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Calling all artists!

May 14, 2021

Calling all artists! Visual artists from the tri-state area are invited to take part in DubuqueFest Fine Arts 2021 Festival. DubuqueFest 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but this year’s event, organizers say, will feature art vendors, a make-and take creation station for kids, community performers, and food vendors, Aug 7 and 8, in Dubuque’s Washington Square. Artist applications will be accepted through June 23.
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Edgewood meat processing business brings jobs to the area

May 14, 2021

EDGEWOOD, Iowa – An Edgewood meat processing business has broken ground on a new facility. Edgewood Locker began construction of the about $8.6 million project this week. The 19,000-square-foot facility will be located to the north of the business’ current building. The expansion will result in an additional 14 full-time jobs, as well as part-time and seasonal positions, according to a release.
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New Cuba City Clinic could open as soon as November

May 14, 2021

CUBA CITY, Wis. – As a Platteville hospital wraps up construction on an expansion of its primary care clinic in a few weeks, construction crews will begin work on another project. The new Cuba City Clinic, which could open as soon as November, marks the latest investment in Southwest Health’s facilities.
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Name of Eastern Iowa man killed in motorcycle accident made public

May 14, 2021

The name of an Eastern Iowa man killed in a motorcycle accident Wednesday afternoon (May 12) in Jones County has been made public. According to the Iowa State Patrol, 64 year old Charles Mincks of Marion, lost control of his bike on Highway 136 just south of Cascade, and skidded into a ditch. The accident is still under investigation.
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Street performers will not be back in Galena, for now

May 14, 2021

GALENA, Ill. — Street performers will not be back in Galena for now. Galena City Council members voted, 7-0, this week to maintain a moratorium on approving permits to allow street artists and musicians to start performing downtown again. The health and safety protocol, officials said, is to help prevent community spread of COVID19.
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Future of Cuba City golf club looking bright after fire

May 14, 2021

CUBA CITY, Wis. — The future of Cuba City golf club is looking bright, after a fire destroyed the restaurant portion of the popular venue, and the clubhouse. Now, just three days later the leaders at Cole Acres, on County Road J, are wasting little time planning their next steps and say they will be back.
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City of Dubuque will reopen city buildings

May 14, 2021

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) – The City of Dubuque will reopen city buildings to the public on Monday, May 17th. After being closed due to the COVID pandemic, Dubuque City Hall, the City Hall Annex and all other City facilities will reopen to public access. Face covering will still be required, as reported by our content sponsors at KCRG.
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Church of the Resurrection in Dubuque hosting free drive through food pantry

May 14, 2021

The Church of the Resurrection in Dubuque will be hosting a free drive through food pantry this month. Next Saturday morning [May 22], food boxes will be distributed at the Church on Asbury Road. The event will conclude at 10 AM, or when food is gone.
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61 year old Dubuque man convicted of child sexual abuse sentenced to 3 decades

May 14, 2021

A 61 year old Dubuque man convicted of child sexual abuse was sentenced this week to 30 years in prison. Larry S. Doane was pleaded guilty to three counts of lascivious acts with a child for sexually assulting a girl over a three-year period.
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Dubuque babysitter charged after child eats THC laced candy

May 14, 2021

A Northeast Iowa woman has been charged after authorities found out a young child she was babysitting, ate a bag of gummies laced with THC, and slept for 2 days. 23 year old Janika Williams of Dubuque was taken into custody last Thursday (May 6) on a charge of Child Endangerment with Bodily Injury. Williams was arrested on a warrant, at a residence on Pennsylvania Avenue and John F. Kennedy Road in Dubuque.
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E-Recycling Event In Asbury

May 13, 2021

An E-Recycling Day event is happening this weekend in Asbury. The Telegraph Herald reports residents can drop off old electronics, including computers, cellphones, printers and scanners from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 15, at Cloie Creek Park, 3301 Sanibel Lane. The event is only open to city of Asbury residents.

Man Sentenced In Sex Abuse Case

May 13, 2021

30 years behind bars for a Dubuque man who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a girl over a three-year period. The Telegraph Herald reports 61 year old Larry S. Doane, 61, was sentenced in Iowa District Court of Dubuque County after pleading guilty to three counts of lascivious acts with a child.

