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Betsy Byrd (right) and Julie Hurt, employees at Riverside Mobil in Sycamore, after selling a $1 million winning Powerball ticket for the Wednesday, Oct. 26 draw.

Winning Powerball ticket of $1 million ticket sold in Sycamore

By Zachary Bertram, Sports Reporter | November 1, 2022

The Powerball jackpot grand prize is now at $1.2 billion. If won, it would be the fourth largest lottery jackpot won in U.S. history according to ABC News. The Powerball jackpot rose to $1.2 billion, after the drawing on Oct. 31 had no grand prize winner.  On...

A Securitas placard rests on a car dashboard outside Grant North Residence Hall.

Inside NIU’s private security force

By Eddie Drinkwine | October 31, 2022

DeKALB — They guard our residence halls and patrol our streets, but you may not know who or what they are. Securitas USA is a private security company hired by the NIU Board of Trustees and arrived on campus on Aug. 15; but why were they hired in the...

A paramedic stands in the middle of Annie Glidden Road after a reported stabbing, as officers enter Lincoln Tower apartment building on Monday evening at 1100 West Lincoln Highway. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

BREAKING: Stabbing sends two to hospital, suspect located

By Northern Star Staff | October 31, 2022

DeKALB – Police responded to a stabbing on the 1100 block of West Lincoln Highway Monday afternoon.  Two people were injured and transported to Kishwaukee Hospital, according to DeKalb Police. The first left the scene at 3:58 p.m. and the second...

Casey’s Gas Station, 1001 N Annie Glidden Road, prices were $4.19 per gallon for unleaded and diesel was $5.49 per gallon on Oct. 31.

Weekly Gas Update: Oct. 31

By Kalesia Williams, Sports Reporter | October 31, 2022

DeKALB – Gas prices have fallen in the last week after the recent highs last month, according to GasBuddy. GasBuddy price reports that the average Illinois gas prices have decreased by 9.8 cents per gallon averaging $4.10 per gallon today. Around...

As part of its ongoing adult lecture series, the Elwood House Museum will be hosting the Black Oral History Project in collaboration with NIU Department of History, Center for Black Studies and the University Libraries, and will take place on Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Elwood House Museum in DeKalb. (Photo courtesy of the DeKalb County History Center)

Ellwood House Museum to host Black Oral History event

By Sarah Rose, Senior Lifestyle Writer | October 25, 2022

DeKALB – The Ellwood House Museum Visitor’s Center, located at 420 Linden Place, DeKalb, will host November’s Brown Bag/Local Lore program on Nov. 3 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. This program is free of charge and is open to the public.  The DeKalb...

Chief is looking for his forever home.

Tails Pet of the Week: Chief

By Kaitlyn Lee-Gordon, News Reporter | October 25, 2022

DeKALB – This week’s Tails pet of the week is named Chief. He is a small mixed breed that is just under 3-years-old who loves to snuggle.  This 21lb pup is looking for a quiet home filled with love and preferably without kids. Chief also loves...

This will be the 25th annual Spooktacular consisting of a free movie, trick-or-treating and more.

25th annual ‘Spooktacular’ to be held downtown DeKalb

By Zachary Bertram, Sports Reporter | October 25, 2022

DeKALB –  The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce will be teaming up with the city of DeKalb and its downtown merchants for DeKalb’s 25th annual Spooktacular, according to a press release. Spooktacular is a trick-or-treating event that will be held from...

If voters want to register to vote in person at polling places they will need a drivers license or another form of ID and a Social Security number.

How to register to vote in the midterm elections

By Sarah Rose, Senior Lifestyle Writer | October 24, 2022

Voting is a powerful tool that allows the voices of millions of Americans to be heard. As the Nov. 8 midterm elections are fast approaching, here is a guide of things to know before voting. Nationwide midterm elections occur every four years, two years...

Marathon gas station on 218 W Lincoln Hwy with a price of $4.35 per gallon. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Weekly Gas Update: Oct. 24

By Caleb Johnson, News Reporter | October 24, 2022

In the past week, the price of gas in Illinois has fallen by 9.8 cents per gallon. This brings the average price to $4.20 per gallon according to Gasbuddy. This price is higher than last month’s by 28.5 cents per gallon. This is higher than the average...

The JYNNEOS vaccine being provided is a two-dose vaccine given under the skin 28 days apart, according to Northwestern Medicine at NIU.

Second monkeypox vaccine clinic to be held on Monday

By Eddie Drinkwine | October 20, 2022

DeKALB – The second monkeypox vaccine clinic will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at the Health Services Building. This clinic will provide the second dose to those who received the first dose at the clinic that took place on Sept. 26. The JYNNEOS...

Youth voters have increased in recent years, according to a study from the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement.

Youth voters on steady rise ahead of 2022 midterm elections

By Zachary Bertram, Sports Reporter | October 19, 2022

With midterm elections approaching, youth voter turnout will impact ever changing issues. The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement estimates that 50% of 18- to 29-year-olds voted in the 2020 presidential election,...

The Egyptian Theatre will host “1619: The Journey of a People” at 6 p.m. on Thursday. (Courtesy of the Egyptian Theatre)

Egyptian Theatre to host ‘1619: The Journey of a People’

By Sarah Rose, Senior Lifestyle Writer | October 19, 2022

DeKALB – The Egyptian Theatre, located on 2nd St. in downtown DeKalb, will host the free musical event “1619: The Journey of a People” at 6 p.m. on Thursday which will be open to the public and NIU students.  The performance will last roughly...