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Manchester residents could soon see a bigger utilities bill in the mail

December 2, 2020

MANCHESTER, Iowa – Manchester residents could soon see a bigger utilities bill. City Council members are considering raising utility and garbage collection rates and have unanimously passed the first of three required readings of the proposed increase. The council is considering flat-rate hikes to the city’s water rate by 2% and the sewer rate by 1% and raising solid waste collection fees by 65 cents, according to a press release from the city.
If it passes, the new fee structure likely would be seen on the utility bill sent out at the end of January.
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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds urging Congress to reach COVID stimulus agreement

December 2, 2020

(AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says there are no plans to use millions of dollars of unused state surplus money to help businesses and families experiencing financial stress due to the coronavirus pandemic. Reynolds said Tuesday there isn’t enough state money and has placed the burden on Congress to reach an agreement.

MEANWHILE…

Pubic health data in Iowa shows signs that the coronavirus infection rate is slowing, but the number of people hospitalized and dying from COVID remains high. Iowa reported 24 deaths and over 1,900 new confirmed cases Tuesday. Hospitals reported that more than 1,170 patients are infected with the virus.
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Three bars in northeast Iowa are under scrutiny for COVID 19 safety violations

December 2, 2020

(KCRG) – Three bars in northeast Iowa are under scrutiny for COVID 19 safety violations. According to television station KCCI, the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division said that complaints were filed with the agency against the businesses, state officials said Tuesday, after failing to comply with statewide protection mandates, including making sure customers are social distancing. The Iowa ABD said licensed establishments in violation of the governor’s proclamation will be held accountable and risk a potential fine, suspension, or revocation of its license.
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Dubuque man convicted in 2019 assault could be resentenced

December 2, 2020

An appellate court has ruled that a Dubuque man convicted of stabbing a teen in 2019 should be resentenced. Brett A. Gilden, 40, is currently serving 10 years in prison for the April 12 incident that left Dustin R. McGonigle, 19, injured during a fight between the two. The appellate court vacated the sentence arguing the judge was unaware of his discretion to reduce a five-year mandatory minimum sentence if mitigating circumstances exist, and because that discretion was not exercised, a resentencing is mandated, according to court documents filed Monday.
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Stockton man accepts plea deal in 2019 crash that killed Illinois state trooper

December 2, 2020

STOCKTON, Ill. – A Stockton man charged in connection to a March 2019 crash that claimed the life an Illinois state trooper accepted a plea deal in the case this week. Craig W. Dittmar, 57, pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and operating a commercial motor vehicle while fatigued causing death. Dittmar was arrested in April 2019 after Trooper Brooke Jones-Story, 34, was killed when Ditmer’s semi tractor trailer veered off the roadway striking the Jones-Story who was conducting a traffic stop on U.S. 20 north of Freeport. He faces three to 14 years in prison when he’s sentenced on Feb. 3, according to online reports.
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String of vehicle burglaries and vandalism investigated in City of Cascade

December 2, 2020

CASCADE, Iowa – Following a string of reported vehicle burglaries and vandalism, City of Cascade officials are ramping up efforts to hire more police. Video evidence and eyewitness accounts indicate that the recent perpetrators might be a group of teenagers. Police urge residents to lock their cars, and said thefts are more likely now that it’s the Christmas shopping season and people may leave packages in their cars.
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Dubuque man who admitted to setting fire at ex-girlfriend’s residence sentenced

December 2, 2020

A Dubuque man who admitted to setting a fire at his ex-girlfriend’s residence has been sentenced to probation. Timothy E. Scott, 54, recently pleaded guilty in Dubuque County District Court to felony arson charges in connection to the incident in which police say a woman called 911 after seeing a fire near a set of wooden stairs next to her Rhomberg Ave. address July 30. Documents state that the steps led to the apartment of a woman who had broken up with Scott hours earlier. He was ordered to five years of probation.
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Iowa State is welcoming back fans

