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Dubuque Test Iowa Clinic Appointments

The Test Iowa Clinic being offered at Epic Health & Wellness at 1075 Cedar Cross Road in Dubuque has expanded their hours and will now only take appointments. Appointments must be made for all testing at this location and are available Monday through Thursday, by calling 563-583-6595 after you have taken the Test Iowa assessment. People will then be provided an identification number, which is required to be tested. To take an assessment or request a test, visit www.testiowa.com.

Wisconsin AARP Safe Voting

Wisconsin voters participating in the August 11th primary and/or the November 3rd general election have several ways to vote safely during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Lisa Lampkins, Director of AARP-Wisconsin, says people over the age of 50 are at a higher risk. Voting in Wisconsin absentee and early voting are good options but not the only ones. Lampkins says be sure if voting by mail, send it in plenty of time prior to election day. Voters who request an absentee ballot will be sent instructions on how to complete it. This includes having a witness sign the absentee ballot certificate on your return envelope. Any registered voter Wisconsin can request an absentee ballot from their municipal clerk. For more information about safely voting go to states.aarp.org/wisconsin.

 

https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/

https://states.aarp.org/wisconsin/election-voting-guide

 

 

 

Alliant Community Grants

Alliant Energy and its Foundation invite community and nonprofit organizations to begin applying for community grants. Applications will be accepted through September 1st. The community grants are available for local programs and projects that benefit residents in the communities Alliant Energy serves throughout Iowa and Wisconsin. Examples of projects that have received grants in the past include meal programs to fight hunger, reading initiatives, nature restoration projects and the purchase of equipment for first responders. Grants typically range from $500 to $5,000. The Alliant Energy Foundation will communicate all grant decisions by November 1st. Grants are funded solely by Alliant Energy shareowners. Go to alliantenergy.com under the tab Community & Stewardship for more information about the grants and community programs.

https://www.alliantenergy.com/CommunityAndStewardship/CommunitySupport/AlliantEnergyFoundation?utm_source=WS&utm_campaign=foundation

 

City Council Discussion Mandatory Masks

The Dubuque City Council met in work session Monday and the prospect of a mandatory mask mandate was brought up. Rick Dickinson, President and CEO of e Greater Dubuque Development Corporation, told the council if the spread of the coronavirus is not slowed down, the economic picture for Dubuque is bleak. Dickinson told council members he supports a mask mandate. Fourth Ward councilman Brad Cavanaugh also supports a mask mandate and suggested the council take matters into its own hands since Governor Reynolds won’t. Council members Ric Jones, Laura Roussell, and Kevin Lynch also voiced support for a local mask mandate. Last week, the city of Dubuque and Dubuque County were identified as “red zones” for elevated dangers of spreading COVID-19 in the latest report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Field of Dreams Game PPD

Major League Baseball’s Field of Dreams game in Iowa has been postponed until 2021 because of the novel coronavirus. The game at a newly constructed ballpark on the cornfield adjacent to the site of the 1989 movie had been scheduled for Aug. 13 in Dyersville. The Chicago White Sox originally had been set to host the New York Yankees. When MLB remade its schedule following the delayed start to the season, the St. Louis Cardinals became the opponent. MLB will keep the White Sox for the game next year. The other team has not been determined.

Jones County Head Start Grant

The Hiawatha-based Hawkeye Community Action Program will receive a grant totaling $539,476 for their Head Start program from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The Hawkeye Area Community Action Program is the community action agency serving 6 Iowa counties, including Jones County. In addition to facilitating Head Start programming, it provides numerous other community services including meals, veterans’ services, affordable housing and financial literacy programs.

Delaware County Board-No Confidence Vote

The Delaware County Board of Supervisors has unanimously passed a vote of no confidence in the county sheriff. The resolution said John LeClere failed to provide required annual physical training, which compromised employee’s ability to practice de-escalation when in emergency response teams. It also said LeClere compromised the safety of investigators, deputies and jailers on multiple occasions by refusing to communicate professionally, failing to apply rules and failing to respect his employees. He also broke confidentiality on personal issues. AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan says the Council believes that this no confidence resolution reflects the severe breakdown of Labor Relations within the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department. He went on to say that this move was a last resort because nothing else worked. LeClere was first elected to office in November 2000.

Tri-State Mountain Bike Riders Free Kids Race

An area non-profit is putting on a free kids mountain bike race this week. The 4th Annual Cloie Creek race is Wednesday, August 5th. Ann Greenlee, Community Engagement Chair for TMBR, says their goal is to promote our area as a destination. TMBR has created 3 separate trail systems around Dubuque. Wednesday’s free kids event is always a fun family event and will take place at Cloie Creek Park, 5184 Park Place, in Asbury. Registration Wednesday begins at 5:30 pm, races begin at 6 pm. Tri-State Mountain Bike Riders will award medals for the top 3 finishers in each age group up to 12 years old and boys and girls divisions. All skill levels are welcome. For more information, go to tmbrtrails.org or the TMBR Facebook page.

 

Mississippi River Museum Endangered Species

Zoos and aquariums are a lifeline to so many endangered species and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums says the facilities lost millions of dollars because of the coronavirus pandemic. Now they are asking Congress to step up and help them. Zoos and aquariums are working nonstop to protect the Wyoming toad, the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa is one of them. Mark Beshel, Assistant Curation of Living Collections, tells KCRG TV he and his colleagues work around the clock on conservation programs to care for endangered species. The work is time-consuming and expensive. But now, they are faced with another challenge—COVID-19 and furloughs. The Dubuque attraction did get some COVID relief funds, but officials said that money is now gone. The facility is not the only one struggling to maintain operations, according to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Dan Ashe, the Association President. Ashe is asking Congress for 30 million dollars to help A-Z-A-accredited locations care for protected species and federally-owned animals. He estimates they will need about $5 million per month for six months to keep the programs running.

 

 

Dubuque Main Street Challenge Grants

This Friday is the deadline to submit for a grant through Main Street Iowa (MSI) and Dubuque Main Street. The MSI Challenge grant competition is again offering great downtown projects up to $75,000 this summer. Eligible local projects must be within the DMS downtown project area. Rehabilitation and/or restoration of privately held properties within the designated Main Street district are eligible, as is compatible new construction. The maximum dollar amount to be awarded will be $75,000, with a minimum award of $15,000 per project. You are asked to send a one-page overview of the project by August 7th, to dan@dubuquemainstreet.org .

Hartig Drug Free COVID Tests

Starting on Monday, Hartig Drug Company pharmacies will start offering free COVID-19 test collections, including three locations in Dubuque  This is in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The cities across the tri-states that will be offering testing can be found at DoINeedACovid19Test.com. On the website, people can make an appointment to get a test. Anyone is eligible to get a test and does not have to be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Dubuque 4-H Event COVID Positive

A person who was volunteering at a recent 4-H event in Dubuque County has tested positive for the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. The Dubuque County Extension Office and Council said on Saturday that they learned of the case of COVID-19. The person involved was apparently not showing symptoms of the illness during the 4-H swine show, which was held on Monday, July 27. They later developed symptoms and got tested on July 31. The organization said that the person did not have much contact with the public or children in 4-H. Other staff who may have had close contact with the person are being contacted and told to self-isolate. Persons with concerns who were involved with, or attended, the show can contact the Dubuque County Extension Office or their healthcare provider with questions.

Dubuque Man Charged With Attempted Murder

A Dubuque man, who police say shot another man for intervening while he was propositioning two females Thursday night, has been charged with attempted murder. Police arrested 24 year old Shawn Turner Sr. early Friday morning in the 2200 block of Jackson Street. A police report says at around 10:40, Turner got of a vehicle in the 2300 block of Central and began propositioning a woman and her young daughter. 39 year old Jerramy Vasquez was sitting on his porch and approached Turner. The two became involved in an altercation before Turner got back into the passenger side of the vehicle which began to pull away. Turner then pulled out a handgun and fired several shots at Vasquez, striking him once in the thigh. Vasquez was taken to Finely Hospital to be treated. Police used traffic camera footage to identify Turner as the shooter. In addition to the attempted murder charge, Turner is also charged with public intoxication.

