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Pilot Ken Starzyk flies his 1930 biplane over the grass landing strip at Poplar Grove Airport, to the delight of admiring fans. (Jon McGinty photo).
Poplar Grove Airport: Where Flying is Fun

From its beginning as the first airport in Boone County, to being named the 2015 Best Private Airport in Illinois, Poplar Grove Airport has earned a unique reputation among aviators, both locally and worldwide.

World War II veteran Bob Persinger holds up a memento from his days as a tank commander, when he helped to free Europe from Adolph Hitler’s grasp.
The High Price of Freedom: How Bob Persinger Helped to Defeat Nazi Germany

Bob Persinger never forgets the look of gratitude on the faces of the people he freed from Nazi prison camps. In fact, he still corresponds with some of them. Robert Randall Ryder introduces a man who learned that fear was “part of the game.”






Rowland Salley (Patti Stirk photo)
Rowland Salley’s All About the Bass

He may be a musical success who’s toured with Chris Isaak, Rowland Salley has never forgotten about his hometown of Belvidere.






Pearl Crescent butterfly. (Doug Taron photo)
Protecting Our Winged Wonders

One magical sign of summer is the flutter of backyard butterflies, and although we hear plenty about the imperiled monarch, plenty of other species are threatened, too. Learn what’s wrong and how you can help.






The landscape along East State Street and First Street in downtown Rockford has evolved in many ways over the past decade. (Samantha Ryan photo)
The Rebirth of Rockford’s East Historic District

Remember when finding a parking spot or being seated in a downtown Rockford restaurant on a Friday night was never a problem? Thankfully, those days are gone. Tour the east part of downtown and see what’s new and what’s in the works.