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Minatto completes first Ironman

Kristy Minatto
Kristy Minatto

Kristy Minatto is many things – in addition to working full time, running a surgery center in Kenosha, WI, she is also a wife and mother of two. But as of last week, she is one more thing, an Ironman.
Minatto, the daughter of Victor and Helen Mohr of Red Bud, told the North County News  that she put completing an Ironman on her “bucket list” when she first started dabbling in triathlons back in 2008.
Last year she signed up for her first Ironman, completing it this past Sept. 11 in Madison Wisconsin.
An Ironman is an intense race, requiring participants to complete a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bicycle ride and then a 26.2 mile run.
A strong swimmer, Minatto said her weakest part of the event would be running, so over the winter she strongly focused on training for that and also some biking.
Many of these involved riding a lot of miles on a bike, then following up with a run. This would get her body accustomed to switching from the bicycle portion of the race into the run.
For more on Minatto, please see this week’s print edition.

School board hears about “Royal Way” and safety response system

Presentations about the “Royal Way” and a school safety response system were the main topics of discussion at the Red Bud School Board meeting on Sept. 20.
Leading the presentation about the Royal Way was the committee made up of Red Bud Elementary School Assistant Principal George Wilkerson, District Social Worker Rachel Sadler and elementary teachers Shelly Liefer, Meghan Dahlem, Jenny Miear and Ben Junge.
“Royal Way is a program directly related to the district’s strategic plan,” Wilkerson reported to the board. He added that the point of the program is to encourage students to be safe, be responsible and to be respectful.
The committee made a video which focuses on various aspects of school, showing examples of good/expected behavior vs. bad behavior.
Liefer added that teachers showed this video to students during the first few weeks of school while going over rules. “Things we have seen in the hallways show that the kids are picking it up. They’re recognizing good vs. bad behavior and encouraging each other to follow the Royal Way.”
She noted that in particular the video has been rather effective for the kindergarten through second grades and it also makes for a nice reference to remind students of the rules when they slip up and forget.
For more from the school board meeting, please see this week’s print edition.

RBHS holding annual College and Career Night

Red Bud High School will host their annual College and Career Night on Monday, Oct. 3, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This free event is open to the general public.  Students and parents are encouraged to attend.
Two informational sessions will be offered this year. New for the Class of 2017, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be submitted in October, so a FAFSA update and completion session will be available in room 125.  A college planning presentation will also be available, covering topics of college selection, application process, choosing a major, scholarship search, and more in room 132. Both sessions will be offered at 5:30 and again at 7:15 p.m.
In the main gym, 47 representatives will be available at individual stations to provide general information and to answer any questions. Reps from Illinois Student Assistance Commission will also be in the main gym to share information on financial aid assistance.
For more information on the RBHS College and Career Night, please see this week’s print edition.

Help stuff the bus during homecoming week

Red Bud High School’s football team and Durham School Services is teaming up for a “Stuff the Bus” event from Sept. 24 through Sept. 30.
It is fortunate that we live in such a great community, but there are still people here who need help with some basic necessities, so the football players and Durham would like to help.
They are asking the community’s help to get “sacks” for the football team by donating cleaning supplies, non-perishable food items and personal hygiene items.
Each player will be attempting to get as many sacks as they can and Durham will be distributing 500 bags to put items in. To qualify for a “sack,” each bag must contain paper towels or toilet paper, cleaning supplies, food items and hygiene items.
As an incentive, if the football team is able to get enough sacks by the Sept. 30 deadline, the football coaching staff will “sacrifice their hair” in support of efforts made by the team and community.
If anyone would like to pick up a bag to fill, they can be picked up at IGA on Sept. 24 from 9-11 a.m., all week at the bus garage located at 515 Mill Street, by contacting a football player or coach, or at the high school office.
Donated items can be dropped off at IGA on Sept. 24 from 9-11 a.m., all week at the high school and/or bus garage, at the high school football field on Sept. 28 from 6:30-9 p.m. or on Sept. 30 at the varsity football homecoming game (7-9 p.m.).
All of the donated items will go to local churches, schools and the Human Service Center.

Farm Credit Illinois marks Farm Safety Week with Meals in the Field

meals-in-the-fieldMEALS IN THE FIELD–Each year during harvest time and in conjunction with National Farm Safety and Health Week, Farm Credit Services of Illinois provides meals in the field to local farm families to promote safety. R-N-K Farms was recognized with a meal on Sept. 19. Pictured after the meal are: in front: Emma Guebert, Richard Guebert, Nancy Guebert, Ella Guebert, Kyle Guebert and Michelle Guebert; in back: Farm Credit employees Robin Steinmann and Jacob Fishbein, Chad Crafton, Byron Zipfel, Mark Froemling, James Surman, Sheila Surman, David Surman and Farm Credit employees Jennifer Nobbe and Justin Knobloch.

