Articles By: Malinda Just

Teamwork key for our success

Even though my husband has been eating Paleo (carbohydrate free) since March?and in effect I am as well?there?s something about fall that makes me want to bake. So Sunday evening found me in the kitchen whipping up a batch of apple streusel muffins to eat alongside As with almost all baking projects in the Just household, there is plenty of […]

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Fair now is a favorite tradition

When I was 10, my mom brought me to the Hillsboro Arts & Crafts Fair for the first time. I remember that day well. My initial impression was that Hillsboro had to be the biggest town I?d ever seen. My second reaction was to be bored out of my little mind. I decided somewhere along Main Street, amid what seemed […]

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Use soap in sticky situations

I returned from the grocery store only to hear wails coming from the girls? upstairs bedroom. My quick assessment assumed a fight was under way, so before heading into the battle zone, I took my bags to the kitchen. That was when I caught a glimpse of Dad, outside with two children. Wait. What? Who was fighting upstairs then? I […]

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USD 410 board approves new testing program

After hearing at length the positive attributes of the ACT Aspire testing program, the USD 410 Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt it during its Aug. 11 regular meeting. Superinten?dent Steve Noble recommended switching to ACT Aspire from the current MAP Assess?ment model as the district?s local choice testing program for accreditation and evaluation purposes. The MAP model does […]

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Seeking ?balance? on vacation

Vacation is extremely telling about the family involved. You have the great moments, of course. The moments when the kids are in the back of the van, giggling up a storm because they are so excited. The moments when your family all slows down at the same moment to take in a particularly spectacular view. The moments of victory as […]

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In my book, Franz is a champ
In my book, Franz is a champ

In my book, Franz is a champ

Franz The past weekend was the culmination for many high school athletic teams as they participated in one state championship performance or another. The Hillsboro High School track and field team was no different, as it descended on the campus of Wichita State University to compete for various titles in Cessna Stadium. I?ve always held the state track meet in […]

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Failures can turn into blessings

?Don?t be so hard on yourself. I can bring good even out of your mistakes…. Because you are human, you will continue to make mistakes. Thinking that you should live an error-free life is symptomatic of pride. Your failures can be a source of blessing, humbling you and giving you empathy for other people in their weaknesses. Best of all, […]

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It?s OK to relive your past

There tends to be two kinds of quotes about the past: those that tell you to forget it, and those that tell you to learn from it. The saying, ?When the past calls, don?t answer. It has nothing new to say,? can be found all over social media. The implication of the quote is pretty clear. Forget the past. All […]

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With age comes new lessons

This week I wrap up the first year of my thirties. Turn?ing 30 was never something I dreaded, nor something I looked forward to. It just was. And 31 will be the same. I?d like to think that since arriving in 1983, I?ve learned a thing or two. That I?ve grown up and wizened up. And that I?ll continue on […]

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First school just a memory now

It?s been a headline in recent weeks:?A central Kansas community will lose its last remaining school at the end of May. Anytime a school closes, it?s a sad reality, but in this case, it?s also personal. I attended Marquette Elementary School from kindergarten through eighth grade?1988 to 1997?before attending Smoky Valley High School in Lindsborg. I could share many memories […]

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