Blue River's History

Deere - Blue River Technology

Deere & Co. is acquiring Blue River Technology, a Silicon Valley firm that has applied machine learning in precision agriculture. The implement pictured here, pulled by a John Deere tractor, shows the tech firm's technology on spraying equipment.

John Deere paid $305 million for Blue River Technology. So what did that money pay for? We break down Blue River's history, from how their founders met to their first success with a lettuce-tending robot. Get the full story here.

Bill Wundram's good girl

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Molly checks out Wash N' Waggin, which advertises organic water as part of its dog wash deal. 

Molly, a 5-year-old Havanese dog, is living a pampered existence with Bill Wundram. Take in this gallery of the pair in recent years, out on the town or working in Bill's QC-Times office. 

Madison Keys favored

Madison Keys

Madison Keys of Rock Island returns the ball Monday in the third set of her fourth-round match against Elina Svitolina of Ukraine at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. Keys upset the fourth-seeded Svitolina 7-6 (2), 1-6, 6-4.

As of noon Thursday, Rock Island native Madison Keys is the heavy favorite to win her semifinal match tonight at the U.S. Open, according to several major sportsbook sites.

Keys played CoCo Vandeweghe — her opponent tonight in New York City — twice last month at tournaments on American soil, and she won both matches.

Catch up on Keys' chances with reporter Jack Cullen.


It's another cool night with temperatures reaching the mid-50s.


Open roads ahead, with the bridges clear for your evening drives.