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It would be an understatement to say times are different now than they were when Ray Knieriem was born 100 years ago on a farm in Orland Township.
TJ Kremer III

A knee injury kept Megan Horsch from running in the Our Fallen Hero 5K Run/Walk last year. It would not stop her this year.

The third annual event honored the sacrifice made by Pfc. Aaron Toppen, who grew up in Mokena and graduated from Lincoln-Way East in 2013. Toppen lost his life during a joint operation of Afghan and NATO forces in the summer of 2014, according to the Our Fallen Hero 5K Run/Walk website. 

F. Amanda Tugade

Dean Anna has played baseball for a lot of teams in his life. 

He’s played for his high school at Lincoln-Way East. He’s played for John A. Logan College and Ball State University. He even played for the Tucson Padres, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

And now, the 27-year-old Mokena native can add another stop to that list — the New York Yankees.

Dec. 19

• Ryan Krueger, 27, of 209 E. Main St. in Buckley, was charged with disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property at 18700 Old LaGrange Road in Mokena after police responded to complaints. 

• Steven Brookhouse, 25, of 11730 W. 187th St. in Mokena, was charged with possessing a suspended/revoked drivers license and no valid registration at South LaGrange Road and West 195th Street in Mokena. 

Dec. 18

Danny Ciamprone
A late fourth quarter score by Oak Park-River Forest and a failed fourth-and-1 try by Lincoln-Way East proved to be the difference Friday, Aug. 28, as the Griffins fell 14-13 on the road in the season opener.East senior quarterback Brandon Bauer (8-for-17, 62 yards, 1 interception) scored his team’s only touchdown on a 7-yard run up the middle on a delay in the second quarter.
Danny Ciamprone

The election for the Mokena School District 159 Board of Education, which included one write-in candidate this year, may have been uncontested, but the focal point for each candidate remains the same – doing what is best for students’ education.

“My first priority is definitely making sure the kids are getting the best education possible,” said Jaime Staley, who is also currently part of the Mokena Educational Foundation. “I’m just looking for the good start and having a good solid foundation for education.”

Danny Ciamprone

There are as many goals professed in a cross country race as there are runners, and in that regard, an interesting thing happened recently to Lincoln-Way East’s Noah Healy.

The senior pushed back the pressure and checked off every box on his list of goals Saturday, Nov. 5, during the IHSA state meet at Detweiller Park in Peoria.

Tim Carroll

As the ball sped right toward his outstretched hands, Lincoln-Way East senior linebacker Pat Carr couldn’t help but wonder if this was really happening.

“It was almost scary for a second,” Carr said. “It’s like, ‘This can’t be right there.’ My eyes got big.”

Danny Ciamprone

Welcome back.
It’s getting closer.
Halley’s Comet? Technically, yes, but that’s still 47 years away.
Next Christmas? Once again, yes, but that’s true starting every Dec. 26.  
The Mokena Meijer grand opening? Please refer to last week’s We Love Mokena! column.
For all of those who said festival season in Mokena, go ahead and yell “bingo!”
Over the years, a great tradition of celebrations and ceremonies has evolved in our happy little hamlet. Community events are so popular in Mokena that they continue to grow and fill up our local social calendar.

Will O'Brien
If you’ve made it this far into The Messenger this week, then you’ve probably seen our extensive coverage of #NationalWalkoutDay at the Lincoln-Way schools. If you haven’t, then it might be worth your time to take a peek and see how badly a good thing can go when there’s a breakdown of communication.
TJ Kremer III