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I well remember writing a column many years ago complaining about a new stone retaining wall that was built along Riverside Drive. It’s just too short to do any good, I remember thinking. … more
The five women firefighters of the Galena Fire Department are well-trained professionals. At one moment they draw on the serious focus required in their important work; the next moment they warmly … more
I have a feeling that there will be a lot of green all about Galena this coming Saturday. Galena’s going to get a head start on St. Patrick’s Day festivities with a day-full of … more
T oday is International Women’s Day. This week I have been reflecting on both the communal and solitary journeys of my courageous international sisters. In the collections room of the Galena … more
The Rev. Stephen Ellis shared these words and many more from the pulpit of Christ Church in Savannah, Ga., in 1863. It was one of many sermons given by ministers in Confederate states defending and … more
It is that time of year again. The Rotary Club of Galena is looking for area families to host an exchange student for the 2019-20 school year. To share the ins and outs of hosting, I’ve … more
I sat next to a rock and roll hero. I kid you not. I’d seen Galena High School girls throwing themselves at him just last April. There he was. Conrad Birdie in the flesh. I did not … more
It’s been 20 years since the first Galena Area Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase. This year’s event will be held 9 a.m. to noon at the Ramada in Galena, with a special … more
L ast Thursday morning, Gazette editor Hillary Dickerson and I made our way from Galena to the Jo-Carroll Energy office just west of Elizabeth. It was a beautiful, sunny morning for a ride with … more
The conservation sector has done a poor job of including people of color in our movement. Our sector’s work has been largely white and middle class. We need bold leaders to help change this. In … more
I posted a photo on Facebook of the strange pattern in the snow at the rear of my home. “Anyone know what this is?” A Lakota friend from Rosebud Reservation replied almost … more
F or the past three months in a heavily guarded federal courtroom in Brooklyn, N.Y., federal prosecutors laid out a case against Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. Guzman, the … more
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