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Entire Ottawa City Council Running For Re-election

Posted by wlpo on December 17, 2010

The April election could mean no change in Ottawa.

Everyone on the Ottawa City Council is seeking re-election.  Mayor Bob Eschbach and Commissioners Dale Baxter, Dan Aussem, Wayne Eichelkraut and Ed Whitney have all turned in the election paperwork.  Also filing to run for commissioner is James Less.

There will need to be a drawing to see who gets top spot on the April ballot.

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Utica Trustee Race Shaping Up

Posted by wlpo on December 17, 2010

Three trustee seats are open in Utica and so far two incumbents have announced they want to keep their seats.

Incumbents Matt Jereb and Mary Pawlak have filed re-election papers and will be on the April ballot.  The other incumbent up for re-election is Kevin Stewart but he isn’t expected to run again.

Two newcomers seeking trustee seats are Shelba Bimm and Paula Guttilla.

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Two killed in separate crashes in Bureau County

Posted by wlpo on December 17, 2010

Snow and ice made Interstate 80 dangerous for driving, especially in Bureau County, where two people were killed during accidents.

The first crash happened just before 5am Thursday near the Sheffield exit.  Police say Blawou Washington of Urbanddale, Iowa was heading west when he crossed the median and into the eastbound crashing head-on with a semi.  The crash triggered chain of accidents involving other trucks.   Washington died at the scene.

About seven hours later police and fire were handling another crash.  This one was just east of the I-180 interchange.  Police say James Thompson of North Adams, Massachusetts was heading east when he lost control on the wet and icy road rolled his car.  He was thrown from the car and was pronounced dead at the scene.  A man and woman were with him.  Their conditions were unavailable.

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