Rep. Schomacker, Sen. Weber to hold Hendricks Town Meeting February 4

January 30, 2020

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Sen Bill Weber

State Representative Joe Schomacker (R-Lu­verne) and State Senator Bill Weber (R-Luverne) announced today that they will be holding a town meeting in Hen­dricks on Tuesday, Feb. 4.
The event will be held from 7:30-8 a.m. at Irene’s Café, 116 S. Main St.

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

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Rep. Joe Schomacker

“Little Women” shows at the Red Barn

January 23, 2020

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The theater marquee read “Little Women” Friday afternoon, but by Saturday morning, the wind had changed it to just “Women.”

By Jay Nelson
jaynelson@gmail.com

 
The town theater was a victim of the weekend blizzard. The theater marquee read “Little Women” on Friday afternoon. By Saturday morning, the wind had blown off all the letters in the word Little. The marquee read “Women” on Saturday and Sunday. One letter T went missing. The letter L was beyond repair. Three other letters will need repair and the theater hopes they can be salvaged. Each letter costs $8 to replace.

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

The first storm of the decade is a doozie

January 23, 2020

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Dale Anderson fetching fuel for his snowblowers.

By Shelly Finzen
and Jay Nelson

 
In Hendricks, there was plenty of snow to remove after another weekend blizzard. Dale Anderson lives three miles north of Hendricks and had his fill of snowdrifts. He needed his truck with a snowplow to get to town to fetch fuel for his snowblowers.
The first bit of inclement weather descended late Friday afternoon with freezing mist covering the area. This would quickly turn to snow. Winds picked up, with sustained winds over 25 mph and gusts up to 40 mph. The weather worsened on Saturday, with sustained winds of 30 mph and gusts topping 45 mph. This winter outburst ended early Sunday morning. Snow blowers were buzzing around town most of Sunday.

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

Wind towers begin producing electricity

January 23, 2020

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Construction site manager Grant Wilson points to the electricity-producing towers on the Turbine and Access Road Map.

By Jay Nelson
jaynelson@gmail.com

 
The year 2019 was defined by wind tower construction. The signature sight was an endless convoy of semis with oversized loads hauling tower segments, blades and rotors into the area. An army of cement trucks made deliveries, most of them before dawn. Swarms of white trucks with out-of-state workers buzzed on our streets and highways. Their work is beginning to produce its first fruits.
The area’s Blazing Star Wind Farm project will culminate in electricity production capable of powering a large metro area. The first baby steps of power production were achieved on Jan. 11. Two towers were commissioned, a term used for the moment a tower begins production. Both towers are near the Brian and Erin Lawburgh farmstead three miles southwest of Hendricks.

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

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These wind towers behind Brian and Erin Lawburgh’s farmstead were some of the first to begin producing electricity.

Local hospital leaders complete certification training

January 23, 2020

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Hospital trustees obtaining certification and advanced certification are recognized at the MHA Winter Trustee Conference.

Fourteen hospital trust­ees from across Minnesota were recognized for earn­ing certification through the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) trustee certification program. The comprehensive certification process prepares hospital trustees to effectively meet the growing demands of serving on a hospital board and to be strong health care and community leaders…
Newly certified trustees include:  Essentia Health, Duluth: Joseph Mihalek ; Hendricks Community Hospital Association: Vince Robinson…

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

Adequate oxygen in Lake Hendricks delays aerators

January 23, 2020

After consulting with Chris Domeier, the Orton­ville Area Fisheries Man­ager for the MN DNR, the Lake Hendricks Improve­ment Association has de­cided to delay the instal­lation of the aerators. The latest oxygen level read­ings for the lake are show­ing a high oxygen content, meaning that the aera­tors would provide little to no benefit if installed. Domeier said that oxy­gen levels will continue to be monitored every two weeks on Lake Hendricks, and if the levels drop un­usually low, they will con­tact the LHIA to discuss installation of the aeration units.

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

Main Street Hendricks in the 1930s

January 23, 2020

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Submitted photo courtesy of David Morseth, New Zealand
In this photo of Hendricks’ Main Street in the 1930s, at center left is Arvid Strom’s Restaurant, now Irene’s by Julie Café owned by Randy Fuller. The cafe later became Willis Café. The space on the side of Willis Café became a parking lot on Saturday nights in the summer.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

Small businesses are the backbone of our commu­nity. This picture of Main Street in Hendricks, taken in 1930, shows a thriving town, one with a variety of businesses. Looking at this same street today, we are still blessed with a thriving business district. Those 90 years of prog­ress can be accredited to many people that kept the recourses and oppor­tunities needed to thrive these many years.

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

Local couple’s ship makes worldwide headlines

January 16, 2020

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Grant and Angie Wilson spend their days managing the construction of the area’s wind tower project.

By Jay Nelson
jaynelson@gmail.com

 
Grant and Angie Wilson spend their days managing the area’s wind tower construction. Their office is four miles northeast of Hendricks. Having only a few days off per year, they decided to seek relaxation over Christmas. They booked a Caribbean cruise onboard the Carnival Cruise Line’s ship Legend. After a turn of events, the Wilson’s ship became one the world’s top news stories.
A trip onboard a cruise ship may seem routine. A captain and crew’s expertise masks the reality that boating can be unpredictable and perilous. “Those captains must be pretty smart,” said Grant. The Wilson’s ship made it to the port of Cozumel without incident. The Carnival Legend docked and was secured to shore. The Wilsons disembarked about 8:15 a.m. for an excursion.

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

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The crash damage as viewed from Grant and Angie’s balcony window.

Hamer found guilty of drug possession charge at trial Friday

January 16, 2020

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Rick Hamer

By Deb Gau
Reprinted from the
Marshall Independent

Lincoln County Com­missioner Richard Hamer was found guilty of drug possession on Friday, Jan. 3 after a trial held in Lyon County.
A jury returned guilty verdicts for fifth degree controlled substance crime, and for posses­sion of drug parapherna­lia. However, Hamer was found not guilty of a more serious charge of possess­ing methamphetamine with the intent to sell. Ju­rors also found that pos­session of guns found in a shop building owned by Hamer were not an aggra­vating factor in the drug possession charge.

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

Area’s highest Christmas tree

January 16, 2020

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Windtower workers erected a Christmas tree visible from 20 miles away.

By Jay Nelson
jaynelson@gmail.com

The area was filled with beautiful Christmas trees this past holiday season. A tree in the country stood out from the rest.
One of the area’s new wind towers was erected near the Nygaard farm, two miles north of town and .25 miles west. The tower is the first one northwest of Ted Nelson’s residence. Workers took the occasion to celebrate Christmas by erecting a tree atop the nacelle of this windtower.

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