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Reminder of Bake Sale at West Side Park | Root Beer Floats and Lemon Shake Ups in the Park | Lemonade/Shake-Up stand at the Minonk 4th of July Events | Wants to know first name of Rozinski coalminter | Emily Zivney Memorial Service | Rockin' and Runnin' for St. Jude - Fundraiser Saturday | clarification on source | Plattdeutsch | Thanks Viet Veteran For World War 2 Plaque | 4th of July | Minonk Nature Trail | Car Wash | MDR Class of 1986 - 25 yr Reunion | July 3rd 2011 Westside Park 1-3 p.m. for Tuula Kujala class of 1987 | Minonk Parade of Lights | MDR Class of 1976 Reunion | Fieldcrest Youth Football Equipment Pickup | Memorial Service for Emily Zivney | Thanks to Supporters of Fieldcrest FOCUSED Group |

Reminder of Bake Sale at West Side Park

Just a reminder that Anne's Unforgettables will be holding a bake sale at the West Side Park on July 4th starting at 9 a.m. There will be pies, cakes, monkey bread, cookies, and much more. We will also be selling pop, water, and juice pouches. All money raised goes the the Alzheimer's Association.

Linda Azbill

Lemonade/Shake-Up stand at the Minonk 4th of July Events

LOOK for the Lemonade/Shake-Up stand at the Minonk 4th of July Events, Saturday through Monday's fireworks. Two young 5 year old ladies are participating in the University of Illinois - Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership - Lemonade Day.

These enterprising young ladies will be selling lemonade and homemade lemon shake-ups throughout the day.

After their operating costs are paid and their spread sheet is balanced they will be donating most of their profits to the Vascular Birthmark Foundation.

Please help these young ladies in their first entrepreneurial effort and stop by their lemonade stand for a cool glass of lemonade or a great lemon shake up. They are looking forward to your business and serving you.

Sharon Oncken

Emily Zivney Memorial Service

"I would just like to post a reminder about my Mother's, Emily Zivney's memorial service at 2 p.m. at the Minonk United Methodist Church on Sat. June 18th. This is just the service. Burial will be at a later date. It would mean so much to my Dad, Ray to see family and old friends at this time, as he is feeling very lost. Thank you to everyone and please keep him in your prayers.

Jane Amigoni

clarification on source

I am a rather bad typist and I having problems with my home computer so I did not underline or quote "Reticent Germans".
It is a downloadable PDF which I found on an East Friesian geneological site
but is easily found by a Google search.
It is in English but nearly all the titles found in the footnotes are out of print German ones by presumably defunk MidWestern publishers with publication dates between 1900 and 1917. Coverage Centers on Golden ,Benson Peoria and even Champaign Co. with only one line on Minonk.

Most of the websites for learning Plattdeutsch seem to be about the Mennonite dialects which are Russian/Ukranian German .So far I have found only snippets for audiofiles for Oost Friesian dialects and the related Oldenburg dialects.

Bill Warren class of 1967 MDR- Pontiac,Illinois

Bill Warren

Thanks Viet Veteran For World War 2 Plaque

Dear Dave;
Sandy McPherson from Rutland has installed a World War 2 plaque at the Petri brothers sign at the north edge of Minonk which commemorates their service in World War II. Sandy, who is a disabled Vietnam veteran, has been going to different cemeteries and installing these plaques at the graves of World War 2 veterans. One of the reasons he wanted to put a plaque at the Petri Brothers commemorative sign is because Gene Petri used to do work for him. I think Sandy should be recognized for his contributions and I wish to thank him for the plaque he put at the sign for my brothers.

To see a picture of the plaque, click here.

Mary Petri Ford

Minonk Nature Trail

I was wondering who was in charge of the up keep of the nature trail? It was great in the early spring, because the grass was short. As we have moved into summer the grass has grown a lot. I know that I would use it more if the grass on the path was cut.
Just curious. Thanks.

Jeanne Hawk

Jeanne Hawk

MDR Class of 1986 - 25 yr Reunion

Our class reunion will be held September 10, 2011 at Capponis. The time is yet to be determined. Please contact Jane Milburn (Jurczak) by email ( or on Facebook or join our MDR Class of 1986 Facebook group for more information.

If you have anything you would like to share (pictures, memorabilia, etc..) at the reunion please let me know.

Also, we are still looking for an email address for Dean McCabe if anyone knows how to contact him.

Hope to see you all there!

Jane Milburn (Jurczak)

Minonk Parade of Lights

As chairman of the Minonk Business Association Parade of Lights for 27 years, I would like to thank everyone who helped in any way to make this event a success. So many people are involved in making this an annual event for the city of Minonk and the surrounding communities.

Those who helped in the organization of the first parade. Those who helped in the
Preparation of floats,advertising and all that goes into the pre-parade planning and the day of the parade. To those who entered floats and those who sponsored floats in the
Parade. To the city crew,fireworks crew and ESDA who have been so co-operative and willing when asked to help. To all who come out regardless of the weather to take in this special event and support the businesses. Oh yes, to Mr & Mrs Santa for making a stop at the annual Parade of Lights for 27 years. What would the parade be without them.

I have decided to step down as the chairman of this event. It was a fun 27 years to see the huge crowds grace the parade route and usher in the Holiday Season.

Hopefully someone will step forward to keep this tradition going. The enjoyment of providing this for Minonk and surrounding towns is worth the effort.

If anyone or group is interested in continuing the Parade of Lights please give me a call or contact the Business Assoc. or City Hall.

Again, a special thanks to all. It has been a fun ride for all involved.

Minonk is a special place to live and special events are so important to our success as a community reaching out to all.

