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COVID closes two Cascade businesses

February 26, 2021

CASCADE, Iowa – Two Cascade businesses have closed temporarily because of COVID-19 issues. Cheryl’s Flour Garden Bakery and Coffee Bar announced that one of its employees contracted the coronavirus, so it will be closed until Tuesday, March 2, a post on the business’ Facebook page confirmed. And, Hollow Tree Gifts and Floral in Cascade also announced Thursday that it would be closed until Wednesday, March 3, “due to an outbreak of COVID.”
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Dubuque Community Schools students next in line for COVID vax

February 26, 2021

Dubuque Community Schools leaders are gearing up to offer all high school juniors the chance to take the ACT for free next week. On Wednesday, March 3, the district will host its first Pave the Way Testing Day through which students can take the college entrance exam, community college placement tests or the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test.
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Clayton County plane crash injures two

February 26, 2021

MILLVILLE, Iowa – Two people suffered minor injuries when a plane crashed Wednesday afternoon in Clayton County. The pilot of the 1963 single-engine Cessna was reportedly trying to make an emergency landing on Omega Road when the aircraft skidded through the intersection of Pumpkin Ridge before striking a snowbank, overturning and coming to rest in a field, just east of Millville. Joseph Bolton, 44, of Peosta, and his passenger did not require medical attention, according to a press release issued Thursday afternoon by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Department. Both the FAA and sheriff’s department are investigating the incident.
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BREAKING – East Dubuque mayor allegedly involved in Grant County hit and run

February 26, 2021

BREAKING….A hit and run outside the Three Mile House in Grant County is being investigated. The driver fled the scene following the accident Friday night, leaving parts of the vehicle scattered in the roadway which allegedly match a car owned by the Mayor of East Dubuque, the Grant County sheriff’s department confirmed to KDTH Thursday. Witnesses at Three Mile said they saw Mayor Kirk Van Ostrand leaving the scene. Police are following all leads to determine exactly what happened. This is a developing story and we’ll bring you more as we’re updated on this breaking news.
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Teen injured in horse and buggy crash has died

February 26, 2021

RICE LAKE, Wis. – A 17-year-old who was injured along with another teen when their horse-drawn buggy was hit by a truck in Barron County last week has died. The Barron County Sheriff’s Department said in a press release Thursday, the fatal accident happened on Highway M. The younger teen was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Sheriff’s officials say they were notified Wednesday that the older teen had succombed to his injuries. The case remains under investigation.
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Bail set at $2 million for suspect accused in fatal 2019 shooting in East Dubuque

February 26, 2021

GALENA, Ill. – Bail was set at $2 million for the suspect accused in a 2019 shooting in East Dubuque that left a 44 year old woman dead. Joseph L. Wright, 32, of Dubuque, had his first hearing Wednesday in Jo Daviess County Circuit Court in connection to the death of Jennifer L. Miller. He’s also facing contempt of court charges after using profanity as the judge set the 7 figure cash bail. His next court appearance is set for Friday, Feb. 26.
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COVID cases overshadowing typical flu season

February 26, 2021

(AP) – COVID cases are overshadowing the typical flu season. February is usually the peak of flu season, but this year health officials say flu cases and hospitalizations have been at their lowest levels in decades. Experts say that measures put in place to fend off COVID-19 are a big factor.
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Loras College launched a new microsite to assist parents

February 26, 2021

Loras College launched a new microsite that speaks directly to the parents of prospective students and provides information tailored to their needs. It utilizes a combination of parent testimonials and tools that provide a deeper and personalized look at the Loras experience.
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COVID hotline is being set up to assist residents

February 26, 2021

(KCRG) – A COVID hotline is being set up to assist residents with COVID-19 information and vaccine appointments. Gov. Reynolds on Thursday announced the new website, vaccinate.iowa.gov, will launch on Friday with the latest information about vaccines, contact details for vaccine providers, and when residents are eligible for them.
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Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office Warns Of Phone Scam

February 25, 2021

The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office would like to warn our followers of another phone scam that certain areas of the United States are experiencing. With this scam, a caller identifies themselves as a phone company representative who is testing or performing some maintenance function with your phone line. They then request you to press 90# and then hang up. By doing this, the scammer can then access your phone line.

