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Registration Open For Heroes Summer Academy

March 2, 2021

Registration is now open for St. Mark Youth Enrichment’s Heroes Summer Academy. The Telegraph Herald reports the five-week program for elementary school students will be held from June 21 through July 23. There will be no program on July 5.
Classes will be held from morning through approximately noon at sites in Dyersville and Dubuque for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Nothing Suspicious About Monday Mobile Home Fire, Say Investigators

March 2, 2021

An investigation into Monday’s fire that destroyed a mobile home in Asbury has found nothing suspicious in terms of a cause. Firefitghers responded shortly after noon to a structure fire at Lore Mound Mobile Home Park, where flames were coming out of the roof and most windows of a mobile home on Lot 17.

Monday Night Shooting Leads To Arrests Of Three Teens

March 2, 2021

Three teens are under arrest after a Monday night shooting in Dubuque. 18 year old Charles D. Tyler was arrested at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday in the area of 14th Street and Central Avenue on a felony charge of aiding and abetting going armed with intent. Also, two other teens were arrested in connection with the incident. They’re not being identified due to their age.

Road Closure In Dubuque Thursday

March 2, 2021

Kelly Lane will be closed between Fremont Avenue and Thornwood Drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 4, for private tree removal. Motorists should follow the posted detour.

Special Election Info For Tuesday

March 2, 2021

Polls open Tuesday at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. for special elections. Residents in Ward 1 will fill that seat vacany on Dubuque City Council. Susan Farber and John Pregler were the top two vote-getters in the Feb. 2 primary election for the seat. Also, voters in the Western Dubuque County Community School District will decide on the renewal of a physical plant and equipment levy.

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Two In Custody After Search Warrant Served

March 2, 2021

Platteville police served a search warrant Sunday night and took two people into custody but they’re not saying why. The warrant was served at a residence on West Pine Street.” The police chief says the case will be forwarded to the Grant County District Attorney’s Office for review.

Energy Partnership Translates To Big Dollar Savings For DCSD

March 1, 2021

One year into an energy conservation partnership with Cenergistic, a national sustainability company, the Dubuque Community School District has already saved $500,000 compared to expected energy costs over the same time. The company did an analysis of energy costs and figured out ways to convert that into cost savings. District officials say every dollar saved can be redirected to enhancing the educational experience for students.

Snow Piles Not An Indicator That Spring Flooding Will Be Worse Than Usual

March 1, 2021

Just because you see large piles of snow in spots, it’s not an indicator that Mississippi River spring flooding will be worse than usual. The National Weather Service says that’s because there is a lack of snowpack to our northwest and, in some cases, a drought. The NWS reports as it stands right now, the outlook (for the Dubuque area) is for a near-normal to a little bit below-normal risk of spring flooding.

Improvements On The Way For Dubuque Industrial Center West

March 1, 2021

Improvements will be made to the east entrance of the Dubuque Industrial Center West. Dubuque City Council members recently approved an application requesting a grant from Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy Program to help fund the $4 million project. It will fix up a section of Chavenelle Road that runs from the Northwest Arterial to Radford Road. Additionally, the city is looking for the state to provide nearly $1.9 million in funding for the project.

Pot Dispensary Opening In Galena Saturday

March 1, 2021

This coming weekend, on Saturday, PharmaCann, is opening a dispensary selling both medical and recreational marijuana in a former bank at 115 Perry St. in Galena. The business hours will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. PharmaCann is part of the Verilife brand, which sells a wide variety of both recreational and medical cannabis products.

Special Election Details

March 1, 2021

Polls open Tuesday at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. for special elections. Residents in Ward 1 will fill that seat vacany on Dubuque City Council. Susan Farber and John Pregler were the top two vote-getters in the Feb. 2 primary election for the seat. Also, voters in the Western Dubuque County Community School District will decide on the renewal of a physical plant and equipment levy.

Water Awareness Walk

March 1, 2021

An event is happening this month to raise awareness of clean water in developing countries in March. Sisters of St. Francis’ Sister Water Project will hold “Walk for Sister Water” between March 12-22, in honor of World Water Day on March 22. The project brings safe water to villagers in Tanzania and Honduras. In the past 15 years, more than 290 well projects have been completed in Tanzania and more than 20 water systems in Honduras.

Mask Mandate Continues

March 1, 2021

The mask mandate is still in effect in Dubuque County after supervisors voted unanimously to extend it. An online meeting Friday included more than a half hour of public input including both those opposed and for the mandate. The Dubuque County Board of Health approved the extension unanimously. Without it, the county mandate would have expired on Monday. The mandate covers all of Dubuque County outside of the city of Dubuque, which has its own mandate.

