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Health Center Holding Virtual Open House

February 24, 2021

Jackson County Regional Health Center is holding a virtual open house of its new facility next week. The event will be aired on the hospital’s Facebook page and You Tube channels on March 4th at 4pm. The 71,500-square-foot, $36.8 million facility is located at 601 Hospital Drive in Maquoketa.

Dubuque Ready To Field Pothole Complaints

February 24, 2021

Potholes causing a bump in your travels? The warmer weather means we get to ditch the snow, but also means that pesky potholes can spring up after a rough winter. The City of Dubuque wants to hear about the potholes that have popped up. Submit service requests through the City’s website.

Public Hearing On Proposed Property Tax Levy

February 24, 2021

Dubuque County is holding a Public Hearing on a Proposed Property Tax Levy. It’s happening Monday, March 8, 9:00 AM. via Zoom. Get details on the Dubuque County Facebook page.

Fatal CWD found in Jackson County

February 24, 2021

A deer with chronic wasting disease has been found in Jackson County for the first time, state officials announced Tuesday. Additionally, another deer with the fatal disease was found in Dubuque County, and two more were reported in Clayton County. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reported that the second CWD-positive deer in Dubuque County was found near U.S. 151 between Dubuque and Cascade, while the deer in Jackson County was in the northern part of the county.
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Dubuque County working to reduce traffic congesiton on busy roadway

February 24, 2021

Dubuque County’s latest proposal to alleviate road congestion and safety concerns near the county’s largest employer includes the installation of two roundabouts and a turning lane on South John Deere Road and U.S. 52. The goal of the project, that comes with a $6.8 million price tag, officials said, is to reduce accidents and traffic delays, and boost commercial truck travel. Construction on the project is expected to begin in the spring of 2022 and be completed sometime in 2023.
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Dubuque Chamber questioning raise for minimum wage workers

February 24, 2021

Raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour has the Dubuque Chamber of Commerce questioning the timing of such an increase. Opponents fear that some local small businesses struggling to survive in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic may not be able to afford a rate hike right now. But proponents pointed out that the average renter earning minimum wage would need the equivalent of 1.2 full-time jobs to afford the cost of an average apartment. Chamber officials indicated they were open to discussing increases after the economy recovers.
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Maquoketa woman facing felony charges after stealing from church employer

February 24, 2021

MAQUOKETA, Iowa – Police said a Maquoketa woman is facing multiple felony fraud charges after she stole more than $43,000 from a church she worked at. Court documents state that Annie M. Duffy-Doherty, 40, made “unauthorized purchases” with the church’s bank account and credit card and fradulently cashed 21 church checks while she was a secretary at Maquoketa United Church of Christ. Her next court date is set for Friday, Feb. 26.
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East Dubuque High School graduation rates up

February 24, 2021

About 83 percent of ninth graders in 2020 were ‘on track’ to graduate at East Dubuque High School. According to the latest Illinois schools report card by the Illinois State Board of Education East Dubuque High School’s four-year graduation rate was 96 percent that year.
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Changes are coming to police departments across the state

February 24, 2021

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – Changes are coming to police departments across the state after a new police reform bill was signed into law on Monday. The bill will end cash bail, require officers to wear body cameras and expand police training.
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Jo Daviess sets up COVID hotline

February 24, 2021

JO DAVIESS Co., Ill. (KWQC) – Health officials in Jo Daviess County on Tuesday announced they have worked with the Jo Daviess County Emergency Management to establish a COVID-19 call center. Volunteers will staff the center Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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2021 Julien Dubuque International Film Festival Gala going virtual

February 24, 2021

The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival Gala is going virtual for 2021. Special appearances from filmmakers, community leaders, and other surprise guests will be part of the event. The show starts February 27th at 7:00 PM.
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Cuba City receives community award

February 24, 2021

CUBA CITY, Wis. – A southwest Wisconsin community has been recognized for its efforts to turn its downtown into a gathering hub. Cuba City officials will receive the Connect Communities Award at a virtual ceremony in April during the 30th Wisconsin Main Street ceremony.
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The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is going green

February 24, 2021

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. (AP) – The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is going green. The school plans to install five acres of solar panels, making the university the sixth-highest on-site producer of renewable energy among universities nationwide. Construction of the solar project, in the works for years, should be done by the fall semester, officials said.
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The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is going green

February 24, 2021

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. (AP) – The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is going green. The school plans to install five acres of solar panels, making the university the sixth-highest on-site producer of renewable energy among universities nationwide. Construction of the solar project, in the works for years, should be done by the fall semester, officials said.
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Hotline For Help With COVID Vaccination Registration In Jo Daviess County

February 23, 2021

To help those without internet access or who might have other challenges, Jo Daviess County officials have established a call center to help eligible residents navigate the COVID-19 vaccination registration process. The number to call is 815-591-2673 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Volunteers staffing the line can answer questions and assist people age 65 and older who need help signing up to receive a vaccine.

