Hendricks board hears update on possible FFA program

March 6, 2019

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Pictured at Tuesday’s Hendricks School Board meeting are Business Manager Wendy Lawburgh (foreground), and (clockwise from left) Principal Paul Chick, Gary Johnson, Braden Texley, Angie Schumacher, Board Chair Tom Olson, Superintendent Bruce Houck, Jim Lawburgh and John Olson.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The Hendricks School Board met on Feb. 26, a week later than their normal monthly meeting night. Principal Paul Chick updated the board on the possibility of starting an FFA program for the district.
“We would need to have an agricultural class in order to have FFA,” Chick reminded the board…

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County commissioner Hamer arrested on drug charges

March 6, 2019

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Rick Hamer

By Deb Gau
Reprinted from the Marshall Independent

 
A Lincoln County Commissioner has been formally charged with drug possession, after law enforcement seized methamphetamine and dozens of guns from a shop building in Hendricks.
Court records said Richard Hamer, 60, of Hendricks, made his first appearance in Lincoln County District Court on Thursday. Hamer was charged with possession of meth, possession of a synthetic cannabinoid, and possession of drug paraphernalia…

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Students put on Pops Concert

March 6, 2019

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Mavik Siverson played “Enter Sandman” along with the band.

By Violet Nelson
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Music with a rock’n’roll theme was featured at the Hendricks Public School Pops Concert on Thursday night, Feb. 28. The songs chosen captivated the au­dience.
The 5th-8th grade band opened the concert with “Any Way You Want It.”…

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Pictured from left are Sadie Johnson and Heidi Nicola on trumpets, Sydney Pierce on baritone horn, and Claire Dagel on French horn, performing “I Love Rock ’N’ Roll.”

Well below average temperatures in the immediate forecast

March 6, 2019

By Shelly Finzen
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Cold weather is a part of Minnesota winters, but once spring hits, locals generally expect a warmup. That may not be the case for this winter, according to several weather forecasting models.
On Monday, Accuweather released a report that stated, “Arctic air will continue to plunge from the Midwest to the Northeast in the wake of the weekend snowstorm, producing the coldest March weather since 2014 across the North Central states.”

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Four Hendricks firemen retire

February 27, 2019

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Duwayne Busheth was on the Hendricks Fire Department for 43 years.
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Chuck Nygaard served on the fire department for 33 years.

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Todd Vierhuf was a volunteer fireman for 22 years.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

The journey of firefighting began many years ago for four Hendricks firemen, who all re­tired from the Hendricks Fire Department in 2018.
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Todd Vierhuf served 22 years on the department. “It’s a young man’s game,” Todd said. “I turned 55 this year. I’m strong but not as fast. Now my two sons are on there.” Todd said it wasn’t for the glamour and glitz, but just to serve the community and help…
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Chuck Nygaard served five years on the Bricelyn Fire De­partment before moving to Hen­dricks. He served 33 years on the Hendricks Fire Department. “I carried a pager on my belt for 38 years,” Chuck said. “I still, to this day, check my belt to see if my pager is attached. You pretty much have it (getting called) on your mind all the time.”…
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A large share of DuWayne Buseth’s life has been devoted to serving on the Hendricks Fire Department. He served 43 years as a fireman plus six years as an EMT (emergency medical tech­nician). It took a lot of courage to be a firefighter for such a long time, plus a lot of extra work, but with DuWayne’s attitude, he mixed fun with his work. “My philosophy is, if work isn’t fun, get a different job,” DuWayne said. “I could tell you hundreds of fun things we did.”…
It appears Keith Nuese, our fourth retiree from the fire department, is al­ready enjoying his retire­ment. He is basking in the Mexican sun, so was un­available for an interview.

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Wilson reports that some county bridges will have new weight limits

February 27, 2019

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Lincoln County commissioners heard from Environmental Officer Robert Olsen concerning purchasing a camera for investigating tile and drainage lines. Pictured clockwise from left are Robert Olsen, County Attorney Glen Petersen, Joe Drietz, Jack Vizecky, Chair Mic VanDeVere, and Corey Sik.

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commission­ers met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Commissioner Rick Hamer was absent from the meeting.
Environmental Officer Robert Olsen spoke to the board about several top­ics. He requested that the board set the interest rate and length of time for as­sessment on the County Ditch 39 improvement. Af­ter discussion, the board set the rate at four percent over a 10-year period.

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Hendricks City Council discusses land sales at Monday’s council meeting

February 27, 2019

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The sale of two city-owned lots, one on Main Street and one east of town, was discussed by the Hendricks City Council at Monday evening’s meeting.

By Violet Nelson
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The Hendricks City Council met Tuesday evening, Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. Following the flag pledge, Mayor Julie Hogie brought the meeting to order. The minutes of the Feb. 4, 2019 regular council meeting and the evening’s agenda were approved.
Under old business, the East Expansion Project was brought to the table. The contract agreement with Hulstein Excavating, Inc. of Edgerton was approved. “It’s all good with the contractor,“ City Administrator David Blees said.

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This winter may be the snowiest winter in 20 years

February 27, 2019

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

By this point in winter, people are fed up with the snow. Every year, com­plaints about winter are loud and clear and come from nearly all directions. Although the complaints are an annual occurrence, they may be more valid this year, based on snow­fall reports found on the National Weather Service (NWS) website.
Each year, NWS issues a climate summary review which includes snowfall amounts for each month. The NWS website includes reports that go back more than 20 years. Unfortu­nately, the closest sum­mary reports available are for the Sioux Falls, South Dakota region. Their weather patterns are a bit different than what is seen in Lincoln County, but the reports will at least give readers an idea concern­ing the amount of snowfall each winter has seen.

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Grandparent Scam has hit Lincoln County

February 27, 2019

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By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com
It’s late at night and your phone rings. On the other end of the line is your grandson. He says, “There’s been an accident and I’m in the hospital. I need your help.” What do you do? While the caller could really be who they say they are, they could also be a scammer and you could be their next victim.
According to AARP, this is called “the grandparent scam.”…

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Hendricks Clinic receives the Little Red Bookshelf

February 27, 2019

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Olivia Johnson, daughter of Taylor and Brittany Johnson of Hendricks, browses through the books in the Little Red Bookshelf.

The Hendricks Clinic is the new home of a Little Red Bookshelf. The Lit­tle Red Bookshelf is an early literacy effort spon­sored by the United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN) that places red bookshelves at key locations where children and families often visit. Shelves are filled with donated, new, or gently-used books in multiple languages for children ages birth to 5th grade.
Children can enjoy the books where they are and/or take a book home if they wish. The pro­gram aims to foster a love of reading and provide access to books for all children throughout the UWSWMN service area. Efforts to expand the pro­gram throughout United Way’s service area have been taking place since the program was inher­ited from another entity whose primary focus was Marshall.

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