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Mending the divide: People in Dubuque look to start healing after divisive election

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

No matter how you felt about the outcome of Tuesday night's historic election, it's hard to deny the campaign leading up to it wasn't divisive.

In Dubuque, one group is looking to start the healing process and move on in a bit of an old school way: face-to-face conversations.

That group meeting at Jubeck's World Brewing for a monthly installment of "Conversations on Tap".  This, just the second meeting ever, focusing on how to move on after this election.

"There's so much division in the county, and even locally, that we thought it was important to address that and bring people together and move forward, and realize that we have more in common then we have different," said Jay Jubeck, a co-owner of the brewery and one of the masterminds behind these monthly meetings.

The aim is to have a face-to-face conversation, and get away from the hateful rhetoric we so often see on social media.

"And to have the opportunity to meet face to face is what I really believe breaks down barriers, it builds compassion, we get into each others stories, we build relationships across any divides, and so I think we need lots of space for that," said Lindsay James.

She was just elected Tuesday night to the Dubuque County Agricultural Extension, and believes conversations like this will help start the healing process.

"It's easy to stay home, it's easy to retreat, it's easy to isolate. This is a way to come together and have fearless, and courageous conversations about what's really important in life. And these are issues in a time, in our history, in our culture, where if we don't start having these conversations, then our country is going to continue to be divided," she said.

Jubeck's holds "Conversations on Tap" the second Wednesday of every month from 8-10 p.m.

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