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November 18, 2017


Luck is on her side
DARLINGTON, Wis.-Most people probably wouldn't consider a bout of severe headaches a blessing in life. For 17-year-old Kerri McArthur, though, crippling headaches in late November led to the discovery of a malformation of blood vessels in her brain, a condition that may otherwise have continued undetected.

The blessings for Kerri just keep coming.

When doctors at UW Hospital in Madison decided weeks later an angioplasty procedure to shrink the mass was too risky, Kerri, the daughter of Doug and Kathy McArthur, landed an appointment with experts at the world renowned Mayo Clinic. And now she's beginning the radiation process, undergoing treatment to reduce in size the 5-centimeter mass, known as an arterial venus malformation (AVM).

It seems luck is on her side.


Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Coates to retire from library
GALENA-On Maren Coates' desk are artifacts of the time she's spent here. One in particular is a librarian action figure. You press the button on the back, and the arm moves. The librarian's pointer finger lifts to her lips, making a stereotypical "shhh"-ing motion.

But Coates has hardly been a stereotypical librarian.

She's served as director of the Galena Public Library since 1985, taking the position a year after she was hired.

She retires the end of March. An open house is planned at the library in her honor, Sunday, March 25, from 2 to 4 p.m.


Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Walter helps area youth with 4-H
When Elaine Walter went to college, she wanted to get a job teaching kids and giving them opportunities to learn. Walter thought she was going to be a teacher.

Things change, and Walter found her place as Youth Program Coordinator for the area 4-H program.

"People sometime ask me if I miss not being in a classroom," Walter said. "I really like what I do. I still get to plan events and watch kids learn and grow. I don't think I could ask for more than that."


Tuesday, February 27, 2007
30 years of service
Diane Rosenthal has worked at the Jo Daviess County Courthouse, in a variety of offices. This year she celebrates 30 years. She was kind enough to talk to the Gazette over email about her experiences:

Where are you from, where did you grow up and go to school?

I have lived in Galena my entire life (other than living in California in 1969-1971 for about 18 months while my husband was in the service). I attended St. Mary's grade school and Galena High School.


Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Bette Koser: Cooking up memories
If you didn't know the name Bette Koser, you would surely recognize her, especially if you were a regular at any of the several Galena restaurants where she has worked.

Bette, her sister Linda and brother Charles moved to Galena with their parents Ralph and Lauretta LaBore in 1941. She was 10 years old.


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Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Healthy living
GALENA-A huge former Chicago Bear towered over. . .well, pretty much everybody there. There were free massages on one side of the building.
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
More than a decade of delivery
By the time you read this, Carol Siemen will have shed her two heavy coats and one hooded sweatshirt, normal apparel for a late-January day. She'll be on a motor home, already a few days into a well-deserved retirement to someplace warm and sunny.

Many people in Galena will realize her absence immediately; they've been used to seeing her just about every day. She's worked for more than 10 years, delivering the mail in Galena. Her last day was Wednesday, Jan. 31.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Churches continue Gulf presence
LONG BEACH, MISS.-Lynn Giles, Galena, returned to Mississippi's Gulf Coast because "there's still work to be done."

Giles, along with a group of seven parishioners and Father Bob North of the Grace Episcopal Church and two parishioners of the United Methodist Church in Galena, organized to head south two weeks ago.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Guide reflects visitor, industry input
GALENA-Survey says: The prime reason for leisure travel continues to be rest and relaxation. And one of the best routes toward rejuvenation is through scenic Galena and Jo Daviess County, as depicted in the destination's new 72-page Visitors Guide for 2007.

The Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), working with its marketing and design agency, Tandem Design/Strategic Marketing of Ottawa, completely redesigned the guide with a new landscape orientation, streamlined copy, a renewed focus on visitor experiences, fresh photos, new colors and 20 more pages, a result of more photos taken throughout Jo Daviess County and an increase in enrollment in the CVB's Basic Services Program (see side-bar).

Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Soup supper to benefit building
ELIZABETH-Perfect for a cold winter evening...the soup supper to be held as a benefit for the Elizabeth Community building!

Funds raised from attendance at the event from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, will go toward the cost of continuing improvements and ongoing expenses at the building  owned  by the Elizabeth Fair Association.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Man of the community
How do you measure the impact one man has in a small community?

Harold Muchow impacted the community in many ways. There's the Community Development Fund of Galena (CDFG). There's the Galena Area Chamber of Commerce. There's the board of directors at US Bank, and Galena-Stauss Hospital & Healthcare Center. There's fraternal organizations-Elks, Rotary and Lions.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Hooked on fishing
Debra Welp was reading the Country Woman Magazine last year when she saw the magazine was soliciting their readers to enter a contest. They were asking for "Sure Cures for Cabin Fever."

A week earlier, Welp had an experience with a muskrat. So she thought this fishing story would be a perfect one to enter in the contest.

Debra began ice fishing in 1989. Her friend Dan Welp (now her husband) took her ice fishing, "I was literally hooked," she laughed.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007
From Galena to South Korea
Editor's note: For a year now, Ellen Herbert has worked overseas as a missionary. She helped start a pen pal program between her students and students at Galena Primary School. In December, she visited the students in Galena before returning to South Korea at the New Year. The following is excerpted from email correspondence with the Gazette:

Where did you grow up, and what family do you have in the area?


Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Wand celebrates 20 years as clerk
In 1976, Sharon Wand was a year out of Galena High School, and had just finished working a year in a factory in Elizabeth. Her father encouraged her to apply for an opening at the circuit clerk's office, where he worked.

More than 30 years later, she's still there, and this year celebrates 20 years as Jo Daviess County Circuit Clerk.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007


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