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Dramatic images from the Hubble Space Telescope, or deep-space probes like Cassini, as well as recent celestial events like the solar eclipse this summer, have spurred renewed enthusiasm among amateur astronomers for one of mankind’s oldest hobbies. (Photo by Joshua P. Thompson, Driftless Hills Photography, Dodgeville, Wis.)
Become an Amateur Astronomer

You don’t need to own a fancy telescope to view the stars, planets and comets in outerspace. Learn where several local observatories reside – each offering opportunities to view the night sky in all its splendor.

World War II Navy veteran Rich Graham stands next to a model of a battleship similar to the one he served on while fighting the Japanese across the Pacific Ocean.
Veteran Stories: Shipmates Forever

At age 91, Boone County resident Richard “Rich” Graham still has a sharp memory. He can clearly recall serving on not one, but two battleships while fighting the Japanese during World War II.

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.