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Veteran’s Freedom Center Scam

According to their Facebook post, the Veteran’s Freedom Center in Dubuque says someone has stolen their logo and is pretending to be a part of the center in order to scam people out of money. The Veteran’s Freedom Center reminds people they will never ask anyone for money and you do not have to pay for military paperwork or to have another soldier relieve you for duty. The United States armed forces do not use Gmail accounts. Anything from the United States military will have a mil.com address and no one in the military will ever send you an email asking for money for a soldier or sailor.

Primary Preview

Voters in Iowa are headed to the polls today to cast their ballots in the primary election. One of the most closely watched races will be the five Democrats vying for the chance to face incumbent Republican Senator Joni Ernst. They are Michael Franken, Kimberly Graham, Theresa Greenfield, Eddie Mauro and Cal Woods. Republicans Thomas Hansen and Ashley Hinson will face each other in the U.S. House District 1 race, with the winner going up against incumbent Democrat U.S. Representative Abby Finkenauer of Dubuque in November. Locally, longtime Democrat State Representative Chuck Isenhart of Dubuque will face challenger Grant Davis also of Dubuque. Also on the ticket is Democrat Kevin Dragotto for Dubuque County Auditor. There is no Republican challenger for Dragotto. He is looking to replace Denise Dolan who will retire at the end of the year. Polls open at 7 am and close at 9 pm.

Dubuque Man Seriously Injured In Cycle Crash

A Dubuque man was airlifted to U. of I. Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City after he crashed his motorcycle in Grant County Saturday night. It happened at around 6:45 on Sandy Hook Road in Jamestown Township. 39 year old Justin Schemmel was traveling east on Sandy Hook going around curves at a high rate of speed, when he lost control and drove off the shoulder of the road. The cycle traveled about 57 feet and crashed. Schemmel was ejected.  He was first taken to Mercy Hospital in Dubuque before being taken to Iowa City. His condition has not been released. Schemmel was not wearing a helmet.

Lafayette ATV Accident

A Mount Horeb woman was hurt after being involved in an ATV accident in Lafayette County Sunday night. Authorities say the crash happened on Sargent Road in Wayne Township. An ATV being operated by 27 year old Steven Steiner of Browntown was traveling near Sargent Road just before 9, when he lost control. The ATV left the trail and rolled over. Steiner’s passenger, 20 year old Alysha Snell was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries. The accident remains under investigation.

Warren Man Charged After ATV/UTV Crash

A northwestern Illinois man faces several charges after police say he rolled is all-terrain vehicle in Jo Daviess County late Saturday night. The sheriff’s office says 28 year old Richard Kent of Warren was driving the ATV south on North Bellevue Street a few minutes before 10:30 with another ATV in front of him. Both vehicles came upon a sharp curve, and Kent lost control while going around the curve. Kent’s ATV left the road, traveled about 30 yards into a field and rolled over on its’ top. One passenger, 23 year old Travis Near also of Warren was airlifted to Mercy Health Riverside Hospital in Rockford. His condition has not been released. Another passenger, 30 year old Nicole Deyo of Apple River was taken to a hospital in Darlington and treated for her injuries. Kent and a third passenger refused treatment at the scene. Kent faces charges ranging from driving an ATV on the road, to failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Dubuque County Tuesday COVID-19 Update

1 additional positive case of COVID-19 in Dubuque County has been reported as of this morning bringing the county total to 347. One additional death was reported in Dubuque County since 2 p.m. yesterday, putting the county total at 19. 5,515 Dubuque County residents have been tested for a positive test rate of 6.3 percent. One in 18 Dubuque County residents have been tested.

Dubuque Peaceful Protests

The Dubuque Police wants to get the word out, despite some social media posts and rumors, Dubuque is not being overrun with radical groups trying to disrupt protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Lt. Ted McClimon says the local demonstrations over the weekend were peaceful. McClimon says the department has accurate information on what’s true and what’s rumor. McClimon says inaccurate information is only causing unnecessary fear in the community.

 

 

 

 

 

Relay For Life Dubuque

The Relay For Life of Dubuque will be hosting a Virtual Celebration this week. Jodi Federspiel, Senior Community Development Manager, American Cancer Society, says things kickoff Wednesday with a virtual 5K run/walk and a Chalk Walk. Thursday you can participate in the virtual silent auction at 32auctions.com that features dozens of items to bid on. The Relay For Life Celebration will culminate with a Community Car Cruise Friday in Murphy Park and a post-cruise charity Facebook concert. The cruise will include a drive through a beautiful luminaria display in honor cancer survivors and in remembrance of those we have lost. For more information, go to www.relayforlife.org/dubuqueia.

 

Dubuque Parking Complaints

The Dubuque Police Department will begin enforcing all parking complaints, including parking meters, today. The department previously suspended enforcement on numerous types of parking complaints due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This included but was not limited to alternate side parking, alley parking, and street storages.

Port of Dubuque Marina Open

The Port of Dubuque Marina gas dock and slips are open for the 2020 season. The convenience store will remain closed to the public, but visiting boaters will be able to order beverages, snacks, supplies, etc. during their stay and/or while filling up with gas. For more information, hours of operation, or to reserve a slip, please visit www.portofdubuquemarina.com or call 563-582-5524.

Music On Main June Event Cancelled

The “Music on Main” June event has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, however at this point, organizers of the event, which used to be called “Dubuque…. and All That Jazz” say plans for the July and August events are moving forward with social distancing in mind. “Music on Main” is a free summer concert series hosted by Dubuque Main Street and is held under the Town Clock in downtown Dubuque. The dates for the next two events are July 17th and August 14th.

Dubuque Extends Building Closures

City officials in Dubuque have extended the current building closures to the public until July 6th due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those facilities and offices include City Hall, City Hall Annex, the housing and community development department, the intermodal transportation center, leisure services department, the municipal services center and the Multicultural Family Center. The extension of closures does not apply to Bunker Hill Golf Course, Miller Riverview Park and the Port of Dubuque Marina Docks. All city parks, playgrounds, pavilions, restrooms and other amenities remain closed until further notice. City services to the public are still operational and available either online or by phone or email.

State Help Available For Renters/Homeowners

Friday  the director of Iowa Workforce Development unveiled a program that provides short-term relief to Iowa renters and homeowners, who are at immediate risk of eviction or foreclosure because of the coronavirus pandemic. Debbie Durham says the “COVID-19 Iowa Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention” program is designed to assist people who have experienced a documented loss of income due to COVID-19 and can’t make their rent or mortgage payment. Eligible applicants must have a household income that does not exceed 80-percent of the medium family income limits for the county they reside in when applying for the program. Durham says assistance will be granted on a first-come-ready-to-proceed process. If your application is approved, Durham says payments will be sent directly to the landlord or the mortgage service provider. Once all of the funds are used up, the program will expire. To learn more and to apply visit iowahousingrecovery.com

Dubuque County Monday COVID-19 Update

There were no additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Dubuque County reported since Saturday afternoon, in fact the county total was reduced from 345 to 344, most likely due to a correction. Dubuque County’s death toll remains at 18. 5,473 Dubuque County residents have been tested for a positive test rate of 6.3 percent. One in 18 Dubuque County residents have been tested.

