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Man Pleads Guilty In Livestock Neglect Case

July 26, 2021

A Dubuque man whom authorities say neglected livestock pleaded guilty to related charges recently. 32 year old Cesar L. Gonzalez, was charged with 24 counts of livestock neglect and eight counts of failure to dispose of a dead animal, reports the Telegraph Herald. If his plea agreement is accepted, court documents state that all the associated simple misdemeanor charges in this case will be dismissed.

Vaccinations Being Done At County Fair

July 26, 2021

During Dubuque County Fair week there will be a number of COVID-19 vaccination opportunities taking place at the fairgrounds:
• Tuesday, July 27 – Friday, July 30 | 12 – 5 p.m.
• Wednesday, July 28 | 6 – 8 p.m.
• Saturday, July 31 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Health Care Groups Author Letter Urging Vaccinations

July 26, 2021

Nearly 200 local health care providers representing 12 Dubuque County medical organizations have issued a unified message endorsing the vaccine and urging Dubuque-area residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19. You can see the message and the groups involved on the City of Dubuque Facebook page,

Juvenile injured in rollover crash in Jo Daviess County

July 26, 2021

APPLE RIVER, Ill. – A juvenile was injured in a rollover crash Saturday afternoon in Jo Daviess County. A Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Department press release states that Trey R. Leopold, 27, of Warren, apparently lost control of his car on East Stagecoach Trail at East Roberts Road, skidded into a cornfield and overturned.
Neither Leopold nor a second passenger were injured. A juvenile passenger was rushed to FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport. Authorities are investigating the crash.
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Name of Epworth man killed in two vehicle crash in Dubuque released

July 26, 2021

The name of an Epworth man killed in a two vehicle crash in Dubuque County on Saturday night has been released to the public. The Iowa State Patrol says 23-year old Nicholas Silich was heading south on Highway 151 when he collided with a semi that was westbound on Monastery Road crossing Highway 151. The semi driver was not hurt. The accident remains under investigation.
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Music in the Gardens will continue through August

July 26, 2021

After a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Music in the Gardens will continue through August at the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. The concert is free.
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Gated community for older adults being proposed in Dubuque

July 26, 2021

A developer seeks to construct a gated community for older adults on the northwest edge of Dubuque. Ewing Properties plans to develop 35 single-family homes on a 14-acre plot near the intersection of John F. Kennedy and Derby Grange roads. The homes would function as a cooperative community for residents ages 55 and older.
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US Highway 20 is being named a Medal of Honor highway

July 26, 2021

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) – US Highway 20 is being named a Medal of Honor highway. States along Highway 20 have honored this recognition through a convoy carrying the message coast-to-coast, and state to state by American Legion State Commanders. The Illinois Commander is set to continue to handoff the honorary message in the coming weeks.
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Dubuque County Conservation will hold public-input meeting on proposed land donation

July 26, 2021

Dubuque County Conservation will hold a public-input meeting this week regarding a proposed land donation to the county. Flexsteel Industries has indicated an interest in possibly donating about 16 acres of land around the site of its former manufacturing facility at 3400 Jackson Street to the county. County Conservation Board members recently approved a nonbinding letter of intent to accept it. The Flexsteel site currently spans 43 acres. A public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the UAW Local 94 Hall on Central Ave. to gather input.
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Fire that damaged Dubuque residence leaves family homeless

July 26, 2021

It took crews about an hour to contain a fire that damaged a Dubuque residence Saturday afternoon. Firefighters reported heavy smoke and flames when they arrived at the home on Central Ave., shortly after 4:45 p.m., assistant Fire Chief Greg Harris said in a press release. Harris said one family was displaced but there were no injuries in the fire. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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Man Dies After Crash Following Medical Emergency

July 23, 2021

A Dubuque man died Thursday after authorities say he suffered a medical emergency while driving and crashed his vehicle. 76 year old Thomas Gust was taken to the hospital from the scene at Asbury and Bunker Hill Roads. He died at the hospital.

Local businesses gearing up for impacts of Biden’s ‘non compete’ executive order to help workers

July 23, 2021

Local businesses are gearing up for the potential impact of President Joe Biden’s ‘non compete’ executive order. Biden’s order, signed July 9 directs many of the departments to stop commercial consolidation and free employees from what are deemed restrictive corporate practices under non compete clauses. According to the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce, the directive could affect some of the area’s biggest employers.
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Improvements considered for busy Bellevue intersection

July 23, 2021

BELLEVUE, Iowa – The City of Bellevue is considering funding a study that would evaluate options to improve safety at a busy intersection. The proposed $20,500 feasibility study focuses on the intersection of U.S. 52 and 395th Avenue, which provides access to Off Shore Resort in Bellevue.
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Abby Finkenauer joins race for U.S. senate seat

