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It’s official. After announcing his candidacy last year, Dubuque County sheriff’s deputy Joe Kennedy has filed candidacy papers to run for Dubuque County Sheriff as a Democrat. The primary will be in June, with the general election in November. Candidates have until 5 p.m. March 30 to file c…

Royal Oaks Development is planning on developing about 100 additional lots on the northeast side of Peosta, developer A.J. Spiegel told the Commercial March 9. “We’ve been selling everything out that we have,” he said. “We keep adding more because there’s a demand for it.”

If you’re thinking of nominating a Woman of the Year, it’s a little simpler than you might have thought. Instead of presenting two different awards, one woman will be honored with the Woman of the Year award at Women’s Night, 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6 at the Total Fitness Rec Center.

Gov. Terry Branstad has appointed several area residents to statewide boards and commissions. Appointments are subject to Senate confirmation and begin May 1.

Dyersville’s property tax asking will decrease for the next fiscal year. The Dyersville City Council March 14 approved the budget for its next fiscal year, just in time to send it to the state by the March 15 deadline.

Over the past several decades, the small town of New Vienna has awakened from each long winter with the sights and sounds of a hometown parade honoring the hard-working, dedicated farmers about to start their annual gamble with the ground.

A public meeting is planned on the beleaguered Farley Road project for 6-8 p.m. March 23 at Farley Memorial Hall.

A cast of more than 60 Beckman students will present the musical “Brigadoon” on March 18-20 in the Beckman Auditorium.

Two candidates have filed for a Farley City Council seat, to be decided in an April 5 special election.

About 85 percent of those eligible cast their preferences for what type of wastewater system Petersburg should build, and the majority voted for a lagoon system.

State Representative Nancy Dunkel (D-Dyersville) will not seek re-election this year. She plans to start her own business.

The IMT Group, a leading provider of personal and commercial insurance products, recently announced its list of 2016 Gem Agencies, distinguishing Delhi Insurance Agency as one of the highest-performing IMT and Wadena Insurance agencies in its six state territories (Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota,…

Don’t forget to re-set your clocks. Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 13. That means that we’ll “lose an hour,” so to speak, the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day.

Dyersville Council member Ray Sauser has resigned, effective immediately.

St. Patrick’s Day has become one of the deadliest holidays due to the number of drunk drivers on the roadways. That’s why the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) warns Iowans to not drink and drive this St. Patrick’s Day.

The annual Dyersville Area Women’s Night event will take place on Wednesday, April 6 from 6-9 p.m. at the Total Fitness Rec Center Gym in Dyersville. Women from throughout the area are invited to enjoy an evening of relaxation with great food, great friends and great entertainment.

Absentee ballots are now available at the Delaware County Auditor’s Office for the Maquoketa Valley Community School District’s Special Election to be held on Tuesday, April 5.  This election is only for registered voters in the Maquoketa Valley Community School District. 

The Dyersville City Council approved a contract for city administrator Mick Michel and chose a route for the sidewalk connecting Westside Park and Dyersville Elementary on March 7, knocking out in an hour two issues that have long consumed public attention.

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.

Voters will decide who fills Farley’s vacant City Council seat with a special election April 5.

The Iowa Department of Transportation plans to replace non-handicap accessible sidewalk on DOT right-of-way along Highway 136 in 2017. No new sidewalks will be built, and sidewalks that are more than four feet wide will not be replaced.

Students from Western Dubuque, Beckman Catholic and Cascade high schools are again dancing together to raise money for students at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. The dance marathon is planned for 7-10:30 p.m. on Friday, March 18 at Western Dubuque High School, with the community…

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has lowered by a third a fine against dairy farmers William and Jeff Lawler, of Peosta, after a 2014 manure spill. Upon appeal, the D.N.R. lowered the fine against the Lawlers from $9,000 to $6,000.

More than 400 coloring books and more than 100 boxes of crayons will help brighten the days of patients at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, thanks to the efforts of Western Dubuque High School’s service learning class.

State Rep. Lee Hein (R-Monticello) filed nomination petitions with Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate March 1 to seek re-election to District 96 in the Iowa House.

When Zachary Smith decided to restore the flagpoles at St. Joseph Cemetery in Earlville as his Eagle Scout project, he got a little more than he bargained for. Restoring the 86 flagpoles took 339 work hours, spread over a period of five months.

The Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its 35th annual ag luncheon on Thursday, March 17 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

On the evening of Nov. 9, 1938, 9-year-old Susi Hilsenrath and her brother Joseph went to bed excited about their mother’s birthday the next day.

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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.

When the Feb. 27 legislative coffee at Breitbach’s in Balltown opened up for questions, there was no delay as a hand shot up and a person asked, “Why does Gov. Branstad want to privatize Medicaid?”

Delaware County Case Management Director Peggy Petlon suggested sharing a lead case manager with Buchanan County at the Feb. 29 Board of Supervisors’ meeting. In light of managed care companies taking over Iowa’s Medicaid services in April, Petlon is scrambling to find answers in an uncertai…

Like many of the eighth-grade girls learning about engineering at Rockwell Collins in Manchester Feb. 25, Lea Montross didn’t ask many questions and didn’t think she wanted to be an engineer when she went on a sophomore high school trip to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. But that tr…

Six Dubuque County 4-Hers tried their hand at cattle judging at the Iowa Beef Expo Feb. 14. In the county’s second year at the event, the team of Madison Strief, Grace Strief, Libby Lansing and Adam Strief finished 11th out of 32 teams, just shy of 10th place.