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Mom calls attention to soldiers' ultimate sacrifice

Hinsdale's Roseann Coyner was driving her daughter to her new job in Seattle in mid-August when they passed through North Ogden, Utah. In 2018, North Ogden's mayor Brent Taylor was... — Updated 9/22/2021

 By Ken Knutson    News 

Bagley House gets Wright buyer

An early Frank Lloyd Wright design on County Line Road in Hinsdale was saved from potential demolition after being purchased last week by preservationists. The 1894-built Frederick... — Updated 9/22/2021

 By Ken Knutson    Sports

Krueger keeps HC boys golf on course

Central varsity boys varsity golf coach Jess Krueger recalled a standout Hinsdale Central golfer years ago boasting in the team van about his superior shot-making skills. Krueger,... — Updated 9/15/2021



What does the American Legion do for vets? Last weekend's 20th anniversary 9/11 commemorations reminded Americans both of the tremendous loss suffered and the stirring acts of... — Updated 9/15/2021

 By Ken Knutson    News

New nurse takes on crucible of COVID

When Hinsdale native Andrea Kopp decided to pursue nursing as a livelihood, she never expected to launch her career in the middle of pandemic. Now, almost two months into her nurse... — Updated 9/15/2021

 By Ken Knutson    Sports

Student athlete profile

Name: Libby Larson Year: senior Hometown: Hinsdale When did you start playing golf? Golf has always been in my life since a very young age because both my brother and father loved... — Updated 9/8/2021

 By Ken Knutson    Pulse

We promise to never forget

Do you remember where you were 20 years ago this Saturday? The events of Sept. 11, 2001, are seared into our collective memory. Disbelief, horror, anguish and fear suddenly ruled... — Updated 9/8/2021

 By Ken Knutson    News

Preservation incentives considered

As part of an ongoing exploration of ways to protect the town’s historic homes, Hinsdale officials are considering initiatives to give restoration an edge over demolition. Speaking at a joint meeting of the village trustees and... — Updated 9/8/2021

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Local resident brings his passion to the playhouse

British ex-pat John Baderman operated lighting and sound for community theaters back in his native London, including for his uncle's troupe, which performed shows in a synagogue. Af... — Updated 9/8/2021



Why is weather fascinating? With New Orleans and the Louisiana coast picking up the pieces after Hurricane Ida's devastating blow, severe weather events are top of mind for many.... — Updated 9/1/2021

 By Ken Knutson    News

Merchants content to comply with the mask mandate

In the wake of Gov. JB Pritzker's indoor mask mandate that took effect Monday to address rising COVID-19 cases, Hinsdale businesses say the impact has been minimal. Ryan Moore, mana... — Updated 9/1/2021

 By Ken Knutson    Pulse

Enrolling new pup-ils

Pepper knew there was a treat in the hand that was moving past the left side of her head. Tracking it all the way around wasn't the dog's inclination at first. But after a couple... — Updated 8/25/2021

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Resident's volunteer work gives community a boost

"Volunteers do not necessarily have the time. They just have the heart." That quote hangs in the mudroom of the Anderson family's Hinsdale home. The words resonate keenly with mom... — Updated 8/25/2021

 By Ken Knutson    News

Road repairs, water main renewal work in town rolls ahead

More than 2 miles of roadway have been resurfaced — with a half-mile fully reconstructed — and 5,864 feet of water main replaced in Hinsdale this construction season. Those are the figures reported by village engineer Dan... — Updated 8/25/2021

 By Ken Knutson    News

D181 readies for full in-person school year

Ensure in-person learning and adhere to safety measures to limit COVID-19-related interruptions. Those are primary 2021-22 school-year goals for Community Consolidated School District 181, according to Superintendent Hector... — Updated 8/18/2021

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Longtime resident has seen town grow up

The north end of Hinsdale felt more rural than suburban when Virginia Feller and her husband, Bernie, moved there in the 1950s. "This was like a country town then," said the... — Updated 8/11/2021

 By Ken Knutson    News

New shops ready to welcome patrons

Rino Burdi said 24 W. Hinsdale Ave. is the perfect fit for Burdi Clothing shop. "It's like my man cave," he said with a smile. Burdi started in the menswear business with his... — Updated 8/11/2021

 By Ken Knutson    Sports

Central's Naisbitt nets coaching honor

John Naisbitt took over as Hinsdale Central head boys varsity tennis coach in 2010, shepherding the program to runner-up and fifth-place state meet finishes his first two seasons.... — Updated 8/4/2021


It takes a village - BRIAN KING, POLICE CHIEF

At the time of the infamous Brown's Chicken Massacre in Palatine in early 1993, Hinsdale Police Chief Brian King was a detective with the Wilmette Police Department. The horrific in... — Updated 8/4/2021

 By Ken Knutson    News

Demand is rolling for year-old deck

Hinsdale's downtown parking deck marked one year of operation last month, and its inaugural performance review seems favorable. "It's served the intended purpose, and that was to... — Updated 8/4/2021

 By Ken Knutson    News

Middle ground eyed in D86 science battle

Hinsdale High School District 86 students will have some latitude in choosing science classes starting in the 2022-23 school year under a compromise plan. After more than two hours of discussion on the contentious issue of science... — Updated 7/29/2021

 By Ken Knutson    Pulse

'High School Musical Jr.' in session

By Ken Knutson [email protected] "We're all in this together!" cast members belt out in the catchy "High School Musical Jr." theme song. The lyric takes on new meaning in l... — Updated 7/28/2021

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

After amplified career, vocalist coaches others' voices

Singer Patricia Hurd had just returned to Chicago from a multi-year working tour of Europe in the late 1980s. She needed to earn some money before pursuing a new opportunity across... — Updated 7/28/2021

 By Ken Knutson    Sports

Dolehide has a blast on the grass

Hinsdale's Caroline Dolehide experienced a fortnight to remember at The Championships at Wimbledon earlier this month as the pro tennis player reached the tournament's semifinals in... — Updated 7/21/2021



Dan Deeter was working as an engineering consultant on private construction projects in 2008 when the Great Recession took a wrecking ball to the market. "I was designing and... — Updated 7/21/2021


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