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It isn’t often that I read something and find myself crying like some blithering, emotional other self. But that’s what happened while editing a written-from-the-heart column by Keri … more
In 2007, a story circulated that a 30-pound squash had been grown from indigenous seeds hidden in a clay pot for 800 years. The story turned out to be a hoax. The story of the size of the squash … more
If you look at the family news on page 21A, you’ll notice that the family has had quite a time. There’s a wedding notice for my nephew, Nate Jackson, and his new bride, Chelsea. The … more
In the entire array of veterans’ photos in last week’s “A Salute to Our Veterans”–36 pages–there is one Black face from WWII: Beauford Clark Johnson’s. His … more
“It all started with a farm boy from the prairies of central Illinois,” noted ecologist John White said when referring to Dr. H. A. Gleason, one of the first significant prairie … more
As a journalist, I spend my time following newsworthy stories, but every once in a while a story unfolds before me while I am doing my daily routine. On Monday, Oct. 31, I stopped at River Ridge … more
The wind was soft a few days ago when I took yet another magical walk in the tall grasses of the Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary. Much stronger winds, however, blew in yesterday, bringing chilling … more
Hello, my name is Mike Redfearn. I was born in Hazel Green WI., but have lived in Galena all my life. I live with my brother, Tom. I graduated from Galena High School. I attended The Workshop … more
It was bittersweet filling out my vote-by-mail ballot for the Tuesday, Nov. 8 General Election and seeing my neighbor’s name, Janet Checker, on the ballot. Janet was such a good soul and oh … more
“Oscar, I have to go without you. Be a good boy. Do not jump on the sofa.” That was enough for Oscar to give me his most tragic expression, which was laced with the sorrowful yet … more
Dear Crabby: We were informed by our son’s grade school that he would not be permitted to attend classes at St. Mary’s anymore due to his body odor. I’m not kidding, Crabby. He … more
This coming Thursday from 5-7 p.m., the Galena community will be honoring Carl and Marilyn Johnson for their 50-plus years of service to this community, to this region. The event will be held at the … more
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