Articles By: Patty Decker

Time to retool

Time to retool

New owner Doug Kjellin stands outside his newly acquired corporate plant near Durham. ?I traded in a mountain of frustration for a mountain of responsibility,? Kjellin said about his career change. ?But it?s been a good trade.? Doug Kjellin, 49, former city administrator in Marion, recently went from being a public servant to owner of an implement trailer manufacturing company […]

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USPS announces holiday shipping schedule

With only 42 days left until Christmas, the U.S. Postal Service has released its holiday shipping schedule. According to Hillsboro postmaster Becky Larsen, the dates are not deadlines, but instead are guidelines so that customers can make sure packages and cards are delivered in time for Christmas. If normal holiday conditions prevail, though, the chances are good that letters and […]

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Marion police say new stop signs can increase safety

Marion police say new stop signs can increase safety

New stop signs were installed last week at this intersection at Coble and Lawrence streets in Marion. Police officers say they will be watching for stop-sign violators. Four-way stop signs were put in place last week at the intersections of Lawrence and Freeborn, Lawrence and Coble, and Lawrence and Roosevelt streets. According to Marion Police Chief Tyler Mermis, motorists will […]

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Halloween highlights abound

Even though Halloween is over, it?s hard for me to let it go until I can tell a few more stories. It never ceases to amaze me how creative so many parents can be when making costumes for their children. This year was no exception as hundreds of little ones dressed as monsters, fairies, Ninja Turtles, cowboys and other characters […]

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In it for the long run

In it for the long run

Hillsboro chiropractor Kodi Panzer hits the 100-mile trail through the Flint Hills with a fellow runner. Kodi Panzer of Hillsboro recently completed her first ultramarathon in Cassoday by running 100 miles. The race started at 6 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, and she finished at 4:34 a.m. the next morning. ?I started training April 1,? she said. ?So for six glorious […]

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Ghost tour a fright to behold

With Halloween right around the corner, the Marion Historical Museum wanted to get residents into the mood with a ghost tour Saturday night. It seems as if every neighborhood has one or two scary and not-so-scary stories to tell, and this year museum board members told a few of those legends, folklore and spooky tales. Gary Ewert, who conducted the […]

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Alternative Gift Market is growing

For the person who has everything or is difficult to buy for, organizers of Marion?s Alternative Gift Market open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, might have the perfect solution. Jackie Volbrecht, event coordinator, said there are a lot of changes planned at this year?s market starting out with location. ?The whole idea behind the Alternative Gift […]

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New program aims to make recycling easier

New program aims to make recycling easier

Joe Vinduska at the Marion County Transfer Station unloads a variety of recyclables from a cardboard box Friday to show how ?user friendly? the county?s new single-stream recycling program is. Marion County residents will no longer have to separate glass, plastics, cans and jars from paper and cardboard now that single-stream recycling is available. With some communities in the county […]

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Marion police seek to slow speed of traffic in places

Motorists will need to pay closer attention when driving near Marion Elementary School following action Oct. 14 by the city council. Tyler Mermis, police chief, said installing four-way stop signs at Lawrence and Freeborn and Lawrence and Roosevelt streets will interrupt a lot of the fast movement in that area. According to Susan Robson, the city?s attorney, the new signage […]

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Motorist?s 911 call minimizes fire damage

Thanks to an alert eyewitness, the immediate response of firefighters and help from on-site employees, a fire Wednesday night at Countryside Feed near Hillsboro was extinguished without injury and with minimal damage. Fire Chief Ben Steketee said a 911 call came in at 8:46 p.m. from a motorist on U.S. Highway 56 who reported seeing smoke coming from the facility […]

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