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Human trafficking

When one sees Jo Daviess County Sheriff Kevin Turner or Galena Police Chief Lori Huntington at a Rotary Club of Galena meeting, you can generally assume what the program is. But, when you see each at … more

Croquet set transports back in time

A collection of antique croquet balls and mallets sat in front of a dresser at Common Cents, a resale treasure trove at 136 N. Main St., Elizabeth. I reached down and touched one of the wooden … more

Meet the Pirates, travel 4000 Miles

It’s hard to believe this summer has gone by so quickly. Growing up I never mourned the end of summer. I always felt this time of year had more possibility than the new year. It was the … more

Stop the newsprint tariffs

It isn’t that easy to drop everything in the middle of the week and fly to Washington. If you’re a community newspaper publisher, going anywhere in the middle of the week is a … more

Lessons from a bumble bee

How perfectly fuzzy and infinitely amazing is the bumble bee! We, of the human sort, spread out that sunny morning in groups of three or four walking the vast prairies of Wapello Land & Water … more

More on letters

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

By talking nicely, we can change history

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

RAGBRAI

For the past few days I have been thinking of lessons learned in childhood. How something good may emerge from diversity and challenge. How things don’t always turn out as expected. How there are angels–you just need to know where to look for them. How there is an inherent goodness in people when they lead lives filled with trust. And, finally. . .to expect the unexpected.

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Two GHS grads achieve regional celebrity

I love cameras. Being in front of them, being behind them––any chance to get near a camera, I’ll take it. So when Paula Sands called me late one night begging me to be on her show, well, I just couldn’t say no.

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Strengthening the collective voices of farmers

The Grange, one of the first significant efforts to organize farmers in the United States, was established in 1867. The Galena Weekly Gazette, summarizing the state Grange gathering of 1901, highlighted the Jo Daviess Country Farmers Institute in Stockton to be held in late January of that year.

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Stop it!

One of my worries over the past few months has been the proposed tariff on newsprint which the United States Department of Commerce (DOC) is proposing. The tariff would raise the price of newsprint 30 percent or more.

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A walk of human mystery, childlike wonder

A mayfly settled on the arm of Steve Barg, director of the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (JDCF)–just a plain old ordinary mayfly, and yet what an amazing creature he was. In their brief hours of adult life, mayflies are too busy swarming, mating and reproducing to eat. Oh, the joys of a life fully lived!

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