Crystal Lake Caves Cancel Season

Crystal Lake Caves will not open for the 2020 season in Dubuque. According to a Facebook post, they have chosen to cancel the 2020 cave season for the safety of the local, regional and international community as well as their employees and owners. They will be back in 2021 with a Grand Re-Opening to celebrate the International Year of Caves and Karst and they invite people to follow them on social media for updates and education over the next year.

Tuesday Primary Polling Sites

Dubuque County residents planning to vote at the polls for Tuesday’s Primary election are reminded that the number of polling sites have been reduced in an attempt to ensure the safety of voters and poll site workers and in an effort to combat the spread of Covid-19. The usual 35 polling sites have been reduced to 9 sites across all of the County. Due to limited election workers to work the polls, there may be lines and voters should be prepared to wait in line. All registered voters were sent a postcard notifying them of the location of their polling location. To verify their polling site, voters can check the county website at https://www.dubuquecounty.org/533/Sample-Ballots. Voters can still vote early casting an curb-side, in-person ballot at the Election Annex, 75 Locust Street in Dubuque today (Monday) between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 pm.

Pizza Hut Donating Pizzas To District

A local restaurant is donating hundreds of pizzas to the Dubuque Community School District’s free meal program. Last week Pizza Hut donated over 100 pizzas to the program for students and families. They were able to pick them up at Roosevelt Middle School and Prescott Elementary. Yesterday more than 300 pizzas were delivered to the schools. Next Thursday another 300-plus pizzas will be delivered to the same schools and can be picked up between 11 and 1 pm without leaving your vehicle. For those who don’t have personal transportation, the pizzas will be brought out to you from the front entrance of the schools

 

Lane Closure On Julien Dubuque Bridge

On Monday, one lane of traffic on the Julien Dubuque Bridge will be closed to motorists for most of the day for a construction project that will take around two-and-half-months to complete. According to a notice from the Illinois Department of Transportation the eastbound lane will be shut-down from 6 am to 3 pm daily for the duration of the project. A detour has been set up that will take motorists through Wisconsin. Crews will repair a fence along the pedestrian walkway across the bridge. That project is scheduled for completion by mid-August, weather permitting.

Lower Bee Branch Creek Clean

The City of Dubuque Park Division is hosting a creek cleanup at the Lower Bee Branch from June 1 – 5. This is an opportunity for individuals, small groups, and families to spend time outdoors doing meaningful work to help the environment. Three time intervals are available each day to pick up trash along the banks of the Bee Branch Creek and 16th St. Detention Basin: 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. – noon, and 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. Volunteers are asked to meet at the 16th St. Overlook. Several precautions will be made to ensure social distancing guidelines are followed during the cleanup. Only one group of 10 people or less is allowed to participate at one time. Park staff will provide cleanup supplies such as bags, plastic gloves, and trash grabbers and remain more than six feet away from volunteers at all times. Volunteers are encouraged to wear a cloth face covering while doing the cleanup. To volunteer, sign up online at https://signup.zone/vrACQn5g5YfMmtSqG or call the City of Dubuque Leisure Services office at 563.589.4263.
The creek cleanup is part of the Bee Branch Watershed Beekeepers initiative which promotes watershed health and safety, pollution prevention, responsible behavior, and an appreciation for and a connection to our natural resources. Beekeepers provides educational, recreational, and volunteer opportunities for all ages. For more information, visit www.cityofdubuque.org/beekeepers.

Primary Election ID

Dubuque County voters are reminded that identification is now required to vote in all elections. New voters in the June 2nd primary election are reminded that they will be required to show proof of identity and proof of residence. The best form of ID is a valid Iowa driver’s license with your current address. If your Iowa driver’s license has an old address on it, you can use the license as proof of identify, and use one of the following as proof of residence, if it contains your name and current address: Residential lease property tax statement, Utility bill bank statement, Paycheck other government document.  If you do not have an Iowa driver’s license, you can provide one of the following as proof of identity, if it contains your photo:  Out-of-state driver’s license ID issued by an employer, Out-of-state non driver ID card US passport, US military ID school or college ID. All forms of photo ID must be current, valid and contain an expiration date. For further information, contact the Dubuque County Election office at 589-4457 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

 

 

Dubuque County Friday COVID-19 Update

Nine additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Dubuque County have been reported, putting the county total at 338 as of this morning. Two additional deaths were reported in Dubuque County, bringing the county total to 18. In Dubuque County, 5,060 individuals have been tested with a positive test rate of 6.6 percent. 1 in 19 county residents have now been tested.

Five Flags Reopening Program

One of Dubuque’s entertainment destination has begun formulating and implementing policies that will allow the facility to reopen to the public in the coming weeks. Five Flags Center General Manager H.R. Cook says  ASM Global is including Five Flags in its new environmental hygiene protocol, VenueShield. Cook says the cancellation of grandstand events at the Jones County Fair shows the importance of major acts being able to tour the larger cities so they have a route here to perform. Five Flags will also be working within guidelines provided by local and state public health authorities. Cook says they have the Dock Dogs booked July 31st-August 3rd and that will be a good test event to practice social distancing and other health measures before their first booked concert in August.

 

 

Farm Fire

A structure fire early this morning on Prairie Creek Road resulted in significant damage and loss. Around 4:57 am the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office along with the Epworth, Bernard, Cascade, Centralia, and Farley Fire Departments responded to the Daniel Weber farm. Upon arrival, a barn/milking parlor was fully engulfed in flames. The building and its contents, including 1 cow, are considered a total loss estimated at $750,000. The exact cause of the fire is unknown at this time but does not appear suspicious in nature.

Councilman Shaw Resigning

A Dubuque City Council member is resigning due to a job move. First Ward councilman Brett Shaw made the announcement Wednesday. In a statement, Shaw says it has been a privilege to represent Dubuque residents these past 2+ years. Unfortunately, I must resign from my post as of July 7th. My professional position at Deere and Co. requires that I relocate to Moline. Shaw was elected to the City Council in November 2017.

Loras College Dance Marathon

The Loras College Dance Marathon continued its incredible support of the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital by raising more than $110,000 during its recent 2020 Dance Marathon event. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event took a unique turn as the usual format of gathering together on campus with Miracle Families had to be replaced with a virtual gathering. The final amount raised to support the Stead Family Children’s Hospital was $110,576.23. That adds to the more than $2 million raised by Loras College Dance Marathon over the past 13 years.

Dubuque County Thursday COVID-19 Update

Eight additional positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Dubuque County in the past 24 hours. Dubuque County currently has 331 positive cases as of this morning. One additional death has been reported since Wednesday bringing the total to 17. In Dubuque County, 4,954 individuals have been tested. Dubuque County has a positive test rate of 6.2 percent and 1 in 20 county residents have been tested.

Extended Early Voting Hours

The election annex on Locust Street in Dubuque will be open additional hours to assist voters who want to vote early in the June 2nd primary. The office will be open this Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm. It will also be open until 5 pm Friday and again on June 1st. To protect the safety of voters and election officials, in-person early voting will be limited to curbside. Voters can call the annex, and once they arrive they’ll be assisted in casting their ballot from the safety of their vehicle. Voters with vote-by-mail ballots are reminded that ballots must be in the mail and back to the election office no later than next Monday. Ballots can also be delivered to the election office in the court house by the time polls close at 9 pm on Election Day.

