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MENDOTA – Natalia Salinas didn’t have concrete plans for after graduation from Mendota High School in May.

MENDOTA – dhaoibh a chairde! With St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching, the Mendota Museum and Historical Society wants to dig into the rich history and many contributions made by the Irish people who have made Illinois their home.

OTTAWA – As a partner in the international DAISY award program that recognizes the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care of nurses, OSF Home Health recently presented its DAISY award to Tricia Kessel, RN.

MENDOTA – University of Illinois Extension invites you to participate in the upcoming Career Explorers: An Introduction to Career Paths and Life Skills at the Graves-Hume Public Library in Mendota.

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker on Feb. 21 proposed growing state spending by over $2 billion in the upcoming fiscal year while making a handful of corporate, sports wagering and other tax changes to pay for the increase.

MENDOTA – The Mendota High School District 280 Board of Education met in regular session on Feb. 20.

MENDOTA – The state champion Holy Cross Warriors showed off their hardware at a reception for the team on Feb. 20 in the school gym. The eighth graders won three games in the IESA Class 1A …

OGLESBY – A quirky contest designed to fuel an appetite for engineering still satisfies the Illinois Valley’s craving for fun nearly 20 years later.

MENDOTA – Whether you’re a student, a teacher, or a parent, there is always a consensus question when it comes to school early dismissal days, ‘What am I going to do?’ or ‘What are the kids going to do?’

DIXON – William Whitford, 31, of Earlville, has been charged with numerous offenses stemming from an incident in Dixon on Feb. 18.

SUBLETTE – If spring can’t get here fast enough, neither can the 42nd Annual Sublette Antique Tractor & Toy Show.

MENDOTA - The Mendota City Council handled several items of business at its Feb. 19 regular council meeting.

MENDOTA – Tony Arredondo Sr. and Tony Arredondo Jr. were waiting.

Campus notes for area college students.

OGLESBY – Illinois Valley Community College students have learned plenty of valuable lessons from their college instructors and staff members through the years, and not just about science, math, or history.

MENDOTA – Library Lovers Month is celebrated the entire month of February at Graves-Hume Public Library in Mendota.

MENDOTA – Since Dr. Mary Chinn passed away on Nov. 12, 2023, the future of the clinic she ran at 1404 Washington St. in Mendota, has been uncertain.

MENDOTA – The Rodolfo Escatel Castañeda Memorial Hispanic Scholarship is available for Mendota High School seniors.

OGLESBY – LaSalle County Emergency Management Agency is excited to announce the return of the National Weather Service’s Severe Weather Spotter Training, a comprehensive program designed to equip individuals with the skills and knowledge necessary to identify and report severe weather conditions effectively.

MENDOTA – The Carroll family of Mendota recently donated $10,000 to the nonprofit organization leading revitalization efforts in Mendota: “Reimagine Mendota.” ‘Reimagine’ received the Carroll gift through the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation.

OGLESBY – Students from Mendota High School competed against area schools in the Academic Challenge Regional competition on Feb. 2 at IVCC.

SPRINGFIELD –The Illinois Department of Transportation announced the release of the new Illinois Official Highway Map.

OGLESBY – The Pasieka family has donated $11,000 to create an endowment scholarship fund in memory of their late parents, Joseph and Gayle Pasieka.

Campus notes for area college students.

MENDOTA – Mendota High School Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences will be held Tuesday, Feb. 20 and Thursday, Feb. 22, from 4-7 p.m. both days.

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