maple sugar http://northernpublicradio.org en Sue Stephens Wins National Award http://northernpublicradio.org/post/sue-stephens-wins-national-award <p>WNIJ's Sue Stephens has won first place in the nationwide Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI) Awards for Best Writing, presented Saturday night in Cleveland OH.</p><p>She won the award for her story "Rick's Picks: Cheap Trick guitarist's life on display in Rockford," a feature which aired during Morning Edition on August 13, 2012.</p><p>The story chronicled the Burpee Museum of Natural History exhibition of guitars and other memorabilia from the collection of Rick Nielsen, founder of the Rockford-based rock band Cheap Trick, and interviews with Nielsen and his son Miles.</p> Sun, 23 Jun 2013 13:36:33 +0000 WNIJ 31834 at http://northernpublicradio.org Sue Stephens Wins National Award Maple sugaring in Illinois http://northernpublicradio.org/post/maple-sugaring-illinois <p>Maple sugaring season may stir up romantic images of snowy New England woods: buckets dangle from the trees and folks gather around huge steaming kettles, slowly cooking tree sap down into sweet syrup. But did you know you can make your own maple syrup right here in Illinois? In your own yard?&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 16 Mar 2012 10:20:26 +0000 Susan Stephens 8594 at http://northernpublicradio.org Maple sugaring in Illinois