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Last Thursday morning sometime after 11 a.m., lightning struck Prairie Ridge. Some in this community might suggest that the lighting strike hit at the most appropriate place: right above John … more
When many people think of youth services at the library, their thoughts turn to storytime for toddlers and preschoolers or summer reading programs for school-age children, but youth services at … more
Horses and surely a few donkeys were once commonplace on Main Street. In the early 20th century, “horseless carriages” were no more than a curiosity. Changes in transportation … more
A couple of weeks ago, Mom and I enjoyed dinner at the Hearthstone, her favorite restaurant in Muskegon, Mich. We then ventured out for a ride along the southern part of Muskegon Lake along Lakeshore … more
September is designated National Library Card Sign-Up month by the American Library Association. We as librarians and library lovers are encouraged to remind our communities why your library card … more
Late afternoon, Ben Hulscher and Lew Groezinger of Hulscher’s Fencing chatted with me on my porch. The fence the two of them put up in two days graced my land like an art installation. … more
Galena offers a lot of challenging 5K runs. The Heroes for History Stair Run stands unique in those runs: it directly benefits emergency services and the historical community. The run will be … more
Sheer perfection! As I stood before those huge, cream-colored cows at their food trough, the sky was an impossibly perfect shade of blue with a sprinkling of cumulus clouds tossed in for good … more
The passing of Wayne Dyrke this past week brought back many wonderful memories of some heady days in my life. The years were circa 2003-2004 and a group of locals were working on The Grand … more
Dick Alexander was one of the first people I met when I started at the Gazette in 2003. He was a new Jo Daviess County Board member. He fearlessly advocated for the interests of small … more
When life seems difficult, “make hay.” That is just what I am doing. Today, I am researching just how I can make little handmade bales of hay from what I have just mowed as I prepare the … more
When some people see complete strangers taking photos of their house or property, they get completely freaked out. It’s like some kind of invasion of privacy even though the photographer is … more
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