Author Archives: Ethan Kruger

Peru Library Summer Reading Challenge open to everyone

Although the Peru Public Library is open to in-person browsing and borrowing again, most programs are still canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Director Charm Ruhnke says the summer reading challenge program is an exception. The program is for all ages. Participants have a chance to win gift cards at local businesses. The program started…Read more »

State reports 587 new COVID-19 cases; LaSalle County adds six

The Illinois Department of Public Health added 587 new coronavirus cases to its count on Tuesday. There were 37 new deaths across the state. The LaSalle County Health Department added six new cases Tuesday. One new recovery was also reported. County totals are at 234 cases and 170 recoveries. State totals are at 148,452 cases…Read more »

Peru Public Library opening Monday

The Peru Public Library is opening its doors on Monday for the first time since pandemic shutdowns began. Director Charm Ruhnke says measures are in place to encourage social distancing. Hours are different too. The library will be open Monday through Thursday ten to six, Fridays from ten to four, and Saturdays from ten to…Read more »

IVCC scholarship will honor Vietnam veteran

A new scholarship at Illinois Valley Community College will be for Army veterans pursuing a career in electrical work or nursing. The “Home of the Free because of the Brave” scholarship was formed by the widow of Vietnam veteran Terry Maloy, a Princeton native, who died of cancer thought to be related to Agent Orange…Read more »

LaSalle County up to 226 COVID-19 cases; 166 recoveries

The LaSalle County Health Department announced two new COVID-19 cases on Saturday. The cases are a woman in her fifties and a woman in her seventies. The total is at 226. There were also five more recoveries for a total of 166. Illinois added 862 new cases Saturday and 10 new deaths. The state is…Read more »

Dawn M. Kirby, 59

Dawn M. Kirby, 59, of Ottawa passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Ottawa Funeral Home & Crematory has been entrusted with cremation rites. Dawn was born October 22, 1060 in Streator to Dean and Betty (Stadel) Brownsley. She married Ricky Kirby on September 19, 2008. Dawn loved…Read more »

Independence Day Holiday big for hot dog eating

Americans typically eat about 150-million hot dogs on the Independence Day Holiday. Eric Mittenthal is President of the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council. July is actually National Hot Dog Month. Mittenthal says the holiday weekend is the biggest for hot dog consumption. (Audio for this story provided by Farm Week Now).Read more »