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This has been a week of quiet shifting. Yesterday I had my first acupuncture session with Dr. Justin Penoyer in Hanover. As I lay on my back with upright needles, I felt as if a soft warming … more
This morning I remember what Memorial Day meant to me as a child of the military. As I walked through the military cemeteries holding my parents’ hands following World War II, I thought of … more
In this profession, I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to watch how the lives of those in this county are shaped by local leaders. I have had the opportunity to visit with many of these … more
Jo Daviess County received some unexpected but welcome attention from The New York Times on May 15, as did Dane County, Wis., where Madison is located, in Badgerland. Both counties, it seems are … more
I have been fortunate to wear many hats–as a public official, a former teacher, a newspaper reporter and as a coach. Throughout the past seven years I have coached football, basketball and … more
My vegetable garden is planted! I even transplanted 150 marigolds. Two weeks ago it seemed impossible. My celebration is thanks to a 1960’s Troy-Bilt Tiller that was fished from a dumpster in … more
R Ryan Ertmer is a very bright, endlessly creative soul, ready for hard work and a good laugh. American culture often does not make enough space for such people. We want them to fit just so, and … more
Throughout its history, Memorial Day has been an important day for the city of Galena and neighboring communities. Initially becoming a national holiday in 1868, the Memorial Day was first … more
Have you had one of those days where it’s just a perfect day and you wouldn’t want to do anything different or make any changes? Sunday was one of those days. It started by seeing … more
It has been 75 years since the class of 1946 left the hallowed halls of Galena High School and moved to the next chapters in their lives. Some went away and found homes in new places, but others … more
Natural wonders are ready to pour themselves through us in the Driftless region, where glaciers stopped and native people gathered. How good to share the magic of such treasures with gentle … more
This past week, Jo Daviess County became a leader in our nation’s vaccination effort to protect the population from COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 53.5 percent … more
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