, Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m. with Mayor Julie Hogie presiding. The minutes of the Sept. 17 meeting and the evening’s agenda were ap­proved. There was no public forum.
Librarian Joni Dagel of the Hendricks Public Library gave an update on library usage and engagement. She thanked the council for the Plum Creek Library System. Library visits have grown because of it…

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Lincoln County will install security cameras in the jail and courthouse

September 26, 2018

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County Maintenance Manager Bob Verschelde presented quotes to build a 32×48-foot building in Ivanhoe. The commissioners approved the project.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Commissioners met for their regular meeting on Sept. 18. Commissioner Rick Hamer was absent from the meeting, due to car problems.
Jail Administrator/Civil Process Robin Sik and Sheriff Chad Meester presented a quote for adding additional security cameras to the courthouse. It was proposed by Scott’s Electronics that the county begin with installing six cameras in the courthouse at a cost of $3,577, including installation. One concern about the project brought up was that the courthouse is an historical building. Sik reported that she had spoken to the installer about that concern and he would use the wires that were already running through the hallways, protecting the historical integrity of the building.

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New doors have been installed at the Hendricks Fire Hall

September 19, 2018

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City Administrator David Blees requested that the council approve creating a construction fund for the purposes of the DEED grant.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Hendricks City Council met for their regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 17. Council member Judy Pearson was absent from the meeting.
Discussion began with old business. City Administrator David Blees reported that DEED is strongly encouraging that the city establish a construction fund, which will contain the city’s portion of the Xcel Energy O&M East project funding, amounting to $178,500. Blees proposes pulling $89,250 from the water fund and another $89,250 from the sewer fund. The council approved transferring the funds to the new fund. If the grant is not approved, Blees will transfer the funds back into the original accounts.

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Candidate names released for 2018 general election

September 19, 2018

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Candidate names for the 2018 General Election on Nov. 6 have been released. They are as follows—
In the City of Hendricks:
For City Council – incum­bents Darren Schumacher and Nate Nuese have both filed for re-election.
For School Board, three 4-year terms – Tom Olson, An­gie Schumacher (both incum­bents)
In Lincoln County:
For County Commissioner Dist. 2 – Mic VanDeVere (in­cumbent)
For County Commissioner Dist. 4 – Joe Drietz (incum­bent)
For County Auditor/Treasur­er – Deb Vierhuf (incumbent)
For County Recorder – Mi­chelle Facile (incumbent)
For County Sheriff – Chad Meester (incumbent), Nathan Nafziger

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