A podcast bringing you the latest news from Freeport, Illinois.


July 18, 2024 12 mins
  1. Road repairs after solar farm construction
  2. Pool-a-Palooza rescheduled to 3 August
  3. No-appointment sports physical clinic
  4. It's Fair Time!
  5. The Fair has been around quite a while… (some history of the Stephenson County Fair)
  6. National Ice Cream Day!
    1. Union Dairy interview hosted by FREEPOD and TimBeck2 host Tim Connors
    2. Paper Bag Ice Cream recipe
  7. The week ahead….
    1. FHN Healthy Heart Hustle this Saturday
    2. Presentation by John Lynn of t...
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FREEPOD and TimBeck2 host Tim Connors visits with Andrea Winter, Executive Director for the Greater Freeport Partnership about the challenges and opportunities she sees in Freeport’s future.

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July 11, 2024 13 mins
  1. Tutty is here!
  2. Don’t FLiRT with COVID!
  3. Stephenson County Fair 23-27 July
  4. Sound Thinking expands (‘shots fired’ police alert technology)
  5. Pool-a-Palooza at Krape Park
  6. Glow Golf at Krape Park
  7. Sarah Buchmann as Carole King at Beautiful at HCC
  8. The sound of music is everywhere!
    1. Music on Debate Square 11 July – Big Bands tribute
    2. Music Under the Stars Music at Krape Park 14 July
  9. The week ahead….
    1. Monday night grilled burgers and live ...
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July 9, 2024 22 mins

FREEPOD host Tim Connors interviews Freeport Mayor Jodi Miller and Tutty Baker Fest committee member Nakita Woods about all the fun and food at the Tutty Baker Fest July 12-14.

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July 4, 2024 17 mins
  1. Locust Avenue road work
  2. Music on Chicago adds to Fourth of July weekend festivities
  3. YMCA lease, salary increases approved at Highland Community College
  4. Fehr Graham on Top 500 Design Firms list
  5. Illinois is the third-best state to move to
  6. Fishing at Krape Park
  7. Pool-a-Palooza family swimming pool event
  8. Downtown Farmers Market expands experiences
  9. Classic Film Series: The Matrix
  10. Wednesday morning kids’ movies at the Lindo
  11. Healthy Heart Hustle
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July 2, 2024 18 mins

FREEPOD host Alan Wenzel interviews Dr. Jack Herrmann, Clinical Associate Professor in Veterinary Clinical Medicine at the University of Illinois-Champagne, who also has a Master’s degree in public health. He has served as a Congressional Science Fellow in the U.S. Senate office of Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, where he developed public health policy related to dietary supplements, genetically engineered organisms, and public healt...

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June 27, 2024 15 mins
  1. New water well for Freeport
  2. What do you need to do in your garden in July?
  3. A peach of a deal
  4. Garbage Rates Frozen
  5. Childhood vaccinations and measles
  6. School physicals
  7. Registration open for 2024-2025 school year
  8. Franchise agreement with Comcast
  9. Farmers markets
  10. Music Under the Stars Patriotic Concert
  11. Sign up for FREEPOD on a podcast platform
  12. The week ahead… ...
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Shary Gibson interviews Margaret Larson, University of Illinois County Extension Director serving Stephenson, Jo Daviess, and Winnebago counties, about the many services and events available through Extension.

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June 20, 2024 19 mins
  1. Waste Water Treatment Plant groundbreaking
  2. Roadwork update
  3. Gran Fonda Bike Ride Against Cancer
  4. Dessert With Dad at Krape Park
  5. VOICES Garden Walk Fundraiser
  6. Walnut Acres star rating
  7. Juneteenth celebration
    1. FREEPOD host Tim Connors with a short interview
  8. Pretzel City 5K
  9. The week ahead…
    1. 3rd Ward cleanup today, 20 June, 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
    2. Music on Debate Square featuring Kendra Swanson tonight, June 20, at 6:30
    3. Music Under the...
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June 18, 2024 13 mins

FREEPOD host Becky Connors of TimBeck2 interviews Nicky Arn, President of the Freeport Concert Band.

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June 13, 2024 14 mins

1. Father’s Day 2024 – ideas to celebrate

a. Golf, mini-golf

b. Rides on the Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad of Freeport

c. Movies at the Lindo Theatre

2. United Way Day of Action

3. Oakdale Tabernacle update

4. New business: Bespoke tailoring

5. New Fire Department equipment

6. Benefits of Trees

7. Freeport Park District Executive Director leaving

8. 2024 Music Under the Stars begins Sun...

