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Blizzard + snow day = lots of snowmen! The frosty creations populated front yards in Mokena after the Super Bowl blizzard of 2015.

Jean Lachat is a Mokena photographer. Her blog can be found at

Danny Ciamprone

Nicole Lesch and Bryan Druktenis, Mokena residents 

Ranger is a 1-year-old Goldendoodle. He loves to play fetch, get belly rubs, chew on his bully bones, and give hi-fives and kisses for treats! He has a perfect combination of a sweet and spunky personality and he is just the best puppy!

Danny Ciamprone

Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 Board of Education member Kathleen Casey resigned her position on the board effective May 24, according to a press release issued the following day by the district.

Casey is the fourth person in five months to resign from the D210 School Board. The first resignation came Jan. 14with former member Christopher McFadden, the second was Jan. 28 with former board president Kevin Molloy and the third was April 28 with former board member Arvid Johnson.

Danielle Tabor

Before being elected to the Mokena Community Park District Board in 2011, volunteering was ingrained into the life of Jim Richmond.

“I guess it’s my nature to volunteer and here you get to be an elected volunteer,” Richmond said in an interview with The Messenger Thursday, Dec. 10, of joining the Mokena Community Park District Board. “I’ve always volunteered whether it was coaching, helping at schools or using my time. I then felt like I wanted to get involved in the park district.”

Danny Ciamprone

Meijer looking to hire
The Meijer store scheduled to open in Mokena this summer is looking to hire local residents.
Interested individuals are encouraged to visit, enter “Mokena” in the location search field at the top of page, and then click “go” to search for open positions.

Will O'Brien
Pvt. Aaron Toppen is no longer around to celebrate his birthday every Sept. 28, but for the third consecutive year, that weekend will serve as a way to remember Toppen and all the other members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have fallen in the line of duty.
F. Amanda Tugade

On the weekend of May 2, Mokena residents and surrounding communities got the chance to take part in two farmers markets – the Mokena Open-Air Market at the Metra parking lot on Front Street – and the Mokena Community Market at United Methodist Church on La Porte Road.

Jean Lachat is a Mokena photographer. Her blog can be found at

Danny Ciamprone

R.L. Stine, the mastermind behind the “Goosebumps” series, once said, “People say, ‘What advice do you have for people who want to be writers?’ I say, they don’t really need advice, they know they want to be writers, and they’re gonna do it. Those people who know that they really want to do this and are cut out for it, they know it.”

Danny Ciamprone

For a split second, the Lincoln-Way North football team appeared headed for its second agonizing defeat to the season in as many weeks when it hosted Bradley-Bourbonnais Friday, Oct.17, in a clash of 6-1 teams.

That was not about to happen on quarterback Ryan Arthur’s watch.

Rebecca Susmarski

Homes recently sold in Mokena:

June 3

• 19518 116th Ave., B, Mokena, 60448-1827 - Federal Home Loan Mtg Corp to David G Richardson, $82,000

May 30

• 10313 Austen Court, Mokena, 60448-7953 - Scott Redding to Steven J. Vaccaro, Emily A. Vaccaro, $334,000

• 10824 Bryant Road, Mokena, 60448-1109 - James Gamble to Edward K. Goewey, Heather Goewey,$225,000

Rebecca Susmarski