December 2, 2020

(KCRG) – Iowa State is welcoming back fans. Iowa State University’s Athletic Director announced in a letter on Tuesday it will allow fans to return to football and basketball games as it resumes its previous COVID-19 attendance policies. Doors will officially open to fans at the university’s sports venues starting with Saturday’s football game and Sunday’s women and men’s basketball games. The decision was made after university leaders reviewed state and local COVID-19 positivity trends and hospitalization rates, according to a news release. Returning fans are urged to follow all safety protocols when attending this weekend’s games.
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Long-Term Care Facilities battling record high numbers of outbreaks

December 2, 2020

(KCRG) – Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds discussed the record high numbers of outbreaks in Long-Term Care Facilities, but did not announce any new mitigation efforts during her COVID-19 update on Tuesday. There are 165 outbreaks in Long Term Care Facilities throughout the state, according to an update Tuesday morning.
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Probation For A Dubuque Man On Charge Of Making Arson Threats

December 1, 2020

Five years probation for a Dubuque man in connection with setting a fire at an ex-girlfriend’s residence. 54 year old Timothy Scott pleaded guilty to the charge of marking arson threats. He had been accused of setting a fire on grass outside a woman’s home on July 30th She smelled smoke and was able to put it out with a bucket of water.

Officials To Hold Virtual Meeting On Chronic Wasting Disease

December 1, 2020

You’ve heard of Chronic Wasting Disease, CWD? It’s found in wild deer in the region and on Thursday at noon, Iowa wildlife officials will host a virtual meeting about it. The meeting will be broadcast on Facebook Live at facebook.com/IowaDNR and via Zoom videoconferencing. The meeting also will be recorded and available for viewing later on the Iowa DNR YouTube channel.

Good Financial Aid News For Archdiocese Of Dubuque

December 1, 2020

A recent expansion in Iowa’s School Tuition Organization (STO) tax credit program is making it possible for Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Dubuque to offer more financial aid to students in the 2021-2022 school year. Officials say due to the tax credit limit, they’re able to raise a maximum of $6.4 million by December 31, an increase of $800,000 from last year. Families will ultimately receive all of it.

Latest Dubuque County COVID Numbers

December 1, 2020

Dubuque County is reporting 34 new cases of coronavirus, 201 recoveries and one additional outbreak at a long term care facility. The latest numbers bring the county’s total to 9,276, with 3,066 active cases. There have been 91 deaths in the county from COVID 19. 30 people are currently hospitalized.

CORRECTION – Fire causes $20,000 in damages to Dubuque County residence

December 1, 2020

CORRECTION – Fire causes $20,000 damage to Dubuque County residence
November 30, 2020

(KCRG) – No one was injured when a fire was sparked at a Dubuque County residence Friday night. According to a release, when the Epworth Fire Department arrived at the Bethany Lane address crews found flames and heavy smoke outside of the home near the roofline. The blaze is being ruled as accidental, the release stated.
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Plans for Platteville pickleball courts proceeding

December 1, 2020

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – Platteville Common Council members recently committed $50,000 to the construction of eight pickleball courts on the southwest side of the city’s Legion Park. The newly formed Platteville Area Pickleball Association is raising funds in support of the effort. Including the city contribution, the group has collected $160,000 to date. Project costs, estimated at $300,000, also will include the installation of water and electrical infrastructure to enable the relocation of the city’s ice rink to the northwest side of the park.
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Just 6 votes clinch win for Miller-Meeks in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District race

December 1, 2020

With just half a dozen more votes than her opponent, election officials certified the single-digit lead Monday by Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks over Democrat Rita Hart in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District race. A districtwide recount shaved Miller-Meeks’ lead from 47 votes down to six, making it one of the closest Congressional contests in U.S. history. Under Iowa law, Hart has two days to decide if she wants to challenge the race. The Associated Press said it will wait to officially call the race until an appeal is filed and ruling is handed down.
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Dubuque nursing home resident has contracted COVID-19 for the second time

December 1, 2020

A Dubuque nursing home resident has contracted COVID-19 for the second time. During a meeting of the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors on Monday, Sunnycrest Manor officials announced that the Iowa Department of Public Health is classifying one of the Dubuque facility’s residents as a “reinfection” case, marking the first such known instance in Dubuque County, according to local health leaders. The resident had been considered recovered by the IDPH. A month after they tested positive. A spokeswoman with Sunnycrest Manor said the re-infected resident is out of isolation.

