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DCHS Gets City Funding

September 15, 2019

A grant from the Dubuque Arts and Cultural Affairs will assure that the County Historical Society will have money to operate and continue to provide funds for a special project this year. The first grant for $30,000 will be used for operational costs as the organization continues to advance all seven of the city’s arts and culture goals. The second grant for $7,000 will support “Home for the Holidays: A Celebration of Christmas Traditions” at the Mathias Ham Historic Site. “Home for the Holidays” will be held over a series of weekends in December. Since 2005, the city has awarded more than 2.8 million to area non-profits and arts and culture organizations.

United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States Kickoff

September 15, 2019

The United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States held their United We Rock Campaign Kickoff Breakfast Thursday at Diamond Jo Casino. President/CEO, Danielle Peterson says the annual event highlights what United Way does across their 10-county coverage area and upcoming programs. The goal is to make more people aware of their mission and they always welcome new volunteers and donations. Peterson says events like the first Volun-Beer on September 17th at 7 Hills Brewing Co. are a good opportunity for people to volunteer and get involved. The first ever Over The Edge fundraiser went so well this summer they are already planning another one in 2020. For more information about the organization go to dbqunitedway.org.

Jo Daviess Board OK's Marijuana Businesses

September 15, 2019

Recreational marijuana dispensaries will be allowed in unincorporated areas of Jo Daviess County, once recreational marijuana use becomes legal in Illinois in January. This week the Jo Daviess County Board voted 13-to-3 to allow marijuana businesses in unincorporated parts of the county. When the legislature approved the use of recreational marijuana earlier this year, it gave municipalities and counties the option of allowing marijuana businesses in their communities are not. Businesses that receive a license to sell would be assessed a 3 percent excise tax by the county. That’s the maximum that the state allows under the new law. Medical marijuana dispensaries that already exist in Illinois will be the first to receive a recreational cannabis business license.

Construction May Cause Delays At Landfill

September 15, 2019

A couple of construction projects at the Dubuque County Metro Landfill may cause delays this fall. The construction of a new access road may cause delays entering and exiting the landfill. In addition the landfill cell expansion project may cause disruptions of services and delays at times. A release says that both projects should be completed by the end of November, weather permitting.

Dubuque Sewer Overflows

September 13, 2019

The heavy rain events of the last two nights caused sanitary sewer overflows on West Locust Street and Rosedale Avenue. The City of Dubuque Public Works staff discovered that manholes overflowed during the rain event on Wednesday and Thursday in and near the intersection of Rosedale Avenue and West Locust Street. At this time, it is undetermined when the overflows ended on Wednesday. On Thursday night, the overflows ended by 11:30 p.m. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources cautions people to keep their children and pets away from the noted area, which is posted, for 48 hours.

Grant County Flooding

September 13, 2019

Grant County Residents who sustained damage to homes during the flooding over the last two days are asked to report your damage to the Grant County Emergency Management Office at 608-723-7171. This damage survey will help them determine if they sustained enough damages to apply for any type of state or federal assistance. Types of damage that they are looking for include water or structural damage to the home, damage to foundations, damaged utilities (furnace, water heater, etc), damage to wells and septic systems, driveways that are impassible due to bridge/culvert washouts. Please make sure to document any damages with photographs before you make any repairs, and save receipts in case you become eligible for some type of assistance in the future. Residents do not need to report carpeting or drywall damage to finished basements unless there is an occupied bedroom in the basement that was damaged.

Darlington Possible Flooding

September 13, 2019

Officials in Darlington are saying that the possibility of flooding in some parts of town today has diminished greatly since Thursday. Darlington police chief Jason King says that the National Weather Service had predicted that the Pecatonica River might reach flood stage of 14.9 feet this morning but have readjusted their forecast overnight to 13.6 feet. King says Darlington is experiencing some minor flooding but as of 4 am this morning the river stage was 11.5 feet.

Steyer To Stop In Maquoketa

September 13, 2019

The Democratic presidential candidate, who is advocating for the impeachment of President Trump, will be stopping in Jackson County this week. According to a release billionaire Tom Steyer will be at the home of former Iowa State Representative Bob Osterhaus in Maquoketa at noon on Friday. Steyer is the founder of the activism group NextGen America. He joined the race in early July. Steyer is scheduled to take part in the Democratic presidential debate in Ohio next month. This will be Steyer’s first visit to the Tri-State area.

Food Giveaway

September 13, 2019

Another food giveaway will be held this Saturday for low-income residents in Dubuque County. The giveaway will start at 7:30 at the Dubuque Area Labor Harvest Building on West Locust Street. It will last until 9:30. Recipients are asked to bring their identification card and a box for the food. The food giveaways are funded by a federal grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which requires food recipients to be residents of Dubuque County.

No New Trial For Adams

September 13, 2019

The man convicted of helping rob a saloon in Dubuque, in which an officer was shot and wounded, will not be getting a new trial. The Iowa Court of Appeals says it found “no merits” in arguments presented by the new attorney for 56 year old Eddie Adams. Earlier this year Adams filed a motion for post-conviction relief. He says his attorney at the time should have requested and gotten DNA testing that would have helped his case. His new attorney also said Adams’ trial attorney didn’t sufficiently argue that the jury was given improper instruction. Adams and his father Eddie Chest were convicted of robbing Knicker’s Saloon with sawed-off shotguns in December of 2009. Captain Scott Baxter was wounded by Chest as the two exchanged gun fire as Chest and Adams came out of the saloon. Chest was also wounded. He was convicted of first degree robbery and attempted murder. Chest died in prison in December of 2017. Adams is serving a 35 year sentence for his part in the holdup.

New Otter-River Museum & Aquarium

September 12, 2019

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque is the new home for a young river otter. Andy Allison, Vice President of Living Collections and Education, says the male otter needed a new home after being found abandoned in Iowa last year and unable to be released. The river museum is already home to an older female river otter, but Allison says the two otters will most likely be kept seperate, although they are able to see each other from the side-by-side exhibits. The first week the new otter was unable to be viewed by the public so he could adjust to his new home but Allison hopes sometime next week the exhibit will be open for the public to see. For more information, go to rivermuseum.com.

American Legion Walk With A Vet

September 12, 2019

American Legion Post #6 in Dubuque wants you to spend some time with a veteran this weekend. For the second year in a row, American Legion will be hosting “Walk with a Veteran.” The event starts at noon Saturday at Post #6 located at its’ headquarters on Delhi Street. A release says the event promotes health awareness, community support of veterans and pets for veterans’ therapy. Pets are welcome, but are not allowed inside the legion clubhouse. Donations will be accepted with the proceeds being used to support an Iowa-based service dog training center. Following the one mile walk a free lunch will be served and participants can stay and watch the Iowa-Iowa State football game. There will be themed prizes of Iowa Hawkeyes and Iowa State Cyclone items.

Teen Charged With UTV Theft

September 12, 2019

A Darlington teenager was arrested Monday night after police say he stole a UTV and wrecked it while trying to get away. A press release says 18 year old Hunter Butteris allegedly stole the vehicle from a business on Washington Street a few minutes after 7:30. As he attempted to get away, Butteris crashed into a nearby building. He was transported to Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County and treated for his injuries. Butteris is charged with theft of property valued between $5000 and $10,000, carrying an electric weapon and criminal damage to property.

