The Academy of the Sacred Heart had its start nearly 200 years ago in a log cabin in Saint Charles, with just three boarding students and 20 commuting students in 1818. At present, the Catholic elementary educates 250 students…

Rolling Around

Lyle Woodruff remembers watching the trains come through Rochester, Illinois when he was just six-years-old. And he’s been captivated with trains ever since. “Some people like trucks, or race cars or hunting. I’m fascinated with trains,” said Woodruff, who is retired from Nestle Purina.  His…

Even in this age of technology, local experts share that one of the most basic business tools is still a hot commodity. “I believe that business cards are still a great networking tool,” said Dana Wehrli Director of Career…

Jill Kimmel

She may be the little sister of Jimmy Kimmel, but Jill Kimmel can hold her own on the comedy stage. Jill Kimmel was one of the featured comedians participating in the Laugh Off To A Cure, a benefit for…

JBloom where Planted

What started out as a hobby for a stay-at-home mom has turned into a blossoming business empowering mothers across the country. Jennifer Bonacorsi was a special education teacher, before deciding to stay home to raise her children. As a…

Nikki McElvain was working as a marketing manager when she decided she was done sitting behind a desk all day. The former roller skating competitive dancer decided to share her love for dancing by starting a new business—Dance Pizazz….

Karen Thomson didn’t want a big party for her upcoming 60th birthday. She wanted to race down the Missouri River in a canoe with her husband, Michael, in the 12th annual MR 340. The 340-mile kayak and canoe race…

Since he was a young child creating airplanes and landing strips with Legos, Harold Hogarth has used his mind and his gift for building outside the box to create helpful inventions. “I’m a natural. I can go into a…

Breast Cancer

Laura Corirossi performed a self-breast exam every morning in the shower. On November 3, 2016, Corirossi rolled over in bed and felt a lump the size of a marble in her breast. “I was frantic and I got in…