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It’s time to regather as a community and heal through art. 

Bentley Chekal got the best birthday surprise when he turned 9 years old last Thursday.

The subject causes some sparks every time Maquoketa City Council members discuss it — and it has become a recurring topic.

Hugs, tears, and laughter return to the Jackson County Fairgrounds this month with the return of the in-person 2021 Relay for Life Jackson County.

More than 400 tractors toured Jackson, Clinton counties during 2021 Great Eastern Iowa Tractorcade

All area youths are invited to hone their singing and acting chops this summer with the Ohnward Fine Arts Center’s production of Disney’s “Frozen Jr.”

While in middle school, Kyler Beidler planned to become a teacher when he grew up. 

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Casey Taylor prepares a piece of lumber to be used in the remodeling of the Maquoketa Art Experience / Maquoketa Chamber building downtown. Sheets Construction remains ahead of schedule as they renovate the upper story of the building for apartments.

A Maquoketa woman is proposing that she pay back less than 6% of the money she admitted stealing from a local church, court documents say.

Homebound people who would like a COVID-19 vaccine can call the public health offices in Clinton and Jackson counties and a staff member will visit them and administer their preference of a single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot or a two-dose series of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.

I’ve been working with my house plants lately. Some I’m tired of looking at so I set them outside on a protected bench. They are in need of nature’s rain water and more spring light. However, I’m not quite ready to plop them in the ground yet. I’ll wait a little longer for warmer weather and…

After a one-year hiatus due to Covid-19, the annual Keeney Reunion is back on the third Sunday of July, as has been the case for many years. Family members and relatives are asked to jot the reunion down on their calendars for future reference.

Patricia Kathleen Lemer, 37, of Maquoketa, was charged with compulsory education violation, first offense.

Many public meetings continue to be held via videoconference. Please contact the entity holding the meeting to find out how you can participate.  

• A vehicle rolled and spilled diesel onto Highway 61 at about 9:54 a.m. May 25.

Motorists should use caution and be prepared to stop throughout town, according to officials working on the Platt Street reconstruction project.

With the skyrocketing costs of building materials, constructing the new Jackson County Jail may cost $6.87 million, an increase of over $600,000 from the last estimate.

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Erin Rogers and the Tschiggfrie Excavating crew will be knocking on some doors in coming weeks as Platt Street reconstruction rolls into its second month.

After a year of cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic, the major summertime events are back this year in a big way. This includes the 2021 Jackson County Pro Rodeo.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley toured the Jackson County Regional Health Center Friday to see the new $36.8 million facility and visit with staff. Here, hospital board member Bill Schwenker, JCRHC President Curt Coleman, and hospital board member Matt Osterhaus talk with Grassley during the tour. …

The Optimist Club of Maquoketa held its annual Respect For Law banquet at the Eagles Club on Thursday, May 20, with a social and dinner. 

• The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 75 has awarded two $200 scholarships. This year’s recipients were Alana Barker and Kyler Beidler.

The Maquoketa Garden Club met May 18. Roger Hansen presented a program on growing nutritious micro greens. The club meets the third Tuesday of the month at Pearson Memorial Center, fairgrounds, Maquoketa. Visitors and prospective new members are welcome to attend.

Maquoketa law enforcement dispatch received the following calls for service: 

Meetings will be held via teleconference or videoconference until further notice. Please contact the entity holding the meeting to find out how you can participate.  

Brandi Omega Fidler, 30, of Clinton, received a deferred judgement after pleading guilty to first-offense operating while under the influence and first-offense possession of a controlled substance – marijuana. She was placed on unsupervised probation for two years and must pay a total of $1,…

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Retiring principal, faculty lower flag one last time to mark the end of year

The Jackson County Board of Supervisors is seeking a solution to quell the number of vehicle accidents that have occurred on a rural county road in recent years.

Engineering Technician Forest Simonin orchestrates the maiden voyage of the new clean line system at Dynamic Tube during a ribbon-cutting celebration, open house and job fair May 19. Simonin used the manufacturer’s welded elbow assemblies to demonstrate how the new system works to tighten in…

Hunter Payne’s eyes grew larger and larger as the men carried 5-gallon buckets down the concrete sidewalk.

Two teens and their pets were without injury after a fire broke out at the rental home they were living in last week.