Articles By: Joel Klaassen

Another bout with injury

Last Saturday evening, Dec. 2, when I went out to our garage to put a pizza box in our recycling I never imagined what would happen next. I still don’t remember it, but as I was going up the steps back into the house, I grabbed for the railing and missed, falling backward from the top step of two and […]

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Disgusting behavior in D.C.

The topic of sexual harassment has taken over the news these days. The generation before us was pretty good at it, and it has been going on for years with all generations. I do believe the culture is changing, but I think Carly Fiorina, former CEO of HP and candidate for U.S. president in 2016, nailed it when she said […]

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Another use for fresh eggs

Natalie, here at the Free Press, has been bringing farm-fresh eggs to the office from her little crew of chickens on the farm in rural Marion. The last time she brought some in, they all didn’t go home with the staffers, so I asked if I could take some to our previous neighbors, the Gif­fins, and Natalie said yes. When […]

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Memories of John Knaak Sr.

My generation is definitely in transition, some are becoming ill and some are dying. In the past two weeks, two of my generation who lived most of their adult lives in Hillsboro have died: John Knaak, 79, and Johnnie Liles, 75. • John Sr. and wife Wendy came back to Hillsboro, where John managed the Ben Franklin store following in […]

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Eaters exceeded voters

If the numbers I heard were correct, I find it interesting that more people ate turkey dinner than voted at the Methodist church last week. Had Hillsboro not had a contested election I fear the turnout would have been much lower. It wasn’t the weather, so what does it take to get the other half of registered voters out to […]

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Time has changed again

I was really ready to fall back this past Sunday, as it is much nicer to fall back than to spring forward. I don’t need an extra hour of sleep because I routinely get nine to 10 hours a night. I just needed the extra hour. • I once said we should have a time change every weekend. Spring ahead […]

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Son Dan is back on the job

It’s been great to have Dan at home again for a part of a week. He and Katie were here for just a few days around Labor Day, and this trip was intended to help with a few projects we didn’t finish then. And that’s what happened. They have left Bend, Ore., and are planning to settle in the Seattle […]

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Cancer free for 10 years

Oct. 23 was the 10th anniversary of my prostate cancer surgery at the KU Medical Center. It seems like yesterday, but now it’s been a decade of living cancer-free. I am one of the fortunate ones to have lived all of these years without the disease that has taken so many lives. Losing one’s prostate isn’t the end of the world, […]

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More ways we hear our music

I ran out of space last week when I was writing about all of the ways we listened to music. I didn’t mention the 8-track tape, the cassette tape—I still have a boatload of those I still want to convert to digital—the iPod and mp3 and for the PC devices, the .wav music audio files. Until the digital world came along […]

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Addicted to joke books?

I don’t know what it is about joke books, but I think I may be addicted to them. I get one in the mail and before I have finished reading it, another one is here. I should have known when friend Dave texts me for my address. A day or two later the joke book is here. They are also […]

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