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Gary and Carol Anderson spent several years restoring their Queen Anne-style home in the late 1970s. (Samantha Behling photo)
Haight Village, Rockford’s Original Comeback

Back when there was a different attitude about downtown Rockford, a tight-knit group of neighbors fought off disinvestment, apathy and absentee landlords to restore East Rockford’s first settlement.

Having overcome huge obstacles as a teenager, this mom and mentor is helping young girls who find themselves in similar situations.
Know Your Neighbors: Shamika Williams is ‘A Real Blessing’

This mom and mentor is on a mission to help teenage girls overcome poverty and personal struggle. Learn about her own obstacles and how they led her to prepare local, at-risk girls for success in life.

Beloit Farmers Market
Local Farmers Markets: A Bonanza for the Body, Soul and Piggy Bank

As consumers grow more aware of what they’re eating, local farmers markets are experiencing exponential growth. Take a tour of local markets and untangle terms like “organically” and “naturally” grown.

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5 Authentic Midwestern Vacations

These warm months offer a fleeting, but meaningful, time to make the most of the Midwest’s best assets. Great food raised locally, still waters calming our souls, rustic retreats to lay our heads – are you already dreaming?

Krape Park (Dreibelbis + Fairweather photo)
Freeport’s Bright Future

Vision, collaboration and an entrepreneurial spirit have inspired the revitalization of Freeport. The city has much to be proud of, including its plans for further transformation.