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Fieldcrest Special Board Meeting for Dec. 15th Cancelled | Correction to News Article on Charles Lohr | Fieldcrest High School Blood Drive | A Thank You from Grandma PJ for the Birthday wishes on her 80th. | | Update on Back Pack Snack Pack Program | Crank's Sausage & Pancake Breakfast | Leaf Pick-Up Follow Up | Thanks for decorating main street | Fox in Minonk | | Minonk 4th of July Committee Disbanding | Santa's Helper Program | Garbage Pick Up Schedule for Week of Nov. 18th | Country Florist Open House Nov. 20th | Minonk Chocolate Company Open House Nov. 20th | Do you wnat your taxes doubled? ** READ BEFORE YOU VOTE ** | Our Thanks | Vote for the future of Illinois | Response to Dave's election editorial | Send cards for PJ.'s 80th birthday |

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Fieldcrest Special Board Meeting for Dec. 15th Cancelled

The December 15th Fieldcrest Special Board meeting has been postponed due to a death in the family of one of the Board Members. We do not have a new date set yet for the meeting.

Thank you for your understanding on this matter.

Sherry Stalter
Fieldcrest Unit Office Secretary


Fieldcrest High School Blood Drive

The Fieldcrest High School Key/Interact Club is sponsoring a Red Cross blood drive on Friday, December 14th from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Any community member interested in donating is encouraged to make an appointment at or call Garret Piasse at 309-273-1200. Openings are available, but to facilitate the drive, priority will be given to scheduled appointments. Successful donors will be eligible for a $5 Amazon gift card and a t-shirt give away. Community support of the blood drives enables the Key/Interact Club to give away a scholarship to an eligible senior at the end of the year. Please consider donating.

Garilyn Wells

Crank's Sausage & Pancake Breakfast

Janet Redenius

Thanks for decorating main street

A huge thank you to the city of Minonk for decorating the main street! It looks fantastic!! Ready to kick off the holiday season for the Minonk Parade of Lights on Saturday December 1st at 6:30 p.m.

Jordan Meyer

Dedra Masters: I just love minonk. But more so this time of pretty
Kimberly Sullivan: Looks beautiful!!!!! Manage
John Brett Glowacki: I agree! It looks so nice this year!
Amy S. Kleen: Wow they didn't have to do all that for our 28th wedding anniversary..... We were married on December 1st of 1990
Jack Jochums: Awesome

Santa's Helper Program

It's that time of year already! If you would like to sponsor or need to sign your child up for the local community Santa's Helper program please contact Amanda Whited

Amanda Whited

Country Florist Open House Nov. 20th

Celebrate the season at Country Florist on November 20th between 4 and 7 pm at 540 N. Chestnut in Minonk. Come and enjoy refreshments and 25% off any one item.


Do you wnat your taxes doubled? ** READ BEFORE YOU VOTE **

Everyone needs to read this before voting tomorrow. We don't need more taxes to drive out more people and businesses.

P McGuane

Vote for the future of Illinois

I just read you article regarding the upcoming election and totally agree with the overall premise - GET OUT AND VOTE!

In principle I also agree it's good to have a balance in our nation's government. If all three branches are controlled by one party, no matter which party that may be, it's not good.

I also think the end is oversimplified and implies all republicans support Trump and his policies. But I'll leave that debate for another day.

This editorial prompted me to voice my thoughts about the future of Illinois. Our state is bankrupt. It has one of the highest, if not the highest, property tax rates, in the nation. It is very unfriendly to businesses which bring good paying jobs.

In a bit of irony, the only way to change the future of Illinois is to do the exact opposite of what you say to do in the national election. To change the future of Illinois, people must vote republican so this party gains control of the Illinois House. Why?

Very simply put, the current Speaker of the House, Mike Madigan, has held this position for roughly 35 years. If democrats retain control of the House, they will elect Madigan Speaker again. This politician has one of the best oiled political machines ever. He has way too much power and influence. And under his leadership as Speaker, Illinois has been is a consistent downward spiral.

The only way to remove Speaker Madigan is to ensure the republican party is the majority party in the House. Then we will have a new Speaker and hopefully, the future will become a bit brighter for Illinois residents.

Rich Luckey

Send cards for PJ.'s 80th birthday

My grandma PJ (Mrs. Ketchmark or Mrs. Ketchup, as many Kindergarteners called her) is turning 80 on Nov 12th. She loves receiving cards and studies them all for detail.

If you would like to send her a card on this milestone birthday, please send to:

Minonk Chocolate Co.
%PJ Ketchmark
551 N Chestnut St
Minonk, IL 61760

Knowing her, she will most definitely cry when she receives the cards from past friends, family and students! Thank you for making her 80th birthday extra special.

RIcky.Morgan Koehler

Correction to News Article on Charles Lohr

In an article on Wednesday night's school board meeting it was noted that both board members Joe Kirkpatrick and Charles Lohr were absent from the meeting. Mr. Lohr has informed us that his absence was due to the passing of his mother Wednesday morning. We express our sympathy to Mr. Lohr on the passing of his mother.

Dave Uphoff

A Thank You from Grandma PJ for the Birthday wishes on her 80th.

"Oh what a great 'secret 80th birthday surprise' you all gave me! I'm still smiling...I sincerely appreciate the warm wishes, delightful cards, and memories of my teaching years or later life. God bless you for your kindness."

