Beth Altena

PC approves final plan for Monroe Street condos.

April 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

By BETH ALTENA Sale of contaminated half-acre of city property included Passionate, even tearful comments against approving a 51-unit condominium development were heard by Rockford Planning Commissioners on Thursday, March 26 before the board voted five to one to recommend Rockford City Council give the final go-ahead to the project. Developer Marcell Burger and two [...]

Wild west captured in deer farm turned agri-tourism resort

October 4, 2012 // 0 Comments

by BETH ALTENA BEAUTIFUL IN THE MIST—Over two hundred healthy and beautiful white tailed deer are on site at Deer Tracks Junction on M-57. According to owners Kelly and Hilary Powell, spring vistors may well be able to watch a live birth. Pictured here are a herd of two-year-olds. When you have over 200 beautiful white tailed deer fenced adjacent to a major road, people [...]

Firefighters take on explosive situation in propane training

September 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

‘Catastrophic’ situations covered by BETH ALTENA Forty-four firefighters and first responders took an evening to learn and practice techniques to best control and subdue a propane emergency. The practices included flames reaching 60 feet in the air and close proximity to extremely hot flames. Photo by BETH ALTENA Rockford Fire Marshal Mike Reus said he would guess a [...]

Local businessman wants to feed the town of Rockford for free

September 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

by BETH ALTENA Visit “Fatzo” and the Mrs. for Italian fare at Rockford’s newest restaurant. The doors opened Friday, September 7 at the corner of East Main and Northland Drive. In a way, buying their own restaurant was like an anniversary present for Debbie and Douglas Ryke. The couple celebrated their fifteenth anniversary the day after they opened the doors of [...]
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