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Wenona Days 2013 | Mid State Stars | Support Minonk to Peoria St. Jude runners | Thank you | Thank you Dave | RSVP Reminder for MDR Class of 1988 | Virgil's 90th Birthday | HOI Blue Star Mother's Fundraiser | Class of 73 Reunion | 2013 Minonk Park & Rec Sign-Up | Fall Townwide Garage Sales | American Legion Raffle Winners | Thank you from Avenue of Flags | Minonk downtown fire | FHS Marching Knights Car Wash July 20th | Volunteers needed | Rachel Thorpe's 85th Birthday Party |

Wenona Days 2013

It's that time again! The 2013 Wenona Days Celebration is just around the corner. For information visit the Wenona Chamber's website: and click on the 'Wenona Days' tab. Directions for downloadable material (lists of events, times, and locations) are available.

This year's theme is: "Yo, Ho, Ho & A Bottle of Fun!" Carnival will run all weekend with wristbands available at certain times. Fireworks show to be held on Saturday, August 10th. For a full list of events download the inside of the brochure on the Chamber's website.

Entry forms are available for download on the homepage of the Chamber's website. Entry forms range from the barrel races, parade, craft/vendor show, 5K Run, and golf outing.

If you have any questions feel free to contact the Wenona Chamber at


Braiden Skinner

Support Minonk to Peoria St. Jude runners

Come out and support the Minonk to Peoria St. Jude Runners! The public is welcome to attend a "Thank You" presentation at Millennium Park at 5:30 AM on Saturday, August 3rd. Before taking off, the last raffle winner will be drawn to win a stay at a vacation home in Florida. The runners will then begin the 42 mile run to Peoria, leaving the park heading South on Chestnut Street at 6 AM. The runners greatly appreciate the the support of the community and having a crowd to cheer them on as they leave. For those wanting to watch the check presentation, during the St. Jude telethon, the Minonk to Peoria Runners are scheduled to present at approximately 8:39 PM.

To view the runners route schedule, click here.

Anyone wanting a raffle ticket can contact Linda Lindley or any Minonk to Peoria St. Jude Runner.

Thank you!
Minonk to Peoria St. Jude Runners

Thank you Dave

I come and check Minonk Talk a couple times a week and today you brought me to tears. I want to thank you Dave for a very nice surprise. Mike has worked very hard and I know in these last few years I have not been the "supportive wife" but I live with Mike and have seen where this club has just become to daunting of a task for him. He worked hard to get funding to pay for all these years of Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter Sessions. He is so appreciative of all the support he did get from business here in Minonk and surrounding towns. His brother Randy who owns and operates Lincor in Canton, has also been so generous in helping keep Mike's dream alive. With the economy, the way it is and not all the players working as hard as Mike to raise money, has taken it's toll on Mike.

I myself will not miss the craziness on "Game Day". You would have to be here to know what I mean. It is quite the scene and has and will continue to make for some good laughs with me, Mike and our children.

We really hope someone, some day soon, will step up and fill his shoes and not let that beautiful field go unused for Soccer. I have heard Referees from other towns say that they have only officiated on a couple nice fields in Central Illinois and of course Heartland College is one of them and that is because it was new and then the one that Mike and the city of Minonk built.

I just hope that all of the people that played for Mike all these years will keep in touch with him. He truly talks about them here as if they were in our family.

Thank you again Dave for a very nice Editorial.

Lisa Zimmerman

Virgil's 90th Birthday

Thanks to everyone who remembered Virgil in any way on this birthday.

Jeanne Petri

Class of 73 Reunion

Just a reminder to those classmates from the class of 73. RSVP's need to be sent to Joan Glowacki or 921 Lincoln St. Minonk IL 61760 by August 19th. Hope to hear from everyone.

Joan Glowacki

Fall Townwide Garage Sales

I know this is a little ways off, but I was wondering if we had an exact date for Fall Townwide Garage Sales yet? Thank you

Tina Dunning

Thank you from Avenue of Flags

The VFW and American Legion posts of Minonk would like to thank all of the volunteers who helped put up, take down and fold flags for the 4th of July Avenue of Flags. Your help was greatly appreciated.

Chop Jacek

FHS Marching Knights Car Wash July 20th

The FHS Marching Knights will be holding another car wash on Saturday, July 20th from 8 to 11 in the parking lot across from Pop's. They will also be selling KRISPY KREME donuts at the same time. There will be some available to pick up that morning, but to ensure that you get what you want, please contact Christy Kline at 815-854-2640 or on the FHS Marching Knights Facebook page to request yours! Original's are $7.00 per dozen and Variety are $10.00 per dozen. Requests must be made by FRIDAY, JULY 12.
Thank You!

Christy Kline

Rachel Thorpe's 85th Birthday Party

On Friday, July 12, 2013 Rachel Thorpe will be celebrating her 85th Birthday. To help her celebrate we would like to have a Surprise Card Party for her.

