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Highway project won’t affect Cruise Night in Ottawa

The LaSalle County Cruisers annual Cruise Night in downtown Ottawa is tonight (June 14). Organizer Mike Dougherty says the highway construction project won’t affect the location, the time, or the detour for southbound Illinois 23 traffic. The event time is from 6pm to 10pm. Car owners can register their vehicles on Jackson St. for $10.…read more »


Health Dept. warns against ticks

Mosquitoes aren’t the only bloodsuckers to watch out for this summer. Small brown ticks can also burrow into to skin and possibly spread disease. Ticks mostly live in the woods and tall grass, but LaSalle County Health Educator Jenny Barrie says they can end up closer to home. Young ticks can be as small as…read more »


Bike rental coming to I&M Canal

A bike rental system is coming to the Illinois and Michigan Canal. Canal Corridor Association President Ana Koval says people have been requesting one. The Association is working with the bike-sharing company Zagster. A smart phone app is used to rent and pay for bikes that can be picked up and dropped off at any…read more »

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County taking bids for new freezers at its nursing home

LaSalle County Board Nursing Home Committee member Mike Kasap estimates it’ll cost more than $30,000 to replace the old freezers at the county nursing home. The county will take bids on them soon. The freezers are about 24 years old. Kasap says they’ve been maintained, but they’re showing their age and need to be replaced…read more »


Three hurt in river rescue training in Oglesby

An inflatable boat exploded during a training exercise in Oglesby last night. The Oglesby Fire Department says two fire fighters and an emergency medical technician were hurt. They were taken to Illinois Valley Community Hospital. The training exercise was on the Vermilion River at the canoe landing by Ed Hand Highway.read more »

Rick Koshko

Rick Koshko

Rick Koshko lived the first half of his life in southern Illinois, then moved to Ottawa early in his broadcasting career. His first thoughts of broadcasting as a career occurred to him at age five–when it was bed time and he realized the guy on the radio didn’t have to go to bed yet. Some irony: for most of the time he’s worked in radio, Rick has had to get up very early in the morning to be on the air, sometimes in addition to being up late at night like he wanted.

Rick is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s broadcasting program. He speaks Esperanto, likes astronomy (SkyCaramba), and makes a hobby of photography.

Ethan Kruger

Ethan Kruger

Ethan Kruger started his broadcasting career in college after realizing that he liked hearing himself talk a little bit too much. After a brief stint of spinning records at Eastern Illinois University’s student FM station, Ethan realized his love for reporting the news. He loves where he works and is always excited to discuss what’s happening in the community. Ethan sees it as a privilege to serve the good people of LaSalle County through broadcasting.

Ethan likes board games, the outdoors, and watching all the different versions of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner.

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