July 23, 2021

Abby Finkenauer announced her campaign for U.S. senate Thursday morning. The former Congresswomen lost her seat in November to Republican Ashley Hinson. Now the Democrat is seeking Republican Chuck Grassley’s current seat in senate.
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Dubuque gearing up for mass evictions

July 23, 2021

The Dubuque City Council this week approved allocating $163,000 in state money to continue expanded rehousing services in expectation of a coming wave of evictions. A moratorium on evictions, put in place during the pandemic, ends on July 31. City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development officials said the moratorium’s end could leave hundreds of city residents evicted, facing homelessness.
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More people are back to work in the tri state area

July 23, 2021

More people are back to work in the tri state area. Recently released data showed lower unemployment rates around the tri-state area last month compared to pandemic-inflated rates one year prior. Dubuque County had an unemployment rate of 4.6% in June, according to Iowa Workforce Development. That is down from 7.8% in June 2020, during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dubuque County saw a higher unemployment rate than the State of Iowa, which experienced 4% unemployment in June, down from 7.1% a year earlier.
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Dubuque teen injured in rollover crash

July 23, 2021

A Dubuque teen was injured in a rollover crash Thursday morning. Jamari V. Christen, 18, was taken to MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center after police say he was speeding when he lost control of his vehicle on Jackson Street, struck a parked vehicle and overturned onto its roof. The parked vehicle was pushed into the back of a second parked vehicle due to the impact of the collision. Christen was cited with failure to maintain control and failure to provide proof of financial liability.
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Dubuque man accused of sexual abuse of a child gets probation

July 23, 2021

A 28-year-old Dubuque man was given deferred judgment and up to 5 years probation for having a relationship with an underage girl. Reports show Anthony Stant was sentenced on a charge of 3rd-degree sexual abuse after admitting that he had sex with the girl he knew was under 16. As part of a plea deal, a charge of violating a no-contact order was dismissed.
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La Motte Fire Station wants to replace 41-year-old fire truck

July 23, 2021

Volunteers at a small fire station in La Motte want to replace their 41-year-old fire truck. The department’s 1980 GMC tanker is one of six fire trucks at the station. It has rust on the body that volunteers at the department describe as, “beyond repair.”
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Dubuque man who accepted plea deal in domestic violence case will spend several months behind bars

July 23, 2021

A rural Dubuque man who accepted a plea deal in a domestic violence case will spend several months behind bars. Alex J. Marvel, 23, recently was sentenced to 180 days in jail, or roughly 6 months, for stabbing his girlfriend on May 3.
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Multi car crash in Dubuque sent one person to the hospital

July 23, 2021

A multi car crash in Dubuque sent one person to the hospital Thursday morning. Diane M. Shannon, 61, of Dubuque, was rushed to UnityPoint after police say she rear ended a vehicle on Dodge Street, sending it into the back of another car, which was pushed into a third vehicle that collided with the car in front of it. Police say in all, four cars were involved in the multi chain reaction crash. Shannon was cited with failure to stop.
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Four Vehicle Crash Leaves One Injured In Dubuque

July 22, 2021

One person was hurt in a crash Thursday involving four vehicles in Dubuque. Police say 61 year old Diane Shannon was driving on the 3600 block of Dodge Street when her vehicle struck the rear of another vehicle driving in the same direction. That vehicle hit the one in front of it and then the third vehicle involved struck a fourth. Shannon was taken to the hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Simmons Pet Food marks official opening of $100 million Dubuque plant

July 22, 2021

Simmons Pet Food marked the official opening of its $100 million canned pet food operation in Dubuque, IA. The facility spans 275,000 square feet. It’s expected to bring at least 270 jobs to the community.
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Dubuque officials working to calm fears about free well-water-quality testing program

July 22, 2021

The Dubuque County Health Department hopes to calm any fears about the free well-water-quality testing program it has offered in recent years. Through the program, the department collects water samples from any private well in the county to test for contamination. But property owners have refused free water testing because they’re afraid that if the test comes back and their water is not good, what the cost would be and are fearful that there will be a repercussion if they don’t correct the problem. Those are fears the department wants to correct through an education campaign to get the word out, officials said.
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ree well-water-quality testing program

July 22, 2021

The Dubuque County Health Department hopes to calm any fears about the free well-water-quality testing program it has offered in recent years. Through the program, the department collects water samples from any private well in the county to test for contamination. But property owners have refused free water testing because they’re afraid that if the test comes back and their water is not good, what the cost would be and are fearful that there will be a repercussion if they don’t correct the problem. Those are fears the department wants to correct through an education campaign to get the word out, officials said.
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Woman who led Dubuque police on high speed chase along U.S. 61 is going to jail

