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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
My neighbor, Mike Doyle, is a history sleuth. He’s the historian for the Galena Fire Department and has become one of the regulars in the Galena Public Library’s Historical Collections … more
I am not sure when the doves built their nest in the flowering plant hanging on my front porch. It must have happened when we were having day after day of rain. I later witnessed the dove … more

When two organizations dedicated to helping people decide to join in a common effort, it’s a big deal. That’s exactly what’s happening between Jo Daviess County Transit and the Galena Food Pantry. more
W hen you give a speech or presentation we all want our words and thoughts to be inspirational and aspirational. We want our work to be meaningful. Last Thursday night, as I drove to Chestnut … more
My dog snored deeply after his morning run. I fixed a soothing cup of warm milk with a splash of coffee, ginger, cinnamon and a dash of cayenne pepper. I settled onto my well-worn sofa, covering … more
Concerns growing out of the Vietnam era for prisoners of war and those missing in action established a tradition to be certain they would never be forgotten. The “Missing Man” table … more
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