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  • Want Economic Development? Change A Diaper!

    Dan Stevens|Jul 10, 2024

    I've been to a ton of board meetings – county, city, village, schools – and an underlying concern throughout all of them is always economic development. Specifically, how do we grow our tax base, get more businesses to open, or more families to relocate into our area? Thanks to a Federal Grant, one organization is not only able to answer that question, but is also providing all kinds of support and information to help solve the problem. I give you the Birth to Five team. Three individuals: Lou...

  • SSM Health Honors 2024 Residency & Fellowship Graduates

    Jul 10, 2024

    SSM Health Monroe Hospital is proud to announce the eleven doctors of the Family Medicine Residency, Pharmacy Residency, Emergency Medicine Fellowship and Hospital Fellowship Class of 2024. A graduation ceremony and celebration were held on Thursday, June 27, at Bailey's Run Winery in New Glarus, Wisconsin that honored the doctors who completed the programs at SSM Health Monroe Hospital. This year's graduates include: Jason Christenson, DO, Family Medicine Resident, who is taking a primary care...

  • Fat Guys With Forks - Riverside Worth The Wait

    Dan Stevens|Jul 10, 2024

    There is a serious question people often need to ask themselves when they go out to eat. Specifically – what is your priority? For some, it is low cost; for others they need a quick meal to get back to work – especially at lunch; and for many – the answer to the first two comes before the third one … finding something that tastes good. Last week, the Fat Guys made our way to the Riverside 7 Restaurant in Freeport – located behind the Wendy’s. And the end result was a really good meal … just not...

  • Dammen Receives DAISY Award

    Jul 10, 2024

    Dena Dammen, RN, SSM Health Monroe Hospital Family Birth nurse, is the newest recipient of the DAISY Award. Dena was nominated by fellow Family Birth nurse and patient, Lindsey Sigafus. Her nomination shared, "Dena was the nurse who cared for me the day that I was discharged home after delivering my stillborn daughter, Lilah. Dena made sure I had all the time I needed with my girl before I had to say goodbye. When it was time to leave, I requested to walk Lilah out with the funeral home. I was...

  • Let There Be Light … In The Barns

    Jul 3, 2024

    The Stephenson County Fair Association is proud to announce that it has been awarded two significant grants to fund safety electrical upgrades to the swine and goat barns. A $6,685 grant from the Marvin • Wilson Community Impact Grant through The Foundation for Northwest Illinois and a $4,000 grant from Compeer Financial will support these critical improvements. The project aims to enhance the safety and functionality of the barns, benefiting exhibitors and visitors alike. Electrical upgrades will include upgrading to breaker boxes, new outlets...

  • Fat Guys With Forks

    Dan Stevens|Jun 19, 2024

    China Buffet A Fat Guy Favorite In all honesty, the plan was to restart the Fat Guys. With Forks restaurant reviews at Cimmino's Pizza for their pasta buffet. I mean, it's listed on their menu, and when we had tried it before, it rocked. But upon entry, we found out the hard way that the staff had no idea what buffet we were talking about, so ... off to China Buffet. I would be the first one to admit that the Pandemic hit area restaurants hard, and the China Buffet was no different. For a long...

  • Free Drainage Workshop

    Jun 12, 2024

    The Illinois Land Improvement Contractors Association (ILICA) is hosting a free Drainage Workshop Series focusing on water quality practices in 3 areas of the state this summer for landowners, tenants, and contractors. The first workshop will be held at Highland Community College on Wednesday, June 26 from 8 am - 5 pm. The single day workshop will provide information about the history and progress of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy, the benefits of edge of field practices and how to identify suitable sites for installation, cost...

  • Citizens State Bank Awards 13 College Scholarships

    May 29, 2024

    Citizens State Bank, with locations in Lena, Stockton, Freeport, Elizabeth, and Savanna, awarded $500 college scholarships to 13 local graduating high school seniors who have displayed excellence in academic achievement, community service, and extracurricular activities. "Congratulations to our 2024 high school scholarship recipients! Your dedication and achievements inspire us all, and we're proud to support your journey towards excellence." said Citizens State Bank President and CEO, Amy Baker. Citizens State Bank is proud of these...

