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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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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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