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DeKalb Police Department wants people to celebrate Halloween safely this year by not driving while impaired.

DeKalb Police Department encourages residents to not drive while impaired

By Nick Glover, Lifestyle Editor | October 19, 2022

With Halloween approaching, the DeKalb community is gearing up to see some scary things – ghouls, ghosts and goblins galore – but perhaps the scariest of them all will be impaired drivers.  Not only can impaired drivers impact their own lives,...

Sycamore will be hosting its 61st annual pumpkin festival on Oct. 26-30 with various activities happening every day.

Sycamore to host its annual pumpkin festival

By Nyah Nowakowski, News Reporter | October 19, 2022

SYCAMORE – The 61st annual Sycamore Pumpkin Festival will take place in downtown Sycamore to celebrate all things Halloween and fall from Oct. 26 - 30. The theme of this year’s festival is “Wish Upon a Pumpkin,” and is hosted by the Sycamore...

Peppermint is looking for her forever home and is available for adoption at Tails Humane Society.

Tails Pet of the Week: Peppermint

By Zachary Bertram, Sports Reporter | October 18, 2022

DeKalb’s Tails Humane Society, 2250 Barber Greene Road, has a new pet of the week up for adoption. Peppermint is a large female dog searching for a loving new home.  Peppermint is 2-years-old and weighs 52 lbs. She is a young, energetic dog who...

Join the Northern Star for 2022 midterm election coverage

Join the Northern Star for 2022 midterm election coverage

By Colin Kempsell | October 17, 2022

With Election Day approaching on Nov. 8, political campaigns in the state of Illinois will continue to escalate through the end of the month and beyond. Join the Northern Star in comprehensive election coverage, from local races in DeKalb to the gubernatorial...

A hand reaching for the gas pump in a cars gas tank (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Weekly Gas Update: Oct. 17

By Sarah Rose, Senior Lifestyle Writer | October 17, 2022

DeKALB – A recent survey conducted by GasBuddy of 4,378 stations in Illinois showed that the average gasoline price fell to 9.8 cents per gallon in the last week. The average price of gas on Monday stood at $4.30 per gallon. The cheapest station...

A wild mountain lion, similar to the one pictured above, was hit and killed on I-88 yesterday, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Mountain lion struck and killed on I-88

By Caleb Johnson, News Reporter | October 17, 2022

DeKALB COUNTY -- The Illinois Department of Natural Resources officials announced yesterday a wild mountain lion was hit by a vehicle and killed on the I-88 highway in DeKalb County.  The IDNR wildlife experts believe that this is the same mountain...

STEM Fest will be taking place on various parts of NIU campus.

STEM Fest to be held Saturday on campus

By Caleb Johnson, News Reporter | October 14, 2022

NIU STEAM’s annual STEM Fest will be held Oct. 15. STEM Fest is a festival dedicated to the fields of technology, engineering, science and mathematics. The event will be held in the MLK Commons, Founders Memorial Library, the Holmes Student Center and...

The DeKalb Public Library is hosting a Microsoft Excel workshop at 7 p.m. on Oct. 24.

DeKalb Public Library to host Microsoft Excel workshop

By Michael Stoll, Sports Reporter | October 14, 2022

DeKALB – The DeKalb Public Library is offering a free hour-long workshop class on learning Microsoft Excel at 7 p.m. on Oct. 24. The class will take place in the library’s Nancy D. Castle Collaboration Studio. Organized by Lara Lyles, the class...

Virtual cooking classes will be held throughout October.

Kishwaukee Hospital to host free virtual cooking classes

By Kaitlyn Lee-Gordon, News Reporter | October 13, 2022

DeKALB – The Leishman Center for Culinary Health at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital is offering free virtual cooking classes. Classes will be broadcasted live from the main floor of Kishwaukee Hospital and may be accessed via Zoom. Classes...

Homeowners should practice escape plans and check smoke alarms during Fire Prevention Week.

American Red Cross: Practice an escape plan for Fire Prevention Week

By Eddie Drinkwine | October 13, 2022

DeKALB — The American Red Cross is urging citizens to participate in this year's Fire Prevention Week, which takes place from Oct. 9 to Oct. 15, by practicing a two-minute home fire escape plan. The threat of home fires rises with colder temperatures....

Lorado Taft Campus offers a course on nature writing, incorporating English and Environmental Studies.

Nature Writing course offers outdoor experience for students

By Evan Mellon, Assistant News Editor | October 12, 2022

NIU’s Nature Writing course is giving students the opportunity to explore their passions of both nature and writing in an outdoor class. This is the first semester that the class has been offered at NIU. The class is held outdoors and is hosted at...

Joyces adoption fee has been sponsored.

Tails Pet of the Week: Joyce

By Kaitlyn Lee-Gordon, News Reporter | October 11, 2022

DeKALB – Tails’ latest Pet of the Week is named Joyce. She is the longest feline resident at the humane society and is looking for a comfortable home. Her adoption fee has been donated.  Joyce is a medium size black short-haired mix who enjoys...