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25 Most Interesting People of 2019


These stories of extraordinary courage, vision and passion present a powerful reminder of the transformations happening all around our region – and the everyday heroes who provide a guiding light.

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7 Luxurious Winter Retreats

Are you in the mood for a weekend getaway with plenty of luxury? Check out a few places in our region that’ll help you live like royalty this winter.

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‘The Sugarmaker’

With some help from the maple trees on his property, Brad Meinert has found a way to beat the cabin fever blues and make life a little sweeter. His homemade maple syrup is all-natural and worth the many hours of labor.

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Kids Around the World

For 25 years, this Rockford-based nonprofit has provided playground equipment, nutritious meals and Christian teaching to children in some of the poorest corners of the globe.

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A New Chapter for Stronghold Castle

Once the family estate of a Chicago newspaper magnate, then a Presbyterian camp and retreat center, Stronghold Castle now prepares to enter a new era as its own independent entity.

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Features SMART LIVING WEEKLY
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Smart Living Weekly – April 17, 2019

  Rock Cut Concessions Fuels Outdoor Joy Right in Our Region: Jim Talkington wants people to enjoy getting outside. He’s doing his part to enhance the opportunities at Rock Cut…
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Smart Living Weekly – April 10, 2019

  Kids Spot: Keeping Kids Active is Good Right in Our Region: Kids Spot, 9461 N. 2nd St., in Roscoe, has been growing by leaps and bounds, while doing cartwheels,…
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Smart Living Weekly – April 3, 2019

  Plenty to Celebrate in 20th IceHog Year Right in Our Region: The Rockford IceHogs season is drawing to a close and excitement is at a record level, with the…
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