Jack Jochums

Fieldcrest Youth Football Equipment Pickup

Fieldcrest Youth Football equipment pick up will be Sunday, June 5th at the equipment shed at the football field. Varsity 1-2, JV 2-3 and Bantams 3-4. Spirit Wear order forms and payment are also due on Sunday, June 5th. Reminder that all players must have a physical and all paperwork turned in before the first practice.

Kim McGough

Thanks to Supporters of Fieldcrest FOCUSED Group

Thanks to everyone who has impacted the Fieldcrest FOCUSED group this year. Because of you we have achieve a great accomplishment. FHS FOCUSED team has been chosen to be in the top ten for tier II in Project Ignition. This means national recognition in the US!! Our group will be traveling to Minneapolis MN on April 11-14, 2012 to give a presentation and set up a booth at the National Youth Council Convention!

We could not have done it without our students, staff , administration, friends and newspaper support! The FHS communities have been wonderful and the city council support was FANTASTIC. We are so Lucky to have such great supporters who are putting it out there for us to be a success!. What does this mean?? It means a lot more hard work for next year, but we are up to the challenge!

After 365 students and staff took the pledge this school year, our motto for next year is "Keep the pledge alive, don't text and drive" We are hoping to spread the word with newspapers, TV, and radio! We want to continue the pledges we took and bring in others to do the same!

Thanks Again!! With all of your support we can and will make a difference.

Please check out our video and the project ignition web site.

Click here for a news article on the Fieldcrest FOCUSED group.

Sheila Naylor-Healy

Root Beer Floats and Lemon Shake Ups in the Park

The Minonk to Peoria St. Jude runners would like to thank the 4th of July committee for allowing them to participate in the 4th of July festivities. The Minonk to Peoria St. Jude runners will be set up at Westside Park, after the parade, selling root beer floats and lemon shake ups. All of the money raised will be donated to St. Jude's on the night of the telethon, on August 6th. We hope to see you out at the park as you enjoy the 4th of July celebration!

The Minonk to Peoria St. Jude Runners

Christine Cunningham

Wants to know first name of Rozinski coalminer

Was wondering if anyone there would know what the first name of the Rozinski coalminer is. It's either Andrew (44 yrs old), Louis (44 yrs old), or Simon (74 yrs old). I know who Louis Gangister is - the brother-in-law to Louis.

Any help will be appreciated.

Best regards,
Lou Rozinski
(805) 304-4287

Rockin' and Runnin' for St. Jude - Fundraiser Saturday

This is just a reminder that the 1st, Minonk to Peoria St. Jude run team, will be having our first big fundraiser this Saturday (June 18th). The day kicks off with a bags tournament. Registration for the tournament begins at 3, with play starting at 4. Early registration is $25, registration on Saturday is $30. Cash prizes will be awarded. The day continues with food and music. Musical entertainment begins with Craig Gerdes at 6, followed by Psycho Billy Cadillac, and ending with Six String Mafia. Six String Mafia, will begin at approximately 9PM inside at Petri's.

We will also have some great items we will be raffling off. We have 2 pairs of Maui Jim sunglasses (one ladies and one mens; that will be given away on Saturday), 2 tickets to a Cardinals game (that will be given away on Saturday night), and we will begin selling chances for our Florida fun package!!! The Florida fun package will be given away the morning of the St. Jude run (Saturday, August 6).

Please come out and support our team. We will be in the tent behind Petri's Pour House.

All of the money we raise is donated directly to St. Jude's. We will be making our group donation the night of the annual St. Jude telethon on August 6th.

Christine Cunningham


Reticent Germans: The East Frisiesians in Illinois has Minonk as the south tend of the Illinois Central as having,unlike the other towns mentioned as containing South Germans and even East Prussians in addition to the predominent East Friesians?
Would the latter being a rather divergent Mundart of Plattdeutsch have influenced the spoken -not written -dialect of German spoken in Minonk?
G Bill Warren

William Duncan Warren

4th of July


The 4th of July Mini King and Mini Queen drawing boxes are now out at the Minonk Branch of Morton Community Bank and The Sweet Shop. Entrants must be between the ages of 4 and 7. Also, if anyone is interested in placing in this year's parade, please contact me at (309) 432-2489 or email me at The theme for the parade this year is "Hometown Proud".

Lori Kapraun

Car Wash

Won't it be wonderful to have the car wash reopen? Does anyone know when it is supposed to open?

Thanks for any info-

Rhonda White

July 3rd 2011 Westside Park 1-3 p.m. for Tuula Kujala class of 1987

Dear Dave,

We would like this on Minonk Talk and the calendar of Events for July 3rd 2011. Tuula, who was our AFS student from Finland in 1987, is coming for a visit. We have planned time at the Westside Park from 1-3 the pavilion. Anyone who knew her, please come for a visit.

Carol A. Stimpert

MDR Class of 1976 Reunion

SAVE THE DATE*** The M-D-R Class of 1976 will be holding it's "35th"
class reunion on Saturday, October 1st. Place and time - TBA. Mailings
will be sent later this month.

(This is Fieldcrest's homecoming weekend.)

Other informal event is: Gathering at Petri's Pour House in Minonk on
Thursday night, Sept. 29th and the Classes of 1975 and 1977 are
cordially invited to join us.

Please contact Laura (Cunningham) Kelly on Facebook or Debra (Koch)
Cruise at, 309-452-0308.

Debra (Koch) Cruise

Memorial Service for Emily Zivney

The Memorial Service for Emily Zivney is set for June 18 at 2:00 at the Minonk United Methodist Church.

Jane Amigoni