Ducks Unlimited contributed to area conservation

December 26, 2018

Ducks Unlimited Wood Duck
Photo courtesy of Ducks Unlimited
Ducks Unlimited (DU) is concerned with wetland restoration. Their vision statement reads, “The vision of Ducks Unlimited is wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.” Wood ducks are just one type of waterfowl that benefits from DU restoration projects.

By Shelly Finzen

Ducks Unlimited (DU) is interested in wetland con­servation, which makes Lincoln County a place where they can dig in and get their hands dirty. Re­cently, a DU conservation project was begun along US Highway 14, just west of Tyler. A complete story about that and other area conservation projects will be coming next week, but first, just who and what is DU and why are they so in­terested in this region?
According to the Ducks Unlimited website, “Ducks Unlimited takes a con­tinental, landscape ap­proach to wetland con­servation…

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

Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus

November 29, 2018

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Roger and Vicki Kindelberger have played Santa and Mrs. Claus for the past six years in Hendricks.

By Violet Nelson

Roger and Vicki Kindelberger are known throughout the area for their realistic interpretations of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Their bubbly natures make them the perfect couple to take on the big roles at Christmas time.
The Kindelbergers moved to the Hendricks area eight years ago from Aurora, Illinois. Roger worked for the Caterpillar Tractor Company in Aurora and she had her own cleaning business. They have three children, four grandchildren and one great-grandson.

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

Commissioners consider county ordinance to allow golf cart travel

October 30, 2014

By Tammy Mathison

Lincoln County Engineer Dave Halbersma spoke to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners during their Tuesday, Oct. 21 meeting regarding the adoption of a county ordinance to allow golf cart traffic on County Highway 17 west of Hendricks in accordance with the City of Hendricks permit requirements and golf cart ordinance.
The speed limit has been changed to 45 mph on County Highway 17 for the section of road from the Hendricks campground to the grain bins just north of the Hendricks Golf Club. The change comes on the heels of the result of a speed study done by MnDOT in that area this past summer.
New signs noting the speed limit were placed early last week.
The county ordinance would allow for golf carts to be driven on the section of road that has the wide shoulders; this would be to the curve by the golf course. Carts would use the shoulders whenever possible to stay off the main road.

Read more from the meeting in this week’s Pioneer.

The Gift opens doors in Ivanhoe

January 14, 2011

By Tammy Mathison

Ashley Conner, owner/operator of The Gift in Ivanhoe, is pictured above by a salvaged table that she has repainted and refurbished to sell in her store. Displayed on the table are Minnesota Mittens. They are “Mittens with a Mission” which, in the process of making them, provide jobs for people with disabilities.

When her son Jacobi started school last fall, Ashley Conner didn’t quite know what to do with time, so she and her husband Scott opened a store.
The Gift opened in Ivanhoe Dec. 4 in the former USDA building.
The Gift, which is the first of its kind in Ivanhoe, features a variety of items and gifts for most any occasion including home décor, candles, purses, baby items and jewelry. She also carries many Ivanhoe and some Hendricks souvenir items.
Conner said that while she carries many gift items, there are some things that she does not carry out of respect for the stores in Hendricks. “There are certain lines of items that (stores in) Hendricks carry. I have had people come in asking about certain items which I don’t carry and I have referred them to Hendricks to find those items, especially flowers,” said Conner.
Conner said that she also has a few consigned items, including soy candles made by Janet Rimolde, handmade cards by Robin Sterzinger and wildlife prints done by Erik Gile.
Conner also has some “facelift furnishings,” which include a few furniture items salvaged from the landfill, repainted and refurnished. One such table holds a display of Minnesota Mittens, Mittens with a Mission. Mittens with a Mission are made by a group of disabled adults at the Winona Occupational Rehabilitation Center out of leftover and recycled sweater scraps.
Conner said that she has had several suggestions of other items to carry and uses for the extra space in the building. She said that right now she is thinking to eventually rent out the extra space in the building.

