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Five Lakeside Retreats Where It’s Easy to Press Pause


Now that it’s finally time to start planning that family getaway, we’re dreaming of five nearby destinations where you can’t help but press pause at the water’s edge.

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Families can explore blooming prairies and wetlands while visiting 12 learning stations during Family Nature Day, on June 23 at Nygren Wetland Preserve in Rockton, Ill.

Natural Land Institute’s 60th Anniversary

Thanks to one man’s devotion to our region’s ecology, Natural Land Institute has spent six decades protecting the wildlife habitat, wetlands and scenic beauty inherent to northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

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Machine gun set up in railroad shop in Chateau Thierry, France. Company A, Ninth Machine Gun Battalion. (U.S. National Archives photo)

World War I: A Forgotten American Legacy

Though it pushed the United States onto the world stage, World War I also left unresolved numerous ethnic, religious and geo-political conflicts still facing us today. A century later, Jon McGinty examines its legacy in our region.

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Grant County: A Taste of Authentic Wisconsin

This quiet gem offers everything we love most about authentic Wisconsin: spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, recreation galore, fantastic fishing, picture-postcard small towns and mile upon mile of farm-dotted, rolling green hills.

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This photo of the Rockford Peaches is believed to be the 1949 championship team. (Photo provided by Midway Village Museum)

Rockford Peaches Celebrate 75th Anniversary

Even though the Rockford Peaches haven’t played since 1954, the victorious professional women’s baseball team still lives on in our hearts. Reminisce with past players and fans and preview what’s on deck for Rockford’s baseball legacy.

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Smart Living Weekly – June 20, 2018

  It’s ‘Peace, Love and Petunias’ in Dixon July 3-8 Right in Our Region: What started out as a way to beautify downtown Dixon has become a jam-packed, six-day celebration…
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Smart Living Weekly – June 13, 2018

  Visit 5 Lovely Local Homes on June 23 Right in Our Region: If you need some inspiration for your home and garden, or if you just want to support…
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Smart Living Weekly – June 6, 2018

  Summer Fun, Learning at Midway Village Right in Our Region: Summer is a time to get away from the routine of work and school and enter the classroom of…
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