Christmas open house well-attended
The weather was perfect, the turnout was excellent and Santa Claus said he appreciated all the well wishes he received from parents and children during his stay in Bellevue this past weekend
during the community’s holiday open house.
A fireworks display, lighted Christmas parade, wagon rides with Santa, Firemen’s Chili Supper and a Holiday Tour of Homes took place Saturday and Sunday as folks were invited to “Unwrap the Magic of Christmas in Bellevue.”
“I think everything went pretty well this year,” said Deanna Cook of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce. “Our events were well-attended and I think everyone is a little bit more in the Christmas spirit.”
With the weekend Christmas Open House, the holiday season in Bellevue is officially here – and Cook encourages everyone to keep shopping locally.
Unwrap the Magic of Christmas in Bellevue
The holiday season in Bellevue is officially here – and the local Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Bellevue merchants, have big plans to put everyone in the Christmas spirit this
A holiday fireworks display, lighted Christmas parade, wagon rides with Santa, Firemen’s Chili Supper and a Holiday Tour of Homes are all on tap Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 30 through Dec. 1 as folks are invited to “Unwrap the Magic of Christmas” in Bellevue.
The Wonderland of Trees is also open at the Great River Gallery on Riverview Street and the weekend events will culminated there on Sunday with the annual tree raffle and reception following the tour of homes.
On Saturday, Nov. 30, a series of non-stop holiday events and shopping opportunities will take place. Special appearances by Santa Claus will include the annual Breakfast with Santa event on Saturday, Nov. 30 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Water Street Market; and
Wagon Rides with Santa from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Bob Ernst Building on Riverview.
Other events on Saturday include a Ceramics Workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the art studio above the Happy Bean, a Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Shore Events Centre on the north end of town and the annual Firemen’s Chili and Pie Supper from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Bellevue Fire Station.
A Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair will also take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Shore Event Centre in Bellevue.
The big finale for Saturday will be a Christmas Fireworks Display over the Mississippi River at approximately 6:15 p.m., which is sponsored by Lampe’s True Value Hardware, followed by the annual Lighted Christmas Parade on Riverview.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30
• Breakfast with Santa 9-11 at Water Street Market
• Ceramics Workshop 10-2 in the studio above Water Street Market
• Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair 10-4 at The Shore Event Centre
• Wagon Rides with Santa 1-3 p.m. at the Bob Ernst Building
• Firemen’s Chili & Pie Supper
4-8 at the Fire Station
• Fireworks at 6:15 followed by the Lighted Christmas Parade
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1
• Holiday Open House Tour 12-5
• Wonderland of Trees Reception and Raffle at the Great River Gallery 5-6
Wonderland of Trees opens in Bellevue
The holiday season in Bellevue is officially here – and the local Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Bellevue merchants have big plans in store for area shoppers in the coming weeks. Currently, the Wonderland of Trees has opened at the Great River Gallery on Riverview Street. While several trees have already gone up, individuals, businesses and organizations are invited to decorate Christmas trees or Christmas wreaths with a theme or cause. The trees will be on display for two weeks and then raffled off which proceeds going to the Chamber and non-profit organizations. The raffle will take place following the annual Tour of Homes on Sunday, Dec. 1. On Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with local merchants invite the public to “Unwrap the Magic of Christmas in Bellevue,” with a series of non-stop holiday events and shopping opportunities. The weekend will be filled with fireworks, a lighted Christmas parade, a Chili and Pie Supper at the Bellevue Fire Department and more than one special appearance by Santa Claus himself. Special appearances by the Jolly Old Elf will include the annual Breakfast with Santa event on Saturday, Nov. 30 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Water Street Market; and Wagon Rides with Santa from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Bob Ernst Building on Riverview. Other events on Saturday, Nov. 30 include a Ceramics Workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the art studio above the Happy Bean, a Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Shore Events Centre on the north end of town and the annual Firemen’s Chili and Pie Supper from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Bellevue Fire Station. The big finale for Saturday will be a Christmas Fireworks Display over the Mississippi River at approximately 6:15 p.m., followed by the annual Lighted Christmas Parade on Riverview.
