Articles By: Joel Klaassen

You won’t believe a guy did it

What follows here is a true story. I could not possibly make this up. I know a guy who started wearing suspenders not too long ago. One day at work he needed to find some relief on the porcelain throne and undid his suspenders, sat and went about his business. He then put everything back together, washed his hands and […]

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We’ll miss our great mother

We’ll miss our great mother

I honestly thought my mother-in-law, Dayle Unruh, would live to be 100. That she didn’t and died last week was a complete shock to our entire family. She was the best second mom a guy could ever have. I really mean that and I can’t think of one time I was in the dog house with her. ◼ She was […]

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Column with a little help

Since my grandsons are here for Nancy’s mom’s celebration of life service this past weekend, and I came down with pneumonia as well, I asked them if they would help their old grandpa write this column this week. Alex is first, and a sophomore at the Univer­sity of Georgia, and Louis will write second; he is a senior at Grady […]

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Festival in S. Dakota turns 60

Schmeckfest has been on my mind these days since the 60th annual event is coming up next month. The reason I know about this one, especially, is that there is a book being printed about it by the Freeman Courier newspaper in Freeman, S.D., and our book-printing company is assist­ing Tim Waltner and his son, Jeremy, with the project. It […]

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So much for cell mistakes

You can’t even make a mistake when you use your cell phone without someone else knowing about it. For example, I accidentally hit the button on my phone that happened to be brother Mark’s number. I knew he would see it and call me back, which was perfectly OK. Since there is really no cost in making a video call, […]

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Odd call made the difference

As I witnessed the KU-OU game this past Tuesday, I realized what a smart move Sooner coach Lon Kruger made on the Jayhawks in the final few minutes of the game that OU won quite easily. Kruger put in a sub who fouled KU’s big center every time KU had possession of the ball. The sub eventually fouled out, but he succeeded […]

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Bought my first Almanac

I never owned a Farmers’ Almanac until I bought suspenders in a farm store recently. The book was right in front of me at the checkout counter and I made an impulse buy on the spot. ◼ I am starting to doubt myself at times now, after the big fall, since I am having trouble figuring out up from down. ◼ […]

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Call first to renew license

If you are planning to renew your driver’s license in Marion at the courthouse, call before you go since they only now do that Tuesday through Friday. I was planning to go on a Monday recently, which would have been a wasted trip. I think the card asks you to call because the days they do it may change from […]

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Recalling colleague and friend

What does one do when a friend and colleague for more than 50 years dies? I think the best thing to do is to remember all of the good that person has done and how it has made one’s life better. This week I am remembering my friend and colleague Don R.Wipf, who was living in Rogers, Ark., with wife […]

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Save date for HHS reunion

Start planning for the HHS All School reunion during homecoming, which is sometime during late September and early to mid-October. We don’t have the date yet, but save time during this time of year to attend. The class of 1968 is celebrating its 50th anniversary of graduation this year. • Watch for details for the all-school reunion on the Free […]

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