Monday Budget Meeting In Dubuque

March 1, 2021

The Dubuque City Council will hold a series of virtual public meetings about the budget for fiscal year 2022, which begins July 1. The process begins with a meeting Monday, during which council members will establish the maximum amount of taxes the city will collect.

Next Court Date For Forsythe

March 1, 2021

April 12th has been set for the next court hearing for 21 year old Richard Forsythe of Galena. We told you recently that he pleaded not guilty to stabbing his ex-girlfriend and leaving her body at the Dubuque Arboretum. He is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 20-year-old Jennifer Lopez, of East Dubuque, Illinois. Her body was found Feb. 1. Police say she was stabbed 15 times.

Man Sentenced In Gun Incident

March 1, 2021

Sentencing for a man accused of pointing a gun at a woman during a Dubuque robbery. Police say 28 year old Leam Tank was handed two years of probation after pleading guilty to assault while displaying a dangerous weapon. A two-year prison sentence was suspended. Authorities say Tank and pointed a gun at a woman’s head during an incident that followed a number of people doing drugs in a Dubuque hotel room.

Man Accused Of Killing Ex-Girlfriend Pleads Not Guilty

February 26, 2021

Not guilty the plea from a man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and leaving her body at Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. 21 year old Richard Forsythe of Galena is charged with first degree murder, which carries a life sentence, no parole, if convicted. Police say Forsythe killed 20 year old Jennifer Lopez of East Dubuque, stabbing her at least 15 times. Her body was found in the arboretum on Feb. 1.

Ways To Get Vaccinated

February 26, 2021

If you are 65 and older, there are two ways to get vaccinated in Dubuque County. Healthcare providers are contacting their eligible patients by phone, text, and email to offer vaccination appointments as vaccine supplies allow. If you are a Dubuque County resident 65 years and older and do NOT have a primary care provider, call the Dubuque County Sleeves Up phone number at 563-587-4950. Also, some Dubuque County pharmacies are receiving vaccines and are expected to receive more over time.

Getting Down To Budget Business In Dubuque

February 26, 2021

The recommended Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget materials are available online at www.cityofdubuque.org/FY2022budget. Printed copies are also available for checkout from the Carnegie-Stout Public Library Reference Desk.
The series of virtual public meetings being held as part of the budget process begins with a public hearing at the Monday, March 1.

COVID closes two Cascade businesses

February 26, 2021

CASCADE, Iowa – Two Cascade businesses have closed temporarily because of COVID-19 issues. Cheryl’s Flour Garden Bakery and Coffee Bar announced that one of its employees contracted the coronavirus, so it will be closed until Tuesday, March 2, a post on the business’ Facebook page confirmed. And, Hollow Tree Gifts and Floral in Cascade also announced Thursday that it would be closed until Wednesday, March 3, “due to an outbreak of COVID.”
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Dubuque Community Schools students next in line for COVID vax

February 26, 2021

Dubuque Community Schools leaders are gearing up to offer all high school juniors the chance to take the ACT for free next week. On Wednesday, March 3, the district will host its first Pave the Way Testing Day through which students can take the college entrance exam, community college placement tests or the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test.
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Clayton County plane crash injures two

February 26, 2021

MILLVILLE, Iowa – Two people suffered minor injuries when a plane crashed Wednesday afternoon in Clayton County. The pilot of the 1963 single-engine Cessna was reportedly trying to make an emergency landing on Omega Road when the aircraft skidded through the intersection of Pumpkin Ridge before striking a snowbank, overturning and coming to rest in a field, just east of Millville. Joseph Bolton, 44, of Peosta, and his passenger did not require medical attention, according to a press release issued Thursday afternoon by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Department. Both the FAA and sheriff’s department are investigating the incident.
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Teen injured in horse and buggy crash has died

February 26, 2021

RICE LAKE, Wis. – A 17-year-old who was injured along with another teen when their horse-drawn buggy was hit by a truck in Barron County last week has died. The Barron County Sheriff’s Department said in a press release Thursday, the fatal accident happened on Highway M. The younger teen was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Sheriff’s officials say they were notified Wednesday that the older teen had succombed to his injuries. The case remains under investigation.
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Bail set at $2 million for suspect accused in fatal 2019 shooting in East Dubuque

February 26, 2021

GALENA, Ill. – Bail was set at $2 million for the suspect accused in a 2019 shooting in East Dubuque that left a 44 year old woman dead. Joseph L. Wright, 32, of Dubuque, had his first hearing Wednesday in Jo Daviess County Circuit Court in connection to the death of Jennifer L. Miller. He’s also facing contempt of court charges after using profanity as the judge set the 7 figure cash bail. His next court appearance is set for Friday, Feb. 26.
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COVID cases overshadowing typical flu season

