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  • Schrader: Land prices and the Potawatomi

    Farmland can go for $10,000 an acre or more in DeKalb County, but only once has it fetched the astronomical sum of $69,069 a acre.
    July 22, 2014 - 11:10 am
  • Olson: Rauner an earnest if not natural pol

    Bruce Rauner isn’t endowed with the charisma or magnetism of a natural politician, but he came off as an earnest guy in his visit to DeKalb this week.
    July 18, 2014 - 10:06 pm
  • AKST: Assessing virtual vulnerability

    NAPERVILLE – I’m at Barnes & Noble, using free Wi-Fi to get online. I’m “unsecured,” and others can potentially see and capture my online activity.
    July 18, 2014 - 12:10 am
  • Olson: DeKalb’s nuggets deserve more fame

    Springfield has the horseshoe. Chicago has deep-dish pizza. DeKalb has nuggets. If you haven’t read ...
    July 12, 2014 - 12:48 am
  • AKST: Know your enemy, then shred it

    I’ve been busy destroying my past.Not in an exotic way, like removing my fingerprints with acid so t ...
    July 10, 2014 - 11:15 pm
  • SCHRADER: Tale of two cities and their mayors

    The mayors of DeKalb and Livermore, California, have never met, but they have quite a bit in common.
    July 7, 2014 - 10:49 pm
  • CLARK-MOE: My body, my employer, my abortion

    I was thrilled to work for the federal government for six years. I believe passionately in the importance of public service, and I had both job securi ...
    July 7, 2014 - 10:15 pm
  • Olson: Downtown an odd place for one of ‘those stores’

    Once you reach a certain age, you know if there’s one of “those stores” in your town. Outside the to ...
    July 4, 2014 - 11:57 pm
  • AKST: Flags, fingers and the Fourth of July

    Not making this column about Independence Day would be like writing about Seattle without mentioning coffee. Thus, I humbly offer two topics associate ...
    July 3, 2014 - 11:15 pm
  • Akst: Stopping the summer slide

    Summer is not even a week old yet, but the damage has already begun.The damage I refer to is the sum ...
    June 30, 2014 - 8:18 am
  • OLSON: Snapshot of DeKalb life in 1967

    I’ve long been fascinated by old newspapers.In my office I keep some old newspapers in frames. Most ...
    June 27, 2014 - 11:53 pm
  • Pitts: Beware the unimaginable

    The signs were all there.This is what jumps out at you in perusing postmortems of the two greatest s ...
    June 24, 2014 - 7:03 pm
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