• Mark Baldin on trumpet Oct. 2 at St. Mark Lutheran Church

    Staff Report St. Mark Lutheran Church will present a guest musician, Mark Baldin, who will give a concert on trumpet at 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2, at the church, 675 N. Mulford Road, Rockford. Baldin joined the...

    • Posted September 28, 2011
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  • Pro Football: Week 4 NFL picks: Winning week for all NFC North teams

    By Doug Halberstadt Sports Columnist It’s hard for me to believe the Detroit Lions are tied with the Green Bay Packers at 3-0 atop the NFC North. The Lions are the media darlings of the NFL so...

    • Posted September 28, 2011
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  • College Football: Illini look to go 5-0 in game against Northwestern

    By Doug Halberstadt Sports Columnist The universities of Illinois and Wisconsin will also face their first conference opponents this Saturday, Oct. 1. For the first time in 60 years, the Fighting Illini have begun their season with...

    • Posted September 28, 2011
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  • Prep Football: Chance, Guilford hobble way to victory

    By Matt Nestor Prep Sports Reporter The Belvidere Bucs just couldn’t find a way to stop Dontrel Chance … in the first quarter. The senior running back for the Rockford Guilford Vikings (3-2) took the second play...

    • Posted September 28, 2011
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  • Rock Valley Ski Association announces ski trips for 2011-12 season

    Staff Report Rock Valley Ski Association (RVSA) has announced its ski trips for the 2011-2012 season. Trips are open to adult skiers, snowboarders and those interested in travel. Trips include Crested Butte, Colo., Dec. 27, 2011-Jan. 1,...

    • Posted September 28, 2011
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  • Fewer state employees, but higher paychecks

    By Andrew Thomason Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A fractured economy is swelling unemployment figures in Illinois, and a growing number of those out-of-work residents are state employees. The General Assembly has been forced to deal...

    • Posted September 28, 2011
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  • Theater Review: Fireside’s ‘Seven Brides…’ fun for all

    By Bill Beard Theater Critic Theater-goers, ALERT! Right now, stateline audiences can enjoy the rolicking, robust musical comedy Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in a stunning new production by the ever-dependable Fireside Theatre in Fort Atkinson, Wis....

    • Posted September 28, 2011
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  • Fall lecture series chronicles Freeport history

    Staff Report FREEPORT, Ill. — Everything from an American author to art collections, from toys to silver spoons will be covered in a fall lecture series presented by the Stephneson County Museum and the Freeport Public Library...

    • Posted September 28, 2011
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  • Pet Talk: Obedience training recommended for all dogs

    From College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University It is a question many pet owners face: does my dog need some obedience training? “Yes, I recommend obedience training for all dogs, because not only does it help...

    • Posted September 28, 2011
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  • New report shows lower number of fires but increased fire deaths

    Staff Report Public fire departments responded to 1,331,500 fires in the United States during 2010, a slight decrease from the previous year and the lowest number since 1977, according to a new report issued by the National...

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