Public Meetings On Dubuque Budget

February 23, 2021

A series of virtual public meetings is being held concerning the Dubuque budget for fiscal year 2022. The first meeting is March 1st with others to follow, as council members establish the maximum amount the city will collect in taxes.
Meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be aired live on Mediacom cable channels 8 and 117.2, streamed live, archived on the city’s website at cityofdubuque.org/media and streamed live on the city’s Facebook page.

A New Round Of Loans Opening Up For Small Businesses

February 23, 2021

Dubuque city officials remind you a new loan application period for small businesses opens Wednesday.
If you have questions, contact the Covid-19 Business Helpline at 563-588-3350 Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 4 or by email at sbhelpline@nicc.edu.

Delaware County Sheriff’s Department will soon have a new home

February 23, 2021

MANCHESTER, Iowa – Delaware County Sheriff’s Department will soon have a new home. In early March, the department will move into a new state of the art, 18,000 square foot office and jail on the west end of Manchester.
The new jail is aimed at easing overcrowding in Delaware County.
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Illinois lawmaker wants to make it easier to buy guns

February 23, 2021

EAST DUBUQUE, Ill. – A local Illinois lawmaker wants to make it easier to buy guns. Republican State Rep. Andrew Chesney, R-Freeport, filed a bill this month that seeks to repeal a state-required identification card for residents to buy and own guns. Illinois residents who want to purchase or possess guns or ammunition in the state must apply and be approved to receive a card.
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Dubuque woman arrested after trying to take hold of a police officer’s weapon

February 23, 2021

Police said a woman is facing charges after trying to take hold of a police officer’s weapon Sunday in Dubuque. Court documents state that when officers returned Heather M. Stephens to the Hillcrest Residential Facility after she had walked away the 37 year old grabbed onto the hand grip of the deputies gun and started to pull at it. She was arrested on a charge of attempting to disarm a police officer.
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New details about three-car wreck Friday on Dubuque-Wisconsin bridge

February 23, 2021

KIELER, Wis. – Authorities released new details about a three-car wreck Friday on the Dubuque-Wisconsin bridge that injured three people. According to a news release Monday, a 40 year old Dubuque man, was hit from behind on U.S. 61/151, causing both vehicles to spin out before a third car struck the vehicle that rear ended the first one. One person was taken to MercyOne with “non-life-threatening” injuries, while the other two drivers, a 24 year old Hazel Green resident, and 73 year old Grant County woman, were treated and released, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department. The crash remains under investigation.
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Parole request denied again for Cuba City man serving life for murdering Grant County deputy

February 23, 2021

CUBA CITY, Wis. – A parole request has been denied again for a Cuba City man serving life for murdering a Grant County Sheriff’s Department deputy. The chairman of the Wisconsin Parole Commission rejected the request of Gregory Coulthard, and has ordered hime to serve three more years in prison before being eligible for parole consideration again. Coulthard received a life sentence in 1990 when he was 18 for the fatlly shooting Deputy Thomas Reuter.
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Local Illinois lawmaker wants to make it easier to buy guns

February 23, 2021

EAST DUBUQUE, Ill. – A local Illinois lawmaker seeks to repeal a state-required identification card for residents to buy and own guns. Republican State Rep. Andrew Chesney, R-Freeport, filed a bill this month that would eliminate Firearm Owners Identification Card requirements. Illinois residents who want to purchase or possess guns or ammunition in the state must apply and be approved to receive a card.
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Domestic dispute turned stabbing landed Dubuque man in hancuffs

February 23, 2021

A domestic dispute that turned into an attmepted stabbing landed a Dubuque man in hancuffs. Devon M. Ward, 26, was arrested Sunday at a North Cascade Road address for allegedly cutting his ex-girlfriend with a steak knife during an assault Sunday, according to documents. He is facing multiple charges, including child endangerment, after police say his 2-year-old child was in the room during the incident.
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Resurrection Church in Dubuque will hold a drive-through food giveaway

February 23, 2021

Resurrection Church in Dubuque will hold a drive-through food giveaway this Saturday morning, February 27th from 8:30 to 10 a.m., or until food runs out. Drivers will be directed where to line up at the church located on Asbury Road, and assigned a number. Recipients are to stay in their vehicles
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University of Wisconsin-Platteville makeover more costly than estimated

February 23, 2021

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – Renovation of a University of Wisconsin-Platteville science building has proven more costly than estimated. An additional $1.7 million was tacked on to the project, which initially had a $23.7 million pricetag. The building will fully open to students for the fall 2021 semester.
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Fatal fire at home in northern Jo Daviess County

