Articles By: Patty Decker

Marion County gets recommendation to increase salaries

The Marion County Commission continued shoring up its policies by reviewing its plans ranging from revisiting who should have vehicles, tuition and con­ferences attended at its Monday meeting. In addition, representatives of the McGrath Human Resources Group, based in Wonder Lake, Ill., reviewed objectives, and talked about their progress and more recommendations. Malayna Halvorson Maes, senior consultant, said that in […]

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Silage might spend more time where it currently is

Mike Beneke, who was ordered to remove 8 million pounds of silage from property he owned within city limits is now requesting an extension hearing at 3:30 p.m., Sept. 12, in council chambers. During the initial municipal court hearing on Aug. 30, Beneke and city officials testified, but the end result was an order to remove the silage (animal feed) […]

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Roads becoming unpassable in certain townships

by Patty Decker Farmers in Liberty, Men­no and Lehigh townships are losing patience with the Marion County Commission because the dirt roads they need to access their properties haven’t been maintained for months. Marion Countian Linda Peters, and others, spoke about the road issues at Monday’s commission meeting. Peters, the Liberty Township trustee, chairperson of the county road and bridge […]

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Fire ravages Marion home

Fire ravages Marion home

One of the oldest houses in Marion has been damaged by a fire that hit last week. Patty Decker/Free Press One of Marion’s oldest homes, which played a big part in the city’s historical past, caught fire Monday, Sept. 3. Fire chief Mike Regnier said the fire, reported at about 9:30 p.m., caused extensive damage to the attic and roof […]

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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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