FEATURES
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Let’s Have Some Fun This Winter

Time to grab the snow gear! From eagle watching at Starved Rock State Park to sledding down the massive hill at Twin Sisters Park, our region has plenty of exciting winter activities for the young and young-at-heart.

FEATURES
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Resolutions for a New Decade

Since we’re at the beginning of a new era, now is the time to embrace optimism and expand on your New Year’s resolutions, whether it’s volunteering more, working on certain relationships or taking on a new hobby.

FEATURES
Wilmot’s best-known attraction is Wilmot Mountain, which is one of the oldest ski resorts still operating in the country. Recent improvements at the mountain have enhanced the skiing and dining experience.
A Weekend in Wilmot

Close to home, but just far enough to feel like you’re getting away, the little Wisconsin hamlet of Wilmot has all the trappings of a quaint winter retreat. Discover the best family attractions, dining destinations and overnight lodging here.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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Friends of the Coronado: Helping RPS Students Reach for the Stars

The “Reach for the Stars Project” brings every fourth-grade student in the Rockford Public Schools system to one performance a year at the Coronado Performing Arts Center. Discover the impact of this project on Rockford’s youth.

REGIONAL DINING
Nikko Castrogiovanni created or inspired every item on the menu at Baci’s Kitchen, in Rockford. His father influenced both his passion for the culinary arts and his drive to satisfy customers.
Restaurant Profile: Creative Cuisine at Baci’s Kitchen

A relative newcomer on Rockford’s dining scene, this cozy and contemporary spot is gaining attention for its inspired cuisine and its owner’s deep attention to detail.

HOME & GARDEN
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Flooring: Enhance the Look of Your Home

Choosing the right type of flooring can impact the look and feel of your home. Learn the latest flooring trends and find out how simple textures and details can play a major role in your next project.

HEALTH & FITNESS
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Caring for Your Heart: Detecting and Treating Cardiac Arrhythmias

A healthy heart is imperative to your daily ability to function. Learn why cardiac arrhythmias can sometimes be problematic, and how they can be treated.

NORTHWEST WOMAN
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Wedding Advice From a Newlywed

Wedding planning should be way more fun than it is stressful. Step into the experience of our managing editor as she shares her advice for the next bride-to-be.

MIND & SPIRIT
Shelter Care, in Rockford, provides guidance and support to the local homeless community through its three core programs. The organization has helped an estimated 10,000 people over the years. (Amy Ryan photos)
Shelter Care: Lending a Helping Hand For 35 Years

This benevolent organization has spent 35 years providing hope, care and plenty of love for homeless people around the Rockford area.

RECREATION & DESTINATIONS
Many fossils will be on display during the 22nd annual PaleoFest this year, taking place from March 6-8. Stations will be set up during the festival, where children can learn more about the latest in paleontology from experts. (Burpee Museum photos)
Two Decades of PaleoFest and No Stopping Now

Burpee Museum’s annual tribute to all things paleontology returns this winter with plenty of traditions and a few surprises, too. Here’s a sneak peak at what’s coming up.

PERSONAL & FINANCE
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Retirement Planning: Working with a Total Return Approach

Are your retirement assets arranged in a way that will allow you to live the lifestyle you desire? David Cyrs, of Cyrs Wealth Advisors, explains one technique to keep your assets working for you.

NW BUSINESS MAGAZINE
Aqua-Aerobic Systems’ headquarters in Loves Park, Ill., remains a centerpiece for the firm’s engineering, assembly and training specialties.
Aqua-Aerobic Systems: A Half-Century of Transforming Water

From a simple aeration product to a global leader in wastewater treatment, Aqua-Aerobic Systems has built its success upon a foundation of research, engineering and strategic relationships all positioned with growth in mind.