Tessa Jones and Haley Halsall of Marengo Middle School returned home with modest ribbons after participating in the 2019 Illinois State Championship.

“I have been on the swim team for five years. There are two girls and one boy on our swim team,” said Tessa Jones. “I really enjoy being on the team and 100 percent love my teammates. I hang out with them every day. Coach George Keenum and Head Coach Teresa Albert are great.

“I have to have good grades to be on the team. The swim season is over now that the state championships have been held. We brought back three medals. I earned a seventh and a ninth place medal and Haley Halsall got a ninth place. I want to swim as long as I can. My goal is to make the Olympics in 2028.



At the Rosemont Dome fields, the Marengo Indians (4-2 (Overall)) continued their early season hitting show with four players collecting three-hit games during an 11-3 win over the Trinity Blazers in a Mar. 28 non-conference game. Mikayla Wzientek, Grace Houghton, and Mc Kenna Skow each drove in two runs, as Marengo grabbed a lead it wouldn’t give away.

The Indians’ offense was led by Wzientek, Lauren Aubry (Double), Jenna Turner (Double), and Hannah Ritter (Triple) each finishing with three hits on the day. In the Marengo Round-Robin Tournament, the Indians were blanked by Jennie Eilers, of Sterling, who tossed a four-hit shout out, as the Golden Warriors won a 6-0 tilt


After a nearly three-year tenure as Marengo police chief, and 24 years with the municipality’s department, Rich Solarz announced his retirement in a Mar. 19 notification on Marengo’s social media site. The effectuation is slated for May 10, and will formally end an overall 29- year career in law enforcement, which included a previous affiliation as a deputy with the Mc Henry County Sheriff’s Department. Solarz succeeded former chief Joe Hallman in June 2016 on an interim basis, and later in Nov., the full city council approved his permanent appointment, on a unanimous vote. He began with the Marengo department in 1993, and served in positions from patrol personnel to Supervisor of Dispatch and Patrol.

McHenry County sheriff's Deputy Jacob Keltner Photo Courtesy of McHenry County Sheriff's Dept.The Marengo Fire Protection District joined with their Union-based and Harvard counterparts in lining the overpass of the I-90 Jane Addams Tollway, from Shattuck Road in Boone County to Route 47 in Huntley, in an honor tribute to slain McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Keltner. Keltner was slain Mar. 7 in Rockford, while serving a warrant as part of a contingent with the U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force.

Marengo Edged Out 62-56 In Overtime Sectional Loss 

In a battle of two willful teams, the Carmel Corsairs managed to squeeze out a 62-56 win overtime win in the Feb. 18 semi-final of the Carmel IHSA 3A Sectional Tournament. Despite holding a 25-17 halftime lead, the Indians (24-7 Overall) faced a confused Corsair defense struggling to find a way to stop Marengo in the third quarter. Marissa Knobloch (17 points) sunk a “down the street” three-pointer that seemed to deflate the home team.

Congratulations to Margaret Dobbertin, who was selected as one of thirty-two finalists (out of 550 nominations) for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching!

Durable medical goods such as wheel chairs, crutches, walkers or commodes can be expensive. The expense often arises as part of a health crisis or physical injury that brings many other unexpected costs as well.

When Dinah Binder retired and moved to Marengo two years ago, she left a position with Cuba Township in Barrington. Cuba Township has a program for lending durable medical goods to township residents. Binder wondered if there was any place in Marengo where people could borrow things like walkers, crutches or wheel chairs. She called various organizations and churches around town and found that no one offered this service.

The results of the 12th Annual First National Challenge were announced at Marengo Community High School on Saturday, January 11th, during the “Winter Challenge”, at which Marengo and Harvard Varsity Wrestling, Varsity Girls Basketball and Varsity Boys Basketball competed.

The “First National Challenge” is an event that encourages community participation and school spirit while raising funds for the Marengo and Harvard Booster Club programs.


A Northwestern University student, and Marengo resident, who had gone missing for nearly one week was located in Chicago, by the city’s Police Department. Gabriel Corona was last seen by his roommate at approximately 9:00 a.m. Jan. 29, as stated in a press release issued by the Evanston Police Department. He was found in good physical condition in Chicago Feb. 1, with his family being advised, and is currently receiving follow-up care. The investigation was completed jointly by the Northwestern University Police Department and Evanston Police.

Congratulations to Emma Riedl, who has advanced to finalist standing for the National Merit Scholarship.




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