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EIC: One hell of a year

By Keith Hernandez | December 7, 2015

As the headline so gracefully puts it, 2015 has been full of surprises for me.My first big surprise was getting hired as the Northern Star’s managing editor in January, a high point for a student who barely graduated high school. My second, however,...

Fairdale residents celebrate first rebuilds

By Mateusz Kruk | September 21, 2015

A partially constructed house is seen Sunday in Fairdale. Residents of the unincorporated township held a welcome home party Sunday to honor all that was lost and celebrate the gathering of the community in the reconstruction of the area. “We are a lot closer,” said Don Brown, 61, of Fairdale, about the residents who survived the tornado.

An April 9 tornado left a path of destruction on April 9 along Route 251 and Route 64. 

DeKalb Board approves Fairdale rezone

By Northern Star staff | July 2, 2015

Fairdale residents whose homes were destroyed by a tornado on April 9 will be able to apply for less restrictive building permits Thursday.The DeKalb County Board approved an ordinance that rezoned the unincorporated town of Fairdale, allowing residents...

NIU professor captures tornado in northern Illinois

Storm-chasing professor to talk tornado destruction, management

By Northern Star staff | April 22, 2015

Meteorology professor Walker Ashley will explain how an April 9 tornado could have played out at an upcoming symposium.The symposium will focus on tornado and weather preparedness in light of the April 9 tornado. Ashley followed and took photos of the...

Stillman Valley man charged with looting, attempted looting in Fairdale

By Northern Star staff | April 21, 2015

A Stillman Valley man faces charges of looting and attempted looting in Fairdale after police said they found donated items in his home Sunday.DeKalb County Sheriff deputies searched the home of Richard Burtch, 45 and found donated items, including tubes,...

DeKalb rushes to help after tornado

By Northern Star Editorial Board | April 20, 2015

The tornado relief and cleanup effort demonstrated by the people of DeKalb has been nothing short of amazing.NIU sent public safety personnel to areas that were hit the hardest by the April 9 tornado that killed two and injured 22 in DeKalb and Ogle counties...

Rebuilding in Fairdale up to town’s residents

Rebuilding in Fairdale up to town’s residents

By Northern Star staff | April 20, 2015

The future of Fairdale is uncertain as volunteers continue into their second week of cleanup.A tornado that hit DeKalb County on April 9 — one of 11 across Illinois that day — left two dead, 22 injured and 34 homes destroyed. The cost of reconstruction...

Volunteers needed for Sunday tornado relief work

By Northern Star staff | April 17, 2015

About 250 volunteers are needed noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday to help with tornado relief.All volunteers must be 15 or older, and those younger than 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Volunteers must wear hard-soled boots or shoes and long pants....

Student survives tornado that killed 2 in Fairdale

Student survives tornado that killed 2 in Fairdale

By Jackie Nevarez | April 13, 2015

Thursday was like any other start to the weekend for Sarahlynn Basit, who was visiting her boyfriend’s apartment in Fairdale.Basit, a junior family and child studies major, said she always spends a lot of time with her boyfriend, Josh Kroesch, 23, in...

Northern Rehab collecting supplies for tornado victims

By Northern Star staff | April 10, 2015

Northern Rehab is serving as a collection center for donations to victims of Thursday's tornadoes.Donations can be dropped off at any of the Northern Rehab offices:3266 Resource Parkway in DeKalb232 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb540 E. Main St. in Genoa1211...

Guide: Where and how to donate to tornado victims

By Northern Star staff | April 10, 2015

Two people were left dead and at least 11 injured after tornadoes swept through northern Illinois on Thursday.Donations for the tornado victims are being accepted throughout the area. Look below for a complete guide for how and where you can donate:DeKalbDeKalb...