Articles By: Joel Klaassen

Support has come from far and wide

We got back from Atlanta late last Monday night so I didn’t know what was in the paper until Tuesday morning. I was aware that a spadea was being sold to commemorate our twenty years at the Free Press but I was a bit overwhelmed when I opened the paper and saw all of the support we received from far […]

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Visiting family in the south

By the time you read this we will have been to Georgia and North Carolina and back The purpose of the trip was to go see Alex in Athens and Louis in Ashville where they are living and going to school. From what we’ve heard things are going well and we will have had a chance to see for ourselves.We’ve […]

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On the road again

We decided that I would take some short practice trips on the highway before I actually drove any distances.Since it has been nearly two years that I have driven on the highway. Once I hit the road this past Saturday to drive out to the wind farm north of town and actually north of Durham, I realized that it wasn’t […]

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Scholarship isn’t about nonsense

I met with Bonnie Darwin executive director of the Hillsboro Community Foundation and Bill Hake of the Cen­tral Kansas Community Foundation about creating a media scholarship fund. They were willing to meet me at the house so Nancy could also listen in case I didn’t get everything right. Here is what I am thinking about naming the fund as of […]

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Finding things inside out

Finding things inside out

This is a bit crazy but the other day I thought my underwear was imported from Germany or Russia. I looked down at the label and it read like this: Then I discovered that they were just inside out. ◼ When I get my new eyeglasses next month I will be over the moon. If you see me walking around […]

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Seeing straight again

If my mom were still alive she would be 103 this Wednesday Oct. 3. It kind of puts things in perspective for me. Some­times she was 30 years older and sometimes 31 years older. I am quite certain now that I won’t make it to 103 but I know where I am headed one of these days. There is no […]

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It’s time for another surgery

I am trying to remember my opening item for this column and a few other things I was going to include this time but it seems my forgetter is working overtime. This one may be laced with memories of the KU Medical Center trip this past week for eye surgery. ◼ First stop was the PAC or Presurgery Assessment Clinic where […]

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Saving gas, and thinking in the morn

Now that it is a little cooler these days I am actually taking my advice from a good number of years ago. Instead of starting up my truck the moment I get in, I am buckling up first, in order to save the idle time from trying to cool off the cab. This will not only save gas but make […]

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Book is coming together

I am feverishly working on my book or it may be books of columns. I’m hoping to have it finished by this November. However, it is taking longer than I thought it would, because I have to read everything I wrote—a lot. All of the proceeds, not the net, will go towards a Journal­ism/Communi­cations scholarship for Marion Co. high school […]

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Why is Joel walking with a stick?

Our Atlanta kids recently became empty nesters as both Alex and Louis are now both in college. Alex at University of Georgia in Athens and Louis who is a first year student in Ashville. NC. attending culinary school. It wasn’t that long ago that they were both sitting on the floor just behind the carpet watching TV and eating breakfast […]

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