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Employees join picket lines at John Deere Dubuque Works

October 15, 2021

UPDATE – Dozens of union members from John Deere Dubuque Works went on strike Thursday. Demonstrators could be seen holding signs at the Dubuque plant, that declared “UAW on Strike.” Workers decided to walk off the job after negotians failed to produce a new contract agreement.
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COVID-19 is targeting children in Dubuque County

October 15, 2021

EPWORTH, Iowa – COVID-19 is targeting children in Dubuque County. COVID cases have continued to climb over the past week, with over 300 more Dubuque County residents reportedly infected between Oct. 6 and Oct. 13, marking the highest weekly total, and that includes 85 cases among Western Dubuque High School students, prompting school leaders to mandate masks to help slow the spread of the deadly virus. The high school will continue to require face coverings until its positivity rate drops below 3%, school leaders said.

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Other school districts in the county were reporting lower case numbers, according to this weeks update from Dubuque County Public Health, but it was noted that 39% of positive COVID-19 tests in the county were among children 17 years old or younger. Two related deaths also were reported this week.
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Dubuque man now in custody after police say he beat up his girlfriend

October 15, 2021

A Dubuque man is now in custody after police say he beat up his girlfriend late last month. Police arrested 33 year old Adam Purchase of Dubuque Wednesday at Dubuque Law Enforcement Center on warrants charging domestic assault with injury and first-degree harassment. Reports say Purchase attacked his girlfriend, 30 year old Lacie Hanna at their residence on September 28th.
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Trial date set for 15 year old Dubuque boy charged as adult in fatal shooting-stabbing

October 15, 2021

A trial date has been set for a 15 year old Dubuque boy charged in adult court for a fatal shooting and stabbing this summer. Jaquez B.L. Pease, pleaded not guilty to eight charges in connection to the fatal shooting of Robert Powell-Moore, 18, during an altercation between the two teens this summer, and the attempted murder of his mother’s boyfriend who the teen stabbed as the two fought, court documents state.
Pease’s next hearing in both cases is scheduled for Nov. 29, and his trial date is set for Dec. 7.
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Lancaster will have to find a new mayor

October 15, 2021

LANCASTER, Wis. — Lancaster will have a new mayor next spring. David Varnam announced he will not seek re-election. He took over the post in 2016 after serving nearly three years on the Common Council.
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Dubuque traffic crash injures two, including juvenile

October 15, 2021

Two people were injured, including a juvenile, in a traffic crash Wednesday in Dubuque. Police said a driver ran a red light at the intersection of Jackson and East 20th streets and collided with Theron A. McNeal, 29, of Dubuque, who was rushed to UnityPoint. A Dubuque teen who was a passenger was also injured but was not hospitalized. The driver who caused the wreck was cited with failure to stop.
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Dubuque traffic crashe injures two, including juvenile

October 15, 2021

Two people were injured, including a juvenile, in a traffic crash Wednesday in Dubuque. Police said a driver ran a red light at the intersection of Jackson and East 20th streets and collided with Theron A. McNeal, 29, of Dubuque, who was rushed to UnityPoint. A Dubuque teen who was a passenger was also injured but was not hospitalized. The driver who caused the wreck was cited with failure to stop.
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Teen robbery suspect faces Dubuque judge

October 15, 2021

A teen robbery suspect faced a Dubuque judge Wednesday. Jacques D. Alexander appeared in court on first-degree robbery charges in connection to the incident in which the victim says the 16 year old asked him for directions as he was getting into his car last Thursday [Oct. 7], before displaying a handgun and taking his wallet. Police located the teen Friday and he was arrested.
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Dubuque Offering Leaf Rake-Out Collections

October 14, 2021

In Dubuque, the Public Works Department is offering leaf rake-out collections by appointment, now through Nov. 24. Collections must be scheduled in advance by calling 563-589-4250 or submitting an online request at www.cityofdubuque.org/yardwaste. Acceptable items include loose leaves, pine needles, and pinecones. Grass, brush, plants, and rocks are not accepted.

