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K4 Wind farm ready go forward

It's been in the works for some seven years, but now, the K4 wind farm appears ready to take off. But the once-talked-about four-county wind farm operation is just two counties now—Kankakee and Iroquois.

A 103 wind turbine farm will span Otto and Pilot Townships in Kankakee County and Milks Grove Township in Iroquois County. Construction is likely to start in August, according to Turner Hunt of Vision Energy of Cincinnati, OH.

EDF Renewable Energy would own the wind farm property. Vision Energy and Orion Energy Group were two previous owners. Both companies, Turner said, will be involved in the ownership transition.

The plan for the K4 project originated in 2007. It was to include property in Kankakee, Iroquois, Livingston and Ford counties. Nearly 300 turbines were to be built over 32,000 acres. The current blueprint only includes Kankakee and Iroquois.

Hunt reported delays over the years were due to declines in the energy market and radar concerns with the Department of Defense.

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Haley Brokate named 2014 Ford County Fair Queen

MELVIN --  A 17-year-old paxton teen is the new queen of the Ford County Fair. Haley Brokate was crowned Monday night at the fairgrounds.  She was the judges choice over six other contestants. Haley is the daughter of Wayne and Michelle Brokate.  Miss Brokate will be a senior this fall at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School.

17-year-old Sydney Porter of Paxton was named 1st runner-up.  16-year-old Mercedes Wise of Loda was 2nd runner-up.  Miss Congeniality went to 17-year-old Tamberly Lough of Gibson City.

The new queen was crowned by outging 2013 Fair Queen Kristen Batte of Paxton.

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Dwight homicide case offers reward

The village of Dwight is offering an additional $5,000 reward for information in the June 14 shooting that left two women dead and a man injured. The reward purse is now at $10,000.


60-year-old Donna Denker and her daughter, 30-year-old Kelli L. Denker were killed at their home at 200 W. North St. A 23-year-old man whose identity has not been disclosed also was shot. He is recovering.


Several local and state police agencies are involved in the investigation, but no arrests have been made.
The Village Board voted Monday to offer a $5,000 reward after Grundy County Crime Stoppers last week offered a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest and criminal charges in the case.


Anyone with information about the crime should call the Dwight Police Department at 815-584-1975 or Grundy County Crime Stoppers at 815-942-9667. Callers may remain anonymous.


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Kinzinger to hold traveling office hours June 30

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger will hold traveling office hours on Monday, June 30, Gilman, Clifton and Gibson City.


Constituents are welcome to come to share their questions and concerns. Kinzinger's staff will be available at Clifton Village Hall from 11 am to noon,.; Gilman City Hall from 1-2 p.m.; and Gibson City Hall 3-4 pm.


Staffers will be available to assist and provide guidance for constituents on issues ranging from veterans and Social Security benefits to Medicare and immigration issues.


Appointments are not necessary.


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Missing boater near Coal City, search resumes today

Rescue crews plan to resume the search for a missing boater presumed drowned in the Illinois River near Coal City. The unidentified woman, in her 20's, was part of a group of boaters who experienced engine problems Sunday neat the Dresden Lock and Dam.


Conservation officials say when the debris stalled the boat's engine, they tried to swim to safety and were swept beneath the gate. Three of the people who went overboard were rescued.


The three survivors were treated at Morris Community Hospital.


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