Category: Opinion

Can you spell ‘success’?

It was refreshing to observe the Marion County Spell Bee again this year. There’s something special about being among students who care about spelling and think it’s worthwhile to excel at it. We work in a profession that cares deeply about words—how they are used, the nuance they carry and especially how they’re spelled. Accuracy is the cornerstone of good […]

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Festival in S. Dakota turns 60

Schmeckfest has been on my mind these days since the 60th annual event is coming up next month. The reason I know about this one, especially, is that there is a book being printed about it by the Freeman Courier newspaper in Freeman, S.D., and our book-printing company is assist­ing Tim Waltner and his son, Jeremy, with the project. It […]

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Musing about mysteries of life

Winter is a time to muse about the mysteries of life. Here are some unanswered questions I have been thinking about lately. Why does the lip balm I keep in my pocket always seem to be screwed to the top of the lid whenever I open it? Does the action of walking turn the knob at the bottom? If so, […]

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New bills coming out of committee

by Rep. Don Schroeder Kansas House of Representatives As we move further into February, the session has definitely picked up the pace. Bills are being kicked out of committees and will be run across the House floor soon. According to the session calendar, turn-around is less than two weeks away. That means that any non-exempt bills need to be out […]

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Building up the sisterhood

“Be a woman other women can trust…. Successful women have a tribe of loyal and honest women behind them…. Be a woman who lifts other women.” —Sophia A. Nelson I don’t know if it’s my youngest turning into a teenager or me turning another year older right behind her, but the stars have aligned in such a way that the […]

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Letters (February 14, 2018)

HCF funds will aid water plaza project The Hillsboro Commun­ity Plaza committee would like to express our gratitude for receiving tremendous support from the Hillsboro Community Foundation, Hillsboro Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Hillsboro Kiwanis and many community members for Phase 1 of the plaza, which will include a splash pad, restroom facility, seating and shade. The committee’s grant submission […]

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Vintage recipe will be ‘raisin’ spirits in no time

Recently, I scrolled through Pinterest—as I often do—looking for recipes that I could try. A picture of a well-worn, yellowed piece of paper caught my eye. It was a handwritten recipe with the words “War Cake” written in a beautiful script across the top of the page. I was intrigued by it and clicked on the link. There, on a […]

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Lifeblood

In the Hillsboro Annual Report that we’ve inserted in this week’s Free Press, you will encounter the economic lifeblood of the community. In addition to the ads that trumpet the wide range of products and services Hillsboro businesses offer, we again are running capsule summaries of every and any business that chose to participate. Later this month, you can expect […]

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So much for cell mistakes

You can’t even make a mistake when you use your cell phone without someone else knowing about it. For example, I accidentally hit the button on my phone that happened to be brother Mark’s number. I knew he would see it and call me back, which was perfectly OK. Since there is really no cost in making a video call, […]

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A start: Choose to be kind

Note: This column was first published in the Feb. 1, 2017, Hillsboro Free Press. But although I wrote it a year ago, it’s still relevant today. Sometimes life is just hard, especially this time of year, the weight of personal and others’ pain weighing heavy on my heart. Reminding myself to press on over here. Maybe this is where you’re […]

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