South End Tap And Others Set To Reopen

On Thursday, Governor Kim Reynolds’ proclamation that closed bars and several other non-essential businesses, will expire. The owner of a popular bar in Dubuque says he is ready to resume his business. Johnny Ohnesorge, owner of South End Tap, says he will follow the Governor directives and open at 50-percent capacity and follow all of the health guidelines that are in place. Ohnesorge says he could have started delivery or carry-out while he was shut down, but he could not compete with liquor stores. Before he was forced to close, Ohnesorge says South End Tap did a pretty good business. Ohnesorge says over the past couple of months, he has purchased a large supply of hand sanitizer, wipes and disinfectant sprays. Ohnesarge says he started a movement on Facebook called “Reopen Iowa Bars On May 28th.” It started out with about 10 people supporting the effort. Since then it has grown to over one thousand.

Jones County Fair Grandstand Cancelled

The Great Jones County Fair in Monticello is cancelling all grandstand events for the 2020 fair due to the coronavirus pandemic. The fair is scheduled for July 22-26. Fair organizers said that since live performances are being put on hold throughout the country, their stages will be empty, and all wheel and track events are being put on hold. According to General Manager, John Harms, their immediate focus will be with their youth, and to provide a safe and healthy experience for them this summer as they showcase their hard work and projects. That exhibition will be accomplished by keeping within the CDC and IDPH guidelines. The fair will have more announcements for ticket holders, as well as plans for the July 21-25, 2021 events, in the future.

133rd Sendoff Route Announced

The Iowa National Guard has announced the departure route for the 1st Battalion 133rd Infantry sendoff for this Saturday. Soldiers from Alpha Company will gather using social distancing at the Armory on Old Highway Road at 12:30. Following the ceremony, and in cooperation with police, fire and the Dubuque County sheriff’s office the route will travel from Old Highway Road to Northwest Arterial to Pennsylvania Avenue, to JFK and from JFK to Dodge Street/Highway 20. The troops will be escorted to the county line before they head to Camp Dodge in Johnston. Families and friends are encouraged to support the 133rd and wave to them as they leave. Parking will be available along Pennsylvania, between JFK and Northwest Arterial, businesses and restaurants along JFK, Hempstead High School and Dubuque Bible Church.

Jule Receives Federal Grant

A federal grant for Dubuque’s transit system is on its’ way. Jule is getting a grant for 3.6 million dollars to pay the salaries of its’ employees and implement other safety measures for its’ facilities, vehicles and assets. The U.S. Department of Transportation grant is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

Diamond Jo To Open

The  Diamond Jo Casino has announced it will re-open to the public on Monday, June 1st, subject to final regulatory approval. Gaming operations will resume at 8 am, along with a limited number of amenities. The property will temporarily operate with limited capacity in compliance with state directives. Safety protocols will include: Mandatory face coverings and temperature checks for all team members; social distancing requirements and capacity restrictions across all customer and team member areas, including casino floors and restaurants; Enhanced cleaning and sanitation of all high-touch surfaces and increased placement of hand sanitizer dispensers throughout their properties and required training for all team members on safety protocols. Q. Casino will also open June 1st.

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Dubuque County Wednesday COVID-19 Update

There were no additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Dubuque County reported as of Tuesday afternoon. Dubuque County currently has 323 positive cases. The death total  remains at 16. As of Tuesday, 4,850 Dubuque County residents have been tested, for a positive test rate of 6.7 percent. One in 20 Dubuque County residents have been tested.

Hog Farm Wind Damage

High winds led to a structure fire at a hog farm on Highway 52N in Dubuque County just after 7:30 p.m. on Monday. Investigators say high winds during a storm blew the roof off a hog barn owned by James and Joseph Schieltz. The roof landed on a second hog building causing it to collapse onto a nursery building. The nursery building caught fire, and a fourth building sustained exposure damage. Officials say all 300 hogs in the nursery building were lost, as were some hogs in the second hog building. The total damage is estimated at $250,000.

Dubuque County Tuesday COVID-19 Update

There were 6 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Dubuque County reported as of this morning. Dubuque County now has 324 positive cases. No additional deaths were reported for Dubuque County, so the total remains at 16. As of Sunday, 4,670 Dubuque County residents have been tested, for a positive test rate of 6.0 percent. One in 21 Dubuque County residents have been tested.

Dubuque Rescue Mission Shelter

Governor Kim Reynolds’ emergency proclamation temporarily stopping evictions is set to expire next week. According to Rick Mihm, executive director of the Dubuque Rescue Mission, homeless shelters are preparing to potentially house more people than usual. The Mission currently has 20 residents and space for 12 more. In the fall it could house up to around 50 people. Mihm says, however, both they and the city want to keep people away from the shelters. Alexis Steger, who serves as director of the Housing and Community Development Department, says many landlords have been working well with their tenants and the city, but they have seen an influx of ‘soft victions’. Steger says people who have lost 50% or more of their income because of the coronavirus pandemic could qualify for this program. It offers $1,000 per family per month for three months. Steger People eligible for the program must complete a budget and go through a job searching process using the department’s programs. People interested in applying for the rental and mortgage assistance program should visit https://www.cityofdubuque.org/618/Housing-Community-Development.

 

Jo Daviess County Small Business Grants

The Jo Daviess County Board has extended the Jo Daviess County Small Business Stabilization Grant Program (SBSG). Applications for round two of the SBSG Program will be accepted until June 12th at 4:00 pm. The purpose of the $250,000  program is to help “non-essential” small businesses in Jo Daviess County pay expenses not covered by the federal governments “Paycheck Protection Program” or other sources of State or Federal COVID-19 relief funding. The maximum award a business can receive is $5,000 for one-month of qualifying expenses.

Dubuque County Sunday COVID-19 Update

There were 2 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Dubuque County reported since Saturday morning. Dubuque County now has 309 positive cases. No additional deaths were reported for Dubuque County, so the total remains at 16. As of Saturday, 4,295 Dubuque County residents have been tested, for a positive test rate of 7.2 percent. One in 23 Dubuque County residents have been tested.

Isenhart To Be Challenged In the Primary

Longtime Iowa Democrat state representative Chuck Isenhart will be challenged in the June primary. The challenge is coming from within his own party from fellow Democrat  Grant Davis of Dubuque. Isenhart represents district 100. There are no Republican candidates on the primary ballot but, one could be selected during a special convention  after the June 2nd primary.

Low Travel For Memorial Day

For the first time in 20 years, Triple A is not releasing a travel forecast for Memorial Day. Mark Peterson with Triple A Iowa/Minnesota says because of the coronavirus pandemic, people are simply driving less. Gas prices were at their lowest in recent years just a few weeks ago, but they are slowing rising. Peterson says he’s not sure at this point if they’ll be issuing a travel forecast for The 4th of July or Labor Day.

New Principal At Lincoln

When the new school year begins later this year there will be a new principal at Lincoln Elementary School in Dubuque. Megan Elsinger, who currently works as a school improvement facilitator for Keystone Area Education Association, was hired by the school board recently to replace Randy Farnum, who is retiring at the end of June. Prior to coming to Keystone, Elsinger was an instructional coach in the West Delaware School District. She was also previously a high school social studies teacher and at-risk mentoring coordinator at West Delaware High School. Elsinger holds a bachelor of arts degree from Coe College and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Northern Iowa.

