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  • Yes, it is officially warming up – get out and celebrate!

    And just like that, the weather improved. Somewhat. I am not exactly ready to do a happy naked dance to the weather gods, but at least the threat of snow has left the forecast – for now.

  • Can we talk about something important?

    Saturday, May 4, 2019 will go down in history. And by history, I mean my own personal history. It started just like any other day, although the weekend weather was pretty fantastic – something we haven’t been able to say much since about last August.

  • It was an incredible trip – if you can forget St. Louis

    Driving through St. Louis is not for the faint of heart. Lanes colliding, cars merging, people not paying attention to what is going on around them – it is a potentially deadly mess. Now try doing it on a motorcycle. Trust me, it is an experience I could do without, but I recently had to do it twice.

  • Don't let these news items fall through the cracks

    One thing about news these days – there is a lot of it. We have access to thousands of news stories at our fingertips. It is up to us to seek out what interests us. Politics, the economy, sports, the constant “Game of Thrones” stories. We are in charge, and that is a good thing if you are a smart consumer of news and information.

  • They want to add what to the Olympics?

    Ah, the good old days. The days when the Olympics meant real sports. Sports that go all the way back to the first Olympic games. Sports like running, the long jump, shot put, javelin and good old pankration. Never heard of that one? Think MMA fighting but for dudes who worshipped a ton of gods and were pretty much old men at 40.

  • I always wanted my own advice column

    There are many things I enjoy that I don’t exactly broadcast to the general public. For example, while I am a rock music fan, I can’t help but love the sweet pop sounds of 1970s Swedish super group ABBA. Embarrassing? Maybe. But “Dancing Queen” is such a perfect slab of fun I just can’t deny it.

  • It's true – I love living in Rockford

    Usually about now, I get the itch to move. For most of my adult life, I have never stayed put in one place for too long. First, I have a career that, when you are gaining experience, moving up means moving. Staying at one newspaper hoping for a retirement or death before you can move up in position was not for me. And I look back at people who did just that, only to never reach their full potential.

  • How old is too old to be president?

    Getting older is quite a fascinating thing. Things change, and we just can’t stop it from happening. Hair gets thinner and gray. Once in-shape bodies tend to get a little on the soft side. Things that used to take little effort now not only take much more effort, but also a little planning.

  • An infusion of new ideas is always good

    We need some new blood in government. And by that, I mean some people who are younger, more enthusiastic, more energetic, more youthful in their approach to our collective problems. And I am not just talking about people like 77-year-old Bernie Sanders, who recently announced he would again seek the office of president. Yes, I personally believe being almost 80 when you take office is too old to run this vibrant country. We have a minimum age, and we should have a maximum age as well.

  • Following in my footsteps might not be a great idea

    In case you haven’t noticed, I am certainly not the macho man type. I can’t build anything. I don’t lift weights. I don’t chew tobacco. I don’t punch other guys on the arm when I say something I think is funny.

  • Death of retail giants sad to see

    I just made possibly my last purchase at Sears. It was too good a deal to pass up, but also kind of like picking meat off of a retail carcass. My wife and I bought a new refrigerator from the Sears at the mall in Rockford. That store, sadly, is closing.

  • 'Live PD' shows the best, and the worst

    I love the TV show “Cops.” It is an adrenaline rush of a show, and one that highlights some of the best police officers and some of the dumbest criminals on the planet.

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Ogle County Sheriff 5-13-19

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Byron Police report 5-13-19

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Polo Police report 5-13-19

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Library hosts art program

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Students, staff enjoy day at Taft Campus

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Swim lessons being offered

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