Articles By: Don Ratzlaff

Character

Last week the nation observed the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.?s ?I Have a Dream? speech, considered by many to be one the most powerful orations in American history. One of the many memorable lines from the speech speaks to the heart of his message: ?I have a dream that my four little children will one day live […]

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Hospital CEOs address local impact of proposed clinic

Hospital CEOs address local impact of proposed clinic

? Newton Medical chief says clinic will provide additional services. Steve Kelly SteveKelly522cmyk The chief executive officer of Newton Medical Center believes the new clinic it plans to open in Hillsboro will benefit the community in the short-term as well as the long run. And it may be opening sooner than later. ?We?re going up there to accomplish several things,? […]

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Hillsboro, townships adopt fire protection plan

After more than two years of negotiation, the city of Hills?boro, the city of Lehigh and four surrounding rural township boards have a new fire protection agreement. The Hillsboro City Council and elected representatives from Lehigh, Liberty, Menno and Risley townships approved the agreement during the council?s Aug. 20 meeting. The remaining partner, the city of Lehigh, is expected to […]

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Competition

Nothing ensures the future of a business venture better than effectively meeting the needs of the people it seeks to serve. If we frame the discussion about Newton Medical Center building a clinic in Hillsboro and Marion County with that assumption, the emphasis of the debate shifts from ?insider/outsider? to a more introspective ?how are we doing at meeting the […]

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USD 410 welcomes two new teachers as school year begins

USD 410 welcomes two new teachers as school year begins

USD 410-Hillsboro welcomed students back to school last Thurs?day with a new classroom teacher at both ends of the age spectrum. Kindergarten Shari Sisk Stepping in as a kindergarten teacher at Hillsboro Elementary School, Shari Sisk begins her 23rd year of teaching. It is her first job in the district even though she has called Hillsboro home since 2009. Sisk […]

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Athletes turn out for first official day of fall sports practice

Athletes turn out for first official day of fall sports practice

First football practice Hillsboro High School senior Jesse Brown points to the cone that his exhausted teammate must touch to complete that leg of a multi-stage conditioning drill Monday morning, the first official day of fall sports practice for Kansas high schools. Brown and his teammates are coming off a 10-1 season in 2012. Second-year coach Lance Sawyer and the […]

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Thiessen claims golf championship title

Anthony Thiessen overcame a one-stroke deficit on the final hole of the two-day Hillsboro Club Championship to beat his brother, Phillip, by a single stroke and claim this year?s title at the Hillsboro Municipal Golf Course Aug. 11. With the two brothers well ahead of the field during Sunday?s final round, an errant shot by Phillip Thiessen on the 18th […]

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Paperless poverty

Technology is pushing the world toward a paper?less work environment, and the evidence is growing locally. Direct-deposit checking has been around for quite a while, eliminating for many the need for paper paychecks. Most bills can be reviewed and paid online. Numerous public entities, from school districts to city governments, distribute board agenda and documents in digital form; for many […]

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Rains end drought, but new concerns grow for crops

Rains end drought, but new concerns grow for crops

Rain runoff ponding in corn and soybean fields has been a common sight throughout much of the past month and a half when Marion County received more than 20 inches of moisture in a series of storms and showers. The drought that has plagued Marion County and the central Kansas region for more than two years is officially over, thanks […]

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Goessel?s gold rush continues

Goessel?s gold rush continues

Goessel High?s FCCLA golden girls pose for a group shot at the national conference: (from left) Tia Goertzen, Alex Hiebert, Page Hiebert, Allison Meysing, Allyssa Booton and Anna Wiens. One year after bringing home gold medals in three individual events at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America national leadership conference, Goessel High School brought home three gold medals […]

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