A $25,000 gift to the Illinois Fire Service Institute’s Grain Bin Rescue Operation training program was announced by Farm Credit Illinois (FCI) at a Farm Safety and Health Week kick-off event on Sept. 15. The gift will contribute to the new training program designed specifically for grain bin rescues.
More than 50 percent of grain is stored on farms in grain bins averaging 60 feet wide, contributing to the increased number of grain bin-related accidents each year according to the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI). The course will provide 40 hours of classroom and hands-on education to Illinois firefighters, teaching participants the ins and outs of a grain bin and various on-rescue operation tactics.
“FCI’s commitment and care for rural communities and agriculture goes beyond providing financial services and extends to the safety of farmers and their workers – especially during the busy harvest season,” said Beth Bolger, industry engagement manager of FCI. “Thanks to the Illinois Fire Safety Institute’s Grain Bin Rescue program, volunteer firefighters throughout the state will be equipped to safely manage a grain bin rescue. We are proud to support the program and are grateful for the IFSI staff’s hard work in developing a training program which will protect from tragedies on the farm and ultimately help farm families succeed for future generations.”
In conjunction with National Farm Safety & Health Week, FCI will provide meals to farm families during the annual Meals in the Field program. FCI staff will deliver meals to 78 farm locations during the weeks of Sept. 19-24 and Sept. 26-30 and provide each host family with two farm first aid kits. The durable and weather-resistant kit is specifically designed for farm injuries and is equipped with items such as an isothermal blanket, ice packs, a finger splint and eye wash containers.
For more on this story, please see this week’s print edition.

Many events planned at Fort de Chartres

Fort de Chartres State Historic Site will take visitors back to a time when medical treatment often meant home-grown herbs. Then in coming weeks, the site will remember two terrible conflicts: the French and Indian War and World War II.
On Sept. 24, the site presents Dixie Pittenger of Garden Gate Herbals in Lebanon. Pittenger will explain how to grow medicinal plants, find them in the wild and prepare herbs for use and storage. She will also discuss how to make salves, tinctures and infusions.
This event begins at 10 a.m. in the fort’s Guard Room and will last until 3 p.m., with a one-hour break for lunch. For more information or to sign up, call (618) 284-7230 or send an email to
The site’s annual French and Indian War Assemblage takes place Oct. 1 and 2. The event features colorful opening and closing ceremonies both days, contests in frontier skills by historic interpreters and a mock battle Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
The assemblage runs 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday and 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Sunday.
The fort shifts its focus to the 20th century on Oct. 8 for the annual World War II Day. An encampment will display equipment and give visitors a chance to talk to historic interpreters. A ceremony honoring veterans from all of America’s engagements will be held, as well as a simulated battle between American and German forces.
The World War II event is free and runs 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Hosted by the U.S. 2nd Ranger Infantry Battalion of St. Louis and the LAH Living History Association.
For more on the upcoming events at the fort, please see this week’s print edition.

Construction Zone

library-expansionWork is coming along nicely on the Red Bud Library addition. The addition will be used to store the library’s archives and for storage. The library will remain open during construction, but the main entrance will be temporarily closed. Watch for signs on how to enter. It is hoped that by the end of the year all of the construction and renovations being done at the library will be complete.

Community Health Fair

health-fair-crowdWith the great weather on Saturday, quite a crowd came out to the Community Health Fair at Red Bud Regional Hospital. There was lots to see and do, with activities for all ages to enjoy. Pictured is just part of the crowd attending the event.

Memorial Jeep Run

kyle-jeep-runPictured are participants in the third annual Kyle Stellhorn Memorial Jeep Run that was held on Aug. 6. The successful event had over 100 Jeeps, motorcycles and cars participating. Donations from this year’s Jeep run were donated to the Prairie du Rocher Levee Fund and to Lori Langrehr.

Running for a Cause holding half marathon

Running for a Cause is excited to announce their first half marathon event.
Running for a Cause is a group organized by Jami Papenberg that has held at least one informal 5k/one mile running event per month since April of this year to collect donations for the Love Abby Foundation.
Love Abby was created in memory of Abby Liefer and the group’s goal is to help foster children, those in women’s shelters, the homeless and other local non-profit organizations.
The half marathon will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Fort de Chartres in Prairie du Rocher, with an 8:30 a.m. start time.
For more information on Running for a Cause, please see this week’s print edition.