Dubuque Man Shot

A Dubuque man was shot Thursday night in the downtown area. Dubuque police officers responded to a call of a man who was shot in the leg in the 2300 block of Central Avenue at 10:40 p.m. Police say 39-year old Jerramy Vasquez saw 24-year old Shawn Turner in a vehicle trying to get one adult and one juvenile females in his SUV and he decided to intervene. While pulling away, Turner fired several shots at Vasquez with a handgun, hitting him once in the leg. Police say first responders took Vasquez to UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital and described his wound as non-life threatening. Turner’s vehicle was tracked to the 2200 block of Washington Street where he was arrested on a charge of attempted murder.

Dubuque COVID Red Zone

Both Dubuque County and the city of Dubuque have been identified as “red zones” for elevated dangers of spreading COVID-19, according to the latest report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Iowa is also listed as one of the “red zone” states in the report. The report identifies “red zones” as “those core-based statistical areas and counties that during the last week reported both new cases above 100 per 100,000 population, and a diagnostic test positivity result above 10 percent.” Dubuque County is one of eight Iowa red zone counties and the city of Dubuque is one of three red zone metro areas.

 

Dubuquers Hurt In Crash In Des Moines

Two Dubuque residents were injured in a three vehicle crash near Principal Park in Des Moines following Hempstead’s 7-to-6 baseball win over Iowa City High Wednesday night. The accident involved family of head Mustangs baseball coach Jeff Rapp. Des Moines police say at around 7:40, a vehicle driven by 26 year old Fahid Chaudhry of Des Moines was traveling south of Southwest 3rd Street approaching Line Drive, when reached down to grab his cell phone. As he was looking down, Chaudhry told police he swerved off the road, jumped the curb and struck a legally parked vehicle owned by James Beining of Dubuque. The impact caused Beining’s vehicle to smash into another legally parked vehicle owned by Steven Burgett of Des Moines. Two people inside Beining’s vehicle, 67 year old Joan Rannals and 41 year old Alicia Engelking, both of Dubuque were injured. They were transported to Methodist Hospital where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries. Rannals is coach  Rapp’s mother-in-law and Engelking is his sister-in-law. Chaudhry was cited for failure to maintain control

Meth Dealers Arrested In Wisconsin

Three meth dealers from the Tri-State area were arrested in southwest Wisconsin Wednesday. According to Cuba City police a car driven by 31 year old John Behnken of Dubuque was stopped by an officer on Main Street. Behnken gave the officer a false name then put up his window and locked the doors. His passengers, 39 year old Dawn Warner of Dubuque and 39 year old Nicholas Kennel of Asbury at first refused to exit the vehicle, but eventually got out. A K-9 unit was brought to the scene and the K-9 indicated the presence of drugs. The vehicle was searched and police found a loaded handgun, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a scale. The K-9 then alerted officers of a problem with Behnken inside the car. Behnken told them he had just swallowed 10 baggies containing meth. He was first taken to Southwest Health, before being transported to Madison. Behnken faces numerous charges including possession of meth with intent to deliver, possession of a firearm as a felon and obstructing justice. Warner and Kennel were each charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Southwest Arterial

 

Dubuque’s Southwest Arterial is expected to be open by September 1st. City officials had originally hoped the $160 million project would be ready by the first week of August. However, Bob Schiesl, Dubuque’s assistant city engineer, said they want to wait until it is 100 percent complete to open. As of now, the only thing that is not completed is the middle interchange. He tells KCRG TV , the ribbon-cutting ceremony has been canceled because of the pandemic, but they have come up with a Plan B. The talented staff in the city are going to be creating kind of a grand opening or ribbon cutting video that we will be sharing with everybody to commemorate the historic achievement. Shiesl says the project continues to be the city’s main transportation priority.

 

 

 

 

 

Wahlert Catholic Graduation

The class of 2020 at Wahlert Catholic High School in Dubuque was scheduled to have a graduation mass and ceremony on June 20th, however it was postponed until August 1st due to COVID-19 concerns. At the time it was reported that some families of graduating seniors had contracted the virus, but it was not known how many people were infected. Holy Family Chief Administrator Phil Bormann says they will honor their graduating seniors with an in-person ceremony, but the option for a virtual event is still available. The mass and ceremony starts at 1 pm on Saturday and will be held at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street. Bormann says they will follow guidance provided by the state health department and the CDC. Each graduate would be allowed to bring four guests. Each family will sit together as a five-some, socially distanced from the other families in attendance. Masks will be required for all attendees to enter the church. For those families who choose not to or are not able to attend, they have already created a video presentation that will be posted immediately after the Baccalaureate Mass. 109 seniors are scheduled to graduate. Hempstead and Senior High Schools held their ceremonies inside Dalzell Field on June 27th.

Dubuque Man Pleads Guilty To Selling Drugs Related To Deaths

A Dubuque man, who prosecutors say sold three deadly doses of opioids last year, has pleaded guilty. 38 year old Travis Jones plead guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute controlled substances near a protected location resulting in death. In federal court in Cedar rapids this week, Jones admitted to conspiring with others to distribute opioids in Dubuque in April and May of 2019.  He also admitted that he personally sold mixtures of heroin, fentanyl and a synthetic opioid that were used by three people who then died of overdoses. Jones will be sentenced after a pre-sentence report is prepared. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years and a maximum of life in prison and a 2-million dollar fine.

Face Covering Required For Jule Passengers

Beginning next Monday, passengers who ride a Jule bus or paratransit vehicle will be required to wear a face covering. Officials say they are mandating the face covering to limit the spread of COVID-19 and increase passenger safety. For this policy, face covering is defined as a uniform piece of material that snugly and securely covers a person’s nose and mouth. Officials say they recognize that some people may not be able to wear a face covering because it may exacerbate a physical or mental condition, lead to a medical emergency or introduce significant safety concerns. In those instances, adaptations and alternatives should be considered to increase the feasibility of wearing a face covering or another accommodation to reduce the risk of COVID. The Jule will have masks available for passengers who do not have one. The policy will remain in effect until further notice.

Mediacom Scam

The Dubuque Police Department received a report Wednesday of a male going door to door posing as a Mediacom employee offering new rates on cable television service. The individual convinced the resident to allow him inside to review a recent cable bill to compare prices and asked for personal information. The police department reminds people not to allow unknown people into your home and never give your personal information.

Inspiration Stables Power of the Herd

An area non-profit is adapting to the COVID-19 landscape for its fundraising efforts. Executive Director, Sarah Kumpf, says Inspiration Stables is a therapeutic horseback riding program that works with children with special needs. This year’s Power of the Herd Ride-A- Thon fundraiser is going virtual and people can help by pledging an amount per horse ride or for the month. Kumpf says money raised through the fundraiser and raffles will go back into the program. The fundraiser runs from Friday, July 31st to August 29th. To contribute, or for more information go to http://www.inspirationstables.org/Ride-A-Thon/or their Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

Crews Spraying For Weed Control

Crews from the Dubuque Public Works Department are spraying weed control in various areas of clean stone and rip-rap on the John C. Culver Floodwall. Spraying started south of the lock and dam this week. Signs along the flood control system identify the area being sprayed. With no weather delays, the work should be done by Friday. People are cautioned to keep their children and pets out of direct contact with the sprayed weeds for 24 hours after application.

Juvenile Injured After Car Hits Deer

A deer in the road was the cause of an accident in Lafayette County Tuesday night that sent one person to the hospital. 38 year old Amanda Elmer of Darlington was driving along County Highway F in Darlington Township just after 10, when she struck a deer. A juvenile passenger was transported to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. Elmer was not injured.

Art on the River Cancelled

The City of Dubuque Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs has announced that the 2020-21 Art on the River public art exhibit has been canceled due to City budget constraints related to COVID-19 revenue impacts. In lieu of a new exhibition, several of the current sculptures will remain on display and available for purchase, with a portion of proceeds supporting the program’s future. It is anticipated that the 2021-22 Art on the River exhibit will be held from August 2021 to July 2022 along the Mississippi Riverwalk at the Port of Dubuque. Artist applications submitted for this year’s installment will be held for consideration next year, with additional applications being sought in Spring 2021.

