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Last week, athletes competed to bring home the gold in the 2023 Special Olympics Illinois winter games. Despite this being an annual competition, I have not attended any events before. I knew … more
G alenians Bonnielynn Kreiser, Maureen Bardusk and Susan Barg and their friend Joan Klaus, formerly of The Galena Territory and now from Monroe, Virg., took a little trip. They prepared for a year. … more
H ello, my name is Olivia Friederick and I am the new reporter for The Galena Gazette. I recently graduated from the University of Iowa with degrees in political science and ethics and public policy. … more
In 2016, a photograph of a little boy in Aleppo, Syria, swept through social media. In the photo, five-year-old Omran Daqneesh, who had been carried into a medical vehicle after a bomb attack, sits … more
This next week marks a very special week here in Galena as the area hosts Special Olympics Illinois Winter Games. This is the 42nd edition, Jan. 31 to Feb. 2. Imagine that. I was around for the very … more
On August 26, 1970, a group of French women tried to lay wreaths on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with the message, “There is something more unknown than the unknown soldier–his … more
The general conversation this last week focused on two basic topics: the tragic deaths of two Galena residents in a traffic accident just east of town and a front-page article in the Telegraph-Herald … more
This column appeared in the New York Times in December and focuses on the issue of gun safety. We thought that given the events of last week involving gun control, this column might give Gazette … more
I woke up this morning to thoughts of war. Before I went to sleep last night, I listened to a report on the destruction of civilian targets in a Ukrainian town. I was deeply saddened by an interview … more
Two disgruntled Galena residents walked into our office this week. Luckily, we did nothing to offend either gentleman. They arrived at different days of the week and wanted to talk about the Grant … more
Ukraine’s agonies cause our hearts to weep. We watch with great sadness as lives are lost, people’s homes are destroyed and as men and … more
There are few things in life that can make a big difference in the lives of those around us; volunteering is one of them. Over 30 years ago, I got a call from my good friend Scott Lawlor. Back then I … more
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