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Youngsters to join ‘Hansel and Gretel’ performers

Youngsters to join ‘Hansel and Gretel’ performers

Studio 23 students and instructors rehearse with Tabor College student Mariah Litton in Hansel and Gretel. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press Tabor College Opera will present three performances of “Hansel and Gretel” Nov. 8-10 in the Prieb Harder Black Box Theater within the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. each evening. Admission […]

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Local families hosting students who can’t go home for holiday

Thanksgiving can be a difficult time for college students who are unable to travel to be with loved ones. So a few local Hillsboro families are making big plans to make sure no Tabor students have to be alone on Thanksgiving. Analisa Defiesta, her husband Mitch and their two children are working along with Analisa’s parents and brother and his […]

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Wind farm project traffic making roads unpassable

Wind farm project traffic making roads unpassable

One of the roads being traveled heavily by the trucks bringing equipment for the wind farm above. Many of these roads are becoming basically untravelable. Patty Decker/Special to the Free Press With the wind farm project nearly complete, Jon Halbgewachs, senior vice-president at Kirkham Michael Engineereing in Ellsworth, spoke with Marion County Commissioners Monday about roads near the construction areas. […]

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Breaking down the five member commission question on the ballot

Breaking down the five member commission question on the ballot

Time is running out for voters to decide if they want to expand the board of commissioners from three to five positions when they go to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 6. Even though the Marion County commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to bring the question to a vote, the plans remain undecided. However, should the pro­position pass, the county has […]

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First hearing set for Marion Co. embezzlement

A preliminary hearing is planned at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the District Court of Marion County on the alleged embezzlement by the former Marion County Economic Development director Tina Huffman, 68. The complaint was filed Oct. 4 in the District Court of Marion County by Courtney Boehm, county attorney. In an affidavit filed by the district court, Marion […]

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Free Press celebrating 20 years

On Wednesday, Aug. 12, 1998, the Hillsboro Free Press published its very first edition. Twenty years later, much has changed, specifically in the newspaper industry as well as at the Free Press. Some things, and one person, remain the same. Former owner Joel Klaassen is the person who continues to be the constant. He shared how things began. “We had […]

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College students prepared to vote

The 2018 midterm election is coming up in just a few short weeks on Nov. 6. Many have already registered and are now making final decisions on how they vote. But there is one population in particular that may not be as focused on the upcoming elections. ClutchPrep.com, an education technology company that helps students succeed in classes, is concerned […]

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Goessel Council Approves Emergency Response Plan

The Goessel city council met on October 15 and approved the emergency response plan that was put together by Phillip Fishburn of Midwest Assistance Program. MAP works with small rural communities on matters of disaster management, in addition to numerous other issues. The central office is in Missouri, but Fishburn’s office is in Haven. An emergency response plan is required […]

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Commission debates five member group

The Marion County Commission debated on the issue of five members as opposed to three members, but this time Marion city officials also attended the Monday, Oct. 22 meeting. In addition, the commission discussed the 5th annual Marion County Health Fair from 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Mayor Todd Heitschmidt and city administrator Roger Holter provided some options related to […]

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Annual 5K has good turnout

Annual 5K has good turnout

Dr. Alisa Schmidt helps participants register for the Hillsboro Community Hospital's Annual Heart and Sole 5K. Regina Warren/Special to the Free Press On Saturday, October 20, the Hillsboro Community Hospital held their 4th Annual Heart and Sole 5K run. “Every year we pick a family or someone in need of financial help as the beneficiary of this race,” said Executive […]

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