When he's not working in Rockford, Michael Collins enjoys spending time with wife Colleen and their children, Harrison, Patrick and Katherine.
New Morning Anchor Swaps Acting for Broadcasting

You may know him as the new face of 13 WREX’s morning show, but chances are, you’ll also recognize him for the work he did before entering broadcast journalism.

Trainer Andi Patzwald moves Sandy Herrick’s horse, Silencio, around a lettered course, in a dressage event at Silverwood Farm in Camp Lake, Wis.  (Samantha Ryan Photo)
Taking it in Stride: The Regal Sport of Dressage

When done properly, this equestrian sport looks like a simple dance routine, but it takes years of training for both horse and rider. Explore the team effort required to produce a champion.

Jody Deery
On the Fast Track with Jody Deery

When Jody Deery suddenly lost her husband in 1984, she had a decision to make: Would she continue to run Rockford Speedway? With the help of her eight children, Deery has triumphed as a legendary racing promoter.

Spencer Tracy and Loretta Young in a scene from A Man’s Castle, in 1933.
Spencer Tracy and the Freeport Connection

This famous actor shares a special family connection with our region, one that’s celebrated every year with a unique film festival.

Chris Manuel, Sean Farr, Reed Sjostrom and Dustin Koch.
Rockford Brewing Co.: Where Old and New Come Together

Prairie Street Brewhouse’s latest attraction joins a creative menu, craft brewing and a wicked location in one of downtown Rockford’s hottest new destinations.

This tufted headboard is both stylish and comfortable to lean against.  Right: Today’s consumers want furniture that’s beautiful and functional. Bed and e-charge table, both by Hooker Furniture, are found at Benson Stone Company.
Fun with Furniture: Tips &Trends

You, too, can create a unique style in your home. Learn from the experts about everything from choosing colors to the appropriate size of your home decor.

What to Know About Infectious Disease

Ebola, MRSA, HIV and rabies are just a few examples of these microbial infestations. Learn how to protect yourself from harm, and how our area hospitals keep patients healthy and well-informed.

(C. Tyson Photography photo)
Wedding Stories: Dream Destinations for Your Big Day

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.”

Children’s Home and Aid Society: Focused on Families for 75 Years

For 75 years, this organization has helped to make broken families whole once again. Kara Anderson discovers how this group makes a significant impact on local children.

Cheese Days Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Started as a celebration of Monroe’s Swiss heritage, this festivity is all about cheese. Discover the many ways this small Wisconsin town goes cheese-wild.

Making the Best Tax Use of a Vacation Home

As the economy improves, consumers are returning to luxuries they may have eliminated in hard times. Josh Sickler, of Sikich LLP, suggests a few tax considerations for your luxury purchases.

Chris Foster oversees the massive 1,000-ton press as it stamps out heavy parts. (Chris Linden photo)
Tool & Die: The Secret to Creating Almost Anything

Tool and die makers produce parts used in most every kind of industry. Step inside Rockford Toolcraft and learn how Rockford’s manufacturing prowess supplies some of the country’s most recognizable brands.