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Volunteers clean up Veterans Park | An Open Letter to the People of the Fieldcrest School District | Class of 1959 60th Reunion Date | Remembering Departed Neighbors | Upcoming St. Patrick's Festival March 16th | Minonk Township Cemetery |

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Volunteers clean up Veterans Park

Yesterday was a great day at Veterans Park performing much needed projects to our west(large) diamond here in Minonk. We were able to gather players and parents from our Fieldcrest Xtreme 11u baseball team to perform field cleanup such as raking of leaves around the entire field along with much needed repairs to the pitchers mound, infield dirt and batters box as well as adding a bullpen for our pitchers to warm up before and during games. These renovations required heavy equipment and over 2,500 lbs of clay and clay bricks. I am very proud to see our players and parents come out and donate there time to make something in our community better for our kids future.

We would also like to thank Mike Gerdes for helping move dirt with his backhoe for which helped us finish these renovations correctly. For whoever may utilize this field, please remember to take care of it after you use it such as raking and filling in any holes to make this a safe place for our programs to play. Many of us spent a full day improving this field. If you have any questions on field upkeep please reach Josh Gerdes (309-310-9433).

As an organization our goal is to give back to our community and build strong values in our youth through our baseball program and future programs. Don't forget to come out and support our 2019 11u Fieldcrest Xtreme Baseball team. See our website for our schedule :

To see photos of the clean-up day click on this Facebook link.

Lauren Carson Gerdes

An Open Letter to the People of the Fieldcrest School District

My name is Charles Lohr and I am currently serving on the Fieldcrest School Board. This year, on April 2nd, an election to fill 3 seats on the school board will be held. The elected officials will serve a four-year term. I would like to emphasize that this is an extremely important election as we progress forward as a district.

The School Board is faced with some difficult decisions in the coming years, which by extension, will have an impact on property taxes. The time for change is now. The School Board needs new people who are fiscally responsible and have the best ideas for solutions to the current issues facing the district. I strongly encourage that the voting body of the Fieldcrest School District exercise their right to vote and in doing so will vote for those who have the best interests in mind for the future of our School District.

Charles Lohr

Class of 1959 60th Reunion Date

At a meeting of the 1959 Class Reunion Committee on March 15, it was decided to hold the 60th Reunion of the Class of 1959 at Crank's Bar and Grill in Minonk on July 6, 2019. This announcement is being made now so class mates can plan ahead. Invitations will be sent out in April so class mates can send in their reply. Anyone having questions should contact Bill Bane at 309-432-3333 or 309-208-6369.

David Uphoff

Remembering Departed Neighbors

The Fiorini family fondly remembers their wonderful neighbors, Sally Marshall, who passed away on February 11th, and Frank O'kraski, who passed away on March 13th.

Though it was a short walk from our house to yours, it was paved with a lifetime of cherished memories. We miss you both dearly.

-Nick & Jennifer, Michael & Hanna, Riley, Copper, and Kat-


Minonk Township Cemetery

We are writing this with many mixed emotions as we announce we will no longer be taking care of the Minonk Township Cemetery.

Happy-no more mowing in the hot sun or funerals in freezing cold; Sad-we will miss talking to all the people visiting the Cemetery. We started in July 1975. We have met many interesting people over the years with everyone having a different story about Minonk, 'back in the day!' We have seen many changes over the years, trimming on hands and knees with hand clippers to gas trimmers; digging graves with a spade to todays backhoes; unloading wagons of dirt with a shovel to dump trucks; and of course the zero turn mowers. We would like to Thank all the Township Offcials and Cemetery Boards throughout the years. Also a Thank you to all the people for their understanding when told the grounds too soft or the dirt is wet and there is nothing we can do right now'.

Because of health reasons we are no longer physical able to do the job the Cemetery needs to keep in perfect shape. Last year Scott and Mindy Johnson with Elliott, Ethan, and Ejay did all the work. As of January 1,2019 they are the caretakers. Therefore if you have any questions, complaints, or complements give them a call at 309-432-3315.
So after 43+ years I'm sure our life will change!

Rodney and JoAnn Ruestman

Bev Blough Biroschik: You have done such a great job all these years. Thank you so many of my family are buried there! Enjoy your retirement!
Susie Nelson: I don’t live in Minonk but I have friends in the cemetery. It always looked very nice. Happy Retirement to the both of you.
Kim Barth Kapraun: JoAnn Ruestman and Rodney, thank you for all your years of service and for keeping our families resting places beautiful! God bless you for all you have done! I know Scott and Mindy Johnson And Family will carry on the great values and care!
Jack Jochums: 40 plus years of service from you and your family to the many families that have loved ones laid to rest in the Cemetary. You gave many hours so that we could all be proud of how well it was kept. We know that your family will continue it’s care and upkeep. God Bless you as you now pass the task on to others. You put your life and love into your work. Again, Thank You So Much !
Denise Lindley Robinson: Thank you for your many years of hard work and caring dedication.
Diana Halley Ladd: Thank you for all of your hard work!
Robert Hakes: Congrats, always did great job
Tjaden Brothers: Thanks for all your years of hard work I'm sure your home lawn was second to the cemetary good luck to the Johnson family

Upcoming St. Patrick's Festival March 16th

St. Patrick's Church will be having their annual corned beef & cabbage dinner on Saturday, March 16th 2019. We will be serving from 5pm until we run out at St. Patrick's Hall. Dinner includes, corned beef & cabbage, carrots, red potatoes and lemonade and iced tea. Presale tickets are available - $6 for adults, $3 for children. They will be $8 adults and $4 children at the door. We will be having baskets of goodies, giftcards, and prizes to raffle off.

For those who don't like corned beef & cabbage, we will have a slice of homemade cheese pizza or mac n cheese.

Carry-outs available. - For tickets or other information, call or text JB Glowacki 309-831-6039 or email

JB Glowacki