Hillsboro Free Press News


Finish line


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.

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.


Partnership joins public and private

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.


Second snow socks wheat crop


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

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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>


Two Hillsboro manufacturers join forces


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.


Larsen on board as EMS director

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.