MercyOne Top Hospital List

MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center and Mercy Hospital-Iowa City, an affiliate of MercyOne, have been named by IBM Watson Health as Top 100 Hospitals. Hospitals achieving this prestigious honor had better clinical outcomes, operational efficiency, patient experience and overall financial health. This is the second time MercyOne Dubuque and Mercy Iowa City have been named to the list.

Dubuque Schools Prepared To Start Fall Sports

Last week the Dubuque school board voted to start the school year with a hybrid process of learning, which essentially is a combination of in-person and online learning. Parents can also opt to have their kids learn completely online, but what about fall sports? On July 17th, the Iowa High School Athletic Association announced that it is preparing to begin the 2020 fall sports season as scheduled. Practices for football, volleyball and cross country are slated to begin on August 10th. Dubuque superintendent Stan Rheingans says right now they are waiting for additional guidance from the IHSAA. He says the association’s guidelines will no doubt dictate the path they take when it comes to fall sports. Rheingans says although the association has given the OK to have fall sports, districts can still decide not to. The state also has some leverage on how districts can conduct dance clubs, theater, debate teams and marching bands during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rheingans says according to medical experts, if a student has COVID-19 and they don’t display any symptoms, and they sing together with a group of other students the virus could easily spread. Rheingans says they expect to get more guidance on how fall sports will be conducted  by August 1st.

 

Hunter Receives “Women Of Achievement” Award

The director of the Multi-Cultural Family Center in Dubuque is one of the latest recipients of the “Women of Achievement” awards. Jacqueline Hunter was one of several winners of the award in her field. Each year the Women’s Leadership Network of Dubuque holds a special event that honors women of achievement in the Tri-State area. The WLN receives about 50 nominations, and according to WLN board member Miranda Ernst, each nomination is judged blindly. This year Hunter was one of 12 recipients of the award for services and support of a non-profit. Hunter, who has been in charge of the Multicultural Family Center for the past two years, says she was grateful to be recognized. Hunter received the award during the Women of Achievement awards virtual broadcast on July 8th.

Dubuque Motorcyclist Seriously Injured

A  Dubuque man was seriously injured after he crashed his motorcycle in Dubuque Monday night. Police say the accident happened at around 7 in the 1500 block of Old Mill Road. 20 year old Colten Fiegen was traveling west on Old Mill, when he attempted to turn but struck the curb. He was transported to Finley Hospital with serious injuries. His condition was not available. Fiegen was issued citations for failure to have a valid driver’s license, reckless driving and no insurance.

Monticello Man Hurt In Watercraft Accident

A Monticello man was injured in a watercraft mishap on Lake Delhi Sunday night. According to the Iowa DNR, Gavin Cooper was operating the watercraft at around 7:30 when he hit a wave, which caused his face to smash into the handlebars. The impact knocked Cooper unconscious and he fell off the craft and into the water. Cooper was pulled from the water by some people who witnessed the incident. He was wearing a life jacket and transported to Regional Medical Center in Manchester where he was treated for facial injuries.

Car vs. Semi Injury Accident

A Montfort, Wisconsin woman suffered injuries after her vehicle was hit by a semi-truck. On July 21st around 6:30 am, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office say 39-year old Dan Lyman of Fitchburg, was westbound on HWY 18 driving a semi owned by C3 Logistics in Montfort. 28-year old Elise Levin was driving southbound on CTH I when she pulled out from the stop sign at the intersection in front of the semi and the semi struck her car. Levin was injured in the crash and was transported to the hospital for her injuries. Lyman was not injured in the crash. Levin was cited for failure to yield right of way from a stop sign.

Motorcycle Fatality

An Iowa Falls man is dead following a motorcycle crash on Sunday morning. Around 5:02 am, a Jo Daviess County Deputy came upon a crash on Hwy 20 West approximately one-quarter of a mile west of Oldenburg Lane. Prior to the crash, the motorcycle was travelling westbound on Hwy 20 West when it veered off the roadway to the west and struck a tree. 50–year old Jacob R. Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene. This crash remains under investigation.

Dubuque TestIowa Site Hours

This week’s testing schedule for the Test Iowa Clinic at Epic Health & Wellness at 1075 Cedar Cross Road in Dubuque is 6 am to 7 am, Tuesday – Thursday. Testing will be limited at this clinic to 100 tests per day. If the site reaches the maximum of 100 tests before 7 a.m., testing will be suspended until the next scheduled day. If you are advised by traffic control or clinic staff that you will not be tested that day due to the length of the waiting line, please leave and come back another day or go to another Test Iowa site in another community. Any Iowan who would like to be tested for COVID-19 at this location or any other Test Iowa location must first complete the Test Iowa assessment at www.testiowa.com. They will then be provided an identification number, which is required to be tested.

City Council First Ward Lynch

The Dubuque City Council met in special session Monday and by a 4-2 vote appointed former councilman Kevin Lynch to the Office of First Ward City Council. Second Ward Councilwoman Laura Rousell said Lynch’s experience in the ward is a huge plus. Mayor Roy Buol agreed, noting the fact that Lynch would not be running in the next regular election which will be held on November 2nd, 2021, it would free up the spot for the other candidates to run. There were 10 candidates for the position and Council members  Danny Sprank and Brad Cavanagh voted for Susan Farber in the first two rounds of voting. The vacancy was created by the resignation of First Ward Council Member Brett Shaw.

Amish Buggy Injury Accident CORRECTED

A Gratiot, Wisconsin man has died and his young brother suffered serious injuries July 23rd after a truck vs buggy crash in Gratiot Township. Around 7:15 pm the  Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an accident in front of a residence on STH 11. The investigation revealed that an Amish open style buggy, pulled by a single horse and driven by 22-year old Elmer Stoltzfus, with his two-year-old brother as passenger, was traveling westbound on STH 11, preparing to turn left into the driveway at 11263. The buggy was struck from behind by a pickup, also traveling westbound and driven by 50-year Terry Gensler, of Shullsburg, Wisconsin. Both occupants of the buggy were ejected suffering significant injuries and were   transported to Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County and then to the University Hospital in Madison where Elmer Stoltzfus was pronounced dead Friday morning. The driver of the truck, Terry Gensler was not injured and he was arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated Causing Injury. The accident remains under investigation and additional charges may be forthcoming.

City Council First Ward Candidates

The Dubuque City Council meets in special session tonight at 6:30 pm and are expected to appoint a candidate to the Office of First Ward City Council. There are 10 candidates for the position and they were interviewed by the council last week. The vacancy was created by the resignation of First Ward Council Member Brett Shaw. The appointment will last until the next regular election which will be held on November 2nd, 2021. Also on the agenda tonight, part 1 of a discussion on Black Lives Matter: Diversity, equity and inclusion. City staff and network partners will provide information to City Council in advance of their annual goal-setting scheduled for August 10-12 about the work done in the community to improve the experience of black and brown individuals in Dubuque. Part 2 of the discussion will be held Tuesday night at 6:30 pm.

Progress Iowa: “We Need More Support For Medicaid”

Progress Iowa is calling on Iowa Senators Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst as well as Congress to provide a higher level of federal support for the state’s Medicaid program. The high rate of unemployment the state is experiencing because of the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed state Medicaid programs across the country to the brink and states now face looming budget shortfalls. State Senator Liz Mathis says states like Iowa will see a spike in unemployment numbers well into the final quarter of this year and those numbers will extend into next year. When Mathis was first elected to the Senate in 2011, she says there were around 500,000 Iowans enrolled in the Medicaid program. Those numbers are now well over 700,000. Since January of this year, over 50,000 people have enrolled in the program. Sue Dinsdale, with “Lower Drug Prices Now Iowa” says millions of Americans are going without the basics as the Senate delays a vote on the latest COVID relief and recovery package. Recently a group of Iowa advocates sent a letter to Ernst and Grassley urging them to tell the Trump administration to include enhanced funding for Medicaid in this latest  COVID-19 relief bill.

