FEATURES
The bison need to be herded into corrals once a year for animal veterinary work and monitoring. (Ferran Salat photo)
Nachusa Grasslands: Where the Bison Now Roam

Thanks to the efforts of countless volunteers, environmentalist and philanthropists, an American icon has been re-introduced to the Prairie State.

FEATURES
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Discovering the Joys of Nature at The Grove

As the newest addition to Severson Dells Forest Preserve, this interactive playground may be just the ticket to better engaging kids and their parents with the wonders of nature.

FEATURES
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Rockford Schools Construct a Better Path to Learning

While students in the Rockford Public Schools are out for the summer, many of their classrooms are being transformed into modern learning spaces. Discover what it’s taken to make some long-needed changes.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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Beloit Fine Arts Incubator: Arts for a Grateful Community

Beloit welcomes its first fine arts attraction, one that hosts artists-in-residence, open studios, art exhibits and more.

REGIONAL DINING
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Pearl Bistro: New Owner, Familiar Menu

The region’s original brick oven pizza bar has a new owner who aims to keep its original flavor. Check out what diners can expect at this Rockford staple.

HOME & GARDEN
Modern specialty items, like pendant lighting and islands with bar stools, add personality and functionality, as shown in this new kitchen by River Valley Kitchens & Baths, Roscoe, Ill.
What Kitchen Designers Are Talking About Now

Kitchen remodels might seem like large projects, but they’re much easier when broken down into simple, essential steps. Learn from the experts where to start.

HEALTH & FITNESS
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Just Breathe: Advancing New Treatments for Lung Disease

With tens of millions of Americans suffering from cancer and other diseases to our airways, it’s essential to be aware of the causes and methods of prevention through common-sense lifestyle choices.

NORTHWEST WOMAN
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Woman at Work: A ‘Man’s World’ No More

Meet five local women who hold careers in fields typically dominated by men, and discover what it took to find success.

MIND & SPIRIT
Susan Fosnot walks workshoppers through each step of the doll-making process.
The Pink Ribbon Doll: Women Helping Other Women

Meet the two woman behind the Pink Ribbon Doll, a product and workshop series meant to raise money for cancer treatment.

RECREATION & DESTINATIONS
The Forest Hills Country Club clubhouse and golf course this year hosted a sign-up event for young golfers from around the Rockford area. This summer, they’ll compete on eight teams.
Country Clubs Set New Course for Membership

In their quest to win new families, Forest Hills and Mauh-Nah-Tee-See are teaming up and opening themselves more to the public. Find out how they’re doing it.

PERSONAL & FINANCE
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Understanding Mobile Wallet Technology

Have your banking habits gone fully mobile? Geoff Roemerman, of Associated Bank’s Rockford Community Market, explains the need-to-knows of mobile wallet technology.

NW BUSINESS MAGAZINE
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Aqua-Aerobic Systems: An International Problem Solver

From its home base in Loves Park, Ill., this designer and manufacturer has earned an international reputation for improving our world’s water.