2017 Year in Review – Part 1

December 28, 2017

Read this week’s Hendricks Pioneer to see what some of the highlights of the first part of 2017 were.

It’s time for the annual New Year’s baby guessing contest

December 28, 2017

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Baby No. 1

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

 
It’s time for our annual New Year’s baby guessing contest. Baby New Year is the start of the new Year, symbolizing the birth of a new year. Try to guess who these locals are.

For the rest of the photos and answers, read this week’s Hendricks Pioneer.

Local three-year-olds weigh in on what Santa does when he gets home

December 28, 2017

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Hendricks Public School’s three-year-old preschoolers answer the question, “What does Santa do when he gets home from delivering all the presents?”

By Tammy Mathison
and HPS three-year-olds
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The stockings are filled, the presents delivered and now Santa and his reindeer are ready to call it a night. So, what does Santa do when he gets done delivering all those presents? Who better to ask than local experts— our HPS three-year-old preschoolers. Here is what they had to say.
Blisse Vierhuf: He puts the reindeer away in the shed and goes to sleep in the sleigh.
Daphne Coners: He puts the reindeer away in the barn and then watches tv…

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

HPS opens sports agreement talks with neighboring districts

December 28, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Hendricks Public School Board followed through on the promise made to parents at the Dec. 10 parent input meeting, and have begun talks with neighboring school districts in regard to sports.At the Tuesday, Dec. 19 meeting, Superintendent Bruce Houck said they have had initial talks with both Deubrook and Estelline and that both districts were receptive. Houck said the next step will have board members and administrations meeting to further the discussions. HPS is talking to South Dakota schools first, because if it is decided to enter a sports agreement with a South Dakota school, the agreement will have to be finalized in January…

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

Hole-in-the-Mountain Park designated as Regional Park

December 28, 2017

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Daryl Schlapkohl of the Lincoln County Parks Dept.and Teresa Schreurs of DSI spoke to the Lincoln County Commissioners about the recent designation of Hole-in-the-Mountain Park as a Regional Park.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Teresa Schreurs of DSI and Daryl Schlapkohl of the Lincoln County Parks Department spoke to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners during the Dec. 19 meeting regarding the desig­nation of Hole-in-the-Mountain Park as a Regional Park.
The designation has been in process for some time. Part of the process was designing a mas­ter plan of park improvement projects…

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

More lighting contest winners

December 28, 2017

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The Raynes home on Division Street, pictured above, was the second place winner.

For more photos, read this week’s Hendricks Pioneer.

Holiday lighting contest winners

December 22, 2017

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First place winners this year in the holiday lighting contest were Ben and Shelley Gates.

HPS students present Christmas musical “Santa’s Playlist”

December 22, 2017

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Santa listens to his records while reading his list.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Hendricks Public School students presented their Christmas program last Thursday, Dec. 14 under the direction of Ms. Meghan Carmody, who thanked everyone who had assisted with the program, including those who helped to make the costumes the younger students were wearing.
Unlike programs in the past, which had each grade, band and choir presenting by age, Carmody “mixed it up” this time, mixing older and younger students together for vocal and instrumental performances.

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

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The elves (4th and 5th graders, with Brynlee Hanson, aka Crystal Snowflake, as soloist) perform “Broadway Lights!” for Santa.

City seeking volunteers to help build cabins at campground

December 22, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Just one response was re­ceived to advertising done by the city for the cabins at the campground. The advertising requested two bids; the first for the full construction of the four cabins and the second for materials only.
Hendricks Farmers Lumber­yard was the only bidder, sub­mitting a bid of $85,557 for the full construction and a bid of $47,687 for materials only. The materials only bid does not include electrical, which would be an additional cost of about $1,900 per cabin.

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

Celebrate the enchantment of Christmas with Tim Hawks’ decorating

December 22, 2017

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Tim Hawks, son of Gary and Julie Hawks of rural Hendricks, is pictured beside one of seven trees he decorated in his parents’ home for Christmas.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson@yahoo.com

Tim Hawks, who has a horti­culture degree from South Dako­ta State University, knows how to bring the charm of Christmas to homes and yards. With his Christmas lighting expertise, he brings out the beauty of trees and rooflines.
Hawks, who works for a land­scaping company in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has been decorat­ing Christmas trees for others since 1995…

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