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There are a lot of very happy families around these parts as graduation season in this Driftless Region begins. River Ridge and Scales Mound held their high school graduation ceremonies this past … more
New technology amazes many who witness it for the first time and after a couple years, we struggle to realize what life was like before the technology existed. Just in the last 20 years we have seen … more
Over the past few months, every major news outlet has brought us a clear picture of Russian’s savage incursion into a peaceful Ukraine. The Ukrainian population has risen to the occasion with … more
“I had never before prayed for a donkey,” he told me after receiving the good news about Sister. Last week’s column carried a rather grim headline suggesting that there was no … more
Mike Simmons, the new Jo Daviess County Emergency Management director, stopped by The Gazette office wanting to promote the county’s CodeRED system. Mike served this community well in past … more
Many streets in our cities and villages have eponymous names, meaning that they were named for someone. Dodge Street for example, was named for Henry Dodge, an early settler of the region and a … more
On April 28, Laurel Eshelman and I read the poetry of war to the 25 people who gathered in the Galena Public Library. Scott Rische managed to turn the mandolin into a balalaika, giving just the right … more
What an evening! In fact, this was one of the most enjoyable and relaxing evenings at community events I’ve had here in quite some time. (Although the pandemic might have had something to … more
My gentle son is visiting from Jerusalem where he does academic research and translation online from four languages for U.S. universities. These two weeks have been a golden time of restful days, … more
In his column last week, Jay Dickerson wrote about the radio show produced by the Galena Center for the Arts. He shared something positive about each member of the team, the actors and the … more
Every community has a defining moment or person that, if a family is around long enough, there is some sort of connection back to that moment. For Galena, that person is General Ulysses S. Grant and … more
The woodcocks are out now. If you go out at sundown and stand where woodlands surround a field, you might hear them. This is the season of renewal. This is the season of promise. Eight years ago, … more
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