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“You can go fishing with me when you can cast a fishing line into the circle,” my father told me as he laid out a string circle on the grass. I wanted to make him proud of me. I … more
My urban neighbor loved them. They terrified me. She adored how they came to drink together at night. I could only imagine them falling into the open skylight over the loft where I slept. She … more
Some say that it is hard for news to not travel far in a small town. Whether it is a wedding, a birth, a death or illness, it seems that everyone in town will know in a matter of hours. They also … more
In a normal year, East Dubuque residents would by now have received a hanger with two notes. One note shared the story of the East Dubuque Boy Scouts and the other provided the necessary details … more
Not withstanding the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic in the past year, The Galena Foundation, through precautions to ensure everyone’s safety, has continued to advance its mission to … more
I am grateful for having the opportunity to continue to live in the community I have called home for 28 years. It is an area and county that many of us who have been lifelong residents have taken … more
Cindi Martinovic looked out across the prairie she had restored as if she heard it waking up to the calls of spring. A young oak that Martinovic had planted as a seedling was ready for spring … more
Here it is. . .small world stories version two. These come from David Kies of Gold Canyon, Ariz.; Scott Ettleman, Galena; and my wife, Sarah, who jogged my memory. David shared this … more
What are your favorite small-world stories? I’ve been thinking about this over the past week after seeing a couple of Galenians at an unexpected place. I chauffeured Sarah down to Iowa … more
The life of a high school student over the past couple years vastly changed to those just the year prior. Prom was cancelled, graduation looked like a drive-in movie theater (which some high school … more
Jill Smith and Sarah O’Steen do a variety of jobs at Tammy’s Piggly Wiggly. I met them both when I arranged to have pick-ups there last spring. I was cheered by Sarah’s warm … more
Oscar and Aiken were parallel dogs. Oscar was the saddest dog anyone had ever seen when I adopted him. Aiken was a street dog from a shelter in Aiken, Ga., when my son adopted him. Aiken was … more
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