Dredging project underway at Spruce Harbor
Fish and fishermen alike will benefit greatly for years to come as a result of a water project currently underway at the north edge of Bellevue on the Mississippi River.
A $90,000 dredging project Spruce Creek Harbor, approved earlier this fall by the Jackson Country Conservation Board, will remove about 3,000 cubic yards of silt, soil and sludge from the bottom of the harbor, creating a better flow of water for boaters and easing flooding problems.
Perhaps more importantly, the project will be a major benefit to many species of fish during the winter months – which is the main goal of the project. READ MORE in this week's Herald-Leader. To purchase an online version, click on e-edition at right.
Feuerbach; Lawson and Heiar win election
Bellevue City Council incumbents Gary Feuerbach and Darla Lawson retained their seats in Tuesday’s municipal elections, while newcomer Jayson Heiar was also elected to one of the three open seats.
Feuerbach received the most votes with 279, while Lawson received 228.
Coming in with 227 votes was Heiar, who is employed as an officer with the Maquoketa Police Department.
Sabra Roling received 153 votes in the contest, while Bellevue Mayor Chris Roling came in last with 94.
All votes are unofficial until canvassed by the county. Look for officials results, comments and totals from all the races in eastern Jackson County in next week’s Herald-Leader.
Veterans Day to be observed in Bellevue
For 95 years, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month has been a remembrance of those who served America in time of war.
But the original Nov. 11 Veterans Day commemoration began as a day to celebrate peace - the silencing of the guns of World War I, “The Great War,” which claimed the lives of more than 15 million soldiers and civilians.
On that day in 1918, at the 11th hour, Germany signed an armistice with the Allied Powers - including the U.S., France, Britain, Japan and Italy - ending major hostilities in a war that nearly wiped out a generation of men.
A full peace was concluded the next year in France at the Palace of Versailles, and the first Armistice Day was proclaimed and celebrated by President Woodrow Wilson on the anniversary of the ceasefire: Nov. 11, 1919.
Known today as Veterans Day, traditional observances and events are held in memory of those who served our country from across eastern Jackson County.
Veterans Day ceremonies, conducted by Bellevue American Legion Post #273, will be conducted on Monday. Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. in the Bellevue High School gymnasium.
Featured speakers will include a handful of Bellevue-area Korean War veterans who recently participated in the Honor Flight program to Washington D.C.
The schedule of events for the Veterans Day program, which will be attended by both Bellevue and Marquette students along with the general public, includes a patriotic performance by the Bellevue High School Band, the advancement of flags by the Post #273 Color Guard, the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance and the traditional Armed Forces Salute by the Bellevue High School Band.
Opening remarks will be given by Post #273 veterans Leonard Ernst and John Bohy.
A Flock of Seagulls
The City of Bellevue has seen an influx of out-of-town tourists over the past few weeks.
They haven’t done a lot of shopping on Riverview, but they have spent a lot of time at the waters near Lock and Dam 12 catching fish and flying around over the Mississippi River.
Large flocks of seagulls, according to Lockmaster Bill Hainstock are not an unusual sight this time of year. He said the large birds will most likely be moving on in a few weeks and will be replaced by Eagles.
City elections slated next Tuesday
Voters in Bellevue will head to the polls next Tuesdsay, as five candidates are running for three open seats on the Bellevue City Council.
Candidates on the Nov. 5 ballot include incumbents Gary Feuerbach and Darla Lawson, as well as newcomers Sabra Roling and Jayson Heiar. Current Bellevue Mayor Chris Roling has also officially filed for one of the open council seats.
“Local government, at the city and county level, is the most important public relationship we have,” said veteran newspaper editor Lowell Carlson, who moderated a Bellevue City Election Forum on Monday. The forum was sponsored by the Herald-Leader.
Contents of Brandt’s machine shop donated to Mississippi River Museum
Bellevue century-old machine shop collection with a wealth of historical significance will be donated to the National Mississippi River Museum in Dubuque.
Jan Brinker, a first cousin to the late William Brandt (grandson of famous boat builder Joseph Brandt), has announced that the contents of the former Iowa Marine Engine and Launch Works building, located at 207 South Second Street, will be given to the national museum, which will build a separate display for the one-of-a-kind collection.