Second Man Arrested For Sexual Assault

September 12, 2019

Dubuque police have arrested a second man they say was involved in the sexual assault of a teenaged girl last summer. Court documents say 21 year old Ronald Brimmer was arrested Wednesday morning in the 2000 block of Holliday Drive. He is charged with second degree sexual abuse. The other man linked to the incident was arrested Saturday evening. 36 year old Augustin Bon Orduno is charged with second degree sexual abuse and two counts of supplying alcohol to a person under the legal age. Documents say Bon Orduno supplied the girl with alcohol while she and another young girl were at his home on Asbury Road in July of 2018. The girl told investigators after she started “feeling the effects” of the alcohol, she went into the bathroom. That is where she says Bon Orduno and Brimmer sexually assaulted her.

Hwy 52 N Closed Flooding

September 12, 2019

Dubuque emergency officials are reporting that Hwy 52 North near Heritage Pond by Rupp Hollow Road is closed due to flooding. As of 11 am this morning it was under 2 feet of water. Hwy 52 is being detoured at NW Arterial/ South John Deere Road going north and by the Little Maquoketa River Mounds State Preserve to West John Deere road if you are travelling south.

Grant County Rollover Fatality

September 11, 2019

A one vehicle rollover crash claimed the life of a Mount Hope man Monday night. A release from the Grant County sheriff’s office says a truck driven by 27 year old Nathan Wachter was traveling west on county P at around 7:15 , when he lost control on a curve. The vehicle left the road and, struck a tree and then rolled several times. Wachter was ejected and pinned under the vehicle. Wachter was extricated and transported to Crossing Rivers ER where he later died. Wachter was the 7th person to be killed on Grant County roads this year.

Harkin: "Hire People With Disabilities"

September 11, 2019

Companies that hire people with disabilities will on average increase their revenues. That’s according to a recently published report from consulting firm Accenture. Former Iowa Senator Tom Harkin spoke at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. last week to shed light on the news. He urged businesses to invest in technology and policies that embrace people with disabilities. Accenture found companies that had a more inclusive workplace for people with disabilities had on average 28 percent higher revenues over a four-year period. The report also found the U.S. economy could grow by 25 billion if just one percent more of people with disabilities joined the workforce. Harkin was the author of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act that was signed into law nearly 30 years ago.

Lawmakers Want Review Of State Prison

September 11, 2019

Two southwest Wisconsin lawmakers are asking for a review of policies at a state prison. Senator Howard Marklein and Representative Travis Tranel have sent a letter to the Department of Corrections requesting a review of the Wisconsin Secure Program Facility in Boscobel. Tranel says the letter was sent amid concerns of negative reports they are hearing from correctional officers at the facility. The officers claim they are not being fairly compensated for the work they do, and are forced to work long hours due to staff shortages. Tranel says that’s an issue that cannot be ignored. According to Tranel a recent assault of an officer by an inmate at the Boscobel facility has brought even more urgency to the issues faced at the prison.

Police Looking For Shoplifting Suspect

September 11, 2019

Dubuque police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a shoplifting suspect. Just before 2 pm on August 8th, a man allegedly shoplifted merchandise from the Best Buy on Wacker Drive. So far police have been unable to identify or locate the man however they have posted an image of the suspect on their ID4PD website. He may be associated with a black Ford that was seen in the parking lot. If you have any information contact the Dubuque police department.

Motorcyclist Injured On Highway 20

September 11, 2019

A freak accident on Highway 20/Dodge Street yesterday Monday afternoon left one person with significant injuries. According to a police report, 48 year old Felipe Lopez of Dubuque was driving west on U.S. Highway 20, just west of Old Highway Road, when a mattress that was attached to the top of his car fell off. 74 year old Judith Towell of Marion was in a vehicle behind Lopez, and when she braked to avoid hitting the mattress, a motorcycle driven by 64 year old Bruce Durband of Olin slammed into the back of her vehicle. Durband was transported to Mercy Hospital where he was treated for a broken wrist and a laceration near his eye. Lopez was cited for spilling a load onto the highway.

Street Closing

September 11, 2019

Due to Bee Branch Project-related construction, Elm St. between 21st St. and 22nd St. will be closed to thru traffic from Wednesday, September 11, through Friday, September 13.

Gansemer Back At Hillcrest

September 10, 2019

The man who led Hillcrest Family Services in Dubuque for nearly two decades is back in charge again, but only on an interim basis. The board of directors has appointed Gary Gansemer as President and CEO. A press release says Julie Heiderscheit, who served as President and CEO since 2017, is no longer serving in that capacity. A national search is being conducted by the board. Gansemer held various roles at Hillcrest since 1988 and served as President and CEO from 1998 until his retirement in 2017.

Holy Family May Have To Close Schools

September 10, 2019

Holy Family Catholic Schools in Dubuque is considering closing at least one of its’ elementary schools, but it’s asking for public input first. Chief administrator Phil Bormann says this is due to stagnant enrollment. Bormann says they are considering three options…..close the St. Anthony English program, close Holy Ghost, or close both. St. Anthony’s has 79 students in kindergarten through 5th grade, while Holy Ghost has 75 in the same grade levels. Bormann says this is a tough conversation to have, but it’s necessary with such low enrollment. The Holy Family board is hosting a meeting this Thursday at Wahlert High School to gather public input on the issue. That meeting starts at 6:30 pm. Holy Family also sent out a survey. The board plans to make a decision in October.

Felony Drug Arrest

September 9, 2019

A vehicle stopped for improper lane usage Sunday evening led to a felony drug arrest near Elizabeth, Illinois. Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Deputies stopped 54-year old Troy Miller of Hazel Green around 11:57 pm on US Route 20 and during the stop a K-9 indicated the presence of a narcotic odor. During a search of the vehicle the Deputies located a plastic bag containing a white crystal-like powder under the driver’s seat and a rock of similar substance on the backseat. Both tested positive for methamphetamine. The search also found a clear glass pipe and butane torch used for smoking methamphetamine. Miller was arrested and transported to the Jo Daviess County Jail. He is charged with Unlawful possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. A passenger, 42-year old Joseph Allen, of Nora, Illinois, was arrested on an active warrent. The incident remains under investigation.

Teddy Bear Clinics in Dubuque

September 9, 2019

Hospitals and doctor’s offices can be scary places for kids, so to help reduce that fear, UnityPoint Clinic and University of Dubuque Physician Assistant Program are teaming up to host Teddy Bear Clinics. The Teddy Bear Clinics will be in association with the Dubuque Farmer’s Market on Saturday, September 14th from 8 am to 11 am Corner of Iowa & 11th St. and Kids Expo – Dubuque County Saturday, October 5th from 10 am to 2 pm at the Grand River Center. Children and families are invited to bring their favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal to the event. Kids get hands-on experience with common medical equipment in a fun, stress-free way to ease anxiety with children for when they go to the doctor.

Three Vehicle Injury Crash

September 9, 2019

A multi-vehicle crash Friday morning injured three people. The Jo Davies County Sheriff’s Office reports they responded to a three vehicle accident around 6 am on Hwy 20 West about one-half mile east of South Devils Ladder Road. 72- year old Roger Holmbo of Hanover was westbound when his vehicle appeared to have partially crossed the center line and crashed into an eastbound vehicle driven by 57-year old Maria-Pulido of Galena. While Pulido’s vehicle skidded across the roadway to the north it collided with a westbound vehicle driven by 57-year old Christopher Rindels, of Rockford. Rindels was not injured. Holmbo was cited with improper lane usage. Pulido was cited with failure to have a valid driver’s license. Pulido and her passenger, 32-year old Annly Alvarez, of Galena, and Holmbo, were taken by ambulance to Midwest Medical Center for medical treatment.

