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Barn Torched In Mendota

Posted by wlpo on April 30, 2011

No one was hurt in a large barn fire in Mendota.

A 911 call came to Mendota Fire at nine Friday night about a barn fully engulfed on Route 251, a mile north of town.  Mendota fire officials say the barn is owned by Gleim Farms and was in use with about 600 bales of hay inside.  There was no livestock in the barn.  The barn was destroyed.

Mendota and about a half dozen other fire departments were on the scene for over two hours.  The stretch of Route 251 near the fire scene was closed during the blaze.

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Fundraiser To Benefit Marseilles Veteran’s Wall

Posted by wlpo on April 30, 2011

A pig roast and raffle today will help remember soldiers killed in the Middle East.

Fat Daddy’s Bar and Grill in Seneca is hosting the roast with proceeds going towards a new touch-screen kiosk at the Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial in Marseilles.  The screen will have a directory making it easier to find soldiers on the wall.  Illinois Valley Cellular would provide internet to the kiosk.

City officials think it’ll cost 20 thousand dollars.

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April Showers To Bring May Flowers?

Posted by wlpo on April 30, 2011

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – A new record for April rainfall has been set in Illinois.

The state water survey says average rainfall for the month was 7.45 inches. The typical average is 3.83 inches. State climatologist Jim Angel says this month beats the previous record of 7.13 inches set in 1957.

Rainfall amounts ranged from 4 to 6 inches in northern Illinois, to 4 to 10 inches in central Illinois and 10 to 15 inches in southern Illinois. Anna in southern Illinois had 20 inches of rainfall, the highest total statewide.

The average temperature statewide for April was 52.6 degrees, 0.5 degrees above average. Temperatures ranged from 93 degrees in Kaskaskia on April 11 to 18 degrees in Marengo on April 1.

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