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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.

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7 Luxurious Winter Retreats

Are you in the mood for a weekend getaway with plenty of luxury? Check out a few places in our region that’ll help you live like royalty this winter.

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‘The Sugarmaker’

With some help from the maple trees on his property, Brad Meinert has found a way to beat the cabin fever blues and make life a little sweeter. His homemade maple syrup is all-natural and worth the many hours of labor.

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Kids Around the World

For 25 years, this Rockford-based nonprofit has provided playground equipment, nutritious meals and Christian teaching to children in some of the poorest corners of the globe.

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A New Chapter for Stronghold Castle

Once the family estate of a Chicago newspaper magnate, then a Presbyterian camp and retreat center, Stronghold Castle now prepares to enter a new era as its own independent entity.