Lincoln County moves forward in border-to-border broadband project

July 27, 2018

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The Lincoln County Commissioners met with Vince Robinson of DSI and Bryan Roth of ITC to discuss the likelihood of giving Lincoln County border-to-border high speed internet. Involved in the discussion were, clockwise from far left, Jack Vizecky, Mic VanDeVere, Rick Hamer, Deb Vierhuf, Bryan Roth, Vince Robinson and Joe Drietz.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commis­sioners met for a special meeting on Monday, July 23. Commission­er Corey Sik was absent from the meeting. Although other topics were discussed, the main focus of the meeting was to speak with ITC CEO Bryan Roth concerning the border-to-border broadband project the county wants com­pleted…

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Commissioners hear results of Health Equity survey at July meeting

July 27, 2018

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commissioners met for the second regular July meeting on Tuesday, July 17 at the Lincoln County Court House. Commis­sioner Corey Sik was ab­sent from the meeting.
Vince Robinson, Shelly Eldridge, a municipal ad­visor, ITC General Man­ager/CEO Bryan Roth, and ITC’s legal counsel Ryan Taylor of Cutler Law Firm in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, were pres­ent to speak to the com­missioners concerning bringing broadband into rural Lincoln County…

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City approves list of election judges for upcoming elections

July 19, 2018

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

 
The Hendricks City Council met in session on Monday, July 16 at 6:30 pm. with Mayor Julie Hogie presiding.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the council approved the minutes of the July 2 council meeting and approved the agenda for July 16.
Dustin Hauschild from the Hendricks Fire Department asked for the council’s approval of a liquor license for the upcoming Dueling Pianos concert, Sept. 8 at the fire hall. A motion was made by Scott Pearson, seconded by Judy Pearson, to grant them a liquor license for that night.

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Commissioners hear SWHHS financial update

July 11, 2018

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners heard from Nancy Walker, Deputy Director of Southwest Health and Human Services (SWHHS), who provided a financial update. Walker said that last fall, Director Beth Wilmes had spoken with the Commissioners about the “significant” financial issues SWHHS was having, forecasting a potential budget overage that could reach into the million dollar range. Walker was pleased to report that through several measures taken by SWHHS, including putting a pause on hiring, they have 15 positions open that have not been replaced, providing only required trainings, better utilization of cars, changes in IT and office supplies, and the list went on. Walker said the result is that “we have a much better financial standing than this time last year.”

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Council to rezone two parcels on east edge of town

July 11, 2018

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
A public hearing for rezoning property located east of Chavis Drive was held during the Monday, July 2 meeting of the Hendricks City Council. There was one Chavis Drive resident present, and council members said they had spoken with residents in that area.

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Lincoln County Commissioners elaborate on border-to-border internet

July 5, 2018

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
As reported by Hendricks Pioneer editor Tammy Mathison, Lincoln County is considering investing in high speed internet that will cover the entire county. Recently, Lake Benton Valley Journal editor Shelly Finzen spoke to Lincoln County Commissioner Board Chair Mic VanDeVere about the county’s intentions.
Lincoln County would like to invest in broadband internet, as opposed to dial-up. According to VanDeVere, “Broadband is high speed internet with phone capabilities but no TV service.” …

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County looking at joining other counties in health plan

June 27, 2018

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Dr. Norris Anderson talks to the Lincoln County Commissioners about a county health plan.

By Tammy Mathison 
hendrickspioneer@gmail. com

The Lincoln County Board of Commission­ers is considering joining several other counties, in­cluding Pipestone County, to provide a county-based health plan that would benefit healthcare facili­ties, doctors and dentists. Pipestone County, along with some other coun­ties, is already part of this Prime West, and has seen great benefits from it on a local level, not the least of which was the plan being able to fund a new dental clinic in Pipestone.

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County looking toward border-to-border internet

June 27, 2018

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
During the Tuesday, June 19 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, Vince Robinson of the Lincoln County Enterprise Development spoke to the commissioners, providing an update on the broadband (high speed internet) project.

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Council views new ambulance

June 22, 2018

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Hendricks Ambulance Coordinator Dave McCormick showed the new ambulance to the Hendricks City Council during their Monday, June 18 meeting.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Hendricks City Council mem­bers were able to see the new ambulance during their Monday, June 18 meeting. Hendricks Am­bulance Coordinator Dave Mc­Cormick brought it down to city hall to thank the city for their contribution toward the pur­chase and to give them the op­portunity to see firsthand what the city funds, combined with the hospital’s, had purchased.
McCormick told the council members the ambulance is a 2016 model with 16,000 miles on it. It cost $174,000, plus graphics, which cost $3,500, and the cost of switching over the radios, which is unknown as the final bill hasn’t been re­ceived, but that cost is expected to be under $2,000. McCormick explained that a new ambulance would cost $230,000…

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Commissioners hear Extension program update

June 15, 2018

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Lincoln County 4-H Program Coordinator Taylor Mueller and her intern provided a program update to the Lincoln County Commissioners.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Lincoln County 4-H Pro­gram Coordinator Taylor Mueller spoke to the Lin­coln County Board of Com­missioners during their Tuesday, June 5 meeting to introduce a summer in­tern and provide a Grow­ing 4-H Together: Volun­teers in Vision and Action program update. The pur­pose of the program is to “define the direction a county 4-H program can take to contribute to the positive development of young people, strengthen the volunteer system and structure to advance 4-H priorities, and identify potential organizational partners who have a mu­tual interest in working tougher to improve the scope and quality of youth development in the com­munity.”

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