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Emily Hurd Christensen — The Norwegian

“I saw really clearly that life was very short, and this was it and I wanted to make a difference or do something with this very short time. This just felt like the right thing to do.”

The Norwegian restaurant is a place that came about by the sheer force of will to make a change in Emily Hurd Christensen’s life and a difference in the community.

Produced by Pablo Korona
Sourced Timelapse: Mark Christensen
Music: Zach Staas, Daniel Pingrey, and Jason Kaye of Wavetop Audio
Colorist: Daniel Skubal
Special thanks to Clark R. Kelly

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Our City, Our Story : Live – Happiness

The theme of this Our City, Our Story : LIVE storytelling night was “Happiness” and Megan Hastings chose to talk about how love brought her happiness. Megan, a self-proclaimed “play-it-safer” took a chance. She asked a question that changed her life.

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Ivy, the Dumpster Puppy

In 2014, Patrick Karceski found puppies that were thrown away in a dumpster. He brought them to Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary, Inc. Rockford IL and they rescued them. One of those puppies, Ivy, was adopted by Jennifer Walker, who brought her to training. At training, the trainer said that Ivy has the temperament to be a great therapy dog. She proudly helps out at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center.

Ivy was thrown away, and now helps people who need help, brightening their day.

Special thank you to Patrick Karceski for providing photographs. Additional footage graciously provided by WIFR TV

Produced by Pablo Korona
Music by Zach Staas, Daniel Pingrey, and Jason Kaye of Mirari Productions

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Bo Chaney – The Adventures of Rob & Rocky

Robert Bo Chaney is dedicated to the cause of helping kids find a path to attainable well-paying jobs, but also bringing diversity to public service for the betterment of the community. After sitting with Bo, and hearing him talk about his vision, we couldn’t help but be inspired to work our hardest to craft his story. Greg Cormier has been helping us out over these past couple months, and this was brought to life by him.

Please take a look at the piece, congratulate Greg on a job well done, and help us share the passion of someone aiming to change our community and other communities across the country.

Produced by Pablo Korona
Shot and edited by Greg Cormier
Music by the inimitable SFC: Zach Staas, Daniel Pingrey and Jason Kaye

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“Instead of a Quinceañera, I had a baby.”

Guadalupe Sena turned 15 on March 10th, the next day her daughter Carina was born. This is a look into the day both Guadalupe and her husband Ricardo have been looking forward to “since day one”. Come along and see what a Quinceńera looks like.

Produced by Pablo Korona
Camera Assistant & Macro Photo shooter: Greg Cormier
Music: Zach Staas, Daniel Pingrey, and Jason Kaye of the intimidable SFC

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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 teach us about Misty’s character.

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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 way to sell her art. This connected to her to New Orleans, Louisiana and perhaps one of the oldest continuous African-American folk art traditions in the country.

Produced by Pablo Korona
Drone : FlyGuy Films
Music : The always stellar SFC : Zach StaasDaniel Pingrey, and Jason Kaye.

Thanks to : Gallery TwoRed Truck Gallery Antieau GalleryThe Craig Tracy Gallery, and HAUNT NOLA.

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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 has become a model for what happens when you create opportunity.