Miller Riverview Park and Campground Open

September 9, 2019

The City of Dubuque Leisure Services Department has announced that Miller Riverview Park and Campground is now open for camping. Staff has worked diligently to get the park open for the remainder of the season. Due to the prolonged flooding damage to the park this season, most sites do not have grass. The park will remain open until the fourth Sunday in October (October 27), weather permitting. Reservations can be made online at www.cityofdubuque.org/millerriverview.

Traffic Stop Drug Arrest

September 9, 2019

A Michigan man is facing multiple charges after a traffic stop Sunday night led to a drug arrest. Deputies from the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle driven by 36-year old Graham Musial, of Stephenson, Michigan, for a traffic violation around 10:42 pm. A Sheriff’s Office K-9 was deployed and indicated the presence of illicit substances within the vehicle. According to the news release, a subsequent search yielded more than 146 pounds of marijuana and THC product. Musial was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver, Failure to Affix Tax Stamp, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Jackson County House Explosion Death

September 9, 2019

Authorities say a Jackson County man died at a hospital after being injured in an explosion at his home. Law-Jones Funeral Home in Preston says 39-year-old Daniel Miller died last week at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City. He’d been taken there after the August 16th blast and fire at his home in Preston. He was alone in the house when the explosion happened at the 39 hundred block of Highway 64. Our coverage partners, KCRG TV, report firefighters say a natural gas leak could be to blame but the cause of the explosion is still being investigated.

Dubuque County Polling Locations

September 9, 2019

All registered voters in Dubuque County will receive a mailing from the Election office over the next few days. The mailing will update voters on their polling location for the upcoming fall election. The first-ever combined City/School Election will be held on November 5th. The county decided to use their General Election polling locations for the combined election so voters will now vote at the same location for all elections. The mailing will include an Absentee Ballot request form. Voters wishing to vote by mail, can return the card to the Election Office. If a voter notices that their voting information needs to be updated, they should contact the Election Office at 563-589-4457. For additional information about the upcoming City/School Election, visit the Election website at https://dubuquecounty.org/elections or contact the Election Office.

Jackson County Fatal Accident

September 9, 2019

A Sabula man was killed after crashing his motorcycle in rural Jackson County on Saturday evening. KCRG TV reports around 6:29 p.m. on Saturday, the Iowa State Patrol responded to a report of a single-vehicle accident near the intersection of U.S. Highway 52 and 114th Street, located northwest of Sabula. 52-year old John Cole Jr. was killed in the accident. Officials with the state patrol believe that the motorcycle left the highway into a ditch, colliding with an embankment. Cole Jr. was thrown from his motorcycle by the force of the crash. An investigation into the crash continues.

Jo Daviess Accident

September 9, 2019

One person was injured Saturday afternoon in a motorcycle crash in rural Scales Mound. The Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Department reports that 52-year old James Jereos of Gurnee, Illinois was injured in the accident. He is reported to have been on West Stagecoach Trail shortly before 1 pm, near the intersection with West Council Hill Road, when he lost control on a sharp corner. Jereos is reported to have laid the motorcycle onto its side. The cycle then skidded off the roadway and struck a sign post. He was taken from the scene by helicopter to St. Anthony’s Medical Center in Rockford. The accident remains under investigation.

Dubuque Schools Hoping To Improve Attendance

September 9, 2019

The Dubuque Community School District is hoping to improve attendance this year, especially at the elementary level. Over the past three years the district has recorded the number of students who were chronically absent. In the 2016-17 school year 9.9 percent of the district’s elementary kids were chronically absent. The following year it was 11.1 percent, and just last school year it was 10 percent. Title 1 schools, like Audubon, experience more absences. Principal Ed Glaser tells our coverage partners at KCRG TV that they are trying to improve that with pro-active and positive actions. He says they give out stars to classrooms with perfect attendance, and they reward kids who miss less than 5 days in a school year. Audubon has made improvements on attendance. Two years ago the school had 78 students who were chronically absent. Last year that number dropped to 58 students.

Public Hearing On Prospects For Hemp

September 9, 2019

On the heels of the 2018 Farm Bill that legalized hemp production for interstate commerce nation-wide, the Iowa legislature earlier this year authorized the creation of a state program to regulate hemp growers. On September 16th, a public information meeting to discuss the prospects for growing, processing and marketing hemp in Iowa will be held at the NICC conference center in Peosta from 3 to 5 pm. Speakers from Wisconsin, where growing hemp was approved after the farm bill was passed, will be at the meeting to discuss their experiences with a pilot program being conducted in the Badger State. Among other things they’ll provide information on the potential environmental benefits of hemp production. The event has been organized by Iowa State Representative Chuck Isenhart of Dubuque. He is a member of the House agriculture and natural resources committees.

Marklein-Rural Broadband Expansion Grants

September 9, 2019

Republican State Senator Howard Marklein of Spring Green has announced that the Public Service Commission (PSC) has opened the application for the next round for Rural Broadband Expansion Grants. Applications are due by December 19th. Marklein says the legislature made a significant investment in Rural Broadband Expansion Grants during the last budget. People can apply for $24 million of these funds now. Grants will be distributed to underserved and unserved areas of Wisconsin to public-private partnerships to provide reasonable, improved broadband service.

Path To Potential

September 9, 2019

As construction continues along Central Avenue in Dubuque, officials at Dubuque Main Street want people and perspective entrepreneurs to see what their business might look like on Central. Main Street will be hosting the first of two events this week. “The Path to Potential” is part of the “Potential on Central Initiative’ and it will be held tomorrow. Main Street’s Michaela Freiburger says a self-guided tour of vacant buildings from the 1400 to 2100 block of Central will take place from 4 to 6 pm. There are currently around 20 vacant store fronts along the Central Avenue corridor and Freiburger say they need businesses to fill those spaces. The goal is to have six of the vacant store fronts filled by next summer. The Central Express will be held Fridays and Saturdays from November 8th through December 22nd. The “Potential on Central Initiative” expanded from the “Build-A-Better Block’ event held last September.

Manchester Women Charged With Pot Possession

September 6, 2019

A pair of Delaware County women face numerous charges after police say they discovered a marijuana growing operation on their property. Online court records say 26 year old Shayla Cole and 66 year old Margaret Nueton both of Manchester face charges ranging from possession of marijuana with intent to deliver to possession of methamphetamine. Documents say police were tipped off by a “concerned citizen’ who reported the plants that were growing on property where Cole and Nueton reside in the 400 block of Brewer Street last month. Police executed a search warrant and found over 150 marijuana plants still growing in the ground and several stalks that had been cut. Inside the home police found syringes and marijuana and meth pipes.

New Humane Society Director

September 6, 2019

The Board of Directors at the Dubuque Regional Humane Society has named a new executive director. Tonya Millard replaces Laura Merrick, who stepped down earlier this year. Board chair Peter Arling says Millard has a wealth of experience leading non-profits. He says that experience will provide unique opportunities for the humane society, as it seeks new ways of serving Dubuque and its’ animals. Millard began her new duties yesterday.

Restaurant Worker Injured

September 6, 2019

Dubuque police are investigating an incident where an employee of a restaurant was injured after someone struck him in the head with a tree branch this week. According to a police report, the incident happened at around 12:15 am Wednesday morning outside the McDonald’s on Iowa Street. 36 year old Lucas Learman told officers he was standing outside the restaurant, when someone came up and struck him several times in the head with a tree branch. Learman was transported to Finley Hospital to be treated. Learman says he didn’t know who the person was and why they attacked him. So far no arrests have been made and the investigation continues.

