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Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was officially confirmed as being present in Bellevue nearly three years ago. Officials from the Iowa Department of Agriculture, who took samples here in January of 2017, tested them at a state lab, and confirmed the presence of the invasive species.

The City of La Motte, which marked 140 years in 2019, was incorporated in 1879, according to the Bellevue Herald-Leader archives.

Marquette Catholic High School graduates in 2019 not only outperformed their peers in Bellevue, they out-performed students statewide and nationally on the ACT (American College Testing) college entrance exam.

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Hannah Ruggeberg, age 20 of Bellevue, was tragically killed and a 3-year-old girl was seriously injured this past Saturday night when a man driving in the wrong lane of Highway 52 hit her vehicle head-on.

Chris Lampe of Lampe True Value presented his annual $500 fireworks donation to Chamber Director Carrie Weaver last week. A Christmas fireworks display, sponsored by Lampe True Value & Rental, will begin at 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30. After the fireworks folks can enjoy the annual Li…

One incumbent and two newcomers to local politics were elected to the Bellevue School Board in last Tuesday’s school election.

On Nov. 2 until 1 a.m. the following morning, the “Transcendent Paranormal Society” of Dubuque wanted to investigate the Jackson County asylum, poor farm and adjacent cemetery.

Elizabeth Klein and Matthew Ehlers exchanged wedding vows Sept. 21, 2019, at the Bellevue State Park Lodge, Bellevue. Elizabeth was given in marriage by her father. Diane Carson officiated at the ceremony.

Local residents can vote for the Prince and Princess in the upcoming Lighted Christmas Parade to take place Nov. 30. The Bellevue Area Lions Club has organized the new fundraiser to provide services to the community. Several candidates in TK and Kindergarten from St. Joe’s Elementary and Bel…

Bradley and Brittni Bunge of Andrew are the parents of a daughter, Brecklynn Zella, born at 11:50 a.m. Oct. 28, 2019, at Genesis East in Davenport. Brecklynn weighed 8 pounds and 3 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. She has a brother, Brayler Bunge, 3.

We send our “very best wishes” to Lonnie B. as he was discharged on Thursday.

Dr Steve Sloan  of Vision Health Center PC in Dubuque and Bellevue was re-elected to the Board of Directors of the Heart of America Eye Care Congress. Dr Sloan will represent the state of Iowa on this Regional Eye Care board.

The Bellevue Meal Site is hosting a Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, November 21 at The Bellevue Community Center (downstairs) at 11:30 a.m.  Reservations are due by Thursday, November 14 at  noon.  Please call 563-872-4666 to RSVP.

Bellevue American Legion Post #273 will host its annual Fall Feather Party on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 7 to 11 p.m. Card competitions and games of chance will be available, as well as lunch and drinks.

Saint John Lutheran Church of Bellevue will host a community-wide Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 28 beginning at noon.

The Marquette Players of Marquette Catholic High School will present Lewis Caroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14, 15 and 16, beginning at 7 p.m. each night in the Marquette Education Center (MEC).

The public is invited to a retirement celebration for Jackson County Conservation Director Daryl Parker on Friday, Nov. 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Hurstville Interpretive Center in Maquoketa.

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Jackson County supervisors Nov. 12 turned down a request for another public hearing on a possible general fund loan for Prairie Creek cabins and campground developments.

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American Legion Post #273 conducted traditional Veterans Day ceremonies at the Bellevue High School on Tuesday, Nov. 12. The event was postponed from Monday, Nov. 11, due to cold and snow.

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The Nazis couldn’t kill him. Business executives couldn’t ignore him. Naysayers couldn’t silence him.

The Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce has officially announced events and activities for ‘Unwrap the Magic of Christmas’ a two weekend, town-wide holiday festival set for Saturday, November 30 and Saturday, December 7.

LORIN MEDINGER of Bellevue, a U.S. Army Veteran, had the opportunity to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier this past April at Arlington National Cemetery. Arlington  is a United States military cemetery in Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., in whose the de…

Jail builder John Hansen told the Jackson County Board of Supervisors Oct. 29 why he thought the old hospital site and other properties wouldn’t work well for a new jail. He wants the county to build a 50-bed jail on the corner of Maple and Jacobsen, on a property that the county plans to bu…

Bellevue High School will be presenting the musical Mamma Mia. Performance dates and times are as follows. Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.

Lacey Homan of Bellevue, IA and Trenten Kemp, also of Bellevue were united in marriage on August 31, 2019 at Tabor Winery in Baldwin, IA.  Officiating the wedding was Tim Homan, uncle to the bride.  The bride was given in marriage by her father, Chris Homan.  

The Bellevue Knights of Columbus Council #1354 will host a fundraiser for the people of the Bahamas, who were hit with a massive hurricane. It’s called the ‘Bahama Benefit Country Music Jam,’ with all proceeds from the event going to Catholic Charities to help with relief efforts.

On Saturday, Nov. 9, from 3- to 5 p.m, join Bellevue Arts Council members as they welcome two published poets, Barb Reynolds from California and Bellevue’s own Penny North, for an afternoon of poetry as they share their work with community at Potter’s Mill. Email Linda Nudd at lnudd@mac.com …

Jennifer Velazquez and Joshua Budde were united in marriage on October 19, 2019 at Sheppard’s Creek in Burleson, TX.  Officiating the wedding was Scott Sheppard.  The bride was given in marriage by her father, Gustavo Velazquez.  