Holy Ghost Early Childhood is getting a financial boost

October 14, 2021

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) – Holy Ghost Early Childhood is getting a financial boost. A $750,000 Iowa Child Care grant was awarded to the Dubuque based facility which staff says will be used to renovate and expand around seven classrooms in an effort to accommodate more children in Dubuque’s North End, an area that lacks childcare resources for families.
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Domestic disturbance lands 28-year-old Dubuque man in Wisconsin jail

October 14, 2021

A domestic disturbance landed a 28-year-old Dubuque man in a Wisconsin jail. According to the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a welfare check in southwest Wisconsin Tuesday morning in the Village of Belmont and following an investigation, authorities arrested Anthony Williams on charges of domestic disorderly conduct. Williams was booked into the Lafayette County Jail where he was later released on bond.
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Jackson County farmer charged in 2017 federal funding scam has learned his fate

October 14, 2021

UPDATE – A Jackson County farmer charged in a federal funding scam has learned his fate. Brian Detwiler of Bellevue accepted a plea deal in the 2017 case and was sentenced to ten months in federal prison for using $50,000 in cattle loan funds on gambling and personal items, including fixing up his home, and buying booze and food.
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Bellevue woman wins big in Iowa Lottery game

October 14, 2021

BELLEVUE, Iowa — A Bellevue woman recently won $30,000 on an Iowa Lottery game. The 70 year old won the second top prize on the lottery’s “$30,000 Holiday Crossword” scratch game, according to a press release. She bought the ticket at Bormann’s Neighborhood Pitstop.
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Dubuque YMCA/YWCA hosts domestic abuse awareness and fundraising events

October 14, 2021

The Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA Victim Services Shelter hosted the first of three domestic abuse awareness and fundraising events in Dubuque this week. About a dozen people gathered in front of Washington Square Tuesday for a small candlelight vigil, and another event will be held Wednesday. The goal of the public events, leaders said, is to promote domestic violence awareness and highlight available community resources.
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St. Louis man accused of sexually abusing teen girl at a Dubuque campground arrested

October 14, 2021

A St. Louis man accused of sexually abusing a teen girl at a Dubuque County campground this summer is now in custody. Connor S. Schoenberger was arrested Tuesday morning in connection to the incident in which the 28 year old is charged with sneaking the underage girl alcoholic drinks at a restaurant and later raping her during a camping trip, court documents state.
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UnityPoint is offering ‘reserve your spot’ tool

October 14, 2021

DUBUQUE, Iowa (Iowa’s News Now) – Dubuque residents can wait to see the doctor in the comfort of their own home thanks to a new online ‘reserve your spot’ service for UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care – West. The recently launched tool features a convenient appointment scheduling process so patients can choose a time and track their place in line, as well as a virtual waiting room.
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Deleware County man identified as Peosta shooting suspect

October 14, 2021

UPDATE – PEOSTA, Iowa (KCRG) – A Deleware County man has been identified as the suspect who was shot during a domestic incident in Peosta early Tuesday morning. In an update, officials said Desmond Jimerson had been shot by the homeowner who told police Jimerson had come to his house on Peterson Drive uninvited to confront a woman who lives there and when the 29 year old refused to leave he pulled a handgun and shot him multiple times, according to law enforcement. Jimerson was taken to MercyOne in Dubuque and remains in stable condition, the release states. Officials said charges against Jimerson are pending.
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Further Details On Tuesday Shooting In Peosta

October 13, 2021

We now know the namess of the people involved in a shooting in Peosta Tuesday. Police say 29 year old Desmond Jimerson was shot at 110 Peterson Drive, Apartment 16. He had reportedly been involved in an argument with 29 year old Rachel Wright who lives there. 34 year old Marcus Neal, who owns the home. An interaction they had escalated and Neal reportedly shot Jimerson multiple times. Charges are pending against Jimerson.

One Shot During Possible Burglary In Peosta

October 12, 2021

A person was shot overnight during what authorities say was a possible burglary in Peosta. No word on the name of the victim, who is in stable condition. The incident happened at an apartment complex at 110 Peterson Drive just after midnight. Police say the person who fired the shot and the person who was shot “share a mutual acquaintance.” Authorities also did not release the name of the person who fired the shot.