United Way of Dubuque Tri-States Kickoff

September 5, 2019

The United Way of Dubuque Tri-States is inviting the public to their United We Rock Campaign Kickoff Breakfast. The breakfast is free but reservations need to be made by Friday for the Thursday, September 12th event held at Diamond Jo Casino, Harbor Room. Jessica Bleile, Director of Community Building & Impact, says the breakfast is served at 7:30 am followed by a program that highlights how United Way supports health, education and income across their 10-county coverage area. Please RSVP to admin@dbqunitedway.org or call 563-588-1415 by Friday.

Police Looking For High School Vandals

September 5, 2019

Dubuque police are looking for two people they say vandalized Wahlert Catholic High School last month. The vandalism occurred during the early morning hours of August 6th. Damage has been estimated at a little more than $350. Police released photos of the vandals Monday. They show two boys, with their shirts over their heads, wearing baseball caps entering the school. The department has placed those photos on their ID4PD website. If you have any information contact the Dubuque Law Enforcement Center, or Dubuque Jo Daviess Crime Stoppers.

Fanduel Grand Opening With Antonio

September 5, 2019

Fanduel’s second sportsbook in the Midwest officially opened yesterday at the Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, and the very first bet was placed by former Green Bay Packer legendary wide receiver Antonio Freeman. The former all-pro bet $86…his jersey number… and took the Packers plus 21 over the Chicago Bears in the season opener for both teams tonight. Freeman predicts that the new Fanduel sportsbook will go over well in Dubuque. From the time Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed the sports betting bill into law, it took 93 days for the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission to establish regulations and Fanduel to construct and create space at the Diamond Jo for the new sportsbook. Fanduel representative Kevin Hennessy was impressed. State Senator Pam Jochum of Dubuque was part of the 2019 legislature that passed the sports betting bill, and she says it took a lot of work by a lot of people. Antonio Freeman will join Packer as well as Bear fans at the new Fanduel Sportsbook for a viewing party tonight.

C-Span Bus Tour

September 5, 2019

Representatives of C-Span, the most watched government channel in America will be in Dubuque this morning and the public is invited to tour their bus. People can tour the high-tech, interactive mobile classroom and production studio, as C-Span kicks off its’ “Campaign 2020 Battleground States Tour.” The bus will be parked near the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in the Port of Dubuque. Tours will be conducted between 11 am and 1 pm.

City Council Vacancy

September 4, 2019

The Dubuque City Council is accepting applications from Dubuque’s third ward residents interested in filling the City Council vacancy created by the resignation of Third Ward Representative Kate Larson. During Monday nights Council meeting, Larson told the board she would love to serve for the remaining couple of months before the November election. Joyce Conners, who formerly served the third ward on the council from 2002 to 2018, said she would be honored to be appointed. Candidates will be considered for appointment at the Sept. 16th, City Council meeting. This appointment will be until the next regular election which will be held on Nov. 5th.  Third ward residents interested in being considered for appointment must submit a letter of interest and/or resume to the City Clerk’s Office by 5:00 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019.  The appointment will be made at the Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, City Council meeting. Application materials should be mailed to City Clerk, 50 West 13th Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001, or emailed to kfirnsta@cityofdubuque.org. Visit www.cityofdubuque.org/wards to view a map of Dubuque’s wards or call the City Clerk’s office at 563-589-4100 to verify a specific address.

Grant County Fatality

September 4, 2019

A Platteville man lost his life in a single-vehicle crash in Grant County over the Labor Day holiday weekend. A release from the sheriff’s office says the accident happened at around 4:15 Sunday afternoon on County Highway Q, just west of County Road G. 21 year old Brandon Fuerstenburg of Platteville was driving west on County Q, when he lost control of his car while rounding a corner. The vehicle rolled, ejecting both Fuerstenburg and his passenger, 29 year old Jonathan Peredes of Chicago. Brandon was pronounced dead at the scene, while Peredes was airlifted to UW-Madison. His condition has not been released. Fuerstenburg was the 6th person to die on Grant County roads this year.

Manager Accused Of Stealing Thousands

September 4, 2019

The former manager of a Dubuque restaurant has been charged with theft after police say he stole thousands of dollars from the business. 32 year old Justin Orr of Dubuque was arrested Saturday night and charged with first degree theft. Court documents say Orr stole over $10,500 from the Taco Bell on South Locust Street. The thefts occurred over a three month period this summer and were reported to police by the company’s corporate director. Orr admitted stealing the money and said he did so because personal problems were mounting and he lost his home and most of his possessions. Orr will appear in court on September 17th. His bond has been set at $20,000 cash only.

Cop On A Rooftop Returns To Dubuque

September 4, 2019

Join local law enforcement officers this Friday, September 6th from 6-11 am for the annual Cop on a Rooftop fundraiser benefiting Special Olympics Iowa. Officers will be on hand at the Dubuque Dunkin’ Donuts, 2660 Dodge St, collecting donations. Get a free donut with any donation. This year’s Cop on a Rooftop event is being held at over 22 locations statewide. Special Olympics Iowa provides year-round training and competition opportunities through 23 different Olympic-type sports for more than 16,000 Special Olympics Athletes and Unified partners.

Tree Knocks Out Power In Darlington

September 4, 2019

Around 125 customers of Alliant Energy in Darlington were without power for a while Tuesday when a tree fell on some power lines. The outage was reported a few minutes before 10 am. The police department shared some photos of the tree on its’ Facebook page. It’s unknown at this time what caused the tree to fall, but it not only took out some powerlines, it also destroyed a fence while falling into the yard of a resident.

Regulations for Placement of Political Signs

September 3, 2019

Election season is here with four Dubuque City Council positions on the Nov. 5 election ballot and two of those positions with primary elections on Oct. 8. As these campaigns get under way, the City of Dubuque is reminding candidates and residents of the regulations that govern placement of political signs. In Dubuque’s residential districts, the property line is generally 10 feet back from the curb while the property line location in commercial districts varies. If a sign is inadvertently placed on the public right-of-way, the City’s Public Works Department may move the sign back on to your property and attach a green slip noting the violation. If the City receives a complaint about a sign, City staff will inspect the sign to determine the actual right-of-way location, which might be more than 10 feet from the edge of the street or curb. Also, political signs cannot be placed on objects in the right-of-way such as trees, utility poles, and medians.

College District Outreach Project Planned

September 3, 2019

With the return of area college and university students, the Dubuque Police Department will be increasing its presence within the local college districts. Residents and students may see these officers in their neighborhoods in cars and on foot in the coming weeks. These officers will be meeting with off-campus students and college district residents to engage in conversations about being respectful neighbors, personal safety, alcohol consumption, and about hosting safe and legal social gatherings. The officers will be offering resources and advice on how these students can have a safe and successful start to a new college year. The officers will be equipped with City of Dubuque services brochures, Jule Transit and Nightrider information, and other relevant resources. If you see these officers out and about in your neighborhood this fall, feel free to stop and introduce yourself to them. They will be happy to assist with any neighborhood concerns or questions.

Opening Doors Annual Bus Trip

September 2, 2019

A local non-profit is gearing up to hit the road again. Opening Doors, Development and Marketing Director, Ann Lorenz, says the annual bus trip September 12th will stay in Iowa to see Mamma Mia at the Old Creamery Theatre in Amana after the last three years saw the group visit Chicago. Lorenz says each trip has people who return for another chance to visit somewhere new and even enjoy homemade treats on the bus. The ticket price of $135 includes a $25 tax-deductible donation to Opening Doors as well as lunch in the Amana Colonies. For more information and to sign up go to https://www.openingdoorsdbq.org/events/bustrip/. Opening Doors serves homeless women and children and operates Maria House, Teresa Shelter and the supportive housing program at the Francis Apartments.

