NWQ Archives


Winter 2017

Vol. 14, No. 1
Wild Things!
Photography by David C. Olson

100 Films to Delight Us
Beloit International Film Festival

Around the World – Almost
Local Ties to Balloon Adventures

12 Decades of Service
At Rockford Woman’s Club

Home Fashion Trends

Also Inside: Annual Schools Guide, The Cost of Education, Great Dining

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Holiday 2016

Vol. 13, No. 5
All Things Holiday
Events, Gift Guide, Decor & Worship

Up to Something Good
The Christmas Spirit in Action

Entertaining Made Easy
12 Tips for Less Stress

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Annual College Guide

Also Inside: 35 Years of Discovery Center, Practice Velocity, Great Dining

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Summer-Fall 2016

Vol. 13, No. 4
We Saved a Zoo
Community Rescues Summerfield

The Stagecoach Era
On the Trails Before the Rails

7 Unique Places to Camp
In Northern Ill. & Southern Wis.

A Century of Hope & Help
The Evolution of Rosecrance

Dreamy Wedding Venues

Also Inside: Investing in Our Workforce, Summer Vacation Spots

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Spring Summer 2016

Vol. 13, No. 3
Life-Changing Research
At U of I College of Medicine at Rockford

The ‘Last Pearl Harbor Veteran’
Rockford’s Dr. Allen Pang

Sailing Pro Buddy Melges
The Wizard of Zenda

A Milestone Year
For Starlight, Rotary & Garden Club

Inside Byron Nuclear Plant

Also Inside: Dining with a View, Case Study for a Solid Business

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Annual Guide 2016

Vol. 13, No. 2
25 Most Interesting People
The Face of Our Region’s Transformation

Annual Healthcare Guide


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Weddings, Education, Senior Living, Quality Arts Venues

Also Inside: Senior Living, A Transform Rockford Update

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Cabin Fever 2016

Vol. 13, No. 1
Raptors Rock!
Eagles, Ospreyes & Falcons

The Rock River Trail
A New Chapter Begins

Through Their Eyes
Our Region’s Young Professionals

11 Ways to Cure Cabin Fever

Our Local Executive Resource Guide

Also Inside: Guide to a New You, Home Fashion Trends

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Holiday/Winter 2015

Vol. 12, No. 6
Hoo’s Here?
All About Our Owl Neighbors

Swedish Roots
Shaping Rockford Then and Now

Moving Ahead
John Groh Talks RACVB

Holiday Light Shows

Our Manufacturing Evolution
NIU EIGERlab’s Latest Iteration

Also Inside: Annual Guide to Schools, Healthy Living Guide for Seniors

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Autumn 2015

Vol. 12, No. 5
Midtown Rising
Rockford’s 7th Street-Area Renaissance

Remarkable Raptors
A Close-Up Look at Our Hawks

Ready, Set, Shop!
10 Fun Holiday Shopping Destinations

The Price of Freedom

Woodward’s New Jewel

Also Inside: Business Successes, Annual Guide to Colleges

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Summer-Fall 2015

Vol. 12, No. 4
When Beauty Takes Wing
Getting to Know Our Butterflies

Downtown Rebirth
East Rockford’s Historic District

Riverview Ice House
The Start of Something Big

Ralph (Not Waldo) Emerson
The Right Man for the Times

A Giant in Climate Control: Rockford’s Bergstrom Inc.

Also Inside: Business Successes, Dreamy Wedding Backdrops

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Spring-Summer 2015

Vol. 12, No. 3
Bison to the Rescue
How They Restore Our Prairies

Abuzz in Beloit
New Fine Arts Incubator

Getting Rail Service
It Wasn’t Easy in the 1800s, Either

Aqua-Aerobic Systems
A Global Water Problem Solver

Good Things Afoot in Rockford Public Schools

Also Inside: Business Successes, Great Getaways, Challenging Golf Holes

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NWQ’s Annual Guide 2015

Vol. 12, No. 2
Local Business Leaders speak Out

Quality of Life
Why We’re Already Excellent

Annual Healthcare Guide
Your Resource for Fit & Healthy Life

Education & Personal Growth
The Power of Enrichment

Regional & Business Success
Where We Are & Where We’re Going

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Winter 2015

Vol. 12, No. 1
What Cabin Fever?
10 Ways to Play in the Snow

Galena Celebrates Appomattox
150 Years After the Civil War Ends

The Magic of Snowflakes

Getting it Dunn in Rockford

Business Outlook 2015

Senior Living Guide & Regional School Guide

Also Inside: Business Successes & Advice, Great Getaways, A Transformation Report

