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A train on the KD Line speeds northeast through the cut in the limestone which gave Rock Cut its name. From the treeline down, this area is now under water as part of Pierce Lake at Rock Cut State Park. The tracks were removed before the lake was filled. (Brian Landis collection)
Harlem Village & The KD Line

Have you ever wondered why so many things are called “Harlem” in Loves Park — Harlem Road, Harlem School District, Harlem Township, just to name a few? The answers lie in the history of this early railroad line.

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‘Nothing Like it’: Skydiving in Northern Illinois

Who jumps out of a perfectly good airplane from 18,000 feet in the air? The crew at Chicago Skydiving Center can’t resist the thrill of this adventurous, crazy sport – and they take pleasure in sharing the experience with other brave souls.

Burpee’s dynamic new leadership team. Standing are Anne Weerda, executive director, and Dennis Harezlak, president of the board of trustees. Seated are Joe Mathews, director of paleontology, and Alexandra Koch, education director.
Burpee on the Rise

Thanks to the devotion of those who prize this community jewel, a promising new chapter begins. Let us introduce you to the impressive new leadership team that’s making good things happen.

Danny McLarty at his MVP Training facility in Roscoe, Ill.
Know Your Neighbors: Danny McLarty, the Basketball Whisperer

To anyone who’s met this sage of basketball wisdom, it’s little surprise that he’s made a successful living from a sport he just can’t get enough of – and enjoys sharing with anyone interested in upping their game.

Beloit has experienced a renaissance over the past few decades. The Phoenix Beloit Apartments now offer luxurious living downtown.
The Beauty of Beloit: Cooperation is Feeding Progress

A plan called Beloit 2000 dates back to the 1980s, when the community came together to form a new vision for itself. In so many good ways, that dream has been realized.