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Think food safety at every step of the Thanksgiving meal

Whatever method you use to thaw a turkey for the big feast, be sure to do it safely. Jenny Barrie at the LaSalle County Health Department says unsafe thawing can lead to food poisoning. And of course, some methods take more time. Be sure the turkey is cooked to 165 degrees throughout. Wash hands, utensils,…read more »


Unemployment rates approaching pre-pandemic levels

Unemployment levels in the area are getting closer to what they were before the pandemic. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says 5.1% of LaSalle County residents who wanted jobs in October didn’t have them. The number is a big drop from 8.2% in September. It was 4.2% in October last year. Combining LaSalle, Bureau,…read more »

Science or healthcare

Fatal coronavirus cases reach 125 in county

The number of people with active coronavirus cases in LaSalle continues to climb. The number as of Wednesday’s daily report is 2,475. The county’s health department says two more people died of the infection. They were a man and a woman in their 80s. That makes 125. So far, the county has had 5,820 known…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.

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