2021 sees first Millwork Night Market of the year to be held this evening

May 13, 2021

The first Millwork Night Market of the year will be held Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM in Dubuque. The event features live music and will be held on Jackson Street between East Seventh and Ninth streets. Attendees may bring their own lawn chairs.
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Search is on for new Maquoketa city manager

May 13, 2021

The new Maquoketa city manager will be hired sometime after the Nov. 2 election, according to a tentative timeline approved by the council. The Maquoketa City Council hired Hinson Consulting of Washington, Iowa, to lead the city’s search for a new city manager.
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ortheast High School graduate is going back to school

May 13, 2021

A Northeast High School graduate is going back to school. The Maquoketa Community School Board hired Spencer Lueders [loo-ders/leaders], a Bryant native, to be the new Cardinal Elementary School principal. He will replace Caleb Bonjour, who earlier this year accepted a position as superintendent of the Midland Community School.
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Dubuque officers honored at police memorial service

May 13, 2021

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) – Dubuque law enforcement agencies honored officers who have died at a police memorial service Wednesday morning. National Police Week is the week of May 15. The week is an observance to remember and celebrate officers who may have died or been disabled in the line of duty.
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Motorists warned to expect detours as work gets underway on Cedar Ridge Road

May 13, 2021

Travel will be restricted on Cedar Ridge Road from Budd Rd to Hales Mill Rd., for the rest of this month. Drivers should expect detours as crews work to repair old pipes. Work is expected to conclude around the end of May.
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Dangerous drug trend has Dubuque police on high alert

May 13, 2021

A dangerous drug trend affecting the area has the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office on high alert. Authorities are warning residents not to purchase pills from street drug dealers. These pills are being sold as other illicit substances, such as ecstasy or prescription drugs, but instead contain Fentanyl. A small amount of Fentanyl can cause an overdose, and possibly death.
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Fire destroys vacant mobile home in Clayton County

May 13, 2021

A fire destroyed a vacant mobile home Tuesday night in Clayton County. Firefighters responded to an unoccupied mobile home in North Buena Vista and reported the trailer had about 50% heavy fire damage and the rest of the mobile home had smoke and water damage. There were no injuries.
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Platt Street reconstruction project will likely begin sometime this month

May 13, 2021

Despite temporary delays, the Platt Street reconstruction project will likely begin sometime this month, Maquoketa city officials said. The project encountered engineering issues and a lag in the supply chain, which set the project back, Maquoketa Interim City Manager Mallory Smith recently told city council members last week.
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East Dubuqe police station deemed unsafe

May 13, 2021

EAST DUBUQUE, Ill. – East Dubuque police are evicted from their own building. City staff informed City Council members this week that officers soon will vacate the police station after it was determined the building is unsafe to occupy.
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Dubuque man charged in fatal 2019 drunk driving crash set to stand trial

May 13, 2021

The trial of a Dubuque man who initially pleaded not guilty to killing a Bellevue woman and her unborn child while allegedly driving drunk in 2019 is now underway after being delayed three times because of the pandemic.
John Hoffman, age 70, who was charged in the District Court of Dubuque County with vehicular homicide, among others, entered a verbal gulity plea.
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Checks For Eligible Seniors For Local Farmers Markets

May 12, 2021

Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging is offering seniors checks for area farmers markets for $30 through the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. The Herald Bulletin reports each eligible participant receives 10 checks with a total value of $30 that can be spent at area farmers markets. A person can receive checks one time per program year.

Guidance On COVID Vaccines For Kids Ages 12 to 15

May 12, 2021

The Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team will make an announcement when adolescents age 12 to 15 can begin receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. As a reminder, currently individuals age 16 and older may receive the Pfizer vaccine and individuals 18 and older may receive the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

Glen Oak Street will be closed for tree removal

May 12, 2021

Glen Oak Street will be closed between Vernon and Edina from 9 AM to 3 PM on Wednesday, May 12th for a street tree removal. Motorists should use an alternate route during this time.
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Jo Daviess County received positive report from health officials

May 12, 2021

GALENA-The Jo Daviess County Board of Health received a positive report from health officials at its Wednesday, May 5 meeting. Officials reported there had only been eight reported cases since April 30, a trend she hopes will continue.
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Dubuque skate park closed for repairs

May 12, 2021

A portion of a Dubuque skate park will be closed for repairs this week. Part of Flora Skate Park, 1805 Flora Park Drive, will be closed today through Friday, May 14, for concrete repairs, according to a press release. Visitors can still use open areas of the skate park, the release stated.
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Former Dubuque School Board member will return temporarily

