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Ice forms on the fallen trees that are stuck on the Oregon dam. Bitter winter temps were forecast for mid-week with a warm-up this weekend. Photo by Earleen Hinton

• WORKFORCE Continued from Page 4 However, the county remained in the state-mandated Economic Development District with Winnebago, Stephenson, and Boone, and that, state officials said, could not continue. Their solution was for Ogle to change LWIAs. Gouker, however, disagreed. He said a better solution was for the state to change the Economic Development District map to coincide with LWIAs. Rauner’s decision made that possible. Programs in Ogle County’s LWIA are operated by BEST, Inc., a LaSalle firm, with offices in Oregon and other cities within the LWIA. Gouker said last summer that if Ogle County was forced to change LWIAs, the Oregon office would be moved to Belvidere.

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Vintage collectors offer treasures at Mt. Morris’ February Finds BY VINDE WELLS vwells@oglecountynews.com

An interest in vintage furniture and other items has turned into a hobby and retirement business for a Polo couple. “We do antiques and collectibles and we refurbish and rework things before we sell them,” Marla Buskohl said. “It was basically going to be our retirement job but it started earlier than we intended.” She retired a few years ago but her husband Tom still works fulltime. The couple will offer their trea-

sures at the seventh annual February Finds Antiques an Collectibles Market on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Mt. Morris Moose Family Center. The event is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Buskohl said they started going to auctions about 15 years ago and buying some things they liked as a hobby. “Friends who were already dealers suggested we go into selling,” she said. “It took off from there.” They were soon setting up at flea markets, including the Pec Thing, and expanded from there. “Once people see what you have and your style they invite you to

other places,” Buskohl said. “We’ve met a lot of people and made good friends doing this.” Now they also have their collectibles for sale at Split Decisions at Conover Square in Oregon, Roadhouse Antiques in Creston, Waterfront Antiques in Dixon, and Great River Road Antiques in Fulton. Buskohl said she goes to several auctions per week to maintain their inventory. She looks for items of different styles and time periods. “We do a little of every decade because trends change, colors change. You have to do your home-

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