Teen Pleads Not Guilty In Fatal Shooting Case

October 12, 2021

A not guilty plea from a Dubuque teen in connection with a fatal shooting and an unrelated stabbing. According to the Telegraph Herald, 15 year old Jaquez Pease pleaded not guilty to charges of voluntary manslaughter, willful injury causing serious injury, reckless use of a firearm and use of a dangerous weapon in the commission of a crime stemming from the fatal shooting of 18 year old Robert Powell-Moore on July 17.

Church of the Resurrection hosing free drive-through food giveaway

October 12, 2021

The Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, is offering a free drive-through food giveaway in the lower church parking lot, Saturday, October 23 from 8:30 to 10:00 AM or until supplies are gone. Volunteers will load boxes of food into vehicles.
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Dubuque’s mayoral candidates sound off at candidate forum

October 12, 2021

Dubuque’s mayoral candidates sounded off Monday during a Dubuque League of Women Voters candidate forum at the Historic Federal Building. City Council Members Brad Cavanagh and David Resnick recently advanced in the primary election and will both vye for the city’s top spot in the Nov. 2 election to replace longtime Mayor Roy Buol, who announced he will not seek re-election after 15 years in the position.
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Mask policy will be implemented in Dubuque Community Schools after all

October 12, 2021

A mask policy will be implemented in Dubuque Community Schools. Board members reached a compromise during their Monday night meeting, with a 5-2 vote to require masks in any school building when the COVID-19 positivity rate reaches 3% or higher. Effective Monday, Oct. 18, the district will use its COVID-19 dashboard data to institute a temporary mandate for students, staff, parents and visitors. The mask mandate would be dropped when the building’s positivity rate falls below 3%.
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Disturbance at a Dubuque liquor store prompts investigation

October 12, 2021

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) – A disturbance at a Dubuque liquor store has prompted an investigation. Dubuque police say they are working to identify a man witnesses say was being aggressive and caused a scene at Liquor, Tobacco, & Grocery on Jackson Street on the afternoon of October 1. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Dubuque PD, or submit tips at, cityofdubuque.org.
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Who let the dogs out…New dog park opens in Monticello

October 12, 2021

MONTICELLO, Iowa — A new public dog park recently opened in Monticello. The Animal Welfare Friends held a ceremony for the Duane Ockenfels Memorial Dog Park on Business U.S. 151.The park is a dedication to Duane Ockenfels who took his own life in 2018.
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No jail time for Dubuque woman convicted of running over her boyfriend with her car

October 12, 2021

A plea agreement has been accepted by a Dubuque woman in a domestic violence case in exchange for lesser charges. Michelle N. Lloyd, 35, pleaded guilty in Iowa District Court of Dubuque County recently, and a judge sentenced her to serve two to five years of probation for assaulting her ex-boyfriend and hitting him with a vehicle, injuring his leg June 10, court documents state.
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Climber shuts down Julien Dubuque Bridge

October 12, 2021

UPDATE – Police said Julien Dubuque Bridge was shut down after a report of a person climbing the structure.
Dubuque police said the situation occurred on the East Dubuque side of the bridge where someone was reportedly spotted above the roadway. Law enforcement and fire crews, responded to the scene, along with rescue boats prepated to deploy into the Mississippi River, but the person climbed back down.
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School board to discuss future of masks in Dubuque Community Schools

October 12, 2021

(KCRG) – The future of masks in Dubuque Community Schools will be the topic when District School Board members meet next week. A judge temporarily ordered the reversal of an Iowa law that prevents mask mandates in school districts on Friday. That order would have expired Monday, but will remain until a federal lawsuit from a group of parents can be heard in court.
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Alcohol was factor in once vehicle crash into Dubuque bar building

October 12, 2021

UPDATE – Police said alcohol was a factor in a crash that ruptured a gas line after the driver slammed into a Dubuque bar early Monday morning. As first reported on KDTH the driver apparently lost control of his truck and drove at a high rate of speed into The Southend Tap, on Locust St.. The incident badly damaged the building and a gas line, impacting dozens of downtown residences, according to a police report.

