DeKalb Corn Classic celebrates DeKalb & NIU communities

DeKalb, IL – The newly revamped DeKalb Corn Classic is quickly approaching. With a new race date, new course route and new community vibe, runners will now get to experience all the beauty that DeKalb and NIU have to offer. The race, which has traditionally been held during Corn Fest weekend, is now being held on Sunday, September 23. And …

NIU’s ROTC and military sciences director honored at Chicago Bears game

  Lt. Col. Karl Nilsen, NIU Military Sciences Department chair, will be the Soldier of the Game during the Chicago Bears vs. Seattle Seahawks game 7:15, Monday, at Soldier Field. A deserving member of the military is honored during an on-field recognition during the third quarter of each Bears home game. Nilsen will be accompanied by his wife Kathryn and sons Clark …

Altrusa International of DeKalb/Sycamore awards $6.5K in literacy grants

There are so many ways to spell winners when it comes to the Altrusa International Community Spelling Bee. Altrusa International of DeKalb/Sycamore recently awarded $6,500 in grants to the following local schools, libraries and other literacy-focused organizations: 4-C (Community Coordinated Child Care), Clinton Rosette Middle School, Littlejohn Elementary School, NIU Campus Child Care, Children’s Learning Center, the DeKalb Public Library, …

DeKalb Police Officers Retire

We will be saying good-bye to Sgt. Tom Petit, Officer Jeff Winters and Officer Jose Jaques who will be working their last shift this month. Together they will have served 76 years for the City of DeKalb. Sgt. Tom Petit has served the department since 1991. Sgt. Petit was co-founder and a member of the department’s first bike patrol and …

University Village-based Camp Power wraps up fifth year

DeKALB – Nine-year-old Cason Wright cheered as he made his way across a slack rope during his last day at Camp Power on Thursday afternoon at Welsh Park. Wright said he’s been having a lot of fun during the camp this summer and loved having the chance to play football and basketball almost every day. He said he also liked …

OC Creative and #ProudlyDeKalb Team Up, Win Award

OC Creative and #ProudlyDeKalb are no strangers to collaboration; they have a long history of teamwork with stellar results.  Their latest collaboration was a video featuring students and faculty from DeKalb High School. This project has caught national attention, winning an Award of Distinction from the people at the Videographer Awards. The Award of Distinction was awarded for projects that …

Backup Has Arrived

  Years ago, I was out on a ride along with the DeKalb Police Department, with Sergeant (now Commander) Craig “Woody” Woodruff.  We were stopped on a normal call that escalated to a bad call.  Without thinking, Woody stepped between me and the danger.  His first reaction to a threat was to protect–to put himself at greater risk in order …