Articles By: Aleen Ratzlaff

In Peak Form

In Peak Form

The view of Handies Peak (center and in the shade) from the saddle between Redcloud and Sunshine peaks, three of the Colorado 14ers, which rise above 14,000 feet. Sisters Darlene Bartel and Phyllis Van Horn can mark July 11-15 as their 10th year hiking summits of Colorado?s Rocky Moun?tains. Their hiking trips began in 2005 after Phyllis, who lives in […]

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Art, in an abstract sense

Art, in an abstract sense

Artist Shin-hee Chin with her mixed-media work, ?The Bridge,? now on display at Pioneer Bluffs near Matfield Green. ‘I want my art to be a bridge between my Christian faith and the secular world, using art as a medium,’ she says. An exhibit of mixed-media paintings by Shin-hee Chin is on display through Sept. 29 at the Gallery at Pioneer […]

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National run at history

National run at history

Kalen Moss, who will be a junior at Hillsboro High School in fall, sets up her exhibit on Lewis Wickes Hine as part of the competition in the Kenneth E. Behring National History Contest June 15-19 at the University of Maryland. Moss qualified for the event in April when she placed in the top two at the state level. Ask […]

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Couple finding that a ?tiny house? is a good fit

Couple finding that a ?tiny house? is a good fit

Kyle and Danae Schmidt pose in front of the tiny house dream home they have been building in Hillsboro. Once complete, the couple plan to live comfortable in the 200-square-foot structure that includes two lofts. (Zac Remboldt photo) Kyle and Danae Schmidt are building their dream home: a tiny house. Once it?s built, the Schmidts plan to live comfortably in […]

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A home in town

A home in town

Eugene Hein, who took over the locally popular mustard business from his mother in 2010, poses by the filling machine he and other family members use to fill the plastic ?honey bear? bottles with the eight varieties of mustard the business produces. Nearly 25 years ago, Lydia Hein first started packing her ?79 blue Chevy Chevette full of her homemade […]

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410 board OKs 2014-15 budget

USD 410 Board of Education approved the budget for 2014-15 at the June 9 regular meeting after a brief executive session for negotiations. The budget was republished with additional revenue from the Virtual Education and Vocational Education funds. An increase in full-time equivalency for the projected enrollment for virtual education added $6,000 while additional funding from Project Lead the Way […]

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Lee Albrecht: Man with a lot of drive

Lee Albrecht: Man with a lot of drive

?There?s nobody who likes having fun more than me, but when I say it?s time to get to work, it?s time.??Lee Albrecht Whether transporting semi-truckloads of grain or the precious cargo of students, Leland ?Lee? A. Albrecht of Hillsboro finds himself spending plenty of time navigating the roadways. Albrecht, who taught and coached at Unified School District 410 for 22 […]

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USD 410 board hears student project

The story of photographer Lewis Hine, researched and depicted by Hillsboro High School sophomore Kalen Moss, was the focus of the Learning Showcase at the USD 410 Board of Educa?tion May 12 meeting. Moss shared and fielded questions about her three-dimensional project featuring Hine, who was instru?mental in helping to change U.S. child labor laws in the early 20th century. […]

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USD 410 board OKs all-day kindergarten

Rows of chairs to seat the public remain empty at most monthly USD 410 Board of Education meetings. But the proposal to offer elective full-day kindergarten for 2014-15 brought a contingency of parents to the April 14 meeting. Hillsboro Elementary School principal Evan Yoder reported more than 80 percent of families represented at kindergarten screening requested a preference for the […]

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USD 410 board hears proposal for all-day kindergarten classes

Discussion of all-day kindergarten took center stage at the regular meeting March 10 of the USD 410 Board of Education. ?Kindergarten is the new first grade,? Superintendent Steve Noble said. Teachers are being asked to do more, Noble said, because of increased curriculum rigor resulting from the switch to current college and career standards. Also, the poverty rate is increasing […]

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