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) – Black Hills Energy said the crash hit a meter in the area of Highway 20 and Locust Street and technicians had to go door to door to turn off gas before making the necessary repairs to restore service.
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Truck Smashes Into Side Of Dubuque Bar Early Monday

October 11, 2021

There’s a big hole in the side of Dubuque bar where a truck crashed into it early Monday morning. Police say 30 year old Juan Cavazos was taken to the hospital with minor injuries after losing control of his truck and smashing into The Southend Tap at 55 Locust St. A gas line was also damaged in the collision.

Dubuque Bridge Reopened After Person Who Climbed It, Climbs Back Down

October 11, 2021

Police said Julien Dubuque Bridge has reopened after the person climbed back down. Police got a report around noon that a person was climbing the span. Law enforcement closed the bridge until the person climbed back down. No word on who they are or whether charges are pending.

Bluff Street Lane Closures

October 11, 2021

Bluff Street between Jones Street and W 1st Street has the northbound lane closed for private utility road work as of 8 a.m Monday, Oct. 11, to 5 p.m Tuesday, Oct. 12.
Bluff Street between Emmett Street and W 3rd Street will have the west lane closed for private construction development starting 7 a.m Wednesday, Oct. 6, to 5 p.m Friday, Oct. 22.

Dubuque’s Open Budget Tool

October 8, 2021

The City’s total budget for fiscal year 2022 is $191,235,194. You can track all revenues and expenses down to the last dollar using the City of Dubuque’s Open Budget tool. Learn more about Dubuque’s budget, making sense out of the dollars and cents at www.cityofdubuque.org/budget.

Cascade Food Pantry’s 13th Annual “Jam the Van” kicks off Friday

October 8, 2021

Cascade Food Pantry’s 13th Annual “Jam the Van” kicks off Friday [October 8]. Jam the Van is collecting Paper, Personal Hygiene and Household Products, benefitting Cascade Food Pantry. The van is picking up items at Cascade Elementary and Aquin Elementary this morning [October 8].
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Field of Dreams auction raises $215,000 for MercyOne Dubuque Cancer Center

October 8, 2021

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWQC) – An auction of memorabilia from the MLB at Field of Dreams game helped raise $215,000 for MercyOne Dubuque Cancer Center. Auction items included the batting helmets and throwback jerseys worn by New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox players during the historic MLB at Field of Dreams game played in nearby Dyersville in August. Among the highest selling items was the jersey of Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge for $33,590.
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University of Wisconsin- Platteville expands engineering building

October 8, 2021

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. (WMTV) – University of Wisconsin- Platteville celebrated the construction of its new engineering building Wednesday. Sesquicentennial Hall will be adjoined to the Busby Hall of Engineering, creating a combined 200,000 square foot complex. The building will hold interdisciplinary engineering and computer science.
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It’s a miracle! Cuba City man walks away from burning car unharmed

October 8, 2021

A Cuba City man miraculously walked away unharmed after his vehicle caught on fire Wednesday afternoon. Officials with the Dubuque Fire Department said crews quickly extinguised the blaze on Dodge Street where the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames. The driver was able to get out of the vehicle without any injuries. According to a report, the fire appeared to have started in the engine and the driver did tell Dubuque Fire officials he had recently worked on the vehicle.
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Dubuque Community Schools offering at-home COVID-19 tests

October 8, 2021

Dubuque Community Schools began offering at-home COVID-19 tests this week for students who require one but may not have access. The district currently has about 70 test kits available.
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“Raciscm” rears it’s ugly head at Plateville School

October 8, 2021

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. (WMTV) – The Platteville School District is working with police as it investigates a “racist and threatening letter” that was sent through mail to a staff member. A post on the district’s Facebook page did not state the specifics of what was in the letter, but said the district is working with the local police department as they investigate the matter.
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Dubuque man convicted in 2018 federal drug trafficking case sentenced

October 8, 2021

A Dubuque man convicted in a 2018 federal drug trafficking case will spend more than a decade behind bars. Alan Julson, 40, of Dubuque was sentenced to 121 months’ in prison and five years probation upon his release. Hw is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.
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Dispute about household pets ends with Dubuque teen in handcuffs

