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Dubuque’s Comiskey Park getting a little TLC

April 14, 2021

A new splash pad and playground could open at Dubuque’s Comiskey Park as soon as early next year. The Dubuque Park and Recreation Commission on Tuesday unanimously recommended approval of a concept master plan and phase 1 proposal for the $2.8 million Comiskey Park redesign and expansion project. The first phase of the project, if approved by Dubuque City Council, is anticipated to begin construction in September and be completed by spring 2022.
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No one was injured when a garage caugt fire at a Dubuque home

April 14, 2021

Fortunately no one was injured when a garage caugt fire at a Dubuque home Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters responded to the home on Washington St., after a neighbor reported the blaze, and crews said the fire was located in a detached garage and did not spread to the owners’ home. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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Dubuque man accused of pulling gun on girlfriend at University of Dubuque sentenced

April 14, 2021

A Dubuque man who threatened to shoot two women in a University of Dubuque residence hall recently was sentenced to five years in prison. Demetrius L. Woods-McKissick, 28, was sentenced to the prison term and 30 days in Dubuque County Jail after previously entering an Alford plea for charges of intimidation with a dangerous weapon, two counts of first-degree harassment, second-offense domestic assault and interference with official acts causing injury.
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Grant applications being accepted at Greater Dubuque’s Women’s Giving Circle

April 14, 2021

The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque’s Women’s Giving Circle will award $15,000 to a number of nonprofits helping women and children meet basic needs. Applications are available online at dbqfoundation.org/WGC. Submissions are due by April 15.
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Local fair organizers gearing up for more typical season this summer

April 14, 2021

Local fair organizers are gearing up for a more typical fair season this summer, following a year of cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While still prioritizing safety, the Dubuque County fair board is planning for the 2021 fair, scheduled for July 27 to Aug. 1, to be “as normal as it can be.” The Jackson County Fair is scheduled for July 27 to Aug. 1 in Maquoketa.
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Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series cancelled due to near-freezing forecast

April 14, 2021

FARLEY, Iowa – Officials at 300 Raceway in Farley, Iowa, have canceled Friday’s Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network event due to a near-freezing forecast. This marks the fifth consecutive event that has been postponed due to weather this season.
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Welcom home! Iowa National Guard reunited with family in Dubuque

April 14, 2021

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) – Iowa National Guard soldiers reunited with family and loved ones in Dubuque. Around 130 soldiers from the Iowa National Guard’s “Ironman” 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment made their way back home, to Dubuque, on Tuesday, and were welcomed back after more than ten months with open arms and hearts during a special ceremony at the Dubuque Regional Airport.
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Health officials working to calm fears about Johnson & Johnson COVID shot

April 14, 2021

Health officials are working to calm fears about the Johnson & Johnson COVID shot after serious side effects have been reported and one death. More than 80,000 people in Iowa have received the Johnson & Johnson shot, so far. The state has reported some adverse reactions, but all were normal side effects of the vaccine. Officials noted that the six cases of blood clots were found out of more than 6 million vaccinated people.
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The Troops Return

April 13, 2021

About 85 members of the Guard’s “Ironman” 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, were welcomed home by about 200 family members and friends at Dubuque Regional Airport. The Telegraph Herald reports the battalion supported Operation Spartan Shield in the Middle East, and most battalion members have been away from home for about 11 months.

Family, friends, and collegues mourning sudden passing of Clayton County fire chief

April 13, 2021

GARBER, Iowa – Family, friends, and collegues are mourning the sudden passing of Clayton County fire chief Chad Kuehl. Kuehl, who served as fire chief of Garber, died Saturday, according to his obituary. He was 45.
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Two Dubuque men facing child rape charges

April 13, 2021

A jury recently convicted one man of sexually assaulting an underage teen girl in Dubuque, while a second man pleaded guilty. Ronald J. Brimmer, 23, and Agustin Bon Orduno, 38, are accused of picking up two girls younger than 18 in July 2018, and supplying them with alcohol, before then sexually assaulting one of them, according to court documents. The sentencing hearings for both men are set for May 24.
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Man cited after hitting parked car in Dubuque

April 13, 2021

Authorities said an impaired driver sideswiped a parked vehicle, causing his own to overturn Saturday night in Dubuque. Kyle R. Konzen, 37, suffered minor injuries in the incident near Mount Loretta Avenue and Valley Street, according to Dubuque police. He was cited with failure to maintain control of his vehicle and driving with no proof of insurance.
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Iowa Supreme Court reverses Dubuque judge’s dismissal of 2017 robbery case

April 13, 2021

The Iowa Supreme Court has reversed a Dubuque judge’s decision to dismiss a 2017 robbery case against a man who was charged 11 months after the alleged crime. Deaonsy Smith Jr., is alleged to have demanded a woman withdraw $200 from an ATM. Dubuque police filed a criminal complaint on the robbery charge in August 2018. The case was dismissed after the judge ruled prosecutors’ delay violated Smith’s rights to due process and a speedy trial. The high court remanded the case back to local jurisdiction for additional proceedings.
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Dubuque Community Schools reducing tax levy rate

April 13, 2021

Dubuque Community Schools leaders are reducing their tax levy rate for the coming fiscal year, though residential property owners still will see the district portion of their tax bills rise. School board members voted on Monday to approve a $195.5 million certified budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. Board members on Monday also accepted the resignation of Mike Donohue effective June 15 and started the process of appointing someone to temporarily fill his seat. Donohue’s seat will appear on the ballot in the November election.
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Road rage incident in Dubuque leaves one man seriously injured

