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The Rock River, near Castle Rock State Park, in Oregon, Ill. (David C. Olson photo)
The Mighty Rock River and Friends

The Rock River has suffered the impact of urbanization, but many dedicated groups have worked and are working to restore its health. Jon McGinty explores the impact of these efforts, including recognition by the National Park Service.

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10 Points to Ponder for Gardening Success

We’re on the cusp of springtime and you gardeners are just itching to get outside and turn over some dirt. But before you dust off the shovel, take some time to stop, plan and think. Here’s what you need to consider.






Jodi Beach Trio members Tom Marken, Jim McDowell and Jodi Beach
Jodi Beach: Music from the Heart

This ubiquitous Rockford musician had the chance to make it big in New York, but luckily for Rockford, she’s made a far-reaching career in sharing music with others.






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WREX’s Austin Love Comes Home

The newest member of the 13 Today crew may be new to WREX, but he’s no stranger to the Rockford region. Meet this Rockford native and discover what drew him back home.






Adult great horned owl (David C. Olson photo)
The Wisdom of Night’s Silent Flyers

There’s no better time to look and listen for our region’s many types of owls. Check out the tips and insight of local raptor experts on where to see them in the Northwest Territory.