Articles By: Don Ratzlaff

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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Familiar Territory

Familiar Territory

Smith As a Marion County high school graduate with 15 years of small-school teaching and administration experience, including as a virtual-school director, it?s easy to see why Brian Smith was selected as the new superintendent and principal for the Centre school district. ?When this position opened up, I felt comfortable coming here,? said Smith, who began the assignment July 1. […]

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Be safety savvy

As a new academic year begins this week for some of our school districts, it?s time for drivers to heighten their vigilance as they approach schools zones, and anytime they?re cruising down streets during the half hour before and after the school day as students walk and ride bikes between home and school. You never know when or where a […]

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Driving for Mel

Driving for Mel

Suzanne Opp of Denver, Colo., drives one of the antique International tractors through the Goessel Country Threshing Days parade on Saturday morning to honor her father, Mel Dirksen, who made the trip from Denver to participate in the festival for many years before he died last fall. For one family, this weekend?s 40th annual Goessel Country Threshing Days was a […]

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Storm strikes again

Storm strikes again

Rain runoff caused some flooding following Friday night?s storm. For the second time within a week, water was crossing this stretch of Kanza Road between 190th and the Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church southeast of Hillsboro. Although amounts have varied across Marion County, one Hillsboro resident reported that in the past week the area has received more than 13 inches of […]

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Ongoing mission

We recall from our high school days the question with which legendary Hillsboro High School FFA adviser Truman Diener would begin the chapter?s opening ritual: ?Future Farmers of America, why are we here?? Many years have passed since then. This freshman FFAer followed his cow path into journalism instead of ag, and the organization itself shortened its official name to […]

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Fair weather friends

Fair weather friends

Sienna Kaufman of Durham rounds the final barrel and heads for the finish during the barrel-racing competition at the rodeo on Thursday evening. A break from the usual late-July heat is being credited with heating up participation at the 83rd annual Marion County Fair last week. ?Attendance was up this year across the board, and I believe a lot of […]

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