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Platteville Police Issue Photo Of Person Of Interest In Vehicle Break Ins

January 18, 2021

Platteville police are out with a photo of a potential person of interest in a series of vehicular burglaries in the city. The Telegraph Herald reports the suspect took numerous reports of items taken from unlocked vehicles during the early morning hours of Jan. 11 and a social media post states that the department has received “many reports of similar activity occurring throughout the city during the past few months.”

Latest Dubuque County COVID Numbers

January 18, 2021

Dubuque County is reporting 25 new COVID cases, 13 recoveries and no new deaths. Total cases in the county now stand at 11,326. The death toll stands at 150. There are 1,022 active cases and nine people are hospitalized.

Iowa legislators learned Friday that they may have been exposed to COVID-19

January 18, 2021

(KCRG) – Iowa legislators learned Friday that they may have been exposed to COVID-19. According to a tweet, legislators were informed that “someone associated with the Iowa House of Representatives has tested positive for the deadly disease. That news has some calling for enhanced safety precautions, after the Republican controlled House and Senate decided not to require legislators, staff or visitors wear masks.
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Dubuque Schools struggling due to pandemic getting help

January 18, 2021

Dubuque Community Schools struggling financially due to the pandemic are getting some help. State officials announced last week that they received nearly $345 million from the latest COVID-19 federal relief package, with $6.5 million going to the Dubuque district. The superintendent said the district is looking at how they can use the new funding to cover COVID costs incurred during the pandemic, as well as making sure students have access to educational and social-emotional health opportunities to get them back on track. He said he expected the topic of how to distribute the new COVID-19 dollars will likely come up at a school board work session later this month, and is confident officials will be able to use all of the relief funds on pandemic-related expenses.
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Woman injured in Saturday crash near Darlington identified

January 18, 2021

DARLINGTON, Wis. – The name of the 23 year old woman injured when she drove over an embankment Saturday near Darlington has been made public. According to reports, police identified the victim as, Kayla K. Keller, of South Wayne, and said she apparently lost control of her vehicle on Lafayette County K.. She was taken to the hospital for minor injuries, according to the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department. She was cited with having open intoxicants.
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One car crash on Great River Rd. claims life

January 18, 2021

NORTH BUENA VISTA, Iowa – Authorities say a person was killed after a one-vehicle crash Saturday night in Clayton County. According to a press release from the Clayton County Sheriff’s Department, the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle on Great River Road, skidded into a ditch and collided head-on with a rock bluff. The driver and only occupant of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene, the release states.
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Skid steer fire damages building in Jo Daviess County

January 18, 2021

MENOMINEE, Ill. – A skid steer fire inside a building caused about $7,000 damage Saturday night in Jo Daviess County. The Menominee-Dunleith Volunteer Fire Department responded to the a residence on West Creek Valley Road, and the fire chief said in a press release that firefighters were able to contain the fire to the skid steer. The East Dubuque, Galena, Hazel Green (Wis.) and Jamestown (Wis.) fire departments assisted, the release stated. There were no injuries reported.
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Loras College urged to improve security after string of break-ins

January 18, 2021

A former student is calling on Loras College officials to improve security after she said there were a string of break-ins in campus apartments last fall. Rachael Swift, who previously lived in the Dubuque college’s Byrne Oaks Apartments, said a man entered her apartment in September and watched her while she slept. She said similar incidents happened in several apartments occupied by female students.
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Dubuque police still investigating 2019 theft

January 18, 2021

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) – Law enforcement officials in Dubuque are asking for the public’s help in identifying two people who were allegedly involved in a theft. The Dubuque Police Department said that a man and a woman were seen in surveillance video images at Theisen’s, located at 2900 Dodge Street. Officials said they were suspects in a theft incident at the store dating to May 2019.
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County COVID Vaccination Update

January 15, 2021

The number of Dubuque County residents who’ve been fully vaccinated for coronavirus is nearing the one thousand mark. 987 residents have received both doses as of Thursday, an increase in the county of 194 people since Tuesday. Meanwhile, 2,433 other Dubuque County residents had received their first dose as of Thursday — a total that was 196 higher than Tuesday.

