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Protesters chant as passing cars honk in support. Flags blew in the strong wind as the sun beat down on the group Sunday. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

IN PICTURES: Palestinian support shown downtown

By Sean Reed, Photo Editor | March 4, 2024

DeKALB – Roughly 80 protesters gathered for the afternoon Sunday at Memorial Park, located at 101 E. Lincoln Highway, for a rally in support of Palestine. The protesters called for aid to be provided to Gaza, a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas and...

Sycamore resident Steve Holliday takes his first sip of his margarita from Rosita’s, located at 642 E. Lincoln Highway. Rosita’s sells Mexican food along with a selection of alcoholic beverages. (Gabby Crabtree | Northern Star)

IN PICTURES: DeKalb celebrates ‘National Margarita Day’

By Gabby Crabtree and Sean Reed | February 23, 2024

DeKALB – Tequila! “National Margarita Day” was celebrated across the country Thursday, including right in DeKalb. Margaritas were on special at multiple restaurants for the day, with many patrons packing in to restaurants for a glass or pitcher...

Crumbl baker, Ariana Cantu, packs a 12-pack box of cookies for a customer Friday. The cookie store opens at 8 a.m. Monday through Saturday, closing at 10 p.m. from Monday to Thursday and at midnight for the rest of each week. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

IN PICTURES: Community catches craving for Crumbl Cookies

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | January 21, 2024

DeKALB – Residents of DeKalb and the surrounding area welcomed Crumbl Cookies to the community during the store’s grand opening Friday. Customers packed into the storefront to be among the first to taste the location’s first six-cookie menu...

A pumpkin sign of Wessels Family Farm is attached to a wheelbarrow on the front lawn of Wessels Family Farm Market. Starting this week, Wessels Family Farm Market, located at 2023 Sycamore Road, will begin selling Christmas trees. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Monday Moment: Thanksgiving at Wessels’ Family Farm Market

By Tim Dodge, Senior Photojournalist | November 19, 2023

The Ellwood House Museum sits in the snow. The Museum has announced its schedule for the 2023 holiday season. (Northern Star File Photo)

Holiday schedule announced for Ellwood House Museum

By Kalin Schaefer, Sports Reporter | November 6, 2023

The Ellwood House Museum has released its schedule for the 2023 holiday season, with two ways to experience a tour. The mansion will be decorated for the holidays by local organizations and businesses, as well as volunteers.   From Nov. 15 to Dec....

The Junction Eating Place illuminating the Junction Center parking lot on Feb. 11 on Lincoln Highway. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Long exposures in DeKalb after dark

By Mingda Wu, Photographer | February 19, 2023

A member of the crowd at Barstool Sports’ live presentation of the Barstool College Football Show on Wednesday holding up a cellphone to film the ending of the show at Fatty’s Pub & Grille. Dave Portnoy, Barstool Sports president, announced the show’s season in early September, which included NIU in a series of Mid-American Conference games covered by the Barstool show. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

IN PICTURES: Barstool Sports draws excitement to NIU community

By Sean Reed, Photo Editor | November 17, 2022

DeKALB – Fatty’s Pub & Grille hosted popular media group Barstool Sports’ Barstool College Football Show as the second episode of a two part series covering mid-week Mid-American Conference football games, the first being hosted Tuesday in Toledo,...