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Codington County, South Dakota
The Small Town with a Big Heart
Henry is home to the longest running organized school alumni association in South Dakota. It is also home to South Dakota's largest/oldest living cottonwood tree, located on main street. It measures 20' around, and stands 95 ft. tall, and was planted in 1882. It is locally known as the "centennial cottonwood", as it was planted the same year as Henry was organized. It was one of 3 cottonwoods planted in a row, and was the only one to survive; it has outlasted two tornadoes, and 1 major fire (in front of commercial buildings)
Henry has a k-12 school, four churches (St. Henry's Catholic Church; Henry United Methodist Church; St.Paul's Lutheran Church; and Our Savior's Lutheran Church (rural Henry). We also have 2 restaurant/lounges (both known for great steaks); full service gas station; convenience store with gas; grain elevator; bank; post office; funeral home; styling salon; feed dealership; greenhouse/fireworks; construction company; and many service type businesses. We have a 20 member volunteer fire department; community center; 2 apartment buildings; a non-profit development corporation; large city park with
playground equipment, tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball field,
football field, picnic areas, and other attractions coming soon; and many community/social organizations. We have a summer recreation program which includes t-ball; midgets baseball; peewee baseball; co-ed softball; and fastpitch during the summer months. During the school year, our school offers girls and boys basketball; football; track; and volleyball. We are currently looking into the addition of soccer as part of the city recreation program. Henry has a monthly newsletter that it published for area citizens. It informs the public on city news, events, and upcoming information. It is vital in good communication. We have also recently formed a tree/beautification board to help "spruce up" our city with new trees, flowers, and clean up projects. Henry has cable tv; high speed internet access; rural water/city water; sewer; sanitation service; volunteer fire department; we are served by two area ambulance services; and county and state law enforcement; and we have a city paid community emergency management director. Henry has a number of new housing development areas available for new citizens, as well as current properties available; we have a mobile home park; and 2 apartment buildings. Henry also has a number of commercial/industrial development areas also available to new or expanding businesses.
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As of 5/2002, they are: Gordon Vansickle (president of trustees) 532-5124; Lindy Swedeen (trustee-park/rec/community forestry) 532-5407 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Don Larson (streets; sewer/water) 532-5798; Judy Kos (finance officer) 532-3696; and Darwin Krueger (city maintainance manager) 532-3404
Henry Schools We have a k-12 school system with approximately 150 students in
attendance. A new school complex was built in 1995 on the NE corner of city near city park. The school nickname is "the owls"
Henry school is governed by a 5 member school board. As of 5/2002, members include Mark Maynard 532-3323; Dennis Martenson 532-5966; Guy Fish 886-0255; Myron Eidsness 532-3986; and Dori Gassman 532-3984. The business manager is Dianne Easthouse 532-5291 or the school directly at 532-5364, all 605 area codes.
Miscellany The population of Henry was:
1990 - 215
2000 - 275