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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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Features NEWS & EVENTS
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Smart Living Weekly – October 17, 2018

  It’s Apple Season Again at Ten Eyck Orchard Right in Our Region: Ten Eyck family members have been nurturing apple trees all year long. Now, the fruit of their…
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Smart Living Weekly – October 10, 2018

  Rockford IceHogs Open 20th Season Right in Our Region: Hockey fans rejoice! The Rockford IceHogs are back for another season of thrills on the ice. It’s been two decades…
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Smart Living Weekly – October 3, 2018

  Enjoy ‘Autumn at the Arboretum’ Oct. 14 Right in Our Region: Autumn at the Arboretum is a free gift to the community and another opportunity for everyone to get…
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