Deere and Company Sales Down

Deere and Company says its worldwide net sales are down 18 percent and its net income is down 41 percent for the second quarter of 2020. The Moline-based company reported net income of $665.8 million, or $2.11 per share, for the second quarter, which ended on May 3. That’s compared to the net income of $1.134 billion, or $3.52 per share, for the quarter ending on April 28, 2019. Deere says it is taking actions to strengthen the company’s financial position, including reducing operating expenses, decreasing capital spending budgets, and other actions to preserve liquidity. Additionally, the company says it is raising about $4.5 billion in medium to long-term funding.

1st Battalion 133rd Sendoff Set For May 30th

Sendoff ceremonies for roughly 550 members of the Iowa National Guard 1st Battalion 133rd Infantry is set for later this month. Troops from five cities that include Waterloo, Dubuque, Davenport, Iowa City and Iowa Falls, will hold sendoff ceremonies on May 30th. Alpha Company in Dubuque will conduct their ceremony from the armory on Old Highway Road. All four Radio Dubuque stations, KDTH, KAT-FM, 97.3 the Rock and 101.1 the River will air the sendoff live as it happens. Captain Andrew Tindall says in order to keep everyone safe, family members will be able to say goodbye to the soldiers, but they won’t be allowed access to the armory. All members of the 133rd have been tested and will continue to be tested for the coronavirus while their overseas. The 133rd’s primary mission overseas will involve area security and force protection operations in the CENTCOM AOR. Along with fulfilling their primary duties, Iowa National Guard members have been on the frontlines in the fight to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by delivering critical medical supplies. The Dubuque sendoff will start at around 12:30 on May 30th. All of the troops will meet up at Camp Dodge in Johnston. The 133rd will be deployed for a year.

 

Opening Doors Recovery Grant

Opening Doors has received a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation’s Greater Dubuque Disaster Recovery Fund in response to COVID-19. This special grant will assist clients at Teresa Shelter, Maria House and in their Permanent Supportive Housing program. Executive Director Carol Gebhart says rising unemployment  rates, reduced hours and layoffs due to COVID-19 have significantly impacted their clients. They anticipate an unprecedented rise in the need for their services when the state moratorium on evictions and utility shutoffs expires and this funding will be instrumental in assisting the vulnerable population that they serve.

Museum And Aquarium Reopens This Weekend

The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque has been closed for over two months because of the coronavirus pandemic, but with the Governor’s announcement this week that more essential businesses can reopen with safety measures in place, the museum and aquarium is poised to do just that. Today it will open to members only and then to the general public on Saturday. Wendy Scardino, director of marketing and communications says things will look a little different. One of those differences is the implementation of a timed-ticket system that requires visitors to purchase tickets in advance and allowing for a touchless entry at the box office. Only one box office will be open and it’s located at the Discovery Center building next to the paddlewheel. All staff are required to wear masks and have their temperature taken prior to their shift. Visitors are also encouraged to wear masks. Films and animal touch has been temporarily suspended, and cafes will remain closed and carry-in food and drinks are prohibited for now.

Bank Lobbies To Open Soon

With the COVID-19 pandemic changing the way we go about our everyday business, including going to our local financial institutions, some Dubuque residents want to know when they will be able to go into bank lobbies again to conduct their business. We reached out to a number of those institutions to try and get you an answer. Fidelity Bank plans to reopen its’ lobby sometime between June 1st and the 15th. Premier Bank as well as Dutrac have a June 1st reopening date. Dupaco plans to open its’ lobby back up in early June. U.S. Bank does not have a reopening date scheduled yet and no one answered at Dubuque Bank and Trust. When bank lobbies reopen they’ll do so with their customers’ safety in mind. For now drive-thru and ATM’s are open.

Short-Term Rental Mortgage Assistance Program

The City of Dubuque is offering financial assistance to qualified Dubuque renters and homeowners whose income has been reduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is funded by a federal grant and does include income and property eligibility requirements. The program is a grant program so residents who qualify and receive the assistance will not have to pay back any funds they receive. This is a short-term assistance program and can assist with a portion of approved households’ rent or mortgage for up to $1,000 for three months. To apply for the Short-Term Rental/Mortgage Assistance Program, please call 563-564-7489, email go@cityofdubuque.org, or visit www.cityofdubuque.org/housing.

Dubuque County Friday COVID-19 Update

There were 4 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Dubuque County reported Thursday. Dubuque County now has 304 positive cases. 3 additional deaths were reported for Dubuque County, so the total is now at 16. As of Wednesday, 13 Dubuque County residents were hospitalized due to COVID-19 and 141 have recovered or are recovering.

Miller Riverview Park & Campground opening May 27 in Dubuque

Miller Riverview Park and Campground in Dubuque are set to open on May 27th for self-contained camping units only. Staff at the park have been working to prepare for this opening and there are practices and protocols that will be in place at the park to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. The campground is open to those self-contained units, which could be an RV or trailer with a bathroom or tents with portable toilets. All restrooms and shower buildings will be closed. Playgrounds and pavillions remain close and the campground will be open to campers only, no visitors. Water, electricity, and park dump stations will be available. People can use picnic tables at their own risk. Any campfires should be for occupants of the campsite only. Signage will be posted in the park to notify campers of these practices. Some campsites may be blocked off to increase the distance between campers. Campers are encouraged to use the online reservation system as the campground office will remain closed to the public. You can make a reservation here: www.cityofdubuque.org/millerriverview. 

A check-in kiosk will be available near the office for cash reservations.

Iowa’s Ride Dubuque Start

Dubuque will still be the starting point for a new Iowa bike ride across the state but it will be a year later than originally planned. The organizers behind Iowa’s Ride cancelled this year’s ride in April and announced plans for the ride to take place in the following year instead. TJ Juskiewicz, the organization’s director, said that the ride will take place between July 18 to July 24, 2021, and will follow the originally planned overnight town route of the 2020 ride from Dubuque west to Rock Rapids. Registration for the ride will be free, though registrants will need to accept a waiver of liability, according to Juskiewicz. He recommended that riders take the money that would have been spent on registration and use it in the overnight towns, or donate to charity. Overnight towns along the route include Monticelllo, Vinton, Eldora, Clarion, Emmetsburg, and Sheldon. For more information, go to iowasride.com.

 

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Dubuque County Thursday COVID-19 Update

There were 8 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Dubuque County reported Wednesday afternoon. Dubuque County now has 295 positive cases. No additional deaths were reported for Dubuque County, so the total remains at 11. 3,944 Dubuque County residents have been tested, resulting in a 7.5 percent positive rate.  As of May 19, 15 Dubuque County residents were hospitalized due to COVID-19 and 136 have recovered or are recovering.

