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The Bellevue Fire Department, with traditions and ceremonies going back to its founding in 1871, honored the late Joe Kieffer during his wake and funeral last week.

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Leighton Hepker, whose deep voice sounded over the KMAQ airwaves for 44 years, died Friday, Jan. 11, after a lengthy battle with a rare blood disease.

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The Bellevue School Board will meet in special session on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. to discuss potential dates for a second attempt at a bond referendum to building a new elementary school for the district.

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At least six special agents and criminologists are expected to testify in the upcoming trial of Drew Alan Mangler for first-degree murder of James Remakel in Bellevue in 2016.

NEW YORK LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY, Cedar Rapids General Office recently announced for the eastern half of Iowa the 2018 Agent of the Year award to Bellevue’s Jolene Starr, CLU, ChFC as well as the 2018 New Associate of the Yeat award to Bellevue’s Tricia Holdgrafer, CPA.  This was Tricia's sec…

Join in the fight against cancer by sharing the gift of hope through purchasing American Cancer Society daffodils which are due to arrive the week of March 5.  

It's that time of year to register  local youth for T-ball, baseball and softball. Forms are available at Bellevue Elementary and High Schools, Marquette, Bender’s Foods and Bellevue City Hall. The deadline for registration is March 15.  

A public legislative forum will start at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Maquoketa City Hall, 201 E. Pleasant St., Maquoketa.

The Marquette Catholic PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization), is inviting the public to its annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 3 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Trinity Center at Marquette Catholic Schools. Patrons may enjoy all-you-can-eat sausage, pancakes, eggs, fruit, juice milk…

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

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Marquette Catholic’s 2019 Homecoming Court was honored at last Friday’s home basketball games at the MEC (Marquette Education Center). The King was Garrett Krieg and the Queen was Lauren Sieverding.  At the homecoming games, the Class 1A 12th-ranked Lady Mohawks rallied from a first-half def…

New designers for a possible Jackson County jail will look at multiple locations, including the current hospital site and at the county farm between Andrew and LaMotte. At a visit to Jackson County Jan. 9, John Hansen of Midwest Construction Consultants and architect Rick Weidner met with of…

Kyle Clausen, who ran for a city council seat in the fall of 2017 but was not elected at the time, will serve on the city council in 2019.

The Bellevue Arts Council is aiming to help reduce the ‘winter blahs’ in Bellevue this year with a new ‘Create and Paint’ class intended for adults.

New rodeo stars, including Geoffrey Kaiser, Principal at Marquette Catholic, and Tom Meyer, superintendent at Bellevue Schools, will be born during the wild and crazy Dairyland Donkey Basketball Show at Andrew School Gymnasium in Andrew, which is slated for  Friday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m.

BELLEVUE’S CORY MEDINGER changed the banners downtown from a Bellevue Municipal Utilities bucket truck last week from Christmas themed signs to the winter bald eagle season. The banner will be changed again in April for the tourism season.

Stevi Steines and Ami Copeland of Chicago, IL announce the birth of their son, Solomon (Sol) Steven Copeland. Sol arrived at 3:59 am on December 18, 2018 at Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago, IL. He weighed 8 lbs, 2 oz and measured 21 inches.  Sol was welcomed by his older brother, Aviv, age 4.

Jacob and Abby Gothard of Bellevue, IA are proud parents of a boy Greer Jacob Gothard.  Greer arrived on December 13, 2018 at Genesis East Medical Center in Davenport, IA.  He weighed 7 lbs, 11 oz and measured 20” long.

A public legislative forum will start at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Maquoketa City Hall, 201 E. Pleasant St., Maquoketa.

The Jackson County supervisors Jan. 8 agreed to let Bellevue bring the 52 acres of the Stamp Farm into Bellevue’s urban renewal plan, even though the farm isn’t part of the city yet.

Jack Mauss of Bellevue recieved a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace at Iowa State University’s fall commencement ceremonies Dec. 14-15, 2018. All total, 2,157 graduates received degrees. Iowa State awarded 1,803 undergraduate degrees, 234 master’s degrees, 119 doctor of philosophy degr…

Bridgett Anderson of DeWitt and Anthony Eads of Maquoketa will be married Saturday, Jan. 26, 3:30 p.m., at Grace Lutheran Church in DeWitt. A reception will be held at 5 p.m.  at Buzzy’s in Welton. All family and friends are invited to attend.