P.J. Ketchmark

P.S. "At last count, you showered me with 130 cards!!!"


Update on Back Pack Snack Pack Program

School has been back in session for several months and the Christmas season is already upon us. Since September, the Snack Pack program has been in full swing. The program has been averaging around 150-160 supplemental packages sent home each weekend. Fieldcrest students, in grades pre-kindergarten through 5th grade, who are eligible for free and reduced lunch programs qualify for the Snack Pack.

The Snack Packs are designed to be supplemental for students who may not have much to eat outside of school. Each pack generally consists of 2 breakfast items, 2 entree type items (canned soup/Mac and cheese type items), and 4 single serve snack options. We have been ordering the items for the program through the local food banks. The monthly cost of the items purchased is averaging around $400 per month.

In order to keep the program running, we are asking for community support. If you would like to donate items, the following is a list of what is needed:
Single serve fruit cups and applesauce
Granola/protein bars
Single serve packs of peanut butter
Boxes of macaroni and cheese
Condensed soup (that kids would like)
Ramen Noodles
Donations can be dropped off at the following area locations (during regular business hours):
Minonk City Hall
Toluca City Hall
Wenona City Hall

We would also GREATLY appreciate monetary donations. It is generally cheaper for the group to purchase supplies in bulk through the area food banks. Monetary donations can be made to:
Back Pack Snack Pack
C/O Immanuel Lutheran Church
318 W 4th Street
Minonk, IL 61760

If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering your time, please contact any of the following committee members:
Pastor Joy Miller, 309-432-2100 or
Leta Jansen, 309-275-1112 or
Carol Rodseth 309-232-5460

Thank you for your support!

Christine Cunningham

Leaf Pick-Up Follow Up

First, I would like to take this opportunity to apologize for the results of our Inaugural Community Leaf Pick-Up program this fall. We encountered a number of issues that were out of our control that either hindered the crew's progress, or required them being pulled for other higher priority situations that arose. As was stated when this program was first announced, we will continue to work on this process and use the lessons learned from to be ready for leaf pick-up in the years to come.

Thank you and have a safe holiday season!

Bill Moline
Administrative Manager City of Minonk


Fox in Minonk

Hi Dave-

I saw a fox just North of Justcore. He was carrying a fresh kill and crossing Moran street from the South to the North!!!!

What an awesome site!!!!

Have a great Thanksgiving-

Rhonda White

Minonk 4th of July Committee Disbanding

The Minonk 4th of July Committee has operated for years with only volunteers.We were small but mighty and now we are tired! The only activities planned for 2019 are a drawdown, the parade and the fireworks. If you are moved to take this committee over you can contact me (Julie Redenius) at 432-2380. We are willing to help who ever takes over! Thank You Minonk for many years of great attendance at our 4th activities and Pumpkin Patch activities.
Julie and the 4th committee


Garbage Pick Up Schedule for Week of Nov. 18th

The normal Thursday garbage pick up will be on Friday and the normal Friday pick up will be on Saturday for the City of Minonk.

Administrative Manager Bill Moline


Minonk Chocolate Company Open House Nov. 20th

Holiday Sweets Open House
Special Store Hours
Tuesday, November 20th: 9 am to 7 pm

Come in and see the 20+ "theme decorated" trees sponsored by local individuals. There will be an opportunity to buy raffle tickets to win a tree. Trees will be on display through the 35th Annual Minonk Parade of Lights (December 1st) with the drawing to follow.

We will be open all day on December 1st from 9 am to 7 pm. All proceeds from the trees will be donated to: Minonk to Peoria St. Jude Run.

Christie Ruestman

Our Thanks

I want thank all of you for everything that you have done for my family in honor of my uncle Staff Sergeant Herbert Wayne Harms. Maybe it was back in 1944 when Grandpa received that telegram, that time afterwards, the celebration of his life and service on June 2, 1946 when Grandpa received his medals. Maybe you helped raise money for the stones with his name and that of 3 other young men lost in WWII, maybe you helped place them at the entrance of the Rutland School gymnasium, then move them to the old American Legion Hall on main street and now to the Veterans' Memorial on main street. You might have helped with building the Veteran's memorial that proudly displays the names of all the veterans from Rutland. Maybe you are member of the Rutland American Legion or Sons of the American Legion. You might be the wife, son or daughter whom helped with every funeral dinner, chicken dinner, sold poppies, set out flags and flowers at the cemetery. I know that there are others out there that have helped in your own little way.

You may have never known my Uncle but you were there along the way when we brought him home on November 1, 2018. You may have driven the firetruck or you own truck. You stood there with respect in the dark and cold of the night. Yes, you might have met with us the funeral home or at the cemetery on November 3, 2018. You stood by us at the Rutland Cemetery for the military services, you maybe even put in the first or last shovel of dirt in his grave. You were there in your own way! Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and love. I have been wanting to sing this song to everyone for a long time but I will let someone else do it better than me.

Beth Harms Miller, daughter of Ralph Harms


Response to Dave's election editorial

Voters need all the information they can get to make a wise decision. They should know that our liberal mainstream media has an extreme anti-Trump bias. This fact can be found in many places.

They should also know Trump's accomplishments so far. Browse this page. Click on any item for the story.

Jim Flynn