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A mug sits on a marble counter. Ashley Klockenga, an NIU alum, has created a mug that embodies the spirit of DeKalb. (Courtesy of Ashley Klockenga)

DeKalb-inspired mug brews community attention

By Kaitlyn Lee-Gordon, News Reporter | November 15, 2023

DeKALB – Coffee drinkers can experience a taste of DeKalb’s community after a NIU alum was inspired to create a mug that reflects the city.  Ashley “Ann” Klockenga, an NIU alum, created a mug that displayed the history and essence of DeKalb’s...

A tattoo on Proton Tattoo’s tattoo artist Grant Katula’s arm shows a raccoon guarding a trash can with a shotgun. Students shared their first tattoo stories and advise others to consider the price and art that’ll be imprinted on their bodies. (Brandon Clark | Northern Star)

Tattoo lovers talk first tattoos, advice, cost

By Brandon Clark, News Reporter | November 15, 2023

DeKALB – Getting a tattoo can be a common rite of passage for 18-year-olds looking to assert their newly gained status as adults. However, getting a tattoo can be a costly regret without proper consideration.  First-year finance major Nick Neagle...

City Manager Bill Nicklas discusses the citys tax rates with the Council. The City Council approved the citys annual property tax levy at the City Council meeting on Nov. 13. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

Corporate levy to increase home value, not taxes

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | November 14, 2023

DeKALB – DeKalb homeowners won’t be seeing major changes to their taxes this year, but they will see their property values increase. The city of DeKalb’s corporate levy for 2024 will be $1 million higher than last year’s. The city’s corporate...

Michael Embrey, a DeKalb resident and Air Force veteran, speaks at the Veterans Day Ceremony at Memorial Park. Embrey recognized members of the crowd who have helped DeKalb earn the title of National Veteran City of the Year. (Gabby Crabtree | Northern Star)

Community gathers to honor veterans

By Gabby Crabtree, News Editor | November 11, 2023

DeKALB – 70 DeKalb community members gathered to honor veterans and their service to our country at Memorial Park on Saturday. Michael Embrey, a DeKalb resident and Air Force veteran, spoke at the ceremony. He gave recognition to different people...

An assortment of fresh food sits on a table. The DeKalb County Community Gardens recently announced its schedule for December. (Courtesy of Getty Images)

DeKalb County Community Gardens announces December schedule

By Jonathan Shelby, Lifestyle Writer | November 8, 2023

DeKALB - This December, DeKalb County Community Gardens are distributing fresh and healthy food as a part of their “Grow Mobile” program.  The food will be available in different parts of DeKalb for free during a set period of time with no reservations...

A road closure sign sits on a road. Part of Fairview Drive will be closed on Monday until Nov. 22. (Getty Images)

Upcoming Fairview Drive closure part of larger plans

By Brandon Clark, News Reporter | November 8, 2023

DeKALB – The city will be closing Fairview Drive west of Peace Road from Monday, Nov. 13 through Wednesday, Nov. 22. Access to and from Peace Road will be impacted and traffic from the west end of the intersection will detour to Macom Drive. The...

Workers unload food from a DeKalb County Community Gardens truck. The city of DeKalb has approved of the The DeKalb County Community Gardens Community Health Education and Food (CHEF) Complex. (Northern Star File Photo)

CHEF complex to combat food insecurity

By Joseph Howerton, Video Editor | November 7, 2023

DeKALB – A new community center promises not to spoil the broth with too many cooks, but it will leave enough room at the table for all. The city of DeKalb has approved the rezoning of eight acres of land to the DeKalb County Community Gardens to...

Woman killed in DUI car crash

By Gabby Crabtree, News Editor | November 7, 2023

DeKALB – At 12:57 a.m. Monday, the DeKalb Police Department responded to a two-vehicle car wreck at 1200 S. Seventh St. James Corralejo, 25, was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol and suspected to be the cause of the car accident.  One...

Charles Rose, a Sycamore attorney, sits in front of a gray background. Rose announced he is running for DeKalb County States Attorney. (Courtesy of Charles Rose)

Sycamore attorney enters state’s attorney race

By Devin Oommen, News Reporter | November 2, 2023

DeKALB – Sycamore attorney Charles Rose announced that he will run for the DeKalb County State’s Attorney's office.  Rose’s announcement to run in the election comes after incumbent Rick Amato announced he will not be running for a third term...

A charging cord for an electric car charges the vehicle. Illinois electric car rebate program opened Wednesday. (Getty Images)

Electric vehicle rebate open now

By Sana Polizzi, Sports Reporter | November 2, 2023

Any electric vehicle purchased by an Illinois resident within the last 90 days will be available for rebate under Illinois's rebate program. On Wednesday, Director John J. Kim of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency reported that the next round...

Emergency vehicles flash their lights. A structure fire occurred at 2120 Pleasant Street. (Nick Glover | Northern Star)

Structure fire at 2120 Pleasant St., no injuries

By Northern Star Staff | November 1, 2023

Editor’s note: This piece was updated at 8:12 p.m. DeKALB – The DeKalb Fire Department received a call at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday regarding smoke at a building that Frontier Communications operates out of, 2120 Pleasant St. No one was injured...

A green combine harvester fills corn in a trailer attached to a green tractor during a sunset. DeKalbs corn yield has yet to be determined, as only 10% of the crop has been harvested. (Courtesy of Getty Images)

DeKalb county’s corn harvest underway

By Joseph Howerton, Video Editor | November 1, 2023

DeKALB – Summer droughts this year caused worry in the farming community on how the corn harvest would look. A poor harvest would have ripple effects across food, fuel and the lives of farmers in DeKalb County. Greg Millburg, manager of the DeKalb...