February 23, 2021

WARREN, Ill. – We’re learning more about a fatal fire at a home in northern Jo Daviess County. One person died and two were taken to the hospital after a fire broke last Wednesday morning in the 100 block of Clark Street where first responders say one person was on the porch roof and another was outside, having jumped from a second story window. A third person was later found dead inside the burned home, according to a statement from the Warren, Illinois Police Department. The investigation is ongoing.
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Virtual Conversation On “The Idea Of America”

February 22, 2021

A virtual conversation about the 1619 Project is being hosted by the Dubuque branch of the NAACP. It’s happening at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, via Zoom, and is centered around the essay entitled, “The Idea of America. ” The project itself looks to reframe history by giving the contributions of Black Americans a more substantial role in the narrative of the country.

Man Accused Of Trying To Stab Ex With Steak Knife

February 22, 2021

Assault charges face a Dubuque man accused of trying to stab his ex girlfiend with a steak knife during an argument. The victim had gone to 26 year old Devon Ward’s residence on the 14000 block of North Cascade Road when police say the incident happened. Police say the woman’s 2 year old child was in the room during the assault.

Virtual Budget Meetings Upcoming In Dubuque

February 22, 2021

The Dubuque City Council will hold a series of virtual public meetings as part of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 recommended budget review process. Residents and stakeholders are encouraged to participate.
The process begins with a public hearing at the Monday, March 1, City Council meeting to establish the maximum property tax dollars the City will collect in FY2022. Dubuque City Manager Mike Van Milligen will also present the FY2022 Recommended Budget.

West Delaware and Western Dubuque school districts holding special elections

February 22, 2021

Both the West Delaware and Western Dubuque school districts are holding special elections. West Delaware is asking voters to approve a $20 million general bond issue to fund improvements to the high school, middle school and Lambert Elementary buildings. Western Dubuque is asking voters to approve continuing to levy an annual physical plant and equipment levy for a period of ten years. Residents can vote in person at the Auditor’s Office through March 1st.
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New details released about Wednesday wreck near Dubuque-Wisconsin bridge

February 22, 2021

KIELER, Wis. – Authorities released new details about a Wednesday wreck near the Dubuque-Wisconsin bridge that injured three people, including two children. Sarah L. Ekedahl, a 2-year-old and a 9-month-old had minor injuries from the crash in which the 32 year old lost control of her vehicle on U.S. 61/151 “when she reached into the back seat to tend to one of her children” and skidded into the median, causing the vehicle to overturn, according to a press release issued Friday by the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.
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Dubuque man involved in bar brawl that sent man to hospital sentenced

February 22, 2021

A Dubuque man involved in a bar brawl this summer that sent a man to the hospital was sentenced to 25 days in jail. Police said Kyle L. Hingtgen pleaded guilty to a charge of assault causing injury in connection to the incident in which a heated discussion between the 29 year old and a Hazel Green resident at Next Phase bar June 18, turned physcial, according to documents, in which the victim was beaten until he was unconscious.
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A Dubuque man is facing multiple charges in connection to a carjacking

February 22, 2021

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) – A Dubuque man is facing multiple charges in connection to a carjacking. According to criminal complaints, Senna Miller, 20, was arrested on Thursday, February 18th, after the victim told police that Miller pointed a gun at their chest before fleeing in their car. Police later spotted the stolen vehicle on Rhomberg Ave., and said it had been crashed and was unoccupied. Miller was later located walking in a nearby area and taken into custody. He was being held in Dubuque County Jail, according to a criminal complaint.
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Dubuque Man Faces Charges For Allegedly Stealing Woman’s Car

February 19, 2021

Police say a Dubuque man stole a woman’s car at gunpoint and now faces charges. The victim was driving on Southern Avenue Thursday evening when she came upone 20 year old Senna Miller who was walking in the roadway. As she pulled over, she noticed Miller had a handgun. She asked him if he wanted her car, he said yes and then took off in it. Miller was caught and charged with robbery, operating while under the influence, unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon, and other counts.

House Fire Kills One, Injures Two In Jo Daviess County

February 19, 2021

Investigators say one person is dead, two others hurt after a house fire in Jo Daviess County. It broke out early Friday morning at 109 Clark Street in Warren. Responding crews found the place engulfed in flames. No word on the identity of the deceased, nor on the condition of the injured. The house was destroyed. The search for a cause is ongoing.

Dubuque Has Seasonal Jobs Available

February 19, 2021

If you or someone you know is looking for a summer/seasonal job, it’s not too early to apply with the City of Dubuque. Leisure Services , AmeriCorps Partners in Learning Program, and Bunker Hill Golf Course are all welcoming applications for a variety of seasonal positions. For a complete list, and to apply, visit www.cityofdubuque.org/jobs.

