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FFA Illinois Star Award for Emington teen

Kacie Haag of Emington has been named one of four Illinois Star Award winners through the Illinois FFA. Her honor came at the 88th annual Illinois State FFA Convention, held June 14-16 at Springfield.

Kacie won the Illinois Star Award in ag science for monitoring nitrogen fertilizer use on the family farm to ensure minimal environmental impact.

She is the daughter of Michael and Trisha Haag, of Emington. She's a student of FFA adviser Diana Loschen, vocational agriculture teacher and FFA adviser at Tri-Point High School in Cullom.

Kacie's supervised agricultural experience includes work on her family's large hog farm. She has worked with cover crop trials and a new program called N-Watch to study one spot of the field once each month to better understand the movement of nitrogen through the soil profile. Her project helps ensure the farm is minimizing its environmental impact.

Illinois Star awards also awarded for ag business, ag placement and star farmer.

Kacie also won the state proficiency award in environmental science and natural resources for the nitrogen project.

Illinois Star Awards honor FFA members who have developed the organization's most outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through their Supervised Agricultural Experience. They also have demonstrated outstanding management skills and earned the State FFA Degree — the Illinois Association FFA's highest degree of membership.

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IDOT worker injured in Iroquois County colission

A Danforth man operating a tractor-mower for the Illinois Department of Transportation escaped serious injury Tuesday when his equipment was hit from behind.  It happened at 8:30 am on Route 45/52 at 3250 N Road in Iroquois County.

35-year-old Benjamin Redenius was treated for minor injuries at Riverside Hospital in Kankakee.  

Illinois State Police reported Redenius was northbound when a truck driven by Edgar Padilla of Park City came up from behind, hitting the tractor-mower and leaving a pile of ruins on the highway.  Route 45/52 was closed for two hours while the wreckage was cleaned up.  

Padilla was cited for Failure to Reduce Speed to avoid the crash.

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Lake Shafer drowning victim

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources reported an elderly White County (IN) man drowned Monday. 82-year-old Edwin Franklin was identified as the victim.

The DNR said Edwin Franklin took his canoe out into Lake Shafer around 11 am to retrieve an item in the lake. He dropped his oar and fell into the water in his attempt to get the item.

Neighbors reported he was unresponsive when pulled ashore.

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Benton County Relay for Life raises $10,000

Benton County, Indiana welcomed more than 100 cancer survivors (Saturday). The survivors and those who have lost their battle with the disease gathered for a Relay-for-Life event at Benton Central Jr-Sr High School.
Event organizer Aimee Green hopes more people will yet step up to help support the cause.

More than 10 teams and raised over $11,000.

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Dwight home damaged by fire

The Dwight Fire Protection District reports investigators were trying today (Tuesday) to determine the cause of a rural house fire at Dwight.

The Monday night blaze alerted several departments. Agencies from Livingston County, Grundy County, Will County and Kankakee County responded to the fire around 7 pm. The location was just south of Dwight on 3100 North Road.

Firefighters found heavy fire and smoke on the first floor with heavy smoke throughout the entire structure. Two firefighters were treated and released at Morris Community Hospital.

No one was home at the time, but two pets died in the fire, according to Deputy Fire Chief Justin Dyer.

The MABAS Division 15 investigation team is looking for the cause.

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