July 22, 2021

A woman who led Dubuque County law enforcement on a high speed chase along U.S. 61 last month is going to jail. Marissa C. Padavich, 25, was sentenced in Iowa District Court of Dubuque County recently to two years in prison after pleading guilty to eluding, and weapons and drug possession charges, with two counts dismissed as part of a plea deal, court documents state.
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Update on three Jackson County children with E. coli was released

July 22, 2021

Updates on three children in Jackson County with E. coli infections was released, for the first time since about June 8. The Maquoketa Sentinal Press reported Wednesday that a two-year-old returned home last week [July 13] after spending almost eight weeks in Children’s Hospital for a rare strain of E. coli. He is the last of the three to leave the hospital, including an eighteen-month-old. All three are recovering at home.
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$34 million renovation at Dubuque Senior High School on schedule

July 22, 2021

Work on a $34 million renovation at Dubuque Senior High School is on or ahead of schedule so far, district leaders said. The project kicked off in June and construction is now getting uderway for improvements planned for the Senior auditorium.
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New rules for fireworks in Bellevue

July 22, 2021

BELLEVUE, Iowa – Bellevue officials aim to address citizen concerns regarding fireworks by limiting the window of time during which they can be used. City Council members this week directed city staff to draft an ordinance limiting the use of fireworks in the city from 10 days to two.
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Longtime police chief in Clayton County passing the torch

July 22, 2021

A longtime police chief in neighboring Clayton County will soon be passing the torch. Police Chief George Morteo is retiring after 29 years with the Guttenberg Police Department. A retirement celebration will be held in his honor and to welcome the newly-hired Chief this Friday, July 23.
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Lack of affordable child care being blamed for lag in local workforce

July 22, 2021

No access to affordable child care is being blamed for a lag in the local workforce. Dubuque child care resource professionals highlighted the role it plays in economic infrastructure during a presentation to City Council members this week.
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Dubuque residents asked for input on ARP spending

July 22, 2021

Dubuque residents will be able to weigh in on how the nearly $19 million the county received from the American Rescue Plan Act should be spent. An online application portal is expected to launch Monday, July 26, on the county website for community organizations to pitch project ideas. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 15. A community survey also will be available on the county website.
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No jail time for suspect in Dubuque child sex case

July 21, 2021

A child sex abuse case resulted in no jail time for a 28 year old Dubuque man. Anthony L. Stant was sentenced to two to five years of probation and given a deferred judgment in the Iowa District Court of Dubuque County for a charge of third-degree sexual abuse for the rape of a teenager in 2019.
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Dubuque man convicted in drug trafficking case sentenced

July 21, 2021

A 44 year old Dubuque man convicted in a drug trafficking case will spend nearly 16 years in federal prison. Larry O. Scott was sentenced to 15 years, eight months in prison as part of a plea deal. Scott previously pleaded guilty to two counts each of distribution of a controlled substance near a protected location and possession with intent to distribute.
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Two car crash in Grant County resulted in drunk driving and drug possession citations

July 21, 2021

A two car crash north of Potosi Saturday ended with two men being cited, one for drug possession. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said 27-year-old Ondre Hill of Platteville ran into the back of 54-year-old Claudia Dorsch of Dubuque on Highway 61 as she was turning onto British Hollow Road. Hill was cited for drunk driving, failing to maintain control of his vehicle and not having insurance. Police also found that a passenger in Hill’s vehicle was in possession of marijuana.
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Mural on side of restaurant to highlight Dyersville historic downtown

July 21, 2021

DYERSVILLE, Iowa — Dyersville Economic Development Corp. has announced plans for the creation of a mural on the side of a local restaurant. A mural by a Baltimore artist will be painted along the side of Chad’s Pizza & Restaurant, on First Ave. W, according to an online announcement. The artist will spotlight the Dyersville historic downtown bridge over the Maquoketa River, the announcement states.
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Minority students get help adjusting to college life at Clarke University

July 21, 2021

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) – Clarke University received a grant to help minority freshman students get adjusted to college life. As part of Clarke’s Peer Mentor program, which kicked off last spring, upperclassmen students help incoming freshmen from minority or underrepresented groups with time management, study skills, and learning their way around campus. A $3,000 grant from the Alliant Energy Foundation will allow the university to expand the mentors and mentees program in the fall.
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Dubuque police tracking rise in gun violence following teen shooting

July 21, 2021

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) – Dubuque police are tracking a rise in gun violence following the arrest of 14- and 15-year-olds in the shooting death of an 18-year-old. The department has recorded 12 cases of shots fired with criminal intent so far this year, which is on pace to surpass the totals of each of the last two years.
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Multi-million dollar investment by Minneapolis company could bring financial boost to local economy