April 13, 2021

Police said a Dubuquer fractured another man’s skull in a road-rage incident Sunday. Sharod M. James, 40, was arrested at his residence on charges of assault with serious injury of a Platteville, man during an altercation on 14th Street and Central Avenue. Online court records do not show any charges filed against the victim.
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Art on the River makes comeback

April 13, 2021

The City of Dubuque announces the return of its Art on the River program after a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19. The 2021-22 Art on the River public art sculpture exhibit will be held in the Port of Dubuque from August 2021 through July 2022.
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Local farmers say they’re being left out of PPP funding

April 13, 2021

LANCASTER, Wis. – Congress authorized a second round of PPP funding in December, but some local farmers say they’re being left out. To date, at least 6,000 PPP loans of less than $150,000 have been issued to dairy farms in Wisconsin. In Iowa, just over 1,000 loans were issued to dairy producers and just 44 in Illinois.
But stricter eligibility requirements has disqualified many farmers. Business owners have until May 31 to apply.
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Dubuque County health officials having trouble filling COVID19 vaccination appointments

April 13, 2021

Dubuque County health officials say local providers are having trouble filling COVID19 vaccination appointments. MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center told the Telegraph Herald on Monday that 1,000 of 1,700 appointments were still available.
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Art On The River Will Return

April 12, 2021

After being cancelled last year, the City of Dubuque announces the return of its Art on the River program. Sculpture proposals are being solicited for consideration with the 2021-22 Art on the River public art sculpture exhibit, to be held along the Mississippi Riverwalk in the Port of Dubuque from August 2021 through July 2022.

Restaurants Rally Around Dubuque Public Schools

April 12, 2021

This Thursday, 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.

Catfish Creek Watershed Clean Up

April 12, 2021

A Catfish Creek Watershed Clean-Up will be held on Saturday, May 1, from 9 a.m. to noon. Hosted by the Dubuque County Conservation Board in partnership with the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency, City of Dubuque – Leisure Services, and Mines of Spain DNR, the event is part of an ongoing effort to create a healthier and safer watershed. Volunteers will focus on picking up litter on public land across the watershed.

Dubuque public schools are getting a financial boost

April 12, 2021

Dubuque public schools are getting a financial boost. More than 20 local restaurants will donate a portion of their sales to support Dubuque’s public schools during Dubuque’s Dine Out/Take Out for Public Schools event on Thursday, April 15. The event is a collaborative effort by local restaurants and the Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools and is aimed at raising money for school projects and programs not covered by the school district’s annual budget, according to a press release.
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City of Asbury looking to hire firefighters to tackle rising demands

April 12, 2021

ASBURY, Iowa – The City of Asbury is looking to hire firefighters to tackle rising demands. During a City Council meeting, Asbury Fire Chief Dave Grass spoke to the council about the increased number of calls the fire department has received over the past year and said the city will need to start preparing for the added costs of hiring firefighters and purchasing new equipment in the next two to five years.
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Charges dismissed against Dubuque woman in attempted ‘lovers quarrel’ stabbing

April 12, 2021

Charges have been dismissed for a 67 year old Dubuque woman who allegedly tried to stab her fiance. Prosecutors recently requested that the charges against Kathryn Green be dismissed, saying Green “has been diagnosed with medical conditions that deem her incapable of criminal intent.”
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FEMA covering COVID funeral costs

April 12, 2021

(KCRG) – Starting on Monday, April 12th, FEMA is helping to pay for funeral costs of people who have died from COVID-19. Families can now apply for up $9,000 to cover COVID deaths dating back to January 20th of last year.
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Carrol County murder suspect in custody

April 12, 2021

CARROLL COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) – A Freeport man was arrested and charged with first degree murder in connection to a March 10 homicide out of Carroll County. The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office was called to Miller’s Boat Landing on Marina Rd. in Savanna for a body found in the Mississippi River. According to, Jo Daviess County State Attorney Levi Meyer, 35, is accused in the death of Keith A. Heidenreich. The victims wife, Danielle K. Heidenreich, 39, was also arrested for her role as an accomplice in the murder. The Northwest Illinois Critical Response Team is assisting with the suspicious death investigation.
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Downtown Dubuque mural inspires racial justice conversations

April 12, 2021

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Starting a dialogue appears to be the inspiration behind a new downtown Dubuque mural. A picture taken in 1960s Memphis, Tennessee during the Civil Rights Movement is the newest mural looking to energize conversations around racial justice, our content partners at KCRG reports.
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Members of Iowa’s law enforcement are mourning the loss of one of their own

April 12, 2021

(ABC 6 News) — Members of Iowa’s law enforcement are mourning the loss of one of their own. Sergeant Jim Smith, an Iowa State Patrol trooper died in the line of duty on Friday while responding to an intense standoff in Grundy Center, Iowa. The standoff lasted for several hours on Friday night.
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Trial for Illinois man accused in Dubuque arboretum homicide delayed

April 12, 2021

DUBUQUE, Iowa (Iowa Media) – The trial for an Illinois man accused of stabbing and killing his ex-girlfriend and leaving her body at an arboretum in Dubuque has been delayed until October. The trial for Richard Forsythe, 21, of Galena, Illinois is now scheduled to begin on October 12.
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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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