Allamakee Fatal Accident

One person was killed following a single-vehicle crash on Saturday morning, according to law enforcement officials. At around 11:38 a.m. on Saturday, the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office was sent to a report of a motorcycle crash about 3 miles north of Harpers Ferry along County Road X52. Deputies arrived to find 69-year old Gary Lee Thomforde, of Red Wing, Minnesota, who had been thrown from his motorcycle. Thomforde was taken to a hospital in La Crosse, Wisconsin, via ambulance, where he later died of his injuries. Deputies believe that Thomforde lost control of his motorcycle while driving on a curve. An investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Testing Limitations Lifted At Dubuque Test Iowa Site

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds yesterday lifted the testing limitations at the Dubuque Iowa Test site beginning Monday. However if you want to get tested for COVID-19 at Epic Health and Wellness you must now make an appointment. Earlier this week, the Governor issued a directive that allowed for testing of up to 100 people per day between 6 and 7 am Monday through Thursday. According to the Governor’s office, the decision to limit testing at the site was made to maintain consistency and high quality performance across all Test Iowa sites.

Masks To Be Required At Carnegie-Stout

Patrons of the Carnegie-Stout public library in Dubuque will now be required to wear a mask. The requirement goes into effect on Monday. The mandate includes all visitors and children older than 2 to wear a mask or a cloth face covering that goes over the mouth and nose. Library administrators say the decision to require masks and coverings was made with the safety of both visitors and staff in mind. The masks requirement is in addition other measures the library has taken to ensure the safety of its’ guest, such as library staff wearing masks, quarantining returned materials for 72 hours before re-circulation and limiting public seating areas.

Dubuque Pharmacy COVID Testing

A local pharmacy hopes to fill in some of the potential gaps in the capacity of testing for the novel coronavirus after state officials lowered the number of tests that a TestIowa site could perform in a given day. There is free testing at Union Family Pharmacy, where people do the testing themselves guided by staff members. Eric Nightingale, co-owner of the pharmacy, said they have not seen the demand they expected. Nightingale tells KCRG-TV they can perform up to 48 tests per day, at least for now. With the local TestIowa clinic now only testing up to 100 people per day per Gov. Kim Reynolds’ order, he wants people to take advantage. An aide to Gov. Kim Reynolds says concerns with the quality and safety of coronavirus testing at the TestIowa clinic in Dubuque prompted the state to sharply reduce its operations this week.

 

 

 

Hanover Road Injury Accident

A Madison, Wisconsin man suffered injuries after he crashed his motorcycle Thursday morning. Around 11:43 am, the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office dispatch center received a report of a traffic crash on Derinda Road, ¾ of a mile south of Hanover Road in rural Elizabeth. The driver of the vehicle, 74-year old Thomas Ryan, was traveling south on Derinda Road on his motorcycle and as he maneuvered a curve in the roadway, he lost control on some gravel. Ryan went off of the roadway into a driveway where the motorcycle went onto its side and slid off of the driveway. Ryan was transported to Midwest Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Food Giveaway

The Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, in partnership with St. Stephen’s Food Bank, will be providing free food Saturday. The event runs from 9-11 am at the church at 1755 Delhi Street and no registration is required. You are asked to stay in your vehicle and the food will be brought out to you. New additions to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church includes a mini food pantry mounted on a post in front of the church and a food cabinet inside the church entryway. Both are accessible all day, every day.

Amish Buggy Accident UPDATE

A Gratiot, Wisconsin man has died and his young son suffered serious injuries Thursday evening after a truck vs buggy crash in Gratiot Township. Around 7:15 pm the  Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an accident in front of a residence on STH 11. The investigation revealed that an Amish open style buggy, pulled by a single horse and driven by 22-year old Elmer Stoltzfus, with his two-year-old son as passenger, was traveling westbound on STH 11, preparing to turn left into the driveway at 11263. The buggy was struck from behind by a pickup, also traveling westbound and driven by 50-year Terry Gensler, of Shullsburg, Wisconsin. Both occupants of the buggy were ejected suffering significant injuries and were   transported to Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County and then to the University Hospital in Madison where Elmer Stoltzfus was pronounced dead this morning. The driver of the truck, Terry Gensler was not injured and he was arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated Causing Injury. . The accident remains under investigation and additional charges may be forthcoming.

 

MFC Camping Supplies Needed

A local non-profit is seeking the public’s help in acquiring camping equipment for the teens they serve. Multicultural Family Center Director, Jacqueline Hunter, says after one camping experience went so well, they decided to expand the program. The hope is the program can be sustained for upcoming camping seasons. Hunter says the city pays for certain things but not the actual camping equipment. Hunter says doing activities in nature is a great way for teens in these stressful times to unwind and relax. Hunter says kids whose families may be less fortunate financially, often do not get the same experiences as those who are not and the goal is to bridge that divide. For more information on how to help, go to the MFC Facebook page or mfcdbq.org.

 

Chesney Calls On Madigan to Resign

Federal prosecutors recently made clear that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is a subject of a criminal investigation into influence peddling to benefit an energy utility. Republican State Representative Andrew Chesney of Freeport has called on Madigan to “resign from the General Assembly or be removed.” The question now is whether the Democrat and the nation’s longest serving statehouse speaker will actually be charged. Chesney’s district includes Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties but he says the entire state is effected by the speaker’s corruption. Some legal experts say that signs from the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago are that Madigan will be charged sooner rather than later. A deferred prosecution agreement filed by prosecutors last week referred to a “Public Official A” as the one ComEd sought to “influence and reward.” The filing went on to say the official was “the Speaker of the House of Representatives.”

 

Amish Buggy Injury Accident

A Gratiot, Wisconsin man and his young son suffered serious injuries Thursday evening after a truck vs buggy crash in Gratiot Township. Around 7:15 pm the  Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an accident in front of a residence on STH 11. The investigation revealed that an Amish open style buggy, pulled by a single horse and driven by 22-year old Elmer Stoltzfus, with his two-year-old son as passenger, was traveling westbound on STH 11, preparing to turn left into the driveway at 11263. The buggy was struck from behind by a pickup, also traveling westbound and driven by 50-year Terry Gensler, of Shullsburg, Wisconsin. Both occupants of the buggy were ejected suffering significant injuries and were both were transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County. Elmer Stoltzfus was then transported to the University Hospital in Madison by Medflight. Stoltzfus’ son was transported to UW Hospital by ambulance. The driver of the truck, Terry Gensler was not injured and he was arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated Causing Injury. The horse pulling the buggy was killed as a result of the crash. The buggy was demolished and the truck was severely damaged. The accident remains under investigation.

 

Annual Labor Day Parade Cancelled

The United Labor Participation Committee Annual Labor Day Parade and the Dubuque Federation of Labor annual Labor Day Picnic have been canceled this year due to concerns over increasing cases of COVID-19 in the city. Organizers said they hope to have an even bigger event next year.

Dubuque Police Craigslist Scam

The Dubuque Police Department has recently taken reports of a Craigslist scam involving rental properties. The scammers will post pictures of actual rental properties on Craigslist or a similar webpage claiming it as their property to rent. When the scammers receive inquiries about the property they often ask for personal information or security deposits before showing the property to the prospective tenant. The scammers request the money be sent via methods such as wire transfer, money order, Western Union, or prepaid credit cards. The Police Department reminds people that no legitimate business, property owner, or property manager will use gift cards as a form of payment and a request to send money via a money transfer service is a common sign of a scam. If you have any information on this incident or others, please call the Dubuque Police Department or Crime Stoppers.

Jo Daviess County Sheriffs Office Lines Down-UPDATE

The administrative lines that were down earlier for the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office and Courthouse are now back in service.

The Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office and the County Courthouse are experiencing administrative line issues this morning. The office is not able to make or receive calls at this time. They are working to repair this issue. In the event of an emergency, 911 lines ARE still in operation.