July 21, 2021

DUBUQUE, IOWA – A multi-million dollar investment by a Minneapolis company could bring a financial boost to the local economy. NorthMarq has applied for a $9 million Freddie Mac loan to buy Radford Place Apartments in Dubuque along the Mississippi River. The 108-unit, three-story property was built in 2010. NorthMarq structured the 10-year loan, which features two years of interest-only payments followed by a 30-year payoff schedule. The borrower was undisclosed.
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Cuba City man found passed out behind the wheel now facing a 4th OWI

July 21, 2021

A Cuba City man found passed out behind the wheel in front of his mailbox Saturday is now facing a 4th OWI. A Grant County Deputy responded to W Parker St near N Randolph St., in the City of Cuba City, and found Blake Gardner, 31, unconscous in his vehicle, with evidence of drug use was present. Gardner remains in the Grant County Jail without bond.
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Police Seek Hy-Vee Robber

July 20, 2021

Dubuque Police are seeking a man accused of stealing from the Hy-Vee on S. Locust Street on the afternoon of July 1st. Anyone with information on the incident or the suspect should reach out to police by submitting it to www.cityofdubuque.org/ID4PD.

Lane Closure On Roosevelt Street

July 20, 2021

The southbound lane of Roosevelt Street will be closed between Amelia Drive and Rhomberg Avenue until 12 p.m. Thursday, July 22, for asphalt mill and overlay work. Southbound motorists will need to follow the posted detour route using Peru Road, to Sheridan Road, to Davis Street, to Windsor Avenue, to Rhomberg.

Dubuque residents getting help paying late utility bills due to pandemic

July 20, 2021

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) – Dubuque city council members voted unanimously to use federal money from the recent American Rescue Plan, to help people behind on paying utility bills due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
City staff said the amount of delinquent payments has gone up to more than $675,000 since the start of the pandemic. The city is currently reporting more than 900 delinquent accounts. The city’s housing and development director, said the stimulus package will help people get back on track and will also allow city departments to go back to pre-COVID operations.
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Where you vote could change

July 20, 2021

Where you vote could change. The Dubuque County auditor told the county Board of Supervisors Monday that new rules from the state, based on the elections overhaul passed in the Legislature this year, could change where votes can be cast and where the auditor is located.
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High speed chase in Dubuque ends when suspect runs out of gas

July 20, 2021

Authorities said a man driving a stolen rental car led law enforcement on a high-speed chase in Dubuque County on Sunday night that ended with the vehicle running out of gas on U.S. 20. Donchavell M. Crawford, 26, of 2313 White St., was arrested at 4:36 a.m. Monday at Dubuque law enforcement center.
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Dubuque man convicted in fatal crash of pregnant woman sentenced

July 20, 2021

A Dubuque man was sentenced Monday to 40 years in prison for a 2019 crash that killed a woman and her unborn child. John E. Hoffman, 71, was sentenced in the Iowa District Court of Dubuque County after pleading guilty in May to charges of homicide by vehicle, nonconsensual termination of a human pregnancy and serious injury by vehicle.
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Gas leak next to KDTH studios prompts some evacutations

July 20, 2021

A gas leak prompted the closure of a portion of University Avenue in Dubuque Monday afternoon. The
Dubuque Police Department said the leak near Alta Vista street right by the KDTH studios was reported at 2:40 p.m. yesterday. A few structures along the street needed to be evacuated, but there were no reports of injuries, officias said. The gas leak has since been repaired and the streets reopened.
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Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs got a financial boost

July 20, 2021

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs got a financial boost. The non profit was among 18 other Dubuque individuals and entities that were awarded grants as part of a statewide effort to help Iowa’s arts, film, heritage, humanities and creative sectors rebound from millions of dollars in losses due to the pandemic.
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Woamn charged in Jo Daviess burglary sentenced

July 20, 2021

A woman who stole kitchen appliances and tools in Jo Daviess County has been sentenced to prison. Nicole M. Hefel, of East Dubuque, was ordred Tuesday to serve seven years in prison for the residential burglary charge and four years for a perjury charge, according to a news release from Jo Daviess County State’s Attorney’s Office.
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Police shutdown Oak Crest Dr. during mental health call

July 20, 2021

Oak Crest Drive and part of Berkley Place in Dubuque were closed for a little over three hours Saturday morning as police responded to a mental health call. Lt. Brendan Welsh said that police responded to reports of an armed individual in distress at a home on Oak Crest Drive. Dubuque police urged neighbors to stay inside during the incident.
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