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Mark and Karen Schwendau of Byron, Ill., enjoy exploring the Old Northwest Territory by Harley.
An Iron Horse Takes the Galena-Chicago Stagecoach Trail

Join retired college professor Mark Schwendau and his wife, Karen, as they travel a former stagecoach trail by motorcycle and note interesting landmarks in each community along the way.

Linda Zuba, nurse-turned-attorney, answers her calling.
Know Your Neighbors: Linda Zuba

Linda Zuba has dealt with many hardships in her life, including discrimination. Find out how this Rockford attorney overcame her struggles and discover how she’s fighting for the rights of immigrants.

Photo by Josh Thompson, Driftless Hills Photography
The Wonders of the Driftless Area

Sometimes it’s the wonders in our own backyard that most elude us. Learn how, and why, you should take the time to explore the hilly land, deep valleys and gushing streams of the Driftless Area.

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Indian Hill Manor: A Crossroads of History, Mystery and Two Rivers

For thousands of years, native people enjoyed the scenic juncture where the Rock and Kishwaukee rivers meet. Step inside the stately manor atop its bluffs, and see why this gentleman’s farm and has much to teach us about ourselves.

A train on the KD Line speeds northeast through the cut in the limestone which gave Rock Cut its name. From the treeline down, this area is now under water as part of Pierce Lake at Rock Cut State Park. The tracks were removed before the lake was filled. (Brian Landis collection)
Harlem Village & The KD Line

Have you ever wondered why so many things are called “Harlem” in Loves Park — Harlem Road, Harlem School District, Harlem Township, just to name a few? The answers lie in the history of this early railroad line.