Category: News

Goessel School Board talks math, reading curriculum

The Goessel school board met on May 13 and listened to teacher presentations about reading and math curriculum. Ann Hiebert, second-grade teacher, Barb Goering, first-grade teacher, and Chrystiana Miller, Title I teacher, presented information about Wonders reading the curriculum for elementary school students. “This is not a quick decision,” Miller said. Elementary school teachers had looked at five different curriculum […]

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USD 410 hears from Project SEARCH graduates

Two 2019 Project SEARCH graduates presented their visual resumes to the USD 410 Board of Education at their May 13 regular meeting. Abi Funk and Aron Gunn, who graduated from the program on May 10, highlighted their job training experiences along with the soft and hard skills they’ve achieved this past year as interns at Tabor College. Rob Haude, Project […]

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Wind farm lawsuit filed, halts meeting

A special meeting of the Marion County Commission came to an abrupt halt on Friday after Brad Jantz, county counselor, made an announcement to a full room. “There has been a lawsuit filed against the county, and as much as I know about it, the subject matter are the wind turbines and farms,” Jantz said. “As such, I’m going to […]

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County approves funds to be used to advertise the City of Marion

The Marion County Commission unanimously approved giving the Marion Merchants’ Association about two-thirds of its request for money from the transient guest tax at the Monday regular meeting. Tammy Ensey, owner of the Elgin Hotel and spokesperson for the association, asked the commission for $15,375 to market specifically the city of Marion using television advertising, highway signage and a brochure. […]

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Watching Goessel grow up

Watching Goessel grow up

A Goessel Elementary student visits with retiring secretary Denise Nickel. Nickel has worked there for 25 years. Both were dressed up for a Hawaiian theme spirit day. Laura Fowler Paulus/Free Press It is not often in today’s society to have an employee stay in one position at one place for over 25 years. And to have two people in a […]

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Area church puts up  little open library

Area church puts up little open library

The mini library that Trinity Mennonite Church built for area children. Provided photo Years ago, Tillie Bartel was a school teacher for the Hillsboro district. She was known as a jolly teacher who loved children. Upon her death, her family set up a memorial for children’s books at her church, Trinity Mennonite. The money has been sitting in an account […]

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Students witness local government at Hillsboro Council

Students witness local government at Hillsboro Council

Seniors at Hillsboro High School came to the city council meeting on Tuesday to see local government firsthand. Their teacher, Darrel Knoll, came with them. Laura Fowler Paulus/Free Press There were more members of the public than normal in attendance at the Hillsboro City Council meeting on Tuesday. Students of a Hillsboro High School history class attended with their teacher […]

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Concerns continue at Hillsboro Hospital

There have been rumors swirling for weeks about high-level staff leaving Hillsboro Community Hospital, but nothing has been officially confirmed by the hospital or the staff who have left and will be leaving. While some employees have spoken to members of the Free Press, they are scared about coming forward and sharing information due to the threat of lawsuits and […]

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‘The Igloo’ is back and open for business

‘The Igloo’ is back and open for business

The Igloo is open again. On Sunday, moms were given a free mini snowcone in honor of Mother’s Day.

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Hillsboro was ‘smokin’ over weekend

Hillsboro was ‘smokin’ over weekend

The City of Hillsboro hosted a great event on Saturday in Hillsboro at the Hillsboro Museum Complex and Marion County Fairgrounds. The Prairie Smokin’ Festival was a day filled with activities for all ages that ended with a barbeque and concert that sold out and ran out of food due to so many attending. The day started with a message […]

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