New COVID Vaccine Phone Number For Residents 65 And Over

February 19, 2021

The Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team has added a new phone number for county residents age 65 and over who wish to be vaccinated for COVID-19 but do not have a primary care doctor or healthcare.
Dubuque County residents 65 years and older who do not have a doctor or primary care provider can now call the Dubuque County COVID-19 Sleeves Up phone line at 563-587-4950 for assistance on how to receive a vaccine.

Dubuque working to reopen recreational activities this summer

February 19, 2021

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) – Dubuque city officials are working to reopen some recreational activities this summer.
In a survey sent to residents, officials said over 85 percent of the people responded they would be willing to attend activities otherwise shutdown due to the pandemic, which include public pools. City officals said in order to welcome people back to public pools, they would have to put safety measures in place, like pool registration and capacity, sanitation, and temperature checks.
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Dubuque man convicted in drugs and weapons case sentenced

February 19, 2021

A Dubuque man who possessed a firearm while using drugs has been sentenced to five years in federal prison. Tobias C. Sarazin, 34, pleaded guilty to the charge in June. He must serve three years of supervised release after his prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.
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Epworth man facing charges in insurance scam

February 19, 2021

DUBUQUE COUNTY, Iowa – An Epworth man is facing charges after he’s accused of running a fraudulent insurance business and using money from customers’ premium payments for personal expenses. According to the Iowa Insurance Division, Michael Heiberger, 52, was recently charged with one count of money laundering, six counts of fraudulent sales practices and nine counts of violating a cease and desist order. The division says those charges stem from an investigation that started in 2019.
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Few details released about Dubuque man arrested in shoplifting incident

February 19, 2021

Few details are being released about a Dubuque man arrested in connection to a shoplifting incident last week. Patrick William Leonard was taken into custody Feb. 12 on multiple charges, including theft, drug possession of a controlled substance, and interference with official police business, according to a arrest records.
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Wisconsin health officials launch new online COVID-19 vaccine registry

February 19, 2021

Wisconsin health officials said Thursday they plan to launch a new online COVID-19 vaccine registry next month. People will be able to log into the registry to schedule appointments for shots through their local health departments. Ten local health departments will launch the online site March 1. Visit dhs.wiscosnin.gov for more information.
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Applications for Scales Mound superintendent due next week

February 19, 2021

SCALES MOUND, Ill. – Applications to replace the retiring superintendent of the Scales Mound public school district are due by next week. The current superintendent will retire at the end of the school year, a news release states. The school board will review potential candidates in a closed session next month [March 15], according to the release, and that will be followed by interviews with semifinalists. The board expects to select a new superintendent by the end of March. The deadline to submit an application is next Thursday, Feb. 25.
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Dubuque medical provider alerting patients of potential data breach

February 19, 2021

A Dubuque-based medical provider is alerting patients of a potential data breach. Grand River Medical Group reported in a letter that an unauthorized person gained access to an employee’s email account containing sensitive patient information. About 34,000 people are potentially affected, according to a notice reported on a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Iowa police officer has come under fire for alleged misconduct

February 19, 2021

An Iowa police officer has come under fire for alleged misconduct. Officer Rodney Alan Briggs was arrested Wednesday by police in nearby Altoona and is being charged with a misdemeanor in which he’s accused of trying to interfere in a criminal investigation involving one of his friends. He has been placed on leave, police said in a news release Thursday.
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No one was hurt in shooting at Dubuque apartment

February 19, 2021

No one was hurt in a reported shooting inside a Dubuque apartment building over night Monday. Police are continuing to investigate the incident that reportedly happened in a hallway at 1600 Butterfield Road just after Midnight Tuesday, where deputies did find evidence of gunfire, according to Dubuque police.
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Dubuque Medical Provider Facing Data Breach

February 18, 2021

A potential data breach involving a Dubuque-based medical provider. Grand River Medical Group is telling patients that a potential data breach occurred after an unauthorized person gained access to an employee’s email account and potentially view documents containing the personal information of patients. About 34,000 people could be affected by the situation.

Video Lays Out How Dubuque Is Handling Vaccine Distribution

February 18, 2021

You can learn more about how vaccines are being distributed here in Dubuque County. There is a video up showing a portion of a COVID-19 response update presented to the Dubuque City Council by Public Health Specialist Mary Rose Corrigan. You can find it on the City of Dubuque Facebook page.

Budget Public Hearing March 1

February 18, 2021

The Monday, March 1, Dubuque City Council meeting will include a public hearing to establish the maximum property tax dollars the City will collect in Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. Dubuque City Manager Mike Van Milligen will also present the FY2022 Recommended Budget document to the council. The recommended budget serves to establish a fiscal plan to deliver the City’s programs and services for the coming year.