Written by Don Ratzlaff Wednesday, 25 April 2007 10:36Click photo to enlarge
Charlie Reece (left), of Ag Service Inc., and Hillsboro wheat producer Randy Eitzen examine a wheat plant in search of new tillers during a gathering of some 100 area wheat producers last Tuesday. The group gathered at a wheat test plot southeast of Hillsboro to hear Gary Kilgore, a crops and soils specialist from Kansas State University, talk about prospects and options for this year’s wheat crop following a devastating Easter freeze. About 300...
Written by Andrew Ottoson Wednesday, 25 April 2007 10:30Todd Lehman’s 13-month marathon challenge ended April 16 at the Boston Marathon. Along the way, he has been raising awareness for a prison-visitation ministry. Andrew Ottoson / Free Press Local youth pastor completes a challenge of body and soul
For more than a year, Hillsboro resident Todd Lehman has been covering a lot of ground in Marion County and around the country.
Lehman is best known locally for his work as youth pastor for First Mennonite and Trinity Mennonite churches.
But the Kidron, Ohio, native has been working on a project of mythic proportions: running a marathon per month for over a year.
Fittingly, the Boston Marathon, held for 111th consecutive year last Monday, brought Lehman’s...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Wednesday, 25 April 2007 10:23The Hillsboro City Council received some sobering information at itsMay 17 meeting about the projected costs of bringing the roofs at theformer AMPI building and city hall to proper maintenance.
The city had asked Wray Roofing Inc. from North Newton to inspectthe city-owned facility at Ash and Third streets. USD 410 isconsidering renting 14,300 square feet of the building to house itscentral office, transportation and maintenance services.
The company prepared a diagram of the expansive structure that identified various components of the roof. A total of just over 28,000 square feet of roof rated a “poor” or “fair-poor” evaluation with a repair estimate of $135,272.
In addition, the company’s estimate to repair a...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Wednesday, 25 April 2007 10:14The dotted line around the colored areas indicate the boundaries of the property that will be jointly owned by USD 410 and Tabor College if the bond election passes in June. Click on photo to enlarge.
Schools propose shared facility for football and track.
The most unconventional portion of the USD 410 bond proposal involves a partnership with Tabor College to build a football and track facility on the college campus.
The partnership involves not only a high school and college athletic program, also a public and private institution.
“To us, it just doesn’t make sense to have two facilities in Hillsboro,” Superintendent Gordon Mohn said about the partnership.
The total cost of this project is $4.033 million...
Written by Jerry Engler Tuesday, 17 April 2007 12:50This wheat field, like many in Marion County, depicts the severe impact of this month’s record snow fall and cold temperatures. “Everybody is interested in what happens next,” said Jeff Cady, crop insurance agent and partner in the National Farmers Union agency in Marion. Several state sources have called the crop at least 45 percent gone.
(Click photo to enlarge.) Flattened and discoloring wheat fields, like this one near Hillsboro, were a common sight around Marion County on Sunday as a late snowstorm hit Marion County on Friday for the second week in a row. The first storm, which was accompanied by three nights of freezing temperatures, was thought to damage a potential bumper crop...
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