Articles By: Aleen Ratzlaff

USD 410 board approves fees for new school year

USD 410 Board of Education approved meal prices, student fees and pay rates for 2017-18 at its July 10 meeting.<p>The board voted for a 5-cent increase for prekindergarten through grade 12 breakfasts and lunches and a 10-cent increase for adult staff meals. Adult breakfast, adult non-staff, child visitor and a-la-carte items also increased by 5 cents.<p>Reduced price rates for breakfast […]

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A boost for young families

A boost for young families

The Sorensen family of Hillsboro—parents Tania and Wade, and children Aaliyah, 5, Lucas, 8, and Sam, 11—have benefitted from early children programs available in Marion County, including Parents as Teachers, Early Intervention Services and Head Start. “Especially with your first child, you don’t know all the milestones they should be reaching, and they help you with that,” Tania said about […]

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County hears about dusty truck traffic

Marion County commissioners addressed the concern about heavy traffic that’s raising a lot of dust for residents living along one county road. Commissioner Diane Novak had received a call because up to 50 to 70 trucks per day are driving along 220th Street from U.S. Highway 77. The trucks are transporting quarry rocks to a construction site. Jesse Hamm, Road […]

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Eclectic items offered for sale at The Shops at Kessler’s

Three afternoons a week, plus every fourth Saturday, local and visiting shoppers can explore the diverse merchandise for sale at The Shops at Kessler’s in Hills­boro. “The Shops at Kessler’s has an eclectic mix of vintage, home decor, antiques, books, farm and garden, as well as Watkins products and more,” said Joni Calam, who manages the consignment booths at 112 […]

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Woman credits God for her century of life

Woman credits God for her century of life

Elfreda Fast will celebrate her 100th birthday with her children, family and friends Sunday afternoon at Park Villa, the assisted-living facility where she resides. e siblings—Janet van Houten of Rapid City, S.D., Dale and Ruth Fast of Chicago, and Lavon and Randy Sperling of Lincoln, Neb.—plan to attend their mother’s birthday celebration Sunday afternoon at Park Villa in Hillsboro. Elfreda […]

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410 board OKs HES discipline policies

USD 410 Board of Educa­tion approved the addition of discipline policies to the Hillsboro Elementary School Handbook at its regular meeting June 12. Prior to the vote, Evan Yoder, HES principal, explained his rationale for the changes. “(In the past), I didn’t have a whole lot about discipline in the handbook,” he said. “Clarifica-tion (of expectations) was needed.” He said […]

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Grafton finding her niche at St. Luke

Grafton finding her niche at St. Luke

In late December, nurse practitioner Tracy Grafton joined St. Luke Medical Clinic in Marion. “I wanted to be in a rural community where I really get to know my patients and I really could affect all those different aspects (of health care),” she said. irl, Tracy Grafton felt the tug toward a career in nursing. “I really had always grown […]

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Centre grad now practicing at St. Luke

Centre grad now practicing at St. Luke

Family physician Amanda Baxa joined St. Luke Medical Clinic in April. “I love taking care of people I know and being able to do better medicine by forming connections with patients,” she said about choosing to build a practice in Marion. With two months under her belt, St. Luke Medical Clinic’s most recent family physician to come on board finds […]

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USD 410 recognizes 2 retiring teachers

USD 410 recognizes 2 retiring teachers

USD 410 Superintendent Max Heinrichs presents USD 410 plaques to Len Coryea Two long-time teachers were recognized at USD 410 Board of Education’s regular meeting May 10. Len Coryea, who has taught for 31 years, and Terry Bebermeyer, who has taught 26, will retire at the end of this school year. As he handed each an award plaque, Superin­tendent Max […]

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410 board approves computer purchase

USD 410 Board of Educa­tion approved a $96,259 computer purchase as part of the district’s technology rotation and acquisition plan at its April 10 meeting. The purchase will include 51 laptops and 67 desktop computers from Twotrees Technology. Superintendent Max Heinrichs, along with technology director Brad Just, reported on the future option of adopting Chromebooks, lower-priced notebooks sold by Google […]

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