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Shhh. Listen. The land is alive with preparations for the shortening days. The last wildflowers are still inviting pollinators to burrow in for their gifts of sweet nectar. Soon the hums and … more
Anyone driving down Spring Street over the past month or so has probably been stopped by a flagger as work is underway to prepare for a much larger Spring Street construction … more
During my career here, which will span 42 years this coming December, this newspaper has always advocated for shopping locally. Sometimes this has been done forcefully or a bit discreetly at … more
I was curious. Did any of the magic of Dreamland’s silent screen remain at 223 S. Main St. in Galena? Unfortunately, driving by the building itself, there appeared to be no visual remnant at … more
The Taliban flag has been raised over the government complex in Bazarak, the capital of Panjshir, the last province free of Taliban occupation and the scene of intense fighting over the last … more
On a Saturday morning you might see Ryan and Samantha Birkicht ride their bikes up Meeker Street to their home on Harrison Street with their two children, Garrison, 5, and Lyndon, 1, with … more
On Saturday, Sept. 11, the Galena Fire Department is holding its opening ceremony at 8 a.m. for the 9/11 Memorial events. It’s a solemn event, marking the 20th year since the terrorist attacks, … more
Labor Day is typically a bookend for the summer season and a return to the regular school schedules. Many communities locally have large Labor Day celebrations. In 1926, Galena had a large event … more
Who are they? Who are those in mourning? Who are those living in terror? What are their names? If I simply named the people from our military who served in Afghanistan, I would fill columns to the … more
As we head into fall and winter, it’s important to get some information out there about the current pandemic. Let me start by saying this vaccine has been politicized from both sides of the … more
I am writing this the day after the suicide bombing outside the Kabul airport. When this goes to press next Tuesday, I am certain there will be new headlines from the region. The violence, the … more
We have all watched in dismay the continuing efforts of our government to bring the remaining troops home and close the book on Afghanistan. The original date set during the Trump Administration … more
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