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Know the 10 Signs - Early Detection Matters | Jumbo's Sports Bar & Grill holding specials this weekend | re: Gertie Fortman Kelm | St. Paul's UCC Carillon | Gertie Fortman Kelm | Minonk to Peoria St. Jude Team collecting donations for Bingo Night | Thank you to community | St. Paul's Carillon Fundraiser | Minonk 4th of July Benefit Drawdown | Thank You MidState Stars Soccer Club Sponsors |

Jumbo's Sports Bar & Grill holding specials this weekend

Jumbo's Sports Bar and Grill is offering a steak fry and grilled cod on Friday February 1. On Sunday, February 3, Jumbo's will be hosting a Super Bowl party with live music before the game from 2 to 5 pm that will include food, fries and drinks.

Jim Brown

St. Paul's UCC Carillon

St. Paul's is excited to announce that the Carillon (chimes) is up and working. The bells will chime on the hour and play music at 12:00 and 5:30. Again we would like to thank everyone for their support.

St. Paul's UCC

Minonk to Peoria St. Jude Team collecting donations for Bingo Night

We're starting to collect donations for our 2nd Annual Bingo Night Fundraiser for the Minonk to Peoria St. Jude Run Team. We are in need of items or gift certificates to be used for bingo prizes and raffles. Monetary gifts are also welcome. Thanks to many generous individuals and businesses last year we were able to raise $5,200 at this event that went towards our team total of raising $61,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This year our goal is $75,000 so we're going to try to make our Bingo Night even bigger and better! It will be held at the Rutland Legion on Saturday April 6th. We would like to have all donations by March 1st, so if you have anything to give or any questions on how you can help, please call or send me a message. (309)432-2139 Thank you for supporting our team and the kids of St. Jude!

Sonja Frei

St. Paul's Carillon Fundraiser

St. Paul's Church would like to thank everyone who donated to the Carillon Fundraiser. In only one month enough money was raised to replace our broken Carillon system. This is an example of how a small town like Minonk will pull together when something is needed. Many of the donations came from former residents of Minonk who have fond memories of hearing the chimes play.

A special "Thanks" to Dave Uphoff for his helped by posting editorials on Minonk Talk.
Thanks to all the generous donations. We soon will be hearing the chimes play again.

St. Paul's U.C.C.

Thank You MidState Stars Soccer Club Sponsors

The MidState Stars Soccer Club wants to thank all of our sponsors in 2012 for their great support. Without their contributions, our players would have been unable to continue to play the whole year in 2012. Thank You!

Iron Riders ABATE of Illinois.
American Buildings Company, a Division of Nucor, of El Paso.
SMF, Inc. of Minonk.
Windsor Food of Toluca.
Jay Hurd of Country Financial Insurance of Minonk.
Drake Family Dental of El Paso.
Lincor Computer Solutions, of Canton, Illinios.
Minonk Community Bank, a Divivision of Morton Community Bank.
Crop Production Services of Wenona.
and Select Screen Prints and Embroidery of Bloomington.

This year brought a great opportunity for one of our seniors; Lawrence Knapp, who received a scholarship at Judson University in Elgin. This makes 5 scholarship opportunities in 7 1/2 years for our players who we promote.

The MidState Stars home field is at New Millennia Park in Minonk.

The MidState Stars Soccer Club is currently sponsoring a Street Legal Golf Cart Raffle that will benefit the Minonk Youth Rec Programs. Please contact any Minonk Rec Board member or myself for tickets, Mike Zimmerman at or 309-712-3578. The MSSC is also on Facebook!

Please contact if you have interest in sponsoring our club in 2013.

Thank you,
Mike Zimmerman
MidState Stars Soccer Club

Know the 10 Signs - Early Detection Matters

Information program focusing on the 10 warning signs of serious memory loss. Includes a basic overview of Alzheimer's disease and covers risk factors, diagnosis, and the benefits of early detection. OPEN TO PUBLIC
When: Wednesday, February 27
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Where: South Haven Community Room, 225 S. Walnut, Minonk

Sue Novak

re: Gertie Fortman Kelm

I saw a message regarding my mother,Gertie Fortman Kelm. I know a few things about her parents. Her father was John Fortman. He was from Hartsburg, IL. My grandmother was Katie Antons Fortman. My grandmother had only one sister, Tena Eden, but my grandfather had several brothers and sisters. My email is

Ilene Kelm Beverley

Gertie Fortman Kelm

I believe Gertie was my grandfathers cousin. I would like to see if Ilene Beverley could perhaps verify some family geneology for me . Thanks

Jack Fortman

Thank you to community

The volunteers of the Minonk Township Food Pantry wish to thank the community for their generosity this past year and especially during the Christmas season. Many of you have donated food and money. Also, many in the community have placed used clothing and shoes in the USAgain receptacles. Some of you may not be aware that the USAgain Company pays an amount per pound with proceeds split between the school and the pantry. Thank you for your continuing support!

Lila McCulley

Minonk 4th of July Benefit Drawdown

The Minonk 4th of July Benefit Drawdown will be held on Saturday January 26th at 7:00PM at Petri's Pour House. Each ticket is a $25.00 donation that goes toward the 4th of July Fireworks. The ticket includes Petri's pizza & wings for that night, Dine-in only.

Only 200 tickets will be sold, need NOT be present to win. Eleven cash prizes will be awarded to the winners, with the largest cash prize being $1,199 and the lowest $50.

You can buy tickets from Donna Hartzler, Tina Dunning, Hollie Kearfott, Julie Redenius, Janet Redenius, Roger & Jennifer Gaspardo, Jim Brown & Petri's Pour House.

Donna Hartzler