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On an encouraging note. County Health Department officials reported that as Monday morning, the number of “active” cases of COVID-19 in the county had dropped over the past week, according to state data, as well as in each of the county’s ZIP codes in which fewer case were reported. However, officials said this does not mean the COVID curve is flattening, but rather it simply is a sign of the holiday break.
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Robbery suspect that led Dubuque police on high speed chase now in custody

December 1, 2020

A robbery suspect that led Dubuque police on a high speed chase back in September is now in custody. Michael J. Harkey, 25, was arrested Monday at the Dubuque County Courthouse on a warrant in connection to the Sept. 7 incident in which police attempted to pull over Harkey on Old Highway Road near Dutch Lane in connection to a burglary in Farley, but he sped off prompting a police pursuit that ended when Harkey crashed and was thrown from his vehicle about 100 feet, suffering serious injures. He is facing multiple charges, including felony eluding police, DWI, and drug possession, court documents made available Monday state.
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An additional 32 cases of COVID-19 were reported in Dubuque County within a day

December 1, 2020

An additional 32 cases of COVID-19 were reported in Dubuque County within a day. The new cases, recorded between Sunday and Monday, bring the county’s total to over 9,240. Dubuque County’s death toll remained at 91.

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There remain 13 long-term-care centers in five counties with active outbreaks, according to the state. And, Anamosa State Penitentiary continues to battle a COVID outbreak, with the Iowa Department of Corrections reporting 81 active cases among inmates and 26 among staff Saturday.
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Southwest Wisconsin mam facing child pornography charges

December 1, 2020

DARLINGTON, Wis. – A southwest Wisconsin man is facing child pornography charges. Luis E. Leon-Martinez, 28, of Darlington, was arrested Sunday at a residence on Galena Street in Darlington following an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, according to a press release from the Darlington Police Department. Leon-Martinez remains jailed on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography.
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More people infected with coronavirus at University of Iowa

December 1, 2020

Iowa (KCRG) – Several more people have been infected with the novel coronavirus at the University of Iowa athletics department. Officials said Monday that six people among coaches, staff, or athletes received positive tests for COVID-19 during the week of November 23 through November 29. On a more encouraging note, 340 people were tested and received negative results during the same time period. The people who tested positive last week will undergo isolation procedures, and staff will conduct contact tracing to determine any possible exposures.
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Shoplifting incident at Dubuque store still being investigated

December 1, 2020

DUBUQUE, Iowa (Iowa’s News Now) – A shoplifting incident last month at a Dubuque store is still being investigated. The Dubuque Police Department was alerted after someone was seen on security cameras allegedly stealing from the Hy-Vee on Dodge Street October 22. If you have information about this theft case you’re urged to call the Dubuque police department, or submit tips at cityofdubuque.org.
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Pickleball Project Picking Up Steam

November 30, 2020

Pickleball doesn’t come cheap. Platteville Common Council members recently committed $50,000 to the construction of eight pickleball courts on the southwest side of the city’s Legion Park. Another $160,000 has been raised by the Platteville Area Pickleball Association. Projected cost for the project is about $300,000.

Old Holiday Lights You Don’t Need/Want? Take ‘Em Here

November 30, 2020

The Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency is collaborating with the Carnegie-Stout
Public Library and the City of Dubuque Public Works Department to offer a drop off locations
for residents to recycle unwanted holiday lights.
Unwanted holiday lights can be dropped off in marked containers inside the Carnegie-Stout
Public Library at 360 West 11 th Street at the second floor reference desk or outside the City of
Dubuque Municipal Services Center at 925 Kerper Court through January 15, 2021.

Man Busted On Child Porn Counts

November 30, 2020

An investigation into alleged possesion of child pornogrpahy resulted in the execution of a search warrant at a Galena Street residence on Sunday morning, November 29, in Darlington. A search warrant was executed at approximately 7:45 am. As a result, Luis E. Leon-Martinez, age 28, of Darlington, was arrested for possession and distribution of child pornography. He remains jailed pending future court proceedings. The Darlington Police Department was aided by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (Wisconsin Department of Justice) in this investigation.

