NEXT UP: The Nelson family farm of rural Paxton and the Loda-Buckley area, operated by Rick and Pat Nelson, and their son and his wife, Mike and Manda. It’s a farm operation that extends back to 1910, started by Rick’s great-grandparents. Both Rick and Mike are Paxton High grads — 1970 and 2…

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This time any other year, the lobby inside the Premier Co-op in Tolono would be buzzing with farmers talking about winter weather, the Illini and what they got — or missed out on — for Christmas.

'I’m especially grateful for the time I spent with our late CEO, Tom Tracy, who passed away unexpectedly last year. He was a mentor to me at a particularly pivotal time in my life and career. Given his untimely passing, I’m humbled to have called him a mentor.'

Outdoor dining, expungements, Halloween trick or treating, Champaign high schools' progress, Urbana sunflowers, Daylight Saving Time, lights-out over an interstate bridge, the county treasurer's office and the best sledding hill in Champaign-Urbana.

Jake Lieb knows exactly where Lieb Farms’ missing bison are.

It’s just that the bison are holed up in a wooded area in the midst of thick, overgrown brush honeysuckle where people can’t get to them, Lieb said Friday.

Due to closures to meat packing plants, protein became more expensive and difficult to come by. Customers started flocking to Lieb Farms for their meat, which usually costs more than beef but was suddenly priced competitively.