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Dubuque Area Labor Harvest will host a food giveaway this weekend

April 9, 2021

Dubuque Area Labor Harvest will host a food giveaway this weekend for low-income families and older adults.
The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 10, and continue until 9:30 a.m. or while food supplies last, according to a press release. The giveaway will be held at the Dubuque Area Labor Harvest building, on W. Locust St.
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Dubuque non profits get a helping hand

April 9, 2021

The City of Dubuque recently awarded $100,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations. City Council members this week approved awarding Purchase of Services grants to five nonprofit organizations. This marks the second round of grant allocations this year from the city, which previously awarded $100,000 to six organizations in February.
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Few details released about shooting Wednesday night in Dubuque

April 9, 2021

Few details are being released about a shooting Wednesday night in Dubuque. Police responded to East 15th and Jackson streets for a report of gunfire during a disturbance, but authorities did not say if any suspects were in custody. No injuries were reported. The investigation is continuing.
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Hanover man arrested in connection to love triangle murder

April 9, 2021

HANOVER, Ill. – Authorities announced Thursday that a man was arrested for allegedly killing his girlfriend’s husband in Hanover and dumping his body in the Mississippi River last month. Levi T.J. Meyers, 35, is charged in Jo Daviess County in the death of Keith A. Heidenreich, 48, of Freeport, a press release states. The girlfriend is charged as an accomplise in the murder. Her next hearing is set for April 21. Both are being held in Jo Daviess County Jail
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Life sentence upheld for eastern Iowa man in 2017 fatal drug overdose case

April 9, 2021

The Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has upheld the life sentence for an eastern Iowa man found guilty of selling a fatal dose of heroin. The court upheld the jury verdict against 49-year-old Richard Parker of Dubuque. Evidence showed that Parker obtained several grams of heroin from Chicago in 2017 and brought it back to Dubuque.
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May opening set for ‘If You Build It’ exhibit in Dyersville

April 9, 2021

Visitors and community members are also invited to explore the “If You Build It Exhibit” dedicated to the
making of the movie that put Dyersville on a world stage. The exhibit, located in Dyersville, will be
opening for its second year starting May 1, 2021.
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Beyond the Game set for this fall in Dubuque County

April 9, 2021

Beyond the Game presented by Travel Iowa & Midwest One Bank, is going forward with a line-up of events to take place August 11-12, 2021 in Dyersville, Iowa and throughout Dubuque County with input from area health
professionals and leaders to develop a COVID conscious environment.

COVID concerns cancel annual Team of Dreams in Dyersville

April 9, 2021

Dyersville, IA | Team of Dreams, held annually at the Field of Dreams Movie Site, will not be held in 2021
due to COVID concerns. Team of Dreams is anticipated to be held again in 2022 with dates to be announced next year, according to a press release from Travel Dubuque.

Wednesday Night Shooting In Dubuque

April 8, 2021

Bullets flew in Dubuque Wednesday night, say police, but fortunately they didn’t hit anybody. Police were called out to East 15th an Jackson at about 9:30pm. Officers say they were able to confirm the report but no injuries or property damage were discovered.

Appellate Court Upholds Dubuque Man’s Life Sentence

April 8, 2021

A federal appeals court this week upheld the life sentence of a Dubuque man who provided a fatal dose of heroin to a woman. The Telegraph Herald reports 49 year old Richard L. Parker, 49, was appealing the sentence he received in 2018 after a jury found him guilty related to an incident dating back to April 2017.

“Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet” Event In Dubuque

April 8, 2021

Dubuque Police Department reports its next “Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet” drug take-back event is scheduled for Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 10am to 2pm in the Sam’s Club lot at 4400 Asbury Road. Organizers say it’s part of a national effort to keep medications out of the hands of curious youth, and out of the landfills and wastewater system.

Team Of Dreams Canceled Due To COVID Concerns

April 8, 2021

Team of Dreams, held annually at the Field of Dreams Movie Site, will not be held in 2021
due to concerns over portions of the event that have been hampered by the COVID pandemic. Team of
Dreams is anticipated to be held again in 2022 with dates to be announced next year.