February 26, 2021

(AP) – COVID cases are overshadowing the typical flu season. February is usually the peak of flu season, but this year health officials say flu cases and hospitalizations have been at their lowest levels in decades. Experts say that measures put in place to fend off COVID-19 are a big factor.
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Loras College launched a new microsite to assist parents

February 26, 2021

Loras College launched a new microsite that speaks directly to the parents of prospective students and provides information tailored to their needs. It utilizes a combination of parent testimonials and tools that provide a deeper and personalized look at the Loras experience.
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COVID hotline is being set up to assist residents

February 26, 2021

(KCRG) – A COVID hotline is being set up to assist residents with COVID-19 information and vaccine appointments. Gov. Reynolds on Thursday announced the new website, vaccinate.iowa.gov, will launch on Friday with the latest information about vaccines, contact details for vaccine providers, and when residents are eligible for them.
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Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office Warns Of Phone Scam

February 25, 2021

The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office would like to warn our followers of another phone scam that certain areas of the United States are experiencing. With this scam, a caller identifies themselves as a phone company representative who is testing or performing some maintenance function with your phone line. They then request you to press 90# and then hang up. By doing this, the scammer can then access your phone line.

Loras College Launches Site For Parents

February 25, 2021

Loras College launched a new microsite that speaks directly to the parents of prospective students and provides information tailored to their needs. It utilizes a combination of parent testimonials and tools that provide a deeper and personalized look at the Loras experience. The idea behind the microsite is to offer parents some peace of mind through the college search.

Contempt Counts After Suspect Swears When Bail Is Announced

February 25, 2021

A man charged with shooting a killing a woman in East Dubuque nearly two years ago, faces additional counts after an outburst he had in court when the judge set his bail at $2 million. 32 year old Joseph Wright of Dubuque is accused of shooting 44 year old Jennifer Miller to death. He also faces charges of criminal contempt for swearing at the judge.

Mask mandate rules change in Dubuque

February 25, 2021

The Dubuque County Board of Health changed directions on its proposed extension of the county’s existing mask mandate, adding a sunset date and a vaccination goal. The new resolution still would extend the current mandate past its sunset of March 1. The Board of Supervisors still would have to approve the resolution for it to take effect.
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Local law enforcement beefing up patrol targeting speeders

February 25, 2021

And, as 2021 started off as one of the safest in recent memory troopers are targeting speeders, the one risk factor for deadly crashes that has increased. 25 people have died in crashes in Iowa so far this year, marking the fewest at this point in at least the past 4 decades, but Wednesday kicked off extra enforcement around I-80 and I-380 targeting speed limit violators. The goal is something that hasn’t happened since the 1920s, fewer than 300 deaths this year on Iowa roadways.
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Linn County man facing animal neglect charges

February 25, 2021

(KCRG) – A Linn County man is facing animal neglect charges. Brian Greazel, 43, of Mount Vernon, was taken into custody on Wednesday after authorities say cattle living on his property were not being properly cared for, resulting in the death of some of the livestock. Earlier this month [February 15], the Linn County Sheriff’s Office successfully rescued 18 head of cattle. Authorities say Greazel was not living at the property.
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Jackson County Regional Health Center will hold virtual open house

February 25, 2021

MAQUOKETA, Iowa – Jackson County Regional Health Center will hold a virtual open house of its new facility next week. Residents can get a sneak peak of the 71,500-square-foot, $36.8 million facility March 4, on the hospital’s Facebook page and YouTube channels, according to a press release.
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Future of nearly century-year-old Monticello middle school revealed

February 25, 2021

MONTICELLO, Iowa – Monticello Community School District officials have unveiled plans for the future of the nearly 100-year-old former middle school building. In a social media post the board of education shared it’s plans which call for the district to maintain the former middle school building in its current state until March 2022 to allow the city to consider options. The district and community will be able to continue using the facility during that time.
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Wisconsin DNR sued for enforcing environmental protection laws

February 25, 2021

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is being sued for enforcing environmental protection laws. The lawsuit is seeking to block the DNR from requiring cleanup of unregulated contaminants, including hazardous chemicals that have polluted groundwater across the state.
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Winter weather crashes appear to be down in Dubuque

February 25, 2021

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) – Winter weather crashes appear to be down in Dubuque this year. The manager of a local automotive shop, said winter tends to be a pretty busy time of the year for them, but this year, even with a pretty active winter, that has not been the case because of COVID, which has a lot of people working from home, kids learning online, and people driving less.
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Alcohol blamed for death of Iowa State University student

