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The sun hit the trees, casting long shadows across the land.

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The thud of a robin crashing into one of my windows broke the sweet mid-morning peace.

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The sign said “Free Stuff.”

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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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Spring had, at last, officially arrived.

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Amanda Kevern celebrates her belly. 

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My mother used to sew our clothing when we were very small.

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Farming is born in you, I like to imagine.

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Jo Daviess County Transit driver Dennis Story picked up Jill Winslow at The Workshop. 

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In a week of grieving at yet another mass shooting, we find hope in the quiet endurance of decent folks.

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The poignant headline “Death Calls a Little Boy” carries the subheading, “Home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Koepeke is Bereaved” in the Galena Weekly Gazette, Oct. 24, 1918 edition. 

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Curly headed and only 16, one of the four CTE students I had been interviewing thoughtfully observed, “Everything is beautiful in life.”

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