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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...

Editor in Chief Sam Malone (left) and Zack Edwards, Chicago Ridge, stand in front of a tractor at the 2018 Corn Fest

Students should attend Corn Fest

By Sam Malone | August 23, 2019

Whether this will be your first or if you’re bringing someone to their first, popping the Corn Fest kernel is a must.Imagine the joy of butter dripping off your chin after a satisfying chomp on a county-grow corn cob, or the sound of music filling the...

Corn and Chicken will be served in Dusable Hall from 11 to 2 p.m. today as part of a fundraiser for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and B.R.O.T.H.E.R.S.

SHPE to sell chicken and corn today

By Northern Star staff | September 7, 2016

Corn and Chicken will be served in Dusable Hall from 11 to 2 p.m. today as part of a fundraiser for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and B.R.O.T.H.E.R.S.

In-Focus: Your best Halloween costume

By Gina Lorusso, Kim Randall, AJ Edwards, and Danny Cozzi | October 30, 2013

Gina LorussoBack in the day when Disney Channel movies were actually cool, my two best friends and my sister were obsessed with “The Cheetah Girls.”Naturally, when the movie came out in September we instantly knew what we were going to be for Halloween....

Jonamac rises with fall

By Deanna Frances | September 15, 2013

Owners of Jonamac Orchard are prepared for another fall season with renovations.The orchard has opened a kettle corn barn where fresh kettle corn and apple cider slushies are made on the weekends. Owner and manager Kevin McArtor said there is something...

City festival’s food pleased palates

By Kathryn Minniti | September 3, 2013

The food of Corn Fest has come a long way from farmers giving away ears of corn 36 years ago.Ice cream, funnel cakes, burgers, beef and sausages were all provided at the festival.There were many tents and booths serving good food and merchandise, and...

Monsanto Protection Act goes too far

By Holly New | April 8, 2013

Not too long ago, President Barack Obama signed HR 933 into law. Deep within Title VII, deceptively entitled “General Provisions,” lies a single yet terrifying paragraph known as Section 735. This little tidbit of the law “effectively bars federal...

DeKalb can expect cold mornings throughout week

By Olivia Willoughby | April 10, 2012

Mother Nature seems to be back to her old shenanigans again. NIU Meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste said this week is going to be much colder than the last few weeks. “It’s going to be chilly and windy through Thursday, and we’ll be up in the 50s tomorrow,”...

Summer weather produces early harvest

By Joe Olmo | August 30, 2010

This summer, DeKalb County corn crops have thrived, unlike last year. "This is a totally different year," said Russ Deverell, a farmer in Kingston. "The heat has helped to push the corn along and helped the quality of the corn." Mariam Wassmann, director...

Three-year-old Livi Brennan from Plano enjoys corn on the cob at the annual DeKalb Corn Fest Saturday.

DeKalb is all ears for Corn Fest weekend

By Dan Martynowicz | August 24, 2010

DeKalb's 33rd annual Corn Fest took place this past weekend at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport, 3232 Pleasant St. The free music and corn festival is planned, maintained and executed by a volunteer staff every year, according to the event's website. Some...

Andra of Tin Horse burns up the fiddle during Corn Fest Sunday at the DeKalb/Taylor Municipal Airport.

Corn Fest brings out the best in DeKalb

By Heather Skrip | August 23, 2010

When it comes to thinking of a location for exhilarating happenings, DeKalb is usually not the first place to come to mind. However, every year the town puts on Corn Fest— an event its website hails as “one of the last remaining free summer music...