Category: Business/Farm

Farming, ranching among the most noble professions

Think of farmers and ranchers and this old, often forgotten tribute comes to mind. It fits farmers like seed in the soil or ranchers like a new-born calf takes to its mother’s udder. A man’s greatest possession is his dignity and no calling bestows this more abundantly than farming. Hard work and honest sweat are the building blocks of a […]

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Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce dinner draws about 150 people

Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce dinner draws about 150 people

ChamberDinner887 Patty Decker / Free Press Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce dinner draws about 150 people About 150 people attended the annual Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce Banquet Monday, Jan. 25, at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Outgoing president Cynthia Fleming introduced David Vogel, new president. Re­tiring board members Bonnie Funk, Derek Hamm and Dick Tippin were acknowledged for their service. This year’s […]

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Tabor benefits from the gift of a Holt tractor from alum

In 1952, Elmer Bob Kroeker attended Tabor College for his freshman year. He grew up in Enid, Okla., and physician George Franz—a member of the Mennonite Brethren Church Kroeker attended growing up—paid for his first year at Tabor. Kroeker, who has never forgotten Franz’s gesture of generosity, has been donating to Tabor’s Endowed Scholar­ship Fund every year since 1991. His […]

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4-H News (February 3, 2016)

• The Livewires-Empire Best 4-H Club was called to order Jan. 17 at the Galva Community Room in Galva by president Reed Wiens. Members answered roll call with their favorite winter activity. Business discussion focused on serving a meal for Loaves and Fishes in McPherson on Feb. 14 with the Good Luck 4-H Club. Members were reminded that County Club […]

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FFA group plans next steps for community garden

FFA group plans next steps for community garden

David Buckley, coordinator of the Community Agricultural Site, talks to about 20 people Thursday about starting an Marion FFA community garden. The site would be located near the football field and city water tower. Standing at right are Kaitlyn Goebel and Elizabeth Meyer, two of the FFA members involved in the project. More than 20 people attended a meeting at […]

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Marion native finds his job niche at home

Marion native finds his job niche at home

Adam Heerey has come to Marion to be an outreach counselor at St. Luke Hospital and Living Center. Adam Heerey has come full circle—graduating from Marion High School in 2005 and returning to his roots as an outreach counselor at St. Luke Hospital and Living Center in Marion. Roger Schroeder, marketing director at St. Luke, said Heerey earned his bachelor’s […]

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County roads critical, but funding is lacking

A look at Road and Bridge Department needs Monday by the Marion County Commission revealed that many are critical to the well-being of a rural county but difficult to finance. For instance shop foreman Tom Holub said so many early ice storms have depleted the county’s store of road salt that was supposed to be good for an average winter. […]

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Foundation launches generosity campaign

MB Foundation has officially launched the Giving Challenge. Between the months of January and April, MB Foundation, based in Hillsboro, is collecting stories of generosity through its website. Each story will be entered automatically to win $5,000 to give away to the ministry or ministries of the winner’s choosing. The purpose of the challenge is to encourage generosity through the […]

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PrairieLand Partners names new CEO

Darrell Pankratz is the new CEO of PrairieLand Partners Inc., effective Jan. 18. He succeeds Doug Neufeld, who announced in early January his intention to retire in early spring. Pankratz has been director of sales at PrairieLand for the past eight years. Prior to that, he was CEO of Pankratz Implement before it merged in 2008 with Deer Trail Implement […]

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Family welcomes end of chicken-judging ban

The Craig girls from Florence most likely will get a renewed chance this year to dominate the 4-H chicken classes judging at the Marion County Fair, and probably move on with the resulting state eligibility to show at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. Besides having high quality purebred bantams and large breed chickens, the Craigs usually provide nearly all […]

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