Articles By: Joel Klaassen

President’s night was impressive

I haven?t been to many college president inaugurations in my time?in fact, I don?t recall attending any until this past Friday night.

The inauguration of Tabor College?s 13th president, Jules Glanzer, was a most impressive evening and it didn?t seem at all like it took an hour and 40 minutes.

Read more ›

Deadline approaches for reunion

The deadline for making a reservation for the Hills?boro High School All School Reunion Banquet on Saturday night, May 24, is just around the bend. May 16 to be exact.

The Alumni Association committee is pleased with the re?sponse it has been getting from all over the country.

Read more ›

Another trip in the whirlwind

The whirlwind continues. We headed to sunny California and Palm Springs for the annual Association of Free Community Papers convention and trade show this past week and built in a little time to see Dave and Penny and niece Whitney in Los Angeles.

This will be my third year for peddling my photobook book printing to newspapers and other publications. The publishers and other key people who attend these events are starting to recognize me and the service I offer.

Read more ›

Staff birth more than Just a baby

We are beaming at the Free Press this week as Gracelyn Abigail Just was born to our features and news writer Malinda and husband Brad Just last Wednesday.

They couldn?t be prouder and we couldn?t be happier for them.

I got to see Gracelyn and even hold her. I can tell you she is Just perfect.

Read more ›

Whirlwind week was a good ride

Life is never dull around here. This past week has been a whirlwind for me. My Jayhawks pulled off one of the biggest miracle finishes in NCAA Final Four history, which I have watched over and over?not to mention all the articles and Web stuff I just had to read.

Plus, I took a bus ride to Des Moines this past Thursday under the guise of saving money and for the experience. I have never ridden the bus anywhere before.

Read more ›

Sometimes you have to steam

My wife still reads my column. In the early days of the Free Press she read it before it went to press for some reason?now she just reads it in the paper.

I was informed that last week?s column was a little heavy and, after reading it again myself, I agreed. After a while things build up and you have to let off a little steam.

Read more ›

Candidates for prez are unsuitable

None of the candidates for president from either party suit me at all. I couldn?t and wouldn?t campaign for any of them nor would I send them one dime. No matter who wins, we get more of the same.

Read more ›

Apple a day isn?t always a sure cure

They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away?but if you?re sick and need a doctor it?s not a good idea. I?ve eaten a lot of apples lately but to no avail. I still end up at the clinic for myriad reasons. At least they are nice to me there?nicer than I deserve.

Read more ›
Directions still off by a quarter
Directions still off by a quarter

Directions still off by a quarter

I?ve lived in Hillsboro for two-thirds of my life, and I still must not know my directions.

Mot Ttelp pulled me aside and said he had also played in the old Tabor College barn, but corrected me on where I located it in last week?s column. It was actually south across the old highway, and not west of the college.

Read more ›

Shaving in the shower has pros, cons

I?ve been shaving for more than 40 years now and I?ve never shaved in the shower until last week.

The cord was barely long enough.

Read more ›