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Motorcyclist in critical condition after crash with truck

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - A motorcyclist is in critical condition after an accident with a truck, according to Rockford Police. Rockford Police tweeted at 8:09 p.m. about a traffic accident at Auburn Street and Royal Avenue. East and west bound lanes of Auburn are shut down. We’ll update when there...
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One dead, two others injured in Rockford shooting Saturday

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - The Rockford Police Department says a 33-year-old man is dead and two other men have gunshot wounds from a shooting in the 1300 block of Yonge Street on the city’s west side Saturday night. Police tweeted just before 9:30 p.m. Saturday asking the public to avoid...
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Local artists display their work at the Fall fever craft show

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Over 45 vendors came out to the Fall fever craft show Sunday afternoon - all selling a variety of handmade goodies, snacks, jewelry, body care items and more. Whether you’re looking for the perfect fall snack or some new holiday décor, the craft show had something...
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Beloit Regional Hospice hosts first annual “Pulling for Hospice”

BELOIT, Wis.- (WIFR) - Beloit Regional Hospice offers end of life care to anyone regardless of their financial situation. The group put on it’s first annual “Pulling for Hospice” fundraiser to ensure they can provide their services for the community. Dozens of people gathered in the North Ironworks parking lot...
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Football Frenzy’s top 4 plays of the week nominees - week 5

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Play of the Week voting is back! Thanks to our sponsors at My Home Furniture, we want you to decide who takes home the best play honors each week. You can vote here or head to our 23 Sports Ticket’s twitter page and vote for your favorite play of the week and show some school spirit in the process.
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New clothing store in Rockford holds grand opening

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Danetrik’s is Rockford’s newest boutique, fusing high-end and casual fashion featuring original clothing lines by local creators. The store opened the first of September at 420 East State Street, which happens to be the site of a restaurant formerly known as Kuma’s Asian Bistro. It closed last year. The shop hosted its grand opening Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event featured food from local vendors and other clothing pop-up shops from the area.
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Pretzel City Brewfest returns to downtown Freeport

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - More than 150 craft beers are on tap to taste Saturday afternoon at the Pretzel City Brewfest in downtown Freeport. Along with purchasing drink tasting tickets, people had the chance to sample beers from local and national breweries in a souvenir tasting cup. There were food...
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5th annual monarch butterfly fest offers interactive fun for kids

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - The fifth annual monarch butterfly festival offered an interactive experience for families and kids Sunday afternoon at the Burpee Museum of Natural History in downtown Rockford. The museum hatches their own butterflies and then releases them into the wild to migrate south for the winter. Kids...
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Hundreds cycle at annual ‘Tour De North End’ neighborhood bike festival

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Hundreds of cyclists pedal for the 10th annual Tour De North End neighborhood bike festival Saturday afternoon. Residents were there to have fun and encourage safe-cycling habits in town. While biking, they also collected passport stamps at 15 different participating locations in downtown Rockford. The festival...
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Love Rockford offers essential resources to community members

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - One local non-profit organization makes a difference in the community, offering essential resources to those who need it most. Now in its fifth year, this event brings food, clothing, and mental health resources to people in the community who are in need of physical, emotional, or financial support.
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Fishing store commits a random act of kindness

Janesville, Wis. (WIFR) - Over the summer, officer Scott Katzenmeyer kept encountering the same boy. Roman Borst, an 11-year-old from Janesville, loves to fish and would ride his bike every day to Traxler lagoon with all his gear. On September Roman stopped at Kwik Trip, left his gear outside the...
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Something’s brewing in the Pretzel City this weekend

FREEPORT, Ill. (WIFR) - A significant outdoor festival in Freeport makes a much anticipated return this weekend. Fans of refreshing adult drinks this is for you. More than 150 craft beers are on site from local and national breweries. The downtown Freeport festival is open from 1-5:30 tomorrow afternoon. Make sure to get your general admission tickets online to save $15 at the door.
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Aquin shuts out West Central 42-0

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - It’s week 5 of high school football, and the 8-man Aquin Bulldogs beat the West Central Heat 42-0 to improve their record to 4-1. Evan Broge captured multiple touchdowns, and Clay Luedeking secured a two-point conversion. West Central defense couldn’t handle the speed or the routes of the Dogs.
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Orangeville keeps their perfect record after defeating South Beloit

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - An undefeated Orangeville squad welcomes South Beloit to the field. The Broncos’ defense stalled the Sobos in plenty of drives leading to a domination of the first half for Orangeville. Gunar Lobdell was the Bronco of the hour after scoring two rushing touchdowns in the second...
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Culture Shock in Rockford celebrates 15 years in business

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - 15 years after opening its vinyl shop on Charles Street, Culture Shock records in Rockford celebrated devoted patrons of the local music scene Saturday. The record store celebrated a vinyl and merchandise sale from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. where attendees, music lovers and supporters shared...
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Freeport teen arrested in regards to the death of a 19-year-old man

FREEPORT, Ill. (WIFR) - The Freeport Police Department has arrested 17-year-old Nyiquell Pendleton without incident on nine counts of First Degree Murder. Pendleton was accused of murder in the shooting death of 19-year-old Marcus Price in Freeport on Saturday, May 15 on State Ave. and Frank St. The suspect is being charged as an adult with a $1 million bond, 10% applying.
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New Jiffy Lube opens its doors

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - It’s the perfect Friday afternoon for the cutting of a ribbon... and then perhaps the changing of some oil. A brand new jiffy lube multi-care service center comes to Rockford’s far northeast side. The location in the 19 hundred block of McFarland actually opened in July.. But they’re celebrating today and tomorrow with special discounts, free tire inspections, and giveaways. The first 25 customers tomorrow to purchase a signature oil change will receive a 25-dollar shell gas card.
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Local orchards deal with aftermath of hot, dry summer

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - According to the Illinois Drought Monitor, Winnebago County fell into a moderate drought in early May, with some areas reaching severe drought conditions in June. “The worst drought year that I can remember is 1988,” said Raoul Bergersen who owns Valley Orchard in Cherry Valley. He...
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