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Blue Lights | McKay and St. Jude | 31st Annual Minonk Parade of Lights, Saturday Dec 6th. 6:30 PM | 31st Annual Minonk Parade of Lights, Saturday Dec 6th. 6:30 PM | Charter Bus to Fieldcrest Knight Football Game | Blue lights to support McKay twins in St. Jude's | | Village-Aires Show this weekend | Send off for Fieldcrest Football team | Food for Thanksgiving | Bus to football game? | Donation to MinonkTalk | Thank you to the officer on duty Saturday | Football playoff game information | Food Pantry | FHS Marching Knights Annual Fruit & Cheese Fundraiser kicks off | Digitizing yearbooks now! |

Blue Lights

Thank you to everyone who has made and continue to make the blue lights a success this holiday season. In response to the previous email posted on here, the money raised from the blue lights will be going directly to St. Jude. 100% of the profits will benefit the hospital where the boys are being treated. While raising money for such a worthy cause we as a community and surrounding areas will show support for this local family as they battle this ugly disease known as childhood cancer. This event of lighting up blue is a win win situation.
If there are any questions on how the Minonk to Peoria St. Jude Run works please contact one of the board members as they'd be glad to share with you where the money goes.
Thank you for your participation! We are all very excited to show our support to those in Memphis right now :)

Minonk to Peoria Run

31st Annual Minonk Parade of Lights, Saturday Dec 6th. 6:30 PM

It's that time of year again. Parade of Lights is Saturday the 6th of December and if anyone is interested in putting a float in please let me know. I can be reached at 309 432 2332 or No entry fee. All we ask is that the float be "lighted" and NO political affiliation. There is always room for new entries and we are looking for more entries every year. This Parade is in its 31st year and is financed strictly by donations from area businesses, the City and individuals. Ed and Sherri Shirley bring up 18 of their floats every year and that is not a cheap trip for them and their employees. All the children that go to see Mr and Mrs Santa get a free bag of candy from local businesses so please make sure you stop uptown and support the local stores, restaurants and shops that make this event possible.

Anyone wishing to donate can make a donation to The Minonk Business Association at the Minonk Community Bank.

Thank you
Nick Petri
Parade Coordinator


Charter Bus to Fieldcrest Knight Football Game


We have charted a bus from Green River Bus company based out of Peru IL to take Fieldcrest fans to and from the game in luxury to the Final four game tomorrow (11/22) in Lanark, IL.
The Fieldcrest Football team charter bus will be leaving at 9am, the FAN charter bus will then load up and leave from the High School parking lot by 930am. Anyone interested should contact Jeff Keller at (309) 275-9409 ASAP as it will be first come first serve basis. Seats are $22 each. No alcohol and no smoking on the bus. The bus will be stopping in Dixon IL for lunch at 11am, then proceed to the field around 1230pm. Anyone is welcome. Come support your Fieldcrest Knight Football team as they march on making school history.

Jeff Keller
(309) 275-9409 cell phone


Send off for Fieldcrest Football team

There is a send off planned for the Knights football team at 12:15 at Fieldcrest High School. Cheer on the football team as they head to Clifton for the 3rd round playoff game. Bring your signs, bells and team spirit! The Knights football team will play Clifton Central Saturday afternoon in Class 2A quarterfinal action at 4 pm at Clifton Central High School.

Mindy Johnson

Bus to football game?

Is there going to be an adult fan bus for Saturday's game? I live in Chillicothe and it would be great if I only had to drive to Minonk. That is less than half way for me.

Dave Hinkle

Thank you to the officer on duty Saturday

I would like to give a shout out to the officer on duty Saturday night during Trick-or-Treating. He was driving down our street and happened to notice our 20-month-old daughter, Brenna, (dressed as Minnie Mouse) and our dog watching out the front door. He got out of his car and came up to our door with a bowl of candy and let Brenna pick out a piece. I thought that was so nice that he took the time to do that. I didn't catch his name but just want to say thanks and that we appreciate all that you guys do.

Kristy Gaspardo

Food Pantry

Thank you everyone for all of the donations for the Minonk Food Pantry, We have to help our community. Thanks again.
Deborah Young @ Minonk Community Bank


Digitizing yearbooks now!

