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Ottawa Fire Department boat for sale

Ottawa Fire Department’s old boat is for sale

The Ottawa Fire Department has a new rescue boat, so it’s selling its old boat. Deputy Fire Chief Andy Borkowski says City Hall is taking bids until 10am Monday, July 17. It’s an 18-foot 1988 aluminum Lund Alaskan with a 40-horsepower motor and trailer. Borkowski says the motor runs, but it needs work. He says…read more »


LaSalle Building New Display for 1928 Fire Truck

The City of LaSalle is trying to show more people its antique 1928 American LaFrance ladder truck. The truck is currently housed on display in the public works building. LaSalle Mayor Jeff Grove: The new building will feature three glass walls so the antique engine will be easy to see. Grove says the city has…read more »


Ottawa Family Arrested on Drug Charges

58-year-old Janice S. Douglas, 37-year-old Adair F. Douglas, and 29-year-old Kale D. Owens were arrested on drug charges in Ottawa Tuesday. Adair Douglas and Kale Owens are brothers and Janice Douglas is their mother. The arrest follows an investigation of heroin being sold out of their homes on Chestnut Street and the Housing Authority’s Fox…read more »

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Blood banks ask for summer help

Blood banks are having the same problem they have every summer. People go on vacations or are busy doing other things, and they don’t make time to give blood. Red Cross Chicago region communications manager Holly Baker says there’s almost certainly a blood drive near you soon wherever you are. Blood donors can be 16…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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