Bronkema signs with Indiana Wesleyan


Dylan Bronkema of Rockford has signed a letter of intent to play with the Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) men’s soccer team. Bronkema has achieved accolades from the high school level as First Team All Conference and All State Second Team. He also plays with the Michigan Wolves Soccer Club, which is one of the premier […]

Ram wrestlers Scogg, Vander Stel earn MVP


On Wednesday, March 16, Rockford wrestlers Austin Scogg and Eric Vander Stel were recognized for their accomplishments. Scogg earned MVP for the 2010-2011 varsity wrestling season for his hard work, talent and leadership. He has been a mentor to the Rockford wrestling team and like a big brother to Vander Stel. Vander Stel earned MVP […]

Mick DeBoer receives Robert Townsend/Robert Zahm Wrestling Scholarship


Wednesday, March 16 was the night to recognize the accomplishments of the 2010-2011 Rockford wrestling team. It was also a big night for senior Mick DeBoer, who was the recipient of the 5th Annual Robert Townsend/Robert Zahm Wrestling Scholarship. The award is given to a senior who exhibits great passion for the sport, enthusiasm to […]


What is The Earth’s Figure Axis? by CRAIG JAMES Since the huge earthquake in Japan earlier this month, I have read in many places that it not only shifted the island of Japan eight feet, but it also shifted the axis of the Earth about six-and-a-half inches to the east. What hasn’t been made all […]

Grooming business reaches milestone anniversary

Donna Bouwkamp has washed and trimmed thousands of dogs in her 25 years in business at Petropolis Pet Grooming Salon in downtown Rockford.

by BETH ALTENA There are two things to know about Donna Bouwkamp, groomer and owner of Petropolis Pet Grooming Salon at 118-1/2 Courtland Street (across the parking lot from Rockford Lanes). She can read dogs’ minds and she does butts. Bouwkamp is celebrating the 25th anniversary of her dog grooming business and has seen the […]