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The Constitution series: Why It Matters

PRINCETON - Joseph Flynn, Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Associate Director for Academic Affairs for the Center for Black Studies at Northern Illinois University (NIU), will be the speaker for the third program in the Constitution series at the Princeton Public Library.

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County computers hit with ransomware attack

OTTAWA - The LaSalle County information technology department learned on Feb. 23 that the county's network had been infected with a ransomware demand.

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Mendota students receive John Ourth Awards

MENDOTA - This year’s Illinois Principals Association John Ourth Awards were presented to Mendota District 289 students on Feb. 20 at Streator High School.

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IVSO Young Performers Competition winners to perform March 8

OTTAWA - The Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra’s March 8 concert will feature the winners of the 2020 IVSO Young Performers Competition, which was held in January.

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Tickets now on sale for Mendota H.S. musical

MENDOTA - Tickets for this spring’s Mendota High School musical, “Little Shop of Horrors” are now on sale at Sports-n-Stuff in downtown Mendota.

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Perfectly Flawed to host Overdose Prevention Training in Peru

PERU - The Perfectly Flawed Foundation will host a free Overdose Prevention Training event on Saturday, Feb. 29 from 11 a.m. to noon.

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Free Mental Health First Aid Training offered

OTTAWA - The LaSalle County Farm Bureau will hold a free two-day session on Mental Health First Aid. Course materials and food will be provided.

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OSF Saint Paul to host blood drive

MENDOTA – Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) will hold a blood drive from noon until 5 p.m. on Friday, March 13 in Conference Room C at OSF HealthCare Saint Paul Medical Center in Mendota.

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Education Briefs 2-26

St. Ambrose dean’s list

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Carl’s Quiz 2-26

True or false? In America, pets outnumber people.

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Births-Feb. 26

Birth announcements for week of Feb. 26.

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Mendota FFA members compete at Section 7 proficiency interviews

SENECA - Four members of the Mendota FFA competed in eight different proficiency areas at the Section 7 proficiency interviews at Seneca High School on Feb. 12.

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Mendota FFA members attend FFA 212° conference

DECATUR - Mendota FFA members Karli Althaus and Julia Krueger attended the annual 212° conference at the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel, on Feb. 7 and 8. Both students are freshmen at Mendota High School.

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Mendota H.S. to hold spring Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences

MENDOTA - Parents of Mendota High School students are reminded that spring Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences will take place from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, March 2 and Wednesday, March 4. Families may attend on either day.

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Elks announce Mendota area Teens of the Month for November

MENDOTA - The Elks recently announced their November Teens of the Month, Meghan Davis and Cole Stremlau.

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Stage 212 presents “Cocktails & Classics: Swingin’ to the Golden Oldies!”

LA SALLE - Stage 212 is kicking off a new benefit concert series, “212 Sings,” with “Cocktails & Classics: Swingin’ to the Golden Oldies!” All proceeds from the event will go toward the Stage 212 building renovation fund.

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LaSalle Co. schedules electronics recycling events

OTTAWA - LaSalle County has announced the dates of four free electronics recycling events to be held in 2020. The first will take place on Saturday, March 28.

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Education Briefs 2-19

Colleges announce dean's lists

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Carl’s Quiz 2-19

Are there any sounds in outer space?

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Cannabis production minor to launch at WIU in fall 2020

MACOMB – Forbes says the cannabis industry is among the fastest-growing job markets in America and Leafly’s 2019 Cannabis Jobs Count reports that cannabis directly employs more than 211,000 full-time workers in the U.S. And now, Western Illinois University students who are interested in careers in what Leafly calls America’s hidden job boom will have the opportunity through a new Cannabis Production minor that is set to debut at WIU this fall.

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Census 2020 - Everyone counts

ROCK ISLAND - The Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging, in partnership with the Illinois Department on Aging, is supporting an accurate count for Illinois in this year’s census.

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Births-Feb. 19

Birth announcements for week of Feb. 19.

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NCI Works partners presenting at Business Services Forum

OTTAWA - Partners of NCI Works, Illinois Department of Employment Security and BEST, Inc., will host a Business Services Forum on Wednesday, May 15 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Reddick Public Library in Ottawa.

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OSF Saint Paul receives national recognition for performance leadership

MENDOTA - OSF HealthCare Saint Paul Medical Center has been recognized by The Chartis Center of Rural Health and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in outcomes reflecting top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the nation.

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Free Elks Clinic for children Feb. 7

PERU - Mendota Elks 1212 and Oglesby Elks 2360 lodges in cooperation with the Illinois Elks Children’s Care Corporation will sponsor a free children’s orthopedic assessment clinic on Thursday, Feb. 7.

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CHP celebrates renovation

MENDOTA – Community Health Partnership of Illinois (CHP) hosted an inaugural open house to celebrate the renovation of their Mendota Community Health Center on April 19.

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