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Help during the most stressful time of life

Nancy McDonald knew she needed help, but didn’t know where to turn. Her aging parents were in a nursing home, and their savings was disappearing fast. They had lived a modest life, working hard to save, but it just wasn’t going to be enough. It looked like the legacy that was so important for them […]

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Here are the basics on one of the most important forces in your everyday life. We depend on electricity 24/7, but have you ever wondered how it’s made, or where it comes from? To understand the basics of something so important to modern life, think about steam from a teakettle and those magnets stuck to […]

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Hit the slopes in Illinois

When the snow flies or the temperature hits the magic number of 28 degrees, Chestnut Mountain Resort transforms into a winter playground. Sited on the bluffs above the Mississippi River in northwestern Illinois, the resort has spectacular vistas and variety of terrain for skiing and snowboarding. “Our terrain comes down to the best in the […]

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The fascinating and unique tones of steel guitars

Dave Flanagan remembers when pedal steel guitars first captured his attention. “Even when I was 4 or 5 years old, I would hear one and I’d stop in my tracks to listen,” he recalls. For the resident of the small Jefferson County community of Texico, the fascination with the instruments never waned. “They always have […]


Give good tidings and tech toys this holiday season

As you make your list and check it twice this holiday season, you may find some people on your list are more difficult to shop for than others. With the advancement of technology, there are a lot of new and exciting gadgets to buy loved ones that range from entertaining to useful. If you need […]

The art of stillhunting

I had been waiting for this particular day for over a year. Not because of the date on the calendar, but because of the combination of weather conditions and the fact that it was during the late muzzleloader season. There are very few perfect days to stillhunt. Having one of them fall within deer season […]

Tis the season for generosity

Tis the season for generosity

During the holiday season, many Americans look for ways to give to others. Whether it is through donating food to a local food pantry, collecting coats and gloves for school children in need, serving a meal at a homeless shelter, or opening their checkbooks, it is the time of year when they are the most […]

How communication systems will help save energy

Adding or replacing insulation, using efficient light bulbs and ­sealing air leaks around windows are common energy efficiency tips offered by most electric utilities – and they do save energy. But many times, these traditional energy-saving tips do not take advantage of a growing trend in our lives: electronics and appliances that ­communicate to save […]

Prairie State bowhunting

Prairie State bowhunting

Good day and welcome to my first outdoor article in Illinois Country Living magazine. My name is Mike Roux and I am an outdoor writer/editor from Chatham. I have been on the professional end of the outdoor industry for over 40 years and an outdoor communicator for about 30 of those years. I am proud […]

Army veteran Brad Dearing

Homegrown by Heroes

Army veteran Brad Dearing never expected to be involved in farming. He enlisted in the Army straight out of high school and served two years of active duty in Germany. Afterward, he attended Western Illinois University to earn a degree in construction management, while also serving in the National Guard. He married and his first […]