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

Rural economic development, education, bottle bill reform and health care reform topped the list of priorities of Jackson and Clinton county legislators as they departed for Des Moines Monday. 

Registration began for Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2019 annual conference, “Cultivating Connections,” which will take place Jan. 17-19 at the Iowa State Center Scheman Building, on the Iowa State University campus in Ames. 

The Maquoketa City Council took a step toward applying for a grant to convert upper-story downtown Maquoketa real estate into apartments Monday night after a robust discussion.

New designers for a possible Jackson County Jail will look at multiple locations, including the current hospital site and  the county farm between Andrew and LaMotte. 

Jackson County Area Tourism Association Director Julie Bainbridge is paid to staff the welcome center just outside of Sabula, Thursdays through Sundays through the busy season.

A project to set bridge beams over U.S. 61/U.S. 151 in Dubuque will require closing the roadway to traffic from U.S. 151 to Maquoketa Drive south of the city nightly from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14, until 5 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, weather permitting according to the Iowa Department of T…

 The first Master Gardeners class in Jackson County was started in the fall of 1998 by Larry Myers, the Extension officer at that time. There are currently between 50 to 60 practicing Master Gardeners in Jackson County.