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Jack Hilson, former publisher of The Star, dies at 90


Former Star owner, editor and publisher Jack Hilson, a man whose political expertise helped to build the local airport, Steamboat Rock State Park and more, has died.

After serving in the Navy in World War II, Jack and his wife, Dolores, became involved in the newspaper in 1947, and began buying it from family members in 1958.

Hilson served on the Grant County Port District 7 Commission for 10 years and also sat on the state Parks and Recreation Commission.

His friendships with powerful United States senators and the speaker of the House of Representatives during the construction of Grand Coulee Dam’s Third Powerhouse undoubtedly benefited the area he loved and promoted.

A complete obituary is featured on page 4.

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