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Passion drives recycling effort on TC campus
Passion drives recycling effort on TC campus

Passion drives recycling effort on TC campus

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Tabor College juniors Shelby Miller (left) and Liz Finch try to stay on top of their work as directors of the student-initiated recycling program on campus. ?It?s more work than we thought it would be,? Miller says. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press. Click image to enlarge

 

The official observance was last month, but a pair of environmentally conscious Tabor College students believe every day should be Earth Day?especially for people who call themselves Christians.

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District plans a new use for an old building
District plans a new use for an old building

District plans a new use for an old building

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This site concept shows where USD 410 would locate its work in the former AMPI building. Click image to enlarge.

Accommodating other proposed facility changes and saving taxpayer money are the key reasons the USD 410 Board of Education is looking to an old building as the new location for its central office and transportation and maintenance services, officials say.

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Mohn to step down as 410 superintendent
Mohn to step down as 410 superintendent

Mohn to step down as 410 superintendent

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Gordon Mohn

Gordon Mohn announced last week that he will be stepping down as superintendent of Unified School District 410 at the conclusion of the contract year, June 30.

Mohn, 57, will be filing for retirement through the state?s KPERS program, but has accepted a full-time job for the coming school year as director of the special-education program for USD 418-McPher?son.

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Wheat producers get to the root of crop prospects for 2007
Wheat producers get to the root of crop prospects for 2007

Wheat producers get to the root of crop prospects for 2007

WheatReeceEnsP4171221.JPG Click photo to enlarge Charlie Reece (left), of Ag Service Inc., and Hillsboro wheat producer Randy Eitzen examine a wheat plant in search of new tillers during a gathering of some 100 area wheat producers last Tuesday. The group gathered at a wheat test plot southeast of Hillsboro to hear Gary Kilgore, a crops and soils specialist from Kansas […]

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Finish line
Finish line

Finish line

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Todd Lehman?s 13-month marathon challenge ended April 16 at the Boston Marathon. Along the way, he has been raising awareness for a prison-visitation ministry. Andrew Ottoson / Free Press

Local youth pastor completes a challenge of body and soul?

For more than a year, Hills?boro resident Todd Lehman has been covering a lot of ground in Marion County and around the country.

Lehman is best known locally for his work as youth pastor for First Mennonite and Trinity Mennonite churches.

But the Kidron, Ohio, native has been working on a project of mythic proportions: running a marathon per month for over a year.

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Inital estimate for roof repairs come in ?scary?

The Hillsboro City Council received some sobering information at its
May 17 meeting about the projected costs of bringing the roofs at the
former AMPI building and city hall to proper maintenance.

The city had asked Wray Roofing Inc. from North Newton to inspect
the city-owned facility at Ash and Third streets. USD 410 is
considering renting 14,300 square feet of the building to house its
central office, transportation and maintenance services.

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Partnership joins public and private
Partnership joins public and private

Partnership joins public and private

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The dotted line around the colored areas indicate the boundaries of the property that will be jointly owned by USD 410 and Tabor College if the bond election passes in June. Click on photo to enlarge.

Schools propose shared facility for football and track.

The most unconventional portion of the USD 410 bond proposal involves a partnership with Tabor College to build a football and track facility on the college campus.

The partnership involves not only a high school and college athletic program, also a public and private institution.

?To us, it just doesn?t make sense to have two facilities in Hillsboro,? Superintendent Gordon Mohn said about the partnership.

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Second snow socks wheat crop
Second snow socks wheat crop

Second snow socks wheat crop

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This wheat field, like many in Marion County, depicts the severe impact of this month?s record snow fall and cold temperatures. ?Everybody is interested in what happens next,? said Jeff Cady, crop insurance agent and partner in the National Farmers Union agency in Marion. Several state sources have called the crop at least 45 percent gone.

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Flattened and discoloring wheat fields, like this one near Hillsboro, were a common sight around Marion County on Sunday as a late snowstorm hit Marion County on Friday for the second week in a row. The first storm, which was accompanied by three nights of freezing temperatures, was thought to damage a potential bumper crop. Friday?s heavy, wet snow laid many fields flat. Farmers and grain experts are still waiting to see how badly hurt this year?s crop may be.

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Most changes at high school would address athletic needs
Most changes at high school would address athletic needs

Most changes at high school would address athletic needs

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The floor plan of Hillsboro Middle School and Hillsboro HIgh School show where the building additions would take place if the district?s bond election is passed. The pink area is the renovated science room and the blue areas indicate the location of the new locker rooms, rest rooms and weight-training area.

The most obvious structural changes proposed by the USD 410 Board of
Education at the high school and middle school campus will enhance the
environment for athletics.<p>This portion of the district?s
$6.625 million total project, estimated to cost just over $2.44
million, will include new dressing rooms, office space for coaches, a
training room and a new weight room for strength
conditioning.<p>But it also has an academic and public-use
dimension that will benefit more than the athletic program, according
to Super?intendent Gordon Mohn.<p>

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Two Hillsboro manufacturers join forces
Two Hillsboro manufacturers join forces

Two Hillsboro manufacturers join forces

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The
recently enlarged brain trust at Hillsboro Industries shares a mutual
vision for the potential value of the core technology behind Kintec
Inc.?s groundbreaking hitch. From left are Phil Wyssenbach, company
president, Merle Friesen, national sales manager, Tom Kaufman, Kintec
founder and now an engineering manager at HI, and Mike Gerken, chief
operating officer.
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Sometimes you can go home again.

After an absence of a little more than 21⁄2 years, Tom Kaufman is back at Hillsboro Industries as an engineering manager.

And he?s brought with him the key reason he left the local trailer
manufacturing company in summer 2004: an innovative braking system he
developed for gooseneck and fifth-wheel trailer hitches.

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