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I sat next to a rock and roll hero. I kid you not. I’d seen Galena High School girls throwing themselves at him just last April. There he was. Conrad Birdie in the flesh. I did not … more
It’s been 20 years since the first Galena Area Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase. This year’s event will be held 9 a.m. to noon at the Ramada in Galena, with a special … more
L ast Thursday morning, Gazette editor Hillary Dickerson and I made our way from Galena to the Jo-Carroll Energy office just west of Elizabeth. It was a beautiful, sunny morning for a ride with … more
The conservation sector has done a poor job of including people of color in our movement. Our sector’s work has been largely white and middle class. We need bold leaders to help change this. In … more
I posted a photo on Facebook of the strange pattern in the snow at the rear of my home. “Anyone know what this is?” A Lakota friend from Rosebud Reservation replied almost … more
F or the past three months in a heavily guarded federal courtroom in Brooklyn, N.Y., federal prosecutors laid out a case against Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. Guzman, the … more
Editor’s note: Mike Bugeja is a is a professor and former director of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University. This column has previously been published in … more
T he memory of poet Lucille Clifton sitting alone in her wheelchair in July 2008 haunts me. Why didn’t I just stay with her until her driver arrived? She was not well. The other poets had … more
At the beginning of March, I’ll be visiting with sixth-grade students at Galena Middle School, River Ridge Middle School and Scales Mound School. The mission: Talk about the First … more
Every week one of my favorite parts of this job is spending time in the historical room at the Galena Public Library. There, poring over bound volumes of the Gazette from 100, 75, 50 and 25 years … more
In early December, Jay and I made a trip to La Crosse, Wis., with six bound volumes–three years’ worth–of the Gazette, carefully loaded in archival boxes in our vehicle. Northern … more
Because we are living in the digital age, at any moment of the day we have immediate online access to famous historians, musicians, theologians, real experts and self-proclaimed experts on this, that … more
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