Articles By: Joel Klaassen

Thirty years without my father

It will be thirty years this May 24 that my dad died at Hillsboro Community Hospital of a massive stroke. If I live to April 10 this year, I will have lived longer than he did. I’m not planning to leave God’s green earth anytime soon, though.   If you’ve tried to trim your fingernails with a clipper and pretended […]

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Flying the world took time

If you were wondering where I got the money to fly to all those places I mentioned in last month’s column, (see hillsborofreepress.com /opinion/partly nonsense if you need your memory refreshed) it covered a span of more than 50 years, so I didn’t pay for them all at one time. Some trips were for business and pleasure paid by others’. […]

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Flying through the air

One night when I couldn’t sleep, I figured I would recall all the airports I have traveled through to from here to there since about 1967. These flights all originated at Hillsboro Muni­cipal airport: Hillsboro to Armstrong, Ontario, with stops in Buffalo, MN, and Thunder Bay, Ontario, en­route with Dr. Norman Abrahams. It was a fishing trip my dad took […]

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Starting to dial back the writing

Starting to dial back the writing

I am announcing a change this week about this column. Beginning in 2020, I am cutting back to a monthly Partly Nonsense, with the permission of Publisher, Joey Young. I am hoping he or one of the owners will write in this space in the weeks I am not. I would like to thank my loyal readers who have read […]

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Families connect throughout

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours. I missed the festiveness of the office since I’ve been retired for the past year. I missed the candy and all the food except I’m a bit smaller for my absence. My sister and her family will have been here for Christ­mas by the time you are reading this […]

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Don’t miss your music opportunity

If you missed the concert this past summer at First Mennonite Church presented by the family group 5x Harder, you have another chance to hear them. The family includes Pastor Tom Harder and his wife, Lois, who is the interim associate pastor at Alex­anderwohl Menno­nite Church and their daughters. They are Anna, Madeline and her husband Eric, and Hillary, youngest […]

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ESPN+ is not always a plus

I think I may have mentioned the app ESPN+ previously in this column. I now refer to it as ESPN + – – because it is extremely hard to use. I downloaded a speech to text app and this is what happened because this is so hard for me to type. I have named ESPN plus minus minus because it’s very […]

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Catching up on a few things

There are two things I forgot to mention in my reflections of a 73-year-old column. After rereading it I came up with two more things I am extremely grateful for. ◼ One is a trip we made to my sister Elaine’s house in Minneapolis last Thanksgiving in my sister Janet and brother-in-law Orvin’s 15-passenger van with their two boys Jon […]

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A comedy of errors for Joel

How do these types of things keep happening to me? I went into my shop the other day and there was a fan still turned on. It must have been from a hot day, but which one? Then I thought one day last week would be a good day to get something done outside. So I proceeded to back the […]

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Reflections of a 73-year-old.

I am going to call this column “Reflections of a 73-year-old.” First and foremost I am super glad I married my high school sweetheart Nancy Unruh. For without her I wouldn’t have my immediate family, our children, Amy and Dan and their spouses George and Katie; and our grandsons Alexander and Louis. I really love my family. Nancy really knows […]

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