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Rendering of Founder’s Landing as viewed from Embasy Suites; Top Right: 304 Main; Bottom: Taco Betty’s.
Rockford’s Downtown Renaissance

Have you tried to find a parking space in downtown Rockford lately? It’s a bustling scene filled with people who not only work there but also eat, sleep and play in the city’s center. Tour the latest developments and see what’s next.

Volunteer Kathleen Poole makes Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville even more beautiful. (Photo by Blake Nunes)
The Joy of Volunteering: New Ways to do Good

People have been helping one another, at no charge, since time began, but you may be surprised at just how diverse the options for volunteering are today.

Kairo and Thorin Brunson explore a stream at Seward Bluff Forest Preserve on a sunny day.
Healing in Nature

Researchers have caught up with Mom’s admonition to “Go outside and play!” Discover some new programs that encourage us to reap the full benefits of some of the highest-quality natural areas in the Midwest.

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Know Your Neighbors: Mark Hirsch

When life handed Mark Hirsch a difficult situation, he found inspiration in the unlikeliest of places. See how one tree changed the life of this Platteville, Wis., photographer.

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25 Local People Who Inspire

Meet 25 individuals who exemplify the reasons this region is a great place to live, work and play. They come from all walks of life and all corners of the region, but what distinguishes them is their dedication to transforming lives.