Latest Dubuque County COVID Figures

November 30, 2020

Dubuque County is reporting 32 new cases of COVID-19 with 62 recoveries. There are 3,233 active cases. Statewide there are also an additional 28 deaths reported. Total confirmed cases to date in the county, 9,242. Total deaths to date countwyide stand at 91.

Dubuque County man arrested in connection to child sexual abuse case

November 30, 2020

DYERSVILLE, Iowa – A Dubuque County man has been arrested in connection to a child sexual abuse case. David J. Lehmann, 63, of Farley, who is accused of sexually abusing three girls younger than 13 this spring in Dubuque County, was taken into custody Saturday on more than a half dozen charges, according to court documents. Lehmann’s initial court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 1.
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Man accused of 2019 murder in East Dubuque has been identified

November 30, 2020

EAST DUBUQUE, Ill. – The man accused of a 2019 murder in East Dubuque last year has been identified. Joseph L. Wright, 31, is charged in Jo Daviess County Circuit Court with five counts of first-degree murder, all related to the shooting death of Jennifer L. Miller, 44, of Dubuque, during an apparent domestic violence incident. Dubuque police said the case remains active and the investigation is continuing.
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Dubuque collecting old and unwanted holiday lights

November 30, 2020

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) -The City of Dubuque wants your old and/or unwanted holiday lights!. According to a release, The Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency, is partenering with the Carnegie-Stout Public Library and City of Dubuque Public Works Department to offer drop off locations for residents to recycle used holiday lights.
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As Iowans took a break for Thanksgiving COVID cases continued to climb

November 30, 2020

(KCRG) – As Iowans took a break for Thanksgiving COVID cases continued to climb. Over 2,000 more people were reportedly infected in the state by the novel coronavirus during the long holiday weekend, according to state officials. 15 more people also died from COVID-19 bringing the state’s death toll to more than 2,370.
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City Agencies Team Up for Holiday Light Recycling Program

November 28, 2020

The Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency, along with the Carnegie-Stout Public Library and the City of Dubuque Public Works Department are teaming up to host drop off locations for people to recycle unwanted holiday lights.

Working or not, the lights can be dropped off in specially marked containers inside the Carnegie-Stout Public Library or outside the city’s Municipal Services Center starting now through January 15, 2021.

Dubuque Woman Facing Theft, Forgery Charges

November 28, 2020

A Dubuque woman was arrested on Friday, charged with the theft of more than $17,000 from a Dubuque couple last year through forged checks.

50-year old Victoria K. Conrad was arrested on a warrant charging her with first-degree theft and eight counts of forgery.

Officers were notified in November 2019 by a Dupaco fraud specialist that she had cashed three large checks belonging to someone else. Security footage showed Conrad cashing the checks at Dubuque Dupaco locations.

The victims told officers they had other checks stolen and cashed with their forged signatures for a total of $17,075.

Dubuque Woman Charged With Cashing $17K In Couple’s Checks

November 27, 2020

A Dubuque woman is charged with stealing more than $17,000 from a Dubuque couple last year through forged checks. 50 year old Victoria K. Conrad of 1122 Center Place, No. 3, was arrested early Friday at 607 Fenelon Place. She’s facing theft and forgery counts. Police say they video of Conrad cashing the couple’s checks.

Latest Dubuque County COVID Numbers

November 27, 2020

Dubuque County is reporting 23 new cases of COVID-19 with 117 new recoveries. Total confirmed cases to date = 9,083.
3,297 active cases (94 fewer than yesterday). No additional deaths. Total deaths to date = 91.

Black Friday kicks off one of the major shopping days of the year

November 27, 2020

While it’s not recognized as an official U.S. holiday, Black Friday kicks off one of the major shopping days of the year for millions of people even before the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers are gone! And, Black Friday 2020 will, undoubtedly, be one for the books, with several industries feeling the pains of the pandemic protocols on the busiest shopping weekend of the year slated to be a make-or-break for many retailers. Some brick and mortar stores are closed this weekend due to continued restrictions, and stores that are open are seeing less traffic than usual, according to recently released data.

