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  • Mayor and city administrator receive leadership awards from VisitGalena

    DUBUQUE, Iowa–Outspoken in his support of the travel and tourism industry and the local destination marketing organization, Galena Mayor Terry Renner is something special, VisitGalena President & CEO Chris Hamilton told a full house during the Tri-State Tourism Council’s hospitality breakfast at Hotel Julien in Dubuque, Iowa on Thursday, May 14.

  • New veterinarian at Galena Square
    GALENA–Naomi Sprank knew early on exactly what she wanted to do for a career.
  • New role, familiar face
    GALENA–As the new market president for Illinois Bank & Trust’s Galena region, Libby Miller is focused on going above and beyond for bank customers and bank employees.
  • Bat tests positive for rabies

    GALENA–On May 14, Jacqui Yurs had to put down her dog, Laci, after she killed a rabid bat in her living room at 123 West St.

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  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015 12:40 PM

    GALENA–With the possibility that the school district could realize $1 or $2 million for facility renovations, the Galena School Board authorized an application for Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZAB) at its Tuesday, May 19 meeting.

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015 12:13 PM
    GALENA–The Galena Area Emergency Medical Services (EMS), in cooperation from the Galena Police Department, are presenting a bicycle rodeo in the Walmart parking lot on Saturday, June 6 from 9 a.m. to noon. 
  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015 11:57 AM

    SINSINAWA, Wis.–Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters have taken a corporate stance on hydraulic fracturing.

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015 11:56 AM

    THOMSON–Representatives from 15 area chambers of commerce were able to show off their communities to about 150 newly hired employees during a Community Showcase at the Thomson Federal Prison, Thomson, in April.

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015 11:52 AM
    FREEPORT–Highland Community College and the Highland Community College Foundation will team up to offer more than $20,000 in new tuition waivers to students who register early for newly developed classes and programs for the fall 2015 semester. 
  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015 11:49 AM
    SPRINGFIELD–The Illinois Department of Transportation has allocated more than $3.5 million for construction projects in the 45th Senate District during the 2016 fiscal year, according to Sen. Tim Bivins (R-Dixon). 
  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015 11:46 AM

    STERLING–Sterling-Northwestern Illinois Center for Independent Living (NICIL) will hold an “Accessible Healthcare Workshop for Persons with Disabilities” on Tuesday, June 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sterling Federal Bank, 110 E. 4th St., Sterling.

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015 11:38 AM
    DUBUQUE, Iowa–Four area groups have received grants totaling $34,800 from the Dubuque Racing Association. 
  • Frentress homestead property
    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 11:35 AM

    EAST DUBUQUE–The East Dubuque City Council seemed to stretch the Illinois Open Meetings Act when it comes to following its agenda on Monday, May 18.

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015 1:52 PM
    JO DAVIESS COUNTY–Memorial Day events are planned all throughout the county. 
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  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015 11:34 AM
  • St. Matthew golf outing to honor GHS golf team
    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 11:31 AM

    GALENA–St. Matthew Lutheran Church is set to host their 10th annual golf outing at the Galena Golf Club.

  • Pirates bow out against Cougars
    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 11:30 AM

    LANARK–The Galena Pirates entered the Eastland baseball regional in hopes of knocking off the home team in the opening round.

  • Scales Mound/River Ridge tops Lady Pirates
    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 11:27 AM

    GALENA–The Galena Lady Pirates jumped out to a fast start against the higher-seed Scales Mound/River Ridge on Tuesday, May 19 in Galena.

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015 12:03 PM
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015 12:02 PM

    EAST DUBUQUE–Following impressive high school basketball careers, several East Dubuque Warriors will continue their playing careers at the college level.

  • Winter takes helm for SM varsity volleyball team
    Tuesday, May 19, 2015 12:01 PM

    SCALES MOUND–Former Hornet and junior varsity volleyball coach Nicole Winter will take on the head coaching job of the varsity girls volleyball team during the 2015 season.

