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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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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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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 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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A very good friend of mine recently upended his life. He decided to become a minister. He was working in the Chicagoland area, and for almost two decades made a living designing and working on creative projects for insurance companies.

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Sarah and half of the office just shake their heads and think I’m nuts. . .absolutely nuts, especially when I’m wearing my close fitting bicycle clothes. You know. . .middle age man … more

Lydia Whirlwind Soldier and I took a long walk together up Grass Mountain and then sat on an outcropping when the sun was high in the sky. A golden eagle shrieked before it settled into a tree to watch and listen.

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It is necessary to start the conversation when we see a friend, co-worker or loved one down or depressed. Mental illnesses affect 19 percent of the adult population, 46 percent of teenagers and 13 percent of children each year. People struggling with their mental health may be in your family, live next door, teach your children, work in the next cubicle or sit in the same church pew.

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Ohhhhh. . .would I have liked to have been a fly on the wall inside the meeting room in Stillman Mansion the last week of June. more

The young musicians walked on the stage. They lifted their bows. The music soared. The children’s faces represented some of the best young classical musicians in the world. In the world of music, race, religion or national origin has no favorites. The urge to make music is universal.

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This week, we celebrate the 242nd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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A rare picture postcard shows an elaborate display of July 4, 1914, fireworks in Galena. The photo, which was taken from the Grant Park area, looks west over the Green Street bridge toward Annunciation/Saint Michael School (now the Galena ARC). The other evening, I stood where I imagined that photo being shot, and thought of the children sitting on the hillside, looking with innocent wonder at the display. more
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