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  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 3:13 PM

    EAST DUBUQUE–East Dubuque School District Superintendent Greg Herbst, placed on paid leave by the school board July 1, has released a statement to the press. 

    Herbst wrote: 

    One of the unfortunate tendencies of human nature is to “fill in the blanks” in the absence of information. In this context, it is reasonable for people to wonder if I have embezzled funds or committed some illicit act, for it is these types of behaviors that elicit the type of professional consequence that has been imposed upon me. I assure you, nothing could be further from the truth.

    People who have known me personally and professionally are demanding some sort of explanation, so in defense of my reputation, my professional life’s work for the past twenty-seven years, I offer this—I have been placed on paid administrative leave pending a hearing on my performance. It is my opinion that the origin of this event is in regard to my investigations into the performance and effectiveness of another school official. It is also my opinion that some external collusive relationships may have unduly influenced some of the Board members.

    Seeing your photo in newspapers and on television and having people question your integrity are understatedly unsettling. However, I am not ashamed, because I have done nothing for which to be ashamed. I stand very proudly next to my body of work while serving the students and families of this amazing community.

    As for now, my family and I find ourselves oscillating between disbelief, sadness, and anger. My)wife, Lois, and I could not be more proud of our three daughters, Emily, Ashley, and Hannah, for they refuse to allow themselves to be collateral damage in this process. The outpouring of support from our extended families, school family, this community and others has been ineffably humbling and appreciated. We like to think of it as community equity, a reciprocal byproduct of investing yourself fully in people.

     Respectfully, Greg Herbst

  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 3:04 PM

    GALENA–Ramona Trabanino Vincent, owner of LeFevre Inn & Resort and Grant Hills Motel, and Birgit Radin, owner of the Goldmoor Inn, have been appointed to the board of directors. is the official destination marketing organization for Galena.

  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 2:57 PM

    GALENA–The Jo Daviess County Health Department will be holding an immunization clinic from 1-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21 at its Galena office.

  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 2:34 PM
    GALENA–The 2015 Jo Daviess County 4-H Fair is quickly approaching. 
  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 2:29 PM

    After receiving complaints about previous singular voice resolution amendments, the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau changed a couple of conditions in a proposed resolution that, if passed, would create a new singular voice tourism board for Jo Daviess County.

  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 2:09 PM

    EAST DUBUQUE–Rep. Cheri Bustos (IL-17) recently announced a $1.2 million grant for Northwestern Illinois Community Action Agency in Freeport to help with Head Start programs in East Dubuque and Freeport.

  • Murdock joins Dubuque firm
    Tuesday, July 07, 2015 1:59 PM
    DUBUQUE, IOWA–Michelle Murdock, Galena, will be heading a new venture for the New Eagle Group. 
  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 10:22 AM

    GALENA–The Galena School District continues to offer a series of informational tours of the current school district facilities.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015 12:19 PM

    Galena, Hanover and Stockton all have plenty of fun activities planned to celebrate Independence Day.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015 12:01 PM
    HANOVER–Were you a member of Green Hills Girl Scout Legacy Council as a girl, adult or volunteer? 
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  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 2:23 PM

    GALENA–The first Clint Sitzmann Memorial Shootout is planned for Saturday, July 11 at the Galena High School.

  • Buck Hill runners
    Tuesday, July 07, 2015 2:17 PM
    GALENA–Several local athletes spent the morning of their Independence Day with a unique physical challenge: The Buck Hill Run. 
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  • A season with the champs
    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 10:41 AM

    CHICAGO–Michelle Ludwig, a 2014 Galena High School graduate, used to set her alarm so she could wake up in the middle of the night to tune in to hockey games and catch scores of NHL games.

  • An all-star cast
    Tuesday, June 23, 2015 11:31 AM
    For the better part of 20 years, Galena residents Bill Salzmann and Mike Feldermann have been spending their summer weekends on the water. 
  • Tuesday, June 16, 2015 10:04 AM
    WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis.–The Tri-State Elite Girls AAU Basketball teams, featuring athletes ranging from grades 6-11 and hailing from Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin, earned first-place championships at the Noah’s Ark Summer Shootout in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31. 
  • Tuesday, June 16, 2015 10:03 AM
  • All-conference teams selected
    Tuesday, June 16, 2015 10:01 AM

    With the 2015 NUIC baseball season officially under wraps, following another stellar regular season from area power house Warren-Stockton and a Cinderella run in the post season from River Ridge-Scales Mound, the IHSA has officially announced the NUIC all-conference selections.

  • Tuesday, June 09, 2015 11:51 AM

    LA CROSSE, Wis.–Scales Mound standout athlete Brittany Davis has put together quite the career for the Hornets over her four years of varsity sports.

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  • Monday, July 06, 2015 9:45 AM

    DUBUQUE, Iowa–Doris L. Sodemann, 92 of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Galena, passed away Thursday, July 2, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque. 

    Private family services will be held at a later date in Mt. Emblem Cemetery, Elmhurst. Cremation rites have been accorded.

    The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena, is assisting the family.

    Online condolences maybe left at

    Click on name above for more information.

  • Friday, July 03, 2015 9:50 AM

    GALENA–Lawrence “Larry” O’Reilly, 77, of Galena, passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at the Epione Pavilion, Cuba City, Wis.

    Family and friends may gather from 2-6 p.m., Saturday, July 11, 2015, at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. Burial will be held at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded.

    The family requests donations be made to Hospice of Dubuque in memory of Larry.

    Click on name above for more information.
  • Monday, June 22, 2015 11:37 AM

    GALENA–Donald James Anthony, 87 of Galena, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2015, at the Galena-Stauss Senior Care Community in Galena.

    A Celebration of Life will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 25,  at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena.

    Friends may gather from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, June 25 at the funeral home until time of services. Military honors will be accorded by Galena VFW Post 2665 and American Legion Post 193 following the services. Burial will be held at a later date.

    Online condolences maybe left at

    Click on name above for more information.

  • Monday, June 22, 2015 11:36 AM

    HANOVER– Joe Simon Pash, 89, of Hanover died Saturday, June 20, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque IA surrounded by his family.

  • Monday, June 22, 2015 11:34 AM

    TUCSON, Ariz.–Deborah Ruth (Chapin) Becerra, 55, of Tucson, Ariz., formerly of Elizabeth, died unexpectedly at home on June 10, 2015, of complications due to lupus disease.

    Private services were held in Arizona; a family memorial service will be held at the Church of St. Mary, Elizabeth, in July.
    Click on name above for more information.

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  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 3:23 PM

    GALENA–Sharing stories of the past is what the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society does best.

  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 3:22 PM
    One of the great misconceptions that people have about taking NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs-common pain killers like ibuprofen, aspirin or naproxin) is that they somehow help to heal an injury by bringing inflammation under control. 
  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 3:12 PM
    FREEPORT–Highland Community College’s 42nd season of Summerset Theatre will present “Mary Poppins.” 
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  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 2:58 PM
    ELIZABETH–Are you looking for ideas on how to use your blender this summer? 
  • Celebrating Fourth of July 1865
    Tuesday, July 07, 2015 2:56 PM

    “We should rejoice that this nation has passed through the fiery ordeal of civil war in defense of the national existence.”

  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 2:55 PM
    DARLINGTON, Wis.–The Bluebird Nest Nature Center in Darlington, Wis., will hold two public programs in July. 
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    ELIZABETH–Growing cool season vegetables will be the topic of a workshop offered by University of Illinois Extension.

  • Tuesday, July 07, 2015 2:33 PM

    Bahr Family Reunion will be held July 19

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