FEATURES
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An Up-Close Look at Snowflakes

Take a closer look next time you see a snowfall, and you’ll spy some amazing forms within the tiniest flakes. Learn what it takes to capture nature’s miniature marvels.

FEATURES
The Currier & Ives lithograph above illustrates the evacuation fire lit by Confederate forces as they fled Richmond, Va., over the James River on April 2, 1865.
1865: The War’s Last Year

It’s been 150 years since the bloodiest war on American soil came to an end, with the final battle staged at Appomattox. Learn how the Civil War wound down and how folks in Galena are celebrating this important milestone.

FEATURES
The snowy owl has keen hearing and even keener eyesight, skimming silently along the ground in order to surprise its prey. This owl has been attracted by a sound or movement and is banking toward it. The feathers of the left wingtip are actually brushing the top of the snow.
Snowy owls have a wingspan up to 6 feet wide and can fly at speeds of 50 mph.
Arrival of the Owls

Last winter, while birders around our region marveled at the appearance of snowy owls, one photographer braved the cold to capture the action.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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BIFF: A Decade of Presenting the Power of Film

What started out as a simple attraction to the Beloit area has evolved into an international draw for film buffs everywhere. Learn what’s in store for this year’s festival and how you can join the excitement.

REGIONAL DINING
Jose Gonzalez, manager of Dos Reales
Dos Reales: Serving Authentic & Tasty Mexican Cuisine

For more than a decade, it’s been one of Rockford’s favorite destinations for Mexican cuisine. Learn how a dynamic menu and honest cuisine have made this an enduring success.

HOME & GARDEN
A soft palette of taupes and grays sets a calm mood this year and provides a background for accent colors like refreshing blues and greens. Over-sized interpretations of paisley or ikat patterns are popular (as in the sofa pillows and rug above) and touches of gold in accessories have made a comeback.  Notice the coordinating, but not matching, end tables and lamps. This handsome furniture grouping is by Flexsteel.
Home Interiors Trends for 2015

Softer colors, shades of gray and a few reliable patterns are all the rage this year. Discover which colors, patterns and styles can spice up your home and add a modern touch.

HEALTH & FITNESS
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The Emerging Focus of Joint Surgery

More active adults are seeking joint replacement surgeries when their joints have worn out. Learn how new advancements are helping patients to recover faster and regain their lifestyles after this elective operation.

NORTHWEST WOMAN
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It’s Time to Grab the Girls and Get Away

We all need a break from time to time, and this is a perfect time of year to get away. Here are a few fun places in our region where you and your gal pals can escape for a few days.

MIND & SPIRIT
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Annual Guide to Schools – 2015 Edition

Here’s an inside look at some of our area’s excellent choices for schools, both private and public.

RECREATION & DESTINATIONS
The sports park maintains a giant airbag – perfect for testing wild moves.
NWQ Getaway Guide, Winter Edition

Dubuque, Iowa: Let the Good Drinks Flow By Stephanie N. Grimoldby One way to warm your blood this winter is with some casual imbibing. Dubuque, Iowa, offers several opportunities, starting…
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PERSONAL & FINANCE
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Parents & Kids, It’s Time for ‘The Adult Talk’

Nobody wants to talk about what happens to your finances when you’re no longer able to maintain them. Regal Investment’s H. Ken Heise explains how to start the difficult conversation.

NW BUSINESS MAGAZINE
Things are looking up, and local communities are positioning themselves to make the most of it. Here, we check in with chamber of commerce leaders from seven cities in our region to see what they expect from the new year ahead.
Business Outlook 2015

Things are looking up, and local communities are positioning themselves to make the most of it. Check in with chamber of commerce leaders from seven cities to see what they expect from the new year ahead.