Dubuque Two Vehicle Crash

September 2, 2019

Dubuque police say one person was injured in two vehicle crash Thursday morning. According to an accident report, a car driven by 59 year old Mary Hingtgen of Kieler had slowed to stop near the intersection of Fengler Street and Garfield at around 7:10, when she was rear-ended by a vehicle driven by 19 year old Mycal Hall of Dubuque. Hall was transported to Finley Hospital and treated for minor injuries. Hall was issued a citation for failure to maintain control and driving with no insurance.

The Walk to End Alzheimer's Dubuque

September 1, 2019

The community will have an opportunity to support the nation’s largest fundraising and awareness event for Alzheimer’s disease this weekend. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place in over 600 communities across the United States including Dubuque on Saturday, September 7th. Natalie Meyer, Development Specialist at Alzheimer’s Association Iowa Chapter, says there are two options for walking distance and plenty of activities planned that morning. You can register online prior to Saturday or you can wait until the morning of the walk. Funds raised from the event are vital to sustaining local programming. Registration at the Medline/Bergfeld Recreation area starts 8 am, the ceremony is at 9 am and the walk begins at 9:30 am. To register for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s go to alz.org/walk.

Fatal Accident

September 1, 2019

A motorcycle accident Thursday claimed the life of a Dubuque woman. Around 7:48 PM, the Dubuque Police Department responded to the 16th Street entrance ramp to Highway 151/61 and observed a 2004 Kawasaki motorcycle on its side. The driver of the motorcycle was identified as 40-year old Shannon Katka of Dubuque. The passenger of the motorcycle was identified as 43-year old Shelly Brenke, also of Dubuque. Katka was traveling north on the entrance ramp when he lost control causing him and Brenke to be ejected from the motorcycle. Katka was transported to Unity Point Finley Hospital for medical treatment. Brenke was pronounced dead at the scene.

Storm Drain Mural Project Winning Concepts

September 1, 2019

The City of Dubuque has announced the concepts selected for the 2019 Storm Drain Art Mural Project. The artists will paint the murals between September 9 – 30. “Catfish Blues” by Emily Cotton Cram will be painted on White St. near Fulton Elementary School, “A Littered Habitat” by Bryce Cox will be painted on Lincoln Ave. near Audubon Elementary School, and “Treasures of Iowa” by Leah Steed will be painted at the corner of 15th St. and Iowa St. near Jackson Park. A total of 44 designs from 25 different artists were submitted. Concepts were scored on their educational value, creativity, and aesthetic value. The goal of the murals is to raise awareness of storm drains as a connection to our local waterways.

Labor Day Travel

September 1, 2019

This weekend marks the final major holiday of the summer, as people hit the road and take to the airwaves for the Labor Day holiday. Mark Peterson with Triple A Iowa/Minnesota says Labor Day is the third busiest holiday of the year. Peterson says gasoline prices won’t be stopping people from making trips they’ve planned for. The average price for a gallon of self-serve unleaded in Iowa is $2.42, while the national average is $2.59. Peterson says when you’re traveling, take your time and be patient, especially with older drivers. Peterson says eliminate distractions while you’re on the road and make sure everyone is buckled up properly.

Team Of Dreams Event

August 30, 2019

Cast of the “Sandlot” and a “League of Their Own” will be in Dubuque this weekend for a movie showing and a Q & A reception. Tyler Daugherty director of sports and events for Travel Dubuque says it’s all part of the Team of Dreams movie night at Phoenix Theaters at Kennedy Mall on Saturday night. Tickets for the event are on sale now and there are different types available, such as VIP. On Sunday, the Team of Dreams kicks off at 11 am at the Field of Dreams with appearances by the Ghost Players. There will also be a silent auction, an autograph session, celebrity softball game and Field of Dreams movie showing.

 

Man Arrested For Sending Obscene Photo

August 30, 2019

A Dubuque man was arrested this week after police accused him of sending an obscene photo of himself to a girl younger than 17. Court documents say 26 year old Nicholas Mayers was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with sexual exploitation of a minor and dissemination of obscene materials to a minor. Police say Mayers used a social media messaging service to send the photo and then tried to get the girl to send him a photo of her.

Repeat Sex Offender Enters Alford Plea

August 30, 2019

A man who was registered as a sex offender in Iowa after being convicted on a sex abuse charge in Illinois eight years ago has agreed to a plea deal for sexually assaulting another young girl in Dubuque. Online court records say 28 year old Nathan Lantz, who was originally charged with second degree sexual abuse, entered an Alford plea this week in Dubuque County to lascivious acts with a child and violation of the sex offender registry. Lantz is accused of sexually abusing a girl younger than 13. During the time of the abuse, Lantz lived within one thousand feet of an elementary school, which was a violation. Lantz could be sentenced to up to five years in prison, assessed fines and given a 10 year special sentence which could land him back in jail if he is deemed a danger to the public. A sentencing hearing is set for October 28th.

City Offices Closed For Labor Day

August 30, 2019

Just a reminder that all Dubuque city offices, including city hall will closed on Labor Day, but Bunker Hill Golf Course will be open. Since there will be no garbage pickup on Labor Day, residents who normally have their trash picked up on Monday will instead have it picked up on Saturday. The metro landfill will also be closed and Jule’s fixed route and mini-bus service will not operate on the holiday. That service will resume on Tuesday. The Carnegie-Stout Public Library will be closed both Sunday and Monday.

Finkenauer, Nussle Tour Dupaco Voices

August 30, 2019

One former U.S. Representative in Iowa’s First Congressional District and the current one toured the Dupaco Voices building in the Historic Millwork District yesterday. Current Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer and former Congressman Jim Nussle joined executives and a team of employees from Dupaco for the tour. The building is located at 1000 Jackson Street and is being renovated to be the new operations center for Dupaco Community Credit Union. Earlier this year Dupaco received a quarter-of-a-million dollars in tax incentives from the Iowa Finance Authority, and just last month the credit union got 8.5 million in state historic preservation tax credits from the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Dupaco is investing 37.5 million in the project and the city of Dubuque approved a benefit package valued at approximately 2.1 million dollars in January. Finkenauer says the tax credits are what made the project possible. Nussle, who is now Credit Union National Association President and CEO says he likes what Dupaco is doing in the community. The renovations are expected to be completed in the fall of 2020.

Biting Dog Sought

August 29, 2019

The City of Dubuque Health Services Department is seeking information regarding a dog that is running loose that was involved in a biting incident. The dog is described as a black and brown German Shepard with a floppy ear and wearing a pink collar. The dog has been seen in the South Grandview and Bryant Street area. The Health Department needs the public’s assistance in finding this dog to verify the dog’s health status. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Health Services Department at 589-4185 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or the Law Enforcement Center at 589-4415 after hours or on the weekend.

Youth Counselor Charged With Sexual Exploitation

August 29, 2019

A former youth counselor at Four Oaks Children and Family Services in Cedar Rapids was arrested in Dubuque yesterday after police say she had an ongoing sexual relationship with a teenaged boy from Dubuque. Court records say 21 year old Rachele Padgett of Central City is charged with one felony count of sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist. Documents say the boy informed a caseworker of his involvement with Padgett both at the facility and away from it. Four Oaks also has a facility in Dubuque. If convicted, Padgett could face up to five years behind bars.

