Articles By: Patty Decker

Beneke loses in court, must move silage

Beneke loses in court, must move silage

A ‘Keep Out’ sign is now located outside Mike Beneke’s property where the silage is located on the edge of Marion. Patty Decker Mike Beneke, owner of Double B Cattle, east of Lincolnville, and owner of property in the city of Marion, has less than 10 days to remove about 8 million pounds of silage with city limits. Beneke was […]

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Beneke resigns from MCCEDC

Mike Beneke, who was appointed by Marion County Commissioner Randy Dallke to serve on the Marion County Community Economic Development Corp, resigned effective Aug. 28. The note from Beneke had few words and simply stated: “I resign Aug. 28. “It’s been a pleasure and experience,” Beneke said, “and we have had our ups and downs. “(The group’s) hope was that […]

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Marion Co. EMS Director resigns again

Marion Co. EMS Director resigns again

The Marion County Commission accepted the resignation of EMS director Ed Debesis and unanimously approved having a special question on the Nov. 6 ballot during its meeting at its Aug. 30 meeting. “I am resigning my position as EMS director effective Sept. 20,” Debesis said. “I’ve accepted a position elsewhere.” Commissioner Randy Dallke said, “thank you,” to Debesis. “I won’t […]

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Change is just a part of the journey

The quote: “Change is the only constant in life,” came from a man named Heraclitus, who was a pre-Socractic Greek philosopher. And, no truer words have been written or spoken about change. Some recent changes prompted sad feelings, and in this case it was my friend and neighbor. Other changes might cause someone to feel mad, glad or scared. Years […]

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Silage causes consternation with City of Marion

Silage causes consternation with City of Marion

A pile of silage is shown above. The City of Marion contends it is blurring the lines between ag and populated areas. Patty Decker / Free Press Mike Beneke, who owns Double B, a cattle business east of Lincolnville, is wanting his day in court. The reason is because Marion city officials allege Beneke is blurring the boundary line between […]

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Making Sunday a fun day

Making Sunday a fun day

Sunday turned out to be a profitable day for five enterprising young people in Hillsboro. Included from left to right are: Cheyanne Plenert, 9, Cohwen Heimann, 8, Alex Heimann, 12, Jocelyn Smith, 9, and Cheyenne Smith, 8. It was the first lemonade stand Alex said he and his brother, Cohwen, operated. But, Cheyenne said, she and the other two girls […]

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MCCEDC loses leader candidate due to lacking financial support

Representatives from the Marion County Community Economic Development Corp. spoke with commissioners Monday after learning last week that another candidate for the director’s job turned their offer down. In addition to losing a qualified candidate to lead the group, Clint Seibel, chairman, said that financial support from Hillsboro and Marion will not be forthcoming in 2019. “(The candidate) sent me […]

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Marion County loses Director of Planning, Zoning

The Marion County Commission accepted the resignation of Emma Tajchman, director of Planning and Zoning, approved the 2019 budget and resolved unfinished business from earlier sessions at its meeting Monday. Based on past discussions, two resolutions were passed regarding how Planning and Zoning board members are selected in each of the three commission districts and when private citizens do public […]

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Florence water issues still back-and-forth

Florence water issues still back-and-forth

Almost 30 people attended the special meeting Friday, Aug. 3, in the Florence council chambers. Brad Stout, with Adam & Jones Law Firm, seared in the back row (fourth from the left) will serve as the DeForest family’s condemnation lawyer, if the city votes for eminent domain on Aug. 20. Patty Decker/Free Press The Florence City Council almost made its […]

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Marion County: Becker wins by comfortable margin in primary

by Patty Decker Initial results from Tuesday’s primary election in Marion County saw incumbent Kent D. Becker easily defeat his two challengers, Larry Cushenbery and Craig Dodd, for the District 1 commission seat. The preliminary outcome, which included eight poll sites, advanced and early voting follows. County races Commission District 1 Becker, (R), 452 Cushenbery, (R), 219 Dodd, (R), 192. […]

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