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Local Restaurant Owner Makes National Headlines

Jeff “J.V.” Vogt has been interviewed by local, regional and national media in recent weeks to discuss how J.V.’s Downtown Bar and Grill has been adapting to the state’s covid-mitigation regulations. To access more content, login or subscribe to the Monroe County Independent.  If you are are not yet a subscriber you can purchase a…

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Randy’s RR Named Historic Building

The building at 107 S. Main in downtown Waterloo has been a popular drinking establishment for as long as the locals can remember. The City of Waterloo has now officially recognized the site as one of the town’s Historic Buildings. Current building owner and Randy’s Double R proprietor Randy Rehmer received the congratulatory news from……

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Valmeyer Church Pick-Up-Nic This Sunday, September 20

Every year folks look forward to the fried chicken dinners served at the Valmeyer Church Picnic. And covid will not stop you from enjoying that hearty meal this year. St. Mary and St. John will have a Pick-Up-Nic this Sunday, Sept. 20. Carry-out chicken dinners with their famous homemade sides will be served from 11……

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Monroe County Startup Visits Waterloo Mercantile

Monroe County Startup stopped by Waterloo Mercantile Co. on Sept. 4. The budding entrepreneurs discussed the process of starting a business with owners Jenny and Dennis Bullock. The students are, left to right, Malia Kossina, Hayden Siler, Ethan Riebeling, Cadi Shipes, Alexa Vitale and Max Souris. To access more content, login or subscribe to the…

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Sandy Berg leaves the Columbia Market grocery store after 20

Sandy Berg is leaving the Columbia Market grocery store after 20 years of employment. Her last day was Sept. 12. Sandy would like to thank everyone for their well wishes on her new adventure. To access more content, login or subscribe to the Monroe County Independent.  If you are are not yet a subscriber you…

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Roy May Marks 75th Year Selling Insurance

Roy J. May is one of the most recognized men in Waterloo, especially when he is sporting his trademark American Legion cap, as well as his residence on the northwest entrance to town. He is also easily one of the most photographed residents in the county, owing to his participation in Legion and Optimist Club……

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Think You Have It Bad? Try Living On The Smokey West Coast For A Change

by Lucy Engbring After hunting all over the house, I still couldn’t find it. “It” was my favorite “worry stone,” purchased many years ago on a trip to Mexico. I finally had success, discovering it tucked away in the desk drawer. It’s nothing more than a small rectangular piece of agate stone with a little……

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Jacobs Named To 4-H Hall Of Fame

Pam Jacob has received another well-deserved honor. The recent U of I Extension retiree has been named to the 4-H Hall of Fame. She along with 86 other individuals accepted the honor Aug. 18 during a virtual ceremony. The Illinois 4-H Foundation established the statewide Hall of Fame in 2005 to honor and celebrate extraordinary……

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Plant A Little Prairie: How To Grow A Microprairie In Your Yard

by Laura Walther Schaefer for Clifftop Microprairies are exactly as they sound – miniature versions of our grand prairies. They can occupy as little or as much space as you have or desire. Because they are prairies, they should be planted in a full sun environment that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight……

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Mobile Covid Testing Station

More than 250 citizens took advantage of a mobile covid testing station held Sept. 4 at the Monroe County Annex. Participants were notified of their results in a few days. To access more content, login or subscribe to the Monroe County Independent.  If you are are not yet a subscriber you can purchase a subscription…

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