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Iroquois farmer supports Loda Fire Protection District through America’s Farmers Grow Communities

Local farmer Melvin Coulter has directed a $2,500 donation to the Loda Fire Protection District. Funded by America's Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will help the department purchase extrication equipment, specifically air lifting bags. When asked why he chose to direct the donation to the Loda Fire Protection District, Coulter explained that he was raised in the district. His father was also a charter member firefighter who volunteered for 25 years before retiring.

Thanks to the support of farmers across the country, more than $3.2 million is being directed to nonprofits in 1,289 counties in 39 states.

"It feels great to receive the donation," said Fire Chief Harold Ecker. "It's difficult for volunteer departments, we always need more money. All donations are greatly appreciated."

America's Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations like the Loda Fire Protection District, who are doing important work in their communities. The program offers farmers the chance to win $2,500, which is then donated to the farmer's nonprofit of choice. The search for funding to sustain and enhance programs is a year-round job for nonprofit organizations across the country. Through America's Farmers Grow Communities, farmers have been able to support a variety of groups, such as schools, fire departments, community centers and youth organizations like 4-H and FFA.

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Remains found at fire site ‘not human’

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson reports remains found at the scene of a house fire near Homer last Friday night are not human. That was the ruling from an anthropologist It was originally feared by authorities that a fire which destroyed a home at 7886 N 200 E Road had claimed a person’s life. That’s not the case. The Coroner says her office was notified Monday that the anthropologist believes the remains are probably that of a small animal. She says the investigation is continuing. 94.1 wgfa
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Kankakee man arrested in connection with son’s death

ASHKUM – Following a joint investigation by Illinois State Police, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Kankakee Police, Kankakee County Sheriff's Police and the Kankakee County Coroner's Office, a Kankakee man has been arrested in connection with the death of his 7-year-old son on December 14, 2013.
38-year-old Chad Osterhoff of Kankakee is charged with one count failure to report an accident involving personal injury or death, two counts operating a snowmobile under the influence of alcohol causing the death of another, one count endangering the life or health of a child, one count leaving the scene of an accident involving death or personal injury, three counts unlawful operation of a snowmobile and one count failure to provide mandatory liability insurance. Osterhoff faces between one and 12 years in prison. The Illinois State's Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor's Office will handle the case. On December 14, Osterhoff took his 7-year-old son, Cale, for a ride on his snowmobile and crashed into a ditch on 2000E Road, Kankakee. Chad Osterhoff sustained injuries in the crash. Upon his release from care Tuesday afternoon, he turned himself in at the Jerome Combs Detention Center pursuant to an arrest warrant. Osterhoff posted 10 percent of the $100,000 bond and was released. 94.1 WGFA

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Birkey’s Farm Store Partners with Food Banks to Provide Meals for the Hungry

"60-Day Hunger Drive" aims to raise $100,000 to alleviate hunger in Illinois and western Indiana

Champaign, Ill. – Birkey's Farm Store, Inc., a full-line Case IH dealer with 13 locations in central Illinois and Indiana, is partnering with the Eastern Illinois Foodbank and 6 other local food banks to provide 600,000 meals for the hungry. The 60-Day Hunger Drive fundraiser kicks off on Feb. 3 and runs until April 4 in every Birkey's location. A fully restored 1954 Farmall tractor will travel across the state to encourage donations; individuals who give $10 or more are entered into a drawing to win it.

Customers and community members are invited to an open house at each Birkey's location to talk with food bank representatives and view the restored tractor. Locations within the Eastern Illinois Foodbank territory include Oakland on Feb. 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Gibson City on Feb. 18 from 8 a.m. to 1
p.m., Hoopeston on Feb. 20 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Mattoon on Feb. 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

A grand opening for Birkey's new building in Urbana will take place on April 4 and 5.

"Instead of asking for food donations, we wanted to take a different approach and leverage the food banks. Using their networks, a dollar donated can be stretched into 6 meals for hungry families," says Mike Hedge, President and CEO of Birkey's.

"The food banks in Illinois and western Indiana are pleased to partner with Birkey's in the fight against hunger," says Jim Hires, President of the board of directors of Feeding Illinois and CEO of the Eastern Illinois Foodbank. "Their commitment to local communities will make a huge difference in the lives of
the individuals we serve."

Customers, residents and store employees can donate at any of the company's 13 locations with cash or check, or by adding a donation to their total purchase. Donations can also be made through Birkey's website. Proceeds from each Birkey's location will be allocated to agencies in that store's local
community. More than 550 agencies—food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters—will benefit from the drive.

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Barn fire in Kankakee County

A barn fire in rural Kankakee County this (Tues) morning alerted fire personnel. Further details are un-available. An emergency dispatch came in just after 10 am in Limestone Township.

Chebanse Township Fire answered a mutual aid call to 5735 W and Route 17. The structure fire also alerted Irvin and Reddick firemen.

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