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One wet weekend?but no tornado damage
One wet weekend?but no tornado damage

One wet weekend?but no tornado damage

RainGolfCourseP5031448.jpg Click image to enlarge RainKanzaP5071484.JPG Click image to enlarge Hillsboro and most of Marion County were drenched with rain from Thursday through Sunday, with more than 6 inches falling, by some estimates. A deluge on Thursday afternoon in Hillsboro made the Municipal Golf Course one large water hazard (top photo). Traffic was stopped for a time near this drainage […]

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City, fair board review options for carnival site

Where to locate the carnival during this summer?s Marion County Fair remained an open question following a discussion of options between the Hillsboro City Council and members of the fair board during the May 1 city council meeting.

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Managers hired for pool season

The search for someone to manage the Hillsboro Family Aquatic Center this summer is over.

Mayor Delores Dalke reported at the May 1 Hillsboro City Council meeting that Judy Helmer and Marci Cain have been hired as co-managers.

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Bond financing plan calls for graduated mill increases
Bond financing plan calls for graduated mill increases

Bond financing plan calls for graduated mill increases

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Unified School District 410 board president Rod Koons (standing, left) and member Dale Klassen lead discussion Monday at the first informational meeting about the upcoming bond election. About 20 patrons attended the session about the $6.625 million proposal. Koons and Klassen reviewed aspects of the proposed facility changes and fielded questions from the audience. Projected costs, mill-levy increases, ongoing maintenance and the proposed partnership between the public school district and Tabor College, a private institution, were among concerns raised. Superintendent Gordon Mohn, who arrived toward the end of the meeting, and architect Ken Helmer of Howard & Helmer, also provided input. Mohn said the verbal agreements between Mohn and President Larry Nikkel are being formalized in light of both administrators leaving their positions. Koons said plans are to hire an interim superintendent who has construction experience to oversee the project if the bond election passes. Another meeting is planned for 7 p.m. May 15 in the high school technology classroom. Aleen Ratzlaff / Free Press. Click image to enlarge.

The Unified School District 410 Board of Education is attempting to make its $6.625 million bond issue as palatable as it can for district taxpayers, officials say.

One piece of that strategy is to refinance the past several years of the bond that was issued in 1992 for the construction of Hillsboro Middle School, and then phase in the mill-levy increase over the 20-year life of the bond.

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Evasive AMPI fire causes limited damage
Evasive AMPI fire causes limited damage

Evasive AMPI fire causes limited damage

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Mike Duerksen follows fellow firefighter Murray Koop up the ladder and onto the roof of the former AMPI building Wednesday morning in what turned out to be a challenge to find the source of a fire within. Smoke was wafting from the small black area in the far upper left of the photo. It took firefighters from Hillsboro and Marion nearly two hours to find the room of origin. On the ground are Dave Lancaster (left) and Todd Helmer.
Don Ratzlaff / Free Press. Click image to enlarge.

Inspectors from the state fire marshall?s office have yet to determine the cause of a fire Wednesday at the former AMPI building that caused more frustration than actual damage.

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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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