October 8, 2021

A dispute about household pets ended with a Dubuque teen in handcuffs. Police arrested Brianna K. Grassel, 18, after they say she assaulted her girlfriend while pointing a kitchen knife at her and wielding a large pot lid as a shield, at their Central Ave residence on Sept. 21. She is facing domestic assault charges.
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New details released about former Maquoketa City Council member involved in hit & run

October 8, 2021

UPDATE – MAQUOKETA, Iowa – New details have been released about an incident involving a former Maquoketa City Council member striking a pedestrian with his car and then leaving the scene. Craig J. Orris was the subject of a Sept. 23 hit and run on 15th Avenue and 140th Street in rural Jones County in which authorities learned Melinda A. Orris was the victim who had been struck by the 42 year old who is her husband, documents state. The one time first ward representative is facing multiple charges, including domestic assault.
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At Home COVID Tests For Sick Students

October 7, 2021

At- home COVID 19 tests are being offered by Dubuque Community Schools to sick students who might otherwise struggle to access them. The Telegraph Herald reports the kits are being offered to families as an option for students demonstrating COVID-19 symptoms. Students can take the saliva-based test at home and mail it via UPS to the State Hygienic Laboratory. Postage for the test kits is prepaid

Field Of Dreams Game Auction Raises Money For Local Cancer Care Facility

October 7, 2021

Major League Baseball’s Field of Dreams game pays off big for a local cancer care facility. The Telegraph Herald reports jerseys and batting helmets worn on Aug. 12 by members of the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees were put up for bid, and $215,000 was raised for MercyOne Dubuque Cancer Center.

Dubuque man on the run since this summer is now in custody

October 7, 2021

A Dubuque man wanted in connection to a disturbance who has eluded police since this summer is now in custody. Ian R. Felton was arrested Tuesday after fleeing from police who tried to stop the 21 year old after he left the scene of a July 25 domestic incident on Oak Crest Drive and led police on a high speed chase and got away, documents state. He is facing multiple charges.
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Third traffic death in as many days claims life of Grant County woman

October 7, 2021

FENNIMORE, Wis. — A woman killed in a one car crash Tuesday in Grant County has been identified. Authorities said, Nicole R. Ronnfeldt of Fennimore, apparently lost control of her vehicle on Roger Hollow Road, skidded into a ditch, hit a culvert and went airborne, throwing the 29 year old from the car. The crash remains under investigation. It is the third traffic death in three days, according to reports.
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Tips for leaf and yard debris disposal this fall

October 7, 2021

DUBUQUE, Iowa (Iowa’s News Now) – The City of Dubuque is reminding residents of their options for leaf and yard debris disposal this fall. The City encourages mulching, mowing, and backyard composting as economical and beneficial leaf management options but offers several other options for yard debris management.
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Dubuque will soon be home to state’s largest credit union

October 7, 2021

Construction officially is underway on a new Dubuque facility for Iowa’s largest credit union. On Monday morning, more than 30 people attended a groundbreaking ceremony for GreenState Credit Union’s facility at 3405 Stoneman Road. Officials hope to complete construction by August on the 7,800-square-foot building in which $7 million will be invested in the local economy.
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Trial of ‘social media’ murder suspect underway in Dubuque

October 7, 2021

The trial for the man accused of a 2020 murder in which he bragged about on social media got underway at the Dubuque County Courthouse this week. The trial for Milton J.C. Serrano Jr., 22, began Tuesday and is expected to last nine days. He is charged with first-degree murder related to the death of Chantz J. Stevens, who was stabbed to death during an altercation between the two mean at a rural Cedar County party, documents state.
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Maquoketa non profits reopen to public with new look

October 7, 2021

MAQUOKETA, Iowa – After several months of renovations, the home of two nonprofits in downtown Maquoketa has a new look. Maquoketa Art Experience and Maquoketa Chamber of Commerce, which share a building at 124 S. Main St. reopened to the public on Tuesday.
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