Elections Officials Address Absentee Ballot Requests

January 15, 2021

Dubuque County Elections reports voters have submitted absentee ballot requests for the February and March City of Dubuque Ward 1 Special Election. You can request ballots to be sent for both elections at the same time. Officials say you should note that voters need to fill out a separate form for each election and indicate the election they want a ballot for on the form.

Latest Dubuque County COVID 19 Cases

January 15, 2021

Dubuque County is reporting 27 new cases of coronavirus with 22 recoveries and no new deaths. Total caseload in the county is now 11,237. 987 cases are active and a dozen people in the county are hospitalized due to COVID.

Hy-Vee To Start COVID 19 Rapid Antibody Testing Monday

January 15, 2021

Hy-Vee, Inc. will begin offering COVID-19 rapid antibody testing at more than 250 Hy-Vee pharmacy locations on Monday, Jan. 18. Patients will receive same day test results in as few as 15 minutes after completing the test. The rapid antibody test is available for patients who wish to learn if they have been previously infected with COVID-19 in the past and are not currently experiencing symptoms. Among the locations; the Locust Street Hy-Vee, the Hy-Vee on Dodge Street, and the Hy-Vee in
Asbury Plaza, all in Dubuque.

Iowans asked to report any threats ahead of President Elect Joe Biden’s Inauguration Day

January 15, 2021

The FBI Omaha Field Office is asking Iowans to report threats of potential violence at any upcoming protests or gatherings ahead of President Elect Joe Biden’s Inauguration Day. While they haven’t received any specific threats, the FBI Field Office in Omaha, which covers investigations in Nebraska and Iowa, issued a statement on Thursday saying they are working together with local law enforcement and is asking anyone with information regarding any possible threats to contact the FBI Omaha Office or call 911.
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Marijuana dispensary opening near Dubuque

January 15, 2021

GALENA, Ill. (KCRG) – A marijuana dispensary is opening up in Galena, just fifteen minutes from Dubuque.
The dispensary could open it’s doors by the end of February in downtown Galena, according to a spokesperson with the Dubuque Police Department. The Perry St. location is at the border of Illinois and Wisconsin, which Dubuque police warn both have different laws regarding marijuana. They are advising residents who purchase pot that if you come back into Dubuque, it’s still illegal in Iowa, adding that people in Dubuque who get caught with marijuana will be prosecuted criminally.
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Commuters in store for slick roads Friday

January 15, 2021

(KCRG) – A wintry mix of snow will make for slick roads on your commute Friday morning. Eastern Iowa remains in a Winter Weather Advisory with a Blizzard Warning along and west of Interstate 35 making for slippery travel conditions, especially on untreated side streets, officials warn. Look for scattered snow showers and windy conditions Friday afternoon and evening with local forecasters predicting several inches of snow across much of the area.
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Dubuque residents next in line for COVID vax

January 15, 2021

More than 3,000 Dubuque County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, according to the latest data released by the state. The number of fully vaccinated residents in Dubuque County was the fourth-highest in the state as of the latest update. Statewide, public health officials reported Wednesday that more than 9,000 people had been fully vaccinated, and over 82,000 people had received the first dose.
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Jo Daviess will soon begin registering people COVID-19 vax

January 15, 2021

GALENA, Ill. – The Jo Daviess County Health Department will soon begin registering people in the state’s Phase 1B COVID-19 vaccination category. The registration will be completed through an online scheduling system, according to an announcement, via a link on jodaviess.org, which is expected to launch within the next couple of weeks. The Phase 1B designation includes residents ages 65 and older as well as “front-line essential workers.
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Dubuque residents are being warned about a phone scam

January 15, 2021

Dubuque residents are being warned about a phone scam. The Dubuque Police Department has recievedc multiple reports about someone calling people asking for donations to fund the police, according to a social media post. The post states that Dubuque police are not associated with these calls, and residents are cautioned to avoid providing callers with personal financial information. If you believe you’ve been a victim of this cop con you’re urged to call police.
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Vaccination Numbers For Dubuque County

January 14, 2021

In excess of 3,000 Dubuque County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and just under 800 are totally vaccinated after receiving the second round. New state numbers show 3,823 doses had been given to county residents as of Tuesday. 2,237 residents have received one dose so far.

