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Commission still at odds on wind farm debate

The Marion County Commissioners spoke about the future of wind farms at its July 15 meeting. Commissioner Randy Dallke said he particularly wanted to discuss some of the concerns he had and asked the other commissioners for their input. “With all the steps and procedures we have set up in Marion County, there’s been enough said on the opposite side […]

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DEVASTATED– Durham experiences worst flood since 1951

DEVASTATED– Durham experiences worst flood since 1951

Much of downtowvn Durham was flooded on July 4. Some places reported water as high as four feet in businesses and homes. Photo submitted by Jared Dyck While many were enjoying holiday festivities and preparing for a fourth of July filled with fun and relaxations, Durham residents faced a very different reality. Rainfall over several hours during the night Wednesday […]

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Wind farm permit approved, not development plan

Wind farm permit approved, not development plan

About 50 people attended the Marion County Commission meeting on July 8 to hear how the commissioners vote on the wind farm project. The commissioners voted 2-1 in favor of approving the conditional use permit proposed by Expedition Wind. The development plan, which was split out from the CUP, was not approved at this time. Patty Decker/Free Press The Marion […]

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Peabody watershed helped county

Peabody watershed helped county

Water empties out of the dam on a local farmer’s land. The water collects in the dam, or watershed, and then is funneled out in moderation through a pipe that goes through the ground. This prevents from all of the water hitting Doyle Creek in one mad rush. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press Lewis Unruh has spent his whole […]

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Celebrating the holiday locally

Celebrating the holiday locally

Sara, Robert and Ethan Rempel pose in their annual store to sell fireworks. Charlie’s Fireworks has been run by the Rempel family every summer for the last seven years. The store is open from now until the 4th of July from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. except for Sunday when they close at 8 p.m. They will be open from 10 a.m.- […]

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Commission continues to discuss wind farm

Prior to the Marion County Commission acting on a recommendation from its planning and zoning board to approve a conditional use for a wind farm being developed in the south-central part of the county, some questions were raised regarding the process at its July 1 meeting. In providing the commission with information about the steps necessary to make a decision […]

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Learning fishing secrets in Marion

Learning fishing secrets in Marion

Professional fishermen met with kids of all ages on Saturday at the free kids day at the lake which was held at Marion County Lake on Saturday. Water certified instructors taught the kids basic fishing and water safety. Kaylee Schmidt didn’t end up catching a fish of her own on Saturday at the free kids day at the lake at […]

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Students enjoy ‘Tabor Camp’

Students enjoy ‘Tabor Camp’

Dani Klein plays a game with some of her students that she worked with as a camp counselor during SDYC Kids Camp at Tabor last week. Provided Photo. Every year in June, the town of Hillsboro, that had recently lost a large number of its population due to Tabor College being out for the summer, increases in size again as […]

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Corrections (6-26-19)

– In the June 19 issue of the Hillsboro Free Press, an error was made in the Marion County Planning Commission/Board of Zoning Appeals article regarding a quote from Brian Stuckey of Goessel. He inquired about the archeological sites in the footprint and if anyone in the Wind Expedition group had spoken with the Kansas Historical Society about that area. […]

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Goessel Council Sets Hours for Fireworks

The Goessel city council met on June 17 and discussed fireworks discharge dates and times. They decided that fireworks will be allowed within city limits on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 4, 5, and 6, beginning at 8 a.m. each of those days. On Thursday, July 4, fireworks may be discharged until 11 p.m. Fireworks may be discharged until 12 […]

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