Back to school!

August 23, 2018

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Preschooler Bryna Froiland and kindergartner Keira Bailey reconnect after summer vacation.

Meester, Nafziger to face off in county sheriff’s race

August 23, 2018

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Chad Meester

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
A field of three candidates for Lincoln County Sheriff was narrowed to two during last week’s primary election. Incumbent Chad Meester received 499 votes, with Nathan Nafziger garnering 349. John Spindler received 94 votes, leaving Meester and Nafziger to face each other on the November ballot…

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

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Nate Nafziger

Hendricks City Council retests land east of Charis Drive

August 23, 2018

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Hendricks City Council met Monday evening, Aug. 20. Pictured left to right are Darren Schumacher, Judy Pearson, Mayor Julie Hogie, City Administrator David Blees, Scott Pearson, City Attorney John Engels, and Nate Nuese.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

The regular meeting of the Hendricks City Council was called to order by Mayor Julie Hogie. The minutes of the Aug. 6 council meeting and the eve­ning’s agenda were approved.
Under old business, Excel Energy O&M sites have been reviewed. The land originally thought to be contaminated east of Chavis Drive has been retested and found to be okay…

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

HPS welcomes new teachers and staff to the 2018-19 school year

August 23, 2018

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

Hendricks Public School welcomes four new teach­ers and two new support staffers this year.

Mary Chick

Mary Chick will join Hendricks Public School as the new visual arts teacher. She has a passion for helping students with the creative process and is excited to restart the art program in Hendricks…

Craig (Otis) Midtaune

Craig (Otis) Midtaune is the new physical educa­tion and health teacher at Hendricks Public School. He is a native of Hendricks and graduated from Hen­dricks High School. He at­tended the University of Sioux Falls where he re­ceived a Bachelor of Arts Degree in physical educa­tion and health…

Emily Speer

Emily Speer is a native of Pipestone. She joins HPS as the new 5th and 6th grade English language arts and math teacher…

Bridgett Epperson

Bridgett Epperson from Brookings, South Dakota joins the HPS staff as the new social studies teacher. She is a native of Dallas, Texas and graduated from Moorhead State Univer­sity with a degree in social studies secondary edu­cation with an emphasis on history and political science. She will also be cheerleading advisor with Kayla Gentry…

Kendra Cox

Kendra Cox is the new preschool paraprofes­sional at HendricksPublic School. A native of Beard­sley, she said she is excit­ed about creating a good learning environment for her students…

Scott Johnson

This summer, Scott John­son of Hendricks joined the Hendricks Public School staff as head custodian. He grew up in Ivanhoe and at­tended both Ivanhoe and Hendricks Public Schools…

Jodi Hexem

Jodi Hexem, new school paraprofessional, is a na­tive of Langdon, North Da­kota. She attended NDSCS (North Dakota State Col­lege of Science) and is cur­rently licensed as a certi­fied occupational therapy assistant and works PRN (work as situation de­mands) at Aegis Therapy…

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

Canadian wildfires create smoky haze in local area

August 23, 2018

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Wildfires are not often a threat to southwest Min­nesota. We are a land of fields and lakes rather than forests. However, the wild­fires currently burning in western Canada had an impact on the local region recently. According to sev­eral news sources, the Min­nesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) issued an air quality alert for most of the state over the weekend of Aug 10-12, and another air quality alert was issued Aug. 20-21.
According to the Star Tri­bune, smoke from Canadi­an wildfires spread across Minnesota throughout the weekend, causing poor air quality conditions. The poor air quality potential­ly posed a health risk for those with asthma and oth­er respiratory conditions. It also created some unique sunrises and sunsets in the local area…

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

A not-cool cucumber has ventured into Lincoln County

August 23, 2018

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Wild cucumber vine has invaded ditches, brush piles, and even yards.

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Those driving the high­ways and byways of Lin­coln County may have no­ticed a light green vine that appears to be taking over the ditches and brushy ar­eas of the county. Although the vine is a pretty green with interesting flowers, it may be damaging the veg­etation that supports its long tendrils.
According to the Minne­sota Wildflowers website, the vine is called Echino­cystis Lobata, commonly known as wild cucumber…

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

Norwegians make stop in Hendricks

August 23, 2018

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Singsaas Church deacon and church historian Jay Nelson, at the pulpit, presented the history of the church, with the help of a translator, standing beside him.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

Thursday, Aug. 9, a group of tourists from Norway flew into Minneapolis from Amsterdam. From there, the group boarded a bus and toured the upper Mid­west, including stops in Minneapolis, St. Paul and New Auburn in Minnesota; Rice Lake, Wisconsin; Sioux Falls and Brookings, South Dakota, where they stayed; and Hendricks…

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

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Last Wednesday, Aug. 15, a bus filled with tourists from various towns in Norway, including Singsaas, Norway,
made a stop at Singsaas Lutheran Church in rural Hendricks.

Fair Souvenir is here!

August 15, 2018

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Participating in the 4-H Fashion Review at the Lincoln County Fair were Kiera Larsen, Claire Dagel and Brinley Hanson.

See the souvenir Fair Issue in this week’s Hendricks Pioneer.

Great things are happening at Hendricks Public School

August 15, 2018

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Hendricks Public School Principal Paul Chick is excited for the new school year.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!
Hendricks Public School has some new, exciting things go­ing on this year. Principal Paul Chick said he is excited about everything that is happening in the school. “I am honored to be a part of it,” he said.
There are new teachers and new students joining us on Monday, Aug. 20. “Welcoming new students and families into our community is a cherished aspect of our school,” Chick said.

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

Hendricks Public Library organized clothing swap

August 15, 2018

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Joni Dagel, librarian at the Hendricks Public Library, helps a young man find gently used back-to-school clothing in the recently organized clothing swap.

By Violet Nelson
vanelson70@gmail.com

Between getting school supplies and new clothes, the cost of sending our kids back to school can really add up.
Luckily, a community clothes swap organized at the Hendricks Public Library by Librarian Joni Dagel gave some parents much-needed help.

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