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A line of people wait outside the doors of Excelleaf before its grand opening. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

Excelleaf grand opening promotes ‘high’ hopes for DeKalb

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | December 3, 2023

DeKALB – A soft drizzle and a cold winter morning didn’t stop a line of people trailing around Excelleaf’s building at 305 E. Locust St., anticipating their first purchase from DeKalb County’s first marijuana dispensary. At 9 a.m. Friday, Excelleaf...

A sign denoting a polling location hangs from the door of Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center, the on-campus polling location for the consolidated election Tuesday in DeKalb. The election saw a 10% turnout for registered voters in DeKalb County. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

DeKalb City Council election results trickle in

By Bridgette Fox, Written Managing Editor | April 4, 2023

Editor’s note: This piece will be updated to reflect the results as votes are counted. Unofficial results can be found on the DeKalb County website. DeKALB – Elections for DeKalb City Council alderman in wards 1, 3, 5 and 7 were held Tuesday. This...

The location for Excelleaf Dispensary, which was approved for a special permit to operate in the city of DeKalb, sits vacant at 305 E. Locust St. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

City Council approves dispensary special permit

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | February 14, 2023

DeKALB – DeKalb City Council approved a special permit for Excelleaf Dispensary during Monday’s meeting, marking the official sanctioning of the first cannabis dispensary in the city and DeKalb County. The location was approved last Monday at the...