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Dubuque Man Sentenced For Drug Dealing

November 25, 2020

A Dubuque man who police say was peddling meth from his home, located near a college, is headed to federal prison for five years. 40 year old Virgil Hubbard pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute near a protected location. He also has to serve eight years of supervised release after his prison term.

Woman Charged After Rollover Crash In Jo Daviess County

November 25, 2020

A Warren woman was charged with failure to reduce speed after a rollover accident Thursday morning in Jo Daviess County. 52 year old Robin Fauser was taken to the hospital after the crash in rural Scales Mound. She was driving eastbound on Stagecoach when she lost control of her vehicle on a curve and entered the oncoming lane of traffic. She overcorrected, went into a ditch and overturned.

Dubuque County COVID Case Count

November 25, 2020

Dubuque County is reporting 106 new cases of COVID-19 and 115 recoveries. There are now 3,380 active cases, nine fewer than Tuesday. No additional deaths reported. The Death toll stands at 90. 59 people are hospitalized.

Two Iowa turkeys get presenditial reprieve

November 25, 2020

(KCRG) – Two turkeys from Iowa played a role in the White House Turkey Pardon in Washington D.C. Tuesday.
Tthe two birds, named Corn and Cob, were pardoned during yesterday’s ceremony and both were returned to Iowa State.
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Prescott Elementary School students salute first responders in drive by parade

November 25, 2020

Prescott Elementary School students were treated to drive-by visits from businesses, nonprofits and government agencies Tuesday during the school’s community helper parade. The first graders and their teachers waved as the line of officers drove past the Dubuque campus, along with a fire truck and ambulance following behind them. Teachers organized the school parade to help students learn about the people who make up their community.
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Medical emergency causes Dubuque man to crash into home

November 25, 2020

A medical emergency, police said, is what caused a Dubuque man to crash into a home Monday. The driver veered into the house near the intersection of Kaufmann Avenue and Hempstead Street after suffering a seizure, according to reports. Todd M. Tuecke, 43, was taken to MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center with suspected minor injuries, authorities said.
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Dubuque nursing home battling COVID outbreak

November 25, 2020

Dubuque long term care facilities continue to battle COVID-19 outbreaks. A representative with the Visiting Nurse Association says they are working closely with these facilities to provide public health guidance, including monitoring staffing and PPE practices to help prevent the spread of the deadly disease. As of Tuesday Dubuque County reported 123 positive coronavirus cases within longterm care facilities.

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IOWA (AP & KCIM) — Iowa reported 143 nursing homes with coronavirus outbreaks, and thousands of residents have tested positive for the virus. The state Department of Public Health says more than 4,500 residents of care centers are infected with the virus.
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COVID-19 outbreak reported at Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution

November 25, 2020

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. — A total of 365 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in an outbreak at Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution. The state Department of Corrections reported that 300 of those infected are inmates. The Crawford County Health Department also reports that 65 prison staff have contracted the virus. Statewide, 8,150 COVID-19 cases were being reported in state correctional institutions as of Tuesday afternoon.
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Latest Dubuque County COVID Numbers

November 24, 2020

Dubuque County is reporting a new record for hospitalizations due to COVID-19. There are now 60 people hospitalized within the county. Also, 141 new cases are being announced with 163 recoveries and two more long-term care outbreaks. No additional deaths reported. The death toll stands at 90.

Deadline Extended For Iowa Residential Utility Disruption Prevention Program

November 24, 2020

Dubuque County Energy District announces an extension of the deadline to December 4 of the Iowa Residential Utility Disruption Prevention Program. It provides eligible households with up to $2,000 towards electric, natural gas and water bills if they are at risk of disconnection due to an inability to pay due to a COVID-19 related loss of income. There’s a link for more info on the City of Dubuque Facebook page.

