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W hile many young people are reluctant to walk up to the front of a room. Margaux Blateau isn’t. I think that’s because she spent a year as an exchange student. Margaux lived in … more
Something about snake tales calls for a bit of embellishment. Who in the world would voluntarily hunt rattlers for more than just a few good stories? “Les Deininger is someone who can … more
A World War II LST ship recently docked in Dubuque, Iowa, open to the public. LST (Landing Ship, Tank) is the naval designation for ships that supported amphibious operations by carrying tanks, … 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
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
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
The painful story of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has so many of us revisiting our own experiences as women. Too many of us carry stories which we hold in … more
Over the past two weeks my Facebook feed has been filled with news, photos and activities from Agen, France. This is a payback visit. You may recall that last October, 22 residents of the Agen … more
The date Sept. 11, 2001–9-11–is emblazoned in the psyche of this country. It’s one of those “I’ll always remember where I was” moments. So many people still … more
He was an odd sort of fellow. Few would have recognized his genius had they seen him walking the slopes of our region in his tattered clothing. He was thin, his face angular, his diffidence … more
T hree years ago as empty nesters, Sarah and I started a new holiday tradition. We decided to shake things up a bit during the three-day Memorial and Labor Day holiday weekends and possibly even … more
T he Galena Territory is known far and wide for its stunning natural beauty. But many residents of The Territory, a semi-private 6,800-acre recreational, residential and resort community, make The … more
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