Foundation Gives To District

August 29, 2019

A grant for $16,000 has been awarded to the Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools. The grant, which was awarded by the James B. and Melita A. McDonough Foundation, will be used to support three programs in the Dubuque school district. Some of the money will be used to purchase a subscription to Art Ed Pro through the Art of Education, an online learning resource for art teachers. Another portion of the money will be used to support students in the music program at Hempstead High School while the remaining funds will be used to buy books that tie with 1st and 5th grade curriculum along with a field trip those students will be attending at the UD Heritage Center in February.

Special Projects Grant Deadline

August 29, 2019

Time is running to apply for the Dubuque Racing Association’s Special Projects Grant Program. The program is separate from the regular grant program that distributes limited amounts of money to area non-profits and organizations. Kathy Young, director of grants says they began accepting applications last month for special projects, and the deadline to apply is this Friday at 5 pm. Young says they hope to award the special grants sometime in November.

Dubuque Man Faces Sex Abuse Charges

August 29, 2019

A Dubuque man made an initial court appearance yesterday after police say he sexually abused a young girl on numerous occasions over a three year period. 59 year old Larry Doane is charged with four felony counts of lascivious acts with a child and one felony count of second degree sexual abuse. Court records say the abuse started in the summer of 2014 and continued through November of 2017. Doane’s bond was set at $50,000.

Manchester Residents Charged After Stabbing

August 29, 2019

Police in Manchester arrested two people who were involved in an altercation this past weekend that resulted in one person being stabbed. Delaware County court documents made available Wednesday say William Holmes was arrested Saturday night. Holmes is charged with willful injury causing bodily injury, going armed with intent and two counts of control of a firearm or offensive weapon by a felon. Documents say Holmes stabbed a man in the arm during an altercation. Another person, 20 year old Taneasha Gingerich of Manchester kicked the man in the head while he was on the ground. She is charged with willful injury causing bodily injury.

Outdoor Skate Park Ribbon Cutting

August 29, 2019

A ribbon cutting for Dubuque’s new outdoor skate park at Flora Park has been scheduled for today. Steve Fehsal, Park Division Manager, says the park is open to almost anything on wheels. The concrete skate park features security lighting, a drinking fountain, ADA parking space, storm water management features and security cameras. The park may be used 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The use of protective equipment including helmets, knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards is strongly recommended. The ribbon-cutting celebration is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Iowa Downtown Conference-Governor

August 28, 2019

Dubuque hosted the Iowa Downtown Conference this week and Governor Kim Reynolds was on hand Wednesday morning to speak. Dan LoBianco, Executive Director of Dubuque Main Street, says it’s exciting to host the multi-day conference and show off Dubuque’s downtown. Governor Reynolds has been inpressed how downtown Dubuque has preserved it’s historic beauty and being a good model for other communities. She says the Iowa Downtown Conference is a great learning tool for large and small communities. Noting that six Dubuque projects and one individual received Main Street Iowa State Awards for Outstanding Achievements this spring, the Governor says the excitement around Iowa is growing. The Downtown Conference is the premier statewide annual conference for professionals and volunteers involved in preservation-based downtown revitalization in Iowa and neighboring states.

HWY 61 Detour-Car Fire

August 28, 2019

The Iowa State Patrol reports Highway 61 North just south of Key West by Digital Drive, between County Road Y38 and US 52, is blocked due to a vehicle on fire. Traffic is being rerouted with a short detour on Key West Drive.

Finkenauer Calling For EPA Investigation

August 28, 2019

Iowa Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer has joined other lawmakers asking for an investigation into renewable fuel standard program waivers. President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency has issued 31 new small refinery exemption waivers. Those waivers exclude small refineries from having to meet renewable fuel guidelines. Finkenauer says giving out too many waivers has a negative impact on farmers in Iowa. She is calling for an investigation to look into how the EPA and the Department of Energy are awarding the waivers. Between 2013 and 2015 the EPA granted 8 waivers a year. Finkenauer hopes an investigation will ensure appropriate insight going forward.

Man Arrested For Damaging Headstones

August 28, 2019

Manchester police have arrested a man in connection with damage that was done to nearly 30 headstones at a local cemetery earlier this month. 26 year old Malachi Montes, who is already in the Delaware County jail on unrelated charges, was arrested Sunday on a felony charge of first degree criminal mischief. The vandalism happened at the Oakland Cemetery on August 16th. Photos show numerous headstones that were knocked down, causing many of them to break. Damage is estimated at around $24,000.

ATV/UTV Ordinance Adopted By Supervisors

August 28, 2019

The Dubuque County Board of Supervisors has passed an ATV/UTV ordinance. This has been years in the making and supporters are looking forward to driving their All-Terrain and Utility vehicles on certain county roads. Supervisor chair Dave Baker says the vehicles could be allowed on the roads as soon as September 4th. Before the ordinance can go into effect, Baker tells our coverage partners at KCRG TV that it must be published in three county newspapers.

Woman Seriously Injured In Head-On Crash

August 28, 2019

A Dubuque woman suffered serious injuries following a head-on collision in Dubuque Tuesday morning. According to information provided by the police department, a car driven by 76 year old Carol Williamson of Dubuque was traveling south on University Avenue at around 8:10, when she turned right to continue traveling west at the intersection with the University Avenue extension. While turning, Williamson lost control and struck a vehicle head-on driven by 47 year old Julie Gross of Farley, who was approaching the intersection from the east. Williamson was transported to Finley Hospital with serious injuries. Gross was also taken to Finley and treated for minor injuries. The accident is still under investigation.

Grant County ATV Fatality

August 28, 2019

A Potosi man was killed this past weekend after he was thrown from his ATV in Grant County. The incident happened at around 9:50 pm Saturday night on Marsha Lane. 27 year old David Post was traveling south, when he lost control of the ATV. Post was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. One of Post’s dogs, who were on board the ATV was also killed. The accident remains under investigation.

Barton Not Seeking Another Term

August 28, 2019

A longtime member of the Dubuque school board will not be seeking another term this fall. In an exclusive interview with KDTH, Tom Barton said although it was a difficult decision he is happy with the direction the district is headed. Over the past decade, the state legislature has underfunded state aid and Barton says the school board has always found a way to weather the storm. Barton says he will miss interacting with the citizens in the district. Barton, a former teacher who is now president of Barton Wealth Management, says education has meant so much to him over the years. The 52 year old Barton says he won’t rule out running for public office in the future, but for now he’s content with where the district is going. Fellow board members Lisa Wittman, Tami Ryan and Mike Donohue have filed papers to run for another four-year term. Loras College professor Kate Parks is also in the running.

Sportsbook Opens At Q Casino

August 27, 2019

Q Casino in Dubuque will officially start taking bets on college and professional sporting events this afternoon. According to a press release the Q Sportsbook will open at 2 this afternoon. Q Sportsbook is located in the newly renovated Q Sports Bar on the second level of the casino. The facility is 42-hundred square feet and features 47 big screen TV’s, including a 165 inch video wall. The Q Sportsbook will be open 7 days a week, with extended hours on Saturday and Sunday. The hours of operation are subject to change to accommodate patron needs and prime sporting events. Bets can also be placed 24/7 from one of 12 sports betting kiosks throughout the casino. As we reported last week the Diamond Jo will start taking bets at noon on September 4th. That’s when the new Fanduel Sportsbook will open.