Dubuque 19 year old accused of raping a girl younger than 14

April 8, 2021

A Dubuque man is accused of raping a girl younger than 14. Rico D. Hill, 19, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for allegedly sexually abusing the girl in October at his residence, court documents state.
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Students in rural Wisconsin school districts continue to face internet challenges

April 8, 2021

PATCH GROVE, Wis. – School districts throughout rural Wisconsin continue to face challenges as students cope with a lack of reliable broadband internet. According to recently released data from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, as many as 41% students reported unreliable connections in some school districts. Disparities were thrust into the spotlight last year when schools pivoted to virtual instruction with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. School officials are asking state lawmakers to work on expanding broadband access.
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Students in rural chool districts throughout rural Wisconsin continue to face challenges

April 8, 2021

PATCH GROVE, Wis. – School districts throughout rural Wisconsin continue to face challenges as students cope with a lack of reliable broadband internet. According to recently released data from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, as many as 41% students reported unreliable connections in some school districts. Disparities were thrust into the spotlight last year when schools pivoted to virtual instruction with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. School officials are asking state lawmakers to work on expanding broadband access.
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Former Jo Daviess congressman has lost his battle with cancer

April 8, 2021

A former area congressman has lost his battle with cancer. Bobby Schilling died Tuesday, according to his son, Terry. A Republican, Bobby Schilling represented Illinois’ 17th District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2011 to 2012. The district includes Jo Daviess County. Schilling was 57 years old.
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Costs delay Keystone Bridge rehabilitation project

April 8, 2021

ELKADER, Iowa – The Keystone Bridge rehabilitation project likely will not begin this year. Officials recently announced that only one bid was recieved for the project and since those construction costs came in higher than anticipated, the bid was rejected. The improvement project for the bridge built in 1889 will solicit bids again in either July or August.
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Name of 65 year old woman injured in crash near Platteville released

April 8, 2021

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The name of the woman injured in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday just outside of Platteville has been released. According to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department Donna M. Olson, 65, of Shullsburg, was treated at the scene of the crash after a driver on U.S. 151 at the Wisconsin 80 off-ramp realized he was going the wrong way and collided with Olson. The other driver was cited with failure to yield the right of way.
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University of Wisconsin-Platteville introducing new classes for Education majors

April 8, 2021

LATTEVILLE, Wis. (WMTV) – The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is preparing its Education majors for teaching in rural school districts. Platteville’s School of Education Director says they’re creating two courses, to help students focus on the strengths, weaknesses, and differences to working in an urban district. The classes tailored to teaching in rural school districts are expected to start this fall.
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Fire that burned down house on Clarke Drive was not surprising

April 8, 2021

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) – The fire that burned down a house on Clarke Drive Monday evening was not surprising, city officials said. The city had named the building at 590 Clarke Drive a nuisance property and said it had issued multiple city code violations for over a decade. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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Construction for new student housing underway at NE Iowa Community College in Peosta

April 8, 2021

Construction for a new student housing building is underway at NE Iowa Community College in Peosta. The $14 million project is expected to be completed by the fall semester of 2022.
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Learning About Tree And Shrub Insect Issues And Disease

April 7, 2021

You can learn how to identify, prevent and treat disease and insect issues in trees and shrubs. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Dubuque County will hold three free virtual workshops including “The Art and Science of Plant Problem Diagnosis,” 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 13. “Insects and You,” 6 p.m. April 20. and “Common Plant Problems in Iowa,” 6 p.m. April 27.

Dine Out Event To Benefit Dubuque Public Schools

April 7, 2021

More than 20 local restaurants will donate a portion of their sales to support Dubuque’s public schools on Thursday, April 15. The Telegraph Herald reports Dubuque’s Dine Out/Take Out for Public Schools event is a collaborative effort by local restaurants and Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools. Diners should tell their servers they’re taking part in the program.

Local Pharmacy Has Moderna Vaccine

April 7, 2021

The Hy-Vee Pharmacy location at 400 S Locust Street in Dubuque has received an allocation of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. These vaccines are available to individuals ages 18 and older. There’s a link on the City of Dubuque Facebook page to fill out the digital vaccine consent form and select a vaccine appointment time.