May 12, 2021

A former Dubuque Community School Board member will return temporarily to the board to fill a vacancy that is opening next month. School board members on Monday appointed Tom Barton to fill the seat currently held by Mike Donohue, who is resigning effective June 15. He will fill Donohue’s seat until a successor is elected after the November election.
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Panic buying could affect whether there’s gas at the pumps

May 12, 2021

Panic buying could affect whether there’s gas at the pumps as you head in to fill ‘er up. More than 1,000 gas stations in the Southeast reported running out of fuel, primarily because of what analysts say is unwarranted panic-buying among drivers, as the shutdown of a major pipeline entered its fifth day Tuesday. The Colonial Pipeline, the biggest fuel pipeline in the U.S. was hit on Friday with a cyberattack by hackers.
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Safely dispose of hazaradous household materials at upcoming collection event

May 12, 2021

Residents can safely dispose of hazaradous household materials at an upcoming collection event. The City of Dubuque and the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency (DMASWA) will be set up for drop offs on Saturday, May 22, at the Municipal Services Center, in Dubuque. More info can be found at DMASWA.org..
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New state law will allow people to carry guns in most county buildings

May 12, 2021

Dubuque County government officials expressed grave concerns Monday about the safety of staff and the public over a new state law that will allow people to carry firearms in most areas of county buildings. The law would allow individuals to purchase and carry handguns without a permit in most instances
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Former University of Dubuque student found guilty of sexual abuse

May 12, 2021

A Dubuque County jury has found an 18-year-old former University of Dubuque student guilty of sexual abuse. Yahye Sallahadin is accused of raping a female student while she was unconscious from drinking alcohol in the Fall semester of 2020. A sentencing hearing is set for June 28th.
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Popular Cuba City business destroyed by fire vows to bounce back

May 12, 2021

CUBA CITY, Wis. (WMTV) – A popular Cuba City business destroyed by fire vows to bounce back. Flames quickly overwhelmed the Cole Acres Golf and Supper Club on County Highway J in Grant County late Saturday night and into Sunday morning. The building is a total loss, but the board of directors said in a post on Facebook, the business will be back to full strength one day. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

MEANWHILE…

The golf course is only open to members and temporarily closed to the public. The board of directors also decided to close the pool for the summer.
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People will no longer receive their weekly $300 unemployment supplement

May 12, 2021

Iowa Gov. Reynolds announced Tuesday that the state will end its participation in the federal unemployment benefits program. Reynolds said a strong labor market and the recovering economy are the reason she has chosen to end the participation. It means people will no longer receive their weekly $300 supplement after June 12.
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Iowa Ending Pandemic Related Unemployment Benefits Next Month

May 11, 2021

Iowa is ending its participation in federal pandemic-related, unemployment-benefit programs next month, A release from the governor says the jobless benefits discourage people from working. The change will be effective June 12 and the state will continue to provide regular unemployment benefits to eligible residents

Traffic Advisory For JFK Road

May 11, 2021

All southbound traffic lanes will be closed on John F Kennedy Road between Asbury Road and Key Way Drive on Tuesday May 11, at 3 p.m. to Thursday May 13, at 10 p.m. Northbound traffic will not be affected, but all southbound traffic will be detoured onto Asbury Road, to Northwest Arterial, to Pennsylvania Avenue, to John F Kennedy Road or onto Asbury Road, to Carter Road, to Hillcrest Road, to John F Kennedy Road.

East Dubuque Police Department raising funds for new K-9 drug unit

May 11, 2021

(KCRG) – The East Dubuque Police Department in Illinois is raising funds to establish a new K-9 unit. Officer Jake Peacock is spearheading the effort. He said one of the biggest needs for a K-9 unit is to help detect drug trafficking coming from Illinois into Iowa.
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Dubuque nursing home settles with federal government over COVID mismanagement

May 11, 2021

(KCRG) – The owner of a Dubuque long-term care facility has agreed to repay tens of thousands of dollars to the federal government after allegations surrounding COVID-19 screening for its employees. Care Initiatives, which is based in Texas and owns the Dubuque Specialty Care facility, will pay the United States government $214,000 in Medicaid funds in the settlement, in which the company does not admit liability. The money covers a 10-week period when residents at the facility were testing positive for COVID-19, during which the federal government alleged that the facility was not doing proper screenings of symptomatic employees.
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Dubuque man injured in two vehicle crash arrested for drunk driving

