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Rebuilding soil health is key to a farmer’s productivity during extreme weather patterns and narrow profit margins. Local producers can learn more about the latest practices at a soil health/cover crop Lunch and Learn from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at the Hurstville Interpretive Cen…

A COUPLE DOZEN YOUNGSTERS gathered at the Bellevue Public Library last week to participate in a “Build A Kangaroo” program. The children stuffed their own animals and were given a special star to put in their Kangaroos’ pouch. Each stuffed animal also came with its own Birth Certificate to r…

Share the Warmth, Winter Wear Giveaway, will close for the season on February 28. It is located in the entryway to First Presbyterian Church at the corner of Fourth and Market Streets. Anyone can come get coats, hats, gloves, mittens, boots, snow pants and other winter clothing or leave dona…

A Maquoketa man pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of homicide by vehicle in the October 2018 car accident in which a passenger in his vehicle died.

A silent auction will be held on Sunday, March 1st during the Preston Lions Club Annual Sausage, Omelet & Pancake Breakfast & Bake Sale.  One-hundred percent of the profits from the Silent Auction will go to help the Doug Daniels family, as well as half of the profit from the breakfast.  

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources now sells the Federal Electronic Duck Stamp, also known as the “E-Stamp.” Waterfowl hunters are able to purchase the E-Stamp for $28.50 at any of the statewide vendors that sell hunting and fishing licenses.

Activities were cancelled from February 7 – February 13, 2020 (by order of the Director of Nursing, Doctor, and Administrator) due to the presence of the “flu illness” at the facility.

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville celebrated its 203rd commencement ceremonies December 14, 2019 in Williams Fieldhouse, and the ceremonies featured local students.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture opened general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) through Feb. 28. Farmers who enroll in CRP receive a yearly rental payment for voluntarily establishing long-term, resource-conserving plant species, such as approved grasses or trees (known a…

Editor’s note: Below is a compilation of highlights from last week’s Iowa Legislative Session. For more information on any bill presented in the Iowa House of Representatives and Senate, visit www.legis.iowa.gov.

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The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of a person who allegedly stole $240 worth of Newport cigarettes from the Otter Creek gas station at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6.

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Bellevue’s Donny Michels is up to his old tricks again.

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Lilliana Tracy, age 11 of Bellevue, was recently named one of Iowa's top two youth volunteers of 2020 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.

Sycamore Media was honored last Friday evening for its investigative reporting about “misdeeds by not one, but two sheriff’s departments” at the Iowa Newspaper Association’s 2020 Convention and Trade Show in Des Moines.

The Jackson/Clinton County Dairy Board is looking for area youth to run for dairy royalty.  Age requirements for the positions are: Dairy Princess, girls, ages 16-21; Dairy Ambassador, boys, ages 16-21; Little Miss Dairy Maid, girls, ages 5-8; Little Sir Dairyman, boys, ages 5-8.

The 2020 Bellevue Community Club Youth Basketball Tournament for boys and girls in grades 3-8 will take place soon. The tournament for grades 3rd through 6th will be held Feb. 22, while the tournament for grades 7 and 8 will take place Feb. 23. For more information, or to get signed up, cont…

The American Legion Auxiliary of Post 273 in Bellevue is sponsoring an essay contest which is open to all juniors at Bellevue High School and Marquette Catholic High School. The winners will each receive $100.

Ryan and Carisa Schiffer of LaMotte, Iowa welcomed a son, Jackson James Schiffer on February 5, 2020 at Mercy One, Dubuque, Iowa.  Jackson weighed 7 lbs. 3 oz. and was 20 inches long.  

Activities were cancelled from January 29 – February 7, 2020 (by order of the Director of Nursing, Doctor, and Administrator) due to the presence of the “flu illness” at the facility.

Rep. Andy McKean, D-Anamosa, will seek re-election to Iowa House District 58, which includes all of Jackson County and most of Jones County, as well as the city of Cascade and Whitewater Township in southern Dubuque County.

The Preston Lions Club will host its annual Sausage, Omelet, Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale on Sunday, March 1 from 7 a.m. to noon at the St. Joseph Parish Hall in Preston. Adults may eat for $8, children 6-12, $5 and those 5 and under can eat for free.

Fidelity Bank & Trust of Bellevue sponsored the inner-city basketball game between the two local high schools in January. The bank donated $3 for each completed free throw and $5 for each completed 3-pointer during both of the varsity matches. Over the past six years, Fidelity Bank has d…

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There’s a bit of grunting and groaning, a bit of perspiring, some trash-talking and a whole lot of fun every Wednesday night at the old Bellevue Elementary gymnasium.