COVID cases continue to climb in the Tri-County area

April 7, 2021

The number of new COVID-19 cases has continued to surge for a third week in a row, with more than 1,300 new cases confirmed since March 25 in the Tri-County Area. Along with new cases, there has also been a rise in hospitalizations.
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COVID

April 7, 2021

The number of new COVID-19 cases has continued to surge for a third week in a row, with more than 1,300 new cases confirmed since March 25 in the Tri-County Area. Along with new cases, there has also been a rise in hospitalizations.
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Longtime incumbent re-elected to Platteville Common Council

April 7, 2021

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — A longtime incumbent was re-elected Tuesday to a three-year term on the Platteville Common Council. Ken Kilian was the top vote getter for the District 4 seat, with 178 votes to Lynne Parrott’s 139. The 86 year old is a retired professor who has served on the council since the mid-1980s.
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Dubuque child predator will spend 50 years in prison

April 7, 2021

A Dubuque child predator will spend 50 years in prison for sexually abusing two children. Christopher W. Stechman was sentenced Monday in Iowa District Court. Stechman was arrested in 2020 after a girl reported multiple incidents of sexual abuse by the 45 year old, whom she knew, as well as a man who reported being sexually abused repeatedly by Stechman, about a decade earlier when he was a boy.
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Camping fees going up at state parks

April 7, 2021

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has raised camping fees at the state’s parks this year for the first time in more than 20 years. The move comes after the state Legislature passed a measure in 2018 allowing the department to set its own fees.
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Man involved in hit-and-run in Lafayette County now facing charges

April 7, 2021

BENTON, Wis. – The man involved in a hit-and-run crash Sunday in Lafayette County is now facing charges. Christopher J. Clough, 36, slammed into a fence on Ollie Bell Road in Benton Township, before police say he fled the scene, according to a press release from the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department.
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Unemployment rates are trending up in SW Wisconsin counties

April 7, 2021

Unemployment rates are trending up in SW Wisconsin counties. Local unemployment rates climbed in February in Grant County, while the rate fell in Jo Daviess County, Ill. In , Grant County Wis., the unemployment rate stood at 4% in February.
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‘SleevesUp!’ call center aims to assist Dubuque residents with vaccine appointments

April 7, 2021

DUBUQUE, Iowa (Iowa’s News Now) – The City of Dubuque and Dubuque County launched a “SleevesUp!” call center Tuesday to assist Dubuque County residents with vaccine appointments. Meanwhile, the City of Dubuque plans to host a drive-through vaccination clinic at the Grand River Center in the Port of Dubuque.
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Galena man injured in one-vehicle crash has been cited

April 7, 2021

GALENA, Ill. – A Galena man injured in a one-vehicle crash east of Galena Monday morning has been cited. David Marciniec, 51, apparently lost control of his vehicle on West Guilford near Territory Drive, skidded off the roadway and struck a tree, according to a Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Department report. He told officers he had just left an eye appointment and his eyes were dilated.
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Fire leaves Dubuque residence fully engulfed in flames

April 7, 2021

No one was injured in a structure fire in Dubuque Monday night. The City of Dubuque Fire Department responded to 590 Clarke Drive and reported the unoccupied residence was fully engulfed in flames. What sparked the blaze remains under investigation.
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Stand Against Sexual Violence Event Cancelled

April 6, 2021

Rain expected Wednesday night is cancelling the Tri-College Take Back the Night event focused on sexual violence. The annual event is coordinated by University of Dubuque, Loras College, Clarke University and Riverview Center. No word on a possible make up date.

Dubuque launches COVID call center

April 6, 2021

Dubuque County is nearing herd immunity in the fight against COVID19. More than 23,000 Dubuque County residents have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, new data released by the state Friday shows. The county’s total is the sixth-highest in the state, trailing only Polk, Linn, Johnson, Scott and Black Hawk counties.

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DUBUQUE COUNTY, Iowa (KWWL) — The City of Dubuque and Dubuque County have launched a call center to assist residents in scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments. All Iowans 16 and older are now eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. As more vaccines become available, the City of Dubuque plans to provide a drive-through vaccination clinic at the Grand River Center in the Port of Dubuque. Additional information will be provided when the drive-through clinic is offered to the public.
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Several homes evacuated following semi rollover accident in Dubuque County

April 6, 2021

Several homes were evacuated Monday following a semi rollover accident that shutdown a portion of U.S. 52 for hours in Dubuque County outside Rickardsville. Iowa State Patrol said the semi was carrying a potentially deadly substance and the highway closure as well as evacutations of nearby residents were put in place as a safety precaution.
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Multiple-story structure nearly burned to ground in Valley View neighborhood

April 6, 2021

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) – Several firefighters in Dubuque could be seen battling a blaze at a multiple-story structure that nearly completely burned to the ground in the city’s Valley View neighborhood. Based on pictures submitted to our content sponsors at KCRG-TV9 flames and smoke could be seen from the fire on Clarke Drive near Gold Street. Officials do not know what started the fire, and said the investigation is continuing.
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Carnegie-Stout’s mystery-by-mail program keeps ya guessing

