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Totaled! I set out to find any local white-footed mouse to simply ask, “Why?” I found her as she scampered out from her fluffy home when I lifted the lid of my propane tank. The … more
Every week one of my favorite parts of this job is spending time in the historical room at the Galena Public Library. There, poring over bound volumes of the Gazette from 100, 75, 50 and 25 years … more
The Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation’s (JDCF) “Biggest Tree Contest” concludes Oct. 1. The Gazette dispatched Senior Tree Correspondent Mike Jones to embed with the tree community … more
It amazes me, sometimes, what becomes controversial in a community and what doesn’t. Or what issue deserves public scrutiny and doesn’t and what issues that might be marginal, but do … more
What in the world could my discovery of liverworts in a close-up photo of mosses along my stream have to do with brothels in Jo Daviess County in the mid-19th century? A week ago while I was … more
The Zen masters say that when the student is ready the teacher appears. Rudi Koch had been traveling through a rough patch in his life when he discovered “Zen and the Art of Happiness.” … more
A little girl leaned into her mother. She was surrounded by whatever people could drag out of their meager homes. The child living in Galena that cold February night in 1856 was surely traumatized by … more
At the beginning of March, I’ll be visiting with sixth-grade students at Galena Middle School, River Ridge Middle School and Scales Mound School. The mission: Talk about the First … more
T he Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (JDCF) is sponsoring a contest to discover the largest trees of each native species that grow in Jo Daviess, Carroll and Stephenson counties. The Gazette … more
The past few weeks have been an emotional roller coaster here in the Galena schools. The faculty, who have been working without a contract since school began in August, found themselves at the center … more
Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday of the year. I enjoy carving the turkey, mostly for selfish reasons. I can hide the best bits of the dark meat. I’m with mostly white-meat eaters so … more
A huge crowd was expected. Robert G. Ingersoll’s reputation for silver-tongued oratory and the heavy promotion by regional Republicans meant that tickets were selling even beyond expectations. … more
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