Rezoning lot in corner of Lincoln and Prairie was of major concern

January 10, 2019

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

At the Monday, Jan. 7 regular city council meet­ing, Mayor Julie Hogie and councilmen Scott Pearson and Darren Schumacher took their oaths of office.
The minutes of the Dec. 17, 2018 meeting and the evening’s agenda were approved.
At the Dec. 17, 2018 city council meeting, Greg Pearson said he would like to put five campers and RVs in the empty lot he owns on the corner of Lin­coln and Prairie Streets, one block off Main Street…

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2018 Year-In-Review-Part 1

January 3, 2019

Check out this past year’s stories in the first part of the Year in Review.

Ugly Christmas sweater party held at Hendricks Public School

January 3, 2019

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In celebration of the Christmas season, students and faculty dressed up in “ugly” sweaters on Friday, Dec. 21, the day before the start of Christmas vacation. Pictured left to right are Principal Paul Chick, paraprofessional Jodi Hexem, administrative assistant Kendra Moravetz, and third grade teacher Jessica Jordahl.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

 
Ugly sweaters have been around for awhile. The idea was actually started in Canada, but the decorated sweaters were given an extra boost when National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation hit the screen in 1989.
It is fun to be creative by adding a lot of decorations to the sweater, the crazier the better…

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2018 Hendricks Holiday Lighting contest winners announced

January 3, 2019

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First place winner of the Hendricks lighting contest went to Anthony and Sandra Raynes’ “Turret House.” Congratulations!

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

 
City Administrator, David “Blees Navidad” tallied the votes cast by anybody who wanted to vote for their favorite light display.
We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Annual Hendricks Lighting and Decorating Contest.
The winners of this years contest are…

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The weather outside was frightful

January 3, 2019

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Snow and ice between last Wednesday through Friday made the roads hazardous to be out on.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

A major snowstorm blew over the region last week­end. In addition to inches of snow and winds averag­ing 30-45 mph, tempera­tures dropped below zero beginning late in the day on Friday, Dec. 28.
The storm caused roads and highways to be cov­ered and decreased visibil­ity to nearly zero. Several major highways in eastern South Dakota were listed as “no travel advised,” and Brookings County in South Dakota pulled all snow­plows from roads on Fri­day afternoon, due to the lack of visibility.

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John Hovland is excited to serve as VSO for Lincoln County veterans

January 3, 2019

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

With the retirement of Dan Kuss at the end of October, Lin­coln County hired John Hovland of Lake Benton as the new Vet­erans Service Officer, or VSO. Hovland began his duties in No­vember and has been working towards accreditation since. He was sworn into office at the Dec. 18 Lincoln County Commission­ers’ meeting and will be fully ac­credited in February.
Hovland said that a VSO serves injured and disabled veterans in the county by assisting with the completion of the mountains of paperwork needed to receive disability benefits through the military. “We advocate for the veterans,” Hovland said.

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Ducks Unlimited is restoring more than 150 acres of county prairie

January 3, 2019

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Ducks unlimited is in the process of restoring a wetland area just west of Tyler along U.S. Highway 14.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Last week, readers were introduced to Ducks Un­limited (DU), which focus­es on the conservation and restoration of wetlands across the United States and Canada. Recently, DU began a wetlands restora­tion project just west of Tyler, along US Highway 14. The project is one of several planned for the re­gion.
According to Ducks Un­limited Biologist Kasson­dra Dumke, the area being developed west of Tyler is part of Minnesota’s Prai­rie Pothole Region (PPR). It includes two tracts of land, the 141-acre Leona Goehle Parcel and the 12-acre Henry Goehle Tract. Dumke explained that “the western half of the tract is an addition to Discors Wildlife Management Area and the East half will be an addition to Tyler Wildlife Management Area.”

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Open house fun!

January 3, 2019

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Area musicians furnished piano music throughout the day at First Security Bank-Hendricks in celebration of Christmas. Julie Hogie took her turn playing Christmas songs for an hour on Friday, Dec. 21.

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Mary Ross enjoyed Christmas goodies at the bank Open House Friday. Her husband Jim Ross is in the background.

Understanding Truth in Taxation statements

January 3, 2019

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

In November, Lincoln County residents received Truth in Taxation (TNT) statements, which caused sticker shock for some county residents. For ex­ample, Lake Benton resi­dents were told to expect a 23 percent increase in their school levy and a six percent increase in the city taxes, in addition to a three percent increase at the county level. Fortunately, the actual tax statements that will come out in April will be considerably below the early estimates, but the questions that were asked at the TNT meetings made it apparent that clarifica­tion in the different tax statements is necessary.

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This Ol’ Place Thrift Shop operates on volunteers

December 26, 2018

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A Christmas party with potluck lunch was held Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Hendricks Senior Center for This Ol’ Place Thrift Shop volunteers. Those attending, pictured left to right in front, are Joanne Christianson, Muriel Dorn, Caroline Peterson, James Peterson and Marlene Kjelden; in back are Julie Soderholm, Sheila Hubbard, Jan Roelofsen, Sharon Vettrus, Mary Hexem, Joan Krier, Lois Johnson, Sharon Johnson, Sally Bergjord, Gail Kvernmo and Lynn Bockelmann. Five volunteers are not pictured.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

 
This Ol’ Place Thrift Shoppe generates funding for items for the hospital and nursing home. It is run totally by volunteers, many on a regular commitment.
Started by the Hendricks Hospital Auxiliary in 1994, it is celebrating 24 years of service to the community. It has had three different locations, the old hospital building where the clinic now is located, the building which is now the Red Barn Theater and it’s present location on the west side of Main Street.

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