Articles By: Joel Klaassen

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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Reunion coming up for HHS

Reunion coming up for HHS

The HHS All School Reunion is just around the corner. It is scheduled for the weekend of hillsboro high School homecoming Sept. 28-29. By making your reservation for the Saturday even­ing banquet and paying your optional Alumni Association dues you are eligible to attend the Friday night homecoming football game against the Wabaun­see Chargers at no charge as long as […]

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Joining group a great plan

One of the many benefits of joining the Midwest Free Community Paper association (MFCP) was all of the friendships I have made during the past twenty years. I won’t mention names as there are far too many to name, however, I think they will know who they are if they read this column, and I know for sure that one of […]

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Flight a great place to listen

We recently flew Alaska Airlines on a direct flight from Seattle to Wichita. This is possible because Boeing has large groups of employees in both cities. Alaska has in-flight movies, flight tracker, and podcasts as do many other airlines. The app to take advantage of these offerings is GoGo Entertain­ment. So I am listening to a podcast of a former […]

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20 years of Joel’s nonsense

I made it! I have provided this column to my editor every single week for 20 straight years. When I realized what was happening, I had to keep going. I thought it would have been a travesty to miss even one column during the previous 20 years. There were only two that I can think of that were tough to […]

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Another job off the list

It sure was nice to come home to a fresh coat of paint on the house and trim. We hired JD Bowman of JDs Painting to do the job, and I would recommend him for house painting. He did exactly what we asked him to do. He prepped and primed what needed it, and we think it looks terrific. Our […]

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Everyone is also a customer

I have had a thought rattling around in my head for some time. Probably about 20 years, which is how old the Free Press will be in about three weeks. If you’ve been in business for a while, I think you can relate to what I am about to write. There is absolutely no way you can make everyone happy all […]

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Traveling coast made for gains

This column will be Travelogue Part II of our West Coast Trip in 2018. Can’t go any further without comparing the differences in the weather. We left lows in the upper-50s with highs in the mid-70s with rather low humidity to the oppressive heat and humidity we walked into in Wichita this past Thursday night when we got off the […]

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