Articles By: Joel Klaassen

Watch the big groups for privacy

If you care about privacy on the internet you might be reading up on what the big boys like Google, Twitter and Facebook are doing to protect your information. They are known for search and for social media but that is not all they are known for. They think that selling information about you is okay. With me it is […]

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Taking a stroll with memories

I woke up today and was thinking about our good friend Dick Varenhorst of Marion who died much too young at the age of 70 in 2014 of cancer at his home in Marion. He worked for the Free Press and the Buyer’s Edge, retiring in 2009. His laugh was infectious and he wrote the column, “Thoughts of a Cluttered Mind,” […]

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Go walk the trails in Tulsa

If you have kids or grandkids ages up to twelve years old you must go to the Gathering Place just southwest of downtown Tulsa along the Arkansas River. It is a world class park in our view. It is a new park for the people and it is free to the public. I heard it is about 70 acres containing trails, […]

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No need to bet on basketball

Ten times out of nine I root for the underdog, which is how I have usually seen myself in most things. (But since I am an old white guy, a lot of other people wouldn’t agree.) This brings me to the Duke and University of Central Florida game in the NCAA Basketball Tournament. It seemed obvious that the underdog was […]

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All-school reunion is scheduled

It’s official now. The 2019 HHS All-School Reunion will be held at Tabor College Shari Flaming Fine Arts Center and the entertainment this year will be the internationally known Greg Classen, Ventriloquist. The committee is still hammering out some of the details so stay tuned to this space in the future. ◼ Watch for details for what is planned for the […]

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It’s best to stay close to friends

I called one of my KU roommates, Bob Krehbiel from Pretty Prairie to let him know that our friend Bob Dalke had passed away. I found out that he was just thinking about contacting me. Anyway I learned from Bob that another of our KU roommates, Ted Mandrell, had died a month earlier in Mesa, Ariz. Mandrell had a great sense of […]

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Finding things to amuse

If you have all day, as I do mostly now, I have to think up things to do. One way to make the day go fast is to stay in bed until nine or ten and then pretty soon it is lunch time. In the afternoons I take a nap or close my eyes and rest like in Kindergarten. Or […]

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Sad to see long-time friend pass

I am saddened to hear about the passing of my KU roommate Bob Dalke a few weeks ago on Feb. 18 at the age of 70. He was always good for a laugh or two. He and I go way back to high school days as well. On a Friday night around Christmas Break in ’66 at KU we hooked […]

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Where are the happy hills at? 

There was a big discussion at our Wednes­day night meal at church the other night about where the happy hills are south of town. I say it is 160th and some said it was the blacktop or 150th. I’m planning a trip out there to see for myself (so you don’t need to go) if I’m right or wrong. If […]

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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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