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James P. Hendricks of Bolingbrook, son of Jim and Kathy Hendricks of Sycamore, and Heidi Hagglund of Aurora, daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. Harold Hagglund of Newburg, Ore., were married Sept. 28, 2013, at the Village Baptist Church in Aurora.

Jim is a piano professor at Chicago State University and gives weekly concerts across the United States. Heidi is a flute professor at Aurora University and Trinity University.

The couple honeymooned in Cancun and now reside in Bolingbrook.


Kari Johnsen abd Jordan Myers, both of Sycamore, are engaged to be married March 22, 2014, at St. James Catholic Church in Rockford.

Daughter of John and Marty Johnsen of DeKalb, the bride-to-be is a 2011 graduate of Northern Illinois University with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in athletic training. She is a certified athletic trainer at Midwest Orthopaedic Institute in Sycamore.

Son of Jeff and Mary Anne Myers of Belvidere, the groom-to-be also is a 2011 graduate of Northern Illinois University with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in athletic training. He is a certified athletic trainer at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.

The couple met at NIU in their athletic training classes.


Hope Rice and Joel VandeKrol were united in marriage on Dec. 21, 2013, at the Cedar Falls Woman’s Club in Iowa. The ceremony was officiated by Pastor Ken Trautmann. Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a seated dinner and reception at the same location.

The bride is the daughter of Vaughn and Joyce (Lowry) Rice, formerly of DeKalb, now of Shell Rock, Iowa, and the granddaughter of Walton and the late Martha Lowry, and Rowena Yeager Lowry, of Pittsfield, Ill. She was escorted by her father and wore a strapless mermaid, hand-beaded and embroidered satin gown with a 12-foot, lace-enhanced veil. She carried a cascade of 18 red roses.

The groom is the son of Karen VandeKrol Manning, the late Merlyn VandeKrol, and Al Manning, of Hudson, Iowa. He is the grandson of Kathy Turner Thompson of Livingston, Texas.

Heather VonBergen of Kirkland, sister of the bride, served as maid of honor. The bride’s niece and nephew, Calli Emerich and Cameron Emerich, also of Kirkland, served as flower girl and ring bearer. Nate Smith of Hudson, Iowa, served as best man.

The bride is a 2007 graduate of Waverly-Shell Rock High School in Waverly, Iowa, and graduated from Covenant School of Radiography, Waterloo, Iowa, in 2010. She works in the Cardiac Cath Lab at Mercy Main and Mercy West hospitals in Des Moines.

The groom is a 2006 graduate of Cedar Falls High School, Cedar Falls, Iowa, and holds an Associates Degree in Applied Science from Hawkeye College, Waterloo, Iowa. He is employed by Bankers Life and Casualty.

The couple resides in Des Moines.

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