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 By Ken Knutson    News 

Lifelong Hinsdalean was a true friend

Hinsdale's Steve Foster took a good friend to Wrigley Field last Labor Day to watch his beloved Cubbies. Suddenly a foul ball sailed their way and landed just behind their row.... — Updated 1/19/2022

 By Ken Knutson    Sports 

Club trains HC wrestling's next gen

Hinsdale fifth-grader Jake Knapp had heard about the rigors and rewards of wrestling from a couple of family friends who compete at the Division I collegiate level. "I just kind of... — Updated 1/19/2022

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How should families approach the college search? New York Times financial columnist Ron Lieber and his wife had set aside money for their daughters' college education, and he'd... — Updated 1/19/2022

 By Ken Knutson    News 

Bad look, no violation in board member tiff

An angry exchange between Hinsdale High School District 86 Board members Erik Held and Jeff Waters after a meeting was a “bad moment” and should underscore the importance of public officials behaving respectfully toward one... — Updated 1/19/2022

 By Ken Knutson    Sports

Student athlete profile

Name: Kelly Klobach Year: senior Hometown: Hinsdale What's your earliest memory of gymnastics? I would say when I was around 5, I remember working on my round-offs into the foam pit... — Updated 1/12/2022

 By Ken Knutson    Pulse

Hinsdale couple helps health center

By Ken Knutson [email protected] Hemophilia and similar disorders are conditions in which a person's blood does not clot properly. Relatively rare, finding specialized... — Updated 1/12/2022

 By Ken Knutson    News

Upgrades OK'd for downtown building

The Hinsdale Village Board last week approved front and rear facade changes to a building in the village’s historic downtown. At their Jan. 4 meeting, trustees voted unanimously to allow a more decorative entrance and a wall... — Updated 1/12/2022


Nonprofit leaders share thoughts on 2021

The Hinsdalean continues this week with its conversations with leaders of local nonprofit agencies reflecting on the challenges and opportunities 2021 presented. Community Memorial Foundation, Hinsdale Humane Society and Wellness... — Updated 1/12/2022


Nonprofits share highlights of past year

Every January, The Hinsdalean checks in with the leaders of the seven nonprofit agencies in the village, inviting them to share highlights of the previous year and a wish for the new one. This is the first of two installments. A... — Updated 1/5/2022

 By Ken Knutson    Sports

Coaching right up Hipskind's alley

Hinsdale Central varsity boys bowling head coach Alex Hipskind never imagined that the clangor of ricocheting pins would become the soundtrack of his winters. He had, after all,... — Updated 1/5/2022

 By Ken Knutson    News

2022 kicks off with debut of new laws

More than 300 new laws took effect in Illinois on Jan. 1, the influx of fresh statewide rules and regulations for citizens, businesses and governmental entities to adjust to each year. Many of the measures will have little to no... — Updated 1/5/2022



How should people approach home organization? 2022 is the year, right? The year to get organized, declutter and find peace through purging. Nice dream, but slow that reduction... — Updated 1/5/2022

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Happy baby is central to happy Hinsdale home

Hinsdale's Conor Real was at a friend's gathering this fall with some longtime pals. Taking in the scene, he was struck by life's unfolding phases. "Five years ago we're going out i... — Updated 12/29/2021

 By Ken Knutson    Sports

Local products star on college gridiron

Red Devil Nation has been well represented in Division I football programs across the country the last four-plus years thanks to these former Hinsdale Central standouts. Learn... — Updated 12/15/2021

 By Ken Knutson    Sports

Student athlete profile

Name: Sofia Gomez Year: senior Hometown: Clarendon Hills How is the bowling season going so far? It's pretty fun. I'm doing pretty good and I enjoy being with my friends. They're... — Updated 12/15/2021

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Hinsdale youths ready to take on nativity roles

Few 2,000-year-old stories get an annual retelling, let alone theatrically depicted in cities and towns across the country. For many churchgoers, the Christmas Pageant is a... — Updated 12/15/2021

 By Ken Knutson    News

Borrow some of these great gift ideas

Diane Nelson is president of the Friends of the Hinsdale Library, with her previous stint as a board member giving her a total of seven years volunteering with the group to support... — Updated 12/15/2021


December time for fa-la-la-la-la levies

December is a month for caroling, baking cookies — and approving tax levies. This week, Hinsdale’s village and school boards are approving their tax levies, or annual requests for property tax revenue. These levy requests will... — Updated 12/15/2021

 By Ken Knutson    News

Village flood victims receive relief

Dozens of northeast Hinsdale residents whose homes were infiltrated by flood waters in June are being compensated for the damage caused after flooding was blamed on work related to the Central Tri-State Tollway expansion project.... — Updated 12/8/2021

 By Ken Knutson    Sports

Devils rebound from COVID season

By Ken Knutson [email protected] High school basketball is back in all its glory! Or at least that's the hope, horns crossed, after a delayed and truncated season last... — Updated 12/8/2021



Why have Christmas cards endured as a holiday tradition? In 1943, according to London's Victoria and Albert Museum, an artist was commissioned to create 1,000 engraved holiday cards... — Updated 12/8/2021

 By Ken Knutson    Pulse

Talk a walk on the Yule side

Get in your Yuletide spirit and join the Hinsdale Christmas Walk from 5 to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 3, throughout downtown Hinsdale. The 55th annual Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce eve... — Updated 12/1/2021

 By Ken Knutson    News

Trustees consider budget for year ahead

Hinsdale trustees have signaled their support for an $18.4 million operating budget for 2022. At Tuesday night’s village board meeting, trustees reviewed the draft spending plan for the upcoming year, which is an increase of $623... — Updated 12/1/2021

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Seventh-grader displays command of U.S. heritage

Pop quiz: Where was the Declaration of Independence adopted? What amendment to the U.S. Constitution instituted the national income tax? What number president was Calvin Coolidge?... — Updated 12/1/2021

 By Ken Knutson    News

Dist. 86 takes steps to reduce student stress

Hinsdale High School District 86 students got a couple of extra days off after board members expanded the Thanksgiving holiday to a full week to address mental health concerns. At the Nov. 18 board meeting, board members voted... — Updated 11/23/2021


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