Loras College Launches Site For Parents

February 25, 2021

Loras College launched a new microsite that speaks directly to the parents of prospective students and provides information tailored to their needs. It utilizes a combination of parent testimonials and tools that provide a deeper and personalized look at the Loras experience. The idea behind the microsite is to offer parents some peace of mind through the college search.

Contempt Counts After Suspect Swears When Bail Is Announced

February 25, 2021

A man charged with shooting a killing a woman in East Dubuque nearly two years ago, faces additional counts after an outburst he had in court when the judge set his bail at $2 million. 32 year old Joseph Wright of Dubuque is accused of shooting 44 year old Jennifer Miller to death. He also faces charges of criminal contempt for swearing at the judge.

Mask mandate rules change in Dubuque

February 25, 2021

The Dubuque County Board of Health changed directions on its proposed extension of the county’s existing mask mandate, adding a sunset date and a vaccination goal. The new resolution still would extend the current mandate past its sunset of March 1. The Board of Supervisors still would have to approve the resolution for it to take effect.
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Local law enforcement beefing up patrol targeting speeders

February 25, 2021

And, as 2021 started off as one of the safest in recent memory troopers are targeting speeders, the one risk factor for deadly crashes that has increased. 25 people have died in crashes in Iowa so far this year, marking the fewest at this point in at least the past 4 decades, but Wednesday kicked off extra enforcement around I-80 and I-380 targeting speed limit violators. The goal is something that hasn’t happened since the 1920s, fewer than 300 deaths this year on Iowa roadways.
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Linn County man facing animal neglect charges

February 25, 2021

(KCRG) – A Linn County man is facing animal neglect charges. Brian Greazel, 43, of Mount Vernon, was taken into custody on Wednesday after authorities say cattle living on his property were not being properly cared for, resulting in the death of some of the livestock. Earlier this month [February 15], the Linn County Sheriff’s Office successfully rescued 18 head of cattle. Authorities say Greazel was not living at the property.
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Jackson County Regional Health Center will hold virtual open house

February 25, 2021

MAQUOKETA, Iowa – Jackson County Regional Health Center will hold a virtual open house of its new facility next week. Residents can get a sneak peak of the 71,500-square-foot, $36.8 million facility March 4, on the hospital’s Facebook page and YouTube channels, according to a press release.
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Future of nearly century-year-old Monticello middle school revealed

February 25, 2021

MONTICELLO, Iowa – Monticello Community School District officials have unveiled plans for the future of the nearly 100-year-old former middle school building. In a social media post the board of education shared it’s plans which call for the district to maintain the former middle school building in its current state until March 2022 to allow the city to consider options. The district and community will be able to continue using the facility during that time.
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Wisconsin DNR sued for enforcing environmental protection laws

February 25, 2021

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is being sued for enforcing environmental protection laws. The lawsuit is seeking to block the DNR from requiring cleanup of unregulated contaminants, including hazardous chemicals that have polluted groundwater across the state.
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Winter weather crashes appear to be down in Dubuque

February 25, 2021

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) – Winter weather crashes appear to be down in Dubuque this year. The manager of a local automotive shop, said winter tends to be a pretty busy time of the year for them, but this year, even with a pretty active winter, that has not been the case because of COVID, which has a lot of people working from home, kids learning online, and people driving less.
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Alcohol blamed for death of Iowa State University student

February 25, 2021

According to recently released autopsy reports the death of a student found outside an Iowa State University sorority house was caused by acute alcohol intoxication and hypothermia, Ames police said today in a news release. Police said the 21 year old was discovered dead on the ground the morning of Jan. 22 in the parking lot of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority. Investigators said she was last seen the night before and it’s believed she had been dead for several hours before she was found. No foul play is suspected.
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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.