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Welcome to Shullsburg

Wisconsin’s third oldest town, once known for mining and the railroad, Shullsburg today is comprised of friendly, hardworking people who serve as the backbone of this community. From antique shops to quaint restaurants, Shullsburg is a must-visit on your next trip to the dairy state.

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Chicago’s First Railroad

The story of Chicago’s first railroad is one of determination by regional leaders to succeed. Find out how a successful collaboration of farmers and businessmen made this debut possible, and how Rockford played a key role.






Mike and Hektor Sala, owners of the Butterfly Club.
Home Free

Since 1999, Hector and Mike Sala have been known as the owners of the Butterfly Club supper club. This is the true story of how these brave brothers risked their lives to escape Community Albania in order to pursue their American Dream.






Earl Fulling in his office at Northern Illinois Optical, 121 N. Madison St., Rockford. He founded the business in 1949. (Rebecca O'Malley photo)
Clear Vision, for a Life Lived Well

At 93 years young, optician Earl Fulling still reports to work each day at Northern Illinois Optical, the business he established in downtown Rockford in 1949. Today, with son Mike, he’s serving second-, third- and fourth-generation customers.






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Holiday Recipes from the NWQ Staff

As the holidays approach, we offer a collection of time-tested recipes handed down from our ancestors.