February 25, 2021

According to recently released autopsy reports the death of a student found outside an Iowa State University sorority house was caused by acute alcohol intoxication and hypothermia, Ames police said today in a news release. Police said the 21 year old was discovered dead on the ground the morning of Jan. 22 in the parking lot of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority. Investigators said she was last seen the night before and it’s believed she had been dead for several hours before she was found. No foul play is suspected.
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Health Center Holding Virtual Open House

February 24, 2021

Jackson County Regional Health Center is holding a virtual open house of its new facility next week. The event will be aired on the hospital’s Facebook page and You Tube channels on March 4th at 4pm. The 71,500-square-foot, $36.8 million facility is located at 601 Hospital Drive in Maquoketa.

Dubuque Ready To Field Pothole Complaints

February 24, 2021

Potholes causing a bump in your travels? The warmer weather means we get to ditch the snow, but also means that pesky potholes can spring up after a rough winter. The City of Dubuque wants to hear about the potholes that have popped up. Submit service requests through the City’s website.

Public Hearing On Proposed Property Tax Levy

February 24, 2021

Dubuque County is holding a Public Hearing on a Proposed Property Tax Levy. It’s happening Monday, March 8, 9:00 AM. via Zoom. Get details on the Dubuque County Facebook page.

Fatal CWD found in Jackson County

February 24, 2021

A deer with chronic wasting disease has been found in Jackson County for the first time, state officials announced Tuesday. Additionally, another deer with the fatal disease was found in Dubuque County, and two more were reported in Clayton County. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reported that the second CWD-positive deer in Dubuque County was found near U.S. 151 between Dubuque and Cascade, while the deer in Jackson County was in the northern part of the county.
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Dubuque County working to reduce traffic congesiton on busy roadway

February 24, 2021

Dubuque County’s latest proposal to alleviate road congestion and safety concerns near the county’s largest employer includes the installation of two roundabouts and a turning lane on South John Deere Road and U.S. 52. The goal of the project, that comes with a $6.8 million price tag, officials said, is to reduce accidents and traffic delays, and boost commercial truck travel. Construction on the project is expected to begin in the spring of 2022 and be completed sometime in 2023.
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Dubuque Chamber questioning raise for minimum wage workers

February 24, 2021

Raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour has the Dubuque Chamber of Commerce questioning the timing of such an increase. Opponents fear that some local small businesses struggling to survive in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic may not be able to afford a rate hike right now. But proponents pointed out that the average renter earning minimum wage would need the equivalent of 1.2 full-time jobs to afford the cost of an average apartment. Chamber officials indicated they were open to discussing increases after the economy recovers.
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Maquoketa woman facing felony charges after stealing from church employer

February 24, 2021

MAQUOKETA, Iowa – Police said a Maquoketa woman is facing multiple felony fraud charges after she stole more than $43,000 from a church she worked at. Court documents state that Annie M. Duffy-Doherty, 40, made “unauthorized purchases” with the church’s bank account and credit card and fradulently cashed 21 church checks while she was a secretary at Maquoketa United Church of Christ. Her next court date is set for Friday, Feb. 26.
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East Dubuque High School graduation rates up

February 24, 2021

About 83 percent of ninth graders in 2020 were ‘on track’ to graduate at East Dubuque High School. According to the latest Illinois schools report card by the Illinois State Board of Education East Dubuque High School’s four-year graduation rate was 96 percent that year.
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Changes are coming to police departments across the state

February 24, 2021

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – Changes are coming to police departments across the state after a new police reform bill was signed into law on Monday. The bill will end cash bail, require officers to wear body cameras and expand police training.
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Jo Daviess sets up COVID hotline

February 24, 2021

JO DAVIESS Co., Ill. (KWQC) – Health officials in Jo Daviess County on Tuesday announced they have worked with the Jo Daviess County Emergency Management to establish a COVID-19 call center. Volunteers will staff the center Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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2021 Julien Dubuque International Film Festival Gala going virtual

February 24, 2021

The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival Gala is going virtual for 2021. Special appearances from filmmakers, community leaders, and other surprise guests will be part of the event. The show starts February 27th at 7:00 PM.
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Cuba City receives community award

February 24, 2021

CUBA CITY, Wis. – A southwest Wisconsin community has been recognized for its efforts to turn its downtown into a gathering hub. Cuba City officials will receive the Connect Communities Award at a virtual ceremony in April during the 30th Wisconsin Main Street ceremony.
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