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Even with a diverse population, New Glarus holds fast to its Swiss heritage. (Karla Nagy photo)
New Glarus: America’s Little Switzerland

Talk about love of ancestry. The folks in this small Wisconsin town know exactly where they came from, and where they’re headed. Explore how you can be part of the fun this season.

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There She Is, Miss America: Catching up with Judi Ford Nash

The late 1960s were the best of times and the worst of times for Belvidere, which rose from a killer tornado to see one of its own become Miss America. Paul Anthony Arco visits the pageant queen 45 years later.

Deb Carey and Greg Hunter inspect rare grasses at Lowell Park, an Illinois Nature Preserve in Dixon, Ill. (Louise Brass photo)
Saving a Web of Life in Dixon

Few city parks earn the designation of Illinois Nature Preserve, but part of Dixon’s Lowell Park beats the odds. Learn why its caretakers believe they have a gem that deserves protection.

Chuck Downey, the youngest naval aviator of World War II, and daughter Elaine met Barbara Bush and former President George H.W. Bush at their Texas home.
Local Navy Pilot Meets George H. W. Bush

A year ago, we told you about Poplar Grove resident Chuck Downey, a former U.S. Navy Captain who was the youngest Naval Aviator in World War II. At last, he met the man who once held that title: George Bush.

Sean Considine’s Byron home is filled with mementos from his eight-year NFL career, including the Super Bowl ring he earned in 2013.  (Dustin Waller photo)
Northwest Neighbors: Sean Considine

Returning home after a successful pro football career, this Byron native has made himself comfy. Discover what this Super Bowl champ is up to now.