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Lester G. Johnson

Assistant Editor
Lester graduated from Columbia College (Chicago) in 1999 with a bachelors degree in broadcast journalism. He spent time as a news reporter and had many internships at Columbia College, including the school's radio station and at STAR 105.5 in Crystal Lake. Lester joined the Northwest Herald in May 2001, as a part-timer and gained experience in the field. He joined the staff in August 2004.

Ryan Glab

Shaw Suburban Media Interactive Developer
Ryan joined the team in August of 2004 after graduating from Aurora University with a bachelors degree in communication. He played 10 years of football as a kicker, including four at McHenry High School from 1996-1999, and four more at Aurora from 2000-2003. As interactive developer, he develops web sites for Shaw Suburban Media including,,, and, among others.

The Rant

The Rant was born in 1958 in Bohn, Germany, in the shadow of the Iron Curtain. His parents, of Spanish, Kenyan and Wisconsin decent, fled to McHenry County two years later, and The Rant was raised on stories of Alden-Hebron's Judson brothers and the mighty powerhouse known as Crystal Lake Community High School.

In college he double-majored in economics and library science, but unable to count or alphabetize he dropped both majors and found the easiest major he could find.

His new field of journalism made him happy, but although he covered such events as the Iditarod, World Cup, Olympics and the Super Bowl, he couldn't shake the feeling he belonged elsewhere: back home in McHenry County.

When he was offered a chance to become the official coach of, he jumped at it. The rest is history.

He has three great loves: 1. Mrs. Rant, 2. doughnuts, and 3. high school sports. If you'd like to talk about Nos. 2 or 3, e-mail him at Bring up No. 1, and he'll send you a knuckle sandwich, first class, because ain't no one gonna talk nothin' about Mrs. Rant.

McCoy earns All-Big 12 track and field honors

Iowa State junior track and field athlete Kelly McCoy (Cary-Grove) earned All-Big 12 Conference honors this month by placing fifth in the high jump at the indoor conference meet in Ames, Iowa. Read more...

Congratulations Andrew Marsden, March Athlete of the Month!

Marengo keeping athletic resolution secret

At Monday's Marengo school board meeting, the board is set to "recommend approval of athletic conference resolution." Read more...