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  • 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
  • Olson: ‘Those people’ are us

    I hear the talk, and read it in the comments that people leave on stories on the Daily Chronicle website, or even attach their faces to on the newspap ...
    Aug. 15, 2014 - 11:53 pm
  • Akst: Darkness at the edge of … everything

    You couldn’t have scripted a worse Monday morning omen: the coffee maker clogged up, causing it to leak hot grounds and coffee all over.
    Aug. 14, 2014 - 11:06 pm
  • Olson: Devil is in the emails

    The Devil would be big into email. He might even have invented it, if he was taking the long view. E ...
    Aug. 9, 2014 - 12:01 am
  • Guest View: NIU President Baker responds to criticism on raises

    I read with great concern Sharon May’s letter from Monday's Daily Chronicle questioning compensation for two of my senior people. I have no problem wi ...
    Aug. 8, 2014 - 5:54 pm
  • Akst: Following up on utility prices

    After this column appears each week, I check online for comments. It’s great if somebody says something complimentary that sparks a deeper discussion.
    Aug. 8, 2014 - 6:53 am
  • Schrader: From one end of the county to the other

    Summer is supposed to be the lazy season, smelling the roses, sitting on the porch, watching the sun set over a field of corn; but it wasn’t to be for ...
    Aug. 5, 2014 - 10:51 am
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