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The fire continued to burn. It was the talk of Galena for years. I have always felt that our lives are measured less by the events themselves and more by those waking moments in the middle of the … more

A Gold Star mother sorrowfully remembers her son Clare who died in battle so far from home. With gentle sensitivity, Ronn Toebaas makes a fleeting adjustment to the military hat of the young actor playing Clare.

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O n Friday night, I plan on being surrounded by cake. And not just any cake. I imagine there will be some of the most creative confections to be found in Galena. It’s all a part of the … more
T he memory of poet Lucille Clifton sitting alone in her wheelchair in July 2008 haunts me. Why didn’t I just stay with her until her driver arrived? She was not well. The other poets had … more
Editor’s note: Mike Bugeja is a is a professor and former director of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University. This column has previously been published in … more
When I met Ron Jenkins in his classroom at Galena High School, it was 5 p.m. The halls were quiet. Various sets of novels were stacked here and there. The walls had posters of photos from … more
There is little doubt that the few have not been affected by the reconstruction of Gear Street. None could have been more affected than Caven Stoddard. Caven and his mother, Kristyn, and brother, … more
This Saturday, Galena will once again welcome the U.S. Grant Boy Scout Pilgrimage. This is the 65th annual edition which dates back to 1954, the year before my birth. There is a certain myth … more
Les Deininger and Leo Hefel have more than a few snake tales. I chatted about rattlers with Leo at Emmy Lou’s over fried eggs and wheat toast; I joined Les at the Galena-Stauss Senior Care … 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

A nation’s heart was torn into a thousand pieces last week by the voice of a Guatemalan child who had been torn from his parents’ arms. more
Several long-haired, bearded fellows went into a Galena barbershop during baseball season in 1934. Folks gathered outside waiting for them to emerge. A few children and other citizens wanted to see … more
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