The small town of Dakota, Ill., may not be your first guess for the location of a worldwide leader in food production. Yet, from this location comes a business with decades of capitalizing on the region’s farming heritage, in-depth cheese knowledge and manufacturing prowess. ...

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Cardiology has come a long way over the past two decades, and today’s standards of care are proof-positive. Discover how stenting, ultrasound, minimally invasive surgery, and good old-fashioned prevention strategies are changing the game. ...

The story of Rockford’s long industrial history is plenty obvious in the abandoned factories surrounding the city’s core. As local preservationists rush to save these landmarks before it’s too late, they’re helping to write the next chapter while recording the stories of our past. ...

It’s no secret Rockford has homeless people, but did you know there’s a new way to help them – and ensure their dignity? A new thrift store from this nonprofit organization aims to make life just a little easier for the homeless. ...

Can Beloit be the next best thing for filmmakers? If you ask Nancy Clark-Mather, it’s a resounding yes – and she believes she’s just the woman to make it happen. ...

A weekend’s journey is closer than you might think. Check out these fun destinations that are close to home but still feel so far away. ...

She didn’t expect to fall in love with the Rockford area, but 40 years later the region is a better place because of it. Whether she’s connecting people with work or servants with needs, this business leader has done much to improve her adopted hometown. ...

Do you know what a golf pro does? It’s far more than you might think, as these local pros highlight the work they do, their expertise on the course and the experiences that brought them to a career on the links. ...

From manicured lawns to durable furniture and grilling galore, it’s easy to build a beautiful and functional backyard that’s the envy of the neighborhood. Here are a few good starting points. ...