May 11, 2021

A Dubuque man injured in a two vehicle crash that sent two others to the hospital, including a child, was arrested for drunk driving. The Grant County Sheriff’s Department says 47 year old James Vanvors collided with a vehicle driven by 27 year old Taylor Brandt of Dubuque Sunday afternoon on Highway 151 near Cuba City causing Brandt’s vehicle to overturn several times across several lanes of traffic. Vanvors’s vehicle traveled over 100 yards into a wooded area before stopping. Vanvors, Brandt, and her child were taken to Finley Hospital in Dubuque for non life threatening injuries. Vanvors is facing OWI charges.
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Muquoketa residents are gearing up for a musical filled weekend

May 11, 2021

MAQUOKETA, Iowa — Muquoketa residents are gearing up for a musical filled weekend at a popular Maquoketa music venue. Codfish Hollow Barnstormers announced a concert will be held Aug. 21 and 22.
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One Maquoketa 8 year old is inspiriing the town

May 11, 2021

MAQUOKETA, Iowa – One Maquoketa 8 year old is inspiriing the town. People rallied behind “Miles for Maizie” in Maquoketa Saturday in honor of Mazizie Hosch, who lost her leg back in 2019 after a lawn mowing accident. Her determination inspired a collaboration between her family and the Maquoketa Kiwanis Club. The fundraiser also sought to bring awareness to lawn mower safety.
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Newly restored church recognized by Dubuque Historic Preservation Commission

May 11, 2021

A newly restored church was one of six preservation projects recently recognized by the Dubuque Historic Preservation Commission. The commission recently announced the recipients of the 2021 Ken Kringle Awards, which acknowledge the best rehabilitation projects in the city.
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‘Smart poles’ could soon be making debut in Platteville

May 11, 2021

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – A trial run of “smart poles” could soon be making a debut in Platteville. The proposal, spearheaded by Alliant Energy, includes 55 street lamps on Main and 2nd streets that would be connected to the internet, with security cameras or LED message banners on some. If approved at the Platteville Common Council meeting Tuesday, the devices would be installed in September or October.
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Local businesses facing challenges finding seasonal workers

May 11, 2021

After seeing a pandemic driven downturn in youth summer employment last year, some hiring professionals are hoping for a reversal of that trend this summer. However, some local employers said that so far, they are struggling to find enough workers to fill seasonal jobs.

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City of Dubuque officials said challenges finding seasonal staff could affect when city pools can open. The vast majority of seasonal Leisure Services employees typically are teenagers and college-age individuals.
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Dubuque man facing charges in connection to police involved injury

May 11, 2021

A Dubuque man is facing charges in connection to a police involved injury. Dubuque County Sheriff’s officers arrested 30 year old Kyle Hollenback Thursday for interfering with police business, and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, Hollenback reportedly wounded a Dubuque County Sheriff’s Department Deputy officer while he was being arrested.
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Accident In Wisconsin Leaves Three Dubuque Residents Hurt

May 10, 2021

Police say three people from Dubuque were hurt in a crash in WisconsIn Sunday. The Telegraph Herald reports 47 year old James Vanvors and 27 year old Taylor Brandt, 27 as well as her child, were taken to the hospital for non life-threatening injuries following the accident on U.S. 61/151 north of Exit 1 . Police say Vanvors was charged with OWI.

Section Of Clarke Drive Closed For Repairs

May 10, 2021

Clarke Drive is closed between Harold Street and Foye Street for private pavement repairs until 5 p.m. Friday, May 14. Motorists are asked to follow the posted detour. View a map of current road closures and detours at cityofdubuque.org/detours.

COVID trash adding to litter woes in Dubuque

May 10, 2021

Litter has long had a presence in Dubuque, but during the COVID-19 pandemic a new kind of trash has been added to the mix: personal protective equipment. It is a new area of research, but worldwide survey data indicates that PPE – which includes face masks, face shields, gloves and sanitary wipes, generally manufactured using plastics – is working its way into the environment.
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Judge sentences illegal immigrant with sex crime in Dubuque County

May 10, 2021

A man who illegally returned to the United States and was convicted of a sex crime while living in Dubuque County has been sentenced to federal prison. A judge ordered, Moises Suarez-Garcia, 39, recently to spend15 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to illegal re-entry into the U.S. He must serve one year of probation after his release.
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Dubuque man facing charges after driving drunk and colliding with train

May 10, 2021

Alcohol, police said, played a role in a crash in which a Dubuque man had to be extricated from his vehicle. Billy R. Simpson, 41, was taken to MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center with minor injuries, after police say he hit a curb, overturned and collided with a train just after midnight Saturday near Locust Street. He is facing drunk driving charges.
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