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FREEPOD host Alan Wenzel interviews The Computer Tutor Ed Alderman for tips on how to avoid getting caught in email scams.

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June 6, 2024 14 mins
  1. Timber Industries for woody landscape debris
  2. FACC expands, moves location
  3. The musical BEAUTIFUL comes to HCC
  4. Freeport Student Garden accepts SNAP and Link Match Programs
  5. Summer EBT/SUN Bucks for groceries for low-income families
  6. Bird flu and you
  7. A word or two about raw milk
  8. The week ahead…
    1. Healthy Kids Day and FHN Health Fair 2024
    2. Music on Chicago
    3. Next week’s in-depth interview with Computer Tutor Ed Alderman
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June 4, 2024 17 mins

FREEPOD host Alan Wenzel conducts our first in-depth interview with Jessica Modica, Executive Director of the Freeport Art Museum, for just over 15 minutes about their exciting plans for the future of the museum.

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May 30, 2024 18 mins
  1. Storm aftermath
  2. Pretzels boys’ baseball team loses in semifinal game
  3. The cicadas are here!
  4. Cicada weekend!
  5. Freeport Public Library Summer Reading Program begins
  6. Small Town Heroes
  7. Food Fight for Cancer
  8. Theatre adds alcoholic beverages to theatre refreshments
  9. Highland Community College International Athlete Diego Yepez Sosa
  10. Migratory bird support
  11. The week ahead…
    1. Community Forum with Mayor, County Board Chair, and Township Supervisor
    2. NAAC...
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May 23, 2024 16 mins
  1. Severe Thunderstorms Impact Freeport Area
  2. National Travel & Tourism Week—what tourism does for Freeport
  3. Memorial Day…parade, steam train rides, and NEW Krape Park mini-golf course
  4. Boys & Girls Club Thanks Gardener Ted Odendahl
  5. 100 Women Who Care Community Donation
  6. State Bank Celebrates 25-year Anniversary
  7. Watch what you’re planting – some garden plants are toxic to pets and kids
  8. Healthy physical competition for the summer to b...
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May 16, 2024 16 mins

1. New internet provider coming to town

2. $400,000 for road safety comes to Freeport

3. 2024-2025 school physicals

4. Freeport Speech team receives additional award

5. Spring clean-ups continue

6. Freeport Fire Department is hiring

7. New police officers sworn in

8. HCC International Athletes – Jeyson Polanco

9. Stephenson County Historical Society plant sale

10. Longer format intervie...

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May 9, 2024 15 mins
  1. Aquin High School closes
  2. Freeport high school tennis team wins NIC-10 trophy
  3. Lena Living Center and YMCA partner for free senior-oriented classes
  4. Spring clean-up continues throughout Freeport
  5. Mother's Day 2024 – Freeport gift ideas for Mom
  6. Pretzel City Wine Fest
  7. Migratory Bird Day
  8. Farmers Markets open this Saturday
  9. Mail carrier food drive
    1. Local Freeport mail delivery historical tidbits
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May 2, 2024 16 mins
  1. Do drink the water…in Freeport!
  2. Teacher receives Golden Apple nomination
  3. Arbor Day Foundation Names Freeport A 2023 Tree City USA®
  4. The Totality: A First-Person Eclipse Story
  5. Cicadas are Coming
  6. New Freeport First Responders
  7. Annual YMCA fundraiser
  8. Improve your emotional health
  9. Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Two Spirit Gathering
  10. Rt 26 road work
  11. Looking ahead…
    1. Freeport High School Theatre Department presents MOON OVER BUFFALO
    2. Re...
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April 25, 2024 13 mins
  1. Please remember to take our survey at!
  2. “Non-Sanctuary County” resolution passed
  3. Street work equipment and training enhancement
  4. Ribbon cuttings
  5. Spring Chicken Run
  6. Housing Demolition Update
  7. Dispensary opens
  8. Cranes! (the bird kind 😊)
  9. Binoculars for sixth graders
  10. Litter pickup
  11. Clean heat program
  12. Pretzel Fest
  13. Classic Film Series: The Magnificent Seven
  14. Looking ahead….
    1. Arbor Day event at Krape Park
    2. Maria’s Pizza reopens
    3. Stephenso...
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