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Alert WROK Listener Spots Pelicans Fishing in the Rock River Near Oregon

My family lived in the Oregon, Illinois area for nearly 150 years, starting back with my great-great grandfather before the Civil War. However, in all that time, including living there for the first 21 years of my life, I must say I never once encountered a pelican. Times change, I guess, because more and more people are seeing pelicans in this area.

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Stateline Area Individual State Wrestling Tournament Preview

Here's the wrestlers from area schools that will be headed to the individual State tournament.

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Is Darth Vader Watching Over the Rock River?

I came across a picture on a friend's Facebook page this morning, and it made me laugh. Not that the circumstances surrounding the renovation of the Chief Black Hawk statue in Oregon are funny, but just that the attempts to protect him have him looking like he's living life on the Dark Side. 

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Thanks, But I’ll Stick With Magic Waters…

As a kid growing up along the banks of the Rock River in Oregon, my parents made it quite clear that I was not to be swimming in the Rock. The river, they argued, was a drowning hazard--swift, full of dangerous currents, and was inhabited by creatures (like the garfish) that would bite off large chunks of my flesh. When you're 12 years old, that kind of warning sticks with you. Plus, the movie "Jaws" came out right around that time, so they didn't have to work too hard to convince me to stay out.

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Maple leaves turning yellow and red with the coming of the
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Some of Illinois’ Best Places for Fall Foliage

As I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago, my dad thought that the ride down Route 2 from Rockford all the way to Dixon offered up some of the best, if not the very best, fall colors viewing in the entire country. I agree, but there are a few other spots in our state that are pretty awesome once we hit fall.

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Don’t Mourn the Passing of Summer When This is Next

As a kid, I dreaded the first day of September. Even though my birthday comes at the end of the month, I never looked ahead to that, I was too busy lamenting the end of summer and the beginning of school. My dad felt differently.

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Illinois town hopes its 'Eternal Indian' just lasts until spring
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Repairs to the Eternal Indian (Blackhawk) Statue Have Stalled

Having grown up directly across the Rock River from The Eternal Indian Statue (known by many as Blackhawk, or Chief Blackhawk), I've been following the restoration efforts going on in Oregon for quite awhile now. A news report published yesterday indicates that we're going to have to keep waiting.

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Top 5 Poorest Cities in Northern Illinois
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Top 10 Poorest Towns in Northern Illinois [List]

Not every town is created equal, and that's unfortunate. Some are better off than others.

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Illinois town hopes its 'Eternal Indian' just lasts until spring
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How Much Do You Know About The Eternal Indian?

You might look at that photo and think to yourself, "Wait, The Eternal Indian? I thought that was Chief Blackhawk's statue."

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Team Rubicon Honors Nancy Dubuc, President & CEO Of A+E Networks And History Channel With Their Distinguished Advocate Award
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Veteran Organization Helps Local Family

If you're not familiar with Team Rubicon, they're a group that's well worth knowing, and supporting. What do they do? Their mission statement sums it up:
Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams...

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