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Holiday 2014

Vol. 11, No. 6
NWQ’s 10th Annivesary Edition

Christmas Cheer
Classic Toys, Holiday Recipes & Festive Events

Ballroom Dancing
Making a Comeback

Our Famous Detective
What You Didn’t Know About Allan Pinkerton

Also Inside: Business Successes & Advice, Great Getaways, Holiday Entertainment Guide

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Fall 2014

Vol. 11, No. 5
5 Autumn Road Trips

Touched by a Genius
Frank Lloyd Wright’s ‘Little Gem’

NIU Huskies
Determined to be Top Dog

When POWs Lived in Our Midst

Transforming Rockford

Also Inside: Business Successes & Advice, Great Getaways, Fall Entertainment Guide

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Summer 2014

Vol. 11, No. 4
Our Historic Homes
And the People Who Built Them

A Champion’s Stride
Inside the World of Dressage

Landscaping Legacy
Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens

Spencer Tracy’s Freeport Connection

Plan Your Dream Wedding

Also Inside: Business Successes & Advice, Summer Getaways, New Restaurants

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Spring 2014

Vol. 11, No. 3
Wild Neighbors
Landscaping to Support Them

7 Great Gardens
Right Here in Rockford

Our Miss America
Judi Ford 45 Years After the Crown

Off to D.C. With VetsRoll

NWQ Guide to Outdoor Summer Music

Also Inside: Business Successes & Advice, Stylish Footwear, Kitchen Remodels

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Winter 2014

Vol. 11, No. 1
Wisconsin Wanderings
8 Kinds of Winter Fun

‘My Name is Emily’
Rockford’s Musical Marvel at 12

Home-Grown Jobs
The Genius of EIGERlab

Dixon Artists Lead the Way

NWQ’s Annual Guide to Private Schools

Also Inside: Business Successes, Romantic Gift Ideas, Colorful House Plants

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Holiday 2013

Vol. 10, No. 4
The Shops Around the Corner
101 Local Gift Ideas

Dynamic Holiday Decorating
Indoors & Out

The Real Rockford Aviators

All Are Welcome Here
Rockford Rescue Mission Turns 50

NWQ’s Annual Guide to Colleges

Also Inside: Business Successes, Winter Style, Healing Pathways Cancer Center

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Summer-Fall 2013

Vol. 10, No. 3
Our Living Prairies
Why They Matter So Much

Farmin’ On the Square
Thriving Downtown Monroe

On the March
Beloit Goes Steadily Forward

A Century of Art at RAM

Big Things Brewing on Prairie Street

Also Inside: Dreamy Wedding Destinations, Fall Plantings, Mrs. Fisher’s Potato Chips

