Gov. Rauner Releases Agricultural Grants

Jun 18, 2018
DeKalb County Farm Bureau

Governor Bruce Rauner released $16 million in Agricultural grants Friday. 

The grants will fund soil & water districts, county fairs and agriculture societies, and the University of Illinois Extension services. 

The Soil and Water Conservation District protects farmland across the state. Each of the 97 districts --14 in the WNIJ listening area -- will receive about $61,000 each to aid farmers and landowners with land care.

The Mission to the Stars series about faster-than-light (FTL) travel begins with a family tragedy. Married couple Jeff and Jennifer Bindl are killed while testing the first spaceship designed for FTL speed. When news of the ship's demise reaches Earth, the Bindls' four sons are left to carry on the mission started by their parents through their company Space Tech.


The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is auctioning off hundreds of confiscated or abandoned items including deer hunting tree stands, live traps and fishing rods.


IDNR says the auction is scheduled for June 23 in Pawnee, Illinois.

The Science Of Cicada Songs

Jun 15, 2018

It’s that time of year again: when cicada songs flood our warm summer nights, announcing their presence as they attract mates. As a kid I was told they only came out every 7 years. I was confused because I heard them every year. It turns out whomever told me they emerge every 7 years was wrong on two counts: some species of cicadas emerge every year, and some emerge every 13 or 17 years.

Rock River Ride Day 5: The Mighty Mississippi

Jun 15, 2018

I woke up in P-town and found radio’s Carl Nelson in my tent. Apparently his new hammock had not been up to snuff and he was unable to get into a horizontal position. He had earlier told me things would work out and I should not worry, and he was right. He had found a tent to sleep in after all.