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Now a professor at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Schanes passes on her knowledge to the next generation of wig builders. She also operates CHRISTALine Studios, where part of her mission is to make free wigs for those affected by medical hair loss.
‘Wigging Out’ with Christal Schanes

Her Rockford roots played a large part in her success. Learn how this ever-evolving artist found opportunities in our region that led to winning two Emmy Awards and launching a nonprofit that helps cancer patients.

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Scandinavian Cemetery and the Swedes of Rockford

Scandinavian Cemetery contains more than 22,000 graves, with each one representing part of our region’s history. Uncover dark truths, amusing anecdotes and meaningful stories affiliated with the site.

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A Touch of the Wild: Captions & Photography by David C. Olson

Traveling through some of the wildest parts of North America, photographer David C. Olson captures elusive creatures, breathtaking landscapes and fleeting moments of natural wonder.

Ethan Taylor has lost 175 pounds with Jim McIlroy’s help.
Know Your Neighbors: Jim McIlroy

This health guru wants to change people’s mindsets when it comes to eating. Learn about the meal prep business he created with his wife and find out how he’s inspired a young resident to improve his eating and exercising habits.

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25 Most Interesting People of 2019

These stories of extraordinary courage, vision and passion present a powerful reminder of the transformations happening all around our region – and the everyday heroes who provide a guiding light.