Hanover Man Charged With Murder

A Hanover man, who police say shot and killed another man last week for allegedly trespassing, has now been arrested and charged with murder. State’s Attorney John Hay has filed three counts of 1st degree murder and one count of aggravated battery with a firearm against 37 year old David Van Winkle. The murder charges are special class felonies, while the battery charge is a class X felony. Van Winkle is now being held in the Jo Daviess County jail on a 100-thousand dollar bond. Hay says on the evening of July 14th, Van Winkle confronted 47 year old Dana Clark of Galena for trespassing. The two men fought and Van Winkle pulled out a handgun and shot Clark once in the chest. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

No Bond For Accused Dubuque Murderer

A Dubuque County judge has denied bail for a Dubuque man charged in the shooting death of another Dubuque man earlier this month. 25 year old Deonte Ellison is charged with 1st degree murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm  in the shooting death of 26 year old Curtis Smothers on July 2nd near the intersection of Loras Blvd. and  Bluff Street. Ellison appeared via videoconference before Judge Robert Richter this morning. (Wednesday morning) after being extradited from Kalamazoo, Michigan where he was arrested by U.S. Marshals last Tuesday.  Traffic cameras captured the entire incident. After getting out of two separate vehicles, court documents say the two men got into a physical altercation, at which time Ellison pulled a gun from his waistband and fire a round into Smothers’ chest. He was transported to Mercy Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The footage also shows that 26 year old Vanessa Ellison and a young girl were near the scene during the shooting. Deonte Ellison is also charged with parole violation. He will next appear in court on July 31st.

Dubuque Schools Prepared To Start Fall Sports

On Monday, the Dubuque school board voted to start the school year with a hybrid process of learning, which essentially is a combination of in-person and online learning. Parents can also opt to have their kids learn completely online, but what about fall sports? On July 17th, the Iowa High School Athletic Association announced that it is preparing to begin the 2020 fall sports season as scheduled. Practices for football, volleyball and cross country are slated to begin on August 10th. Dubuque superintendent Stan Rheingans says right now they are waiting for additional guidance from the IHSAA. He says the association’s guidelines will no doubt dictate the path they take when it comes to fall sports. Rheingans says although the association has given the OK to have fall sports, districts can still decide not to. The state also has some leverage on how districts can conduct dance clubs, theater, debate teams and marching bands during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rheingans says if a student has COVID-19 and they don’t display any symptoms, and they sing together with a group of other students the virus could easily spread. Rheingans says they expect to get more guidance on how fall sports will be conducted  by August 1st.

 

Educational Campaign For Pets In Parks

The owner of “That’s My Dog”, located  in Dubuque has been given the green light by the city council to move ahead with an educational campaign for pet owners to better understand a city’s ordinance that now allows leashed pets in a majority of city parks. On Monday night the council voted to receive and file a presentation by Robin McFarlane on an educational campaign. She will team up with the city to promote responsible pet ownership. At-large councilman Ric Jones says McFarlane is the perfect person to promote responsible pet ownership. The campaign will focus on pet owners as well as non-pet owners. The ultimate goal of the campaign is to educate people on how they  and their pets can share green space and public areas in a respectful manner.

 

Lafayette County Crash Injures Two

Two people were taken to the hospital following a two vehicle crash in Lafayette County Tuesday afternoon. The accident happened a few minutes after 3 on State Highway 23 in Darlington Township. 26 year old Trent Hale of Fitchburg was driving a truck south on 23 when he crossed the center line and struck a northbound vehicle driven by 46 year old Brent Reddington of Shullsburg who was driving a milk truck. Both Hale and Reddington were transported to Memorial Hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Radio Dubuque Fireworks Cancelled

Radio Dubuque and the Dubuque Jaycees are cancelling the Air Show and Fireworks show that was rescheduled for August 22nd due to safety concerns for community, volunteers, and other essential workers who help put on the event. Radio Dubuque Sales Manager, Perry Mason, says it came down to being safe.  Mason says city officials and other Tri-State partners were supportive regardless of whether the show went on as planned or not. The United States Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, will still perform their ’’Hero’s Jumping for Hero’s Tribute’’ on August 21st, 22nd, and the 23rd at a number of locations in Dubuque, Hazel Green, and Guttenberg. The Golden Knights initial jumps on Friday, August 21st, will take place just outside the Radio Dubuque building at 11 am and again at the Kennedy Mall that evening. For more information, contact Radio Dubuque or the Dubuque Jaycees. Planning for next year’s event on July 3rd is already underway and Mason says the Golden Knights will be back again next year.

Dubuque Regional Airport New Name in Works

After a unanimous vote Tuesday by the 5 member Airport Commission, the terminal of the Dubuque Regional Airport will be renamed in honor of a Dubuque native who was one of the first African American pilots in the U.S. military who fought in World War II. The vote came after a Dubuque woman, Dawnelle Gordon, filed an application after hearing about Captain Robert Martin was getting a post office in Chicago named after him. Todd Dalsing, Dubuque Regional Airport director, says the idea got a lot of support. Dalsing says there will be costs involved that federal, state and local funds can’t be used for. Dalsing says he believes Martin, who was a decorated war hero who earned the Congressional Medal of Honor as part of the Tuskegee Airmen, checks all the boxes for the honor. The estimated cost to change everything over is $100,000. Gordon has started a gofundme page for fundraising. Copy and paste the link below.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/capt-robert-l-martin-terminal-at-dbq?utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link-tip

 

Alternatively to Gofundme, donations can be made through the NAACP DBQ chapter by mailing a check to:

Dubuque NAACP
Note in the memo: Capt Martin Memorial fund
P.O. Box 1012
Dubuque, Iowa, 52004

A receipt will be issued for tax deductions.

Dubuque Main Street Challenge Grants

Main Street Iowa (MSI) has announced the annual partnership opportunity for Dubuque Main Street (DMS) and local developers. The MSI Challenge grant competition is again offering great downtown projects up to $75,000 this summer. Eligible local projects must be within the DMS downtown project area. Rehabilitation and/or restoration of privately held properties within the designated Main Street district are eligible, as is compatible new construction. In 2020, the grant also allows part of the project to include perhaps permanent outdoor space, drive-up feature additions, etc. The maximum dollar amount to be awarded will be $75,000, with a minimum award of $15,000 per project. You are asked to send a one-page overview of project by August 7th, to dan@dubuquemainstreet.org.

Letter Sent To Governor About Limiting Testing In Dubuque

Iowa Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer has sent a letter to Governor Kim Reynolds questioning why she has limited COVID-19 testing at the Epic Health and Wellness Center in Dubuque. That’s where a Test Iowa Clinic is located. The Governor’s directive calls for a limit of 100 tests per day and does not allow for the Visiting Nurse Association to assist people wanting to register on the Test Iowa website without a computer or internet access. In the letter Finkenauer ask the Governor several questions, such as were there any issues or factors that led or contributed to the decision to limit Test Iowa operations in Dubuque, including any communications or issues with the private companies that the state contracted with to operate Test Iowa. She also wants to know what other options are being pursued to bring testing to the Dubuque area while Test Iowa capacity remains limited. And Finkenauer wants the Governor to tell the community why the VNA can no longer assist people with assessments over the phone.

U of D Admission Policy

In recognition of challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and a desire for a more holistic admission policy, University of Dubuque will become a test-optional institution for undergraduate admission and eliminate its $25 application fee. Beginning with students entering January 2021, UD will make reporting ACT or SAT scores optional in its admission application process for all undergraduate programs. Robert Broshous, Associate Vice President and Dean of Admission, says by permanently removing the ACT and SAT requirement, as well as the application fee, they are removing barriers for all prospective students. A college education will be accessible to many more students as a result and aligns their admission policy with the University’s overall mission of educating students from all backgrounds.

Educational Campaign For Pets In Parks

The owner of “That’s My Dog”, located  in Dubuque has been given the green light by the city council to move ahead with an educational campaign for pet owners to better understand a city’s ordinance that now allows leashed pets in a majority of city parks. On Monday night the council voted to receive and file a presentation by Robin McFarlane on an educational campaign. She will team up with the city to promote responsible pet ownership. At-large councilman Ric Jones says McFarlane is the perfect person to promote responsible pet ownership. The campaign will focus on pet owners as well as non-pet owners. The ultimate goal of the campaign is to educate people on how they  and their pets can share green space and public areas in a respectful manner.

Corrigan Delivers Dubuque County COVID-10 Update

As of 11 o’clock this morning, Dubuque County reported 25 more new confirmed cases of COVID-19. That brings the county’s total to 1,271. The county has also completed 17,422 tests for a 7.0 percent positivity rate. City of Dubuque Health Specialist Mary Rose Corrigan says cases continue to increase in the county’s young adult population as well as the rest of the state and the country. Iowans over 80 account for 48 percent of COVID related deaths followed by the 61 to 80 age group, which is 41 percent of the state’s deaths. A directive issued by Governor Kim Reynolds’ office, which takes effect today says that the Test Iowa Clinic, located at Epic Health and Wellness  on Cedar Cross Road is now limited to 100 test per day and the Dubuque VNA will no longer be allowed to assist residents without a computer or internet access to register for Test Iowa. There have been 23 COVID related deaths in Dubuque County since the pandemic hit the area nearly five months ago.

