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Cheap Trick star Rick Nielsen, with a few of his unique guitars. (Mike Graham photo)
Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, A Star and His 2,000 Guitars

Rock star and Rockford resident Rick Nielsen actually started out playing drums. Once his love affair with the guitar began, he never looked back, and each part of his unique collection has a story to tell.

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100 Years Later, Lorado Taft’s ‘Black Hawk’ Still Stands Sentry

Whether you call it ‘Black Hawk’ or ‘The Eternal Indian,’ Taft’s concrete giant reminds us not only of our heritage, but of the artist whose influence is still felt throughout our region.






Rock River runs through several urban areas, including Rockford, pictured here. While point source industrial pollution is less of a concern than it was 30 years ago before the 1972 Clean Water Act, agricultural run-off continues to be of major concern to environmentalists who study the Rock’s water quality.  (Brad Nordlof photo)
The Rock River: From Ruin to Recovery

Human impact has forever changed the quality of this great river, and it will never again regain its sparkling clarity or many native species now extinct. Nearly 40 years after the Clean Water Act, things are looking better.






Artist Joseph Yeschek painted these pieces of Pickard china -- a vase, jardinière and sugar bowl, circa 1904. (Pickard Collectors Club photo)
Pickard China: An American Tradition

The only remaining U.S. manufacturer of fine porcelain china got its start locally nearly 117 years ago. Learn why collectors covet this fine pottery and why government officials – including the First Family – still order the company’s place settings and gifts of state.






Features: Follow the Eagles In Wisconsin and Illinois
Follow the Eagles In Wisconsin and Illinois

The majestic bald eagle is a common sight along the waterways of the Old Northwest Territory. Learn more about how you can find these proud symbols of our nation – right in our own backyards.