Central McLean News-Journal - News

Preliminary plans for a new McLean County Courthouse were presented to Washburn City Commissioners on Monday night by McLean County States Attorney Ladd Erickson.

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While plans for the new county courthouse have not been finalized, they appear to meet the needs of several county entities.

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About 60 percent of vehicles now on the road are able to use E15 (a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline) in their gas tanks thanks to a new United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ruling.

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Jeremy Haugen, parts manager at the Washburn RDO Equipment, started up a John Deere tractor in the building’s service bay and a dozen excited first graders watched as he engaged the power take-off (PTO).

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February 3, 2011

Supt. Ekstrom to retire

It appeared he wouldn’t get a motion for his notice of resignation/retirement but Supt. Dale Ekstrom eventually got approval and a thank you for serving the Underwood School for the past nine years.

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A good indication of a project planning period coming to an end is when talks surround the finer details of decorative woodwork and bathrooms.

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Kjelden Cundiff, 42, an author living in Springhill, Fla., calls his first published book, "The Cold November Son," a labor of love.

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These days fewer and fewer readers are choosing to buy that crisp new book when they can download a book on a sleek and smaller electronic reading device.

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January 20, 2011

Coping with crisis

When a crisis like suicide hits a community, it’s not something that can be resolved in short order.

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The Positive Person of 2010 recognition was started as a way to honor those who have gone above and beyond just doing their job.

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