Dodgeville Bail Jumper

A Dodgeville, Wisconsin man is facing charges following a traffic stop on Fayette Road. 55-year old James Wiest was arrested July 16th around  10:56 pm for operating after revocation and four counts of misdemeanor bail jumping. Wiest was transported to the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office where he remains. Wiest was also issued an ordinance citation for possession of drug paraphernalia.

TestIowa Dubuque Test Limit

State officials have directed the company operating the TestIowa site in Dubuque to limit the number of tests it administers per day for the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. Epic Health & Wellness has been told to only provide 100 tests per day at the TestIowa location in the city, located at 1075 Cedar Cross Road. The clinic will be open from 6 am to 7 am on Monday through Thursday, starting this week. If the site tests 100 people before 7 am, no further testing will be conducted until the next day the clinic is open. Additionally, persons who need assistance in filling out the form on the TestIowa website to become eligible for a test can no longer rely on the Dubuque Visiting Nurses Association for help. State officials instead recommend asking a family member or friend to help with the form. A total of 17,319 tests for COVID-19 have been reported in Dubuque County since the pandemic began. 23 people have died from the disease in the county. Dubuque County has seen a recent surge in cases of COVID-19, with 393 cases in the last 14 days of complete data before July 20.

City Council Vacancy Interviews

The Dubuque City Council will meet Thursday in special session at 6 pm to conduct interviews with 10 candidates who are looking to fill a vacancy for First Ward City Council Member as a result of Brett Shaw’s resignation. The council’s goal is to appoint someone to fill the spot by the end of this month. If the council can’t decide who to appoint in 60 days it would be filled by a special election. Shaw’s term expires at the end of 2021. Applicants include Steve Baumhover, Susan Farber, Michaela Freiburger, Otto Krueger, Kevin Lynch, Bruce Meriwether, Lou Oswald, John Pregler, David Rokusek, and Amy Crow Sunleaf. The meeting audio with a graphics slide will be aired live on CityChannel Dubuque (Mediacom cable channels 8 and 117.2), streamed live on the City’s website at www.cityofdubuque.org/media and www.facebook.com/cityofdubuque

Board Approves Return To Learn Plan

As anticipated the Dubuque school board on Monday gave its’ stamp of approval to a “return to learn” plan for the start of the new school year. The plan, which was recommended by Superintendent Stan Rheingans, calls for a hybrid model of education. It’s a combination on in-person and online learning. Parents also have the option of letting their kids learn entirely online, because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. A number of speakers, including several teachers who have students in the district, either expressed support for hybrid learning, but several others who spoke were against it saying that the district should have 100 percent in-person learning. One of those was Tony White of Dubuque. Tracy Demerath, a teacher in the district, applauded the board for making a very tough decision in these unprecedented times. Superintendent Rheingans says the plan is only for the beginning of the school year and will be evaluated on a regular basis. He says changes will be made when deemed necessary. Board member Anderson Sainci says the board only wants what’s best for students, teachers and staff. Nearly a dozen people spoke on the plan. Some were concerned about how special needs kids will learn through the hybrid model process, while others supported fully online learning.

 

Chicago Man Sentenced To Prison After Shooting Incident In Dubuque Almost 4 Years Ago

A Chicago man has been sentenced to federal prison after prosecutors say he attempted to kill another person following a bar fight in Dubuque nearly 4 years ago. 37 year old Jeareau O’Bryant was sentenced to five years behind bars after pleading guilty in Cedar Rapids District Court last year to unlawfully possessing a firearm while subject to terms of a protective order. Court records say in the early morning hours of September 11th 2016,  O’Bryant was involved in a bar fight in Dubuque. After the fight, video evidence showed O’Bryant crouched between two cars along a side street, before standing up and shooting several times at another person who had been in the bar. The court found that O’Bryant was trying to kill that person. Once he is released O’Bryant will be placed on three years of supervised release.

Single Vehicle Crash

An East Dubuque man was arrested Sunday for driving with a suspended license, following a single vehicle crash. Police received a 911 call Sunday morning, around 6:18 a.m., about an unresponsive person on N. Badger Road near Ridge Drive in East Dubuque. When officers arrived, they found the driver of a motorcycle had wrecked. 38-year old Michael Leibold was charged with driving with a suspended license after the crash. He was taken to a local hospital after sustaining injuries from the crash. The accident remains under investigation.

Dubuque TestIowa Clinic Hours

The Test Iowa Clinic at Epic Health & Wellness at 1075 Cedar Cross Road in Dubuque will again offer testing for any Iowa resident next week (13th). To minimize traffic congestion, the testing schedule is 5 am – 9 am Monday through Thursday, with no testing on Friday. Anyone who would like to be tested for COVID-19 at this location must first complete the Test Iowa assessment at www.testiowa.com and get their code. If you are advised by traffic control or clinic staff that you will not be tested that day due to the length of the waiting line, please leave and come back another day or go to another Test Iowa site in another community. Residents without internet access or who need assistance completing the assessment should contact the Dubuque Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) for assistance at 563-556-6200.

Investigation Into Shooting Death Of Galena Man Continues

The investigation into the shooting death of a Galena man this week continues. On Tuesday night, the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office says 47 year old Dana Clark was shot to death in rural Hanover after being confronted by 37 year old David Van Winkle of Hanover for allegedly trespassing. The two men were involved in a physical altercation, before Van Winkle pulled out a firearm and shot Clark once in the chest. He was pronounced dead a short time later. A press release issued by State’s Attorney John Hay Friday says they are continuing to interview all relevant witnesses, taking photographs, collecting statements and writing reports. Hay says his office has been meeting with law enforcement officers to review the facts of the investigation as they come in. He says they need to take as much time as necessary to ensure they have collected as much evidence and information as needed before deciding if any charges will be filed.

Elizabeth Woman Dies In Multi-Vehicle Crash In Jo Daviess County

An Elizabeth woman is dead following a multi-vehicle crash in Jo Daviess County Friday afternoon. The sheriff’s office says the accident happened just after 4 on U.S. Route 20 at Devils Ladder Road in rural Galena. A vehicle driven by 74 year old Beverly Kloss of Elizabeth was traveling east when she crossed the center line into the westbound lane of traffic. A vehicle driven by 59 year old Nancy Jargo of Clinton took evasive action to avoid a collision with Kloss and lost control of her vehicle causing a head-on collision with a vehicle driven by 54 year old Mary Morhardt of Elizabeth. Morhardt’s vehicle left the road and came to rest in a culvert with standing water. At the same time an eastbound vehicle driven by 51 year old Kurt Ernst of Marion collided with Jargo’s vehicle. Jargo was transported to Midwest Medical Center and later transferred to OSF in Rockford to be treated. EMS crews attempted to save Morhardt, who was later pronounced dead at the scene. The road was closed for some time and traffic diverted while the crash scene was cleaned up.

Dog Being Sought By The City After Biting Incident

The Dubuque Health Department needs your help in locating a dog that attacked other dogs and bit the owner Thursday night. The incident happened at around 7:30 in the area of Heeb and 17th Streets. At the time the dog was running loose. The animal is of unknown breed, but is described as a medium-sized dog with short hair and a white and black spot on its’ head. The dog has about a 2 inch long docked tail and floppy ears. It was not wearing a collar at the time. The health department needs to verify the dog’s vaccination history and check out the animal’s health status. If you have any information you should contact the health department or the Dubuque law enforcement center.