Man Arrested After Injuring Officer

Police arrested a man after he tried to elude authorities and then injured a paramedic and a police officer in Jackson County early Tuesday morning. At around 5:45 Bellevue police and emergency crews responded to an area in the 30-thousand block of 398th Avenue in Bellevue after a man called claiming to have been poisoned. When they arrived the man was sitting in a car and was agitated and appeared to be hallucinating. The man, later identified as 36 year old Casey Brassfield, fled in the vehicle with police in pursuit. After eluding two sets of stop sticks, Brassfield eventually stopped at the intersection of County Road E-17 and Highway 61 and surrendered. He was transported to Jackson County Regional Hospital where he became uncooperative and assaulted a paramedic. Officers then subdued Brassfield, but in the process an officer suffered two broken ribs. Brassfield is charged with 2 counts of interfering with official acts resulting in serious injury, assault on a person in a certain occupation- healthcare provider-with intent to inflict serious injury, eluding with injury, OWI-drugged driving and numerous traffic offenses.

Dubuque Drug Dealer Sentenced

A Dubuque man, who prosecutors labeled as “a career offender” is going to prison. 31 year old Jerry Towns was sentenced to over 12 years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty late last year in federal court to selling cocaine. Prosecutors say Towns sold cocaine either near a park or school on four different occasions in 2017 and 2018. In 2018 police stopped a car in which Towns was a passenger. At the same time police had a warrant to search Town’s home. He called his girlfriend and told her to get the cocaine and a loaded handgun out of the house before police arrive. His girlfriend was stopped by police as she was leaving and authorities seized the drugs and the gun. Towns had two prior felony offenses for distributing cocaine and 11 other adult criminal convictions.

Mass To Resume For Catholic Churches In Dubuque

 

The long-awaited word on when Catholic parishes in Dubuque will be allowed to reopen is here. Archbishop Michael Jackels announced today that beginning May 30th and the 31st, the parishes throughout the 30 northeastern counties in Iowa, including Dubuque will be able to gather for outreach to the poor, for faith formation programs and for the public celebration of Mass and Sacraments. The Archbishop says in a press release that those who are sick, or frail due to advanced age or have underlying medical conditions or are nervous about getting COVID-19 should not be gathering together for any reason and everyone will still remain dispensed from the law to participate in Mass on Sundays and Holy days until further notice or until a vaccine becomes available. The Archbishop says they will continue to monitor trends in positive coronavirus tests, hospitalizations and deaths.

Iowa Restrictions Eased

Gov. Reynolds on Wednesday outlined more easing of restrictions in Iowa. Effective May 22 movie theaters, zoos, aquariums, museums and wedding reception venues will be permitted to reopen with appropriate public health measures in place. Swimming pools will reopen for lap swimming and swimming lessons. On May 28 bars and other establishments that serve alcohol, but have been limited to carry out and delivery, will be permitted to reopen for indoor or outdoor seating at 50 percent capacity. They must also follow public health measures that restaurants have implemented. June 1 Iowa schools will be permitted to resume school sponsored activities and learning. This includes high school baseball and softball. More details during her tomorrow press conference. Reynolds said the state is working closely with the Iowa High School Athletic Association, the Department of Public Health and Youth Sports Associations to develop a plan to bring other sports opportunities back for the summer. Additionally, Iowa state parks will be opening all modern restrooms, shower buildings and cabins on May 22 in time for Memorial Day. Campgrounds will be open for all campers including RV’s, popups and tent camping, but with stipulations. Youth group camp sites and shelters, lodges, playgrounds, other group camps, museums, and visitor centers will remain closed. Reynolds attributed the easing of restrictions to Iowans and local business owners doing their part to maintain social distancing standards and public health guidelines. Reynolds said Casinos and amusement parks will remain closed

County Absentee Ballots

Dubuque County voters are reminded that the deadline to request an absentee ballot to vote by mail in the June 2nd primary election is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 22nd. Request forms must be received by the deadline. For the safety of both voters and election officials, all voters are being urged to STAY SAFE and VOTE AT HOME. Following the deadline, voters unable to vote on Election Day, can vote in person at the Election Annex, 75 Locust Street in Dubuque. Voting hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until Election Day. Due to concerns for safety of voters and election officials, in-person early voting will be limited to curbside voting. Voters can call 563-587-3870 ext 1980 upon arriving at the Annex and they will be assisted to cast their ballot from the safety of their vehicle.

Dubuque Specialty Care Covid-19

Staff at Dubuque Specialty Care are confirming more cases of COVID-19 at their facility. They say a total of 40 residents and nine employees have now tested positive for the virus. The center learned of its first positive test back on April 23rd. Staff say since then they have been following all guidance from the CDC and the Iowa Department of Public Health. That center is the only one with an outbreak in Dubuque County. Right now, there are a total of 37 outbreaks at long-term care facilities in the state.

Casinos Hope To Open In June

Casinos across Iowa have been closed for weeks now because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but most of them are optimistic about reopening their doors once Governor Reynolds’ emergency proclamation expires on May 27th. The Dubuque Racing  Association Board of Directors met virtually yesterday and are hopeful that the Governor will ease some restrictions and allow Dubuque’s two casinos, as well as casinos across the state to open back up. Q. Casino President and CEO Jesus Aviles says once they get the green light, they’ll be ready in accordance to whatever they are required to do by the state. Q General Manager Brian Rakestraw says casinos in Iowa along with the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission has presented the Governor’s office with minimum standards that they will implement prior to reopening. Aviles says they have been in constant contact with their furloughed employees who can’t wait to get back to work. Q was able to pay all of its’ workers through April 15th. A number of casinos in the country have reopened or have plans to reopen soon. They include Louisiana, Mississippi, Kansas and Missouri.

Dubuque County Wednesday COVID-19 Update

There were 12 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Dubuque County reported Tuesday afternoon. Dubuque County now has 288 positive cases. One additional death was reported for Dubuque County, bringing the county total to 11. 3,849 Dubuque County residents have been tested, resulting in a 7.5 percent positive rate.

City Holiday Hours

The City of Dubuque is reminding residents of several service schedule changes related to the Memorial Day holiday.
There will be no refuse, yard waste, or curbside recycling collections by the City of Dubuque on Memorial Day. Instead, these Monday collections will be made on the preceding Saturday, May 23rd, and must be set out by 6 a.m. The Dubuque Metro Landfill will be closed all day on Memorial Day. The Jule, Dubuque’s public transit system, will not operate on Memorial Day.

City Website “ID4PD

The city of Dubuque has added a new “ID4PD” page to its website where residents can assist police in identifying suspects in criminal investigations. The web page features a scrollable list of still images, along with the type of crime and date of occurrence. There’s also a place where residents can submit identification information if they recognize anyone in the photos. Information can also be submitted anonymously.

Comiskey Park Project Grant

The Wellmark Foundation has awarded the City of Dubuque’s “Re-Imagine Comiskey Park” project $100,000 as a part of Wellmark’s Large MATCH Grant Program, to be used toward the addition of a splash pad and expansion of basketball courts at the park. The splash pad and basketball courts expansion are only two of the improvements that will be incorporated as a part of the larger Comiskey Park redevelopment project. A community engagement process conducted by the Leisure Services Department identified these two amenities as top choices for the redevelopment of Comiskey Park. The City of Dubuque was previously awarded a $508,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program grant to expand outdoor recreational opportunities in the park. That grant will be matched with City of Dubuque capital improvement funding.

