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Fire destroys hog barns southeast of Freeman

A late-afternoon fire that roared through eight hog barns lined in close proximity to each other on the Steve (Twix) and Ginger Waltner farm southeast of Freeman last Friday could have been much worse had animals been inside the buildings. 

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Photo of the Day: Landmark corner

This aerial view shows the corner of Highway 81 and Sixth Street, where Casey's General Store is located today. This was taken sometime after 1990 and shows the Huber Motor car lot; Ampride can be seen in the lower left corner.

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Photo of the Day: Old Casey's when it was new

This photo from the Courier archives shows Casey's when it was brand-new in 1979. The arrival of the convenience store was controversial because it was built in a residential area and included the sale of beer.

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FHS girls slip past Bridgewater-Emery; FA/M sweeps doubleheader

The Freeman High School girls snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 3-2 with a 71-63 Cornbelt Conference win over Bridgewater-Emery (3-2) in Freeman Thursday night, Jan. 4.

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Photo of the Day: Tracks in the snow

Tracks in the snow make for classic winter patterns as the community settles into a new year.

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COMMUNITY VOICE: A very real Christmas 

According to Andy Williams, it is “the most wonderful time of the year.” For the most part, it was a very special time. It was nice to have the entire family in the same room. The grandchildren lit up the house with noise and energy.

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EDITORIAL: The communication breakdown at City Hall

OUR OPINION: City leaders must take deliberate steps to improve communication both internally and publicly following confusion over salary increase for the mayor.

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Council retracts action on mayor salary, apologizes

Meeting in special session Dec. 28, the Freeman City Council voted 6-0 to set the 2018 compensation for councilors at $500/quarter, an increase of $50, and the mayor’s compensation at $1,000/quarter, an increase of $100.

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