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My urban neighbor loved them. They terrified me. She adored how they came to drink together at night. I could only imagine them falling into the open skylight over the loft where I slept. She … more
Some say that it is hard for news to not travel far in a small town. Whether it is a wedding, a birth, a death or illness, it seems that everyone in town will know in a matter of hours. They also … more
In a normal year, East Dubuque residents would by now have received a hanger with two notes. One note shared the story of the East Dubuque Boy Scouts and the other provided the necessary details … more
Not withstanding the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic in the past year, The Galena Foundation, through precautions to ensure everyone’s safety, has continued to advance its mission to … more
I am grateful for having the opportunity to continue to live in the community I have called home for 28 years. It is an area and county that many of us who have been lifelong residents have taken … more
Cindi Martinovic looked out across the prairie she had restored as if she heard it waking up to the calls of spring. A young oak that Martinovic had planted as a seedling was ready for spring … more
Here it is. . .small world stories version two. These come from David Kies of Gold Canyon, Ariz.; Scott Ettleman, Galena; and my wife, Sarah, who jogged my memory. David shared this … more
What are your favorite small-world stories? I’ve been thinking about this over the past week after seeing a couple of Galenians at an unexpected place. I chauffeured Sarah down to Iowa City, … more
The life of a high school student over the past couple years vastly changed to those just the year prior. Prom was cancelled, graduation looked like a drive-in movie theater (which some high school … more
Jill Smith and Sarah O’Steen do a variety of jobs at Tammy’s Piggly Wiggly. I met them both when I arranged to have pick-ups there last spring. I was cheered by Sarah’s warm … more
Oscar and Aiken were parallel dogs. Oscar was the saddest dog anyone had ever seen when I adopted him. Aiken was a street dog from a shelter in Aiken, Ga., when my son adopted him. Aiken was … more
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) of Jo Daviess has stepped up to the plate to assist as needed in the Jo Daviess County quest to mediate the ravages of the COVID pandemic. After the horrendous … more
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