Caron Spinning: The fabric of our community

Rochelle was built on the backs of immigrants. Honestly, until around 1832, only trappers and Native Americans populated the area.... more

Consider this: Traveling abroad

Sometimes I wonder why. Why we are so harsh to people of other ethnicities, other thoughts, other ideas and other ages? ... more

The Giant Slide

Should the government subsidize nostalgia?... more

Don’t mess with a perfect hair day

Saturday, May 4, 2019 will go down in history.... more

Farm-related stress and mental health

Farming is a challenging and sometimes dangerous business. Weather, machinery, logistics and livestock can cause difficulties within a day’s work.... more

Festivals, Hickory Grove and a daycare update

I hope this column finds everyone doing well and enjoying our first taste of spring for 2022. ... more

Why not grow our own companies?

Illinois’ 20-year dalliance with Boeing came to an end this month, with the corporate behemoth announcing that it is picking up and moving from Chicago to a Washington, D.C. suburb.... more

There’s that summer weather

There it is – there’s that summer weather.... more

Norm Skare and an oasis of wilderness

At the end of the 1800s, John and Martha Skare moved from Norway to the United States of America. They finally settled in Rochelle where they raised their family.... more

My how times change

In a few days I will be attending my 40th Illinois Farm Bureau County Managers Conference.... more

Letter: Happy Mother’s Day

My mother was like most mothers. She was warm, kind, caring, loving, protective, generous and always worried about my sister and I.... more

Be curious, not judgmental

Passover, Ramadan and Lent all came to an end during the past few weeks and I’ve found myself thinking of the oddest thing: a cow.... more

Amazed by distracted driving

I sure love a good Russell Crowe movie.... more