AirCare Flyover

The AirCare flyover that was scheduled for today in Dubuque and several other Eastern Iowa community’s, has been postponed to Wednesday, due to unfavorable weather conditions. University of Iowa Health Care’s AirCare emergency responders will be flying a special joint helicopter formation to honor National EMS week. The flyover in Dubuque will be over UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital and MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center between 11:30 and 11:50 am. People are encouraged to wave at the helicopters’ crews while social distancing. National EMS week was started in 1974 to celebrate EMS practitioners and the work they do across the country.

Dubuque Food Pantry

 

The Dubuque Food Pantry has seen an increase in need since the coronavirus pandemic started.  Manager Theresa Caldwell says they are asking the community for items like soups, canned fruits and tuna but cash or check donations go even further thanks to their buying power. Because of the pandemic, the Boy Scouts annual food drive was cancelled, which last year collected 22,000 pounds of food, and other collection partners like churchs have also been affected. You can donate at the food pantry and checks can be made out to Dubuque Food Pantry at 1598 Jackson Street. For more information, go to their Facebook page.

 

 

Dubuque County Jail Renovation

The Dubuque County Sheriff wants the county to move ahead with a jail renovation project while occupancy numbers in the jail are at a record low. The project consists of splitting two large rooms that house almost 50 inmates each into smaller rooms. The estimated cost of the project is around $700,000. Sheriff Joe Kennedy says this would help spread out the inmates to prevent a possible virus outbreak. Kennedy says that Dubuque County should take advantage of the low occupancy rates to start the project. Later on, he thinks it would get more complicated. Kennedy added that it generally costs between $55 to $60 a day to house an inmate in another county.

Dubuque Man Charged With Sexual Assault

A Dubuque man, who police say sexually assaulted a 15 year old girl earlier this year, was arrested over the weekend. 27 year old Andrew Hogan is charged with one felony count of third degree sexual assault. Police received a tip in March and began to investigate. When he was arrested Hogan admitted to having a sexual encounter with the teen. His initial court appearance is scheduled for May 27th.

North Cascade Road Closed through November

A well-traveled road in Dubuque County is closed for a reconstruction project. The county road department says North Cascade Road, between Edval and Tyra Lanes, will be closed through November. A detour has been set up that takes motorists to English Mill Road, Crescent Ridge and Cedar Cross Road. Residences on North Cascade Road, Edval Lane, Parkview and Miners Lanes will have local and emergency access.

Cuba City COVID-19 Response Program

Although the Wisconsin Supreme Court has struck down Governor Tony Evers’ stay-at-home restrictions, a lot of Wisconsinites, especially seniors, are choosing to continue to stay at home until the Governor’s order expires on May 26th. Cuba City recently adapted a regional program to ensure the safety of its’ residents. The “Cuba Cares” program assist people who need things, but don’t want to venture outdoors. Two cards were sent out to community members, one green and one yellow. The city asked people to place one of the cards in a visible place in their homes, so that someone driving by can see it. The green card indicates that the household is doing well and doesn’t need anything right now, while the yellow card indicates that household needs some assistance. Bob Jones, Economic Development Director for Cuba City, says volunteers are on the lookout for homes displaying a yellow card, and are reaching out to assist in any way they can. He ask that everyone to be on the lookout for homes displaying a yellow card. The program is not meant to be used for medical or police emergencies. If you have an emergency, call 911.

Teen Charged With Assaulting Officer

A Mineral Point teenager accused of striking a Grant County deputy early Sunday morning has been charged with battery. According to the sheriff’s office, at around 2:40 am a deputy responded to the area of 2nd and Main Streets to assist a Platteville police officer. As the deputy was interviewing 18 year old Allison Miller, she attempted to walk away and did not comply with his orders to stop. As the deputy was talking to Miller, she punched him in face twice. She was then arrested and charged with battery to law enforcement. Miller also faces a charges of underage drinking and underage person in a tavern.

Dubuque Drug Dealer Gets Prison Time

A Dubuque man, who pleaded guilty to selling nearly 80 grams of heroin in Cedar Rapids last year, has been sentenced to federal prison. 33 year old Marcus Long pled guilty in federal court in Cedar Rapids to one count of use of a communications facility to commit a felony drug crime. In April of last year, Cedar Rapids first responders were called to a home to investigate a disturbance. When they arrived they found one person dead from a suspected drug overdose and another who had overdosed, but later woke up. Police on scene were able to find a phone number of the person who had sold the heroin to the two who overdosed. Officers called the number, which belonged to Long, and set up a buy. Long was arrested just prior to the transaction. He was sentenced to more than three years in prison. He will also be placed on probation once he gets out.

Dubuque County Tuesday COVID-19 Update

The Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team Monday was notified of 14 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Dubuque County. Dubuque County now has 276 positive cases. There were no additional deaths reported for Dubuque County so the county total remains 10. As of Sunday, 16 Dubuque County residents were hospitalized due to COVID-19 and 127 have recovered or are recovering. 3,747 Dubuque County residents have been tested, resulting in a 7.4 percent positive rate. Of Iowa’s 99 counties, Dubuque County has the 7th highest number of people tested

Darlington Area EMS Picnic Open House

It’s National EMS Week, and to celebrate, Darlington Area EMS, Inc. will host its annual Picnic and Open House this Wednesday, from 5 pm – 7 pm, but with a twist due to COVID-19. There will not be an on-site picnic or equipment displays like usual, and the station will not be open to the public; however, members will be hosting a drive-thru in front of the station at 127 W. Louisa Street. Residents are encouraged to stop by at any time between 5 pm and 7 pm in their cars or on foot for a carry-out. To support local farmers, the menu includes brats, hotdogs, cheese, chips, and milk. There is no cost for the meal, but members will accept donations to support their cause.

Glass Recycling Locations

The Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency was recently awarded a grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Environmental Management System program to purchase  purple roll off containers specifically for purpose of establishing drop-off locations from glass recycling. The first load of  over 48,000 pounds of glass has been shipped to Ripple Glass where it will be recycled into new bottles and fiberglass insulation. 

The following types of glass may be dropped off for recycling in the Purple Containers:

  • Rinsed Glass food and beverage containers (all colors, labels can stay on)
  • Drinking Vessels (pint, wine, mason jars)
  • Candle Jars (leftover wax okay)
  • Cosmetic bottles/jars

The DMASWA is sponsoring two (2) Drop-Off Stations to provide access to Dubuque County residents for glass recycling:

  • DMASWA Landfill, 101 Airborne Road, Dubuque (Purple Container)
  • City of Dubuque Municipal Service Center, 925 Kerper Court, Dubuque (Purple Container)

For more information, contact Ken Miller, Solid Waste Agency Administrator at 563-589-4354 or kmiller@cityofdubuque.org

Emergency Food and Shelter Program

The Dubuque County Local Board for Emergency Food and Shelter Program has over $76,000 to award and is currently accepting food-related funding applications from non-profit organizations. To be eligible for FEMA funding, organizations must be non-profit organizations within Dubuque County, have a voluntary board, and have an annual audit procedure. Eligible organizations must not discriminate and demonstrate the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs. Applications are due by 5 pm on May 25th. For complete details, go to dbqunitedway.org.