  • Little Golf & Grill Event To Benefit SSM Health

    May 15, 2024

    Since 1992, New Glarus businessman Hans Lenzlinger has hosted a “Little Golf” and Grill to benefit SSM Health at Home’s hospice services in Monroe. During a time when hospice services were less available, Lenzlinger saw a need and rallied the area behind this great cause to keep hospice local and loved ones at home or in the community near family. “We are excited to gather with our neighbors on June 11th for this year’s “Little Golf” and Grill event,” shared Jane Sybers, Executive Director of Monroe Clinic & Hospital Foundation, a m...

  • Fehr Graham Recognized As Engineering News-Record Top 500 Design Firm

    May 15, 2024

    Fehr Graham, a leading Midwest engineering and environmental firm, again secured a spot on the Engineering News-Record (ENR) Top 500 Design Firms list, ranking No. 474. The firm ranked No. 494 in 2022 and 471 in 2023. This marks the third consecutive year the firm has been featured on the prestigious list, which ranks the largest engineering consulting firms in the United States based on design service revenue for the previous year. Fehr Graham President Mick Gronewold is happy with the firm's...

  • Outstanding Public Service Benefiting our Community, State, and Nation

    May 8, 2024

    On May 1, three members of The American Legion, Fickbohm-Hissem Post 193- Jerry Howard, Post 193 Commander; Dale Wohlers, Jo Daviess County Chaplain; and David Glasgow, Post 193 Chaplain, presented certificates recognizing Midwest Medical Center staff for "Outstanding Public Service Benefiting our Community, State, and Nation." Honored by The American Legion with a citation for meritorious service were: Andrew McFadden, CCC-SLP, speech therapist; Julie Soat, PTA, BS, LCMT, physical therapist...

  • Supporting Imagination Library

    Apr 10, 2024

    For the eighth consecutive year, Apple River State Bank and First Community Bank of Galena has renewed the bank's sponsorship of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library with a $10,000 payment to United Way of Northwest Illinois. The program started in 2016, and the bank has contributed nearly $50,000 since then. The bank's contribution to the program increased significantly this year because of its success in Hazel Green and Darlington, Wisconsin, where the bank has offices. "Imagine if every...

  • Voices Book Nook Half Price Sale

    Apr 3, 2024

    Pick up a good book and help a good cause by attending the annual VOICES of Stephenson County Book Nook Spring Half Price Sale. The sale will run from April 4-13 with proceeds benefiting services offered through VOICES of Stephenson County. “The Spring Half Price Sale is one of our three major sales of the year and, we are so pleased to support the important work of VOICES,” said Diane Leverton, VOICES Book Nook manager. “The sale features gently used hardcover and paperback books, DVDs, records, puzzles and books on CDs. Plus, some rare and c...

  • State Bank Staffing Changes

    Apr 3, 2024

    State Bank in Freeport has welcomed Zoie Gipe as Personal Banker, Katrina Gillette as Teller, and Stacey Kleckler as Trust Associate. Amber Pyper has been promoted to Personal Banker and Desmond Lucas has been promoted to Universal Banker. Zoie Gipe joined the State Bank team with 1 ½ years of Personal Banking experience. She resides in Shannon with her family. Katrina Gillette brings 3 years of Customer Service experience to her new role at State Bank. She is a resident of Freeport. Stacey Kleckler comes to us with 23 years of banking...

  • SSM Health Monroe Hospital Recognized

    Apr 3, 2024

    SSM Health Monroe Hospital has been recognized again for exceptional patient experience. The hospital recently received the 2024 Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades. “This is fabulous news. We are so pleased to have received this award for the sixth consecutive year,” shared Jane Curran-Meuli, President of SSM Health Monroe Hospital and SSM Health Monroe Clinic Medical Group. “I have the privilege of seeing the incredible care our teams provide daily for the communities we serve. It’s wonderful to see their work being r...

  • Shenandoah Riding Center Announces Rebrand

    Apr 3, 2024

    Shenandoah Riding Center (SRC), a first-rate equine facility offering trail rides, riding lessons, wagon rides, lead lines, private rides, boarding and more, announced today that it has completed a rebranding. This rebranding brings focus to Shenandoah as a leader in inclusive and diverse equine offerings, for those who wish to interact with horses on varying levels, including not riding. "Our new logo brings new life to Shenandoah and focuses on the varied special events and clinics we offer...

