Articles By: Joel Klaassen

Save the dates for annual Hillsboro reunion

If you are a graduate of Hillsboro High School, I would be saving the following dates for the All-School Reunion which is coming up Sept. 13 and 14 this year which are the dates for the Hillsboro High School homecoming weekend. Lots of cool things are planned for this year including a new location with nationally known entertainment for the […]

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Saying goodbye to friends

Nancy’s Aunt Lil of Hesston passed away on Feb. 4 at the age of 89 and was the last living relative of that generation. She was funny and liked to laugh—a lot. My father-in-law, Ennis, was her brother and when they were together you never knew what would be said. ◼ Dr. A.R. Claassen died the same day, on Feb. […]

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KFC isn’t for fried chicken

We learned from Byron when we were in Jamaica, that the world’s largest KFC is located in Montego Bay and they are not known for Jerk Chicken. The KFC doesn’t stand for Kentucky Fried Chick­en but rather “Keep From Cooking” or “Keep Fat Com­ing.” Friday night is the time and he said the wait can be up to one and […]

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Office isn’t getting any cleaner

So far, cleaning the office is not going well. In fact, there is more stuff in here now than there was a month ago. We decided to move the exercise bike into the spare bedroom and exchange it for the Church pew bench that was in the spare bedroom. And just like Nancy said I would use it for a […]

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Enjoying a tropic vacation

Just got back from Jamaica with our very best friends after being gone for right at one week. There are great differences between the two countries aside from the weather this time of year. It was just above 80-82 degrees all week with cool sea breezes and sunshine every day. Perfect for swimming in the ocean or pool. What seems […]

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Funk had quite the impact

Ken, Kenny, Kenneth Funk; however you knew him made no difference. He was a hard-working guy all of his life. Sadly, he passed away on Saturday, Jan. 5, of complications of ankle surgery in Wichita. I first wanted to be like him when I bought my ’56 Chevy from a local dealership that he and his wife Bonnie owned previously. […]

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New era started for Klaassen

I thought this would be farther down the line, but I have been sending out the following letter this past week as an email and as a letter. If you haven’t yet received the email or letter, you will at some point, if we have done business in the past: This may come as no surprise to most of you who […]

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Car makes for cheap defense

If you want cheap protection at home and don’t care for firearms, I’ve heard of maybe the perfect solution. Take your key fob or remote for your car to bed with you and then if you hear someone rustling around your house or even trying to get in, hit the panic button. I’ll bet the noise would scare most people […]

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No kitchen time after big mess

Listen to this. I have been officially banned from our kitchen by my wife after my attempt to make Russian pancakes for supper the other evening. I must be getting clumsy in my old age as I made quite a mess of the kitchen. I wasn’t believing the mess but she said there was flour in about a half dozen […]

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Hanging up the daily grind

Now that I am nearly eight years past retirement age, I will be ending my daily trips to the office after the first of the year. I agreed to stay on three years after I transferred ownership to the business and now it is nearly five. I sold my interest on April 1, 2014. Where did the time go? I […]

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