Articles By: Kevin Hower

Humanity is small compared to cosmos

I used to spend a great deal more time outdoors—particularly when I was much younger—until I graduated community college and left my home in the country. Lately, I tend to spend far more time in front of a computer, whether it be creating art, writing or programming. However, I remember a couple of events that I suspect were once-in-a-lifetime experiences. […]

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Area Hoops Roundup (January 17, 2018)

GIRLS CANTON-GALVA—The Eagles went 1-1 last week after a 52-22 loss at Goessel on Tuesday followed by a blow-out 57-18 win against Solo­mon on Friday. The Eagles jumped to an 11-2 lead against Solomon after one quarter. By halftime, Canton-Galva pushed the lead to 25-10. The Eagles had their best effort in the third quarter, outscoring their opponent 22-8 for […]

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Curmudgeonly Christmas carol comment

The women with whom I work started playing Christmas music before Thanksgiving had even arrived. While I prefer to wait until at least after the turkey has been eaten, I know them all too well to believe that this would be a winnable battle. Apparently there is a mysterious something that drives them to the early expression of holiday spirit. […]

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Home-based businesses join Christmas promotion

Home-based businesses join Christmas promotion

Annette Klamm of Hillsboro, operator of Plunder Me Beautiful, discusses her products with Shawna Vogt (left) and Shana Stepanek (right). Klamm said she has been developing the business, which specializes in customized Jewelry, for three years now. Photo by Don Ratzlaff / Free Press.

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Births (Week of November 8, 2017)

Levi Groening Ross and Hannah Groening of Hillsboro announce the birth of their son, Levi Matthew Groen­ing, born Nov. 2 at Yoder. He weighed 9 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 225⁄8 inches long. Welcoming him home were siblings Samuel, 6, and Marianne, 2. Maternal grandparents are Harlan and Karla Bartel of Cimarron. Paternal grandparents are Jerry and Sherri Groening of […]

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Auction Date correction

Auction Date correction

Correction Due to an error, the Griffin Auction ad that ran in the August 9 issue of the Hillsboro Free Press had an incorrect date. The updated ad with the correct sale date is below.

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Fire chiefs ask for clearer burn-ban resolution

Fire chiefs ask for clearer burn-ban resolution

County fire chiefs present their concern for a clearer burn-ban resolution to commissioners Dianne Novak and Randy Dallke (right side of the table) at the Feb. 21 meeting. Marion County commissioners heard a request at its Feb. 21 meeting from the Fire Chiefs Association asking for a clearer burn-ban resolution. Six of the 13 fire departments in the county were […]

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Thirteen area entities awarded HCF grants

Thirteen area entities awarded HCF grants

Marion County Extension agent Rickey Roberts (left) receives a ceremonial check for $500 for the Marion County 4-H Development Fund from Todd Jost, board chair of the Hillsboro Community Foundation. HCF awarded checks totaling $20,483 to 13 organizations and programs serving the county Feb. 17. Don Ratzlaff /Free Press On the heels of achieving a funding goal surpassing the $2 […]

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Deaths (Week of February 22, 2017)

• EILEEN BAERG, 65, former Hillsboro resident and tour business operator, died Tuesday, Feb. 14. The service was Feb. 21 at Emmanuel Foursquare Church in Salina. She was born Sept. 24, 1951, to Peter and Anne Sawatsky at Killarney, Manitoba, Canada. In 1971 she was married to Sam Baerg, who survives. She also is survived by son Lucas (Karol) Baerg […]

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Book fills a void, provides an outlet for county women

Book fills a void, provides an outlet for county women

Phoebe Janzen and dog Charlie at home in Hillsboro with photos and friends. “I just wanted women to let me take photos and put them in the book, so it didn’t matter what you did or didn’t do—just that you were,” she says. Phoebe Janzen needed a purpose to occupy her mind as she adjusted to life without her husband, […]

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