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Archive for March 28th, 2015

Fundraiser in Peru will bring light to Multiple Sclerosis battle

Posted by wlpo on March 28, 2015

The odds are good that you know someone who has Multiple Sclerosis. But you may not realize how the financial hardship it can.

The 2nd Annual Legion Against Lesions fundraiser is Saturday at the Peru Eagles. Between 4 and midnight you can enjoy an auction, raffles, buffet dinner and live music all to raise money for those affected with Multiple Sclerosis in the Illinois Valley.

Advance tickets are $15 at Big Boys Tires, the La Salle K of C and at the Peru Eagles. Tickets at the door are $20.

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Your monthly payments helping to pay for Ameren improvements

Posted by wlpo on March 28, 2015

Ameren is hoping nearly $3 million in improvements this year in La Salle County drives up customer satisfaction.

The power company plans to invest $170,000 in La Salle for new automation technology that’s supposed to help with quicker response to service interruptions. In Ottawa Ameren is spending $870,000 on a breaker and switches that should reduce outage times.

In Wedron meanwhile Ameren is upgrading a 2.5 mile section of power lines. The estimated cost is $1.6 million.

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Self-defense class proves to be a big hit in Peru

Posted by wlpo on March 28, 2015

Apparently a lot of women are ready to kick some butt if called upon in the Illinois Valley.

In a matter of minutes after announcing a 2-hour women’s self-defense class, the 20 allotted spots filled up. So Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei says more self-defense classes will be held due to popular demand.

Patrol sergeant Sarah Raymond and Detective John Atkins are the self-defense instructors. They’ll cover areas like: situational awareness; grip-breaking techniques; and choke escapes.

The first class will be at the Peru Y June 10th.

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Groundbreaking held for future medical marijuana cultivation center in Oglesby

Posted by wlpo on March 28, 2015

The first ceremonial pile of dirt has been moved for a medical marijuana cultivation center in Oglesby.

Green Thumb Industries is the developer behind the cultivation center. They won a hotly contested battle for the one cultivation center license in all of the District 17 state police coverage area.

The planned Oglesby cultivation center will be south of Loves Travel Stop along Interstate 39. It’s expected to bring 100 jobs and be a major electric supplier to Oglesby.

The first medical marijuana should be planted by this fall.

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