Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 21 July 2009 13:43Marion County is blessed with strong educational leadership, and the addition of Steve Noble as the new superintendent for USD 410 in Hillsboro will only fortify that position. It doesn’t take long to be impressed not only with his commitment to the education of our children, but with his ability to articulate and energize that vision through strong communication and collaboration skills.
Noble is quick to say that climbing the professional ladder is not his priority. He and wife Gita say...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Wednesday, 28 November 2007 01:31Confusing comments from Speaker Neufeld
I’m confused about the comments made by House Speaker Melvin Neufeld as reported in the Nov. 21 Free Press.
Mr. Neufeld said carbon dioxide emissions are not a danger. Yet, most legitimate scientists warn us that carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired electric plants are a major contributor to global warming.
Mr. Neufeld said a 5.5 percent increase in electric rates is predicted in the next five years because of the coal-plant denial and that we will have to buy expensive power from out of state. But some 85 percent of the power that has to be generated at the Holcomb plant was to be sold out of state.
Finally, Mr. Neufeld claims that last year the Montezuma wind farm generated...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 16 September 2008 14:43n Deb Miller, state secretary of transportation, told Florence city leaders that constructing a roundabout would be the safest financially feasible solution for the intersection of U.S. highways 50 and 77. About 22 roundabouts have been constructed in the state to this point.
n Matt Dalke began work as the new director for the Hillsboro Recreation Commission. The Hillsboro native had been working previously in Newton, where he was a field maintenance supervisor for the city’s parks department.
n Congressman Jerry Moran was on hand to present a new Purple Heart to Albert Klose of Hillsboro at a brief ceremony at the American Legion Hall. Klose said his original medal was accidentally ruined by an infant member of the extended family...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 30 June 2009 13:57My head is spinning from trying to keep up with what President Obama and his party are attempting to push through in Washington these days.
There is a daily dose of fixing this and fixing that, with mounds and mounds of more borrowed money and government intrusion.
To put the cost of health care reform into perspective I tried to take a trillion dollars and enter it into my calculator to find out how much that number is divided by 46 million—the estimated number of uninsured Americans—and I can’t put that many zeroes into it.
Pretty soon we’ll have to buy a new calculator that accounts for these huge numbers without fancy math.
Smart people can figure these numbers using the number 10 to the power of 10, 14 or whatever. I...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 14 July 2009 14:10When I started working at the Hillsboro Free Press in October, I introduced myself and mentioned how much I like it here. Now, more than nine months later, I wanted to add to that by telling a little more of the story.
About three years ago, my husband, Randy, had an opportunity to work in Hillsboro. After discussing it, we both decided it was for the best.
At the time, we thought it was a temporary assignment and so I went about my newspapering job in Colby.
Each Friday, Randy would faithfully make the four-hour drive home and on Sunday’s he would pack his bag and head back for another work week in Hillsboro.
One month went by, then two months, six months, a year and every weekend without fail, whether snow, rain, heat or gloom...
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