Filger Library needs Minonk or Fieldcrest yearbooks from 1944, 1994, 1996, and 2003! They will be returned intact. PLEASE help us get these digitized! Call 432-2929.

Filger Library

McKay and St. Jude

I am confused about these blue light for the McKay Boys. Is the monies collected going to help the McKay family with the expenses of their travels to St Jude or is people trying to make money off their sickness. I am hear conflicting stories and would like to know.

Frank Allen

Editor's reply: All the money goes to St. Jude.


Blue lights to support McKay twins in St. Jude's

In honor of the McKay boys who are in St. Jude's Hospital being treated for brain tumors, Minonk-to-Peoria St Jude would like to light up the town BLUE for this holiday season. This is a great way to show our support to the St. Jude families and let them know we are thinking of them.

The Minonk-to-Peoria St Jude run team will have blue lights bulbs that you can place in your outside lights. They are $2.50 per bulb and multiples can be purchased. The Country Florist in Minonk has them for sale and the run team will also have a table set up at the Stop and Shop during the Minonk Parade of Lights. The lights will be turned on November 29th and we'll keep them on all the way thru the month of December.
Thank you all for your continued support.

The Minonk-to-Peoria St Jude Run team

Morgan Koehler

Village-Aires Show this weekend

Hello, Everyone,

Just want to let you know about the Village-Aires Fall Show scheduled for this weekend - Nov. 22 and Nov. 23. Here is a publicity article about our show. Would love to see you there!

A famous dance band years ago advertised itself as "The Sweetest Music This Side of Heaven." The Village Aires of Minonk are going to recapture that magic with their Fall Show. The well-known 30 voice choral group is going to take you ‘Star Gazing' with our concert theme "Celestial Greetings." Included in the program are songs about every kind of heavenly body you can imagine!

Under the direction of Elaine Cunningham, the group will present chorus selections, small ensembles and solos on that theme, and undoubtedly will include the most important heavenly body, the Wondrous star of Bethlehem, which announced the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Plan now to "Catch a Falling Star," or you might go "Swinging on a Star" with us at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Minonk on Saturday, Nov.22 at 7:00 p.m. or Sunday, November 23 at 3:00 p.m.

Tickets are available at Minonk Community Bank, Meyer-Jochums Agency, or from any Village-Aires member.

Elaine Cunningham

Food for Thanksgiving

My name is Blaine Troyer and I work at Woodford County Heartline in Eureka. I was recently informed that Minonk's food bank was not giving away anything for Thanksgiving. I was wondering if you could post something on your website to let people know we can help. We will be accepting sign ups till November 20. With pick ups on November 25th at 10-11. Sooner they call the better. The phone number here is (309)467-6101.

Blaine Troyer
Heartline Program Manager


Donation to MinonkTalk

Hi Dave , I still enjoy Minonk Talk almost every day and I was wondering what your new address was now that your museum is closed ? I would like to send a donation to help offset the cost that you have and I'm sure others would too. Thank You Dave.

Pat Copp

Editor's reply: Pat. Thank you for your consideration. While I have never formally asked for donations, they will be appreciated as it does cost money to run this website. A donation can be sent to Dave Uphoff, P.O. Box 222, Minonk, IL 61760 or you can donate online by going to


Football playoff game information

Anyone who worked the playoff game last Friday, please let me know ASAP if you would like to work 2nd hour game on Saturday November 8 @ 2:00 pm. Gates would open at 12:30 pm. Thank so much for all of your help on Friday while braving the cold. Great To Be A Knight. I will send out timetable soon.

Sean W. Poston
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director
Fieldcrest High School


FHS Marching Knights Annual Fruit & Cheese Fundraiser kicks off

THE FHS Marching Knights Annual Fruit & Cheese Fundraiser kicks off tomorrow, October 31st and goes until Friday, November 21st. There are some new products added to this years sale. Orders should be paid for when placed and all checks made out to the FHS BAND BOOSTERS. This fundraiser is the primary source of income used to pay for the Marching Knights needs and activities throughout the year. Orders will come in on Saturday, December 13. Please contact Christy Kline @ 815.854.2640 or

Christy Kline