According to delayed state caucus results, Pete Buttigieg of Indiana won the Iowa Democratic caucus Monday night, earning about 27% voter approval. Bernie Sanders came in second at 25%, followed by Elizabeth Warren with 18% and Joe Biden with 16% caucus approval.

Dimensional Brewing Company in Dubuque and Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ at Potter’s Mill of Bellevue, have announced a new collaborative venture; Flatted Fifth at Dimensional Brewing. The BBQ and southern food restaurant will open their second location at the Dubuque brewery in the spring of 2020.

Brianna Busch, a senior at Bellevue High School, was named the VFW Department of Iowa’s first-place winner and recipient of the $1,500 award in the 2020 Voice of Democracy Scholarship program last week.

Participants in the 2020 Great River Rumble, an annual paddle adventure that includes both canoers and kayakers, will begin this year’s trip in Dubuque and will proceed down the Mississippi River to their final destination at Le Claire.  This year’s weeklong trip will run from Saturday, July…

Mike and Amye Valant of Bellevue, IA welcomed a son, Kenden Jay Valant on December 13, 2019 in Dubuque, IA.  Kenden was 8 lbs, 4 oz and 21.5 inches long.

Hooting for a good time? Join a naturalist for an owl prowl on Friday, February 7 at Bellevue State Park.  Meet at the nature center at the Nelson Unit at 6 p.m. to hear a short presentation about Iowa’s owls. We will then head outdoors to walk the trails and call the owls. Dress for the wea…

Caroline White of La Motte, IA, has been named to the Dean's List for the fall 2019 semester at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. White is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

The Community Foundation of Jackson County is once again offering scholarships to students at six local high schools: including Maquoketa, Easton Valley, Bellevue, Marquette Catholic, Northeast and Midland. Applications are available at dbqfoundation.org/scholarshipinterface and are due March 11.

Thanks to volunteers Sandra Hayward and Laurie Anderson for hosting Manicures for the residents at Mill Valley Care Center (MVCC) and the tenants at Sunrise Villa Assisted Living (SVAL) with Joy during the morning on Friday.

Kirkwood Community College released its Dean's List for the fall 2019 semester.  Students from the Bellevue area earning this distinction include.  Allison Hager,  Colton Homan,  Austin Michels, Lydia Mootz, Frances Newman and Grace Sprank. These students have achieved a 3.3 grade point aver…

The Jackson County supervisors approved a resolution last week to continue using the master matrix for new animal confinements, but they asked Jackson County Zoning Administrator Ben Kober to follow up with the state regarding inspections for the county’s existing animal confinements.

The Bellevue Arts Council is sponsoring a Valentine-making class to be held on Sunday, February 9  from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Great River Gallery.  The event is free to the public and all materials are furnished.

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Game fish opportunities may have declined just slightly in portions of the Mississippi River south of here. And experts say the trend is a result of the confirmed presence of Asian carp, which seems to be slowly spreading north.

Before there was radio, television, the internet and social media, there was the local newspaper – and it’s still here in Bellevue today – stronger than ever with more readers than ever.

Jackson County residents and eligible voters across Iowa have been inundated with political flyers, phone calls, people walking door-to-door to promote their favorite presidential candidates, and visits from the candidate themselves.

The American Cancer Society will again host its annual Daffodil Days fundraiser, with orders due by February 9.  Gifts come in bunches of 10 flowers, $10; a bunch and a vase, $15; Gift of Hope bouquet, $15; Dainty Daffodil (small plant), $15; a Bear and a Bunch or Bear Hug, $25.  Orders are …

The American Legion Auxiliary of Post 273 in Bellevue is sponsoring an essay contest which is open to all juniors at Bellevue High School and Marquette Catholic High School. The winners will each receive $100.

Sixteen years after a 26-year-old Sabula man went missing, his roommate in Pennsylvania confessed to beating him with a baseball bat, then suffocating him.

New York Life Insurance of Cedar Rapids Managing Partner, David Kaestner, recently announced the New Agent of the Year Award for 2019 to Tricia Holdgrafer, CPA, RICP of Bellevue for the third consecutive year.  The award is given to agents who are in their first three years with the company.  

Community members are invited to join and share ideas about the old school building, current Easton Valley Elementary School, during the Old School Visioning Open House in Preston on February 5.

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A third candidate has entered the race for Jackson County sheriff, saying the sheriff’s department lacks honesty, transparency and defers to nepotism and preferential treatment.

In honor of 100 years of Iowa State Parks, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is inviting the public to a free presentation about how Iowa was a key player in the state park movement in America, and one of the early states to set aside special places of quiet beauty as parks.