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When my wife and I moved from Chicago to the Galena Territory full time in 2011, I learned that out here in the country, a former City Slicker undergoes a transformation. My spouse has always had the … more
Before her passing, Galena School District Superintendent Sharon Olds set lofty expectations and challenged the students in the district with this motto: “Work hard. Be kind. Dream big! No … more
As you watch the world during this COVID-19 pandemic, do you ever feel as though you are on a roller coaster and being buffeted about by centripetal forces? You see people protesting, sometimes … more
In 1985, Colombian author, Gabriel Garcia Marquez published his celebrated novel “Love in the Time of Cholera.” Today we are not facing cholera but are instead facing the pandemic of a … more
It’s been interesting to talk to people and learn how they’re spending their time these days. I’ve been doing some much-needed sorting and filing and it’s given me a nice … more
As Beth Baranski says, “Water use and water quality issues can be controversial” and yet, we’re “in the same boat.” In our history as a participatory democracy, … more
Cholera was an epidemic that impacted Galena for decades in its earliest years. The history of one of Galena’s Catholic parishes began on uneven terms due to this epidemic. As a result, the … more
Dear Chamber Members & Friends, I have been receiving some really touching emails by local business owners asking to nominate their employees for the grant program. We have over 20 requests … more
It was a very interesting and thoughtful discussion shared among a group of northwest Illinois residents with interests in Jo Daviess and Carroll counties. Emily Legal, Northwest Illinois Economic … more
Epidemics didn’t only impact those in Galena. Epidemics hit every corner of Jo Daviess County and the surrounding area during the turn of the century. For example, August 1887, was an … more
In the mid-1980s, I moved to Colombia to teach school in what was an “American” school in Cali. Those mainly Colombian teenagers had been students there since kindergarten and spoke … more
Since we’re all spending a bit more time at home these days, are any of you contemplating writing more. . .as in letters, short stories or even starting or finishing the great American … more
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