COVID-19 cases on the rise

November 24, 2020

(KCRG) – The Iowa Department of Public Health reported 13 more COVID-19 deaths Monday, as positive cases surpassed 200,000 in the state. On a more encouraging note, hospitalizations continued to decline for the fifth day in a row.
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Manchester man accepted a plea deal in a weapons case

November 24, 2020

MANCHESTER, Iowa – A Manchester man accepted a plea deal in a weapons case. Michael T. Short, 55, recently was sentenced to two years probation for allegedly pointing a gun at another man, and then trying to get witnesses to lie about the March 13 incident, court documents state. He pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment, down from the original charge of assault with a deadly weapon.
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Police are following all leads in the robbery of a Dubuque man at his home

November 24, 2020

Police are following all leads in the robbery of a Dubuque man at his home Saturday. According to Dubuque police, James Morgan, 48, said the suspect confronted him at his University residence and took $70. No one was injred in the incident which remains under investigation, police said.
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Wisconsin’s 7-day coronavirus average dropped to its lowest level

November 24, 2020

Wisconsin’s 7-day coronavirus average dropped to its lowest level Sunday since late October. DHS data showed the positive test rate was 29.4%, down from October 29th numbers. Data from state and county health officials showed 32-hundred new cases of COVID-19 in the state – putting Wisconsin’s total since the start of the pandemic at more than 355-thousand cases. With 5 more deaths reported, there have been over 36-hundred COVID-related deaths in the state.
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Dubuque man on the run since an Oct.16 domestic violence incident was located

November 24, 2020

A Dubuque man who has eluded police since an Oct.16 domestic violence incident was located over the weekend. Joshua J. Walker, 40, was arrested Sunday in connection to the incident in which, Melissa Altman, 37, told police that Walker choked her at her residence in the Key West area, before chasing her and a friend with a hammer, documents state. She saiid Walker also chased her in a vehicle through downtown Dubuque. He is facing multiple charges.
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Man Says He Was Robbed At Gunpoint At His Home

November 23, 2020

A Dubuque man tells police he was robbed at gunpoint at his home Saturday night. Policesay 48 year old James Morgan of 611 University, No. 4, reported that a suspect displayed a firearm and took $70 in cash from him. No injuries reported and the incident remains under investigation.

Father Charged With Injuring Two Month Old Child

November 23, 2020

A Dubuque man faces charges that he caused multiple injuries to his 2-month old child. The infant was brought to the hospital on Saturday with multiple injuries including difficulty breathing and red eyes. It turns out the child had a fractured femur, a brain bleed and bruising to the neck and chest areas. 19 year old Luke Heim is charged in the incident.

Latest Dubuque County COVID Numbers

November 23, 2020

Dubuque County is reporting 57 new cases of coronavirus along with 35 recoveries. There are 3,411 active cases. Also, county health officials report testing hours will change at most free Dubuque County testing locations this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. You can check for schedules on the City of Dubuque government Facebook page.

Jo Daviess swears in new circuit judge

November 23, 2020

GALENA, Ill. — Jo Daviess County State’s Attorney John Hay has been appointed as an associate judge on the 15th Judicial Circuit. Hay was appointed following a vote by the circuit’s judges, according to a press release from the Illinois Supreme Court. The 15th Circuit includes Jo Daviess County.
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New program aims to combat high unemployment in the Dubuque region

November 23, 2020

DUBUQUE, Iowa- A new Greater Dubuque Development Corporation and Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) initiative will provide solutions to high unemployment in the Dubuque region resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative builds upon the successes created through the Opportunity Dubuque partnership by focusing on essential employment skills training for individuals. The two organizations, with the support of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, Dubuque Works, the City of Dubuque and the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors, developed Opportunity Dubuque in 2012. To date, the effort has trained nearly 700 people in advanced manufacturing, health care, transportation, construction and other careers, with an employment rate of 95 percent. There are currently 1,760 job openings on AccessDubuqueJobs.com, and officials said filling these jobs will be key to getting the local economy back on track as the area recovers from steep unemployment, according to a news release.
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Due to staff shortage at nursing homes sick workers asked to stay on job

November 23, 2020

(KCRG) – With a growing staff shortage at nursing homes due to COVID related absences, new guidelines will now allow health care workers to stay on the job even if they’re infected with the virus. The move is a last resort as care facilities face nursing shortages pre-COVID-19, and the pandemic has exacerbated the problem. Officials said this state change aligns more with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention directives.
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Hales Mill and Asbury Roads intersection could get re-makeover