MEANWHILE…

Officials say online competition is greater than it has ever been before thanks to the pandemic. This year the so-called “Cyber Week” (Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday) could turn into “Cyber Months,” according to a new forecast from Adobe Analytics, which expects the accelerated shift to e-commerce due to the pandemic will have a significant impact on Cyber Monday online holiday sales. Adobe Analytics predicts that U.S. online sales for the months of November and December 2020 will reach $189 billion, representing a 33% year-over-year increase and setting a new record.
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Dubuque County alternative care site for COVID-19 patients is in the works

November 27, 2020

A Dubuque County alternative care site for COVID-19 patients is in the works as COVID cases continue to climb. County Health Department officials said they are looking at one site in particular should they need extra beds amid the growing number of coronavirus patients, but stressed as of now, local hospital are maintaining as far as beds and staffing issues go. The most-recent data available Wednesday stated that 59 people remained hospitalized as of Monday.
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Woman serving time for ‘love triangle murder’ involving former Chicago Bear Shaun Gayle, wants new trial

November 27, 2020

The attorney for the woman serving time for a ‘love triangle murder’ involving former Chicago Bear Shaun Gayle, wants a new trial. Marni Yang was convicted nine years ago of murdering the pregnant girlfriend of Gayle, who she also was romantically involved with. Jed Stone recently filed a motion in Lake County Circuit Court asking a judge to reopen the investigation, saying Gayle’s alibi doesn’t hold up. The Lake County State’s Attorney’s office has sought to dismiss Yang’s petition for a new trial. Yang’s next court date is set for Jan. 12.
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Wis., man cited in two car crash in Dubuque

November 27, 2020

A Wis., man was cited in a two car crash in Dubuque. Police said two people were possibly injured in the wreck in which, Kala Steger, 26, ran a red light at the intersection of South Locust and Charter Streets and collided with an oncoming vehicle driven by, Katherine Sherlock, 63, of Texas. Neither driver was taken to a hospital for treatment, according to a crash report. Steger recieved a ticket for failure to yield the right of way.
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Platteville Public Library altering services

November 27, 2020

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Platteville Public Library announced it is altering its services due to the climbing COVID cases in Grant County. According to a press release, the library will switch to curbside pickup and public computer access only starting Saturday, Nov. 28. The announcement states that the library’s board will discuss the temporary service at its Dec. 2 meeting and future steps.
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More than 100 COVID cases reported in one day in Dubuque

November 27, 2020

More than 100 COVID cases were reported within one day in Dubuque County. An additional 134 people tested positive for the virus between Thanksgiving eve and Thanksgiving day, bringing the number of cases in the county to over 9,050, while deaths from COVID climbed to 91, as one person died yesterday. Statewide, over 3,000 new cases were confirmed between Wednesday and Thursday, pushing the total to more than 222,000. An additional 41 Iowans died from COVID in the same time period, bringing the state’s death toll to over 2,300, according to online updates.
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Dubuque Conservation hosts holiday Hunt

November 27, 2020

The Dubuque County Conservation Board is offering a holiday family friendly fun day to explore the great outdoors and work off those Thanksgiving dinner calories at a Gnome Hunt and a Turkey Trail. Gnomes will be located throughout the Swiss Valley Preserve for participants to find, according to a press release, and, familes can follow the trail to learn ten interesting turkey facts walking the Woodland Energy Trail at the Swiss Valley Preserve.
The program will be self-led anytime between 10 am and 2 pm Friday at the Swiss Valley Nature Center and Preserve.
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Driver leaves scene of Dubuque vehicle crash on Thanksgving morning

November 27, 2020

HENRY COUNTY, VA – Henry County rescue crews responding to a reported vehicle crash found no sign of a driver early Thanksgiving moring. Emergency services arrived the scene of an overturned SUV around 3:15 a.m. on Thursday and found a Ford Explorer upside down on Smith Lake Road near EC Upholstery of Martinsville but no one was in the car. The investigation is continuing, VSP said.
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Loras College Class Of 1979 Raising Money For School

November 26, 2020

Members of the Loras College Class of 1970 is raising money for the school as part of their 50th reunion. The Class of 1970 50th reunion committee has established the Class of 1970 Student Relief Fund in response to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic that has altered life everywhere. The Class of 1970 Student Relief Fund will annually help four students, one from each class. To date, $75,000 has been raised.

