Articles By: Joel Klaassen

Enjoying a tropic vacation

Just got back from Jamaica with our very best friends after being gone for right at one week. There are great differences between the two countries aside from the weather this time of year. It was just above 80-82 degrees all week with cool sea breezes and sunshine every day. Perfect for swimming in the ocean or pool. What seems […]

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Funk had quite the impact

Ken, Kenny, Kenneth Funk; however you knew him made no difference. He was a hard-working guy all of his life. Sadly, he passed away on Saturday, Jan. 5, of complications of ankle surgery in Wichita. I first wanted to be like him when I bought my ’56 Chevy from a local dealership that he and his wife Bonnie owned previously. […]

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New era started for Klaassen

I thought this would be farther down the line, but I have been sending out the following letter this past week as an email and as a letter. If you haven’t yet received the email or letter, you will at some point, if we have done business in the past: This may come as no surprise to most of you who […]

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Car makes for cheap defense

If you want cheap protection at home and don’t care for firearms, I’ve heard of maybe the perfect solution. Take your key fob or remote for your car to bed with you and then if you hear someone rustling around your house or even trying to get in, hit the panic button. I’ll bet the noise would scare most people […]

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No kitchen time after big mess

Listen to this. I have been officially banned from our kitchen by my wife after my attempt to make Russian pancakes for supper the other evening. I must be getting clumsy in my old age as I made quite a mess of the kitchen. I wasn’t believing the mess but she said there was flour in about a half dozen […]

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Hanging up the daily grind

Now that I am nearly eight years past retirement age, I will be ending my daily trips to the office after the first of the year. I agreed to stay on three years after I transferred ownership to the business and now it is nearly five. I sold my interest on April 1, 2014. Where did the time go? I […]

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Books are finally at the printer

I am glad to say that my books are finished and at the printer with my final approval which is a bit scary since I was striving for perfection which is not affordable nor attainable. I will have an official book release of “Two Decades of Nonsense. Vol. I & II” at Rhubarb Market on Satur­day, Dec. 15, from 10:30-2:00. If […]

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Traveling for the holidays

By the time you read this we will have been to Minneapolis, Minn., to visit my sister Elaine and her family and back home. We rode up with my brother-in-law Orvin and my sister Janet and in their 15-passenger van along with our neph­ews Jon and Ian. Brother Mark was flying in from Tulsa on Thanks­giving morning. We also planned […]

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Trees are tough to count

When we sailed down the highways in North Carolina last weekend I started to count the trees and then gave up shortly after. There are so many you cannot begin to count them. I was kidding about trying to count them, but merely trying to illustrate a point. The trees make for some very nice scenery though. In many ways […]

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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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