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Every community has a defining moment or person that, if a family is around long enough, there is some sort of connection back to that moment. For Galena, that person is General Ulysses S. Grant and … more
The woodcocks are out now. If you go out at sundown and stand where woodlands surround a field, you might hear them. This is the season of renewal. This is the season of promise. Eight years ago, … more
It’s a tale of two cities, so to speak, as efforts are made to reach and influence the heart and soul of a community. In Galena, there is a groundswell of resistance for the proposed Parker … more
At one point, I am shoeless. At another point, I need to carry a woman across the stage. Then, a little later, I am serving tea on top of an elephant. It’s just standard fare for a radio … more
This past Monday, I received an envelope in the mail here at the office and after opening it, I found one of the most uplifting gifts, a thank you note from the Scales Mound basketball team. This … more
My father directed evacuation hospitals in France and Germany during World War II. While he was gone, my mother, older sister, and I stayed with his parents in Omaha, Neb. The neighborhood bully … more
Everyone in his family referred to him as “Uncle Jerry,” according to John Cox. It was an endearing term for Jerry Murdock, the former president and board chair of Galena State Bank, now … more
It was during one of my first tours in town that I got a question I hadn’t expected: “Where is U.S. Grant buried?” Admittedly, I was new to leading tours in Galena, so I was … more
A new bridge opened with much celebration in Galena on April 12, 1907. The Spring Street swing bridge opened to traffic, once again bringing together Galena’s west and east sides. The bridge … more
Children are settled into their seats as the curtain rises on the last episode of “Not Cheaper by the Dozen.” The curtain rises as a kite acting as a camera flies by a few street lights … more
I believe that there is something innate within us–well at least for most of us–to yearn for stable lives. Somehow we become averse to change. We seek a safe harbor for fear or concern … more
This week, after hundreds of stories, thousands of pages of print, and meaningful connections in this community too numerous to count, I am leaving the place I call home. I begin a new chapter in my … more
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