Category: Opinion

County youth put entrepreneurship skills to the test

The 4th Annual Marion County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge was held this month in Marion. We had five teams from Hillsboro High School and 1 team from Marion High School complete. We have a very robust Entrepreneurship program at USD 410, and I especially appreciate the efforts of our business instructor Nathan Hiebert, for his work with this program. Mr. Hiebert […]

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Signs of spring bring plenty of work for city

The signs of spring are beginning to appear. I noticed some tulips peeking through the ground with some noticeable freeze damage to the tips. We have recently experienced a lightning storm which hit our city power grid. It wasn’t a major strike and our equipment worked properly to reduce the potential damage to major portions of the system. This happened […]

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Things are starting to slip as age comes

So, I’m about to turn 60 years old. And, it’s kind of blowing my mind. My sister recently came across some old family vacation pictures and posted them. My reaction was simply to marvel at all the time that has passed since those days of childhood and young adulthood. So many memories. I was 21 years old when my best […]

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Finding things to amuse

If you have all day, as I do mostly now, I have to think up things to do. One way to make the day go fast is to stay in bed until nine or ten and then pretty soon it is lunch time. In the afternoons I take a nap or close my eyes and rest like in Kindergarten. Or […]

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Sad to see long-time friend pass

I am saddened to hear about the passing of my KU roommate Bob Dalke a few weeks ago on Feb. 18 at the age of 70. He was always good for a laugh or two. He and I go way back to high school days as well. On a Friday night around Christmas Break in ’66 at KU we hooked […]

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A look inside the teenage mind

As I sit down to write my column today, I have a lot of things on my mind. As a creative person, there are struggles and I’m sure anyone with a creative side is shaking their head right now. I recently entered in a KSPA contest for student journalist of the year. It is a competition in which you create […]

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Situation forces look inward

The self-checkout line was five carts deep. After a full day of shopping, I had made one final stop and was ready to call it a day. I had places to be and things to do, with no time to wait. But I took my place in line and waited my turn because that’s the right thing to do in […]

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Letters to the Editor (3-6-19)

Reader voices frustration with lack of community coverage I was disappointed this week while reading the last edition of your newspaper. As a past board member of MCCEDC with goals to bring people to our communities and help support our local businesses. The MB Church Valentine Extravaganza which I was invited to attend brought hundreds of people to your town […]

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Opening up about the newspaper process

As a newspaper junkie and someone who has been interested in the business for quite some time, I love letters to the editor—even the one below, critical of our coverage (or lack there of) of Marion County’s many events. Mike is entitled to his opinion, and I am sure some agree with his assessments. I appreciate him sharing it with […]

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Trade talks have big impact here

“The Chinese can agree on just about anything, but the question is; will they actually follow through?” – Former Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, currently President and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, regarding ongoing trade negotiations with the Chinese government. Part of my weekend consists of watching newsworthy programs on television or on the Internet. Former Secretary of […]

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