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Rockford is Not Far From America’s Best Hot Chocolate

It's a cold day in the Rockford area. Expected high temperature of about 22 degrees, with windchill reading in the single digits. If ever a day (or several days) called for some hot chocolate, it's today. And, if you're looking for what many are calling America's best hot chocolate, you'll need to see a woman named Mindy.

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Lake Geneva’s Abominable Snow Race is Worth the Drive This Weekend

A friend of mine who lives in Atlanta asks me these questions every winter (especially when we're getting blitzed with snow, ice, and/or subzero temperatures): "How do you people live like that? And, why do you live like that?"

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Rockford Area, Don’t Forget to Grab Some Free Pine Mulch Before It’s Gone

It may not seem like it, but sooner or later, we're going to reach Springtime, and it'll be time to get out in the yard. Lawn-fertilizing, flower-planting, mulch-spreading Springtime. And, thanks to Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful (KNIB), if you act while supplies last, you won't have to pay for the mulch.

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2016 Was a Record-Setting Year for Rockford Crime Stoppers

Here at News/Talk 1440 WROK, we're proud to be long-time supporters of Rockford Crime Stoppers. Every Tuesday morning after the 8:30 news, our good friend, Crime Stoppers Coordinator Ken Decoster joins us to discuss crime in the Rockford area, along with all the things that Crime Stoppers does to encourage citizens to help in the fight against crime in Rockford and in the surrounding areas. In 2016, Rockford Crime Stoppers did a lot.

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Maybe Rockford Could Learn Something From a Guy in Raleigh, NC

For everyone out there today slipping and sliding around Rockford area roads, take a page out of a Raleigh, North Carolina man's book--grab your water skis, get a friend to pull you around, and experience the city in a whole new way (although the Rockford Police will most certainly frown on it, or worse).

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Hey Rockford, You’ve Still Got This Week to Recycle Your Christmas Tree

A number of years ago, much to the dismay of our kids, Amy and I made the decision to switch from live Christmas trees to an artificial tree. We were tired of the needles and the mess that came along with a live tree, and since neither one of them ever lifted even a finger to help with clean-up and/or removal, we made the move and have never looked back. At the end of the season, our tree is dis-assembled, boxed, and returned to its home for 11 months out of the year--the attic.

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Rockford, Are You Ready For Some Serious Cold Weather?

Don't let the headline fool you into thinking that you have a choice. Some serious cold is about to hit most of the country, and Rockford is certainly in Mother Nature's crosshairs.

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The Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Promises Another Merry and Bright Holiday Season

As I have pointed out time and time again, the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (RACVB) is constantly hard at work to eradicate a sentence we've all heard (and some will confess to actually saying it). That sentence is: "There's nothing to do in Rockford." This holiday season, the RACVB will prove there are lots and lots of things to do with their "Merry and Bright" events.

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Throwback Thursday: Rockford’s Toad Hall

If you're a long-time Rockford or Rockford-area resident, you're probably familiar with Toad Hall. Shortly after starting here at WROK (back in the day when we still played music, and some of it from vinyl), my old friend, and long-time on-air personality Chuck Doyle took me over to Toad Hall to stock up on a bunch of music for our oldies show, The Saturday Night Cruise.

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Rockford’s Got Plenty of Farmer’s Markets to Choose From

For those that didn't know already, here in Rockford, we're in to several things. We love golf, and golf playdays. We love running (I don't, but whenever we have a 5K, 10K, or "fun run" of any sort, there's a huge turnout), we love street festivals (Stroll on State, anyone?), we can't get enough bowling, and we totally dig farmer's markets.

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