Winners announced at 41st annual Lake Hendricks Ice Fishing Derby

February 5, 2020

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Photo courtesy of Jim Eggen
The Matt Rohde family won an ice auger for their first-place Northern.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

 
The annual Lake Hendricks Fishing Derby was held Saturday, Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It has been held the first Saturday of February every year since 1979.
While people were proving their fishing skills, they were competing for many guaranteed cash prizes and numerous additional prizes.
The 2020 Ice Fishing Derby prizes awarded were: first place Northern, Matt Rohde, 3 lbs., 8.6 ozs.; second place Northern, Braden Texley, 3 lbs., 0.2 oz.; third place Northern, Dylan Hawley, 3 lbs.; fourth place Northern, Tanner Greve, 2 lbs. 14.2 ozs.; fifth place Northern, Dale DeBoer, 2 lbs., 10.7 ozs.

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Jonathan Lengkeek honored the original Hendricks Opera House

February 5, 2020

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The glass on the bottom of the old windows was replaced. The arches are original.

By Violet Nelson
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Vincel Cech built Cech’s Pool Hall in 1901. It was initially built as one building in the middle of South Main Street. A tavern was on the south half and a bowling alley was on the north half. The bowling alley was later converted to a produce and poultry station.
When Vincel died, his three daughters got the north half and his son, John Cech, got the tavern (south half). In 1940, Ed Cech moved off the farm and started renting the tavern from his dad, John Cech. In 1945, Ed Cech bought the whole building. At that time, Larry Tiller ran the pool hall and Ed ran the produce station. Ed later ran Cech’s Rec Pool Hall.
The upper story of this building was known as the Hendricks Opera House…

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Hendricks City Council gives Fire Department the go-ahead to buy UTV

February 5, 2020

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The Hendricks City Council approved the resolution giving Lincoln County Housing Authority control of Westview Apartments.

By Violet Nelson
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The Hendricks City Council met Monday evening, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. Mayor Julie Hogie called the meeting to order. The minutes of the Jan. 21 meeting and the evening’s agenda were approved.
There was no public forum.
Sheriff Chad Meester presented his sheriff’s report. CFS (Calls for Service) for the fourth quarter of 2019 were 94 records. A yearly log from Jan. 1, 2019 to Dec. 31, 2019 totaled 336 records. Records include assaults, burglaries, civil matters, child protection, thefts, traffic stops, etc.

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HPS students experience different cultures with grits

February 5, 2020

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Pictured from left are Hendricks Public School fourth grade teacher Josh Eide, substitute teacher Kelly Stewart, and fourth-graders Michael McCandless and Danre Skorbinski, as they experience grits first-hand.

By Violet Nelson
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Josh Eide, Hendricks Public School fourth grade teacher, has been reading the book “As Brave As You Are” to his students. This book is about two brothers from New York, age 10 and 13, who spend the summer with their grandparents’ home in rural Virginia. The brothers decide to prove how brave they are encountering new experiences.
Mr. Eide wanted to see how brave his fourth grade students were by bringing in grits, a southern food made of boiled cornmeal. Most of his students hadn’t heard of grits before, let alone eaten them.

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Influenza is alive and active in Minnesota

February 5, 2020

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

According to the Fluview report issued weekly by the Center for Disease Con­trol (CDC) for the week of Jan. 23 – Jan. 29, the influ­enza virus continues to be alive and active across the United States. Although the indicators for weeks one and two of 2020 showed a decrease of the virus, “Key indicators that track flu activity remain high and, after falling during the first two weeks of the year, in­creased over the last two weeks,” the website stated.
The CDC reported that the percentage of speci­mens testing positive for the virus at clinical labora­tories increased last week to 27.7% compared to 25.7% the week before. Out of 45,949 specimens that were tested, 12,715 tested positive for influenza with 50.2% diagnosed with In­fluenza B and 49.8% diag­nosed as Influenza A.

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A church becomes a community anchor

January 30, 2020

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Grace United Methodist Church in Hendricks is now home of The Gathering Place.

By Violet Nelson
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In the early spring of 2019, Grace United Methodist Church, on the corner of Main and Hobart Streets, closed its doors for good. That’s when Shane and Ashley Citterman of Hendricks decided to put their ideas into action and implementation by creating a public gathering place in the old church.
The Cittermans wanted a place where they could build their dream and welcome others to share in it, to gather together. Ashley said the couple had talked for years about what their dream jobs would be. “Since we started dating and talking about planning our future, I have identified that party planning was something we had a passion for. We dreamed of creating our own party business…

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Shane and Ashley Citterman are the new owners of The Gathering Place in Hendricks.

Hendricks School Board elects officers for 2020

January 30, 2020

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Pictured at last week’s Hendricks School Board meeting, clockwise from far left, are John Olson, Superintendent Paul Chick, Gary Johnson, Vice-Chair Braden Texley, Secretary/Treasurer Angie Schumacher, Chair Tom Olson and Jim Lawburgh.

By Jeanie Ness
jeanieness@mns.com

 
The Hendricks School Board met on Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. New playground equipment was discussed. Several fundraising options involving the community in helping raise money for the project were discussed and tabled.
The HPS Board inquired as to whether the Hendricks students would have an opportunity to be involved with the Estelline students in their ag programs, plays, musicals and other extracurricular events this year.

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City council approves Chad Olsen’s request to purchase old clinic building

January 30, 2020

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At Tuesday evening’s meeting, the Hendricks City Council approved the transfer of ownership of the old clinic building on Main Street to Chad Olsen, for the purpose of lodging his workers.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

 
The Hendricks City Council met Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Mayor Julie Hogie brought the meeting to order. The minutes of the Jan. 6 meeting and the evening’s amended agenda were approved.
There was no public forum.
Shane and Ashley Citterman of Hendricks were present at the meeting. Ashley stated that she and her husband purchased the vacant Methodist Church last summer and received the keys to the building on June 10. Since then, they have turned the church into The Gathering Place. Ashley said they recognize the need to turn it from residential into commercial. It was so moved by Darren Schumacher, seconded by Nate Nuese, to hold a rezoning hearing. The hearing was open for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, it was so moved by Judy Pearson, seconded by Nuese, all in favor, to rezone the building to commercial. It was so moved by Nuses, seconded by Scott Pearson, to close the rezoning hearing.

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Commissioners approve sheriff’s union request to bank hours

January 30, 2020

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The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met on Jan. 21 to discuss a number of topics. Pictured from left are County Attorney Glen Petersen, Mic VanDeVere, Jack Vizecky, Board Chair Joe Drietz, Corey Sik, Rick Hamer and County Auditor/Treasurer Deb Vierhuf.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 21. All board members were present with Board Chair Joe Drietz presiding over the meeting.
At the Jan. 7 regular meeting, the committee appointments discussion and action were tabled. The discussion reopened at this meeting. The board members are comfortable with the previous appointments and opted to keep them the same as before for 2020.
Michele VanDyke of the Lincoln County Extension Office requested that Jodi Otto be appointed as the new Extension Committee member to begin a new term. Her request was granted…

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DeBeer receives scholarship

January 30, 2020

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The Hendricks Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Shaylee DeBeer is the recipient of a $500 scholarship. Shaylee is attending Dakota State University and is starting her spring semester. She is the daughter of Rochelle and Brad DeBeer of Hendricks. Shaylee was an outstanding athlete in volleyball, basketball, and track for Deubrook High School. She is currently playing basketball for Dakota State University. The Hendricks Foundation works with the Kiwanis Club in supporting area students in their continued education.