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After a brief thaw, the Galena River was freezing when I walked along her banks. Though the sun shone brightly across the ice, it was bitterly cold. This week the river was a good listener. I had … more
One hundred and five years ago, the Apple River community gathered to celebrate the opening of a new landmark, the Presbyterian church. The church, which was dedicated 105 years ago on Jan. … more
One of the most interesting, engaging and possibly infuriating segments of each week’s Gazette is found on these “Opinion” pages. With all due modesty, I’m not talking … more
The Galena River has been calling. Unfortunately, when my car completely died in the last few weeks of snow, ice and subzero temperatures, I had to speak to the river by way of my creek in last … more
Over the past few weeks nestled between the latest updates on the pandemic have been news reports of a continuing Russian military build-up along the Ukrainian border. President Biden, on Dec. … more
Ninety-five years ago, Galena’s theater community got a new lease on life following a devastating fire that left Turner Hall smoldering. The community rallied, and with the help from the … more
Several times a week I receive an email from Samantha Rojeman from the Jo Daviess County Health Department. Lately, I’ve been amazed as I look through her email which contains the latest … more
The bright sun paints the days remarkably clear when we have sub-zero weather. This morning I bundled up and went out to feed the donkeys. I even ventured down to my stream, cracking through the … more
Over a century ago, on Jan. 2, 1912, the Galena City Council passed an ordinance that drew concern from the religious community of Galena. The measure that the council approved at its meeting … more
This coming Monday is Martin Luther King Day. In years past we pulled our kids out of school for a couple extra days and ventured down to Florida. We always had a good time terrorizing my brother … more
I have been wobbly but able to carry hay to my donkeys in the snow. Though I remained somewhat cogent, I forgot what it was like to not feel like sleeping most of the day. I am regaining … more
Galena is not a community that hides from the national spotlight. Since its early days, the city and the area have received attention from press across the country. When Galena’s … more
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