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  • Driving can clear my head, or fill it with strange thoughts

    My work day starts with a 30-plus mile drive to work. Sure, I wish it was closer at times, but I don’t mind driving. In fact, I enjoy driving. I like nothing better than driving long distances. It gives me a chance to clear my mind, enjoy the scenery, catch up on the news on NPR.

  • California does get something right

    I know a lot of people love to hate California, and I get it. California has the reputation as liberal bastion full of vegans sporting man buns sipping marijuana infused wine while wearing rainbow colored no nukes T-shirts next to redwood trees while attending save the whales fundraisers.

  • We need to unplug more in 2019

    Here we are in 2019. Honestly, I wasn’t sure we were going to survive 2018. Let’s face it – things have been better in this country. We are so at odds with each other that it makes me a little sick to my stomach. We have broken into political tribes, and spend much of our time simply sniping verbally at each other.

  • 2018 was a bit of a mixed bag

    Get over here, 2018. I want to put you in a headlock. Like many people, I couldn’t exactly say that 2018 was a great year. That is mainly due to the constant political squabbling in real life and on Facebook and other social media. Division might be good in math, but in our country it is taking a real toll.

  • Maybe we should apologize to the Millennials

    Well, apparently Millennials are killing off tuna. OK, more specifically, they are killing off canned tuna. Why? Because they are buying less of it than previous generations. The Wall Street Journal has reported that only 32 percent of consumers between the ages of 18 and 34 bought canned fish or shellfish recently.

  • Changing your reality isn't always an option

    You really have to hand it to Emile Ratelband. Never heard of him? He is the Dutch motivational speaker who filed a lawsuit against his government to change his birth year from 1949 to 1969. That’s right – he wanted to be 49 instead of 69.

  • Winter here? Time to find a hobby

    Winter certainly arrived with a bang, didn’t it? After pretty much no fall at all, we have been pushed face first into a cold, wet mountain of snow. I know a few of you are jumping with joy at this development. You are out riding your snowmobiles, cross-country skiing, making snow angels and generally having the kind of fun that should be reserved for good seasons, like summer.

  • Follow your dreams – but have a Plan B

    I remember the moment well. It was 1986. I was 23 and living in San Diego, Calif. I had been out of the Air Force for about a year and was a bar supply delivery driver making $5 an hour and trying desperately to grow my hair.

  • Throwing out my back can only mean one thing...

    I have never had back problems. Sure, it can get sore from time to time after exercise or moving large objects. But nothing out of the ordinary. That changed one recent morning when I tweaked my back putting on my socks.

  • We need election reform badly in this country

    I had to start taking a wheelbarrow to the mailbox. It’s not that I get a ton of mail usually. It’s just that the election propaganda was at a volume I have never seen – especially for a mid-term election.

  • Just a few random thoughts

    Well, Halloween is over and I am not happy about it. I love Halloween and all the horror movies and ghosts and ghouls that come with it. So, this is always a sad time of year for me.

  • The answer is always just a click away

    Most people are walking around with the accumulated knowledge of all of human history in their hand. It’s there, on your phone. Pull it out and get on the Internet. Google something, anything – How old is the Earth? Answer: 4.543 billion years. How did Socrates die? Poisoning. How long have humans been on the planet? Our ancestors for about 6 million years. Modern humans evolved about 200,000 years ago. What is the national debt? More than $21 trillion.

  • You can learn something from a bad boss too

    It was Boss’s Day last week. A day when we can play nice with the people who judge us daily and can make our lives great, or not so great all at. This annual greeting card event should make us all reflect on those who have managed us – both good and bad. Ever had a bad boss? I’m sure you have. We have all had a bad boss… or six.

  • Be an adult and vote in November

    I remember the first time I shaved. It was a real rite of passage for me, although it didn’t happen until I was on the doorstep of turning 18. Of course, there were many things that we couldn’t wait to do when we were younger. Driving was a big one – probably the biggest. The freedom you got from getting your license was huge.

  • In appreciation of firefighters

    Putting together the Fire Prevention Week pages this week brought up some strong memories from my childhood. As I have mentioned, my parents were both educators. But my dad was also a volunteer firefighter, which I thought was very cool. He would spend a lot of weekends hanging around the “station.”

  • '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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County approves some solar projects

OREGON – The Ogle County Board suspended its moratorium on solar development in the county for about 4 and a half hours Thursday night, long enough for it to vote on nine solar developments that had been awaiting a decision.

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Mount Morris Police report 1-21-19

Dec. 14 Carlson W. Jones, 29, Mount Morris was arrested for disorderly conduct. Jones was transported to the Ogle County Jail.

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Survive a zombie attack? Find out Feb. 18

OREGON – The Oregon Park District is offering a great program for 5th-8th graders this February. Zombie Survival Camp will take place on Monday, Feb. 18. This is a no school day for OCUSD families in observance of Presidents Day. The park district is teaming up with Lorado Taft Campus staff for a special one-day adventure camp featuring a wide-variety of activities. Most activities will be outdoor but indoor facilities are available depending on weather conditions.

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Ogle County Sheriff 1-14-19

Jan. 8 Cody Campbell, 33 of Oregon, was arrested on an outstanding Ogle County warrant for Failure to Appear. Campbell posted the $437 Full Cash Bond and was released with no further court dates.

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Oregon Police report 1-14-19

Dec. 17 At 7:22 p.m., Oregon Police issued Kyle L. Tunink, 16, Oregon, a citation for disobeying a traffic control device. This violation occurred at the intersection of 4th and Washington Streets.

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Nordstrom joins Stillman Bank

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Aireloom event benefits scholarship fund

MOUNT MORRIS – Aireloom Music Studio & friends will be putting on a musical variety show entitled, “A Little Bit of Everything" on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at Pinecrest Grove Community Theatre. It’s going to be a fun evening with live music, “edutainment” and audience participation! This year's theme is old-timey radio ads! We'll also be interviewing some pretty crazy characters too.

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Rhodes hits 50 years with Stillman Bank

ROCKFORD – Stillman Bank’s Board of Directors recently recognized Gary L. Rhodes for his 50 years of service at Stillman Bank. Rhodes began his banking career in 1968 as Cashier in the Bank’s Stillman Valley Office. He held numerous positions throughout his career and recently retired as Chairman and CEO of Stillman Bank. He currently serves as Chairman of the Bank’s holding company.

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Swim lessons being offered

OREGON – Learn to swim this Summer at the Oregon Park District. Morning and evening classes are available. Summer swim lessons begin on June 4.

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