The building and its contents are extremely significant to Bellevue and the Mississippi River as the old limestone structure at the corner of Chestnut and South Second Street was the location where some of the first racing boat engines were built, and the location where the famous recording-breaking Red Top – which was the toast of racing boat enthusiasts from St. Louis to St. Paul in the early 1900s.
“We know there are people who wanted it to stay in here and be taken over by the Jackson County Historical Society, but we think this is the best way to pay tribute to the Brandt family ...
The Bellevue Rivervue Trail project, which will connect the local community with Spruce Creek Harbor and eventually connect with the Minnesota River Trail, took a big step forward last
With the first phase of the 10-foot wide walking and biking trail near the new Jefferson Ave. now completed, funding in the amount of $260,000 has been granted for the second phase of the project, thanks to a trail grant from Iowa Transportation Commission.
The successful grant was written by Daryl Parker, Director of Jackson County Conservation on behalf of Bellevue recreation trail backers.
“I was exactic when I heard the news,” said Bellevue’s Mark Rogge, a member of the Rivervue Trail Committee.
Reality TV star granddaughter of Bellevue’s Lombardi
It’s become the topic of much conversation at the Carwash Convenience Store in Bellevue, especially on Wednesday mornings.
And you can forget about the Car Wash Cowboys and Razor Ray for awhile, because the morning talk these days is all about Jessalynn and JoJo, the daughter and granddaughter of Kathy Lombardi, who works part-time the longtime Bellevue business with her sister Karen Thiesen.
You see, the 9 year-old Jojo and her mother Jessalyn Siwa of Omaha, Neb., have become major reality television stars, appearing on Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, which airs at 8 p.m. each Tuesday night on the Lifetime Channel.
Farewell to a Riverboat Captain
A special memorial service for the late Terry Putman was conducted Sunday in Bellevue overlooking the river where the longtime Riverboat Captain and fisherman spent much of his life.
Bellevue American Legion Post #273 provided the traditional 21-gun salute for Putnam, who was a veteran of the Vietnam War, while the Tugboat River Rat floated below with flag at half-mast.
Putman, age 65 of Bellevue, passed away from cancer and on September 2, 2013. The special private service for family and friends celebrated his life in a unique way.
He was born September 30, 1947 in Bellevue, the son of Edward and Angeline Putman. In 1966 , he served in Vietnam, seeing action in some of the most important battles of the war.
Twice awarded Purple Heart, Putnam spent many months in the hospital recovering from his wounds.
After the war, he returned to Bellevue and spent the next 40 years raising a family, building businesses and fulfilling his life-long dream of becoming a Riverboat Captain and piloting tows on the inland waterways. After retiring from his many years on the river, the Putnam home would become the daily meeting place for a group of friends that would last for decades.
Full slate of candidates for Bellevue council
With the deadline now passed to file for this fall’s municipal elections, five candidates have emerged for three open seats on the Bellevue City Council.
Candidates who have filed papers to get on the Tuesday, Nov. 5 ballot include incumbents Gary Feuerbach and Darla Lawson, as well as newcomers Sabra Roling and Jayson Heiar. In a somewhat unique move, current Bellevue Mayor Chris Roling has also officially filed for one of the open council seats. READ MORE IN THIS WEEK'S HERALD-LEADER. (buy an e-edition or pick up a print edition today)
Backwaters Bicycle Shop brings 'em to Bellevue
When former Bellevue Mayor and longtime school administrator Virgil Murray took a test ride on a new bike from Backwaters Bicycle Shop a few years ago, he didn’t come back for over an hour and a
“I thought he stole it,” joked Mark Rogge, who has owned and operated the local bike shops now for about a decade. “But he came back with a huge smile and said it was the most comfortable bicycle he ever had the pleasure to ride – now that’s a great testimonial.”
Backwaters Bicycle Shop, located at 305 and a half South Second Street not only made an impression on Murray, but on hundreds of other folks from Bellevue and across the states of Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota over the years. READ MORE IN THIS WEEK'S HERALD-LEADER ... click on e-edition at right.