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Spring-Summer 2013

Vol. 10, No. 2
The Forgotten Providers

WWII’s Youngest Aviator
Poplar Grove’s Heroic Chuck Downey

Farm Fresh
Local Farmers Markets Blossom

Of Dogs & Men

Best Plants for 2013 Gardens

Also Inside: Lincoln Highway, Senior Living Guide, Spotlight on Manufacturing

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Winter 2013

Vol. 9, No. 5
Winter Wonderland
It’s a Great Time to Go Exploring

Living the Good Life, Part 2
Why Locals Love Our Region

The Story Behind Dixon’s Post House

12 Ways to Make Your Home Shine

Annual Guide to Private Schools

Also Inside: Winter Fashion, Restaurants, Business Meeting Destinations

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Fall 2012

Vol. 9, No. 4
Our Living Woodlands
Seeing the Forest and The Trees

Welcome to Shullsburg
Where Charm and Cheeses Abound

Escape to Freedom
From Communist Albania to the American Dream

Chicago’s First Railroad
How Rockford-Area Farmers Made it Happen

10 Fun Fall Getaways
…And 8 Great Bed & Breakfasts

Also Inside: Fall Fashion, Restaurants, College Guide, Launch Your Enterprise

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Summer 2012

Vol. 9, No. 3
Beautiful Barns

On the Set
With TV Producer Shawn Ryan

Our Wild Pecatonica River

Exploring Our Northwest
Jo Daviess Co., Dubuque, Carroll Co.

First-Time World Event
Rock Aqua Jays Play Host

Also Inside: Dream Weddings, Restaurant Profiles, Summer Fashion, Grow Your Business

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Spring 2012

Vol. 9, No. 2
Winged Wonders!
Bird-Watching Hot Spots

Drive-In Nostalgia

The Folk Music Scene
Songs That Speak to Us

Pitchin’ Shoes
Beloit’s Claim to Horseshoes Fame

Strolling the Gardens
Anderson, Klehm, Rotary — Stunning!

Also Inside: Director Mike Webb, Restaurant Profiles, Spring Fashion, Social Media Marketing

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Winter 2011/2012

Vol. 8, No. 4
Living the Good Life
Enthusiasts From Our Region of the Old Northwest Territory

Bears of Legends

Lincoln Slept Here. Really.
The Restoration of Janesville’s Lincoln-Tallman House

Spotlight on The BMO
New Name, New Team, New Attitude

Also Inside: Dixon’s Next Picture Show, Girl Scouts at 100, Furry Fashion, The Case for Buying Local

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Fall 2011

Vol. 8, No. 3
Rock River Fall Beauty & Fun
Best Views from Janesville to Dixon

Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens

The Clydesdale Connection
Pecatonica: The U.S. Headquarters of Gentle Giants

Beyond Ghost Stories
History Lessons From Local Cemeteries

Also Inside: Our Region’s Fine Music, Annual College Guide, Colorful Fashion, Success Stories

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Summer 2011

Vol. 8, No. 2
Rivers Run Through ‘Em
Exploring ‘the Rock’ and ‘the Kish’

Stronghold Castle
One Orphan’s Tribute to Family

Civil War Memories
The Sacrifices Illinois and Wisconsin Made

If Cars Could Talk
A Visit to Historic Auto Attractions

Also Inside: Our Region’s Fine Music, Terrific Ornamental Trees, Summer Fashion, Success Stories

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Spring 2011

Vol. 8, No. 1
Celebrating The Rock River
Life in River Towns, Janesville to Rock Falls
The Rock, From Ruin to Recovery
A Paddler’s Paradise

A Star and His Guitars
Inside Rick Nielsen’s collection

The Voyageurs
How Early Explorers Shaped a Region

Growth Is In The Logistics
Why I-39 is in the Fast Track

Also Inside: A Family’s Journey in Remodeling, Spring Fashion, Success Stories

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Winter 2010-2011

Vol. 7, No. 4
Follow the Eagles
In Wisconsin & Illinois

Mr. Fourth of July
Why Joe Marino Loves a Challenge

Rockford’s Italian Connection
A Century at St. Anthony of Padua

Pickard China Co.
Janesville Exhibit Tells the Story

If Canyons Could Talk
A Visit to Starved Rock State Park

Also Inside:
New Smart Kitchens, Fashion-Forward Styles, Harrison Harmonicas

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Fall 2010

Vol. 7, No. 3
Growing Up Danica
Knaus, Briscoe and the Road to Pro Racing

Roots of a President
Ronald Reagan’s Beloved Dixon

100 Years of Boy Scouting
Where Leaders are Formed and Ethics Rule

Whooping Crane Vigil at Nygren

Go West! Autumn Fun in Galena & Beyond

Also Inside:
The Second Annual College Guide, Spectacular Fall Fashion, Making the Most of the Golden Years, and the Business of Medicine

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