Spotlight on School District 428: Brad Vest

Teacher Name: Brad Vest Grade/Subject: 12th Grade Humanities Tell us a little about yourself – your hometown, education, and hobbies. I’ve lived in ten different states but have chosen to make DeKalb my hometown. I graduated from Purdue University and then earned my MA in Literature from NIU. What do you love about teaching for District 428? While getting my MA I …

Whiskey Acres Distilling Co is Proud to be Illinois’ First Estate Distillery

Jim and Jamie Walter, and Nick Nagele gazed out at their cornfields this year with a different perspective than most farmers – calculating bottles per acre rather than bushels per acre.  As founders of Illinois’ first estate distillery, their outside the box thinking has helped them to gain notoriety in both the distilling and agriculture worlds. Whiskey Acres began distilling …

DeKalb Dog Park Expands

The DeKalb Park District recently completed installing the permanent dog park in Katz Park.  A temporary dog park had been established using a little-used softball field for the past couple years while a permanent dog park location and plan was established.  DeKalb is now home to the only dog park in DeKalb County. Improvements in the new dog park include …

DeKalb Prepares for IHSA State Football Championships

Training for the IHSA Destination Team Ambassadors was held on the NIU campus this week.  These volunteers are the community members that will greet each of the 16 teams and all their coaching staff that will compete for the state football championships.  They will greet the teams when they get off the bus, lead them to their practice area, locker rooms, …

Spotlight on School District 428: Sean Potts

Teacher Name: Sean Potts Grade/Subject: 6-8 Middle School Band   Tell us a little about yourself – your hometown, education, and hobbies. I’m originally from Rochester, New York and am currently in my 6th year teaching with D428 schools (this is my 10th year teaching overall). I earned my undergrad degree in Music Education from George Mason University in Fairfax, …

NIU STEMfest 2015 wows and inspires

NIU’s annual STEMfest once again dazzled and educated thousands of attendees of all ages who spent a mid-October Saturday celebrating innovations in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math. The event attracted nearly 7,500 people to NIU’s Convocation Center, where children and adults learned to do amazing tricks with lasers, petted reptiles, used math skills to win games and …

Partners in History – Ellwood House

One of the benefits of working in a university town is access. Lectures, workshops, museum openings, concerts, and culture can be found most days of the year. It’s enriching just to be around all of the activity. However, one of the greatest rewards is working with the students, both on campus and off. Over the past three years, museum staff …

IHSA Destination DeKalb Returns November 2015

The IHSA Destination DeKalb committee is preparing for another record breaking crowd of 30,000 plus visitors that had one ultimate goal this year…to make DeKalb their destination on Thanksgiving weekend.  In 2013, we played host to this prestigious event for the first time. It is a tremendous honor to be selected to host one of the premiere sporting events in …

DeKalb Firefighters Visit Library’s Story Time

The children and caregivers who attend the weekly story time at the DeKalb Public Library received a surprise this week.  Members of the DeKalb Fire Department came by to participate during Fire Safety week.  Deputy Chief Jeff McMaster read to the children during story time on Tuesday and Wednesday morning and gave a little lesson on fire safety.  Then everyone …