Kennedy Mall-Active Shooter Training

August 27, 2019

Dubuque police are scheduled to hold an active shooter drill inside Kennedy Mall Friday night. According to our coverage partners, KCRG, it will start at 9 p.m., after the mall has closed for the day. The drill is designed to help first responders deal with an armed intruder in a public venue. Mall officials ask that members of the general public refrain from entering the mall property during this exercise, as their presence might interfere with training activities and to not be alarmed by the sight of police and emergency vehicles or by unusual sounds emanating from the mall.

Man Arrested After Threatening To Blow Up Police Station

August 27, 2019

A man faces a laundry list of charges after Dubuque police say he threatened to blow up the police station. Online court records made available Monday say 24 year old Tyler Thompson was arrested early Friday morning after officers responded to a disturbance call in the parking lot of Romper Stompers in the 2300 block of Central Avenue. Thompson told officers he had gotten into an argument with someone. Officers say Thompson appeared to be intoxicated and while they were placing him in a squad car, officers found a small baggie which appeared to be methamphetamine. As he was being transported to the Dubuque Law Enforcement Center, documents say Thompson threatened to blow up the police department. He faces a half dozen charges ranging from first degree harassment to possession of a controlled substance.

Donohue/Ryan Running For 3rd Term

August 27, 2019

The filing period for a seat on the Dubuque Community School Board opened yesterday, and three incumbents wasted no time filing their paperwork. Mike Donohue is seeking a 3rd four-year term on the school board, while incumbent board president Tami Ryan also filed for another term. Donohue says he decided to run again to finish what he and the board started. Like Donohue, Ryan says there is more work to be done. Ryan says she actually made the decision to seek another term several weeks ago. Incumbent Lisa Wittman has also filed papers, as well as newcomer Kate Parks, a professor at Loras College. Incumbent Tom Barton’s seat is also up for grabs and he still hasn’t decided if he will seek another term in office. The filing period ends on September 19th and the election is November 5th.

General Assistance Director Resigns

August 27, 2019

Dubuque County is looking for a new director for its’ general assistance program. Randy Rennison, current executive director for the Dubuque County Veterans Affairs Commission, submitted his resignation to the Board of Supervisors Monday morning effective immediately. In a letter to the board Rennison says the reason he stepped down was the supervisors decision to “quote” confirm that Josh Jasper, director for Resources Unite will be the new director of the general assistance program effective September 1st. The letter further states that along with his resignation, “general assistance” issues will not be seen or heard within the VA office, so that staff can concentrate solely on veterans issues. Rennison emphasized that he will continue to be head of the VA Commission. A couple of weeks ago the board voted to turn over responsibilities of the general assistance program to Resources Unite and gave the non-profit $30,000.

Heroes for History Stair Tribute 5K

August 27, 2019

The Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society, in partnership with Galena-area first responders and many local businesses and private donors, will hold its fourth annual Heroes for History Stair Tribute 5K, on Saturday morning, September 7th, in downtown Galena. The event commemorates the 18-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks while also honoring the brave men and women first responders who protect us every day. The Heroes for History Stair Tribute is a 5K competitive run/fun walk with Galena’s iconic Green Street staircase as the defining, and most challenging, feature. Net proceeds will be split between the Historical Society and Jo Daviess County-based first responder agencies. Event sign-in and staging will take place at the 100 block of Green Street. Entrance fee is $35 for the timed competition, $30 for active first responders, $25 for fun run/walkers. Registration is now open at History5k.org. and the deadline is August 29th.

US Cellular-City Council

August 27, 2019

The City Council last week approved a lease agreement for US Cellular to deploy “small cell” infrastructure in Dubuque in the future. This infrastructure will use small wireless communication devices to enhance capacity in Dubuque to handle the increasing number of users and mobile devices. Mike Van Milligen, City Manager, says the agreement will address specific safety concerns by the City-for Fire and EMS mobile devices experiencing signal loss in route to a call-to area concerns for unreliable service during portions of the day. David Lyons, Sustainable Innovations Consultant, told the council the first set of six sites will generally be located in the Kennedy Mall and NW Arterial commercial corridors before branching out in other parts of the city. These will be 4G placements which extend wireless coverage using traditional communication bandwidths, and do not include any 5G technology. Any future replacement of these 4G sites with 5G equipment would require specific application, authorization and approval by the City.

DuMA- New Fall Exhibits

August 26, 2019

The Dubuque Museum of Art will present two new exhibits this fall, highlighting the imagination of celebrated children’s book author and artist Arthur Geisert and the paintings of artist Alec Egan. Opening September 21st, in the Falb Family Gallery on the museum’s second floor, Arthur Geisert: Tall and Not-So-Tall Tales will feature the original illustrations from Geisert’s latest work of fiction, “Pumpkin Island”, along with illustrations from his 2013 book “Thunderstorm”. The exhibit will bring Geisert’s books to life with more than 60 hand-colored etchings displayed alongside the artist’s drawings, videos, and hands-on activities for children and families. The exhibit continues through January 5, 2020. Born in Texas and raised in Los Angeles, Geisert relocated to Iowa in 2007 and today makes his home and studio in Elkader. A variety of public programs and events are planned in conjunction with the exhibition; details about each event will be shared via the Museum’s Facebook and Instagram pages and at www.dbqart.com.

 

Arthur Geisert, Pumpkin Island (detail), 2018, hand-colored, copper plate etching on paper, courtesy of Jack and Mantea Schmid Family, T2019.

Hazel Green Resident Charged With Sex Abuse

August 26, 2019

A Hazel Green resident faces felony sexual abuse charges after police say he video- taped himself having sexual contact with a least one young girl. Online court documents from Dubuque County say 18 year old Caleb Durr is being held in the county jail on a 75-thousand dollar cash-only bond. Durr is charged with four felony counts of second degree sexual abuse. The incident involves an 8 year old girl, who reported the abuse to a relative, who in turn told the girl’s mother. The victim’s mother was able to get Durr’s cell phone and turn it over to police. The video showed Durr having inappropriate contact with at least one young girl. If convicted on all four counts, Durr could be sentenced to up to 100 years behind bars.

Back To School Safety Tips

August 26, 2019

Students in the Dubuque Community school district as well as Holy Family Catholic schools are headed back to class today. With that in mind, the Dubuque police department wants kids to arrive and return home safely. Lt. Joe Messerich says motorists should be especially aware of their surroundings when kids are going and coming from school. When you see a school bus with “flashing lights” its’ “stop arm” down, motorists should make sure they obey the law. Messerich encourages parents to talk to their kids about how to stay safe to and from school, and never talk to strangers. The police department is also doing its’ part to ensure the safety of all students when they are at school. Messerich says typically the first week of school for students in Dubuque has been pretty uneventful, and that’s not a bad thing.

Finley Wendt Cancer Center Healing Art Garden

August 26, 2019

A Dubuque hospital is using area student art to brighten the day of patients and families. Janaan Roberts, department secretary at UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital’s Wendt Regional Cancer Center, says the idea of a Healing Art Garden came to her last year. The Healing Art Garden features students from area schools on a monthly basis. Each month a new school and students are featured. They had 7 schools participate this last year:  Scales Mound, Peosta Elementary, Epworth Elementary, Holy Ghost Elementary, Dyersville Elementary, Potosi and Cassville. The goal is to allow the minds of the people who visit the Wendt Center to have an adventure beyond cancer. As the leading cancer program in the community, hundreds of patients and families visit the center annually. For more information about the Wendt Regional Cancer Center visit unitypoint.org and click on services.

