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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
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
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
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

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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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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