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12:10 pm
Mon September 12, 2005

Drought Trims Milkweed Harvest

Macomb, IL – The first milkweed harvest at WIU was less than expected, but enough to continue interest in research. Alternative crops Professor Win Phippen says he harvested about 1,000 pounds of pods per acre from the three-acre test plot. He says that's about two-thirds of what he expected. He's researching the plant as a source of floss for comforters and insulation, and of the vitamin E-rich oil from the seeds. Research during the coming year will focus on drying the pods, and on developing a better machine to process dried pods into seeds, floss, and the waste biomass.

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WIUM Local
11:12 am
Mon September 12, 2005

Hot Air and the Aeronauts

Macomb, IL – The people who pilot hot air balloons are known as aeronauts. About 30 of them descended on western Illinois over the weekend for the 19th Annual Macomb Balloon Rally. The two-day event concluded with the Balloon Glow, which drew thousands of people to Vince Grady Field on the Western Illinois University campus. News Director Rich Egger talked to some of the aeronauts during the balloon glow. Listen to his feature about the pilots by clicking on the audio button above.

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WIUM Local
8:47 am
Mon September 12, 2005

Planning to be Done for Intersection

Macomb, IL – Planning students from the University of Illinois will make a project of development for the Route 336 intersection at the western edge of Macomb. Kathie Brown of the Extension Service says the project will include architecture and landscape architecture students. This will add visuals to the plan they develop. Brown says the final product will not be a finished plan, but it will have the basics that will allow it to be finished locally.

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WIUM Local
3:47 pm
Sun September 11, 2005

Bids Approved for Ballpark Improvements

Macomb, IL – A combination of private and public money will be used to complete improvements to Western's baseball stadium. The park will get new bleachers, concession stands, and restrooms. In addition, a gated entrance will be built. Vice President for Student Services Garry Johnson believes these will enhance the appearance of the facility and the campus. The low bids for the work add up to $681,000, which is almost $200,000 more than anticipated. Johnson says the Board of Trustees approved the bids because the university wants the work done before next baseball season.

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WIUM Local
8:57 pm
Fri September 9, 2005

WIU Trustee Will Resign

Macomb, IL – There will soon be another vacancy on the Western Illinois University Board of Trustees. Dace Richardson says he will resign because he's leaving Illinois to take a job in North Carolina. Richardson has served on the board for four years. He says the presidential search that resulted in the hiring of Al Goldfarb was one of the highlights of his time on the board. Richardson has not yet resigned. He won't move for another few months and he plans to attend the board's next meeting in November before stepping down.

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