November 23, 2020

Four years after initial improvements to ease congestion, the City of Asbury is once again seekiing public input on the intersection of Hales Mill and Asbury Roads. In October, 2016 a study was done to move the intersection, and the city approved a strip mall to be developed near the very busy Radford Road-Asbury Road intersection. Now council members are considering various combinations of stop lights, roundabouts, and realignment of one or both intersections to help lighten the traffic load. The input meeting will be held Tuesday night, November 24 at 5:30. To reserve a seat email info@city of asbury.com, or join the conversation via Zoom.
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19 year old Dubuque man facing child abuse charges

November 23, 2020

Dubuque, Iowa (KCRG) -A 19 year old Dubuque man has been accused of injuring his infant child. The mother of the 2 month old told police that when she picked up the baby Saturday from visiting the father, identified as Luke Heim, she noticed the infant was having difficulty breathing so they took the baby to the hospital. According to police reports, the child had,“a fractured femur, bleeding in both eyes, a brain bleed and bruising to the neck and chest area. The baby was airlifted to the University of Iowa Hospitals. Heim is charged with child endangerment and violating a no-contact order on both his children.
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Dubuque Community Schools is continuing to battle climbing COVID cases

November 23, 2020

Dubuque Community Schools is continuing to battle climbing COVID cases. As of Friday afternoon, officials
said there were 10 active, positive student cases and 15 staff cases, according to the district’s COVID-19 tracking dashboard. In the Western Dubuque Community School District, officials reported 16 cases as of Thursday afternoon, the last time the district’s COVID-19 tracking dashboard was updated. Eleven of those cases were among students, and five were staff.
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Dubuque man charged in a 2019 assault was recently sentenced

November 23, 2020

A Dubuque man charged in a 2019 assault was recently sentenced in Iowa District Court of Dubuque County. Steven K. Burrell, 26, was ordered to spend 240 days in jail after pleading guilty to beating a man with a bat and another with a grill during a brawl last year among about a dozen people in a large fight at a home on Ellis St..
More than 10 people were arrested in connection to the fight.
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Dubuque County Master Gardeners’s helping feed those in need

November 23, 2020

Dubuque County Master Gardeners’s are helping feed those in need. The garden project’s numerous volunteers, created gardens that grew a combined 4,983 pounds of food, to help the Dubuque Rescue Mission,The Salvation Army of Dubuque and Westminster Presbyterian Church, according to a press release. The garden project was funded in part by a $2,000 grant by the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program awarded to the Dubuque County Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Office.
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Dubuque County reported 123 additional COVID-19 cases in 24 hour period

November 23, 2020

Dubuque County reported 123 additional COVID-19 cases and an additional death within a 24 hour period this weekend. Between 11 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday the county’s total cases increased to more than 8,620, the seventh-highest in the state. The related death toll now stands at 90, the fifth-highest in the state. The state’s COVID19 death toll jumped by 33 in the same time, surpasing 2,190.
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Bridge Near Finley’s Landing to be Replaced

November 22, 2020

The old suspension bridge near Finley’s Landing is in the process of being replaced.

After being washed out due to flooding several times over the past decade, conservation board Executive Director Brian Preston told the Telegraph-Herald the old bridge was no longer able to be repaired.

The new one will be higher above the water and further up Basswood Creek. The different location will give better access to the 85 acres around Finley’s Landing, which is open for public hunting and has a number of trails.

Man Sentenced In Connection with Ellis Street Brawl

November 22, 2020

One of more than a dozen people charged in connection with a fight in the yard of a Dubuque home last year was sentenced to 240 days to jail.

26-year old Steven Burrell plead guilty to assaulting one man with a bat and another with a grill during a brawl in the 1900 block of Ellis Street.

Police obtained video footage that showed Burrell hitting a Dubuque man, Alan Ellison, with a bat while he was on the ground. Officials also claimed Burrell hit another man, Nathaniel Grover, with a grill during the fight.

Iowa Hits Grim COVID Milestone

November 21, 2020

Iowa has now passed the 200,000 mark of COVID-19 cases since March.

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced on Friday an initiative beginning next week to recruit more nurses and other critical health care workers to come to the state.

Despite a one-day increase of more than 4,300 cases and a positivity rate of more than 40 percent, Reynolds said there are no plans to set up field hospitals, simply because the state does not have adequate resources to staff them.