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015 12:00 PM

    GALENA–Galena girls varsity basketball head coach Jamie Watson will host the annual Galena youth basketball camp, which will be held from Monday, June 1 through Thursday, June 4.

  • Galena hosts 20th annual triathlon
    Tuesday, May 19, 2015 11:58 AM

    GALENA–The 20th annual Galena Triathlon and Duathlon marked a special day for many of those who played a part in the success of the annual event.

  • G-ED-RR girls advance to state
    Tuesday, May 19, 2015 11:56 AM

    HANOVER–As the clouds rolled away and gave way to sunny skies and warmer temperatures, the girls track and field teams from the all over the region gathered at the River Ridge field on Friday, May 15.

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  • Friday, May 29, 2015 3:13 PM

    STOCKTON–Benjamin F. “Ben” Meusel, 79, of Stockton, formerly of Galena, passed away at 12:30 a.m., Thursday, May 28, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

    Visitation will be from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Scales Mound, IL.  Graveside committal services will be at Zion Presbyterian Church Cemetery at Schapville, IL, with Rev. Dottie Morrizo officiating.

    Graveside committal services will be held at Zion Presbyterian Church Cemetery at Schapville, with the Rev. Dottie Morrizo officiating.

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  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015 2:20 PM

    HANOVER–Walter H. “Wally” Mercer, 61, of Hanover, died suddenly as the result of a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Jo Daviess County.

    Cremation Rites were accorded. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

    A memorial fund has been established in Wally’s memory.

    Online condolences may be left for the family at

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  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015 1:14 PM

    ELIZABETH–Rita L. Dittmar, 91, of Elizabeth, died Monday, May 25, 2015, at Midwest Medical Center in Galena.

    Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, May 30, at the Church of St. Mary, Elizabeth. Burial will take place in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Elizabeth.

    Family and friends are invited to share in Rita’s life at

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  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015 12:51 PM

    OWOSSO, Mich.–Jane A. Cordier, 81 of Owosso, Mich., passed away Saturday, May 23, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

    Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, at Nelson-House Funeral Home in Owosso, Mich. with Pastor Mark Kincaid officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.

    Memorial contributions are suggested to Memorial Healthcare Hospice.

    Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015 9:25 AM

    GALENA–William D. “Bill” Burroughs, 81, of Galena, formerly of Menominee, passed away on Friday, May 22, 2015, at the Galena-Stauss Senior Care Community in Galena.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Galena, with the Rev. David Reese officiating. Burial will be in Nativity BVM Cemetery at Menominee, where military honors will be accorded by members of VFW  Post 2665.

    Visitation will be from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque and after 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Michael’s Church in Galena. The Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

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  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015 12:41 PM

    This week’s newspaper marks a watershed week in the life of this business and continuity of the services we offer in this corner of northwest Illinois.

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    1941 was to have been a banner year for me. 
  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015 11:14 AM
    Today before I started to write my column, I learned of a terrible auto accident with fatalities on U.S. 20 in Tapley Woods. 
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015 11:45 AM

    "Poop.” The most hilarious word in the vocabulary of any self-respecting 4 to 7 year old.

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015 11:42 AM

    Internationally people are suffering from various vision disabilities and infinite situations of domestic abuse, and a simple donation from the blessed people of northwest Illinois’s beautiful Jo Daviess County can help these individuals.

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015 11:38 AM
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015 11:32 AM
    One of my daughter Jane’s favorite sayings in high school and college that has continued in our family lexicon is “hoppn’ fiesta.” 
  • Tuesday, May 12, 2015 11:25 AM

    The percentage of overweight children in the United States is growing with one of every three children now considered overweight or obese.

  • Tuesday, May 12, 2015 11:24 AM
    As we sit here in the comparative tranquility of our Midwestern area, transfixed by what is occurring in Baltimore, it is hard to grasp the sad reality of the situation. 
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