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Business notebook: Magnuson Hotel of Dixon opens

The new Magnuson Hotel in Dixon has undergone an indoor renovation to bring it up to date. The hotel has 91 rooms available for booking.
The new Magnuson Hotel in Dixon has undergone an indoor renovation to bring it up to date. The hotel has 91 rooms available for booking.

DIXON – Magnuson Hotel of Dixon, the former Reagan Hotel, opened April 12 and already has hosted 11 guests, general manager Wil Vazquez said.

The hotel at 443 state Route 2 has 91 rooms for booking, not all of which are available yet, Vazquez said.

For more information, go to or call 815-677-9950.

Dentist has cancer screening system

STERLING – A Brush with Dentistry now uses the VELscope Oral Cancer Screening System to help detect cancerous or precancerous growths.

The new system uses a blue spectrum light to detect abnormalities. A screening adds only 1 or 2 minutes to an exam, and is painless, Dr. Shailee Patel said in a news release.

Her practice is at 2308 E. Lincolnway, Suite D. Call 815-625-0797 to learn more.

Pit Stop Express Care has new machines

STERLING – Pit Stop Express Care has two new automatic car wash machines available 24/7 at 2000 E. Fourth St.

Customers may select any of four washes ranging from $5 to $9. The $6, $7 and $9 washes include underbody flushes. The $9 wash includes Rain-X windshield treatment.

The machines accept debit and credit cards and cash. Customers also can buy wash cards and put money on them from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The Pit Stop Express Care at 600 W. U.S. Route 30 has two of the same machines with the same packages. The Rock Falls shop has had them more than a year.

Call the Sterling location at 815-626-2000 or the Rock Falls shop at 815-622-9400 for more information.

Portrait studio in Walmart closed

STERLING – Picture Me photo studio closed March 30 at the Walmart at 4115 E. Lincolnway.

Picture Me studios were owned by St. Louis-based CPI Corp., which discontinued operations April 4 because of financial challenges and operating losses, the Wall Street Journal reported.

w“We are working to help ensure our customers receive the photos they ordered from CPI,” said Danit Marquardt, a a Walmart spokeswoman. “If we are not able to get the photos from CPI, we will refund the cost of the photos to customers with a valid receipt at the customer service desk at the store where the order was placed.” 

Customers can call 800-925-6278 with questions.

Have a business tip? Let us know. Email SVM reporters Bridget Flynn, or Derek Barichello,, or call 800-798-4085, ext. 521 or 526.

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