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Grandmother Rita along with sons (l-r) Richard, Robert and Steven hold the new Sesquicentennial Farm signs presented to them by State Rep. Jim Sacia.

This land is our land

“And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a caretaker.” So God made a farmer. God said, “I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the field, milk cows again, eat supper, then go to town and stay past midnight […]

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Watching wind grow in rural Illinois

Wind energy development in the United States is rushing past recent growth records. In 2011, 6,819 megawatts of generating capacity were installed; in 2012, that figure jumped to more than 13,000 MW, according to the American Wind Energy Association. In total, the U.S. boasts more than 60,000 MW of wind power capacity. Since 1 MW […]

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Delivering business success

When Steve Givan and his wife Jana started Spencer’s Books in their home nearly seven years ago, they didn’t realize how quickly it would grow. The couple now operates their Internet business from a warehouse in Plainfield – a small community at the crossroads of historic Lincoln Highway and Route 66. “The post office is […]

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JoAn, center, with her children (l-r) Michael, Linda and Mark.

Illinois Country Mother of the Year

Whether it be rain, snow, sleet or fair weather, you can find Illinois Country Mother of the Year, JoAn Bollmann (Grandma Jo to her ­grandchildren), sitting on the sidelines with a scorebook in her lap cheering on whichever grandchild is on the field. The scorebook tradition began out of the natural ­curiosity of her grandchildren. […]

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Nomination Letters

Mother of the Year – JoAn Bollmann Jeanie AldrichBarbara BennettCristen CarlsonRenee DepriestIrene FraneyCarolyn HallSandra HelminkBrenda JenkinsDebbie JohnstonBarbra KhourieMary Jean KraftJoyce KuhleLaDonna MillerJanice PasiewiczBarbara RaweJanie SchultzLouise ShepherdRobin ShipmanMarlena SiverlyThala Jean StewartKaren TuckerAmanda TwitchellRuthie Jane McGilvry Welty   Nominee: JoAn BollmannTown: AvaNominated by: Mark Bollman (son) My special mother…. My mother, JoAn Bollmann, is a member of […]

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