Commissioners proclaim April 3 National Service Recognition Day

March 29, 2018

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Michelle Baumhoefner and Roseanne Lasnetski spoke to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners about volunteerism in Lincoln County.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners heard from Lincoln County Aging and Volunteer Service Coordinator Roseanne Lasnetski and Michelle Baumhoefner, Executive Director of ACE of SW Minnesota (Advocate, Connect, Educate) who provided a copy of the Lincoln County ACE newsletter, and reported on the 2017 volunteerism statistics.
ACE of SW Minnesota includes seven counties—Lincoln, Lyon, Cottonwood, Murray, Nobles, Redwood and Rock. In 2017, there were a total of 2,361 active volunteers, with 276,180 volunteer hours reported. Lincoln County alone had 17 percent of those hours, with 47,242 hours reported from a total of 372 registered volunteers from 55 reporting stations. There were 42 of those volunteers under the age of 55. There were 47 new volunteers in 2017.

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Investigation continues on City Hall vandalism incident earlier this month

March 22, 2018

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Progress continues on the cabin at the campground. Since this photo was taken Monday morning, the roof has been completed.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Lincoln County Sheriff Chad Meester spoke to the Hendricks City Council during their Mon­day, March 19 meeting to give them an update on the prog­ress of the investigation of the vandalism done to City Hall earlier this month by someone who shot at the building several times. The incident happened in the hours between Friday night, March 2, and early Saturday morning, March 3. Meester said he has been working with City Attorney John Engels, and there is still an ongoing investigation that he has been keeping City Administrator David Blees ap­prised of…

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Commissioners hear from various departments at monthly meeting

March 16, 2018

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

During their Tuesday, March 6 meeting, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners heard from Sheriff Chad Meester re­garding the placement of a drug collection box, which is now lo­cated in the Sheriff’s office and obtained through the support of the Hendricks Hospital and paid for with a CVS grant.
Meester also spoke to the Board of Commissioners regard­ing the purchase of a Dodge Ram from Lockwood Motors in Mar­shall at the price of $28,125, and the upfitting and of the vehicle at the quoted price of $10,050.52. Both the purchase and upfitting were approved.

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Broadband study discussed with the county commissioners

March 2, 2018

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Vince Robinson and Mark Mrla update the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners on the broadband plans.

By Tammy Mathison 
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Vince Robinson of the LCEDC, Mark Mrla of Finley Engineering, and via phone, Doug Dawson, President of CCG Consulting, spoke with the Lincoln County Commissioners during their Tuesday, Feb. 20 meeting about the Broadband Feasibility Study that has been done in Lincoln County.

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Campground, donations discussed at recent City Council meeting

March 2, 2018

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Councilman Scott Pearson reviews the park and campground pamphlet.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer @gmail.com

City Administrator Da­vid Blees presented for review a new pamphlet for the parks and campground in Hendricks.
Information contained in the pamphlet includes camping fees for the camp­sites and cabins, the cabin fee having been set by the council at $55 per night. Additional information includes a description and information pertaining to the cabins, and rules, reg­ulations and reservation and cancellation informa­tion for the campground.

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LHIA receives decision in dairy issue

February 22, 2018

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
After nearly four years of fighting in the legal arena to protect Lake Hendricks from the potential threat posed by a proposed commercial dairy that would be located near Oak Lake just over the border in South Dakota, the Lake Hendricks Improvement Association (LHIA) has decided to concede the latest loss and make no further appeals.

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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.

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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.

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Ducks Unlimited purchasing land near Tyler and Lake Benton

January 26, 2018

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MN Conservation Manager Jon Schneider displays a map of one of the areas Ducks Unlimited is purchasing near Tyler.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Jon Schneider, manager of the Minnesota Conservation Program, was on hand at the Jan. 16 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners to discuss the planned purchase of three parcels of land in Lincoln County by Ducks Unlimited. The first parcel is 141.28 acres of cropland in Sections 4 and 5 in Hope Township just west of Tyler. According to information provided, “the plan is to purchase the land in February and donate it to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for inclusion in the Tyler and Discors State Wildlife Management Areas (WMA).” Schneider said the land would be restored to wetlands and native prairie grasslands to provide wildlife habitat and public recreation opportunities such as hunting.

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Council discusses many ongoing projects in and around Hendricks

January 26, 2018

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
Because of the Martin Luther King holiday, the Hendricks City Council met on Tuesday night, Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m.. The minutes of the Jan. 2 meeting and the evening’s agenda were approved.
There was no public forum.
Under old business, Lincoln Street utility project was reviewed. City Administrator David Blees said it is an ongoing process.
The campground project was reviewed. Blees said there was a meeting held this morning to talk about the process. Construction on the 12 x 32-foot units will start next week; they will be built on-site.

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