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Dubuque Initiatives Emergency Loan Program

Weeks after its launch, the $2 million Dubuque Initiatives Emergency Loan Program is evolving to assist more small businesses in the City of Dubuque. In April, the program was introduced as a bridge funding program, allowing qualified participants to repay loans after federal Small Business Administration (SBA) funds were received from the Economic Injury Disaster Loan or Paycheck Protection Programs. The primary change to the program now offers the option to immediately convert funding to a short-term, low-interest loan rather than quickly repay the funds. Borrowers can take out the $10,000 loan with no interest or fees for the first six months. After six months, it will be converted to a 30-month, 1% interest loan. Small businesses who wish may still utilize it as bridge funding. Other changes to the program include the ability for sole proprietors and independent contractors to apply, as well as locally-owned franchisees. To apply for the program, contact the COVID-19 Small Business Helpline at 563-588-3350 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday or email sbhelpline@nicc.edu.

New Landfill Entrance

As part of the completion of the new Highway 20 Interchange on the west side of Dubuque, the new entrance to the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency  Landfill will be opening on Tuesday, May 19th. To access the Landfill from Highway 20, customers should use Exit 314, head west onto Seippel Road and then take Airborne Road to the Landfill entrance. To access the Landfill heading east on Seippel, customers should turn right onto Airborne Road.

Dubuque County Monday COVID-19 Update

The Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team was notified of 15 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Dubuque County since Friday. Dubuque County now has 264 positive cases. There were no additional deaths reported for Dubuque County so the county total remains 10. As of Friday, 19 Dubuque County residents were hospitalized due to COVID-19 and 120 have recovered or are recovering. 3,675 Dubuque County residents have been tested, resulting in a 7.2 percent positive rate.

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival Virtual

The 2020 Julien Dubuque International Film Festival will be a virtual event. All films and programming will be presented online June 17-21. The festival had been postponed from April until June this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the decision has now been made to make it virtual. Details on the virtual event are still being determined. There will be an extended live festival in April of 2021.

Missing Dubuque Man Found

Authorities confirmed Sunday that Dan Gessner, the Dubuque man who went missing in October of 2019, has been found. Gessner’s body was found Saturday along the banks of the Mississippi River in Bellevue, Iowa. No other information has been given. He was last seen in the early morning hours of Monday, October 21st in East Dubuque. That Sunday evening, Dan was seen at a couple of bars in downtown Dubuque. The Gessners know he went to East Dubuque at 2 am, and private surveillance footage last capture him at 3:15 am, walking east on Sinsinawa Avenue. In the days after his disappearance, friends organized a search in East Dubuque.

Dead Body Found

A dead body was found Saturday afternoon near Bellevue. The Bellevue Police Department reports that they were notified of a deceased person on the shore of the Mississippi River about a mile north of Bellevue around 1:30 Saturday afternoon. The body was recovered and turned over to the Jackson County Medical Examiner. The body will be transported to the State Medical Examiner’s office for further investigation and a positive identification.

Grant County Fatal Crash

A rural Potosi man died in a two vehicle crash Friday morning. Around 5:45 a.m., the Grant County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an accident on Hwy 35/61 near Kelly Lane located in the Township of Paris. 28-year old Tyler Clauer, from rural Potosi, was traveling southbound when he lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a downhill curve to the right. Clauer’s vehicle crossed into the northbound lanes and struck the guardrail on the east side of the roadway and slid downhill. At the same time, 34-year old Daniel Kieler, from rural Hazel Green, was traveling northbound on Hwy 35/61 when he struck Clauer’s vehicle on its driver’s side. Kieler was able to get out of his vehicle and was transported to Southwest Health Center in Platteville for non-life threatening injuries. After being extricated from his vehicle, Clauer was transported to Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, where he later succumbed to his injuries sustained in the crash. Kieler was wearing a safety belt. Clauer was not wearing his safety belt. This matter is still under investigation as speed, dense fog conditions and a wet roadway may be contributing factors in the crash.

YMCA and Fitness Centers To Open

The Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA will reopen Monday at 7 am. Danielle Shea, Director of Marketing & Communications, says they will be taking a phased approach to opening. Shea says they will continue following recommendations made by the governor, health experts, local officials, and DHS. Some of the areas that remain closed for now include, youth and adult locker rooms, hot tub, saunas, both pools and whirlpool. Social distancing will be in order for now as well. For more information on the reopening rules at the YMCA go to www.dubuquey.org.

Kim David owner of True Fitness Life in Dubuque says people are very excited for them to be open again. David says she was able to take advantage of the federal PPP loan program and said the process through Premier Bank was quick and easy. She employs 25 full and part-time employees.

   

 

 

Dubuque County Friday COVID-19 Update

The Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team was notified of 3 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Dubuque County Thursday. Dubuque County now has a total of 238  positive cases. 1 additional death was reported for Dubuque County, bringing the county’s total to 10. As of Wednesday, 15 Dubuque County residents were hospitalized due to COVID-19 and 78 have recovered or are recovering.

Dubuque Farmers Market To Open This Weekend

The long anticipated opening of the Dubuque Farmers Market is just around the corner, and because of the COVID-19 pandemic things will be a bit different. Manager Jo Lynn Pike says the market will be held in the downtown area on Iowa Street. Pike says initially they’ll have a limited number of vendors and those vendors are only allowed to sell certain products. Vendors will be set-up six-feet apart from each other. Pike says they are also requiring people who come to the market wear a mask and to not bring their pets. She says there should be a limit of one or two people per household that come to the market. There will be no self-service. No entertainment or special events will be allowed at the market. The Dubuque Farmers’ Market will be held every Saturday from 7 am to noon through September, and 8 to noon in October.

Community Foundation Great Give Day

The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque’s seventh annual Great Give Day, presented in partnership with Theisen’s Home*Farm*Auto, wrapped up at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, May 14, helping nonprofits in the seven-county Dubuque region raise $339,653, comprising 3,008 gifts. This year’s total amount raised surpassed last year’s total by $96,455 and is the most raised since 2017. “In any year, we make strengthening nonprofits a priority, and this year, the COVID-19 crisis has made supporting our local organizations all the more important,” said Peter Supple, the Community Foundation’s economic opportunity coordinator. “We are so grateful to everyone who contributed in this time of need. Every gift makes a difference.” This year, 162 nonprofits from Dubuque, Allamakee, Clinton, Clayton, Delaware, Dyersville, Jackson and Jones Counties participated in Great Give Day. Since 2014, Great Give Day has raised $2,087,264 for local nonprofits. To view the final results, visit greatgiveday.org.

Grant County Injury Accident

A Lancaster man suffered serious injuries after a one vehicle crash Wednesday. At t 11:35 p.m., the Grant County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an accident on Cannon Road near Buckwheat Ridge Road in Ellenboro Township. 58-year old Richard Martin was traveling north on Cannon Road, when he crested a hill and failed to negotiate a curve. Martin’s vehicle left the roadway and struck a large culvert. Martin was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. He was transported to Grant Regional Health Center by Lancaster EMS with serious injuries. The crash remains under investigation, however speed and alcohol may be factors in the crash.

