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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 »

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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 »

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OFS Streator adding new transportation center

Construction has started on a new transportation center at the OSF Center for Health in Streator. Vice President of Ambulatory Services Don Damron says the new facility will help the ambulance service be more efficient. Damron says the project is costing $1.6-million and is being paid for mostly by donations from foundations. The building will…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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