Mother of them all. Coach Misty Opat.

It is in Coach Opat’s nature to inherently be Mother of them all. Leader. Coach. Mother. and more… Not many people know the many challenges Coach Misty Opat has chosen to engage in her life. Difficult, selfless and life-changing decisions […]

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PRESENTING PARTNERS

The Trail of Betsy’s Beads

Rockford artist Betsy Youngquist (BYART) travels to sell the art she makes at her home in Rockford. When the art fairs she was selling in didn’t bring the income she needed to survive as an artist, she chose a different […]

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Crust & Crumbles

When Jojo G. needed a job, she took a chance to call the Rockford City Market to pitch a booth. She bluffed her way into a path that has now become her career. See how this passionate mother and entrepreneur […]

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INVESTORS

Our City, Our Story : Live – Sharon Nesbit-Davis

Take a moment to listen to this deeply moving struggle revolving around marriage, motherhood, and the discrimination she received from a doctor for being married to a black man. Part of our Our City, Our Story : Live event, storytellers […]

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That One Time I Saw My Grandpa’s Junk

Part of our “Our City, Our Story : Live” event, storytellers got up and told stories around a theme. The theme this event was “The One TIme…” This is Jim Yeager telling a story about his grandfather. The title of […]

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