Fairy House Tour in Bellevue
If fairies were real (and many think they are), the beautifully wooded hills of the Bellevue are might just be the perfect habitat for the small magical creatures.
At least that what Mary Nevans-Pederson thinks.
In an effort to draw out the mythical creatures and raise funds for the Jackson County Humane Society at the same time, Nevans-Pederson is organizing the fourth annual Bellevue Fairy House Tour this weekend.
Her goal is to raise at least $2,000 for the private non-profit group that plays an important role in the community.
The event will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20-22 from noon to 5 p.m. at the home of John Hoff at 702 Riverview.
Ten fairy houses created by local artists will be on display from in the expansive, park-like gardens of the Hoff home. Read more online by purchasing an e-edition - or purchase a print edition at most stores and business in eastern Jackson County.
Reed and Fahey win Bellevue School Election
Voters in the Bellevue Community School District on Tuesday elected Mike Reed and incumbent Paul Fahey to the school board. Reed received 185 votes and Fahey, 154. Challenger James Merki received 59 votes. Out of 3,395 registered voters in the district, only 212 voted for a turnout of 6.24 percent.
American Queen locks through Bellevue
The massive steamboat known as the American Queen rolled down the Mississippi River from Dubuque to Bellevue last Tuesday afternoon to lock through on its nine-day journey to the Port of St.
Lock and Dam #12 Lockmaster Bill Hainstock said the mighty paddle steamship, which was carrying 370 passengers, comes through Bellevue about twice each year and always turns a lot of heads.
On its journey through Bellevue, the music notes of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” wafted from the giant ship, and scores of passengers came out on deck to get a brief peek at Bellevue. Read this week's Herald-Leader for more photos and information or suscribe to an e-edition today.
Body of missing Bellevue man found in Mississippi River
The body of a Shawn Berthel of Bellevue, who disappeared after a snowmobile accident Jan. 22, 2011, was found early Monday afternoon the Mississippi River, north of Sabula.
Jackson County Sheriff Russ Kettmann said the U.S. Corps of Engineers was dredging the river and found the body at about 12:30 p.m.
Berthel, Brett Stalker and other snowmobilers were jumping the open water in the icy Maquoketa river in the winter of 2011 when Berthel and Stalker missed the ice and plunged into the frigid waters.
Stalker made it to shore, and Berthel did not. The snowmobiles were found Jan. 25, but Berthel was not. Searchers scoured the river for several weeks.
See next week’s Bellevue Herald-Leader for more on this story.
Jackson County's own "Duck Dynasty"
What started with a defective duck decoy has turned into a new and unique home business for Shannon Witt and her family of rural Bellevue.
A middle school math and computer teacher at Andrew, Witt created “Kaotic Ducks,” and sold her first dozen creations at the arts show on the river during Bellevue’s Fishtival Celebration just three weeks ago.
Now she has store owners in LeClaire and Galena who want to sell her creatively painted duck decoys, and she also has custom-made orders for various customers around Jackson County.
It all started when Witt’s husband Darryn, a federal wildlife refuge officer on Upper Mississippi River .... READ MORE by subscribing to our e-edition at right)
Michels and his Magnificent Model T
Bellevue’s Don Michels said it’s going to be tough, but once she turns 100 years old, it’s time to let her go.
He’s talking about his 1914 Model T, (of course), which he has owned now for the past 25 years. Most around these parts have probably seen he and the car regularly over past three decades driving in parades and town celebrations across eastern Jackson County.
“I always said when she turns 100, I’m selling,” said Michels, who found the old Ford on a farm near Andrew back in 1979 and spent years restoring the old machine. Read more on our e-edition ...
St. Donatus couple reign as Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg Fest
Windy and Helen Kalmes, owners of Kalmes Restaurant in St. Donatus, reigned as the 2013 Duke and Duchess at Luxembourg Fest of America in Belgium, Wis. earlier this month.
The couple was chosen by the Luxembourg American Cultural Society as this year's Duke and Duchess because of their Luxembourgish heritage and because of their commitment to strengthen Luxembourg/American relations through their restaurant and their involvement with the Luxembourg American Cultural Society and the St. Donatus Luxembourg Heritage Society.