Jo Daviess County Accident

August 26, 2019

One-person was injured in a single vehicle accident in Jo Daviess County near West Stagecoach Trail Saturday evening. The sheriff’s department reports that 57- year old William H. Smith of Chillicothe, IL was injured in the accident. He was the passenger of a vehicle driven by 51-year old Steven A. Fritz of Freeport. Fritz is reported to have lost control of the vehicle on a sharp curve and drove off the paved roadway to the right and into the ditch. The vehicle struck a steep embankment causing it to spin and become air born. The vehicle came to rest in a nearby vineyard approximately 140ft from the roadway. Fritz is reported to have received minor injuries, while Smith was taken to Finley Hospital. Fritz faces charges of failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Cavanagh To Host Meet-And-Greet

August 26, 2019

A Dubuque city council candidate has scheduled a meet-and-greet in the downtown area this week. 4th ward candidate Brad Cavanagh will meet and talk with local residents at Jubeck New World Brewing on West 11th Street from 6 to 8 pm Tuesday. Cavanagh says the meet-and-greet is just another way he is working to reach out to people in the 4th ward. The event is free and open to the public.

Julien Dubuque Bridge One Lane

August 23, 2019

Julien Dubuque Bridge eastbound traffic on US 20 is down to one lane until 3 pm today for routine bridge maintenance by the Iowa D.O.T. Detour signs have been posted.

Four Mounds-Google.org Impact Challenge

August 23, 2019

A Dubuque nonprofit is asking for support from the public to help vote for them in the Google.org Impact Challenge which kicks off today. Four Mounds has been selected as one of five Iowa nonprofits to win #GICIowa, with a prize of $175,000 to support an expansion of the Four Mounds HEART program to serve adults disconnected from work. Four Mounds is asking for the community’s support in winning the People’s Choice award. That award, an additional $125,000 grant, will be given to the nonprofit that receives the most public votes. Go to g.co/IowaChallenge to vote, only one vote per person. Public voting began August 23rd at midnight and ends August 30th at 11:59 p.m.

Larson To Resign

August 23, 2019

The city councilwoman who represents Dubuque’s 3rd ward will be stepping down Friday. Kate Larson submitted her resignation yesterday. She says she did so in order to give the council more options in filling her vacant seat. Larson initially announced that she would be vacating the seat during Monday night’s council meeting, but at the time she said she had hoped to serve through the end of the year. The council now has a few options in filling her seat. The filing deadline to run for city office is August 29th, which means candidates still have time to file paperwork. Another option would be for the council to appoint someone on an interim basis.

Fanduel Sportsbook Opening At Jo

August 23, 2019

We now know when the Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque will start taking bets on sporting events. The new Fanduel Sportsbook will open at the Diamond Jo Casino next month. This will be Fanduel’s second sportsbook in the Midwest. The opening will happen at noon on September 4th and on hand to make the ceremonial first bet will be former Green Bay legend Antonio Freeman. The following night there will be a Green Bay viewing party with Freeman and fans as the Packers open the 100th season of professional football and their regular season with a game against the Chicago Bears from Soldier Field. Q Casino announced this week that it will start taking bets sometime next week.

Semi Truck, Tow Truck Accident

August 23, 2019

The Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two-vehicle accident Wednesday morning. A Peterbuilt semi tractor with an unloaded flatbed trailer driven by 42-year old Oscar Schumucker of Syracuse, Indiana and a Kenworth T800 tow truck driven by 51-year old Michael Nieminski of Oak Lawn, Illinois were both travelling southeast on HWY 20W about one-eighth mile northwest of West Glen Hollow. Around 6:56 am, the vehicles traveled down a hill and encountered slippery conditions and Nieminski, who was following Shumuker, lost control of the tow truck and it veered off the roadway to the east causing it to roll. Nieminski’s semi also lost control causing it to “jack knife” as it skidded off the roadway to the west. The two vehicles never made contact with one another. Nieminski was transported to Midwest Medical Center for treatment. Schumucker was not injured in the crash which remains under investigation.

St. Mark Back To School Supplies

August 23, 2019

Volunteers and staff from St. Mark in Dubuque finished packaging school supplies for kids in Dubuque and Jo Daviess Counties last week as the clock winds down to the start of a new school year. Beth McGorry, outreach coordinator at St. Mark says they expect to serve over 1,600 elementary students and over 400 middle and high schoolers this year. The kids are being supplied with the basic essentials in order to get off to a good year. McGorry says the kids as well as parents are very appreciative of what St. Mark does for them, by not only providing school supplies every year, but providing after-school opportunities as well. The supplies were delivered to the perspective schools by volunteers from John Deere.

Ridgeway Woman Hurt In Crash

August 23, 2019

Authorities in Lafayette County are investigating a two-vehicle crash that sent a Ridgeway woman to the hospital Tuesday morning. A release from the sheriff’s office says the accident happened a few minutes before noon at the intersection of South Mound Road and East State Street in the Village of Belmont. A vehicle driven by 20 year old Rosemary Hansen was traveling east on East State, when she ran a stop sign. Her vehicle was struck broadside by a northbound vehicle driven by 44 year old Mark Burns of Dubuque. Hansen was transported to Upland Hills Hospital in Dodgeville for treatment of her injuries.

Del Toro Running Again

August 23, 2019

Incumbent Dubuque city councilman Luis Del Toro has filed the necessary paperwork to run for a second term in office. Del Toro, who represents the second ward, is the fourth person to filed papers to run for a seat on the council. So far, former Black Hills employee Laura Roussell is the only one who has filed paperwork to run in the second ward. There are two other open seats on the council this fall. Incumbent at-large councilman David Resnick has filed for re-election, while incumbent fourth ward representative Jake Rios made the decision earlier to not seek a second term. At least one person has filed to run for Rios’ seat. Brad Cavanaugh filed papers last month. Two others, Jay Schiesl and Nino Erba have said they will run for the fourth ward seat, but so far they haven’t filed the paperwork. The filing deadline is August 29th, and the election is November 5th.

Tails at Twilight-Dubuque Humane Society

August 22, 2019

A Dubuque non-profit will be holding one their main fundraisers’ and time has almost run out to get tickets. The Dubuque Regional Humane Society is holding their Tails at Twilight event Thursday, September 5th at the Grand River Center and Friday is the last day to get tickets. There will be live music during registration and cocktail hour, which starts at 5:30 pm followed by an evening of celebration hosted by comedian Tim Cavanagh, as featured on Comedy Central. The night includes a silent auction, followed by dinner, a live auction and concludes with the renowned Paws Up. Tickets are $75 per person or $750 for table of 10 and can be purchased online at https://www.dbqhumane.org/events/tails-at-twilight/.

Greeley Man Pleads Guilty In Fatality

August 22, 2019

A Greeley man has agreed to a plea deal for his role in the death of an Edgewood woman more than 3 years ago. Court records from Delaware County show that 31 year old Max Fenton pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. If the deal is approved by a judge, the charge will be reduced from a felony to an aggravated misdemeanor. Fenton was accused of illegally firing an “improvised cannon” made from the sawed-off barrel of a black powder rifle in July of 2016. A piece of shrapnel struck 55 year old Lori Heims in the head killing her. A sentencing hearing is set for Fenton on October 29th.

MercyOne Dubuque-Magnet Designation

August 22, 2019

A Dubuque hospital has earned a prestigious recognition for the fourth time. MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center has earned Magnet designation which distinguishes health care organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. This credential is the highest national honor for professional nursing practice and recognizes MercyOne as a leader in patient care. Just 498 U.S. health care organizations out of over 6,300 U.S. hospitals have achieved Magnet recognition. MercyOne Dubuque is the second hospital in Iowa to achieve its fourth designation, just behind University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, which achieved its fourth designation in 2018.