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Good News For Rock River Boaters As We Head Into the Weekend

This summer, Mother Nature has been treating this area pretty much the same way a baby treats a diaper--heavy saturation with dangerous floating debris. This weekend, however, it looks like we're getting a break.

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The Rock River Anything That Floats Race Returns August 20th

When I first started at WROK in 1983, one of the first of many really cool events that I was introduced to was the WROK/WZOK Anything That Floats Rock River Raft Race. Hundreds and hundreds of people participated, and thousands more lined the banks of the Rock River to cheer them on. After a good long run, our race was retired. Last year, it returned to much acclaim.

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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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Someone Needs to Explain This Weird Rock Formation on the Rock River

How did these mysterious rocks end up like this on top of the frozen Rock River? Was it ice fishermen? Aliens? We are searching for answers.

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Rockford’s Stroll On State Fireworks Show in Slow Motion is Explosive Fun

Get in the holiday spirit as you watch the fireworks from Saturday's Stroll On State slowly burst over the Rock River.

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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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The Head of the Rock Regatta is This Sunday

Every October, around 2000 rowers, along with 5000 spectators head for the banks of the Rock River here in Rockford, as the YMCA's Rowing Crew plays host for the Head of the Rock Regatta.

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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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Driver Dies After Driving Car Into Rock River [VIDEO]

A 54-year-old man is dead after driving his vehicle into the Rock River this morning, just north of the Whitman Street Bridge.

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Crew Tests Mixtures on Black Hawk Statue

OREGON, Ill. (AP) — A restoration team is testing different mixtures to fix cracks running through a 104-year-old statue of a Native American overlooking the Rock River in northern Illinois...

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