Wooded wonderland: Christina Eisbach and family create a unique experience for visitors to trek with goats in Galena, Ill.

GALENA, Ill. — There is a slice of land just outside Galena’s shopping district and through the winding hills of Devil’s Ladder Road where the hustle and bustle of the world is absorbed by tall trees, rolling mounds of earth and the conversations of nearby animals. To Christina Eisbach, it’s heaven on earth. It’s also […]

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‘Compassion in action:’ Dubuque Red Cross volunteer deployed 17 times to disasters

Julie Schulte’s devotion to service keeps her going places. The Dubuquer has responded to natural disasters and other crises 17 times since 2017 as a volunteer for the American Red Cross. “She is compassion in action,” said Jolene Carpenter, disaster program manager for the Red Cross in Dubuque. “She brings an unbelievable skill set and […]

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‘Balancing act’ for tri-state moms during pandemic

Katie Larson gave birth to her youngest daughter just as the world was shutting down. Blayke Larson was born on March 12, 2020, just days before Dubuque-area schools and businesses started to close en masse to try to slow the spread of COVID-19. While Larson was in the hospital after giving birth, the facility implemented […]

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Clean & classic: Kris Gorton proves an age-old theory in home design — less really is more

Upon setting foot in Living on Main in downtown Dubuque, it’s evident that owner Kris Gorton has a keen eye for what makes a space work well. Her philosophy? “A space has to be functional,” Gorton said. “But it can also be aesthetically beautiful. The two aren’t mutually exclusive. You don’t have to trade in […]

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Passion project: Amanda Trotman carves out a beauty niche with Spark On Bluff in Dubuque

Upon setting foot into Spark On Bluff, one might be able to draw an unlikely comparison to the famous sitcom watering hole, “Cheers.” It might boast barbers instead of bartenders. And for what Spark lacks in sudsy brews it more than makes up for in hair care products. However, one key similarity is clear: Everybody […]

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Turning from trauma to advocacy: After suffering a traumatic birth, Jade O’Connell becomes a voice for maternal health

DURANGO, Iowa — Jade O’Connell knew from an early age that she wanted to be a mom. Even when her son, Finnian, arrived 16 days ahead of schedule on Sept. 1, 2019, the 26-year-old Durango native could not have been more elated. “I already had names picked out when I was in high school,” O’Connell […]

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Our four-legged companions have been enjoying their version of paradise for the past year, finding their owners at home more with an abundance of extra time to play, walk and hang out with them. At the same time, pet owners have come to rely on their pets as anxiety relievers, stress reducers and work-at-home buddies...
Want to encourage kids to move more? The latest technology, gear and apps can help make movement and exercise fun. Here’s how: Learn online From dance to yoga to martial arts, there are a range of online classes available that are designed just for kids. These are perfect for a time when there remain extracurricular...
If you are responsible for the care of a loved one, travel or leisure are sometimes difficult to imagine. But while thinking about going away might feel unrealistic, caregiving experts say that planning for this time is critically and vitally important. Caregiving can be stressful, and sustained caregiving requires that you take time to recharge...
It’s summertime, and the living is getting to be easier again. While long-distance vacations might not be the way to go for a lot of people, short day trips and local excursions have a lot to offer. For your wine- and beer-loving pleasure, we’ve compiled a guide to wineries and breweries in the tri-states. The...
Simple rubs, marinades and flavored butter up your grill game True confession: I grill outside all year long. This year, I won’t stand for anything bland to come off my grill — and, if I can help it, yours. An herby marinade sparked with a little crushed red pepper can add flavor to lean meats...
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