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The house is painfully quiet.

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I just got a chance to relive part of the 1990s. I had tickets to the Jones County Fair, where the Barenaked Ladies and Hootie & The Blowfish were performing. These are two bands that … more
It all started with a chance encounter. The bike was off the car at the start of the Galena River Trail underneath the U.S. 20 bridge. Mark Moran pulled up and asked, “Can I join … more
A confession. When I was five years old, I used to fantasize about having a conversation with Hitler. Children growing up in the military mark their childhoods by military posts. My father would … more
We had a woman call the other day wondering how we chose which letters to the editor to publish. Either we were disconnected before I could get the call or she hung up. She had submitted a letter … more

David “Chick” Rubel felt the thoroughbred beneath him as the air rushed by them both on the 5/8 mile exercise run where he once trained racehorses.

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Farming is born in you, I like to imagine.

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Last night Scott Rische and the Briarpatch Symphony brought authentic bluegrass music to the Galena Center for the Arts. It was a fine concert but my private melancholy brought private tears as … more
The fire truck lights were blinking. It was dark. I needed to get a picture for Part II of my column on the women firefighters of the Galena Fire Department. It was close to 8 p.m. I was driving … more
What does having a library card truly mean? At its root, your library card represents access to information in all its forms, but what does that mean in today’s day and age? Increasingly it … more
In sending the 2019 Jo Daviess County assessment notice to us for publication, Laura Edmonds made note of the scarecrow in front of The Galena Gazette and its “old new paper … more

I have never met a dog who grumbled about old age.

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