FEATURES
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Local Farmers Markets: A Bonanza for the Body, Soul and Piggy Bank

As consumers grow more aware of what they’re eating, local farmers markets are experiencing exponential growth. Take a tour of local markets and untangle terms like “organically” and “naturally” grown.

FEATURES
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5 Authentic Midwestern Vacations

These warm months offer a fleeting, but meaningful, time to make the most of the Midwest’s best assets. Great food raised locally, still waters calming our souls, rustic retreats to lay our heads – are you already dreaming?

FEATURES
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Freeport’s Bright Future

Vision, collaboration and an entrepreneurial spirit have inspired the revitalization of Freeport. The city has much to be proud of, including its plans for further transformation.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Christine Swanberg’s work has been published in countless literary journals and poetry anthologies. Her latest book of poetry, “Wild Fruition: Sonnets, Spells, and Other Incantations,” exudes a respect for nature. Her own garden, pictured above, is a source of inspiration. (Samantha Behling photo)
Meet Award-Winning Poet Christine Swanberg

Even though she didn’t like poetry in her younger years, Rockford-native Christine Swanberg developed a passion for the craft later in life. Step into her journey from novice to award-winning poet.

REGIONAL DINING
Take in a cool, summer breeze and sip on a margarita on the rooftop at Taco Betty’s as you overlook the hustle and bustle of downtown Rockford.
10 Great Places to Dine Outdoors

At this time of year, there’s no better place to enjoy a delicious meal than on an outdoor patio. Discover 10 places in our area where you can enjoy a little fresh air with your meal.

HOME & GARDEN
Solar panels are just one way to make a home more eco-friendly. EcoHome Expert Inc., in Belvidere, not only installs solar panels but, when installing asphalt shingles, it recycles the waste so it can be used in other applications, such as roadways or other roofing products.
EcoHome Expert Inc.: Brothers Commit to Eco-Friendly Homes

Eco-friendliness is a major component of this Belvidere-based business, as it finds ways to help homeowners “go green” while also saving some serious green.

HEALTH & FITNESS
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Nurses Hold Our Hospitals Together

Nurses provide physical, emotional and sometimes even spiritual care to their patients. Step into the busy, yet rewarding lives of four nurses at our area hospitals.

NORTHWEST WOMAN
Byron Forest Preserve, Byron, Ill. (Luis Hermosillo photo)
Wedding Dreams: A Bride’s Inside Guide

We’ve looked high and low for some of this area’s most spectacular wedding destinations. Discover some of our favorites, and discover exclusive content from the stories of couples who recently said “I do.”

MIND & SPIRIT
Will Pederson, district chief of the Rockford Fire Department, encourages people to visit the 9/11 Emergency Responders Memorial to remember those who’ve died in service of others.
9/11 Memorial: Remembering Those We’ve Lost

Gone, but never forgotten. This Rockford memorial recognizes far more than the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001. It also pays tribute to the emergency responders in Winnebago County who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice.

RECREATION & DESTINATIONS
Nearly 1,200 re-enactors converge on Midway Village Museum, in Rockford, for the annual World War II Days event. They bring authentic weapons and vehicles, as well as period costumes. You’ll meet many of them camped out around the village with their “units,” representing all sides of the war.
The 1940s Come Alive at Midway Village’s World War II Days

When Midway Village Museum holds its annual World War II Days this September, it will bring together the largest such re-enactment in the Midwest. Find out what activities are available this year and how you can experience living history.

PERSONAL & FINANCE
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The Exciting World of IRAs

Are you carefully preparing your retirement investments? Join Palmer Klaas, of Palmer Klaas Financial Group L.L.C., as he dives into the world of IRAs and explains the basics of how they work.

NW BUSINESS MAGAZINE
Our local health care systems are driving innovations, but several economic factors are making it more challenging, say area leaders.
The 2018 Health Care Leaders Roundtable

In this latest roundtable session, we hear from area leaders about the impact of our health systems, evolving policy choices and the importance of networking with the community at large.