All posts by Ryan Wells

About Ryan Wells

Ryan Wells is the owner and publisher of the Elburn Herald. You can reach him at, or by calling (630) 703-9201, ext. 107.
  • Editorial: Time for a change

    As of Monday, Oct. 1, the Elburn Herald/Kaneland Publications Inc. will have a new home: the Elburn and Countryside Community Center.

    • Posted September 28, 2012
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  • Part of the elite

    KHS girls XC team proves it belongs among top tier Kaneland—As hundreds of runners and spectators descended on Elburn Woods Saturday for the annual Kaneland Eddington Invitational, the Kaneland High School Lady Knight cross country team proved it...

    • Posted September 20, 2012
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  • Bringing their best

    Boys XC team sets numerous personal records at Eddington Kaneland—Across the board, the KHS boys cross country team stepped up in a big way for one of the biggest races of the year, the annual Larry Eddington Invitation...

    • Posted September 20, 2012
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  • SG Trustee announces run for Village President

    Geary plans to make communication a priority for the future Sugar Grove—Sugar Grove Village Trustee Kevin Geary announced this week that he will run for village president in 2013.

    • Posted August 16, 2012
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  • Editorial: Examples of ‘community’ abound

    This part of the summer—when our local communities are on display to their residents, as well as those who live nearby through their festivals —are a perfect time to reflect on what it means to be a...

    • Posted August 2, 2012
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  • Editorial: Sugar Grove opened Pandora’s Box, and here are the results

    The proposed Shodeen development in Elburn, referred to as Elburn Station, hit a roadblock Monday, and to be honest, that might not be a bad thing.

    • Posted May 17, 2012
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  • Editorial: ‘Be excellent to each other’

    For years following the 9/11 tragedy, high-level government officials continued to remind the public to “stay vigilant” whenever they were asked what the general public can or should do while going about their daily lives.

    • Posted May 3, 2012
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  • Editorial: What does it mean to be a hometown newspaper?

    It means many things, but the overriding aspect of the term is “service.” As a hometown newspaper, it is our responsibility to serve our communities by helping strengthen the many connections that exist in our communities—the connections...

    • Posted March 8, 2012
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  • Editorial: An appeal for communication, time

    If nothing changes, the parking lot in downtown Elburn at the corner of Main (Route 47) and Shannon streets will close March 15.

    • Posted March 2, 2012
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  • Editorial: Let’s follow the Mallard Point example

    At the end of January, we devoted this space to echoing the sentiments of many residents and leaders in the area by publicly urging Sugar Grove officials to return to the negotiating table to find a resolution...

    • Posted February 24, 2012
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  • Editorial: Sugar Grove officials, come back to the negotiating table

    After years of their basements filling up with water due to stormwater runoff, the residents of the Mallard Point and Rolling Oaks subdivisions could see light at the end of the tunnel.

    • Posted January 27, 2012
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  • Editorial: Staffing changes allows us to offer more

    Two weeks ago, we used this space to recap this past year at the Elburn Herald, as well as to introduce new Assistant Editor Keith Beebe. This week, we would like to announce the change in position of...

    • Posted January 12, 2012
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  • Editorial: A thank you and an introduction

    I entered 2011 with a sense that it was going to be a life-changing year for me, one way or another. I had been discussing the idea of buying Kaneland Publications Inc.—and thereby the Elburn Herald—off and...

    • Posted January 1, 2012
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  • Change of course demonstrates effective governing

    The Elburn Village Board changed course this week when it decided to postpone a move to place a home rule referendum before the voters during this spring’s election.

    • Posted December 22, 2011
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  • We hope to see you at the Stroll

    For those of us at the Elburn Herald, the season starts a little bit later, when we turn our office into a life-sized Kandyland game, loosely based on the children’s Candyland board game.

    • Posted December 1, 2011
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  • Editorial: Time to engage

    It has long been said that the time for citizens to impact their government is on election day, when they get to go to the polls and cast their vote, choosing who will represent them and their...

