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Marion hero was nation?s ?most deserving? in 1952
Marion hero was nation?s ?most deserving? in 1952

Marion hero was nation?s ?most deserving? in 1952

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Max Dunn of Marion holds a copy of the souvenir program that was issued when his brother Donald and family received their free Farm-In-A-Day near Moses Lake, Wash., in 1952. Donald Dunn was chosen as the most deserving veteran with a farming background by a panel of national ag leaders.
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This was the photo of the Dunn family used in the 1952 souvenir program. Pictured with Vernetta and Donald are daughters Deanna and Sally. Vernetta was about nine months pregnant with the family?s third child at the time. Eventually, eight children grew up in their family, which returned to the Midwest after four years in Washington State.

Few of the countless heroes who have gone to war to fight for American independence and freedom receive a reward adequate for their selfless service.

Fifty-five years ago, Marion native Donald D. Dunn may have came as close as any U.S. military veteran has to receiving proper compensation when he and his family were selected as the winners of a $50,000 farm set up in the Columbia River basin of Washington following a nationwide search conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The contest to find ?the most deserving World War II veteran with a farm background? was the idea of the Columbia-basin residents to celebrate the irrigation of 67,000 acres of semi-arid land through the Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River.

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FindingHarmony in the Flint Hills
FindingHarmony in the Flint Hills

FindingHarmony in the Flint Hills

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A member of the event staff (wearing identifying vest) describes the plants and wildflowers that are native to the Flint Hills. In the background, a covered wagon filled with riders rolls along the trail near the top of the hill. Attenders of Symphony in the Flint Hills could choose from a variety of educational or entertaining presentations offered in an effort to raise awareness of Kansas?s natural treasure.

Could there be a more perfect ending to a June day in Kansas? The sun slipping slowly toward the horizon with increasingly fiery hues. Some 6,500 people, accompanied by the Kansas City Symphony, uniting voices for four stanzas ?Home on the Range? in a concert hall unmatched in the world for its expanse and majesty.

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Attorneys consulting on direction of lawsuit

For the time being, the word is ?wait.?

Attorneys for plaintiff Raymond Brandt and for the defendant, Unified School District 410, were corresponding behind the scenes last week regarding the lawsuit filed on Brandt?s behalf that seeks to prevent USD from selling bonds to be used for a new athletic facility in joint ownership with Tabor College.

The lawsuit, filed June 4 in district court, claims a school district is not authorized under Kansas law to enter into joint ownership of property. It seeks to stop the sale of $2.116 million in bonds that were designated in a $6.625 million total bond package to develop a new football and track-and-field facility.

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Hillsboro man discovers it?s never too late to join the circus
Hillsboro man discovers it?s never too late to join the circus

Hillsboro man discovers it?s never too late to join the circus

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Mike Harber waves from inside his personal sound stage?the rear of a bandwagon he drives for the Kelly Miller Circus of Hugo, Okla. The Hillsboro resident began a tour of the eastern United States in March and will continue it through October.

When most people think of the circus, they picture elephants and ringmasters and clowns and a maybe a few trapeze artists swinging through the air.

But if you stop to imagine the sounds of a circus, it?s only a matter of time until the steady, deep roll of drums starts to echo in your mind.

Enter Hillsboro resident Michael Harber, who, at age 54, temporarily left town to become music director for the Kelly Miller Circus.

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Bond passes, lawsuit follows Part II- Suit challenges joint ownership regarding Tabor partnership

Attorneys acting on behalf of a Unified School District 410 patron from rural Hillsboro have filed a lawsuit to prevent the sale of bonds that was approved by voters in the June 5 election.

The suit, filed on behalf of Raymond Brandt, contends that the district?s intention to become joint owners of property with Tabor College is not authorized by Kansas law.

The suit was filed Monday, June 4, in the Eighth Judicial District Court in an effort to get the district?s bond attorneys to call off the election, according to Brandt.

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Bond passes, lawsuit follows, Part I- USD 410 facility-improvement projects approved by slim margin
Bond passes, lawsuit follows, Part I- USD 410 facility-improvement projects approved by slim margin

Bond passes, lawsuit follows, Part I- USD 410 facility-improvement projects approved by slim margin

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Although the lawsuit filed by a patron last week to prevent the sale of bonds throws a wrinkle into the process, Unified School District 410 will be taking the next steps in the coming weeks to move its capital-improvement project closer to reality.

Voters approved the district?s request to sell $6.625 million in bonds to finance the four-phase project by a vote of 465-404 in a special election last Tuesday held at two polling locations in Hillsboro.

At the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center on the Tabor College campus, voters from Hillsboro?s East Ward and five rural townships east of town approved the project 240-155.

But at Hillsboro City Hall, voters from Hillsboro?s West Ward, the cities of Lehigh and Durham and the western rural townships voted 200 in favor of the project and 240 against.

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Huxman hired as 410?s interim superintendent

Douglas K. Huxman has accepted a contract from Unified School District 410 to be interim superintendent for the upcoming school year.

Officially, Huxman?s contract begins Aug. 1. He will succeed Gordon Mohn, who has accepted a special-education position in the McPherson school district.

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Latest bid lowers cost for fire repair to $76,000

The news keeps getting better about how much it will cost the city of Hillsboro to repair damage caused by an April fire in the former AMPI building it owns.

At its June 5 meeting, the Hillsboro City Council heard from Mayor Delores Dalke that Advance Catastrophe Tech?nology Inc., based in Wichita, had submitted a bid of $72,000 to cleanup the damaged area.

That compares to an initial bid of $440,000 from another Wichita-based firm, National Catastrophe Restoration Inc., received in mid-May.

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The right chemistry-TC Prof. Allen Hiebert engaged his students? imagination
The right chemistry-TC Prof. Allen Hiebert engaged his students? imagination

The right chemistry-TC Prof. Allen Hiebert engaged his students? imagination

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The familiar sight of Allen Hiebert leading a Tabor College science class will become far less familiar following his retirement after 23 years at the college Tabor College photo. Click image to enlarge.

After 23 years as professor of chemistry and physics at Tabor College, and 16 years prior to that as professor at Knox College, Galesburg, Ill., Allen Hiebert has retired.

?It used to be that when you had to adjust an instrument, you had to do it yourself, so you had to know how the machine works,? he said about the changes he?s observed in the teaching field.

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Chingawassa Days
Chingawassa Days

Chingawassa Days

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