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New police station deemed as ‘necessary’ by some

By Northern Star Staff | September 25, 2012

Construction continues on the new police station on Lincoln Highway. The new station, to be located at 700 W. Lincoln Highway, will be funded by adjustments in the city budget. The City Council conducted a needs study and a sites study which took place...

Mayor Povlsen won’t run for mayor again

By Lauren Dielman | September 23, 2012

DeKalb Mayor Kris Povlsen announced he will not be running for re-election in this April. Povlsen served 11 years as an alderman and five years as mayor. “I think the main reason is after 16 years, maybe it’s time to step down,” Povlsen said. “I’ve...

This July 27, 2011, file photo provided by the DeKalb County Sheriffs Department in Sycamore, Ill, shows Jack Daniel McCullough, 72, of Seattle.

Maria Ridulph’s childhood friend speaks at McCullough trial

By Lauren Dielman | September 11, 2012

Kathy Sigman Chapman, a childhood friend of victim Maria Ridulph, spoke on Tuesday at the DeKalb County Courthouse. Jack McCullough, 72, is on trial, facing charges of kidnapping and murdering Ridulph on Dec. 3, 1957. On that day, Sigman, now 62, said...

Organization seeks to improve city, attract businesses

By Maria Ahmad | August 29, 2012

Re:New DeKalb is a local organization which attempts to revitalize the downtown area. The group installed new streetlights and sidewalks, added trees and street furniture to Lincoln Highway and Locust Street, and buried and removed overhead electric wires....

Freddy E. Sparks-Ward

Butler stabbed Sunday, back in gym Monday

By Lauren Dielman | July 24, 2012

DeKALB | Football player Devon Butler, 20, received a knife wound in his upper chest after being involved in an altercation Sunday morning in the 800 block of Regent Drive, according to a press release from the DeKalb Police Department. At 3 a.m., Butler...

Nonprofit day to be held for education

By Lauren Dielman | July 24, 2012

DeKALB | Many agencies will come together to celebrate Nonprofit Day on Wednesday. “Nonprofit day is a workshop that has occurred three years before by leaders in the nonprofit community to offer resources and training to other area nonprofits,” said...

Some NIU services still open over summer

By Lauren Dielman | May 6, 2012

The Academic Advising Center, Founders Memorial Library, Career Services and the Huskie Den are among the many places on campus open for students to enjoy over the summer. The Academic Advising Center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through...

Peters addresses summer projects, renovations at University Council meeting

By Lauren Dielman | May 2, 2012

At the last University Council meeting of the semester, NIU President John Peters addressed all the projects and renovations taking place over the summer. Peters said the university will also focus on transitioning to a completely wireless campus. Peters...

Prairie State Winery offers wine tastings, live music

By Lauren Dielman | May 2, 2012

Those over 21 have a new place to enjoy complimentary wine tastings, live music and snacks: Prairie State Winery, 322 W. State St. in Sycamore. Rick Mamoser, Prairie State Winery owner and NIU alumni, said the Sycamore location opened on March 13. “We’ve...

Research Rookies explore fungal growth and dissemination

Research Rookies explore fungal growth and dissemination

By Lauren Dielman | May 1, 2012

A certain kind of fungal growth, Aspergillus nidulans, may affect patients with weak immune systems. Research Rookie Justin Durancik, sophomore biology major, and Ana Calvo, professor of biological sciences, will conduct an investigation of fungal growth...

Carly Stadie, 17, of Hampshire plays with a kitten Wednesday evening at TAILS Humane Society, 2250 Barber Greene Rd. DeKalb.

Philanthropy and Volunteerism class raising money for TAILS

By Lauren Dielman | April 30, 2012

Philanthropy starts in the classroom. Some students are raising money for a cause in their Philanthropy and Volunteerism class (PSPA 401). The money raised will benefit TAILS, 2250 Barber Greene Road, a local not-for-profit animal shelter. Isabelle Bourgeois,...

Faculty Senate discusses academic summer session, grade change proposal

By Lauren Dielman | April 25, 2012

At its last meeting of the semester, Faculty Senate discussed the academic summer session, a grade change proposal and online teaching evaluations. One of the most highly debated topics of the night was the academic summer session. Faculty Senate President...