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden gestures with his hands as he talks about the “Medicare if you want it” health insurance plan he’d work to put in place if elected president of the United States. Set up against the backdrop of an American flag and a perimeter of straw bales, Biden…

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.

Kollin Christopher Kash, 25, of Preston, faces theft, burglary and drug charges after officers found stolen guns, computers, power tools, jewelry, hand tools, agricultural GPS tools, chainsaws and more in a search of his home, according to charging documents.

Bellevue American Legion Post #273 will conduct annual Veterans Day services on Monday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. at the Bellevue High School Gymnasium. Roger Norfolk, 2nd District Legion Commander will be the featured speaker.

The Marquette Players of Marquette Catholic High School will present Lewis Caroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14, 15 and 16, beginning at 7 p.m. each night in the Marquette Education Center (MEC).

The Marquette High School Student Council will host its annual Chicken Dinner, featuring famous broasted chicken by Kalmes Catering on Sunday, Nov. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Trinity Center in Bellevue.

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Election night results are in. In the contested Bellevue school board election, Marty Ploessl led with 534 votes, followed by Janet Sieverding with 418 and Matt Wedeking with 400.

Nathan Jones has been hired to lead Jackson County Conservation. Jones will start Jan. 6, replacing long-time retiring director Daryl Parker.

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On the three-year anniversary of the business, the owners of Bellevue’s River Ridge Brewing announced to their loyal customers that they will be relocating. According to a press release sent out by the Bellevue business, just three years after opening its doors, the local brewery is relocati…

The Annual Rotary Halloween Parade was conducted last Sunday, under perfect fall weather conditions. The procession was led by Rotary Club member Jeanette Hartung-Schroeder who carried the club banner down the route on 3rd Street. The well-attended parade featured movie characters, ghosts, g…

Elections for the Bellevue Board of Education are set for Tuesday, Nov. 5, and seven candidates are officially vying for three open seats in the board.

UPDATE: Marquette Catholic High School students will be participating in their annual community service day known as "Make A Difference Day" on Monday, November 4 from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  This is a change due to the inclement weather expected this week.

Members of the Bellevue High School Class of 1969 reunited during Bellevue Homecoming Week to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Pictured in front from left are Connie Wagner, Lorraine Thomas, Diane Norpel, Jeff Felderman and Neill Yeager. In the second row from left are Shirley Massey, Cindy…

The St. Donatus Catholic Church will host a Pancake and Sausage Breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. inside the St. Donatus Parish Center.

Bellevue High School will be presenting the musical Mamma Mia. Performance dates and times are as follows. Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.

Members of the Bellevue Student Council will be leaf raking on Friday, November 8. Local residents looking to get yards raked should contact the school 563-872-4001 or email Matt Jaeger at mattjaeger@bellevue.k12.ia.us.

Bellevue American Legion Post #273 will conduct annual Veterans Day services on Monday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. at the Bellevue High School Gymnasium. Roger Norfolk, 2nd District Legion Commander will be the featured speaker.

Springbrook Fire and Rescue will host its annual Fall Breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 3, with serving from 7 a.m. to noon at the Springbrook Fire Station.  On the menu is all-you-can-eat sausage, pancakes and eggs.  Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 5-12. Preschoolers may eat for no c…

Hunter Education courses for youth will be held at the Bellevue State Park Lodge on Thursday Oct. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. and again on Satuday, Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Bret Johnson a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial in Bellevue, Dubuque and Maquoketa, was named to the list of “Forbes Best-in-State Next-Generation Wealth Advisors” published by Forbes Magazine. The list recognizes millennial financial advisors who have demonstrated high levels of …

Thanks to volunteers Sandra Hayward, Laurie Anderson, and Sharon Konrardy 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.

THE NEW PICKLEBALL COURTS have been completed and are set for play at Cole Park in Bellevue. The project cost $25,000, which was raised through various fundraisers and donations over the past year. Pictured above during the dedication of  the new courts earlier this month are pickleballers C…

The Bellevue Chapter #359 of the Order of the Eastern Star will host a Soup Supper and Craft and Bake Sale on Friday, Nov. 1 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Bellevue Masonic Lodge on Front Street.

The Bellevue Knights of Columbus Council #1354 will host a fundraiser for the people of the Bahamas, who were hit with a massive hurricane. It’s called the ‘Bahama Benefit Country Music Jam,’ with all proceeds from the event going to Catholic Charities to help with relief efforts.

Stanley Reeg’s amazing rags-to-riches story began with an inexplicable premonition that has clung to him as long as he can remember.

Members of the 2019 Homecoming Court at Bellevue High School included (kneeling in front from left) Alexia Nemmers, Max Jackson, Liberty Dole, Jensen Wedeking, Claire Dunne and Luke Stroud. Standing in back from left are Kara Boeckenstedt, Brianna Busch, Abe Steinbeck, Justin Carrier, Luke G…

FALL BACK: Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday, Nov. 3. Set clocks back one hour before retiring Saturday night.

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Elections for the Bellevue Board of Education are set for Tuesday, Nov. 5, and seven candidates are officially vying for three open seats in the board.

The Jackson County Board of Supervisors may have selected a new location for the proposed new county jail.

Dave Heiar beamed with pride — and a little surprise — as his son, Ryan, stood behind the podium at the recent Iowa League of Cities annual awards banquet in Dubuque.