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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.

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Huntington Beach Pier in Huntington Beach, Calif. “I love the ocean and I love all sorts of landscapes,” Nordlof says. “To me, there is so much potential with oceans and water. I got the right twilight, and I liked what was happening with the water. This photo captured such great color. You can never reproduce the same twilight twice.”

The Adventures of Brad Nordlof

He’s traveled the world capturing serene landscapes, forgotten places and lively cityscapes glowing in the night. Here, the photographer shares some of his favorite images and the stories behind them.






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Rendering of Founder’s Landing as viewed from Embasy Suites; Top Right: 304 Main; Bottom: Taco Betty’s.

Rockford’s Downtown Renaissance

Have you tried to find a parking space in downtown Rockford lately? It’s a bustling scene filled with people who not only work there but also eat, sleep and play in the city’s center. Tour the latest developments and see what’s next.






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Volunteer Kathleen Poole makes Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville even more beautiful. (Photo by Blake Nunes)

The Joy of Volunteering: New Ways to do Good

People have been helping one another, at no charge, since time began, but you may be surprised at just how diverse the options for volunteering are today.






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Kairo and Thorin Brunson explore a stream at Seward Bluff Forest Preserve on a sunny day.

Healing in Nature

Researchers have caught up with Mom’s admonition to “Go outside and play!” Discover some new programs that encourage us to reap the full benefits of some of the highest-quality natural areas in the Midwest.






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Features NEWS & EVENTS
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Smart Living Weekly – June 28, 2017

  Byronfest: Big Fun in a Small Town Right in Our Region: Showcasing a small town in a big way is what ByronFest is all about. The annual music festival…
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Smart Living Weekly – June 21, 2017

  53rd Dixon Petunia Festival June 30 – July 4 Right in Our Region: The 5-day, 53rd annual Petunia Festival, an event Dixon residents look forward to all year, will…
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Smart Living Weekly – June 14, 2017

  Belvidere Heritage Days Bring Community Fun Right in Our Region: For more than 45 years, Belvidere has celebrated its unique history and diversity on the weekend before the Fourth…
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