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Marion ‘Park It and Market’ draws several booths Saturday

Candy Vinduska of Marion and Marietta Graham of Whitewater are members of the Great Plains Beekeepers. They came to the Marion Central Park “Park it and Market” event and brought their honey and other goods to sell. The honey can also be bought at Carlsons in Marion. The ladies were ...

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Marion County Commission approves wind farm proposal

A majority of the constituents at the April 29 Marion County Commission meeting oppose the wind turbine project and asked the commissioner for a moratorium. Patty Decker / Free Press

The Marion County Commission met with opposition from landowners who asked for another week to review a newly proposed resolution on road rights-of-way by Expedition Natural Renewal Solutions that was presented at a special meeting on April 29. Despite the strong resistance by constituents, the commission voted 2-1 to approve the resolution. Commissioner Dianne Novak was the dissenting vote. The resolution ...

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Dozens come together to clean up reservoir

On Saturday morning, several dozen people showed up at the reservoir to give their time and energy to cleaning up. For some, this was their first year while others had been participating in the annual clean up for years. Brody Schroeder and his girlfriend Emmalyn Gaddert came to help. They cleaned up trash in Durham Cove. “I have basically been ...

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Smokin’ Festival hits Hillsboro

This Saturday the Prairie Smokin' Festival will be from 1: 30-8 p. m. in Hillsboro. There will be all types of activities for Marion County residents to enjoy. The event starts at 1: 30 p. m. with activities at the Museum Complex (Museum Tours, Kids Activities, Antique Cars & Tractors, Rope Making). The Igloo will be ...

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County celebrates the Easter holiday over week

The Marion City Library hosted an egg hunt on Saturday. Many Marion County kids came and got treats including Austin and Aubrey Hoffman of Marion. Provided Photo Aujanae Woods, 2, enjoyed an Easter egg hunt on Friday that was put on by Salem Homes in Hillsboro. Laura Fowler Paulus ...

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Marion residents help return lost dog tags to veteran’s family

From left teacher Gary Ewert, MHS student Cameron White and Custodian Jane Whitwell all had a hand in returning dog tags from WWII to the family of the soldier they belonged to. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press

While teachers typically strive to give memorable lessons, once in awhile, a really great one comes along. This happened recently at Marion High School. Custodian Jane Whitwell had dog tags she had picked up years before. She could not even remember how long it had been or where she found them. She guessed that ...

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Beer garden to expand at county fair

The Hillsboro City Council approved the plans to have a larger beer garden at the Marion County fair this summer in their meeting on Tuesday, April 16. Brent Unruh explained that last year was the first year for a beer garden at the fair and it went well. “We didn't have a single issue with the alcohol. It was ...

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Marion County Firefighters given praise following burn project

Marion County commissioners heard from local firefighters at Monday’s meeting and how their task force scored high marks as part of a burn project at Quivira Boy Scout Ranch in Sedan. Lester Kaiser, Lincolnville fire chief, said as volunteers they were graded on their performance with the highest marks given for attitude. In ...

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Goessel School Board Hears of Long-Time Secretary’s Retirement

The Goessel school board met on April 8 and accepted the resignation of long-time elementary school office manager/secretary Denise Nickel, who plans to retire in summer. She has worked for the school for 25 years. Superintendent/elementary school principal Dr. John Fast said her service to the school “has been marked by her dedication, hard work, and loyalty. ” He mentioned ...

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Residents concerned about lake properties

Concerns about the Marion County Park and Lake’s planning and zoning regulations, and the lack of enforcement, took center stage at Monday’s commission meeting. Donna Kaiser, a lake resident, said: "We have homes at the lake and recently some lots were sold to the west of us to three different gentlemen. "One building ...

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