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When it comes to summertime in the Bellevue area, it doesn’t get much better than taking in the local rodeo, which is slated this year for June 20 through June 22.

Jackson County Sheriff Russ Kettmann said Friday his department had destroyed body camera footage from a police call involving assistant county attorney Amanda Lassance even though it was the subject of an open records request filed under Iowa’s public records law.

Help raise money for the Jackson County Humane Society while donating under-used footwear through June 23. The Humane Society will receive 40 cents per pound of shoes donated. The shoes will be accumulated by a company then donated to needy families in Appalachia and other areas. Shirley Sch…

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If Jackson County passes a bond referendum for a new jail Aug. 6, they'll get a $300,000 donation from Dave and Penny North toward the jail.

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Note to Readers: As this week (June 6, 2019) marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Herald-Leader remembers the sacrifice of local veterans. The following story about a soldier from Miles, who served in the allied invasion during World War II, is being recounted here. The story was written…

Years ago Bob Melvold contacted me to write a story for his newspaper about my dad and his World War II  experiences following D-Day with the 30th Infantry Division. I was teaching in Sabula when Bob walked the three flights of stairs to see me after school. He wrote a great article on Capta…

Scattered across the rolling Jackson County countryside, hand-sized American flags flutter in the breeze.

Heather Merrick grew up across the street from the Bellevue Municipal Swimming Pool. She learned to swim there, taught swimming lessons and even served as a lifeguard for a time.

Jackson County Law Enforcement agencies will be pulling over vehicles and conducting ‘safety checks’ during a special traffic enforcement effort on the evening of Friday, June 21.  

2019 Heritage Days Buttons, which allow admission to most events in Bellevue on July 3 and 4, are now available at several businesses and convenience stores in the community.  

Members of the Bellevue American Legion served over 500 people at the 2019 Memorial Day Open House, which marked 100 years of Post #273. Free food, music and wartime memorabilia were all part of the special event. As well as hosting the centennial celebration in Bellevue, several members of …

A new officer has joined the Bellevue Police Department. Brandon Coin, who graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy just three weeks ago, will succeed Brent Roling as a police officer here.

Due to high water and flooding on the Mississippi River, the Ski Bellevue Water Ski Show Team is moving it's Saturday, June 8 ski show to Sabula's middle lake.  Showtime is at 4 p.m.

Officials from the City of Bellevue are reminding local citizens about a change in the city’s fireworks ordinance that was approved by the city council last fall. The new ordinance states that fireworks can only be used within the city limits from June 29 through July 7 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m…

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has set the 2019 Kids Fishing Day for Sunday, June 9 from 2 to 4 p.m.  

Razor Ray’s Country Music Jam at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Bellevue on Wednesday June 12 from 7 to 10 p.m. will benefit the ServeHAITI program, which is coordinated by Dave and Cindy Broders. As well as music and sandwiches, there will be a 50/50 raffle and games of chance. A voluntary…

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in La Motte will host its annual Breakfast in the Park on Sunday, June 9 from 8 a.m. to noon at the La Motte Town Park. On the menu are sausage, ham, eggs (scrambled or fried), homemade rolls, juice, milk and coffee. Adults may eat for $7, while children ages 3 to …

Local members of Philanthropy Board in Jackson County (PBnJ) announced the recipients of the 2019 grantmaking cycle on May 1 at Prairie Creek Pavilion in Maquoketa. PBnJ grants provide youth-serving organizations with the opportunity to strengthen and grow their programs. Grants totaling $2,…

Maquoketa’s Peace Pipe Players Community Theatre has awarded this year’s $500 performing arts scholarship to Daniel Koos, a senior at Marquette Catholic High School in Bellevue, Iowa. He is the son of Randy and Julie Koos, and will be attending St. Ambrose University this fall.

This timeline shows how the reporting process of a 911 call involving Assistant Jackson County Attorney Amanda Lassance has unfolded over the past two months. Since it began, multiple sources, documents and information requests under Iowa’s public records laws have been part of the story. Th…

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Assistant Jackson County Attorney Amanda Lassance will keep her job, boss says.

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The water supply to residential homes and businesses in Bellevue is now of a much higher quality, thanks to the completion of the city’s new $2 million radium treatment facility at the corner of Park and 10th Streets.

The cereal rye on Dustin Johnson’s farm ground east of Miles was a foot and a half tall in mid-May.

22 seniors received diplomas from Marquette High School & 50 seniors received diplomas from Bellevue High School in this weekend's Commencement ceremonies. 

Sister Joan Margret entered the Sisters of Mercy in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in September 1969. She has spent most of her years of ministry in the classroom. In Iowa she taught at St. Matthew, Cedar Rapids (1972-73); St. Joseph, DeWitt (1973-76, 1981-86); All Saints, Cedar Rapids (1976-80) and Sa…

The eyes of the tri-states were on Easton Valley sixth grader Abigail Bierman, who “nailed” her second round of onstage spelling May 29. Her preliminary vocabulary score was not high enough to advance her to the final round of 50 spellers, but Bierman successfully spelled both her onstage words.

