Category: Local News

Local dairy had sharp eye for new business opportunity

Local dairy had sharp eye for new business opportunity

DURHAM—Twenty years ago, third-generation dairy farm owners Jason Wiebe and his wife, Sheri, were looking for ways to supplement their income as milk prices fluctuated, dipping more often than rising. “There were times the milk prices were so poor, you couldn’t make a living milking cows,” said Sheri Wiebe. Wiebe, a Canadian native, grew up on a grain and hog […]

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Future for clinic up for debate as construction continues

The Herington City Commission held a special meeting on Friday night with only one item on the agenda. The meeting was called to have a discussion with Herington Hospital Board Members and staff, regarding whether or not the hospital could legally operate the Hillsboro Healthcare Clinic which has been open since July 2019. The topic was brought to the commission […]

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Commission back to talking about roads

The Marion County Board of Commissioners met for their regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 14. With the cold and moisture, roads have returned as the main topic for the meetings. Brice Goebel, county engineer, gave the commissioners his weekly update regarding the roads. “We finished up Chisholm and put rock on there in anticipation of rain that never came. We […]

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KSHSHAA goes back on their decision

After much backlash from disgruntled parents across the state, the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) Board met today to revote on their former ruling regarding fans attending middle and high school athletic events. The board voted 54-24 to allow two parents or guardians in for athletic events. The new ruling will be in effect from Dec. 10- Jan. […]

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Commission holds quiet but busy meeting

The Marion County Board of Commissioners met for the regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 30 and also did payday business. It was a relatively quiet meeting with most of the business being paperwork. COVID-19 Update Marion County Health Administrator Diedre Serene was unavailable in person but sent her report via email which County Clerk Tina Spencer shared with the commissioners. […]

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Hillsboro passes mask mandate

The Hillsboro City Council met for a special meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, Nov. 24, in order to vote on the revised mask mandate. The council met the previous week but wanted some changes made before voting on the ordinance. The main change requested was for business owners to not be held responsible for public members who refuse to wear […]

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A holly jolly Christmas in Marion

A holly jolly Christmas in Marion

The Marion Merchant’s Association planned a Holly Jolly Christmas in Marion on Nov. 28. The day was filled with activity and fun in order to celebrate Small Business Saturday. There was plenty of fun for all ages, from snacks and crafts to raffles and giveaways to the parade and lighting of downtown at the end of the day. There was […]

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A new food truck comes to Marion County

A new food truck comes to Marion County

While there have been limited options for dining in Marion County, there has been one new option that has many community members excited. That is Under 701 Cafe which is a food truck that travels around Marion and McPherson Counties. Molly Dillon said, “I love having healthy options. The portions are big enough that I can have some now or […]

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Cases still on rise

The Free Press has resumed its weekly updates on local COVID-19 rates, due to the steep increase in cases. Because cases are rising, residents of Marion County need to do even more to protect themselves and others to help lower the numbers, according to medical professionals, including Marion County Chief Medical Officer Dr. Don Hodson and other health department officials, […]

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Goessel City Council passes mask ordinance

Due to coronavirus concerns, the Goessel city council met by zoom on November 16. Mayor Dave Schrag talked about the rising number of coronavirus cases in Marion County. “We need to do something now,” he said. Council member Evan Esau agreed, “We need to do it sooner than later.” Schrag mentioned caution about gatherings. “I think closing the community room […]

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