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Beloit Farmers Market

Local Farmers Markets: A Bonanza for the Body, Soul and Piggy Bank


As consumers grow more aware of what they’re eating, local farmers markets are experiencing exponential growth. Take a tour of local markets and untangle terms like “organically” and “naturally” grown.

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5 Authentic Midwestern Vacations

These warm months offer a fleeting, but meaningful, time to make the most of the Midwest’s best assets. Great food raised locally, still waters calming our souls, rustic retreats to lay our heads – are you already dreaming?

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Krape Park (Dreibelbis + Fairweather photo)

Freeport’s Bright Future

Vision, collaboration and an entrepreneurial spirit have inspired the revitalization of Freeport. The city has much to be proud of, including its plans for further transformation.

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From 500 BC to 900 AD, woodland Indians developed agriculture.

Illinois’ Bicentennial: The Challenging Road To American Statehood

In celebration of Illinois’ bicentennial, explore how the Prairie State became central to the U.S. in terms of economy, culture and politics, and learn how you can join in on the celebrations happening through this year.

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Brothers Mark, Todd, John, Paul and Kurt Stricker

A Story ‘Maid’ in Harvard

Six brothers set out to find their fortunes, each guided by his work in the family bakery. This is the story of how those brothers have carried the lessons and work of their youth into successful enterprises that all lead back to home.

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Smart Living Weekly – August 15, 2018

  Trends that are Shaping Local Golf Right in Our Region: The game of golf is experiencing many changes as new generations arrive on the greens. Visit the links this…
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Smart Living Weekly – August 8, 2018

  97th Winnebago County Fair Fun Aug. 15-19 Right in Our Region: The Winnebago County Fair is closing in on a century of celebrating agricultural living and all that it…
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Smart Living Weekly – August 1, 2018

  Mendota Sweet Corn Festival Aug. 9-12 Right in Our Region: The 71st annual Mendota Sweet Corn Festival is about everything in abundance, especially fresh-picked corn on the cob, steaming…
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