  • J H Barkau & Sons Cedarville Honored

    Apr 3, 2024

    J H Barkau & Sons Cedarville is awarded a 2024 Dealer of the Year Award in Illinois by car-shopping marketplace Cars.comⓇ (NYSE: CARS). The Dealer of the Year Award recognizes automotive dealerships that excel, based on average star rating, total number of reviews and dealer response to those reviews - all key drivers of repeat and referral business.1 "Cars.com provides a dealership with actionable feedback from their customers - and the ability to set the bar for what a customer should e...

  • Mlakar Recognized

    Mar 20, 2024

    Cassandre Mlakar, a financial advisor at FSB Wealth Group in Shannon, today announced that her achievements have been recognized with inclusion in LPL Financial's Ascent Club* for 2024. This distinction celebrates a select group of advisors on ambitious growth trajectories, who have achieved excellence in financial guidance. As America's investing public looks ahead to continued macroeconomic uncertainty and market volatility, it is critical they have an experienced financial partner by their...

  • Making Good On A Promise

    Mar 20, 2024

    When Apple River State Bank introduced its new Mascot Debit Card last year, they promised to donate money to our local schools each time our customers used it. The first annual Mascot Debit Card donations were recently given to seven area schools (Galena, River Ridge, Scales Mound, Stockton, Warren, Southwestern, and Darlington) in the amount of $2,844. Shullsburg (WI) and South Wayne (WI) schools will soon join the program. For anyone that hasn't requested a Mascot Debit Card, they are...

  • McCombie Chooses Saporito's Pizza For First Business Highlight

    Mar 6, 2024

    House Minority Leader Tony McCombie spent time honoring a local business this month through her new program launched earlier this year to help promote the great business community in northwest Illinois. This month, Leader McCombie visited Saporito's Pizza as her first local business highlight and presented them with a special certificate of recognition. The restaurant is known as a "taste Italy in downtown Lena," that serves up homemade pizza's pastas and various signature dishes. McCombie was...

  • Midwest Medical Center Welcomes Dr. Greg Dammann

    Mar 6, 2024

    Midwest Medical Center proudly welcomes Greg Dammann, MD, to its respected orthopedics team. Dr. Dammann specializes in anterior hip replacement, robotic-assisted knee replacement, and sports medicine surgery. Supporting Dr. Dammann and his areas of expertise, Midwest Medical Center invested in new equipment and technology to be able to offer these expanded services to patients. "I am very excited about the future of orthopedic surgery at Midwest Medical Center. We are using the latest...

  • 25-Cent Event A Success

    Feb 21, 2024

    Turner Hall in Galena was packed on Wednesday, January 31 with participants ready to bid quarters to win prizes. The event raised over $6,400 for the Midwest Medical Center Auxiliary Foundation-funds that will be used on projects at the hospital or senior care to benefit patients and residents. "Thank you to all the businesses and Auxiliary members who attended, participated, donated auction items, set up, tore down, worked the event, baked and assembled cookies, donated snacks, and in any way h...

  • Nominations To Honor Local Businesses

    Jan 31, 2024

    House Minority Leader Tony McCombie is looking to honor local businesses throughout the 89th Legislative District. Each month the Representative will choose a business to highlight, visit, and present them with a special certificate of recognition from the Illinois House of Representatives. This new program will help promote the great business community in northwest Illinois and encourage area residents to shop locally. Leader McCombie has recognized businesses in the 89th District throughout her tenure, but this year would like to hear input...

  • CNA Open House

    Jan 31, 2024

    Highland Community College and FHN have partnered to host an Open House for the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program from 2 to 5 p.m. on Feb. 21 in the Ray and Betty Stamm Health Science Nursing Wing of the Natural Science and Health Center (building N) on campus. This is a great time to visit with instructors and students from Highland Nursing and Allied Health -and also speak with staff representatives from FHN about entering the field of nursing through the gateway of becoming a CNA....

  • Schneider Receives BEE Award

    Jan 24, 2024

    SSM Health Monroe Clinic Medical Group Medical Assistant, Bree Schneider, has been named the newest recipient of the BEE Award. Bree serves patients at our clinic in Freeport on Kiwanis Drive. Bree was nominated by fellow Freeport Medical Assistant, Erin Foster. Her nomination shared, "Bree is an exceptional team member to our branch, patients and staff. In January 2020, our family was delivered some devastating news, your child has cancer. Bree and the whole clinic were the "normal" to the nigh...

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