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Area Congressman visiting this week

Posted by wlpo on July 24, 2016

Your area congressman –  1 seen frequently on news shows – will be in our area this Wednesday and Thursday.  16th District Congressman Adam Kinzinger will talk about the opioid bill passed by Congress and meet community members Wednesday at 10am at the Grundy County Administrative Building at 1320 Union in Morris and at 1pm at 220 South Hennepin in Dixon.

Kinzinger will visit the Denver Gardner at 1:30pm Thursday in Princeton and at 4:30pm, be in Ottawa for a Vet Commendation at Ottawa City Hall.

 

 

 

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Shakespeare staged Sunday in Princeton

Posted by wlpo on July 24, 2016

Could William Shakespeare have conceived of 1 of his plays being performed in the warm Sunday air of Princeton, Illinois?  “Festival 56” continues its series of summer productions with “The Winter’s Tale” in Soldiers and Sailors Park on Princeton’s main street.

8 actors will play 20 plus characters in a story of love, loss and forgiveness.   Someone exits while pursued by a bear.  The show is Sunday evening.  Festival 56 dot com has information on tickets.

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Lake Depue expecting company this week

Posted by wlpo on July 24, 2016

You’ll start hearing the roar of boats on Lake DePue in the coming days.

Test runs begin for the 32nd annual Lake DePue Pro National Championship Boat Races start Thursday.  The actual competition starts Friday and continues thru Sunday.  As usual, there’s plenty of stuff going on around the lake besides just boat racing.

The DePue Men’s Club food stand opens Wednesday along with a beer garden and live music.  There’s also a teen dance, 5K Walk/Run and raffles.

It’ll cost you 3 dollars to watch the races which start Friday afternoon.  The nightly entertainment is free.

 

 

 

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Heat and humidity ending Sunday afternoon

Posted by wlpo on July 24, 2016

If it makes you feel any better,  the excessive heat warning of the past 3 days has been replaced with a heat advisory for Sunday afternoon.  The National Weather Service says to expect temperatures in the low 90s, but with the humidity it could feel Sunday afternoon as if it were 110 degrees.

These conditions, with prolonged exposure,  can bring on heat related illness. The elderly, pets and small children are especially susceptible.  Avoid outdoor activity and have a cool place to shelter from the heat.

 

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Search performed Saturday near Streator

Posted by wlpo on July 24, 2016

A local man and woman tried canoeing the Vermillion River Saturday from Streator to a nearby bridge. They likely won’t forget their scary experience.  Conservation Police officer Phil Wire said the 2 dropped a brand new canoe in at “Hop-along Cassiday trail and paddled northwest to the “Red, White and Blue bridge” – their stopping point.

When they arrived, says Wire, the canoe struck some debris capsizing the canoe and  occupants. The man was carried away and not seen for an hour.  The woman made it to shore and called for help at a nearby house. There were some anxious moments,  but happily, the man did get to shore.  The bad part is he walked in blistering weather on the shoreline back to the bridge.  He was found to be in good shape and refused medical treatment.

Ottawa River Rescue , Grand Ridge and Oglesby Fire Departments assisted.  The 2 canoeists were not wearing their vests at the time of the accident.

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K-9 officers stop Peru burglary Sunday

Posted by wlpo on July 24, 2016

Being right there – at the right time – and quick back-up, helped police nab a thief Sunday morning in Peru.

According to Chief Doug Bernabei,  K-9 officer Matt Peters and his partner, Miko, were patroling north Peru at 5am, and discovered a burglary / auto theft in progress on the lot at Coronet Dodge. The offender, later identified as 72-year old Roy Cope fled in a car, but then stopped and entered a corn field on foot along  Wenzel Road.  Backup from Peru, LaSalle and the county set up a perimeter.  Cope was eventually caught and had to be treated for dog bites at the hospital.

Bernabei said Cope had just got out of Iowa Corrections for burglary  and will now face charges of burglary, possession of burglary tools and auto theft. Cope will end up in the LaSalle County jail.

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Ottawa Car Show Driving Fundraising for River Rescue

Posted by wlpo on July 23, 2016

You hope to never have to use them but river rescue squads are a necessity.  A car show in Ottawa is raising money for the Ottawa River Rescue Squad.

The second annual car cruise is today from 5 until 8 at the lower lots under the Route 23 bridge.  Dash plaques will be handed out along with door prizes and a 50/50 drawing.

Its ten bucks if you want to enter your hot rod.

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect till 10pm

Posted by wlpo on July 23, 2016

Once again, LaSalle, Bureau and Putnam Counties are under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 10pm Saturday night.  Strong to severe thunderstorms in Southeast Wisconsin will continue to develop toward Lake Michigan while new intense storms over northeast Iowa are expected to organize into a line and progress eastward through the evening. Damaging wind gusts and large hail will be possible with the strongest storms.

The primary threats to our area with any of these storms are scattered and isolated hail up to 2 inches in diameter, isolated wind gusts up to 70 mph possible and, perhaps, a tornado or 2.

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Peru Police Latest to get Drug for Treating Opioid Overdose

Posted by wlpo on July 23, 2016

The Peru Police Department will be better equipped to respond to overdose calls, thanks to a donation by the LaSalle County MRC.

The Medical Reserve Corps donated several doses of the so-called “nasal naloxone” to the Peru PD on Wednesday. Naloxone is a drug which can help counter the effects of opioid overdose.

The LaSalle MRC has been donating naloxone to several police departments in the Illinois Valley as a result of a grant they recently received. The $15,000 grant was awarded to them to expand the LaSalle County Naloxone Training Program, and they’re using some of the money to give the drug to police departments which have already completed the program.

The MRC started offering the program, which is specifically designed for law enforcement, earlier this year.

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LaSalle County Health Department Looking for Input on Issues Impacting Community Health

Posted by wlpo on July 23, 2016

What are some of the things that lead to a healthy community? If you think you know the answer to this question, the LaSalle County Health Department is looking for your input.

The department has put out a new online survey which lets you rate the things that you think are important to a healthy community. Your answers will then be combined with other surveys and presented to a committee which prioritizes health problems in the county.

The surveys are part of a broader plan by the health department to develop a “Local Assessment of Needs.” The plan will then be changed every 5 years as part of a strategy to work towards a healthier county.

You can find a link to the online survey by clicking here. According to the department, it will take about 10 minutes.

 

 

 

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