Articles By: Don Ratzlaff

Families turn out for Block Fest

Families turn out for Block Fest

Adults and children stack large foam blocks during the first Block Fest in Marion County. The two-session event, sponsored by Marion County Parents as Teachers and Marion County Head Start, drew 33 adults and 43 children, representing 23 families. The intent is to combine learning opportunities with family-centered fun, according to organizers. If participation is an indicator, the first Block […]

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Family ties lure new Emergency Management director to county

Family ties lure new Emergency Management director to county

Randy Frank comes to the Emergency Management position in Marion County after serving in a similar role in Fayette County, Iowa. He said his view of the job is to ?prepare for the worst and pray for the best.? Randy Frank is glad the county commissioners hired him as the county?s new Emergency Manage?ment director, but he credits family for […]

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New Tabor College history prof finds his way back home again

New Tabor College history prof finds his way back home again

Tabor College history professor Bob Elder relaxes in his third-story office in the Lohrenz Building. Against all odds, Elder?s career path has led him and his family to an unexpected destination: Living close to his extended family in Valley Center. by Don Ratzlaff The Free Press Given the tight job market for college-level history professors these day, Bob Elder and […]

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Winter joins vet staff at clinic

Winter joins vet staff at clinic

Jessica Winter joined the veterinary staff at the Hillsboro Animal Clinic Nov. 4. The Latham native says, ?It?s a busy career, but I love it. I?ve known it since I was tiny.? Jessica Winter?s first day of work as a veterinarian at the Hillsboro Animal Clinic was Nov. 4, but she?s already confident about her long-term plans. ?This is definitely […]

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Responsibility

Few people are as intimately in touch with the neighborhoods of our communities than the civil servants whose job assignment takes them through these neighborhoods on a regular basis and year round. These folks see things as they are, and often, for better or worse, as they continue to be. Recently, one of these civil servants reported on the sorry […]

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CKL volleyball all-league lists 4 Trojans

Four members of Hills?boro?s 43-1, league and Class 2A state championship volleyball team were recognized with all-league status last week by the coaches of the Central Kansas League. Two Trojans were unanimous selections to the first team: senior Danae Bina at the libero position, and sophomore Alex Ratzlaff as an outside hitter. Bina registered 463 digs in 476 attempts on […]

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Four Trojans earn CKL football honors

Four members of Hills?boro?s 3-6 football team received all-league recognition last week from the coaches of the Central Kan?sas League. Senior Evan Ollenburger was one of two first-team selections on both sides of the ball. He was a unanimous choice for wide receiver and a first-team pick for defensive back. As a receiver, Ollenburger caught 61 passes for 936 yards […]

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Hillsboro council OKs refinancing

for Golden Heritage

The Hillsboro City Coun?cil agreed to refinance industrial revenue bonds for Golden Heritage Foods during its Nov. 5 meeting?but without the city being listed as the bond facilitator. The decision was prompted by the honey-processing company?s plan to expand its facilities in the Hillsboro Industrial Park, according to City Administrator Larry Paine. ?They want to do it in a way […]

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Tabor dominates Threshers, 76-19

Tabor dominates Threshers, 76-19

Nik France (46) intercepts a Thresher pass and runs it in for 6 points in the first half Saturday in Tabor?s 76-19 rout of rival Bethel College. With the win, Tabor moved up to No. 12 in the latest NAIA Football Coaches? Top 25 Poll. Tabor College responded to an embarrassing upset loss last week to lowly Bethany College by […]

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Real and personal

The impact of declining enrollment and inadequate state funding became real and personal Monday night when the USD 410 Board of Education opted to reduce an anticipated budget shortfall by eliminating three staff positions: activities director, district administrative assistant and vehicle mechanic. Those tasks will be absorbed?theoretically, at least?by continuing staff members who already have full workloads. Additional strategies are […]

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