Reflections In The Park Starts Thursday Night

November 26, 2020

Reflections in the Park begins Thursday night. All proceeds from the Hillcrest Lights Festival will go toward Hillcrest Family Services. The display runs from 5pm to 10pm each night, through January 3rd. The cost is $10 per car at the gate or $8 if pre purchased. Tickets can be purchased at any Hillcrest location.

Coronavirus pandemic causing stress and hampering holidays

November 26, 2020

According to a recent poll 78 percent of adults say the coronavirus pandemic is a significant source of stress that is hampering the holidays. The pandemic has forced family’s to cancel planned reunions during Thanksgiving.
But health experts say you can still join in family fun and stay safe, by conducting visits remotely, via zoom and other online meeting programs. Or, arrange a “driveway visit” with family or friends. Be sure all are wearing masks, sit six feet apart, and stay outdoors.
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If you’re flying home for the holidays you’ll have lots of company

November 26, 2020

If you’re flying home for the holidays you’ll have lots of company. More than 3 million airline passengers passed through U.S. airports this week, disregarding calls to avoid Thanksgiving trips and making it the busiest air-travel period since coronavirus lockdowns hit in mid-March. The Transportation Security Administration reported the traffic based on traveler numbers at airport security checkpoints, and said screenings are still nearly 60% lower than this time last year pre pandemic. The CDC urged Americans not to travel during this week’s Thanksgiving holiday to mitigate the spread of the virus amid ever climbing COVID cases.

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Iowa (KCRG) – If you’re hitting the road to head to grandma’s house for Thanksgiving dinner state troopers say they aren’t seeing nearly as many people travelling for the holiday, leaving the highways empty this year. Fewer cars on the road also means more families staying home for Thanksgiving dinner, and grocery stores say they’re as busy as ever helping people with their holiday shopping.
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Galena man injured in one car DUI roll over in Jo Daviess County facing charges

November 26, 2020

The Galena man injured in a one car DUI roll over crash Tuesday in Jo Daviess County is facing charges. Authorities say, Larcell M. Smith, 38, was intoxicated when he lost control of his vehicle on U.S. 20 in the Menominee area, went over the crossover road, and overturned. Smith faces charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of adult-use cannabis in a motor vehicle, failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash, illegal transportation of alcohol and operating an uninsured vehicle, according to the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Department.
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Dubuque man convicted of dealing drugs near Loras College was sentenced

November 26, 2020

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) -A Dubuque man who officials say sold drugs out of his home near Loras College was sentenced to more than four years in prison Tuesday. In a news release, officials said 40-year-old Virgil Lee Hubbard pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute near a protected location. Law enforcement also found a firearm at his residence. Additionally, the 40 year old was convicted of distributing heroin within 1,000 feet of an Iowa park.
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Tips to prevent cooking fires, which flare up this time of year

November 26, 2020

As you plan for your Thanksgiving feast local fire officials have some tips to prevent cooking fires, which flare up this time of year. If you’re deep frying your bird, officials say, keep away from buildings and other combustible items, and never leave the fryer unattended. When cooking in the kitchen make sure your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector are working. Cooking is the leading cause of fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association, escpecially during the holidays.
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Dubuques’ annual Reflections in the Park is still happening

November 26, 2020

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) – COVID has cancelled multiple holiday events, but Dubuques’ annual Reflections in the Park is still happening, with one or two changes. A walkthrough event scheduled on the eve of Thanksgiving that draws hundreds of people to the holiday tradition was squashed due to virus concerns. But organizers say the main attraction will officially open on Thanksgiving Day for people to drive by in their cars.
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