Boone County Sweet Treats

When the heat index increases, visions of chocolate malts, root beer floats, and ice cream cones start dancing in our brains. Over the years, finding a sweet treat in Boone County has never been too difficult. One of the best-remembered sweet stops in Belvidere was Knapp’s Coffee Shop. Many Belvidere residents fondly recall the sandwiches, coffee, signature malt shakes, and great conversation served up at Knapp’s. Opened during the worst of the Great Depression in 1931, Doc and his wife Irene served Belvidere at their South State Street...

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Trail Tales

It’s a lovely summer afternoon in northern Boone County. Red-winged blackbirds balance on waving stems of prairie grasses; pockets of trees stand like islands in the broad green farm fields stretching to the horizon. These are your surroundings from the seat of a bicycle on the Long Prairie Trail, a 14-mile walking and biking trail that connects Capron to Caledonia and wends through Boone County farmland, prairie, and woods. But there is more to the trail than what can be seen by the eye. The history of this region lies along the trail’s...

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