Author: James Maertens

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Central Valley School District Set to Decrease Mill Levy for 2024-25 Budget

With most goods and services around the country on the increase, the Central Valley School District is looking to decrease their tax levy for the 2024-25 budget from 66 to 63 mills.  Superintendent, Jeremy Brandt, sums up the discussion from Wednesday’s school board meeting. In other discussion items, Brandt, who also serves as the Hillsboro/Central…
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July 19, 2024 0

Dryburgh Enters New Era as Superintendent of Hillsboro Public Schools

The Hillsboro Public School Board met in regular session Thursday morning. Former Hillsboro Elementary Principal, Jon Dryburgh, completed his first meeting as the district’s new Superintendent. Dryburgh says there’s certainly a learning curve, but he has plenty of lifelines to help him navigate the new position. Dryburgh says he has received plenty of encouragement from…
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July 12, 2024 0

City of Buxton Schedules Special Meeting to Review 2025 Preliminary Budget

The Buxton City Council met in regular session Wednesday evening. The Council spent a good amount of the meeting combing through the specifics of the 2025 preliminary budget. While the majority of the budget looks to remain the same for next year, there will be some changes. Specifically, the city is preparing to absorb the…
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July 11, 2024 0

Opioid Prevention and Car Seat Checks Among Top Health Topics for Traill Ahead Coalition

The Traill AHEAD Coalition recently held its second meeting. The coalition gathered representatives from both health and non-health based community organizations to discuss overall health and wellness in Traill County.  Traill District Health Unit’s Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, Deb Cieplak, gives an update on locations where they have placed NARCAN, an opioid overdose reversal drug.…
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June 28, 2024 0

Eggermont Details Action Plans for Galesburg Mayoral Term

Earlier this month Galesburg residents elected a new mayor. While Casey Eggermont may be the city’s new mayor, she certainly isn’t completely new to city government. Eggermont is the Hillsboro City Auditor and recently wrapped up a four-year term on the Galesburg City Council. Eggermont says she’s excited to continue her public service as mayor.…
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June 28, 2024 0

Lefse and Lemonade Brings in Record Amount for Church Restoration Project

This past Sunday nearly 200 people gathered from across the country for the fourth annual Lefse and Lemonade celebration at the Historic Grue Church in rural buxton. Event organizer, Bobbi Hepper Olson, says the turnout was a pleasant surprise. In addition to a record number of attendees, there was also a monetary record of over…
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June 27, 2024 0

Standardized Test Scores Show Improvement for Hillsboro Public Schools

At the most recent Hillsboro School Board meeting, Principals Terry Baesler and Jon Dryburgh presented their respective classes’ standardized testing results from this past school year. While mixed, both principals are encouraged by the results. Hillsboro Elementary improved their overall reading proficiency by eight percent from 39% to 47%. Dryburgh says it’s been an encouraging…
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June 24, 2024 0

Buxton Family Fun Day Set for Saturday

Family Fun Day in Buxton is tomorrow Events kick off at 10am with the 5k family run/walk starting at the Buxton City Park. The bean bag tournament follows at noon with the parade around town scheduled for 2:30. Kids games and open pickle ball follow back at the park from 4-7pm and the volleyball tournament…
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June 21, 2024 0

Pool Opening in Hillsboro Moves Forward, Public Works Superintendent Backward

At the previous Hillsboro City Commission meeting, it seemed the months-long search for the city’s next Public Works Superintendent had finally come to an end. However, the position has reopened as Sheena Schmeets of Grafton has declined the position. Commission President, Levi Reese, gives the reason behind Schmeets’ decision. There was one other finalist, but…
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June 18, 2024 0

Hillsboro Days 2024 in the Books

Hillsboro Days 2024 has come and gone and it was certainly a great success. Hundreds lined the streets of Hillsboro Thursday-Sunday, enjoying mainly sunny skies and strong winds.  Highlights throughout the weekend included a good showing of projects at the Traill County 4 H Achievement Day on Friday. Livestock entries included cows, pigs, goats, chickens,…
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June 17, 2024 0