Jo Daviess County Expanding Vaccinations To Phase 1B

January 14, 2021

Jo Daviess County is expanding registrations for COVID vaccinations to the Phase 1B category. That includes firefighters and law enforcement members. Educators, including teachers, principals, student aids and day care workers. Food and agriculture workers, veterinary health workers, and livestock services. Manufacturing workers, corrections workers and inmates and grocery store workers, among others. There’s an online scheduling system in place.

Latest Dubuque County COVID Cases

January 14, 2021

Dubuque County reports 41 new cases of coronavirus, 38 recoveries and two new deaths. Those numbers bring the total case count to 11,210. 982 cases are active, 12 people are currently hospitalized in the county due to COVID. The death toll rises to 148.

Police Warn About Bogus Department Phone Calls

January 14, 2021

Dubuque Police Department is issuing a warning to residents about some malfeasance happening. Dubuque residents bave reported receiving phone calls soliciting donations to “fund” the Dubuque Police Department. The department is not making or associated with these calls. Please do not provide any financial information as the situation is a scam of some kind.

Tax Deduction Increasing For 529 Plan

January 14, 2021

State of Iowa Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald announced the College Savings Iowa 529 Plan state tax deduction has increased for 2021. Iowa taxpayers who are College Savings Iowa account owners can now deduct the first $3,474 they contribute per beneficiary account from their state taxable income in 2021. This could mean a deduction of up to $13,896 for a family of four when both parents have accounts for each of their children. College Savings Iowa is a 529 program that lets parents, grandparents, friends and relatives invest for education expenses on behalf of a future scholar. More information can be found at CollegeSavingsIowa.com.

COVID vax for Dubuque County front line workers moving along

January 14, 2021

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) – Dubuque County health leaders say they have administered around 90 percent of the COVID-19 vaccines they have been allocated thus far. Mary Rose Corrigan, public health specialist with the Dubuque County Public Health Department, said they expect to finish vaccinating health care workers in the county within the next two weeks.
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Dubuque man arrested on child sexual abuse accusations

January 14, 2021

A Dubuque man was arrested on accusations he sexually abused a girl younger than 16. Samuel R. Loney was taken into custody early Wednesday morning after the girl’s mother reported the 20 year old was in a relationship with her young daughter, according to documents. He was being held at Dubuque Law Enforcement Center. Loney told authorities that he did not know the girl’s true age.
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Maquoketa [Muh-Coe-Keta] teen facing multiple charges after leading police on high speed chase

January 14, 2021

MAQUOKETA, Iowa – A Maquoketa [Muh-Coe-Keta] teen is facing multiple charges after allegedly leading authorities on a two-county, high-speed chase. Walker E. Barten is charged in Iowa District Court of Jackson County with felony eluding and DWI in connection to the Sunday night incident that began as a routine traffic stop on 200th Avenue and 22nd Street, and ended in Clinton County when the 19 year old spun out on the ice into a ditch, and overturned, according to a Clinton County Sheriff’s Department press release. His next court hearing is set for Jan. 28, according to the release.
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New Cuba City clinic in the works

January 14, 2021

CUBA CITY, Wis. – Southwest Health officials have announced plans to construct a new Cuba City clinic this spring. An 8,500-square-foot building will provide space for primary care and rehabilitation therapy, according to a press release. The clinic will replace Southwest Health’s current location which has provided primary care since the 1950s. Southwest Health is also planning an $8.5 million expansion project on its Platteville campus this year.
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Historic Dubuque building being restored

January 14, 2021

Plans to restore an historic Dubuque building to it’s original state are in the works. The building, which is commonly known as the “Milk House,” was recently purchased, and the new owner says he wants to renovate the S. Grandview Ave., structure that was built in 1891. He expects exterior work on the building to begin in the spring, according to online reports.
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Police: Brothers Found Dead Apparently Not Victims Of Foul Play

January 13, 2021

Authorities say two brothers found dead in a Platteville home appear not to be victims of foul play and the timing of their deaths looks to be coincidental. Police went to the residences of 40 year old Daniel Ruud and 37 year old Jason Ruud Monday night for welfare checks and found each dead In terms of how they died, toxicology test results are forthcoming, but both did suffer reportedly from medical issues.