The Bellevue American Legion Post #273 will host its annual Bean Bag Double Elimination Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 2, inside the post headquarters at 111 Market Street.

The Marquette Catholic PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization), is inviting the public to its annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 3 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Trinity Center at Marquette Catholic Schools. Patrons may enjoy all-you-can-eat sausage, pancakes, eggs, fruit, juice milk…

Jerry Woodhurst, 56, of Miles, has been charged for digging up ginseng on state property and faces fines of $1,950.

A benefit for Karen Holdgrafer, who has been suffering from polycystic kidney disease since 2003 and was diagnosed with breast cancer this past fall, will be held  Sunday, Feb. 3 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Preston from 8 a.m. to noon.

Todd McQuistion of Bellevue (aka ‘Toad’) recently delivered a massive amount of toys and other goodies to the children at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.

Jordan Allen Berner, 18, of 509 S. Prospect St., Maquoketa, was charged with obstruction of emergency communications and domestic abuse assault causing injury or mental illness.

With Friday Jean Day money, Fidelity Bank & Trust and Freedom Hydraulic recently donated $350 to the Red Basket Project of Jackson County. The Red Basket Project is a volunteer organization that ensures that every woman and girl in our communities have access to feminine hygiene products…

The Community Foundation of Jackson County, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, is now accepting 2019 scholarship applications from high school students in Jackson County.

Thanks to volunteers Charlotte Cyze, Janis Kilburg, Diana Muenster, Molly Muenster, and Marilyn Kilburg, with Joyce Till for hosting and assisting “Bingo games with the Rosary Society” during the afternoon on Wednesday, December 26, 2018.

 Kiah Kenton Gipson, 17, of Maquoketa, was cited for failure to stop in an assured, clear distance after rear-ending a vehicle driven by Kelsey Kristine Hosch, 25, of Maquoketa.

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It will be an exciting time for Taylor Cummings this weekend, as she officially opens her new store, Bellevue Mercantile Friday, Jan 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday Jan. 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Katie Feltes, a Bellevue native and 2016 graduate of Coe College has joined the staff of the Bellevue Herald-Leader as the new advertising director for both the traditional print edition as well as the newspaper’s new online platforms.

Jackson County EMS coordinator Ryan Conley worries that proposed rule changes could be an administrative and logistical nightmare for small, rural ambulance services and the patients they serve.

Jackson County Board of Supervisors Jan. 2 chose Rick Weidner as the architect for a possible new Jackson County jail.

Three people opposed to the county loaning money for campground development at Prairie Creek Recreation Area near Maquoketa shared their opinions during a recent public hearing.

Head out to Prairie Creek Recreation Area for a guided hike at the park on Sunday, January 13 from 1:30 to 3 pm. Enjoy exploring the park with a naturalist followed by some hygge. (Hygge is a Danish concept for creating time and space for all things comforting).

Thanks to volunteer Father Dave Ambrosy (Special Guest Pastor for the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bellevue) for hosting the Catholic Rosary, Mass, and Communion Service and volunteers:  Ron Koos, Dula Tebbe, Jr. Steines, Kenny Kilburg, Lloyd Kilburg, Leo Kilburg, Judy Moran, Molly Ploessl,…

LaMotte will host a community blood drive at Elm Street, inside the Community Center on Tuesday, January 15 from 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm.

Join January’s Fresh Conversations program, which will be held at the Bellevue Meal Site on Tuesday, January 15 at 11 a.m.  Local facilitator, Karen Osar from NEI3A  will lead the conversation.  

Harry J. Huebbe of rural Baldwin will celebrate his 90th birthday on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019.

Joshua Ryan Riordan, 34, of 1005 E. Grove St., Maquoketa, was sentenced to 240 days in jail with 233 days suspended and credit for time served, as well as probation. He was fined $1,875 plus court costs, a 35 percent surcharge ,and a $10 DARE surcharge, after pleading guilty to operating whi…

Mariah Hueneke of Bellevue is a new junior member of the American Angus Association, reports Allen Moczygemba, CEO of the national organization with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Junior members of the Association are eligible to register cattle in the American Angus Association, pa…