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Ottawa High tennis court resurfacing finally begins

The tennis court resurfacing is finally underway at Ottawa High School. The school district hired a company that specializes in it back in January. But the work couldn’t have started until spring and was expected to cut into part of the tennis season. And as it turned out, spring was too wet and the OHS…read more »

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Wind storms damage exhaust fan at Ottawa High

The strong wind storms this area has had lately have taken their toll on an exhaust fan at Ottawa High School. Supt. Mike Cushing says the fan quit working last week. It’ll cost about $8,000 to repair. Insurance will cover most of it. OHS will have to shell out $1,000 for the deductible.read more »

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Ottawa High to prepare for medical emergency drill

In the next school year, Ottawa High School will have a medical emergency drill. Supt. Mike Cushing says it’ll be in addition to the other drills schools are required to hold. Working with OSF, Ottawa High will start preparing for heart attacks. So if a student, school employee, or visitor has one, school personnel will…read more »

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Illinois Valley Flood Resiliency Alliance Accredited

The Association of State Floodplain Managers now recognizes Illinois Valley Flood Resiliency Alliance (IVFRA) quarterly workshops as continuing education credits for floodplain managers. State Senator Sue Rezin said the accreditation shows how far IVFRA has come since its inception in 2013. There are 24 certified floodplain managers in the 38th Senate District because of IVFRA.…read more »

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Urban Forest Strike Team in Ottawa this Week

Members of the Urban Forest Strike Team (UFST) will be in Ottawa this week to inspect trees, mostly on the south side of town. They’ll be looking for signs of damage from the February tornado to trees on the public right of way. The UFST will work during daytime hours and will be wearing City…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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