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Peru veterans raise money for flag maintenance

Posted by wlpo on April 22, 2015

Old glory should continue flying high at Veteran’s Park in Peru thanks to a group of veterans.

Members of the Peru VFW Post 8232 have given the city a check for $500 to maintain the flags at Veteran’s Park. Alderman Dave Potthoff says that’s a tremendous help since maintaining and replacing the flags isn’t cheap.

Speaking of flags and veterans, the annual Memorial Day ceremony put on by the Peru Veteran’s Memorial Group is a little over a month away. The ceremony will be Monday, May 25th at Washington Park.

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Troubled water main getting fixed in La Salle

Posted by wlpo on April 22, 2015

La Salle is one step closer to replacing the old water main at Lafayette Street.

The city council voted Tuesday night to approve a bid for the project, which includes a sanitary sewer replacement. Pohar & Sons was awarded the job with a bid of $318,000. The city will use a $165,000 dollar grant to help the fund project. Before they can move ahead, they must wait two weeks for a comment period to pass.

The old Lafayette water main burst and froze during the winter of 2013 leaving some people without water for several weeks.

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Transition going smoothly at new OSF hospital in Mendota

Posted by wlpo on April 22, 2015

It’s been three weeks since Mendota Community Hospital was integrated into the OSF Healthcare System and renamed OSF Saint Paul.

A few changes have occured at the hospital since the official change April 1, but the transition has been going very well, according to OSF Saint Paul president Jennifer Junis.

Junis said there haven’t been any unforeseen challenges and that the IT and HR departments have been very busy the first few weeks with a lot of behind the scenes work. She added the staff has done a wonderful job with the transition.

Some of the changes you’ll notice at the hospital are very visual, like the addition of a crucifix in every room, now that the hospital is part of a catholic healthcare organization, Junis said.
She also said construction is already underway for a new and bigger chapel area. There are also plans in the future to add more specialty services and primary care.

Junis, who was named president after the OSF takeover, comes to the area from Kewanee, where she was president at OSF Saint Luke. She said she looked forward to getting to know the community and becoming involved in local events and groups.

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Outdoor burning not suggested with low humidity and gusty winds

Posted by wlpo on April 22, 2015

If you get bored on Earth Day, please find something else besides outdoor burning to pass the time.

The National Weather Service says gusty northwest winds coupled with low humidity increases the danger of fires Wednesday afternoon. Winds could whip up to 35 miles per hour.

While gusty winds is the weather story during the day, frost is part of Wednesday night’s forecast with an overnight low dipping to near freezing.

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Minonk police chief accused of driving drunk

Posted by wlpo on April 22, 2015

A man who is paid to uphold the law has gotten himself in trouble.

Minonk Police Chief Nathan Barker was arrested Monday for DUI. He was pulled over Monday near Eureka. He posted bond and was given a May court date.

Barker was appointed police chief in Minonk in January.

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