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On a crusade for fun

St. Paul Lutheran School’s sixth annual Fun Run was a little bit different on Friday than in years past. The event held at Atwood Park throughout the day usually includes a variety of activities including a bouncy house, relays and more hands-on activity stations; however, with social distancing protocols in effect this year, the event was strictly a ‘fun run’.

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Audubon Society to feature “Survival by Degrees” report

At Northwest Illinois Audubon Society’s monthly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 6, Juliet Moderow, NIAS past president and Highland Community College biology instructor, will explain the science behind the National Audubon Society’s “Survival by Degrees” report released October 2019.

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Registering to vote in Illinois can be confusing: Here’s a breakdown

This Election Day is significant in Illinois because voters will have the chance, for the first time in 50 years, to tell state leaders whether they want their taxes raised and whether they trust state lawmakers with greater power to set their tax rates.

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CHS Rochelle donates to park district projects

The Rochelle Park District Wednesday announced CHS Rochelle is donating $20,000 that will be split between the park district’s Engage Program and security upgrades at The REC.

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Demmer named Friend of Agriculture by Illinois Farm Bureau ACTIVATOR

Illinois Farm Bureau ACTIVATOR recently announced that it has designated State Representative Tom Demmer of the 90th House District as a Friend of Agriculture.

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Rotary club donation

On Tuesday, representatives from the Rochelle Rotary Club made a donation to the Rochelle Elementary District 231 dual language program.

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Sen. Stewart to host Medicare 101 webinars Oct. 1 and Oct. 8

State Sen. Brian Stewart (R-Freeport) will host free community Zoom Webinars on Oct. 1 and on Oct. 8 to help constituents learn more about the federal Medicare program.

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Distillery introduces special whiskey

Kennay Farms announced late last week a limited edition rye whiskey cask strength release honoring law enforcement.

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Lame-duck Congress isn’t all that it’s quacked up to be

Congress is back, although we can’t quite say that we missed our “favorite” lawmakers. Now that the leaves are turning brown and there’s pumpkin spiced-everything all-around, our elected officials are back to their usual, partisan bickering. Senate Republicans returned from recess with a $500 billion “skinny” coronavirus relief bill, but that measure got promptly voted down for not churning enough red ink.

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Recreation center nearly complete

With the completion of the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District’s recreation center approaching quickly, commissioners approved a pair of resolutions Monday for office furniture and janitorial equipment for use inside the $14 million facility.

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County electronic recycling day set for Sept. 25

Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department (OCSWMD) announces that the next Residential Electronics Recycling event will be held on Friday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the County Annex Building, 909 Pines Road in Oregon.

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Distinguished Service

Kiwanis Golden K honors local business

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Tips for safer farming

Tractor accidents, grain entrapment and injuries from ornery livestock are just some of the dangers agricultural workers face every day. In fact, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health says agriculture is one of the most hazardous industries in the United States.

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Surviving disaster includes using home generators safely

Hurricane Laura left many residents without power. Though the immediate danger has passed, deaths linked to improper use or installation of generators are still being reported. Portable or permanent standby generators are used in millions of homes and small businesses. Without taking the proper precautions, incorrect installation or use of generators may create hidden dangers.

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Illinois State Police continuing Tyler Smith investigation

Illinois State Police Division of Criminal Investigation officials announced Monday that the investigation into the death of Tyler L. Smith still continues as they approach the second anniversary of his death.

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Vandalism arrests made

Following the report of vandalism in Creston at Booster Park and the bus barn last weekend, Ogle County sheriff’s deputies investigated and were able to make several arrests.

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Serenity Shed celebrates fifth anniversary

The Serenity Shed, which is a full-functioning workshop, retail shop and bereavement center, recently celebrated its fifth anniversary with a small socially distanced dinner.

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Kiwanis Golden K makes special donation

The Rochelle Golden K Kiwanis Club has given a $500 donation to the Kiwanis Children’s Fund honoring Jim Moorehead’s 100th birthday on Sept. 11, 2020.

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Roe receives appointment

Ogle County Circuit Judge John B. Roe, IV has been appointed to the Supreme Court Committee on Juvenile Courts.

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Switching up HUB

Just as school administrators and staff have had to learn and practice different and varying degrees of instruction for this school year, the HUB Project team has also had to put a new program in place for students that will begin Monday.

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