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25 Local People Who Inspire


Meet 25 individuals who have inspired others around them on the road to success. These stories of extraordinary courage, vision and passion present a powerful reminder of the transformations happening all around our region

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The Beloit International Film Festival runs Feb. 23 through March 4 at six venues around downtown Beloit.

What to Watch at Beloit’s 2018 Film Fest

Beloit International Film Festival has become one of most anticipated events in our region. Learn everything you need to know about this year’s 10-day event, and discover where to dine in between screenings.

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Wilmot Mountain, in Wilmot, Wis.

A Hill & Some Snow: Where to Find Outdoor Fun This Winter

We hardy Midwesterners know that all it really takes to have some fun in the winter is a good hill, enough snow and the right equipment. Here are some of the best locations in our region to ski, board and sled.

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Started as an idea at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, the Lincoln Academy’s annual recognition ceremony for outstanding Illinoisans will take place in Rockford this spring.

Lincoln Laureates to Celebrate in the Forest City

At the 1964 New York World’s Fair, brilliant minds conceived the idea of having an annual recognition ceremony for outstanding Illinosians. This year, the Lincoln Academy convenes in Rockford for the first time in nearly 50 years.

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Olson often sets up before first light in order to capture his wild subjects, like this bull elk bugling at sunrise inside Yellowstone National Park, in Wyoming.
“Photography is all about using light and knowing how to use it on your subject,” Olson says. “Getting consistently great images time and again in the wild is not luck. Patience, perseverance, knowledge of your subject and great camera skills are crucial.” (David C. Olson photo)

It’s a Wild World! (A Photo Journey)

The wilderness that surrounds our urban landscapes is a source of inspiration and peacefulness for many photographers. Their work reveals a glimpse of what we can experience while exploring this magnificent planet.

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Features NEWS & EVENTS
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Smart Living Weekly – April 18, 2018

  Special Concert Honors Lincoln Laureates Right in Our Region: The public is invited to a very special concert and ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 at Coronado…
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Smart Living Weekly – April 11, 2018

  4 Mistakes Even Smart Heart Patients Make Right in Our Region: When it comes to your heart, staying healthy doesn’t need to be complicated. The key is to maintain…
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Smart Living Weekly – April 4, 2018

  Habitat ReStore Moves, Expands this Month Right in Our Region: Keri Nelson, executive director of Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity, has big plans for the local organization. This means…
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