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With a voting deadline Friday, March 11 and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources looking at starting fines Dec. 31, Petersburg residents are still looking for options that would forestall building an expensive wastewater treatment system.

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Jay Wickham, of Peosta, has been chosen to fill the Dubuque County Supervisor position left vacant by the death of Tom Hancock.

Luther Manor Communities is planning to expand its Asbury campus to include a dementia unit and assisted living. The non-profit will get up to $9 million in financing help from the city of Sageville, and possibly Peosta.

Many Dubuque County Master Gardener activities are based in Dubuque, but a stalwart group of rural and small-town Master Gardeners, and some new blood, are raising awareness of the program outside of the city.

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The rapport between the two is remarkable, considering that they are neither peers nor relatives. Jaycee Fleege giggles as she tells LuAnn McQuillen about a Christmas gift she might have inadvertently spotted, one she hopes will be under the Christmas tree. They share a conspiratorial smile.

Sunnycrest Manor’s new administrator says that the county nursing facility is a “great place,” despite a mid-September state survey that fined the facility for deficiencies in safety and dining services.

Dubuque County is continuing to struggle with the challenges of ag-residential zoning, which allows landowners to build a second home on rural property.

Stray dogs and cats found in Dubuque County may soon all be brought to Dyersville’s no-kill shelter, if Whispurring Hope founders Vicky Ruefer and April Hoskins enter into an agreement with the county supervisors.

Work on Farley Road won’t resume until summer. By that time, Dubuque County “might” have a permanent county engineer, said supervisor Daryl Klein.

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The Dubuque County library system is gaining the ability to set its own funding level, and the library board of trustees and county supervisors discussed the changes in a work session Monday.

With the largest primary candidate pool in more than 25 years, the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors race will narrow considerably following the Democratic primary election on June 3.