Each year, the Luxembourg American Cultural Society chooses a senior couple as the Duke and Duchess at Luxembourg Fest to recognize them for their heritage and achievements.
Luxembourg Fest of America is held annually in Belgium, Wis. on the second weekend of August.
Island City brings summer visitors
Adam and Marsha Johnson’s Hop-N-Shop is a landmark, an institution and a hub for the Island City.
The young couple bought the business a little over a year ago. The business has 10 employees including long time members.
Days begin at 5 a.m. and end at 9:30 p.m. on week nights. On Friday and Saturday the store is open until 10 p.m.
“We keep gas prices competitive because that’s what drives business inside the store as well,” notes Adam.
Real broasted chicken, snacks, essential groceries, ice, fishing supplies, propane, air, the Hop-N- Shop is a must stop for travelers, campers and locals commuting to jobs.
Ribbon cutting for Baymont Inn and Suites
Photo by Emily Margeson
The new Baymont Inn and Suites is a long awaited, some would argue overdue, development for this river town.
The ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday, July 17, at 4 p.m. was followed by a reception from 4:30-6 p.m. Local officials representatives of Royal Oaks, the development firm owned by A.J. Spiegel, property owner, were on hand to meet visitors attending the official opening event.
Jackson County Pro Rodeo kicks off Thursday
Rockwell Collins celebrates 25 years
An anniversary celebration of 25 years for the Bellevue Rockwell Collins plant will be held on June 14 at The Shore Centre. Governor Brandstad will be attending this event at approximately 3 p.m.
Rockwell Collins is a plant that assembles radio devices for aircrafts. The employees of the plant create, test and send out these devices to popular aircraft companies.
Governor will cut ribbon on hotel
If Bellevueians want to see Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, their chance will be Friday, June 14.
At 3 p.m., Branstad is scheduled to attend a ribbon cutting for the Baymont Inn and Suites at the OffShore development north of town.
An event in downtown Bellevue is scheduled from 4-5 p.m., and other industry stops are being considered by the governor’s scheduler.
Time to remember
“I think this is one of the best turn-outs we’ve ever had,” said John Bohy, long-time organizer of Bellevue’s Memorial Day program. When the threat of inclement weather moved the community’s traditional program inside for the first time in recent years, attendees packed into Bellevue High School’s west auditorium. As many as 30 people stood outside the gym, and Boy Scouts lined the east wall.
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Eldora Steines will be Heritage Days grand marshal
Eldora Steines will serve as grand marshal for this year’s Heritage Days parade.
The mother of seven, grandmother of 23 and great-grandmother of soon-to-be-25, Steines is best known in the community as a 39-year veteran server at the Riverview Restaurant and Hotel in downtown Bellevue.
“Server” might seem like a casual term, but its most basic meaning, “someone who serves,” is the perfect fit for Steines, who volunteers at the senior center and shares her winnings as generously as she passes out orders of bacon and eggs, omelets and more. (Breakfast items, especially bacon, are her favorites, she admits.)
Steines will be 81 on July 14, just 10 days after she helps lead the Heritage Days parade with her family.
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New economic alliance hires Heiar as director
The Jackson County Economic Alliance (JCEA) has hired its first director, a Jackson County native who serves as economic development director for the city of Dubuque.
David J. Heiar looks forward “to building on this public-private partnership to promote growth and development in my home county,” he said.
Heiar served as Bellevue city administrator from 1978 to 1985 and Manchester city manager from 1985 to 2005, when he began his position in Dubuque. “It is exciting to see the collaborative effort that has begun in Jackson County,” he said.
JCEA is inviting local residents to meet and greet Heiar in two public receptions on consecutive Thursdays in the Maquoketa and Bellevue city hall council chambers. Heiar will be in Maquoketa 4:30 to 6 p.m. May 9 and in Bellevue 4:30 to 6 p.m. May 16.
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Baymont Hotel could open first week of June
If there are no delays, the Baymont Inn & Suites currently under construction north of town will open the first week of June, says developer A.J. Spiegel.
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