Certain Improved Properties In Dubuque Qualify For Tax Cuts

January 13, 2021

The City of Dubuque is currently accepting applications from property owners who may qualify for tax cuts based on improvements made to qualified properties in Dubuque’s urban revitalization areas as a part of the Dubuque Urban Revitalization Program. Qualified residential properties include single-family homes, duplexes, and apartment buildings located within urban revitalization areas designated by the City Council.

Latest Dubuque County COVID Numbers

January 13, 2021

Dubuque County is reporting 44 new cases of coronavirus with 35 recoveries and no new deaths. That brings the total number of confirmed cases to 11,169. Active cases Wednesday number 981. 12 people in the county are hospitalized due to COVID.

City drops citation against Dodge St. Starbucks

January 13, 2021

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) – City officials have dropped a citation against the Starbucks on Dodge Street because of traffic flow improvements. The city originally issued the citation in July, saying cars lining up at the coffee shop obstructed public roads and caused traffic issues in the area. Since then, improvements include a two-lane drive-thru system that has eased traffic congestion.
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Suspect serving life for 1990 murder of Grant County Deputy up for parole

January 13, 2021

CUBA CITY, Wis. – The suspect serving a life sentence for the 1990 murder of a Grant County Sheriff’s Department Deputy will have his parole hearing Thursday, Jan. 14. Gregory Coulthard, formerly of Cuba City, is scheduled to appear before the Wisconsin Parole Commission for a review hearing. Coulthard became eligible for parole after 25 years. In 2015, the commission denied his release and deferred his next parole hearing until 2021.
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Dubuque man sentenced in bank fraud scheme

January 13, 2021

A Dubuque man was sentenced Tuesday for conspiring with a local bank vice president to lie about a loan that cost the institution more than $320,000. A judge ordered, Kenneth Moore, 65, to three years of probation in connection to the scheme between 2007 and 2009 involving Fidelity Bank & Trust, a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office states. In addition to probation, Moore was ordered to pay more than $330,000 in restitution to the bank.
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University of Dubuque student arrested for alleged sexual assault

January 13, 2021

A University of Dubuque student was arrested Tuesday for allegedly assaulting and groping another student in a commons area on campus, authorities said. The 18 year old St. Paul, Minn., resident was arrested Tuesday morning at Dubuque Law Enforcement Center on a warrant charging assault with intent to commit sexual abuse, according to court documents.
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Southwest Wisconsin man crashes car into Darlington building

January 13, 2021

DARLINGTON, Wis. – A southwest Wisconsin man faces multiple citations after police said he crashed his car into a building in Darlington last week for the second time in 16 months. A press release issued Tuesday states that, Robin Fries, 64, of Mineral Point, drove his truck into the Piggly Wiggly building Thursday, causing significant damage, before fleeing the scene. Police caught up with him a short time later on Main Street, according to the Darlington Police Department.
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Manchester husband and wife facing theft charges

January 13, 2021

MANCHESTER, Iowa — A Manchester husband and wife are facing theft charges after police said they stole a custom-built smoker from the local American Legion post. Dallas R. Selby, 31, and Laurie R. Selby, 48, both are accused of taking the smoker, valued at $12,000, from the American Legion post on North Franklin Street just after Thanksgiving [Nov. 30]. Court documents state the daring duo were caught on surveillance video pulling the grill away with their pickup truck. Police said the smoker was recovered.
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Pop Up Food Bus rolling into the area

January 13, 2021

HAZEL GREEN, Wis. – Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program’s food pantry will host a food giveaway at two locations Thursday, Jan. 14. The Pop Up Food Bus will be at Hazel Green from 10 to 11 a.m. in the St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church parking lot, on North Main St., as well as in Benton from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. next to the village park, according to an online announcement. The food is available to anyone in need.
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Iowa lawmakers rally to fast track COVID cash for residents amid the pandemic

January 13, 2021

Iowa First District Congresswoman Ashley Hinson joined her colleagues in rallying the IRS to fast track financial assistance for many Americans in need amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter, lawmakers asked the IRS commissioner to remove bureaucratic red tape to quickly get money to residents who qualify for an Economic Impact Payment but have not yet filed their 2020 tax returns. Congress passed the latest COVID-19 relief package late last month, which included $600 direct payments to nearly all Americans.
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MLK Event Goes Virtual This Weekend

January 12, 2021

The annual MLK Honoree Awards will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, via Zoom. Due to the pandemic , the ceremony which shares local students’ tributes to the message of Martin Luther King Jr. is being done virtually Organizers say the event serves as a tribute to King and honors students from Dubuque public and parochial schools who entered essays, poems, books, songs, artwork and PowerPoint presentations inspired by King’s message.

