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Watch now: Tens of thousands pack Apple 'n Pork Festival in Clinton

CLINTON — For volunteer Nathan Lippert, his Sunday began at 4:30 a.m. to start preparing ham and bean stew at the Apple ‘n Pork Festival. “At 5 a.m. sharp, we start the first fire and every half hour after that, we start the next one,” he said. By the end...
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Restaurant of the Week: The Original Pinsaria, 'an authentic Italian experience'

BLOOMINGTON — The Original Pinsaria, 211 N. Veterans Parkway, Suite 5, Bloomington, is this week's pick for restaurant of the week. Simone Stefanucci is the chief operation officer and co-owner of the restaurant, which opened in November 2020. Stefanucci was born and raised in Rome and moved to the U.S. in November 2019 with his wife Letizia.
BLOOMINGTON, IL
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2021 - Pop Up Coffee Hour - September - Chamber Lot on September 29

McLean County Chamber of Commerce recently issued the following announcement. 2021 - Pop Up Coffee Hour - September - Chamber Lot. Looking to expand your network? Join the Chamber for our September Pop Up Coffee Hour!. Date and Time. Wednesday Sep 29, 2021. 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM CDT. Wednesday,...
MCLEAN COUNTY, IL
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Flick Fact: After more than 2,000 Kmarts, how many are now left?

Question: When a Kmart opened as a discount retailer in Bloomington in 1962, it was only the fifth Kmart in America, eventually to expand to more than 2,000 Kmarts nationwide. Fifty-three years later, the Bloomington store closed, in January 2015. Since then, how many Kmarts are actually left?. Answer: At...
BLOOMINGTON, IL
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Top 10 pizza places to try this National Pepperoni Pizza Day

National Pepperoni Pizza day is Sept. 20 Whether one wants to order out, have a night out with friends or have dinner with the family, there is a special place for everyone at one of these pizza locations. Here are some of the top 10 places to eat pepperoni pizza...
BLOOMINGTON, IL
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What happens when science fiction meets craft beer? Steampunk Extravaganza

Mid-Illinois Realtors Association President’s Charity of Choice Event. Attendees were encouraged to dress up in all things steampunk including cogs, corsets, top hats, spats and pocket watches. The evening included glass blowing, drag queen entertainment, a costume contest and silent auction. Guests dined on a delicious BBQ buffet and event emcee Sharon ShareAlike kept the evening fun and festive.
BLOOMINGTON, IL
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Carius: Texas Roadhouse was close to coming to Bloomington-Normal years earlier

The recently opened $6 million-plus Texas Roadhouse has been the talk of Bloomington-Normal since its coming was announced almost two years ago. However, 14 years ago, B-N came that close to having a Texas Roadhouse, Rod Burchett owner/operator of Baxters American Grille in Bloomington and Champaign, recently told me. Rod,...
NORMAL, IL
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East Peoria Popeyes temporarily closed by health department

EAST PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) -- The Tazewell County Health Department has temporarily closed the Popeyes in East Peoria. The sign posted at the entrance to the restaurant on North Main Street declares Popeyes cannot open again until it receives written approval from the director of environmental health. Cleanup...
EAST PEORIA, IL
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Bar of the Week: Merna Tap filled with history, character

NORMAL — Merna Tap, a full-service bar at 15989 N. 2300 East Road in Normal, is this week's pick for Bar of the Week. Merna Tap is owned by Katie Shott, who bought the bar in October 2019. Shott, originally from Normal, lived in Arizona for 12 years, but has been back in the area for about five years now. The bar was previously owned by Larry Kelly and has been around for a long time, but no one knows exactly how long it has been around.
BLOOMINGTON, IL
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Destihl Medals At Great American Beer Festival; New Brews Coming

Bloomington-Normal's largest brewery has won a gold medal at this year's Great American Beer Festival. The award for Destihl comes as brewing continues to boom nationwide. The number of breweries in the U.S. has grown by 53% in the last five years, according to Destihl spokesperson Neil Reinhart. "A lot...
NORMAL, IL
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DESTIHL Brewery Wins Big at GABF FOR Two Different Hazy IPAs

(Normal, IL) – DESTIHL Brewery was awarded gold and bronze medals for two of its hazy IPA’s at the 2021 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition, presented by the Brewers Association®. The best beers in 97 beer categories covering 175 different beer styles (including all subcategories) were awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals at a ceremony at the Bellco Theatre in Denver on Friday evening during the Craft Brewers Conference® and livestreamed on The Brewing Network.
NORMAL, IL
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Smith: Learn how to preserve pumpkin

Each year in September, my husband and I take the kids to Morton to visit the annual Morton Pumpkin Festival. Morton is home to Nestle USA, which makes Libby’s canned pumpkin. With pumpkins surrounding the area, one might wonder if they can make their own canned pumpkin. However, there’s a few things you must know before grabbing your pumpkin and heading to the kitchen.
MCLEAN COUNTY, IL
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2021 - Member Appreciation Cookout on September 17

McLean County Chamber of Commerce recently issued the following announcement. Do you know just how awesome you are? No? Well, just to remind you... And you're what makes our Chamber so amazing. To show our gratitude, we invite you to join us Friday, September 17 for our annual Member Appreciation...
MCLEAN COUNTY, IL
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Destihl gets national titles at brewery competition

CHICAGO — Illinois breweries cleaned up at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, winning 16 medals and continuing the state’s unlikely streak of hazy India pale ale dominance. Destihl Brewery in Normal was the big winner, scoring medals for its DeadHead series of IPAs in two of the national...
CHICAGO, IL