    • Posted November 10, 2011
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  • Editorial: It is time to go

    Serving on local government boards is often a thankless “job.” Maybe there is a small stipend that helps cover a tiny percentage of the time spent helping serve the community—and maybe not—but even in the best of...

    • Posted November 3, 2011
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  • Editorial: Sugar Grove rightly goes back to square one

    The village of Sugar Grove announced in early September that it intended to end its pursuit of the proposed Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District that had turned into a point of contention among various taxing bodies in...

    • Posted September 16, 2011
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  • Editorial—Community: More important than ever before

    With the economy struggling like it is, combined with the unique struggles of the newspaper industry in general, now does not the seem like the right time to get into the business.

    • Posted September 9, 2011
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  • Editorial: Second chance to make a good impression

    The village of Sugar Grove held what turned into part one of at least a two-part public hearing regarding a proposed Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District on Aug. 16.

    • Posted August 25, 2011
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  • Editorial: No reason, no re-election

    Two weeks ago, the Sugar Grove Library Board surprised the community when it voted 4-2 to terminate the employment of 21-year Library Director Beverly Holmes Hughes.

    • Posted August 4, 2011
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  • Editorial: How to make all rules meaningless

    If a government body chooses which rules and laws to enforce, that in effect makes all rules and laws meaningless. Selective enforcement means that any group of representatives can pick and choose what the laws are at...

    • Posted July 14, 2011
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  • Elburn resident claims assault by off-duty Sheriff’s Deputy

    Elburn—An Elburn resident said he was assaulted Friday by an off-duty Kane County Sheriff’s Deputy, sparking an internal investigation by the department’s Office of Professional Standards.

    • Posted June 17, 2011
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  • Editorial: Why you generally do not see endorsements in our paper

    With the April 5 election approaching, we have fielded numerous questions on who we plan to endorse, and in general, if we plan to endorse anyone.

    • Posted March 24, 2011
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  • Editorial: Help improve your community, join a Kaneland advisory committee

    One of the measures of the strength in a community is how involved its members are in public activities. The Kaneland community is a community of communities, tying together numerous villages from Maple Park to Montgomery.

    • Posted January 20, 2011
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  • Editorial: Share 2011 with your hometown newspaper

    Why read newspapers? With national newspaper readership on the decline, that is a question everyone related to the industry is trying to answer ...

    • Posted December 30, 2010
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  • Photo gallery: Kaneland 27, Vernon Hills 21

    A pass to Tyler Callaghan with :10 to go in the game lofts the Knights into the semifinals versus defending state champion Montini Catholic. The Kaneland-Montini Catholic showdown is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 20, at 5 p.m.

    • Posted November 18, 2010
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  • Kaneland confident in 34-7 playoff win

    Maple Park—“Confidence” was the word on the lips of the Kaneland players as they exited Peterson Field Saturday night following their 34-7 victory over Crystal Lake Central in round 2 of the IHSA football playoffs.

    • Posted November 11, 2010
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  • Editorial: Information turns residents into voters

    For those who pay attention to the national media, you well know how this year’s mid-term elections have been covered with far more rigor than any in recent memory.

    • Posted October 21, 2010
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  • Editorial: New program may help break cycle of violence

    According to Mutual Ground, Community Crisis Center, by the time you finish reading this paragraph, someone in the U.S. will be abused by their partner.

    • Posted October 14, 2010
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  • Editorial: He inspired us all

    The world lost some of its richness on Saturday, when news of Bruce Conley’s passing made its way through our communities. Whether directly or indirectly, anyone who lives or works in the area has been touched by his...

    • Posted September 16, 2010
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  • Editorial: Mangers represents the best of our communities

    Chassidy Mangers, a Kaneland High School graduate, Elburn resident, and current student of Augustana College, represents the best of our communities and is an example of the type of “small-town values” that are so hard to articulate...

    • Posted August 19, 2010
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