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  • Schrader: Remembering Barcus and his ‘Carcuss’

    David Johnson may be an octogenarian, but he has a great memory when it comes to the Korean War era and even before that.
    Sept. 15, 2014 - 11:26 pm
  • Goss: Keselowski earns two-week hall pass

    Brad Keselowski’s breathtaking late pass and powerful car on the short run down the stretch decided Sunday’s MyAFibStory.com at Chicagoland Speedway, ...
    Sept. 14, 2014 - 11:28 pm
  • Akst: A requiem for two great local stores

    Literature has great devices to pique interest. There’s foreshadowing, for instance, whereby a writer gives subtle clues about what might happen later ...
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 10:22 pm
  • Akst: Understanding poor service

    We stayed in a hotel in Madison, Wisconsin, on Friday on our way to see a friend in Minnesota.On Sat ...
    Sept. 10, 2014 - 2:37 pm
  • Schrader: Thoughts on preserving Annie’s old farmhouse

    Note to readers: Columnist Barry Schrader is a co-founder of the newly formed group The Annie Glidden Agrarian Society, which has as its goal the pres ...
    Sept. 1, 2014 - 10:45 pm
  • Body shop manager pays a good deed forward

    DeKALB – After about 25 years, DeKalb Sycamore Collision Center manager Dan Paulsen is finally paying it forward.
    Sept. 1, 2014 - 10:36 pm
  • Health care reform, Caterpillar Way headline DCEDC calendar

    The DeKalb County Economic Development Corp. will host a Healthcare Reform Business Roundtable Luncheon on Sept. 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the ...
    Sept. 1, 2014 - 10:32 pm
  • Akst: Teaching students to succeed in 2014

    Beloit College in Wisconsin produces a fascinating annual study. “The Beloit College Mindset List,” which now garners global attention, is a look at h ...
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 11:38 pm
  • Olson: After 10 months, records may come

    DeKalb County Coroner Dennis Miller tells me he understands Illinois’ Freedom of Information Act.I t ...
    Aug. 22, 2014 - 11:17 pm
  • Akst: Grade for rare NIU town-hall meeting: A-minus

    Consensus wasn’t reached about whether Wednesday’s “town hall meeting” at Northern Illinois University was a first. I’ve been at NIU 14 years and I ca ...
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 11:03 pm
  • Schrader: Enjoying the good life in the country

    The traditional American hymn to life in the wilds of the West talks about a home “where seldom is heard, a discouraging word, and the skies are not c ...
    Aug. 18, 2014 - 11:39 pm
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