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The phrase “working my tail off” has become synonymous with diligence. To that end, Tim O’Connell could be a poster boy for any package of words about a strong work ethic.

The Community Foundation of Jackson County honored 35 local nonprofits and charitable organizations in November, awarding more than $100,000 from its annual grant cycle during an event at River Ridge Brewing in Bellevue.

Hundreds of people turned out in Bellevue this past Saturday for a multitude of Christmas Open House events, as the Chamber of Commerce celebrated its annual “Unwrap the Magic of Christmas” events.

The Jackson County Energy District is again partnering with Friends of Jackson County Conservation to recycle holiday lights.

Shawn and Megan Hankemeier welcomed a son, Brody Vincent Hankemeier on October 20, 2021 at Finley Hospital in Dubuque.  Brody weighed 7 lbs, 3 ozs and was 19 inches long.

Zach and Andrea Pitts of Galena, IL welcomed a daughter, Alaina Marie Pitts on October 5, 2021 in Fennimore.  Alaina weighed 6 lbs, 14 ozs and was 20 inches long.

Two groups toured the former Jackson County Regional Health Center site Nov. 18 in advance of the Dec. 14 sealed auction of the site, located at 700 W. Grove St., Maquoketa.

The Friends of the Bellevue Public Library group is hosting its annual Cookie Walk on Friday, Dec. 3 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall at the corner of Second and State Streets in Bellevue.

St. Nicholas Day will be held Sunday, Dec. 5 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Kalmes Restaurant in St. Donatus. A cookie walk and candy sale will take place, and parents are encouraged to bring their children for a visit with old St. Nick.

Share the Warmth, an opportunity to get or donate free winter clothing is now open for the entire Bellevue community  in the covered entry at First Presbyterian Church, 305 Market Street. The door is located at the corner of Market and Fourth Streets.

Steve Tebbe of Whispering Meadows Farms will be providing heated wagon rides to tour the Christmas Lights of Bellevue from now through Christmas.

The Jackson County Board of Supervisors put itself in charge of hiring a contractor to pour a concrete foundation for a planned storage building on the new jail site at East Maple and Jacobsen Drive, Maquoketa.

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Local residents, area shoppers and those home for the Thanksgiving weekend may as well just skip the chaos of Black Friday and save a few dollars to spend here in Bellevue on Saturday.

The old cottonwood tree across from the Riverview Hotel has become the subject of much discussion in recent weeks by city leaders and citizens alike.

Cold-Water Rescue: The Bellevue Fire Department (BFD) was the recent recipient of a grant from the Dubuque Racing Association (DRA). With the help from the DRA, the fire department was able to replace outdated Cold-Water Rescue Suits. These Cold-Water Rescue Suits allow firefighters to condu…

 The Eagle Nature Foundation (ENF) has decided to once again offer 4-hour winter Bald Eagle Bus Tours on Jan. 15 and Feb. 12, 2022.  The tours will leave from the parking lot of the Ramada on Hwy. 20 on the west side of Galena, promptly at 8 a.m. and return about noon on each of these days.

The Bellevue Fire Department is hosting its annual all you can eat Chili Supper on Saturday, Nov. 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the fire station.  Chili, along with a drink and pie will be served, while hot dogs will be available for the young ones.

Jackson County Veterans Affairs will be hosting coffee and donuts at the Bellevue American Legion Hall on December 1  from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The Rotary Club of Bellevue is hosting a community-wide blood drive on Tuesday, November 30 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 before …

Marquette Catholic School is selling Butter Braid Pastries and Wooden Spoon Cookie Dough through November 29, with pickup available at the school before Christmas.  

The Bellevue Arts Council is hosting a free Holiday Cardmaking event on Saturday, Nov. 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the lower level of the Button Factory. The event is hosted by Karen Schloss and will feature three stuctured designs  including Christmas Wishes, Tea Bag Fold Tree and a Washi …

James Cloos of bellevue recently received a visit from his newest great grandson.  Above is James Cloos, now at Mill Valley Care Center Bellevue, his son Patrick of Springbrook and Pat’s daughter Jennifer Austin, who is holding son Alexander James Austin.  Alexander was born August 22 in Mad…

The Bellevue High School Class of 1971 held its 50th class reunion on September 18.  A total of 17 classmates attended providing a 68 percent turnout. Rhonda (Weis) Cunningham brought flowers in memory of deceased classmates. The night included the Pledge of Allegiance, electing a new Vice P…

IT”S A BOY! Matt and Kelli Kingeter of Dickeyville, WI welcomed a son, Kade Martin Kingeter on October 21, 2021 at Mercy One Hospital in Dubuque, IA.  Kade weighed 8 lbs, 11 ozs and was 21.5 inches long.  Kade joins older sister, Hayden Kingeter, 3 yrs old.

