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Tyler Sikura was the IceHogs’ most valuable player last season. His younger brother, Dylan, is also on the team.

20 Years of Rockford IceHogs Hockey


Our beloved team has seen ups and downs, but that won’t stop local hockey fans from clanging their cowbells at many games still to come. See how the ‘Hogs have brought excitement and goodwill to Rockford over the past two decades.

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Holiday Shopping: 20 Gift Ideas You Won’t Find on Amazon

If your idea of holiday shopping is buying what a robot thinks you want, you’re missing out. Call us old-fashioned, but we think there’s something irresistible about locally owned stores. So, we tracked down a few ideas to help you get started.

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The Birth of a ‘Jenny’

Once the most common airplane in North America, the Curtiss JN-4 Jenny inspired a generation of early aviators. Now, a group of dedicated aviation enthusiasts at Poplar Grove Airport is building one – and they’re doing it from scratch.

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One of 61 infirmaries at Rockford’s Camp Grant during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.  (Terry Dyer collection)

It Was ‘Only’ the Flu

Scientists call the Spanish flu of 1918 “the mother of all flu pandemics” because every pandemic since has evolved from it. Could such a pandemic happen again? Janine Pumilia explores the Spanish flu and its connections to World War I.

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These Rusted Old Souls

Touring the backroads of the Midwest, photographer Tom Holoubek captures the fading, forgotten automobiles abandoned to the elements and forgotten by time. What stories could they tell of days gone by?

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Smart Living Weekly – February 20, 2019

  World-Class Scientists to Attend PaleoFest Right in Our Region: Burpee Museum’s PaleoFest will bring to Rockford some of the world’s leading scientists to speak about their research on fossilized…
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Smart Living Weekly – February 13, 2019

  ‘Women in Film’ Focus of 2019 BIFF Right in Our Region: Forget the winter doldrums! The Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) is starting its 14th season with 10 days…
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Smart Living Weekly – February 6, 2019

  Now is a Great Time to Donate Blood Right in Our Region: Winter is an especially challenging time to collect blood needed by patients in local hospitals. And yet…
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