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Wally Thurow, known as Mr. Pumpkin, poses in the mid-1990s during the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival. A statue of Thurow, who helped found the festival, will be unveiled today to help start this year’s Pumpkin Festival.

‘Mr. Pumpkin’ memorial to be unveiled

By Mitchell Spence | October 22, 2014

A statue created to honor one of the founders of the Pumpkin Festival, Wally “Mr. Pumpkin” Thurow, will be unveiled today to help kick off the festival.Pumpkin Festival Committee President Jerry Malmassari said Thurow never stopped thinking of ideas...

Alumni food truck to launch Kickstarter

By Mitchell Spence | October 14, 2014

The alumni behind Hungry Huskies Inc. will start fundraising Monday to purchase a food truck that will provide meals during football games.Jordan Delegal, Hungry Huskies Inc. cofounder, said the goal for the company is to gain $25,000 through a crowdfunding...

Prospective students pose with Victor E. Huskie during NIU’s Open House and Campus Tour in April 2014. The Open House — the biggest in NIU’s history — drew in more than 4,000 prospective students.

Victor E. Huskie in contention for Hall of Fame nomination

By Mitchell Spence | September 30, 2014

Victor E. Huskie has made it to the final round of a poll being conducted by the Chicago Tribune for a Mascot Hall of Fame nomination.The poll, hosted on the newspaper’s website at, has four contestants in the final round of public voting....

Mason wants eatery added to laundromat

By Mitchell Spence | September 25, 2014

Mason Properties plans to open a laundromat on South Fourth Street within 120 days, and he plans to add a restaurant and bowling alley to the building.Co-owners Jim and Linda Mason are moving forward with plans to build the laundromat at 1401 S. Fourth...

University Plaza renovation plan not winning over some residents

University Plaza renovation plan not winning over some residents

By Gavin Weaver | September 23, 2014

Senior finance major Xianwei Du (left) and senior accounting major Sizhe Wang (right) play ping pong Wednesday in the lobby of University Plaza. Some residents are unhappy with impending renovations that will change University Plaza from residence hall-style living spaces into apartments.

Local residents and their families flocked to Kite Fest sundsay to watch and fly kites of all shapes and colors near Annies Woods in front of the Engineering building.

Kite Fest features 90-foot kites

By Mitchell Spence | September 14, 2014

The ninth annual Kite Fest was expected to draw 3,000 to 5,000 visitors Sunday, said Debbie Armstrong, DeKalb County Convention and Visitor Bureau executive director.Kite Fest is always held on the second Sunday of September and is free for all guests....

Regionalization considered for DeKalb-Taylor Airport

By Mitchell Spence | September 10, 2014

The city is considering regionalizing the DeKalb-Taylor Municipal Airport to draw in more commercial businesses.There has been talk of increasing the area the airport services and drawing more business to it, said 5th Ward Alderman Ronald Naylor. Naylor...

Anti-smoking ordinance debate continues

By Mitchell Spence | September 3, 2014

Some are still worried about a potential loss of business from an ordinance that will ban smoking on patios starting Thursday.Smokers will be required to move 15 feet away from patios in public spaces, which some think will send patrons elsewhere or cause...

UPlaza upgrades concern landlords

By Mitchell Spence | August 26, 2014

Local landlords are worried University Plaza’s change to an apartment-style living setup is moving too fast.DeKalb Area Rental Association members voiced their concerns on the speed of the redevelopment plans for University Plaza, 900 Crane Drive, at...

Firefighter training nearing completion

By Mitchell Spence | April 30, 2014

The DeKalb Fire Department plans to complete firefighter training on use of the Sterling F4 Personal Safety Device within the next two weeks.The Sterling F4 Personal Safety Device is a piece of equipment that is assembled before an emergency and clips...

Members of Alpha Epsilon Pi and B’nai B’rith International stand in silence in remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust Monday in front of Cole Hall.

Students walk in silence to remember Holocaust

By Mitchell Spence | April 28, 2014

Students honored Yom Ha’Shoah and remembered the Holocaust through a silent walk Monday.The event was organized by the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity partnered with Hillel, a Jewish student group, and other volunteers in remembrance of victims of the Holocaust....