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The water is drip-drip-dripping from my roof as the snow melts. The secretive animals with whom I share this land have been venturing out, happy to no longer suffer from the extreme cold. The … more
Those not from Jo Daviess County are shocked to learn that our communities are closely knit. I have deep roots here, and there are many others who do as well. My family connections run from … more
This Friday, I will get the second part of my Moderna vaccine against COVID. One entire year will have passed since I closed and locked my gate for the quarantine. Feeling oddly numbed, on March … more
My family is rooted in Galena and Jo Daviess County with its first resident coming to this area during the lead rush. Through all of its branches, I am fortunate that my roots extend far. We … more
I had been wondering when the reporting on COVID-19 might take on a new thread. It happened last week when The New York Times published a story by Sabrina Tavernise and Abby Goodnough about the … more
There were some mighty disappointed healthcare officials in Jo Daviess County last week. We all should be disappointed.Sandra Schleicher, Jo Daviess County Health Department Administrator, at the … more
Retired Rear Admiral Barry Black, Senate chaplain, opened up the third day of the United States Senate impeachment trial of former President Trump with a prayer: “Give our Senate jurors … more
The way we celebrate certain holidays changes over the years and different generations hold new traditions or scrap old ones. Individual holidays also have different meanings and are celebrated … more
In 2013, I made apple-pear sauce, put it in a labeled mason jar and set it into my deep freezer. Eventually, that single jar got buried in a corner under years of other frozen treasures. This … more
When those who served in the military separate, they are given a DD-214, the “Certificate of Release from Active Duty.” If service was in the Air or Army National Guard, a NGB-22 is … more
Borders in this area seem less important than others. Borders during COVID have had different meanings with rules being different just a few miles away, but when thinking about the bigger … more
It was by guess and by golly–or–you might say that I lucked out when procuring a coveted appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination this past week. I had learned from a staff member that … more
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