Features
The Beloit International Film Festival runs Feb. 23 through March 4 at six venues around downtown Beloit.

What to Watch at Beloit’s 2018 Film Fest


Beloit International Film Festival has become one of most anticipated events in our region. Learn everything you need to know about this year’s 10-day event, and discover where to dine in between screenings.

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Wilmot Mountain, in Wilmot, Wis.

A Hill & Some Snow: Where to Find Outdoor Fun This Winter

We hardy Midwesterners know that all it really takes to have some fun in the winter is a good hill, enough snow and the right equipment. Here are some of the best locations in our region to ski, board and sled.

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Started as an idea at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, the Lincoln Academy’s annual recognition ceremony for outstanding Illinoisans will take place in Rockford this spring.

Lincoln Laureates to Celebrate in the Forest City

At the 1964 New York World’s Fair, brilliant minds conceived the idea of having an annual recognition ceremony for outstanding Illinosians. This year, the Lincoln Academy convenes in Rockford for the first time in nearly 50 years.

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Olson often sets up before first light in order to capture his wild subjects, like this bull elk bugling at sunrise inside Yellowstone National Park, in Wyoming.
“Photography is all about using light and knowing how to use it on your subject,” Olson says. “Getting consistently great images time and again in the wild is not luck. Patience, perseverance, knowledge of your subject and great camera skills are crucial.” (David C. Olson photo)

It’s a Wild World! (A Photo Journey)

The wilderness that surrounds our urban landscapes is a source of inspiration and peacefulness for many photographers. Their work reveals a glimpse of what we can experience while exploring this magnificent planet.

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Winnebago and Boone Counties Genealogy Society members L-R: Bill Edmundson, Marsha Hosfeld, Jean Lythgoe, Russ Cline, Kathy Burfield, Joetta Wyatt and Linda Robertson.

Discovering Your Roots Through Genealogy

It’s amazing how quickly entire life histories can vanish from view. Those of us who yearn to know from where – and from whom – we came need only to don our detective hats.

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Features NEWS & EVENTS
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Smart Living Weekly – February 14, 2018

  Spring Planning Begins at Home Show Right in Our Region: Are you ready to think about spring and all the potential it holds? Now in its 38th year, the…
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Smart Living Weekly – February 7, 2018

  New Midway Village Exhibit: The 1960s Right in Our Region: When the 1960s began, American women spent hours each week ironing their dresses and husbands’ shirts while Elvis Presley…
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Smart Living Weekly – January 31, 2018

  Embrace Local Cold-Weather Outdoor Fun Right in Our Region: While some people are huddled indoors, pining for spring, others are taking advantage of cold-weather outdoor fun in our region….
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