Lincoln HI Elementary receives 26 laptops thanks to U.S. Dept. of Ed. Grant

October 28, 2009

by Tammy Mathison

The ISD 402 Hendricks School Board met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, October 20.

During the public forum portion of the meeting, Fred Schmidt suggested having an open computer lab two times a week, from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. with parent volunteers providing the supervision of the students, and volunteered himself to supervise the first four sessions. Schmidt stated that the computer programs that the school uses are “great” and in his opinion that providing this extra computer lab time would provide more educational opportunity for the students. Board Chair Gary Johnson agreed with Schmidt saying that if the students were having problems in math, etc. the computer lab time would provide proper practice tools, and suggested talking to the teachers to find out the target areas to work on. Judy Pearson and Principal Bill Swope will look into this further.

A representative from the Meulebroeck, Taubert & Company provided the Fiscal Year 2009 audit, informing the board that they were given a “clean opinion.” This is the highest opinion that can be given. Following the presentation, the board made motions, both passing by unanimous consent, to accept the audit and the journal entries. “This is one of the best audits we’ve had in a long time. It is a reflection on the board,” commented Business Manager Mary Swenson. A copy of the audit report is available for the public to view at the Lincoln HI Elementary school office.

During the Board Member’s report, Chester Frank reported that they “got rid of it all”, referring to surplus items sold at a recent rummage sale. About $650 was received by the sale of the items. After some discussion, it was decided to use that money for something for the students. Johnson asked Judy Pearson and Principal Swope to look into doing something for the kids. The board then agreed that their next project is to clean out the upstairs of the school, which is being used for storage of many items including old textbooks.

During the Building Designee report, Judy Pearson reported that recently there had been 36 students out of school in one day, the NWEA testing has begun and that the Hendricks and Ivanhoe Fire Departments had visited the school during Fire Prevention Week. Also, there has been one lockdown drill, with seven to go, two fire drills, with five of those being required per year. Pearson also mentioned that Karen Richmond has been volunteering in the library on Tuesdays and has taken over the Accelerated Reader program and keeping track of the points. Pearson also stated that she is “glad to have Mr. Swope here.”

During the Prinicpal’s report, Swope thanked the board for the opportunity to work with kids again following his retirement from Marshall elementary as Principal there. He is enjoying getting to know the students and parents and enjoys eating lunch with the students.

Swope went on to say that he will be addressing any issues that come up at the school. Currently, he is working with a Ms. Deb Miller in regards to the special ed case loads and is looking closely at the IEPs as there is a Special Ed audit coming up and Swope wants to make sure the school is in compliance.

“What I have seen I’m pleased with,” stated Swope. He went on to say that he and Superintendent Houck spoke at a recent Kiwanis meeting about the referendum and will be speaking at the Nursing Home also. “School is about community. Your kids are my kids. It is not just about the community, it’s about our kids. We need to get the yes voters to the polls, because you know the ‘no’ voters will go. When we vote, we are speaking on behalf of our kids.”

Read the rest of the story in the October 28 issuse of the Hendricks Pioneer

It’s family business

June 30, 2009

by Violet Nelson

Examples of how to be successful business owners is evident in the many father/son, mother/daughter teams who own and operate businesses together in Hendricks.

The key to a buzzing business district is the business owner, the faithful employees and the patrons. For the next two weeks, our attention will be turned to the present day father/son, mother/daughter business owners in Hendricks.

Robert Johnson and his son, Robbie have been a father/son team since 1970. For many years, the family business, Johnson Motors, was run by Robert’s father, Gilmore. Gilmore passed away in 1962 after which the business continued under the ownership of Robert Johnson. In 2007, the business was handed over to Robbie. He along with his sister, Sheryl Pearson own the building and Scott Pearson, Sheryl’s husband is a business partner. They deal with car sales, auto body repair and service and installation of glass and windshields.

“Our relationship has been good,” Robert said, “it has been mixed with affection and humor.”

Read more in this weeks edition of the Hendricks Pioneer.