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In an effort to raise awareness throughout the Midwest about the important relationship between native bees and the region’s ecosystem, the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (JDCF) is inviting the community to participate in a workshop on Saturday, Aug. 4, benefitting the protection of the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee, a potential keystone species that was declared federally endangered on Jan. 11, 2017.

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Surrounded by friends and family, Prairie Ridge’s residents and staff celebrated the retirement community’s first year of establishment on July 28 (though it officially opened Aug. 1, 2017), even inviting the general public to enjoy live music, a bounce house, grilled food and a sense of Prairie Ridge living outside the facility.

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PEOSTA, IA––Jo Daviess County Democrats were among the protesters that gathered outside Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) on Thursday, July 26, during President Donald Trump’s visit to Peosta, Iowa.

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CHICAGO–The Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF), the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association, has approved a $5,000 grant to Riverview Center, Galena, for legal assistance to survivors of domestic violence.

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Marie Schumacher, Galena, has joined 24 Hour Care as the Illinois nursing supervisor.

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Corkless in Galena Wine Festival director Lynn Pease, right, presents Dave Decker, Galena ARC executive director, with a donation from the profits of the festival.

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GALENA–The League of Women Voters of Jo Daviess County is joining with the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) in calling for the abolishment of the Electoral College.

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GALENA–The 100 Club of Jo Daviess County has announced the date of its 2019 Honors Dinner as Saturday, Jan. 26, to be held at the Desoto House Hotel in Galena.

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ELIZABETH–Just weeks after the Elizabeth Nursing Home opened in July 1968, Nancy Rife interviewed for the nighttime aide position. With four young children at home, she didn’t mention her plans to her husband, and when she was hired on the spot, she had some explaining to do.

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During the kiddie tractor pull at the 98th annual Elizabeth Community Fair, Lincoln Staton uses all of his strength to pull his tractor 13 feet and 2 inches. This year, Elizabeth celebrated 150 years as a village with new events at the three-day fair including a hypnotist show by Brian Imbus and a fireworks show concluding the fair on Sunday night. As part of the celebration, many of the graduating classes of Elizabeth High School rode class floats in the parade.

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Above: Pleasant View 4-H Club member Kade Timmerman dozed off in between caring for his dairy entry at the Jo Daviess County 4-H Fair in Elizabeth July 18. Above right: There were all sorts of impressive entries on display after judging was complete at the Elizabeth Community Building. At right: Judge Cynthia Lloyd, left, visits with Samantha Haring as they go through Haring’s project book.

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GALENA–The future is looking bright for the Galena ARC, and ARC officials are hoping to capture some of those rays to lower electrical costs if the move to the Tri-State Christian School (TSCS) location becomes reality.

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