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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.
(Click photo to enlarge)

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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Old Man Winter returns with one last (?) blast of snow…just in time for the holiday
Old Man Winter returns with one last (?) blast of snow…just in time for the holiday

Old Man Winter returns with one last (?) blast of snow…just in time for the holiday

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Just when you thought it was safe to pack away the parka for another
year, winter returned to Kansas Thursday with cold temperatures and
between 6 and 7 inches of snow in the Hillsboro area.

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Larsen on board as EMS director
Larsen on board as EMS director

Larsen on board as EMS director

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Jerry Engler / Free Press

Larry Larsen, now on the job as permanent director of Marion County EMS, said knowing so many people in a small town makes ambulance duty tougher for volunteer EMTs: ?You wonder if you did everything you could do, and you feel like others wonder, too.?

Larry Larsen has made Emergency Medical Services so much a part of his life that it was almost no wonder that the Marion County Commission named him head of the EMS department in mid-February.

Larsen, 56, even met his wife, Karen, because of EMS. She is a paramedic and nurse who is the education manager for Midwest Life Team, a helicopter emergency airlift service for this area. They met in paramedic class.

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Mennonite churches preparing for 39th relief sale

The second largest event at the Kansas State Fairgrounds is presented by an all-voluntary staff. It?s the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale, with proceeds benefiting the charitable work of Mennonite Central Committee.

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When a tornado approaches….

  • In homes or small buildings. Go to the basement or cellar (if
    available) or to an interior room on the lowest floor, such as a closet
    or bathroom. Upper floors are unsafe. If there is no time to descend,
    go to a closet, a small room with strong walls, or an inside hallway.
    Wrap yourself in overcoats or blankets to protect yourself from flying
    debris.
  • In schools, hospitals, factories or shopping
    centers. Go to interior rooms and halls on the lowest floor. Stay away
    from glass-enclosed places or areas with wide-span roofs such as
    auditoriums and warehouses. Crouch and cover your head. Don't take
    shelter in halls that open to the south or the west. Centrally located
    stairwells are good shelter.
  • In cars or mobile homes.
    Abandon them immediately. If you are in either of those locations,
    leave them and go to a substantial structure or designed tornado
    shelter.
  • If no suitable structure is nearby. Lie flat in the
    nearest ditch or depression and use your hands to cover your head. Be
    alert for flash floods.
  • During a tornado. Absolutely avoid
    buildings with large, free-span roofs. Stay away from west and south
    walls. Remember: lowest level, smallest room, center part.
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Dahl joins House leaders in letter to AG about Tiller

Kansas House of Representatives Speaker Pro Tem Don Dahl (R-Hillsboro) released a letter Friday that was sent to Attorney General Paul Morrison earlier this week. The letter asked the attorney general to act to ensure charges filed by previous Attorney General Phill Kline against physician George Tiller are heard by a jury. ?Members of the Kansas Legislature have been inundated […]

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Work begins on Adams Street
Work begins on Adams Street

Work begins on Adams Street

adamssttreesp3260985.jpg adamsstsignp3260994.jpg A crew from APAC-Kansas attempts to remove a stubborn tree from along the 300 block of South Adams as part of the initial steps in the renovation that began Monday of the 300 and 400 blocks of the street. The affected area runs past the east edge of the Tabor College campus. The street was closed to through […]

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Most races uncontested in April 3 local election

Only 10 of the 42 races across Marion County have more candidates on the ballot than available openings as the April 3 local election approaches.

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Candidates for two biggest contested city races speak up
Candidates for two biggest contested city races speak up

Candidates for two biggest contested city races speak up

Hear from the candidates for the two biggest contested city races.

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Dale and Loretta Snelling are finally approaching their “Lake Limit”
Dale and Loretta Snelling are finally approaching their “Lake Limit”

Dale and Loretta Snelling are finally approaching their “Lake Limit”

 

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As part of their livelihood, Dale and Loretta Snelling have operated the lake bait shop, and are often the first folks lake visitors meet. Dale?s retirement officially takes effect April 22.

Dale and Loretta Snelling will do more than retire in the usual sense of the word when they leave their home at Marion County Lake for a farm home near Wonsevu in April.

First, they?ll have an auction March 31 to sell years of accumulated possessions.

Dale has been park and lake superintendent at the county lake since 1964. That means 43 of their 46 years of marriage have been spent living at the lake in a job that usually has Dale up by 6 a.m. and many times out doing law enforcement duties around the water until 2 a.m.

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