Grant County Jogging Incident

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is asking residents if they have any information that would help with identifying a man who stopped his vehicle to talk to a juvenile female. On Thursday, around 2 pm the girl was jogging on Pine Grove Road near the intersection of Whig Road, Platteville Township. An unidentified middle aged white male with brown hair driving a newer bright red mid-size pickup truck with matching topper (Possible Toyota Tacoma) stopped near the juvenile. The male told the juvenile that he was diabetic and needed directions to the nearest hospital and then he asked the juvenile to get in the vehicle and help him. She was able to flee and report the incident to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office. A similar incident was reported on July 15th, near the Village of Dickeyville, however the witness was unable to provide any identifying characteristics of the individual or the vehicle. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office would like to make residents aware of these two separate incidents and contact law enforcement if they have any information.

Delaware County Responders Funding

The Delhi Volunteer Fire Department and first responders based in Delaware County is receiving $137,000 in federal funds. The $37,000 Rural Development grant and $100,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be used to purchase new public safely equipment and replace a 20-year-old fire truck for the Delhi Volunteer Fire Department.

Pre-School Scholarships Available In Dubuque County

Scholarships are now available for preschoolers for the 2020-2021 school year through  Dubuque County Early Childhood. Kids must be 3 to 5 years of age and the scholarships are available on a first come, first-serve basis to families that meet income eligibility guidelines. Middle income families may qualify. Preschools throughout the county are participating and many have openings for preschool students. Eligible preschools are currently participating in Iowa’s Quality Rating System, an initiative that helps early childhood organizations improve the quality of education and care. To find out more about scholarship opportunities contact Dubuque County Early Childhood.

Officials Unveil The “Integrated Cancer Center”

The Wendt Regional Cancer Center located inside UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital, is now known as the Integrated Cancer Center following a merger with the Grand River Medical Group. Representatives from both medical institutions made the announcement Thursday. Chad Wolbers, President and CEO of UnityPoint Health says for decades Grand River Group and UnityPoint have been committed to advancing specialized cancer care in the Tri-States, and now by working together in the new cancer center the overall care provided to patients will be greatly enhanced. Earlier this year the MercyOne Cancer Center in Dubuque opened. Dr. Ron Iverson, President and Medical Director at Grand River Medical Group says they saw a need to provide even more care for cancer patients. The Wendt Cancer Center has been reconfigured so that it can house both groups in the newly named cancer center. You can access the Integrated Cancer Center through  the Delhi Center Medical Building.

Amish Man Gets Probation For Sex Crimes

An Amish man has been sentenced to probation for sex crimes he committed against children over a decade ago. 26 year old Elmer Stoltzfus of Cuba City earlier pleaded guilty to four sex related felonies in Lafayette County Circuit Court. He was sentenced yesterday (Wednesday) to three years of probation. Prosecutors say Stoltzfus admitted to the crimes, which occurred in 2008 and 2009 when he was a teenager. Stoltzfus must also take part in a sex offender treatment program and register as a sex offender for life. Two other men were charged in the case. 37 year old Elam Allgyer of Darlington pleaded guilty to numerous sex crimes and will be sentenced on August 25. 31 year old Benjamin Allgyer of Mineral Point faces a number of sex related crimes against children. He will enter a plea on October 2nd.

Stores and City Mask Rules

Many national stores are now requiring customers to wear protective masks when shopping to slow the spread of the coronavirus and protect others. Dubuque County Public Health Specialist Mary Rose Corrigan says the list continues to grow, including Walmart, Target and Menards. Corrigan says enforcement is up to the stores but local law enforcement can be called if the customer refuses to leave. Corrigan says city and county officials can’t mandate mask wearing but they strongly urge people wear them. A Facebook group, ”Iowa Educators for a Safe Return to School”, is pushing Hy-Vee to require all shoppers to wear masks as part of efforts to safely reopen schools. Right now, Hy-Vee requires its employees to wear masks but not shoppers.

Recovery Grants for Small Businesses

The Dubuque-based East Central Intergovernmental Association will receive a grant of $400,000 for developing recovery and resiliency plans to address the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. The small-business support funding will be made available as loans to area businesses and other borrowers to offset the sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the pandemic. The ECIA serves the counties of Dubuque, Clinton, Delaware, and Jackson in Northeast Iowa. Jones County small businesses can apply through East Central Iowa Council of Governments. All the grants and loans are funded by the CARES Act Coronavirus relief package.

Field of Dreams Museum

While the details of the upcoming MLB game at the Field of Dreams may still be in the process of being decided, a new museum is set to open in Dyersville on August 7. Edwards Creative is putting the museum together and say it will give visitors a special behind the scenes look at the making of the 1989 movie. Museum curator Julia Evans says some of the artifacts on display include a wool uniform worn by one of the “ghost players,” a magazine used as a prop, and a certain life-size cut out of the movie’s lead actor, Kevin Costner. The museum’s opening date of August 7th is less than a week before the Field of Dreams game between the Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Cardinals. That game will be on August 13th.

 

 

Holy Family Schools Hybrid

Holy Family Catholic Schools has released their preliminary school opening plan. The school will provide a combination of hybrid, virtual and in-person learning. Safety precautions include … physical distancing 4–6 ft. and maximized whenever possible, face coverings required, students report directly to classrooms, with no congregating in gymnasiums, hallways or locker rooms, adjustments to schedules, meal services and recess procedures will be made as necessary. There will also be thorough decontamination of buildings daily and desks will be wiped down between use at the secondary level. The final plan’s details are expected by August 1st. School will start August 24th.

 

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Heritage Center Performing Arts Series Delayed

After careful consideration, University of Dubuque Heritage Center’s 2020-2021 Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series season will be delayed through at least mid-January. Although the series will begin later than expected, throughout the fall they will host a new series called Live(stream) with Heritage Center once a month on its Facebook page. The series will feature special guest artists for live music and discussions. The 2020-2021 season lineup will be announced later this fall. Past season ticket holders and Friends of Heritage Center will be offered an advance opportunity to purchase discounted tickets for the new season.

Hanover Shooting Death

A Galena man is dead after a shooting last night in rural Hanover. Around  8:42 pm, the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office received multiple 911 calls of a shooting. Upon arrival on scene, Deputies learned that 47-year old Dane Clark of Galena was confronted by 37-year old David Van Winkle of Hanover for allegedly trespassing. A physical confrontation took place between Clark and Van Winkle at which time Van Winkle produced a firearm and fired one shot striking Clark in the chest. Clark was pronounced dead a short time later. This incident remains under investigation.

Dubuque Community Schools Hybrid

During Tuesday afternoon’s School Board committee meeting, Superintendent of Schools, Stan Rheingans, officially recommended that the district begin the year in a hybrid model for all grades Pre K through 12. In this model, each primary household in the district would be assigned an A day or B day on which they would attend school in person. On opposite days, students would participate in at-home learning. The district will also offer a completely online option, with dedicated district staff, for families not comfortable sending their children to school for in-person learning. The School Board will vote on the recommendation on July 20th.

Dubuque Murder Suspect Arrested In Michigan

A Dubuque man wanted in the shooting death of another man earlier this month has been arrested in Michigan. A press release issued by the Northern District of Iowa says marshals arrested 25 year old Deonte Ellison Tuesday morning. He is charged with 1st degree murder in the shooting death of 25 year old Curtis Smothers of Dubuque, who was shot in the chest on the evening of July 2nd in the 400 block of Loras Blvd. Ellison was arrested  in Kalamazoo without incident after he was observed leaving a residence in that city. In addition to the murder charge, Ellison faces a charge of possession of an offensive weapon by a felon. He is currently awaiting extradition to Dubuque.

Grant County Man Rescued From Grain Bin

A team of about 75 members of a tactical rescue unit and fire departments from several southwest Wisconsin counties spent a couple of hours Monday morning rescuing a Grant County man from a grain bin that was full of shelled corn. Crews responded to a farm on Grandview Road near Stitzer at around 8:30. When they arrived they found 71 year old David Reiter trapped inside the bin and buried up to his chest in corn. Rescuers used what is called a “cofferdam” to free Reiter. He was transported to U.W. Hospital in Madison where he was treated and released.

Lafayette County Emergency Operations

The Lafayette County Emergency Operations Center has requested the Wisconsin National Guard to establish a mobile COVID-19 testing site in Darlington. The request is to enhance their capacity to provide testing services to residents. Experts say large-scale testing is a key public strategy to identify disease outbreaks and act quickly to use contact tracing, isolation and quarantine to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. The Lafayette County Health Department has announced Cuba City will offer drive thru testing Wednesday, July 22nd at Harding Place from 10 am to 6 pm.