Dubuque Wants Your Input On A Community Garden

January 12, 2021

The City of Dubuque is seeking input from residents regarding a proposal for a community garden at Valentine Park, located at 860 Valentine Dr. The request for the community garden was made by a group of residents who live in the neighborhood. Residents and stakeholders who live in the Valentine Park neighborhood and surrounding area are invited to share their input on the community garden proposal online at www.cityofdubuque.org/parks.

Latest Dubuque County COVID Count

January 12, 2021

Dubuque County is reporting 33 new cases of coronavirus, 75 recoveries and 4 new deaths. So far, roughly 3,073 doses were administered to Dubuque County residents, the fifth highest among all Iowa counties. The total number of positive COVID cases for the county is at 11,125. The death toll now stands at 146. A dozen people are hospitalized currently.

Hinson Signs On To Letter To IRS Regarding Financial Help

January 12, 2021

Iowa First District Congresswoman Ashley Hinson joined her colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, urging him to remove bureaucratic red tape causing delays for many Americans in need of critical financial assistance amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The lawmakers asked the IRS to provide a timely solution for those Americans who qualify for an Economic Impact Payment but have not yet filed their 2020 tax returns. On December 21, 2020, Congress passed the latest COVID-19 relief package, which included $600 direct payments to nearly all Americans.

Dubuque IHOP permanently closed

January 12, 2021

The IHOP restaurant at 1785 John F. Kennedy Road has “permanently closed,” according to a recorded phone message at that location. No specific reason was stated for why the Dubuque eatery went out of business. However, the restaurant chain recently has shown signs of stress amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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COVID-19 vaccines in the Phase 1A stage of distribution

January 12, 2021

The State of Iowa released its first batch of COVID-19 vaccination data Monday. The update shows that vaccines are being given to people considered to be in the Phase 1A category, including health care personnel and residents and staff in long-term-care facilities. Over 3,000 vaccine doses have been given to Dubuque County residents, with more than 400 Dubuque county residents fully vaccinated. This vaccination effort is expected to expand to other prioritized residents during the coming weeks, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.
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Annual Ice Fest will ring in 2021 with some new features

January 12, 2021

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s Ice Fest will ring in 2021 with some new features when it kicks off this weekend. Among annual favorites, this year the River Museum’s settler’s cabin will give guestes a chance to discover how the area’s earliest settlers survived the winter months. The 17th annual Ice Fest will be held this Saturday and Sunday, January 16-17. For more details visit: rivermuseum.com.
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Name of woman injured in rollover crash in Jo Daviess released

January 12, 2021

STOCKTON, Ill. — The name of the woman who was injured Saturday in a rollover crash in Jo Daviess County has been released. Monica S. Albrecht [al brick], of Pearl City, apparently lost control of her vehicle Saturday on East Baylor Road east of North Tiger Whip Road in rural Stockton, where she spun out on the icy roadway, hit a snowbank and overturned. The 31 year old was taken to FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport, according to the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Department. The crash remains under investigation.
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Solar Project Now Operational

January 11, 2021

A 2.3-megawatt solar project in Jo Daviess and Carroll counties is complete. The Jo-Carroll Energy facility is operational and has two solar array sites. One, a ten acre property with 4,500 solar panels. A second near Mount Carroll is scheduled to have 1,900 panels. Also, they plan to plant local flowers and sees below the solar panels to benefit local crops and soil quality.

Latest Dubuque County COVID Stats

January 11, 2021

Dubuque County is reporting 10 new cases of COVID 19 with 19 more recoveries and no new deaths. The total number of cases since the pandemic began is now 11,092. 1,018 cases are active. Total deaths in the county stand at 142. A dozen people are hospitalized, ten less than on January 7th.