Razor Ray’s Country Music Jam at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Bellevue on Wednesday June 12 from 7 to 10 p.m. will benefit the ServeHAITI program, which is coordinated by Dave and Cindy Broders. As well as music and sandwiches, there will be a 50/50 raffle and games of chance. A voluntary…

A Christian Women’s Fellowship event will take place Saturday, June 1 at the St. John Retreat Center at 22181 407th Ave., south of Bellevue.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in La Motte will host its annual Breakfast in the Park on Sunday, June 9 from 8 a.m. to noon at the La Motte Town Park. On the menu are sausage, ham, eggs (scrambled or fried), homemade rolls, juice, milk and coffee. Adults may eat for $7, while children ages 3 to …

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has set the 2019 Kids Fishing Day for Sunday, June 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. as part of Free Fishing Weekend in Iowa.   Because of flooding issues, however, it won’t be at the trout pond south of Bellevue, but at a pond towards Preston.

Valedictorians or top graduating seniors were once again honored by KWWL and the University of Northern Iowa on Saturday, April 27. The students took part in KWWL's 35th annual "Best of the Class" celebration.

Make reservations 24 hrs. in advance to receive a meal the next day. Ph. 563-872-4666.

Jesse and Kelly Griebel of Bellevue are the proud parents of a baby girl, Lucy Rose, born on April 17, 2019 at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, IA.

The Bellevue American Legion Auxiliary recently hosted a Poppy Day Poster Contest for 4th graders at both Marquette Catholic Schools and Bellevue Community Schools. Winners from Jennifer Upmann’s class at Marquette (pictured above) included Louie Gonner (first place); Jonathan Michel (second…

The Jackson County Board of Supervisors last week rejected a request from some employees in the engineer’s office and secondary roads crews to work four 10-hour days during the summer months. Crews currently work five eight-hour days.

The Bellevue Pioneers 4-H Club was held on May 6, 2019. The Pledge of Allegiance was by Aunika Hager. Roll Call was what person would you like to be for one day?

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Clinton County Sheriff’s Deputy Andy Petersen told Amanda Lassance not to go into the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office as he dropped her off near the county law center in the early morning hours of April 6, newly released police dashboard video shows.

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Next Monday, on Memorial Day, Bellevue American Legion Post #273 will officially mark 100 years of support for veterans and their families with an big outdoor celebration with music, food and refreshments. The party will start at 11 a.m., following the traditional Memorial Day Services on Fr…

Bellevue Elementary teacher Brittni Decker was recently honored as 2019 Teacher of the Year by Masonic Lodge No. 51 AF/AM in Bellevue.

The Bellevue Community School District will host its third annual “Beyond the Blue” recognition ceremony for former graduates who have achieved significant accomplishments in lives and careers after graduating from the local school.

Amanda Lassance, an assistant Jackson County attorney, sat in her car stopped along the side of U.S. Highway 61 in the early morning hours of April 6.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has tentatively set the 2019 Kids Fishing Day for Sunday, June 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. as part of Free Fishing Weekend in Iowa.   Because of flooding issues, however, it won’t be at the trout pond south of Bellevue, but at a pond towards Preston. Officials…

A Christian Women’s Fellowship event will take place Saturday, June 1 at the St. John Retreat Center at 22181 407th Ave., south of Bellevue.

The public is invited to the dedication of the Jackson County Veterans Memorial Park, located at Jefferson Street in Maquoketa.

 Matt and Becca McCullough of Cascade are parents of a son, Charlie Russell, born on April 16th at 5:15 PM at MercyOne in Dubuque.  Charlie weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.

Kirkwood Community College celebrated the top echelon of students involved in academic programs during its annual Outstanding Student Recognition program on April 19.

Make reservations 24 hrs. in advance to receive a meal the next day. Ph. 563-872-4666.

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

Don't miss our special pull-out Graduation section in this week's paper!  Grab yours at a local business around town, or better yet why not subscribe and never miss an issue!

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Roger and Carol (Ploeger) Hager celebrated their anniversary this past weekend.  They were married on May 17, 1969 at St. Joseph Catholic Church.  

Senior Warden of the Bellevue Masonic Lodge Jamie Fondell (left) presents the Masonic Lodge Teacher of the Year Award to Brittni Decker.

UPDATE: Due to the predicted storms through tonight, May 24th, the Rock at the Lock event has been cancelled.  At this time no rescheduled date has been chosen.

The Iowa Freedom of Information Council has joined the the Bellevue Herald-Leader and Maquoketa Sentinel-Press in efforts to obtain additional information about a police call involving a Jackson County prosecutor.

The Jackson County Area Tourism Association last week at its annual meeting awarded eight grants to businesses and organizations that work to attract visitors to the area. In the JCATA mini-grant program’s five-year existence, it has awarded more than $21,500. A record 16 applicants submitte…

Bellevue High School Student Council member Toby Giesemann (right) recently presented $500 checks to both the Bellevue Fire Department and Bellevue Ambulance Service to thank them for their continued support and all of the time and effort they put towards the Bellevue Student Council in help…

Sabula Fire Chief Dan Miller gets on the fire department Gator to patrol the levee shortly after the Mississippi’s first crest last month.

Upper Mississippi River levels have dropped several feet, but remain high. Recent rainfall will cause a more gradual fall. Navigation is not recommended due to flooding. Boaters should operate at no wake speed to reduce damage to shorelines and flooded structures. Most boat ramps are under w…

St. Joseph's Church in Bellevue will be hosting its monthly euchre card party beginning on Sunday, May 19.  Lunch will be served first at 6 p.m. with cards to follow at 6:30 p.m.  Cost is $3 and includes lunch and prizes. All are welcome.