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Eric Armstrong, vice president of the DeKalb Area Alano Club advocates for funding for his organization on Monday at the City Council meeting. The city approved a list of human services grants to various local non-profits in DeKalb. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

City council grants $700,000 for non-profit, economic development

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | January 23, 2024

DeKALB – NIU will contribute $2.5 million to the city for the usage of the Huskie Bus Line for 2024.  The five-year intergovernmental agreement for the university to use the buses for an integrated transit system operated by the city recently ended...

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...

A row of Kraft Mac and Cheese sitting on a shelf down an aisle. The Kraft Heinz company, who make Kraft Mac and Cheese, are bringing a distribution center to DeKalb. (Mike Mozart via Flickr)

$400 million Kraft Heinz distribution center coming to DeKalb

By Gabby Crabtree, News Editor | September 17, 2023

DeKALB – The city of Dekalb can begin to prepare for an economic boost as Kraft Heinz is bringing “one of the largest automated consumer packaged goods distribution centers in North America.” On July 13, Kraft Heinz Co., the company that makes...

Firefighters from the DeKalb Fire Department take out tools from their fire engines with the sign “#ProudlyDeKalb” displayed on the engine’s ladder. A fourth fire station is expected for the City of DeKalb. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

DeKalb makes way for 4th fire station

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | September 12, 2023

DeKALB – The building of a fourth fire station in DeKalb is in motion with plans to potentially break ground by spring 2024. Collaborations between the DeKalb City Council and the DeKalb Fire Department have gone into the timely approval of a fourth...

Cars drive under the newly painted NIU underpass mural entering and leaving the NIU campus on Annie Glidden Road. The mural was a collaboration between NIU and the city of DeKalb funded from a grant to create more public art in DeKalb. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

New NIU mural welcomes students to Huskie Nation

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | August 31, 2023

DeKALB - Huskie Nation has a defining new entrance with the unveiling of the mural painted on the Annie Glidden Road underpass. Huskies can now see new NIU decor around campus from the new NIU logo street signs and the visible red and black “Huskie...

DeKalb downtown welcomes a new wine and charcuterie restaurant Class VI, 214 E Lincoln Highway. The winery offers crafted cocktails and a wide variety of wine. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

New wine bar coming to DeKalb

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor | May 3, 2023

DeKALB – DeKalb’s only wine bar and retail wine establishment will soon be opening in the downtown area. Class VI, 214 E. Lincoln Highway, will have classic cocktails, a big wine selection including International and California wines, and beer...

DeKalb could see a Metra train line and station in the future.

Metra study: Passenger rail service would prove paramount in DeKalb

By Joseph Howerton, Video Editor | April 7, 2023

DeKALB – NIU might not be the largest university in the state without a passenger rail service for much longer, as a recent study conducted by DeKalb, NIU and Sam Schwartz Consulting suggests. The feasibility study to extend Metra commuter rail services...

Second ward Alderwoman Barb Larson (left) and Fourth Ward Alderman Greg Perkins shake the hands of local Vietnam veterans during the City Council meeting Monday at the DeKalb Public Library. The veterans were honored in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of National Vietnam War Veterans Day on Wednesday. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

Vietnam veterans honored at city council

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | March 28, 2023

DeKALB – Local Vietnam veterans were honored at the Monday DeKalb City Council meeting, commemorating National Vietnam War Veterans Day on the 50th anniversary of the day U.S. troops left Vietnam, March 29. Veterans from the DeKalb American Legion,...

Downtown DeKalb’s Frost Parking Lot rests empty Friday at East Locust and Sixth Street. A new city ordinance will allow DeKalb commuters to park after 5 a.m. and take the 12 line bus to the Elburn train station. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Elburn bus route free for OneCard holders

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor | March 19, 2023

DeKALB – Starting Monday, NIU OneCard holders will be able to ride the Huskie Bus Line 12 to the Elburn Metra Station for free. The general public’s fare will be reduced to 50 cents per ride. DeKalb’s Frost Lot, located on East Locust Street...

The recently approved building for Excelleaf Dispensary sits vacant on Tuesday afternoon at 305 E. Locust St. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Dispensary gains approval for downtown DeKalb location

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | February 7, 2023

DeKALB – The DeKalb Planning and Zoning Commission approved the special permit for the location of a cannabis dispensary, Excelleaf Dispensary, at a public hearing. The dispensary location was approved for downtown DeKalb at 305 E. Locust St, formerly...

New street signs designed by the university standing tall after being installed around the DeKalb area this semester. (Abbi Sweeney | Northern Star)

Huskie Pride street signs to be installed around DeKalb

By Eric Bjork, News Reporter | August 20, 2022

DeKALB — On the week of Aug. 7, the DeKalb Public Works Department began the installation of brand-new street signs which are NIU themed.  The street signs in Greek Row, located north of the NIU campus, have been replaced with the new signs.  Eventually,...

The Hillcrest shopping mall, 1011 to 1027 W. Hillcrest Drive, is set to be demolished on May 10.  DeKalb Public Works has begun harvesting scrap metal, refrigerators and AC units for recycling.

City prepares Hillcrest shopping mall for demolition

By Elisa Reamer | April 21, 2022
The Hunter Hillcrest shopping mall will be demolished May 10 with plans to build a grocery store and a social services facility on the land.