Local People

A Voice of the People

Rep. Bob Pritchard was a “natural” at communicating with his constituents. “It was a privilege to be a voice for this area and listen to the people I was representing,” said Rep. Bob Pritchard of the 70th House District. “Then, I would communicate what was going on in Springfield.” For the last more

Giving Grows Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of individuals, families, businesses and organizations, the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has expanded its scholarship program. Donations to the Foundation’s Scholarship Fund over the past four years generated enough income to award another college scholarship. Some donations were provided by members whose families had previously more

Give a Gift of Grain

Donating a gift of grain can make a lasting difference. The value of the grain can be used to support charitable causes in your community. Give a Gift of Grain is a new initiative of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and the DeKalb County Community Foundation. The Foundations more

100 Years of Running Deeres

Marketing matters to this farm girl Growing up, John Deere was a company that Kelsey Faivre was familiar with just like every farm kid that likes green tractors. But she left her ties to the green machines when she went to college. She found public relations and marketing appealed to her as more

Former State FFA Officers Share Experiences

When Chase Clausen was elected treasurer of the Illinois FFA Association he didn’t realize he would have some big shoes to fill as a state officer from Sycamore High School. In those first few trips to the FFA Center in Springfield, he admired the wall of previous state officers. He gazed more

The Windmill Man

Farmer Frank Engel has restored and installed 90 windmills. He’s hoping to get to 100. His nostalgic interest in windmills reminds him of his younger years. It was a time when steel windmills were “working” windmills and pumped water on their family farm in rural Hampshire. “It was an important time in more

Sycamore’s “Country Mayor”

John Ward cares about his community – from his rural neighborhood to the city of Sycamore. Because he cares, he’s always giving back. “Anything you do you get back two-fold,” said John. “Everyone benefits if you work together.” The community-minded farmer prides himself in being a good farm neighbor and city friend. more

Growing Trend: Barn Quilts

Colorful quilt squares are beautifying local barns. Barn quilts are becoming popular country landmarks in DeKalb County. They provide special points of interest for those traveling the countryside while honoring our farming heritage and the talents of local quilters and artists. Decorating barns dates back to the Colonial days when colonists painted more