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Snowmobiles | Water Hydrant Flushing | Who mows nature trail? | Drug Take Back | Pumpkin Patch in the Park contestants | Garage Sales | Minonk Reunion 2013 | Town wide garage sale thisSaturday | Minonk Garden Club holding fall plant sale | Homecoming Mum Sale | Tales From The Trees Book on Minonk | Young's garage | Cell phone use in school zones | Town Wide Garage Sale Reminder |


I see that other off road vehicles are being added to the listed to be used on the streets. Are snowmobiles authorized? We lack seat belts, but are insured and licensed.

Rhonda White

Who mows nature trail?

I was wondering if anyone knows who is in charge of mowing the nature trail? The grass and weeds are getting pretty tall, especially around the pond, over the hill and around the old landfill. Having it mowed would make it nice to walk along those areas again.


Jeanne Hawk

Pumpkin Patch in the Park contestants

Congratulations to the children who have made it on to the voting round for Pumpkin Patch royalty!

Miss Pumpkin (age 3-5): Abigail Greenland, Alyssa McDaniels, Bailey Jackson, Hailey Kearfott & Lanee Jones.
Little Miss Pumpkin (age 0-2): Alivia Perez, Grace Rhodes, Kensington Lutz, Maya Minton & Torgun Hovey.
Mr. Scarecrow (age 3-5): Gabriel Freeman, Kade Kearfott & Layne Whited.
Little Scarecrow (age 0-2): Bryson Hochecker, Collin Greenland, Douglas Smith, Hunter Baker & Kamrin Anske.

Thank you to all the parents who entered their children! Voting will begin Monday September 24th @ Casey's General Store & will conclude at 12:30pm the day of the event. Each 25 cent donation counts as 1 vote (Example: A $5 donation counts as 20 votes for your favorite contestant). The 3rd annual Pumpkin Patch in the Park will be held on Sunday October 7 at the West Side Park from 11:00am to 4:00pm. More details to follow. Check it out on our Facebook page!

Tina Dunning

Minonk Reunion 2013

Greetings all.

We are planning a Minonk (MDHS or MDR) reunion this spring. We will meet at the Monte Carlo in Las Vegas on Tuesday, April 2 and spend three nights there. Then we will head to Scottsdale where we tentatively plan to stay at the Comfort in in Old Town Scottsdale for three more nights. We chose the order of the stay based on room rates. The Monte Carlo charges $60 per night for the dates we have chosen. The week-end rate jumps to $150. The Comfort Inn rates range from $88 to $108.

Rooms can be reserved on-line or by phone (Monte Carlo 702-730-7777) (Comfort Inn 480-946-1111)

Let me know if you are interested. Definitely let me know if you will be coming -- and tell your friends and classmates that you think would be interested. My email is

Martha Eikenmeyer Owens

Minonk Garden Club holding fall plant sale

The Minonk Garden Club will be holding a fall plant sale on Saturday, September 15th at Cannon Park from 8:00- noon.

Debra Cruise
Minonk Garden Club member


Tales From The Trees Book on Minonk

I recently came across book my mother gave me years ago "Tales From The Trees" it is a biographical / history book about Minonk. The book was written by Hayes Schneider (first edition) with the copy write pending. There are some wonderful pictures in this book and the entire has some fascinating information on Minonk, Ill., some of the advertisements printed in this book will really take you back in time. The book is in excellent condition with a few footnotes written in the book but none that take away from the condition.
Anyone interested I purchasing this book please email me at

Barbara "Lambert" Pitcock

Cell phone use in school zones

The Fieldcrest High School FOCUSED group would like to remind all parents and healthcare providers, that cell phone use in all school zones is prohibited!! This is not only illegal, but also sets a bad example for your kids and puts our students at risk!!!

Fieldcrest FOCUSED group

Water Hydrant Flushing

The City of Minonk public works department will be flushing fire hydrants the week of October 5, 2012. The water may be temporarily discolored, but will be safe for consumption. However, discoloration of clothing during laundry may occur. If your water looks discolored let it run for a few minutes to flush. Thanks

Public Works

Drug Take Back

The Minonk Police Department will be participating in the National Take Back
Initiative on Saturday September 29, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All expired and unused medications can be dropped off at the Minonk Police Department.

Nick Cavera

Garage Sales

We have been to townwide sales all over this area, and this is the first time I was in a town that did not provide washroom facilities for garage sale days. Every other town has porta-potties or other facilities available. We were in town with our grandson and the washrooms at Caseys, Dollar General, and the Food store that was selling food out front all had their washrooms locked for the day. Shame on you.

We had to leave sales due to this and drove by the lovely park that also had its washrooms locked.

We will NOT return to Minonk for townwide sales unless you list washroom facility locations on your sheet listing sales that was beautifully provided by computer. Surely you realize if you invite people to town for the day, you have to provide some sort of comfort station.

J. Peterson

Town wide garage sale thisSaturday

The Minonk Town Wide Garage Sale is this Saturday, September 15th from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. There are many, many items listed in the map included on this website and in this email.

Thanks to all who have participated and good luck with your sales.

Cathy McKay

Homecoming Mum Sale

Fieldcrest Football is selling mums for ladies the night of the Homecoming Game…..Sept 21st. Attached is the flyer, will you please post on the website? Thank you!

Stephanie Fuchs

Young's garage

I agree with Dave on the issue of the old Young's garage property. It is an eye sore and many times there's glass on the sidewalks from broken windows. Many children walk on this sidewalk to school and I've always thought it was dangerous. We're tearing down other unsightly properties and yet this is one of the worst of them and is seen by so many people.

Good Call Dave!

Rhonda Yeagle White

Town Wide Garage Sale Reminder

Just a reminder that the Town Wide Garage Sale is Saturday, September 15th from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. If you want to participate please print out the attachment or pick up a form from IGA or Minonk Community Bank. Please return the forms to me at 626 Locust Street or in the boxes at IGA or Minonk Community Bank. The deadline for filling out the form is Monday, September 10th. After that time I will be emailing everyone a copy of the map of the sales and posting a copy on as well.

The sales are advertised in the following papers: The Woodford County Journal and the Woodford Star (goes out to 18,000 people); Streator Times Press; Wenona Peach; Toluca Star Herald and the El Paso Journal. Each and every ad has the date / time of the sale and that the sales will be posted on the website for everyone to see.


Cathy McKay