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Bellevue’s Freedom Rock, located above the Mississippi River overlooking Lock and Dam 12, has become a centerpiece for the community over the past few years.

Amidst nationwide concerns about voter fraud, “pre-populated” ballots, and U.S. Postal Service delivery, Jackson and Clinton counties find themselves flush with absentee ballot requests heading into the general election in less than two months.

Bellevue City Council members at a special meeting last Thursday approved purchasing handful of acres from Delbert Jackson, which the city eventually plans to sell as individual lots to developers to build new homes.

Bellevue Community Schools last week announced the cancellation of last Friday’s football game as well as the game scheduled for this Friday, along with all football-related activities including practices, effective until Sept. 30.

It will be drive-through and carry-out only style, but the 33rd annual Parish Festival at St. Joseph Church in Preston will be held this fall. It is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

As of Wednesday (3/11/2020), regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Precautions, we are not allowing any visitors into the facility until further notice.  We are following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC 24/7: Saving Lives, Protecting People Guidelines) Precautions.  Activi…

Grant applications to the Community Foundation of Jackson County are due Friday, October 2. Jackson County nonprofits should submit all 2021 requests by October 2. Moving forward, the Community Foundation will award all state of Iowa gaming grant dollars annually in November. There will be n…

Fall is a great time to explore the prairie and it is also the time for seeds. Fall is when many prairie plants are ready to start dropping their seeds. Join a Jackson County Conservation Naturalist at the Hurstville Interpretive Center and explore the Hurstville Prairie on October 2nd as we…

Representative Andy McKean has been designated a “Friend of Agriculture” by the Iowa Farm Bureau Political Action Committee.  McKean is seeking re-election to Iowa House District 58 which includes all of Jackson, and parts of Jones and Dubuque Counties.

Anders Frieberg of Bellevue is one of more than 40 current students at the University of Iowa who are helping to shape the future of the U of I by serving on one of 18 charter committees that advise institutional leadership on topics ranging from diversity and teaching to research and interc…

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The Bellevue City Council approved  city-wide trick or treating at a meeting last week. The Rotary Club Halloween Parade and Costume Contest, however, has been cancelled. This would be the first time it has been cancelled in over 50 years.

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Several Bellevue students competed in the state 4-H Livestock Judging Contest held on August 29 at Iowa State University in the Hanson Center.

Lampe True Value & Rental, in partnership with the True Value Foundation, is providing free health and safety products to Bellevue Community and Marquette Catholic Schools through the newly created Educational Heroes Safety Campaign.

Dennis (Bud) Schroeder was appointed Bellevue Police Chief at last week’s City Council meeting. He will succeed 33-year veteran Chief Lynn Schwager who will retire at the end of the year. Schroeder will also serve as interim chief while Schwager is on paid leave. Schroeder’s annual salary wi…

GAS LEAK CALL: The Bellevue Fire Department was dispatched to 504 State Street in Bellevue last Tuesday at 11:22 a.m. for a report of a gas leak. Arriving on scene, fire personnel found a natural gas service line was severed by an employee of Germaine Electric who was digging a new electrica…

As of Wednesday (3/11/2020), regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Precautions, we are not allowing any visitors into the facility until further notice.  We are following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC 24/7: Saving Lives, Protecting People Guidelines) Precautions.  Activi…

A boat parade that brought recreational craft from Dubuque down to the Bellevue area was held recently on the Mississippi River. Nearly 200 boats participated on a day of good weather Labor Day weekend. The boat parade was in support of Republican Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump. (pho…

The Green Island Chicken Supper, usually held the first Thursday in October, has been cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The Bellevue Athletic Boosters are hosting an ATV/UTC Fun Run Saturday, Sept. 19 with registration starting at 10:30 a.m. at both Cole Park and the La Motte City Park. Side-by-sides and all other vehicles are welcome to join in. There will be five stops along the way, and riders must have at…

It will be drive-through and carry-out only style, but the 33rd annual Parish Festival at St. Joseph Church in Preston will be held this fall. It is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Bellevue Farmers’ Market is open each Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. at the Brown Gazebo on Front Street. Available are vegetables and fruits, produce, eggs, baked goods, jams and jellies, produce honey, maple syrup, grow flowers and arts and crafts for sale.

On Tuesday September 22nd at 6 pm join Ray Hamilton and Jackson County Conservation for a guided walk through remnant and reconstructed prairie. Ray will share his knowledge of prairie plants and native pollinators. Enjoy early fall native prairie plants and the prairie in seed. This area ha…

Take part in a multi-day paddling trip on the Mississippi River September 29 – October 1 from Dubuque to Bellevue. Enjoy fall colors and educational programs while taking in the sights and sounds of the river. Learn about many aspects of the river community, including mussel research, turtle…

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Ray Bahr and Avelda Hankemeier were married on Sept. 20, 1948, at the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew. They will quietly observe their 72nd anniversary Sept. 20, 2020.

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The sale of the Baymont Hotel, the RV campgrounds, as well as the Off-Shore Restaurant and Events Centre on the north edge of Bellevue is pending.

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By tradition, September is “Drive the Great River Road” month. Now curtailed by COVID-19,  when this popular pastime resumes, Bellevue is poised to bring a major addition to the story and sites of the iconic national route.

September is Drive the Great River Road Month, the Mississippi River Parkway Commission’s (MRPC) annual celebration of America’s oldest and longest National Scenic Byway.

Dozens of people will fill seats at the Ohnward Fine Arts Center in October — not to watch an entertaining performance, but instead, for jury selection.

For decades, the battle has raged: Beatles or Stones?  Through their heyday, fans accused London’s Rolling Stones of stealing ideas -- even entire albums – from their Liverpool counterparts. At the same time, the Beatles secretly envied the Stones’ “bad boy” image and attitude, often copying…

 Congratulations to the Black Hawk College East Campus Student Government Association members for 2020-21, which includes Jeb Schwager of Bellevue, IA

On September 17 Jackson County Conservation is hosting a Building Better Birders Workshop where beginning bird watchers, “birders,” will learn about the bird species of Iowa and have a chance to put their knowledge into practice. The event is at the Hurstville Interpretive Center, and at 8 a…

William and Marian Vaughn will celebrate 60 years of marriage on September 10, 2020.  William Vaughn and Marian Deppe were married on September 10, 1960 at St. Joseph’s Church in Bellevue.  They are the parents of two sons; William Jr. and Dawn of Kentucky and Roger of Bellevue.  They have 3…

The Rotary Club of Bellevue is hosting a community-wide blood drive on Thursday, September 10 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church at 305 Market Street in Bellevue. Those wishing to donate should eat a healthy meal and drink an extra 16-ounce glass of water or other fluids befor…

Bellevue American Legion Post #273 will host a carry-out only Chicken and Beef Supper on Friday, September 11 from 4:30- to 7 p.m.  The tasty meal will be catered by Jeronimo’s of Springbrook.

The Bellevue Athletic Boosters are hosting an ATV/UTC Fun Run Saturday, Sept. 19 with registration starting at 10:30 a.m. at both Cole Park and the La Motte City Park. Side-by-sides and all other vehicles are welcome to join in. There will be five stops along the way, and riders must have at…

A Community Blood Drive sponsored by Miles Lions Club will take place on Wednesday September 16 from 2 to 6 p.m.  at the Miles American Legion Hall, 438 Ferry Road, Miles, Iowa

As of Wednesday (3/11/2020), regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Precautions, we are not allowing any visitors into the facility until further notice.  We are following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC 24/7: Saving Lives, Protecting People Guidelines) Precautions.  Activi…