Dubuque Comm. Schools to Go All-Virtual After Thanksgiving

November 21, 2020

After the Dubuque Community School District saw an increase in COVID-19 cases following both Labor Day and Halloween weekend, the district has decided to move classes online for the week following the Thanksgiving holiday.

Superintendent Stan Rheingans said on Friday that will give students as many as 11 days between Thanksgiving and when they would return to in-person classes. Part of the problem with staying remote is a lack of laptops within the district. While every student in 6th-12th grade has one, not every K-5 student has one in the home.
Rheingans said, as of now, the plan is to come back to the hybrid program on Monday, December 7.

Turkey Giveaway In Dubuque Sunday

November 20, 2020

The NAACP Dubuque chapter is holding a turkey giveaway on Sunday. It starts at 11am at 955 Washington Street and is being held on a first come, first served basis. The goal is to distribute turkeys to more than 200 households. If you go, bring a driver’s license or state-issued ID and wear a mask.

Maquoketa Walmart Closed For Sanitization

November 20, 2020

COVID concerns clearly behind Walmart’s decision to close its Maquoketa location so the store can be cleaned and sanitized. The store at 103 E. Carlisle Street shut down at 2 Friday afternoon and will reopen at 7am on Sunday.

Additional CARES Act Funds For Renters And Homeowners

November 20, 2020

Governor Reynolds has announced an additional allocation of CARES Act funds to support Iowa renters and homeowners at-risk of eviction or foreclosure due to a COVID-19-related loss of income. The deadline to apply for rent and mortgage assistance through the Iowa Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention program as well as utility assistance through the Iowa Residential Utility Disruption Prevention program is Dec. 4, 2020.

Latest Dubuque County COVID Numbers

November 20, 2020

Dubuque County is reporting 141 new cases of COVID 19 along with 98 recoveries and one death. In addition, health officials are putting out an alert for convalescent plasma. “Convalescent plasma” is plasma that can be collected from those who have recovered from COVID-19. It is used to treat those currently suffering symptoms and local healthcare providers are experiencing a critical shortage of it. If you have recovered from COVID-19, please consider donating to help those who are fighting COVID.

COVID is causing an increase in the amount of people seeking food assistance

November 20, 2020

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) – COVID is causing an increase in the amount of people seeking food assistance. St. Stephen’s food bank, said they’ve served Dubuque and Jackson counties in Iowa and Jo Daviess County in Illinois for ten years and they have never seen so many people in need. It is reporting that more than 19,000 people in the area face food insecurity and hunger. That is 37 percent higher than last year. The non profit says they’re also being impacted by the pandemic, with fewer volunteers and donations this year. People can help by organizing food drives or donating money and food ahead of the holidays, officials said.
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Fewer Iowans are heading home for the holiday

November 20, 2020

(KCRG) – Fewer Iowans are heading home for the holiday this year. Eastern Iowa Airport officials said passenger travel for 2020 is down by 53% compared to last year. Airport leaders say they aren’t expecting to see any holiday boost because of COVID-19. There are fewer people flying out, or paying to park, or eating before a flight, and airport officis say that’s impacting the airlines, and the concessionaires. AAA is also expecting a drop in holiday travel this year due to COVID-19.
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Working families in Dubuque struggling to pay rent are getting some help

November 20, 2020

Working families in Dubuque struggling to pay rent are getting some help. The City of Dubuque Housing & Community Development Department has announced an increase in the rental assistance voucher payments to assist tenants looking for units throughout the city. For more information on the Housing Choice Voucher Program, visit cityofdubuque.org.
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Iowans are filing for unemployment at a rapid rate just ahead of the holidays

November 20, 2020

KCRG) – Iowans are filing for unemployment at a rapid rate just ahead of the holidays. Iowa Workforce Development reported a total of 6,312 initial unemployment claims were filed in Iowa between November 8 and November 14, as reported by our content sponsors at KCRG-TV9. That’s an increase of more than 1,000 from last week’s claims number. Continuing weekly unemployment claims totaled over 35,200, up from the previous reporting period.