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Per a previously approved development agreement with the new Off Shore Resort, members of the Bellevue City Council Monday night approved a resolution establishing pool rates for 2022 for the citizens of Bellevue, as well as all who live within a 5-mile radius of town.

Bellevue’s Kyle Guenther, now a junior at Iowa State University majoring in architecture, discussed his bike path proposal during a public input meeting held recently at Bellevue City Hall.

Last year, Bellevue Elementary students sent letters to the troop of two local soldiers who where serving their country overseas. Last week, they received a reply to their letters, along with an American Flag that was flown in an American B-52 bomber during a mission to Afghanistan.

Steve Tebbe of Whispering Meadows Farms will be providing heated wagon rides to tour the Christmas Lights of Bellevue from now through Christmas.

Saint John Lutheran Church of Bellevue will host a community-wide Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 25 beginning at noon. Eat in, delivery and pick-up options are all available.

Marquette Catholic School is selling Butter Braid Pastries and Wooden Spoon Cookie Dough through November 29, with pickup available at the school before Christmas.  

The Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced events and activities for ‘Unwrap the Magic of Christmas’ a two-day, community-wide festival set for Saturday and Sunday, November 27 and 28.

A change in election reporting and an abundance of write-in votes may have slowed the reporting of results during the city/school election a couple weeks ago. However, the slight delay was worth incurring the ire of some impatient area residents, Jackson County Auditor Alisa Smith said last week.

Bellevue American Legion Post #273 will host its annual Feather Party on Saturday, Nov. 20 from 7 to 11 p.m. Card competitions and games of chance will be available, as well as lunch and drinks.

Hartig Drug Company locations including the pharmacy in Bellevue, now offer a pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for children 5 through 11 years of age, following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) endorsement of the Federal Drug Administration’s (FDA) expanded em…

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The personal hand-written memoirs of a World War II veteran who was once held in a Nazi prisoner of war camp over 75 years ago were recently re-discovered by his children.

The Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced events and activities for ‘Unwrap the Magic of Christmas’ a two-day, community-wide festival set for Saturday and Sunday, November 27 and 28.

Members of the Bellevue City Council have had to make some tough decisions in recent months, and a lot of the time, they didn’t always agree.

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In a moving display of patriotism, more than 400 Bellevue residents and businesses are supporting the Bellevue Lions Club’s “Raise the Flag” program. On Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day, the flags line approximately 10 miles of city streets in Bellevue wi…

“Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been amazed at K-9 and police working relationships,” says Jackson County Deputy Melissa Schmidt. Schmidt grew up in Clinton, and recalls officer Jim Pfeiffer and his K-9 Major, who had a memorable pair of gold canine teeth, saving three lives and succes…

A small Jackson County school district is considering sending a portion of its middle school students to neighboring districts amid continuing declining enrollment.

St. Donatus Catholic Church will host a Pancake and Sausage Breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 7 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the church Parish Center.

Bellevue High School drama students will be presenting the fall play, ‘You're a Good Man Charlie Brown’ on Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m., followed by a matinee on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m.  

The Preston Public Library will be hosting its annual book sale during regular library hours beginning Saturday, November 6 and ending the evening of Wednesday, November 17.  

The St. John Women of the ELCA in Bellevue are hosting a Ham Ball Luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 6 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church.

Members of the Bellevue High School Student Council will rake leaves for those who need help. Call 563-872-4001 before November 10 to get on the list. Raking starts November 12.

POLITICAL STOP IN JACKSON COUNTY: Above, Judy and Tim Martin of Maquoketa share pleasantries with U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, last week. Hinson hosted an hourlong town hall meeting with area constituents Oct. 18. After giving about a 15-minute talk, Hinson fielded questions from the pub…

A Maquoketa dealership is offering monetary rewards for information about vehicles stolen from its parking lot in October.

The Jackson County 4-H program recognized 4-H members and volunteers for their achievements during its annual recognition banquet Oct. 10 at Volunteer Hall on the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Maquoketa.

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Folks driving downtown along Riverview have probably noticed by now the new radar speed signs on either side of the street that show drivers how fast they are going.

Area voters will decide multiple municipal and school board races across Jackson and Clinton counties next week.