To send her a Birthday Greeting, all cards can be sent to her attention at:

915 Jefferson Street
Minonk, IL 61760

Thank You

Barb Petri

Mid State Stars

Dave, thank you for the great article on the Mike Zimmerman and the Mid State Stars. Being a friend of Mike and having my kids play for him, I know he spent countless hours coaching, mentoring, and hauling kids to soccer practices and games. Not once did he ask for anything in return. I know from personal experience as well, when you put that much time and effort into a program, be it soccer, chess, 4H or anything, it is more than just a program, It's in your heart and in your soul. All you really want is for the kids to have a chance to play, learn something along the way, and if the opportunity and desire is there, continue to play the game they love in college. And the true rewards do not come from wins on the field, they come from helping the kids grow, learn, mature and apply the skills and knowledge they learned at games and practices to off the field situations and succeed. We all know that is where they will benefit the most. Nobody exhibited this approach better than Mike and his impact on our youth will sorely be missed over time. Thank you Mike for everything you have done!

Rich Luckey

Thank you

I would like to thank everyone that helped to celebrate Rachel Thorpe's 85th Birthday. She was very surprised having a card party, a get together with all her friends, and the many gifts, flowers, and balloons. Her grand-daughters, Angela Newberry and Theresa McClernon did a nice job getting a cookout arranged also on Sunday. Rachel appreciated everyone's visit while cake and punch was served at the community building at South Haven the day of her Birthday.
God Bless
Barb Petri
Angela Newberry
Theresa McClernon


RSVP Reminder for MDR Class of 1988

Just a reminder for the MDR Class of 1988 that RSVP's for the 25th year reunion are due! If you plan to join us for dinner, we must receive your response before this coming Friday, July 26, 2013, no exceptions. Please return all slips and monies in the envelope that was provided with your invitation. Questions or concerns should be directed to Chris via email: Looking forward to seeing everyone August 31!

Christina Jenkins

HOI Blue Star Mother's Fundraiser

This Saturday, July 20th, from 1-7pm the Heart of Illinois Blue Star Mother's will be having a fundraiser at the Benson American Legion. We will be serving hamburgers, hotdogs, baked beans, potato salad, chips, dessert and drink. We will have live entertainment, several raffle items, bake sale and live auction.

The Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. is a non-partisan, non-political organization. We do not support any political candidate nor do we endorse any religious organization. The military represents all aspects of America as does our organization. We are here to support our troops, our veterans, one another, and the cause of patriotism.

Money raised from this event will help defray the costs of sending care packages/boxes to our troops serving overseas. We send boxes out twice a year to help remind the Soldiers protecting our freedom that we support them with a "Bit of Home".

I hope that everyone will take some time out of their day on Saturday to come help support us in our efforts to continue to support our Troops!!!

Thank you!!

Lori Kapraun
HOI Blue Star Mom


2013 Minonk Park & Rec Sign-Up

Registration is open for Minonk Park & Rec Soccer (Fall 2013). You can download the form from the link below or get a copy at Minonk City Hall

Dead Line for sign up is 8/1/13. All forms returned after 8/1/13 will be considered late and will
result in a $10 late fee!! No forms will be accepted after 8/15/13. Exceptions by board
approval only. Please remit forms and payment to the Minonk City Hall. Games start early
September and continue to early/mid October.

Make checks payable to Minonk Parks and Recreation Soccer


Minonk Park & Rec

American Legion Raffle Winners

Winners of the American Legion 4th of July raffle are:
1st Lucille Cummings
2nd Pattie Shirley
3rd Lucille Cummings
4th Wesley Allison
5th Lynn Tarman
6th Janet Redenius
7th Gayl Wyss

Thank you to all who purchased chances.

Chop Jacek

Minonk downtown fire

So sorry to hear of this terrible tragedy in your beautiful town. I only recently have become interested in knowing as much as I possibly can about the history of your area as I have been researching the town and its inhabitants from the late 1800s. It is always sad and disheartening to hear of any historic town and its buildings destroyed. Im hoping that the library is not one of them. I have been trying, unsuccessfully to find some way to obtain the historical book written by one of your own, TALES OF TREES published years ago about the history of Minonks people. If anyone reading this might know how to get a copy, please send info to Bonnie Lennon 305 Saddle Horn Circle Roswell, Ga 30076. My great grandfather; Carl Gadow (Yaddof) was one of the earlier settlers in Minonk.
Thank you. BL

Bonnie Lennon

Volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed to put up and take down the flags for the Avenue of Flags at both Minonk cemeteries. Anyone wishing to help put up the flags should meet at St Pat's cemetery at 6:00 a.m. on July 4th and to take them down at 6:00 p.m. starting at the Minonk Township cemetery. If it is raining at 6:00 a.m. the flags will not be put up. If it has rained at anytime during the day and the flags are still wet, they will not be taken down until they are dry....hopefully the next day at 6:00 p.m. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

'Chop' Jacek