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IowaWORKS centers will temporarily halt in-person services due to Governor Reynolds’ recent Disaster Emergency Proclamation. Job search activities can be done at IowaWORKS.gov.
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Jo Daviess residents may have to mask up

November 20, 2020

GALENA, Ill. – Jo Daviess residents may have to mask up. As COVID cases continue to climb in the county Jo Daviess County Board members directed the State Attorney’s Office during a recent meeting to research the legality of adopting a countywide mask mandate, as recommended by doctors to help curb the spread of COVID-19. The county Health Department reported Wednesday night that the county’s seven-day COVID case rate is rising. The number of related deaths in the county increased from 10 to 14.
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Event in McGregor and Marquette cancelled due to COVID

November 20, 2020

Organizers have canceled an upcoming event in McGregor and Marquette because of COVID safety measures.
The Arts and Crafts Festival originally scheduled to kick off on Black Friday, Nov. 27 and run thru Nov. 29 at Backwoods in McGregor and Marquette Community Center has been canceled, according to McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce.
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Residents impacted by coronavirus pandemic getting helping hand for holidays

November 20, 2020

Residents impacted by the coronavirus pandemic are getting a helping hand ahead of the holidays. Eastern Iowa Regional Housing Authority in Dubuque County will receive federal funding vouchers to assist low-income housing recipients.
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Dubuque man charged with assaulting his neighbor injuring cops sentenced

November 20, 2020

A Dubuque man charged with assaulting his neighbor and causing injury to an officer while resisting arrest in August has escaped any jail time for the incident. Matthew P. Oberman, 33, was recently sentenced in a Dubuque County District Court to two years of probation after pleading guilty to hitting the victim with a baseball bat at his home on White St., because he thought the man stole his cat.
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City of Dubuque offices will be closed for Thanksgiving holiday

November 20, 2020

City of Dubuque offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27, for the Thanksgiving holiday. This includes City Hall and other City offices and facilities throughout the city of Dubuque. There will be no trash, yard debris, or curbside recycling collections on Thanksgiving Day.
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Dubuque Community Schools students getting an extra break for holidays

November 20, 2020

Dubuque Community Schools students are getting an extra break for the holidays. The district announced in a press release Thursday that all students will shift to remote learning for one week between Monday, November 30th and Friday December 4th. Officials say it is not due to a spread of COVID-19 in buildings but will provide a 12-day break from in-person instruction and 10 days post-Thanksgiving, according to the release. Fully online students will continue instruction on these days as scheduled. The district expects to return to hybrid learning on Monday, Dec. 7.
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Pop-Up Food Distribution Event

November 19, 2020

There’s a pop-up Cascade Food Pantry food distribution scheduled this weekend. It will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 21, in the basement of St. Thomas Aquinas Pastorate, 408 Third Ave. NW. For more information, call 563-852-3524.

New Voucher Payment Standards For Housing Choice Program

November 19, 2020

The City of Dubuque Housing & Community Development Department has set new voucher payment standards for the City’s Housing Choice Voucher Program, the federally funded rental assistance program for income-eligible households.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sets income limits and other rates that determine voucher payment amounts through the City’s Housing Choice Voucher Program. On Oct. 1, 2020, HUD announced that fair market rent rates in the Dubuque County area increased significantly, causing the City to increase the rental assistance voucher payment standards.

Latest County COVID-19 Count

November 19, 2020

Dubuque County is announcing 177 new cases on Thursday along with 84 recoveries and two new deaths. The additions bring the total number of active cases to 3,244. Health officials warn that as cases continue to increase rapidly across Iowa and the United States, celebrating virtually or with the people you live with is the safest choice this Thanksgiving.
Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu.

Dubuque Community Schools Going All-Virtual Nov 30 to Dec 4

November 19, 2020

Dubuque Community Schools plans to move all students to remote learning for one week between Monday, November 30th and Friday December 4th. Officials say it is not due to a spread of COVID-19 in buildings but will provide a 12-day break from in-person instruction and 10 days post-Thanksgiving. Fully online students will continue instruction on these days as scheduled. For those in the hybrid model, this move will require families to make arrangements for students to be at home during that week for two additional days (A-day students) or three additional days (B-day students).

Peosta voters will be asked to decide on a new city council member

November 19, 2020

Peosta voters will be asked to decide on a new city council member in a special Dec. 8 election. The election is being held for a Peosta City Council seat left vacant following the resignation of Kathy Orr in September. Michael Ackerman was the lone person to file to be on the ballot. Voters living in the City of Peosta can now request an absentee ballot for the special election on Tuesday, Dec. 8.
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