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The Deep Hometown Roots of An American President

President Ronald Reagan never lived in Dixon, Ill., after he grew up, but he always spoke of his hometown with affection and said that it represented what is good in so many American communities.

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The Nygren Five: A Photographer’s Vigil

What is it about the endangered whooping crane that so entrances the human heart? Local photographer Mark Blassage shares his experience of spending 24 days on “crane time” last fall.






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On the Fast Track in Professional Racing

A surprising number of people from our region have found success in the world of professional racing. Northwest Quarterly Writer Paul Anthony Arco tracked down racer Danica Patrick, Pit Crew Chief Chad Knaus and ESPN journalist Nicole Briscoe.






The Galena area welcomes more visitors during autumn than any other season.
Autumn in Galena

There may be a more charming place to spend autumn than Galena, Ill., but we haven’t found it. Learn what’s new, what’s old and what’s going on now in this remaarkable enclave near the Mississippi River.






A century after its founding, Boy Scouts of America still offers educational and leadership programs for boys of all ages, including Cub Scouts for ages 7 to 10; Scouting for ages 11 to 17; and Venturing, a co-ed program for young adults aged 14 to 20.
Boy Scouts Celebrate a Century of Character-Building

Scouts across the nation are celebrating their organization’s 100th anniversary this year, including the local Blackhawk Area Council. Although it has evolved along with society over the past century, its mission of character-building is as relevant as ever.