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New flour mill uses wheat from Mendota to the Dakotas

New flour mill uses wheat from Mendota to the Dakotas

Three different types of wheat can be turned into flour at the new ADM mill in Mendota. ADM Milling President Kevin Like says it can produce enough to fill 60 trucks or 15 rail cars every day. In transportation parlance, that would be 30,000 hundred-weights. ADM has been in Mendota since 2007 and started building…

Putnam County Public Defender takes plea deal in prostitution case

Putnam County Public Defender takes plea deal in prostitution case

The Putnam County Public Defender caught up in a LaSalle County prostitution sting this spring is pleading guilty to battery. Court records say 65-year-old Roger Bolin took the plea on Wednesday. A charge of solicitation of a sexual act was dropped. Bolin will spend a year on court supervision and will pay a fine. He’s…

The future of Ottawa’s various festivals is up for discussion

The future of Ottawa’s various festivals is up for discussion

At least some of Ottawa’s various festivals could be in for retooling. Mayor Dan Aussem is inviting the public to City Hall Thursday night, October 3 at 6pm to discuss them. Some festivals cost a lot more money to put on than they bring in. Some aren’t as popular as they used to be. Aussem…

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TUESDAY ROUNDUP: Ottawa Soccer, Tennis win at home

TUESDAY ROUNDUP: Ottawa Soccer, Tennis win at home

BOYS SOCCER Ottawa 5-0 Plano OTTAWA – The Pirates (7-3, 2-2) scored four goals in the second half to earn an Interstate 8 Conference victory. Gio Resendez scored twice and tallied two assists for Ottawa. Tyler Roberston, Alonso Navarro and Jacob Krueger also found the net, with Robertson and Owen Heimsoth tallying assists. Goalkeepers Zach…

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs were shut down by Sonny Gray and two relievers, falling 4-2 to the Cincinnati Reds in a loss that hurt their playoff positioning. Chicago had won five in a row, outscoring its opponents 59-18 during the stretch. But it managed just two runs against Gray before Michael Lorenzen and…

MONDAY ROUNDUP: Local golfers compete at Ottawa Invite

MONDAY ROUNDUP: Local golfers compete at Ottawa Invite

GOLF Several locals record top 10 finishes at Ottawa Pirate Invite OGLESBY – At Deer Park Golf Course, tournament host Ottawa led local schools with a third place finish. Sorry for the delay..The Pirates took 3rd in the OHS invite. Congrats to TJ, Jonathan, & Drake for earning top 10 spot!! pic.twitter.com/D1gg63Dm5n — OTTAWA PIRATE…

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Merriam-Webster adds ‘they’ as nonbinary pronoun to dictionary

Merriam-Webster adds ‘they’ as nonbinary pronoun to dictionary

tacojim/iStock(SPRINGFIELD, Mass.) — Merriam-Webster has added another definition for the word “they” that can be used to refer to a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary, or someone who expresses a gender identity that is neither entirely male or entirely female.The reference book company used the word as an example in this sentence: “They…

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Trump targets California for plan to deal with homeless on ‘our best streets’

Trump targets California for plan to deal with homeless on ‘our best streets’

LPETTET/iStock(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump continued to blame local officials in California for an increase in the number of homeless people living on “our best streets,” echoing previous comments about the image hurting the “prestige” of high-profile cities.“We can’t let Los Angeles, San Francisco and numerous other cities destroy themselves by allowing what’s happening. And…

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Reports of sexual abuse, misconduct in Olympic sports up 55% from last year

Reports of sexual abuse, misconduct in Olympic sports up 55% from last year

ccahill/iStock(NEW YORK) — Reports of sexual abuse and misconduct rose 55% from a year ago, according to a national Olympic sports oversight center.The U.S. Center for SafeSport, founded by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee in 2017 to investigate sex-abuse claims in Olympic sports, said it receives about 239 reports a month, compared with 154…

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Health care, tech industries dominate Glassdoor’s ranking of highest-paying jobs

Health care, tech industries dominate Glassdoor’s ranking of highest-paying jobs

iStock(NEW YORK) — Tech and health care industries dominated Glassdoor’s annual breakdown of the highest-paying jobs and companies in the U.S. in 2019.The top four highest-paying jobs on the list are all related to health care. While health care professionals earn the most according to the career website’s top 25 highest-paying jobs, a majority of…

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George Strait, Luke Combs honored at 2019 Nashville Songwriter Awards

George Strait, Luke Combs honored at 2019 Nashville Songwriter Awards

ABC/Image Group LAHe’s not known as a songwriter, but George Strait received the President’s Keystone Award Tuesday night at the 2019 Nashville Songwriter Awards, Billboard reports. “I believe songwriting is a gift from God,” George told the crowd at the event.  “I think God has truly blessed all these songwriters in here. I want to…