Articles By: Joel Klaassen

A night with Netflix

We decided to watch the movie “Lion” on Netflix the other night, but couldn’t make it to the end because it was getting way too late at night to finish. It’s a good thing we didn’t finish it because the movie was entirely in Hindi and Bengali, which neither of us understand. Luckily, I discovered how to get the subtitles […]

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To Iowa and back again

Joey Young and I just got back from a quick trip to Dubuque, Iowa, for the Midwest Free Community Papers Summer Publisher’s/Manager’s Summit this past Wednesday and Thursday. It’s 10-plus hours one way, so it is quite a haul, but it was definitely worth it. The Summit kicked off with a meal and was supposed to be a Missis­sippi River […]

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Our age compared to what?

I thought it was cool when I figured out that I am half as old as Hillsboro. After the Independence Day festivities on TV and elsewhere, when they kept talking about our country’s 241st birthday, I figured if you are 80 years old plus four months, you are one third as old as the United States. • When we put […]

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One belt is better than two

Most people, like me, need to wear a belt to keep their pants up. But two belts are not better than one. The other day, as I was getting dressed for work, I was putting on my leather belt and when I got to the place where I was going to fasten it, I noticed I had already put on my […]

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Wind can be a pain at times

I don’t remember which windy night it was, but we were watching TV one evening when it was very windy. We heard some plaques fall down in the other room, but didn’t think much else about it. It was the same night the power went off for a while. After it came back on, our lights flickered some but they […]

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Already looking for fall

A while back I was wishing it were summer again. Truth be told, I now wish it was fall with the cooler weather that comes with it. • The guy who robbed a bank because he would rather go to jail than go home to his wife wasn’t thinking clearly. He was 71 years old, I believe, which makes it […]

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Summer off to a fun start

You have to love summer and all of the outdoor activities that are available to most everyone because the prices are reasonable. • For example, there is Chingawassa Days in Marion the first weekend in June every year with top-notch talent. Kudos to the leadership in Marion who pull this big event off every year. I understand some of the […]

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50 years with my Nancy

It’s hard to believe, but we have been living in Hillsboro for the past 40 years. We moved to Hillsboro in March 1977 when Don Wipf offered me a job at the Hillsboro Star-Journal. I had been the production manager at the Wichita Sun, KAKE-TV’s 100,000-circulation free newspaper. When the Sun set in February 1977, it was losing about $8,000 […]

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Brother helps me out again

Brother Mark was here a couple of weekends ago for the high school graduation of relatives in Newton. I said awhile back that I was going to ask him to set up my stereo tuner, which had lost all of its settings because of service I had done on it recently. I read manuals and my eyes roll into my […]

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Another good time in Atlanta

I flew from Atlanta to Wichita over the weekend and my arms are still tired. We now qualify for the TSA pre-check, which I’ll have to say is much easier than what we went through in the past. We didn’t apply for it. It just started showing up on our boarding passes when we printed them out. Or maybe they […]

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