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Pandemic Or Not, Here We Come

Although mired in the midst of a business nightmare for some, two new enterprises celebrated their ribbon cutting last week as they formally opened for business. Barrel & Brie at 7836 US Highway...

 

Monroe Clinic Welcomes New Oncology Provider

Monroe Clinic Oncology is excited to welcome a new nurse practitioner to the team, Mia McDermott, APNP. Mia earned her Master of Science degree in Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner from Northern...

 

Freeport Reflections Campaign

The Greater Freeport Partnership is pleased to announce the award from the Freeport Community Foundation for its Downtown Freeport window display, #FreeportReflections. FreeportReflections is a program to enliven vacant storefronts in downtown...

 

Additional Commodities Eligible For Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced an initial list of additional commodities that have been added to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), and that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) made other adjustments to the pr...

 

Patterson Graduates With Honors

Devin Patterson, Apple River State Bank Trust Officer, was among 60 professionals who attended the Cannon Trust School offered by Cannon Financial Institute (CFI). CFI's School is a three-year...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Business    July 15, 2020

You Make The Difference

Yes, there have been government programs like PPP, and locally generated grants to help businesses get through this whole pandemic – we understand that. But if you talk to any business owner, they...

 

Lena Fire Receives Helping Heroes Grant

Country Financial Representative Steve Rothschadl is pleased to announce the Lena Fire Protection District as a 2020 recipient of a COUNTRY Financial Operation Helping Heroes donation. Rothschadl...

 

Accepting Vendor Applications For Stephenson County Visitor Center Holiday Gift Show

The Stephenson County Visitor Center will be featuring the Holiday Gift Show on the main floor from November 20, 2020 – January 10, 2021. This year's show will feature both handcrafted items as...

 

Monroe Clinic Construction Updates

As Monroe Clinic marked one year in its new Medical Office Building on June 10, additional construction projects continue to be underway to complete the Monroe Clinic campus renovation. Beginning...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Business    June 24, 2020

Going Green With Solar Panel Installation

The plan to make the move was made over a year ago, but with a daughter getting married the timing just wasn't right – so it waited a year. (But I think it was worth the wait.) The latest home...

 

Partnership Cash Program Seeing Results

More than $7,000 of the $20,000 in Partnership Cash has already been redeemed by local businesses in its first month of issuance. The Greater Freeport Partnership would like to thank the residents and consumers in Stephenson County for quickly...

 

USDA Issues First Coronavirus Payments

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) has already approved more than $545 million in payments to producers who have applied for the Coronavirus...

 

Monroe Clinic's Lena Branch Update

Beginning Monday, June 8, Monroe Clinic’s Lena location will be open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8am – 5pm. To make an appointment, please call 815-369-4541. Additionally, Monroe Clinic continues to offer telehealth...

 
 By Dan Stevens    Business    June 10, 2020

Construction Continues Despite Covid Pandemic

While driving throughout there region, we noticed a lot of construction projects taking place, and figured if we were wondering what they were building ... other people might be wondering too. So we...

 

USDA Announces Direct Assistance To Farmers

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to...

 

Lotz Announces Retirement

Lena State Bank would like to announce the retirement of Julie Lotz, Consumer Services Officer. Julie will be retiring on June 5, 2020. Julie has been looking forward to her retirement to spend more...

 

FSA Expands Set-Aside Loan Provision

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will broaden the use of the Disaster Set-Aside (DSA) loan provision, normally used in the wake of natural disasters, to allow farmers with USDA farm loans who are affected by COVID-19, and are determined eligible,...

 

Farmers Can Now Apply For Financial Assistance

Agricultural producers can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which provides direct payments to offset impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. The application and a payment calculator are now available online, and...

 

Dairy Margin Coverage Program Payment Triggered

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that the March 2020 income over feed cost margin was $9.15 per hundredweight (cwt.), triggering the first payment of...

 

Apple River State Bank Awards Grants

Through Apple River State Bank’s partnership with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, the bank is providing $20,000 to support non-profit organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are committed to supporting our customers and...

 

Safe, Effective Ways To Open Illinois Restaurants

Local eateries, restaurants, cafes, pubs, and coffee shops are the social and economic lifeblood of many Illinois communities. Following the stretch of statewide shutdowns that began in late March, residents may be eager to see their favorite food...

 

Monroe Clinic Beginning To Reopen Services

As we begin to slowly enter the recovery phase for COVID-19 including increased patient visits, we want to assure our patients, visitors, and community members that we are taking every step we can to ensure your care is delivered safely. Our services...

 

Introducing Pearl Investment Services

State Bank of Pearl City introduces Pearl Investment Services, a new division aimed at providing its customers and communities with the investment services they need at a hometown institution they...

 

FFA Stepping Up For Farmers

With many ag producers struggling under the current depressed prices due to COVID-19, the Lena-Winslow and Scales Mound FFA chapters are working on a joint project. We are selling 2 different...

 

Callie Plager Receives Daisy Award

Callie Plager, RN, a nurse at Monroe Clinic's Highland Women's Care in Freeport, received the DAISY Award based on a nomination from a recent patient. Callie has been a nurse with Monroe Clinic for 4...

 

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