April 6, 2021

Carnegie-Stout Public Library will offer a mystery-by-mail program to Dubuque resident cardholders. During the month of May, participants will receive weekly letters with new clues to help Sherlock Holmes solve a Victorian-era mystery before a final letter is sent revealing how Holmes solved the case, according to a press release. The program is free but participation is limited and registration is required.
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Dubuque organization shining light on human trafficking to raise awareness

April 6, 2021

A Dubuque organization is shining the light on human trafficking to raise awareness. Run the Runway will host a fundraising 5K run and walk Against Human Trafficking April 17 at Dubuque Regional Airport, according to a press release.
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East Dubuque City Council member has died

April 6, 2021

EAST DUBUQUE, Ill. — An East Dubuque City Council member who was a former Jo Daviess County Board member has died. Martin “Marty” Werner passed away Thursday night following a stroke, his family said. He was 74.
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Winning Iowa Lottery ticket sold in Jackson County

April 6, 2021

ST. DONATUS, Iowa – A winning Iowa Lottery ticket was sold this weekend in Jackson County. An “Extreme Green Progressive InstaPlay” ticket with a jackpot of over $160,000 was sold Saturday at a N. Main St. business, in St. Donatus “Do-nay-tus,” according to the Iowa Lottery. The Extreme Green Progressive jackpot starts at $20,000 and increases with each ticket sold until it is won.
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It’s election day in the City of Platteville for state and local positions

April 6, 2021

It’s election day in the City of Platteville for state and local positions. The ballot includes seats on the Platteville School District board, three Alderpersons and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Five candidates are vying for three contested seats on the Platteville School board. Polls are open until 8:00 p.m., April 6.
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Sleeves Up! Hotline Now Open For County Residents

April 5, 2021

Dubuque County and City of Dubuque residents can now dial up information on vaccinations. The state and its partners have created a “SleevesUp!” hotline at 563-690-MAKE(6253) for all county residents.

Dubuque County restaurant bids adieu to customers

April 5, 2021

PEOSTA, Iowa — A rural Dubuque County restaurant announced it will be closing its doors. Junction 21 on Old Highway Road in rural Peosta will bid customers adieu on April 30, according to an online announcement. The restaurant said they are going to start the process next week of shutting down. Junction 21 opened in May 2018.
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Iowa State University conducting safety review following death of USRowing students

April 5, 2021

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University announced last week that USRowing will be conducting a safety review following the events leading up to the death of two students. On March 28, a boat capsized at Little Wall Lake in Hamilton County. Five students were on the boat and three were rescued. Yaakov Ben-David, 20, and Derik Nanni, 19, died as a result of the accident. The Iowa State Crew Club will not practice or compete until USRowing completes it review.
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Dubuque drug dealer arrested in Valentine’s Day overdose death

April 5, 2021

Police said a Dubuque drug dealer was arrested Thursday in connection with an overdose death on Valentine’s Day. Andrea M. Keil, 51, is facing nearly a half dozen drug charges following an investigation in the Feb. 14 death “suspected to have been caused by cocaine” which a witness told authorities they bought from Keil.
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Returning Iowa National Guard members will be honored with a livestreamed homecoming ceremony

April 5, 2021

Returning Iowa National Guard members will be honored with a livestreamed homecoming ceremony next week. The ceremony for about 130 members of the “Ironman” 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, will be held April 13 at Dubuque Regional Airport, according to a press release. The release states that the ceremony is closed to the public due to COVID-19-related health concerns and will be livestreamed at facebook.com.
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Dubuque infant hospitalized after two car crash

April 5, 2021

A baby was hurt in a two-vehicle crash Saturday in Dubuque that resulted in the arrest of one of the drivers for OWI. Paisley M. Blakemore, an infant from Dubuque, was taken to MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center for treatment of her injuries, according to Dubuque police, when the vehicle in which she was a passenger was struck by, Susan R. Hahlen, 64, of Dubuque, on JFK Road near Asbury Road.
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Manchester man accused in ‘peeping Tom’ case accepted plea deal

April 5, 2021

MANCHESTER, Iowa – A rural Manchester man accused of secretly recording a girl as she showered recently has accepted a plea deal in the case. Travis A. Olson, 34, pleaded guilty in Iowa District Court of Delaware County to intentional trespassing. He was given a deferred judgment and one year of probation. A charge of invasion of privacy was dismissed as part of a plea deal.
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