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  • New owners, new name

    GALENA–It’s a new era in plumbing as Holland Plumbing, a longtime Galena business, became Elite Plumbing, under the ownership of Marc Phillips and Mike Hilby, on April 1. 

  • Historic Miner cemetery, school being restored
    GALENA–“Seven Civil War veterans and one World War I veteran are buried in the Miner Cemetery,” said David Tippet, who has been a part of keeping the grounds at Miner Cemetery in shape.
  • A little green thumb assistance
    GALENA–In the middle of winter all Becky and Carl Dimmlich can think of is creating some colorful blossoms.
  • Home for four generations
    GALENA–When Damon Heim bought his house in 2006, there may have been a bit of buyer’s remorse.
  • Galena’s newest officer

    GALENA–Kimberly Hatfield was sworn in Wednesday, April 29 as Galena’s newest full-time police officer.

  • Lifesavers

    GALENA–Galena Police officers Keith Brandel and Tony Yett received a round of applause from the audience and a citation from Mayor Terry Renner during the Monday, April 27 Galena City Council meeting.

  • Steady as she goes
    EAST DUBUQUE–On Monday, May 4, Dan Welp will be moving two seats to the left.
  • In loving memory
    ELIZABETH–It’s a picture perfect Friday morning as Elizabeth sculptor David Seagraves carefully places the bronze image of the late Elizabeth “Betty” Bornemann on her marble tombstone.
  • City offers thanks for train derailment support

    GALENA–At the Monday, April 27 Galena City Council meeting, with the help of several members of the Galena Fire Department, Mayor Terry Renner took time to recognize several local businesses and individuals who contributed food and support during the March 5 Burlington Northern Santa Fe train derailment just south of Galena.

  • Taste of Home coming to Galena

    GALENA–An evening of culinary fun is coming to Galena with the Taste of Home Cooking School on Thursday, May 7.

  • New satellite clinic opens doors to the public

    After opening on March 1, the Midwest Health Clinic of Elizabeth held an open house on April 24 for Jo Daviess County residents to go inside and check it out.

  • Fourth grade moving?

    GALENA–Tom Nack, a Galena attorney, former school board member and father of two, wants the Galena School Board to take immediate action to address overcrowding at Galena Primary School.

  • Double the honor
    EAST DUBUQUE–When Kevin Chase became a Boy Scout, he met a couple of Eagle Scouts.
  • School board reorganizes

    GALENA–The Galena School Board has new leadership.

  • Survey unearths 11,000-year-old projectile point

    An archaeological survey conducted on one of the newest Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation’s properties determined that people have been living in the Apple River Valley for 11,000 years.

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  • Tuesday, May 05, 2015 1:56 PM

    THOMSON–The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge will celebrate the 19th annual Migratory Bird Day with programs and tours Saturday, May 9 at the Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center, 7071 Riverview Road, Thomson.

  • Getting creative with concrete
    Tuesday, May 05, 2015 10:56 AM

    This summer, while thinking of renovations that will make you want to be outside, keep in mind the visual beauty Jackson Concrete & Excavation provides with its decorative concrete installations.

  • Tuesday, May 05, 2015 10:45 AM

    GALENA–American Legion Post 193 in Galena holds its meetings the third Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at 100 S. Main St.

  • Tuesday, May 05, 2015 10:25 AM
    SCALES MOUND–Scales Mound agriculture students have been working in their greenhouse since late January to produce a new crop of plants for 2015. 
  • Tuesday, May 05, 2015 10:22 AM
    GALENA–St. Matthew Lutheran Church is sponsoring a “questions” class on Tuesdays, May 5, 12, 19, and 26. 
  • Tuesday, May 05, 2015 10:09 AM

    GALENA–Four panelists–John Hay, Jo Daviess County State’s Attorney; Cathy McDermott, clinical director and sexual assault therapist at Riverview Center; Dr. Jennifer Aurand, mental health director of FHN; and Lisa Breitsprecker, guidance counselor at Galena Middle School–will participate in a League of Women Voters discussion about “Violence Prevention in Jo Daviess County–Identifying and Intervening with People at Risk” on Thursday, May 14 at 7 p.m. at Midwest Medical Center.

