FEATURES
Restored Horicon Marsh in northern Dodge Co., Wis.
For Love of the Land

Some of the most important conservationists in the nation have called Illinois and Wisconsin home. Get to know local luminary Aldo Leopold and meet others who’ve championed our wildlife throughout the generations.

FEATURES
George Buss (Abraham Lincoln) holds a sign that will be displayed in Freeport next year, announcing the city’s inclusion in the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.
Abraham Lincoln’s Freeport Connection

In 1858, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas faced off in a series of debates throughout Illinois, and the outcome was life-altering for everyone. Learn how Freeport is celebrating Lincoln’s legacy today.

FEATURES
More than 70 years elapsed between the first women’s rights convention and the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote in 1920. Many women from our region played pivotal roles in the suffragist movement that occurred during this time, and it was their work that led Illinois and Wisconsin to become the first to ratify the Amendment in June 1919. (Library of Congress photo)
Local Suffragists and the 19th Amendment

As Illinois and Wisconsin raced to be the first states that enshrined women’s voting rights in the Constitution, a wider movement was also being led by women in our region. Learn how their work impacted life as we know it today.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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The Talented Emily Bear: Dancin’ into the World of Pop Music

Emily Bear’s first EP of pop music, entitled Emotions, is now available. Learn how the Rockford native reached this impressive milestone, and what lies ahead for her.

REGIONAL DINING
Gene Hayenga opened Gene’s Irish Pub in Rockford on Sept. 10, 2019. The 21-and-over pub features American and Irish dishes and an extensive alcohol selection. (Samantha Behling photo)
A New Irish Pub in Rockford’s Midtown District

Discover this 21-and-over pub featuring American and Irish dishes and an extensive alcohol selection.

HOME & GARDEN
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Is Your Home Ready for Winter?

Is your home ready for that dreaded cold and those harsh temperatures? Keep your home nice and cozy this winter by following the advice of these local home improvement experts.

HEALTH & FITNESS
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Women’s Health: Knowing Your Diagnosis is Important

Learn how our region’s hospitals are helping women and their families achieve a better quality of life.

NORTHWEST WOMAN
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Comfy & Cozy: Warm Winter Styles

Light-Layer Looks Sequin cocktail dress by Apricot. Available at K Paige Shop, in Roscoe. Silver zipper sweater by Scandal Italy, worn with frayed-hem jeans made in the USA by M.Rena….
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MIND & SPIRIT
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NWQ Guide to Colleges 2019

It’s never an easy choice when seeking the perfect college — there are plenty of things to consider. Here are some of the top institutions available here in our region.

RECREATION & DESTINATIONS
Picking apples at Kuipers Family Farm is unlike any other experience in the area. This orchard has an attentive staff that can answer any question you may have about the 160-acre farm and more than 30 apple varieties.
Kuipers Family Farm: Everything from Apples to Christmas Trees

This sprawling orchard is loaded with exciting interactive activities, including the chance to cut your own Christmas tree. Learn how this family farm continues to grow each year.

PERSONAL & FINANCE
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Avoid these Common Retirement Risks

It’s easy to take for granted the sorts of strategic moves that can help you to fully finance a comfortable retirement. David Cyrs, of Cyrs Wealth Management, highlights some common risks, and know how to respond.

NW BUSINESS MAGAZINE
Tyler, Cindy and Merlin Hagemann are just a few of the family members you can expect to see when visiting Merlin’s Greenhouse & Flowers in Oregon, Ill. Merlin has been involved with the business for nearly 50 years and is steadily passing ownership onto his son, Tyler. (Samantha Behling photo)
Merlin’s Greenhouse & Flowers: Business Keeps Blooming

It’s been a storied 50 years for Merlin’s Greenhouse & Flowers. See how the Hagemann family keeps this business thriving into a new generation.