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Court battle continues for proposed wind farm

Fifteen Marion County landowners are continuing their fight against Expedition Wind, by asking the court not to grant a motion to dismiss the civil action lawsuit filed in mid-May. The lawsuit, according to the legal document filed July 26, stated that it’s too early to dismiss because the expected findings, which will come from discovery, have yet to be entered […]

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Fun at the derby- Marion County comes out for another solid county fair

Fun at the derby- Marion County comes out for another solid county fair

Marion County residents came out to enjoy the Demolition Derby Saturday night during the 2019 Marion County Fair. The mud and sparks flew as derby cars crashed into each other, all in good fun. Overall rabbit showmanship went to Katelyn Olson of Goessel and Reserve Grand went to Kathrine Rziha of Tampa. There were many animal exhibits at the fair. […]

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Church donates supplies to K-Fifth USD 410 students

Any parent with school-aged children knows that getting kids ready for a new school year is a big feat, especially financially. Now, thanks to a local church in Hillsboro, all of the students who attend Hillsboro Elementary School (USD 410) grades K through fifth grade will have their school supplies paid for and taken to the school. They simply have […]

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Commissioners send sales tax question to the county voters

By a vote of 2-1, the Marion County commissioners will have voters decide if using sales tax to finance the transfer station project is the way to go during the July 29 meeting. Commission chairman Kent Becker cast the dissenting vote, opting instead for a lease/purchase agreement. The discussion was prompted by Scott Loyd with Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk and Loyd, […]

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Downtown Hillsboro fun– Arts and Crafts committee hosts community celebration

Downtown Hillsboro fun– Arts and Crafts committee hosts community celebration

Members of the Hillsboro Arts and Crafts Fair Committee served Hillsboro residents on Friday night even though it was over 100 degrees outside. The Hillsboro Fire Department showed up and volunteered to cook for all who came out to eat. The meal was put on by the Committee to thank the community for 50 years of supporting the fair. In […]

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Hillsboro gets a new option for home cooking

Hillsboro gets a new option for home cooking

Carla Hamm helps out some hungry customers during lunch at the new Mama C's business that opened up last week. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press Hillsboro has a new option for food for lunch or dinner. Not only is it homemade, but it is affordable and there are many options. Hillsboro resident Carla Hamm opened Mama C’s last week. […]

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Students recognized for acts above and beyond

Students recognized for acts above and beyond

Front row from left Zaylee Werth, Annaliese Jorgenson, Trudy Hein. Back row from left Grace Hein, Sonareigh Bell, Bailee Gawith. Not pictured Violet Klein, Kenyata Kirkland and Rylie Driggers. The girls participated in a bathroom project to improve morale and encourage middle school girls. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press The Marion County Fair Board decided to try some new […]

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Commission discusses financing options for County transfer station

The Marion County Commission reviewed financing options for transfer station upgrades ranging from general obligation bonds to sales tax and ways that involve a lease finance arrangements at the July 22 meeting. David Arteberry, senior vice-president of George K. Baum and Co., based in Kansas City, Mo., provided the commissioners with a list of six possible options to consider in […]

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Paving the road

Paving the road

Residents of all ages showed up on Monday to help with the brick project in Hillsboro. The bricks were pulled up so the road could be leveled. Now volunteers are helping out city worker to put the historic bricks back. Many of the volunteers were middle and high school students who gave up their weight lifting time to help out […]

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Underage drivers a point of contention for county

Complaints about underage drivers or improper permitting on utility vehicles and golf carts at the county lake prompted Marion County Commissioners to speak with the park and lake superintendent at the July 15 meeting. Commission chairman Kent Becker said that because of this problem, law enforcement should have greater enforcement, at least on weekends. “It is an issue,” said Isaac […]

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