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Three weeks ago in this column, I explored the origins behind the name of Jewell Lane in rural Scales Mound. The interest behind that column sparked my interest in discussing other eponymous road … more
I recently stumbled on two pictures of my father, Colonel H. R. Osheroff, on the day he retired from the United States Army after 20 years of service. Though one is blurred, I can still see the … more
I am always amazed at how people are connected. When meeting strangers, it takes just a few questions to find a connection. That’s what I enjoy doing. Last year during RAGBRAI, the … more
Sister, here. Every so often, a donkey has to pitch in and help her human out. Lynn is busy getting her garden ready and asked me last week if I would please write the next column. She concluded her … more
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
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