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Indiana Beach open for business; Campground death not due to park negligence

Officials at Indiana Beach in Monticello want the public to know they are open for business and the park is safe. The recent death of a young camper was not because of any negligence.

Ten-year-old Blaike Glassburn, of Mishawaka, Indiana, was killed Tuesday morning when a tree branch fell onto his tent at the Indiana Beach Campground.

The tragedy was out of anyone's control. An amusement park official called it "an act of God. It could happen anywhere at any time."

That act of God was a thunderstorm at the Indiana Beach Campground Tuesday morning, and Indiana Beach Marketing Director Don Hurd said it led to the Glassburn's death.

Hurd said, "This was not an incident with the rides. It was an incident that happened at the campground, unfortunately, during a heavy thunderstorm. Those type of things we really can't control."

Glassburn was camping with family when a thunderstorm began to pass through the area. Hurd said the storm rolled in quickly and strong winds caused a large limb to break and fall onto Glassburn's tent.

Glassburn was pronounced dead at a local hospital Tuesday.

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Altercation leads to 2 arrests in Iroquois County

A Yorkville man and a woman from Orland Park face charges after a domestic altercation at a rural Ashkum farm site Wednesday. Both were arrested by Iroquois County Sheriff's police.

31-year-old Dominic Middono is jailed in Watseka. He'll be in court today. 37-year-old Tina Renaldi posted bond.

Sheriff's Police were dispatched to the rural address in reference to a domestic altercation. Police said Middono had threatened to harm Renaldi and unlawfully restrained her from leaving the property.

Deputies had visited the same location for a verbal dispute earlier in the day. Renaldi then, was trespassing and warned not to return to the property.

Police reported while attempting to take Middono into custody, he allegedly resisted and was forced to the ground and apprehended. He also gave police a fictitious name.

Middono is charged with aggravated unlawful restraint, possession of drug paraphernalia, obstructing identification and resisting a police officer. Renaldi was arrested for criminal trespass to land.

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Iroquois County looks, hopes for few new jobs

The Iroquois County Economic Development Association has established a Facebook page to keep its progress in the public's eye. The job prospects and potential business developments should be more accessible.

Ken Barragree, Exec Director of IDA, said business expansions are creating at least a few jobs.

RP Lumber is in the former Kapers Building on Veterans Parkway. Building renovations are continuing and operations there are likely in July.

Alexander Lumber Company is also celebrating its anniversary this year... 125 YEARS OF SERVICE TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES. Alexander Lumber is in Gilman and Watseka.

Construction continues on the new Casey's General Store, just off Route 24W in Watseka.

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Ford County Route 800N to be resurfaced

The Loda Lake Road will be resurfaced. Iroquois Paving Corporation has been awarded a $1.4 million bid to improve the 7.4 mile stretch of County road 800N between Melvin and Roberts.

The Ford County Board unanimously approved the project (Monday). The project covers an area from Illinois 115 in Wall Township south of Roberts to Illinois 54 in Dix Township south of Melvin.

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Ford County Health Department OK financially

The Ford County Public Health Department's financial heartbeat apprears to be OK, even under the crunch of the state's budget impasse. Administrator Lana Sample told the County Board her agency remains financially "OK" and will be able to maintain operations for the rest of the year even if state reimbursements don't arrive. Sample said she is trying to cut costs anywhere she can, including not filling two vacated positions.

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