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10 Events to Spark Your Holiday Spirit

Our region is full of holiday-themed entertainment. Preview 10 festive events that can add to your joy and expand your portfolio of splendid holiday memories.

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Northwest Neighbors: Dr. Dan Woestman

The future looks bright for the Belvidere School District, thanks in part to its new 35-year-old superintendent. Meet a young and inspiring personality who’s driving change in local education.






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The Stagecoach Era

It lasted only a few decades, but this period in the mid-1800s had a significant impact on our region, as settlements were linked, mail was managed and groundwork was laid for future transportation systems.






Dancer, one of the reindeer at Summerfield Zoo, recently gave birth to a baby calf. Dancer is named after one of Santa’s reindeer. (Photos by David, Adrienne & Amelia Olson, David C. Olson Photography)
Community Rallies for Summerfield Zoo

After Summerfield Zoo in Belvidere was hit by a tornado last year, owners Rick and Tammy Anderson wondered if they’d have to close shop. Then something wonderful happened.






Medicinal Chemistry PhD student student Jing Li has discovered a new and important role for the protein TDP1.
Good Medicine for the Community & Economy

In 2010, the UIC College of Pharmacy expanded to Rockford, where nurse and physician training colleges were already in place. Find out why it’s already ranked among the top pharmacy schools in the nation.