COVID-9 MercyOne Doctor

Increased positive cases of COVID-19 are being confirmed in Dubuque County and elsewhere as community exposure to the virus is increasing. Dr. Hendrik Schultz of MercyOne and Medical Associates Clinic says the good news is Dubuque’s mortality rate is well below the national average, in part because there has been enough Personal Protective Equipment. Although older people have made up the majority of deaths in Dubuque County, young people are still at risk too. Dr. Schultz says wearing a mask is the best way not to infect others even if you don’t feel any symptoms of the coronavirus. Kids going back to school are at risk of being infected and bringing the virus back home to their older relatives. As of July 12th, 1 in 6 Dubuque County residents have been tested, with an overall positive test rate of 6.3 percent.

Sabula Fire Dept Grant

A Jackson County city is getting a financial boost for their Fire Department. Sabula will receive a $6,000 federal grant. The USDA Rural Development grant will help with the purchase of safety equipment for the Sabula Fire Department — specifically ice and water rescue equipment for use during the winter months. Sabula is Iowa’s only island community, situated in the Mississippi River.

Delaware County Kits for Kids

In rural communities across Delaware County, kids are keeping busy thanks to a grant from the Foundation for the Future of Delaware County COVID-19 Relief Fund. The fund provided $2,500 to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Delaware County for the assembly of 400 Kits for Kids activity bags. The Extension typically hosts 10 summer camps with 20 students each but had to cancel due to the pandemic. The Extension created four different themed kits, each containing four age-appropriate lessons for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. The kits were distributed in late June during meal pick-up at multiple locations for EdCo, West Delaware and Maquoketa Valley students.

Dubuque’s North Port Revitalization

Dubuque’s North Port Revitalization initiative is being highlighted today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The initiative is one of several marquee Brownfields redevelopment projects in Dubuque that continue to receive national recognition. This week, EPA is commemorating the Agency’s 50th anniversary by highlighting successful Brownfields revitalization efforts, often in underserved and economically disadvantaged communities. Dubuque has used brownfields funding for a remarkable turnaround in the North Port area. City of Dubuque Economic Development Director Jill Connors says the modest Brownfields grants have now leveraged over half a billion dollars in public and private investment. It has brought educational, recreational, business, and entertainment options to residents and visitors alike. The city estimates there are 1 million visitors a year to the North Port.

 

Image from the City of Dubuque

 

St. Marks Fill the Bag Initiative

Beth McGorry has always loved back-to-school time and buying school supplies. Now she gets to put that love to good use. One of her roles at St. Mark’s Youth Enrichment is to work with its “Fill the Bag” initiative. She tells KCRG TV, that this year, because of COVID-19, they are raising that number to 3,500. But filling bags with notebooks, pencils, and crayons is not something they can do on their own, so they have partnered with Dubuque retailers. They are also looking for volunteers to help them out during the first week of August. There are still many unknowns when it comes to how the first day of school will look like. She said, however, that will not deter them. McGorry says, at the end of the day, it is all about the kids. Parents interested in the program are encouraged to reach out to their school counselor.

Dubuque Police Arrest Investigation

Following the distribution of videos on social media, the Dubuque Police Department initiated an internal investigation into an arrest made at around 9:30 pm on Friday, on E. 16th Street. 41-year old Yoosuf Moment of Dubuque was pulled over by officers for allegedly operating a vehicle without license plates and driving while barred. When told he was going to be arrested, Moment allegedly resisted, resulting in officers using pepper spray. Moment then displayed signs of a seizure and was hospitalized via ambulance and treated then released back into police custody. Moment was cited for driving while barred and interference with official acts. A juvenile male traveling with Moment in his vehicle was also cited with interference with official acts and possession of marijuana. Both were released from Dubuque County Jail. Police are still investigating the incident, including reviewing all available video evidence. The process for such investigations is designed to respond appropriately to allegations of misconduct by the department or its employees.

Elizabeth Woman Injured In Crash

An Elizabeth woman was injured after she crashed her car in Jo Daviess County Friday afternoon. According to the sheriff’s office, 57 year old Amy McDermott was driving on Watcher Road a few minutes before 3, when her car left the road and struck a culvert. McDermott was airlifted to U.W. Madison Hospital to be treated for her injuries. The severity of her injuries or condition is not known. The crash remains under investigation.

First Responders Appreciation Day

A local organization and the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation are teaming up for First Responders Appreciation Day to be held at the Field of Dreams Movie Site on July 25th. Roman Weinberg, Director of Operations, with Go The Distance Baseball, LLC, says gates will open at noon for the fun event to say thanks to first responders. There will be festivities planned throughout the day for all ages. The police departments representing the cities of New York and Chicago will take the Field under the lights for a 9-inning baseball game at 4 pm. Weinberg says social distancing will be practiced to keep people safe. There will be several additional special safety measures in place for the day. Proceeds from this fundraiser event will go toward the Dubuque County Emergency Responder Training Facility, Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, and New York Police Department Widows and Children’s Fund.  To learn more and to purchase tickets, visit www.fieldofdreamsmoviesite.com and click on media and events.

 

 

Attempted Murder Suspect Arrested

A Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin man has been arrested on multiple charges after allegedly being involved in a shooting in Fond Du Lac in June. On Thursday at 4:50 pm the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office, Dyersville Police Department and Dubuque Drug Task force located and arrested 21-year old Dammahum Gibson on warrants for Attempted First Degree Intentional Homicide, First Degree Reckless Endangering Safety, and 3 counts of Bail Jumping. Gibson was located outside of a residence at 808 ½ 7th Ave SE in Dyersville and taken into custody without incident. Gibson is being held at the Dubuque County Jail pending extradition to Wisconsin.

Dubuque Test Iowa Site

Crescent Community Health Center (Crescent) will partner with Epic Health and Wellness for a Test Iowa site on Saturday, July 11, from 6 a.m. to 10  a.m. Participants are required to take the Test Iowa assessment (www.testiowa.com) and must bring their code to the site. The site will only be open for four hours. The testing site will be located in the Crescent parking lot located at 1690 Elm Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001, between the Crescent building and Eagle Country Market. Please do not park in the Eagle Country Market parking lot or block traffic.
This will be a drive-up site, you should stay in your vehicle with your valid Test Iowa code – one code per person. If you do not have a code, you will not be tested. There will also be a walk-up site, please also have your code readily available. Do not call Crescent about this event. If you have your TestIowa code, please bring it with you to be tested. You do not need to call in advance. Enter the testing site by heading east on 19th Street and then behind the Eagle Country Market to the test site. Please drive safely and follow signage or instructions from traffic assistants. Any Iowan who would like to be tested for COVID-19 at this location must first complete the Test Iowa assessment at www.testiowa.com. They will then be provided an identification number, which is required to be tested. Residents without internet access or who need assistance completing the assessment should contact the Dubuque Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) for assistance at 563.556.6200.

Council Seeking First Ward Applications

The Dubuque City Council is accepting applications from Dubuque’s first ward residents interested in filling the City Council vacancy created by the resignation of First Ward Council Member Brett Shaw. The City Council voted to fill the vacancy by appointment. This appointment will last until the next regular election which will be held on November 2nd, 2021. First ward residents interested in being considered for appointment must submit a letter of interest and/or resume to the City Clerk’s Office, 50 W. 13 St., Dubuque, IA  52001 or at ctyclerk@cityofdubuque.org by noon on Monday, July 20th. The City Council will conduct individual interviews at a special virtual meeting on July 23rd at 6:00 p.m. The appointment will be made at the special session/work session on July 27th.

Food Giveaway

The monthly free food giveaway for elderly and low-income residents in Dubuque County takes place this Saturday. Just as the previous two giveaways, people can pull up in their vehicles next to the Labor Harvest building garage in the alley off West Locust and volunteers will place two boxes of food in your vehicle or trunk. If you don’t have a vehicle you can come to the front door and the food will be brought out to you. The giveaway starts at 7:30 in the morning and last until around 9:30. Recipients should bring their identification card. The food giveaways are made possible by grants from the Dubuque Racing Association and FEMA.