Features - 40
Artists Nikki Cooper and Suzanne Miller painted this fiberglass version of a Swiss cow, dubbed Moo-rilyn Monroe, for the Square.
Farmin’ on the Square in Monroe

Exciting things are happening in this small Wisconsin town. Take a walk down the historic square and see the colorful results of its current come-and-explore campaign.

Rockford Art Museum is housed at the Riverfront Museum Park, in Rockford. (Jon McGinty photo)
Rockford Art Museum Turns 100

From its first piece to its 1700 pieces in the collection today, much of the museum’s collection is currently on display. Jon McGinty leads a quick tour through the past century, and shows how local artists will celebrate

Quality of life – in jobs, recreation, entertainment, growth management, historic preservation, economy: The citizens and leaders of Beloit, Wis., are proud of their city and share a unified vision of its future. That community spirit is exemplified in this photo, a recreation of the George Seurat painting “Saturday in the Park with Friends,” originally created by The Friends of Riverfront to promote a weekly event in the park. It has since become a kind of hallmark for the community.
Beloit: A Community With Focus

Surrounding cities can learn a lot from the can-do spirit and collective positive attitude of a once down-and-out community that’s pulling itself up. Paul Anthony Arco walks us through the highlights of Beloit’s successful community plan.

A prime view of the Prairie Street Brewhouse and Marina along the Rock River lit up at night. (photo by C. Tyson Photography)
Big Things Brewing on the Riverfront

Over the years, it’s sheltered craft brewers, shady characters, local and federal authorities, entrepreneurs and artists. What’s ahead for this revitalized downtown landmark? Jim Killam tells the story behind the Prairie Street Brewhouse.

Fred Speer, during his radio reporting days. (Photo courtesy WROK radio)
Fred Speer: More Than Just Talk

For more than 40 years, listeners of WROK radio counted on Fred Speer to bring them the latest news. Paul Anthony Arco catches up with Speer to see what he’s up to today, and how he landed in the business in the first place.