  • Tuesday, May 05, 2015 9:58 AM

    The Scales Mound School District is looking for a district resident to fill a vacancy on the school’s Board of Education.

  • Tuesday, May 05, 2015 9:39 AM
    GALENA–The Taste of Home Cooking School will take place Thursday evening, May 7 at the Galena Convention Center. 
  • Tuesday, May 05, 2015 9:37 AM

    GALENA–The open burn dates for the city of Galena will be Saturday, May 9 through Sunday, May 17.

  • Tuesday, May 05, 2015 9:36 AM

    GALENA–Attorney Craig Brown is suing Jo Daviess County for what he believes to be an illegal tax the county is collecting by distributing the tax-exempt Midwest Medical Center’s (MMC) property tax amongst county property owners.

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  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015 11:54 AM

    GALENA–The Galena boys high school basketball program will host a basketball camp for incoming sixth graders to seniors from June 2-4 at Galena High School.

  • Crist earns American Legion scholarship
    Tuesday, April 28, 2015 11:53 AM

    HANOVER–One year ago, River Ridge/Scales Mound senior pitcher Josh Crist was wrapping up a fantastic high school sports career.

  • Wildcats win with wild comeback
    Tuesday, April 28, 2015 11:51 AM

    HANOVER–The River Ridge/Scales Mound co-op boys baseball team couldn’t seem to get out of a funk as they hosted the East Dubuque Warriors on Thursday, April 23.

  • Local sports roundup
    Tuesday, April 28, 2015 10:55 AM
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  • Tuesday, April 21, 2015 1:56 PM

    ELIZABETH–May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, and is a perfect time to enjoy the spring weather and beautiful scenery in Northwest Illinois.

  • Galena-RR soccer off to 2-1-1 start
    Tuesday, April 21, 2015 1:55 PM

    HANOVER–The Galena-River Ridge girls soccer team officially has four games under their belt, posting an impressive 2-1-1 record through four games.

  • Southwestern steals victory in seventh
    Tuesday, April 21, 2015 1:54 PM

    HAZEL GREEN, Wis.–Just one day after the Pirates of Galena suffered a narrow 6-5 loss to Pearl City, they hoped to put away a border battle victory over Southwestern on Friday, April 17.

  • Tuesday, April 14, 2015 11:52 AM

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    GALENA–After two innings of shutout softball in cold, windy conditions, the Scales Mound/River Ridge Lady Hornets blew the game wide open with a 10 run third inning to grab a 12-0 victory over the Lady Pirates on Tuesday, April 7.

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  • Monday, May 04, 2015 2:17 PM

    ELIZABETH–Virginia Dee Hill, 57, Elizabeth, passed away Sunday, May 3, 2015 at Midwest Medical Center, Galena. 

    A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Elizabeth. A visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will take place at 2 p.m., Friday, May 8, in the Murray Cemetery, Murray, Iowa. A memorial fund has been established in Virginia’s memory. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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  • Monday, May 04, 2015 2:05 PM

    Robert J. “Bob” Martin, 74, of Hazel Green, Wis., passed away Saturday, May 2, 2015 at home.

    A Celebration of Life will be held 11 a.m., Friday, May 8, at the Hazel Green United Methodist Church, Hazel Green. Burial will be at a later date. A gathering will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 7, at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. Cremation rites have been accorded.

    Online condolences maybe left at

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  • Wednesday, April 29, 2015 9:37 AM

    Alvin F. Neumeister, age 95, died Monday, April 27, 2015, at his home surrounded by his family.

    Cremation rites have been accorded. A private family service will be held at a later date.

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  • Monday, April 27, 2015 1:49 PM

    ELIZABETH, Ill.–Wayne LaVerle Trost, 84, of Elizabeth, died Monday, April 20, 2015, at Midwest Medical Center in Galena.

    Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 2, 2015, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Elizabeth, with Pastor Mike Nesbit officiating. Inurnment will take place in Woodbine Cemetery at a later date.

    A visitation will be held from 9-11 a.m. prior to the services at the church.

    A memorial fund has been established in Wayne’s memory.

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  • Friday, April 24, 2015 3:20 PM

    JORDAN–Hamid “Harry” Anwar, Wing Commander, Retired, (June 20th 1934-April 19th, 2015), passed away Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Jordan.

    A committal service will be held April 27 following the visitation in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or the Galena Food Pantry, 971 Gear Street, Galena, IL 61036 in memory of Harry.

    Online condolences maybe left at

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  • Tuesday, May 05, 2015 10:08 AM
    As busy as Springfield is, I always look forward to seeing familiar faces from northwest Illinois. 
  • Tuesday, May 05, 2015 10:07 AM
    On one average morning, a series of events played out that caused me to pause and reflect on these three blessings in my life, my children. 
  • Tuesday, May 05, 2015 10:06 AM
    Lest anyone get the impression from previous writings that I am averse to railroads per se, that actually is not the case. 
  • Tuesday, May 05, 2015 10:04 AM
  • Tuesday, May 05, 2015 10:01 AM
    Tom Arnold’s pigs are happy. 
  • Tuesday, May 05, 2015 9:59 AM

    We’re going to go back a couple of weeks and write about an event during the historical society’s Peace in Union activities that set the hair on the back of my neck standing up straight.

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015 2:34 PM
    Dan Kelly, DeSoto House owner, and I have something in common. 
  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015 2:33 PM

    It’s time to remove personalities from the equation and move forward in the direction that’s best for tourism in Jo Daviess County.

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015 11:44 AM
    There was once a song away back in the early 1930’s and the refrain went, “Everybody’s doing it, doing it, doing it.” 
  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015 11:42 AM
    Last week I received a call from Deputy Wayne “Artie” Moyer of the Jo Daviess Sheriff’s Office apprising me of the department’s role in the recovery effort that is taking place in Fairdale. 
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  • Tuesday, May 05, 2015 1:57 PM
    ELIZABETH–The history of tea offers insights into the history of the world. 
  • Tuesday, May 05, 2015 11:28 AM
  • Erwins to perform
    Tuesday, May 05, 2015 11:26 AM
    PEARL CITY–The Erwins, a family of four siblings, will perform a Gospel music concert at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pearl City on Friday, May 29, at 7 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, May 05, 2015 11:10 AM
    SINSINAWA, Wis.–Sinsinawa Art Gallery will host Heritage Exhibit: Works from the Motherhouse Collection, May 12 to Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 
  • Opening reception planned at Grace
    Tuesday, May 05, 2015 11:08 AM
    GALENA–The opening reception for LaVerne Soltys and Fabi Voigt, guest artists at the Grace Episcopal Parish House, 309 Hill St., Galena, will be May 8 from 6-8 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, May 05, 2015 10:45 AM
    STOCKTON–A group from Stockton is forming a tug-of-war club to compete and be active in the United States Amateur Tug of War Association ( 
  • Tuesday, May 05, 2015 10:44 AM
    DUBUQUE–Blain’s Farm and Fleet in Dubuque is hosting a ride and drive event sponsored by Cub Cadet on Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, May 05, 2015 10:43 AM

    GALENA–The Galena Center for the Arts will host a presentation and book-signing by Mike Mair, co-author with Joy Waldren of “Kaiten: Japan’s Secret Manned Suicide Submarine and the First American Ship it Sank in WWII” at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 11.

  • Hello Galena! celebrates Zelma Clark
    Tuesday, May 05, 2015 10:42 AM
    GALENA–Hello Galena!, a local artist co-op, has a seldom-experienced, mixed-emotion function during May. 
  • Tuesday, May 05, 2015 10:41 AM
    FREEPORT–The 52nd annual Highland Community College commencement ceremony is Saturday, May 16 at 10 a.m. 
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