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It was nice to see Galena City Administrator Mark Moran and PeopleForBikes staff member and Galena resident Ryan Birkicht wandering around the downtown last week. Mark was picking Ryan’s brain, … more
Four weeks ago in this column, I talked about the paving of Spring Street that took place in 1926. Ten years before that, the thoughts of improving infrastructure in Galena were at the forefront of … more
Last week I posed the question “Of what importance is a little sparrow?” as I hiked through Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation’s Garden of Eden, a protected grassland. Of … more
In a 1995 interview, “60 Minutes” journalist Ed Bradley asked the then 68-year-old Tony Bennett (Mr. B) what he liked about his profession. After a pensive moment, the world-famous … more
Fort McCoy, near Tomah, Wis., a less than three-hour drive from Galena, is one of eight military bases housing and processing the Afghan evacuees. The short-term spending bill recently passed by … more
The Association of Galena Toads was having their autumn tea party. They had hopped right out of Beatrix Potter’s 1905 drawing of them seated around a mushroom table. They were a-croak with … more
Galena is always up for a festive event whether it’s Galena Country Fair, Oktoberfest, Halloween or any of other events that take place throughout the year in our community. In 1911, … more
John Cooke III possessed a larger-than-life personality. He could be admired and loathed. . .all at the same time. He wasn’t shy about sharing his thoughts and often used salty language to … more
It seemed like a herculean effort when we began making plans to move our office from our long-time home at 716 S. Bench St., when the decision was made to sell the property to Illinois Bank & … more
The motor of the 1955 Willys Jeep pickup started right up. “Not bad for a ‘55,” William Bookless said as he showed me the engine. “That sound’s unique to the Flathead … more
Mother Nature has birthed a new season once again. Fall has arrived whether we like it or not. The changing seasons are key points in the cycle of life for both nature and humanity. As we consciously … more
A few days after the autumnal equinox, Tamara Ambroz was my mystical guide through her enchanted gardens. Feeling like a child, I spent a magical few hours wandering through her world of wonders. … more
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