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Ottawa preparing for its part of the canal water project

The Army Reserve and Marines will do the ground work for Ottawa’s canal water project next year. The city has to provide the water. Retired Assistant City Engineer Arnie Bandstra, who’s also the president of the Canal Corridor Association, says the planning is almost done. He started working on it about five years ago. Water…read more »


Sheriff’s Office urges safety this Halloween

LaSalle County Sheriff Tom Templeton is asking people to check the department website for registered sex offenders ahead of Halloween on Tuesday. There are approximately 290 registered sex offenders living in the county. Families can check to see where they are living and avoid those homes when trick-or-treating. The service also allows people to sign…read more »


Drones on the rise

A retired Air Force Pilot and drone enthusiast says that people are thinking up new uses for drones all the time. Bob Myers, of DeKalb, owns his own aerial photography company that uses drones for real estate photography. According to him, taking a picture of something from above adds a unique perspective. Drones can also…read more »

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Local wine producer not expecting worldwide drop

Some people who watch the wine industry say production will be down in the next year because of fires in California and frost in Europe. Mark Wenzel from August Hill Winery south of Peru doesn’t think things will be so bad though. Wenzel says most of the grapes in California were harvested already. But some…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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