Articles By: Joel Klaassen

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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Not easy being on same page

I am wondering if others have this problem with their significant others. My wife and I are seldom on the same page when it comes to hearing just exactly what the other one said. OK, it is me. The other day I had a meeting at 11:30 that I used to take my lunch to eat while we meet. Lately I […]

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Losing a pillar at the Free Press

This entire column will be about my former partner and good friend Don Ratzlaff. As of last week’s issue, he has moved on to other pastures. I am sure that Tabor College will be very happy with what Don brings to the table in their communications office. Just between you and me, 20 years is a very long time to […]

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Concert, friends in Lawrence

One of the things that makes me crazy is thinking of things to write about, and then forgetting them by the time I get to it. I have never been very good at taking notes, which I could be much better at doing, but new skills are not on my horizon right now, so I will wing it like I […]

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High speed internet is exciting

I am really liking my new internet with Eagle. The speed tests I’ve have been right where I thought it should be—except one time when it was 10 mega­bytes slower than I thought it should be. Upload speed has not been affected when I have tested it. I am truly amazed at what is available to stream these days from […]

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Gas prices were way low in ’65

Does anyone remember when you could buy a gallon of gas in Hillsboro for 22¢ and have your oil checked and the front floor mats vacuumed to boot? I did in 1965. There was no such thing as self-service and gas was always available on Sundays because the stations took turns being open on Sunday so people could fill their […]

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Flying was tough on my arms

We just flew in from Atlanta, and man, are my arms tired. I may have used this before, but I don’t care. ◼ I think older people like me start to feel like they don’t need to make any excuses for what they say or how they act. I have noticed it myself recently, and I need to stop it. […]

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Grandson graduates in style

We spent five days last week in Atlanta to attend the high school graduation of our youngest grandson, Louis, at the Georgia World Congress Center. He graduated from Grady High School, as did brother Alex two years prior. I think there were more than 300 in his class. They all walked across the stage to get their diplomas from the […]

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