Restaurant Owner/Manager React To Reopening

Restaurant owners and managers across Iowa are reacting to the news of Governor Reynolds’ announcement Wednesday that allows restaurants and a number of other businesses to reopen Friday. The Governor’s directive allows those businesses to reopen under new health rules intended to slow the coronavirus. Tony Powers, manager at Pizza Ranch in Dubuque says they’ve had a plan in place long before yesterday’s announcement. Powers says there will be a 50-percent capacity limit for the time being. Guy Parkin, owner of the Mining Company in Dubuque says they are still working on plans, but will reopen the dining area on Wednesday May 27th. Parkin says they’ll continue to practice the safety measures put in place by the Iowa Department of Public Health and the CDC. Before the pandemic Parkin says he had around 35 employees. Since then that number has dropped to 20. But he plans to bring all of his workers back. Parkin says when they do reopen tentative hours for business will be from 11 am to 9 pm. The Pizza Ranch’s hours will be from 11 to 2 pm and 4 to 7:30 Monday through Friday and 11 to 7 pm Saturday and Sunday.

 

Great Give Day

Don’t forget about Great Give Day today. The event is designed to raise money for area non-profits, who with the coronavirus pandemic in full swing, need your support more than ever. To make a donation, visit www.greatgiveday.org and make a donation of ten dollars or more. Donations must be made online with a credit or debit card. The public will be able to view a leader board that will reflect donations in real time and search non-profits by name, zip code and whether they are responding directly to COVID-19 critical needs at greatgiveday.org.

Dubuque County Thursday COVID-19 Update

The Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team announced 32 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Dubuque County.  This is the largest single-day increase in cases for Dubuque County and the vast majority of the new cases are related to last week’s targeted testing program which tested approximately 1,450 people. Dubuque County now has a total of 235 positive cases. 2 additional deaths were reported Wednesday for Dubuque County bringing the county’s total to 9. As of Monday, 19 Dubuque County residents were hospitalized due to COVID-19 and 75 have recovered or are recovering. 3,264 Dubuque County residents have been tested, resulting in a 7.2 percent positive rate.

U of Dubuque Virtual Commencement

For the first time in its 168-year history, University of Dubuque will hold virtual commencement ceremonies to celebrate the accomplishments of over 350 graduates. Since the campus cannot gather in-person because of the pandemic, UD officials decided to hold virtual commencements for undergraduate and graduate students in the Class of 2020 this Saturday, the original date for May Commencement. Seminary Virtual Commencement will premiere at 9:30 a.m. on www.facebook.com/UDubuque. Twenty-two University of Dubuque Theological Seminary students will receive degrees and seven will earn certificates. Undergraduate Virtual Commencement will premiere next at 1 p.m. 281 undergraduate students will receive their degrees virtually. Graduate Virtual Commencement will premiere at 2 p.m. Sixty-seven graduate students will have degrees conferred upon them. You can also watch on  on www.facebook.com/UDTSeminary, and www.youtube.com/UDBQMedia.

Governor Lift’s Restrictions In Dubuque County

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Wednesday that she is lifting most public health restrictions in the remaining 22 counties that have remained mostly closed, including Dubuque County, as of May 15th.  Salons, barber shops, restaurants, fitness centers and several other businesses will be able to open Friday. Reynolds said bars, movie theaters and casinos will remain closed for now.

Dubuque School District Pickups

The Dubuque Community School District is allowing items from school buildings to be retrieved starting this week. This week, Elementary Schools will be coordinating pickup of any student items left at school. These items will be pre-packaged for families to pick-up outside the building. Schools will communicate scheduling and logistics details directly with families of elementary school students. All schools will have social distancing measures in place and families will not be allowed inside the building. Middle and High Schools will be scheduling pickup of student items for late May/early June to coincide with textbook, computer and hot spot returns. Schools will reach out to families with details as plans are finalized.

Grant County Accident

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help for information concerning a one vehicle crash last Friday. Around 2:30 pm they responded to an accident on Hwy 151 near Clay Hollow Rd located in the Township of Paris. 76-year old Jeffrey Olmstead, from Oshkosh, and his wife, 73-year old Sharon, were traveling northbound on Hwy 151 when Jeffrey lost control of the vehicle and left the roadway. Omstead’s vehicle fell into a creek bed below and came to rest upright but was partially submerged. Jeffrey was transported to UW Madison Hospital via AirCare of Dubuque due to his injuries. Sharon was transported to Southwest Health Center in Platteville with injuries. This matter is still under investigation as there were reports of a northbound maroon minivan pulling a silver enclosed trailer that may have forced the Olmstead vehicle off the roadway. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

Dubuque County COVID-19 Update

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) was notified of six additional cases of COVID-19 in Dubuque County Tuesday. Dubuque County now has 197 positive cases. As of Sunday, 16 Dubuque County residents are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 and 69 have recovered or are recovering.

Library To Resume Curbside Pickup

The Carnegie-Stout Public Library in Dubuque will resume curbside pickup service for materials currently checked out by its’ patrons next week. Beginning May 18th curbside service will be offered seven days a week from 11 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm. Curbside pickup will take place on the Locust Street side of the library. You should have your library card or photo ID with you and wait until you arrive at the curbside before calling to have your holds brought out. People may place holds by logging into their accounts via the library website or by calling the library. When holds are ready, patrons will receive a notification and instructions for pickup. All book drop locations are open and people may continue to return their library materials.

Polling Sites In DC Reduced

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to keep voters safe, the Dubuque County election office says polling sites across the county will be reduced significantly on primary election day. Jenny Hillary, deputy commissioner of elections says under normal circumstances voters would cast their ballots at 35 sites, but that number will be reduced to 9. Hillary says unfortunately because of a database error the initial postcard notifications that were mailed to voters in precincts 5, 6, 7 and 8 included some incorrect information. She says those voters will receive a second postcard with their correct voting location. Hillary says they continue to urge people to stay safe by voting absentee from home. Request forms for absentee voting must be received by the election office no later than May 22nd. All postage for returning the request form and the ballot is pre-paid. To find out your voting site for the June 2nd primary visit dubuquecounty.org.

Governor Considers Reopening Plans

Gov. Kim Reynolds says she’s still considering how far to go in lifting local public health restrictions, as the state reported 18 more deaths from the coronavirus. Reynolds had planned to announce which business closures that she would allow to expire Friday and which she would extend through May. But she said she was still looking at data, and now expects an announcement Wednesday.  Restaurants in 22 counties remain closed. Statewide, bars, salons, barber shops, movie theaters, casinos, museums and several other businesses are ordered closed until Friday. Reynolds is expected to release an updated emergency proclamation for certain businesses during her press briefing today.

SW Wisconsin Chemical Spill Crash

A crash involving two semis on U.S. 151 early this morning resulted in a chemical spill that closed that portion of the highway between Dickeyville and Platteville. According to the Grant County Emergency Operations Center the accident happened at around 3:20 in the southbound lane of 151. Firefighters from Dickeyville had responded to a vehicle fire and while they were on scene a stopped semi carrying about 500 gallons of aluminum brighter was rear-ended by another semi, which caused the chemicals to spill onto the highway. As a precautionary measure two homes in the area were evacuated. Both drivers were injured and taken to Southwest Health in Platteville to be treated. Their names have not been released, although the driver of the semi that was struck from behind was driving for NM Transfer Company  in Neenah.

Hospice Tree of Life Memorial Service

Hospice of Dubuque is moving an annual event that  honors and remembers loved ones online due to COVID-19. The community is invited to the virtual Tree of Life Memorial Service and Tree Lighting Ceremony on May 19th, at 7:30 pm. To join the ceremony and view the Live Feed, “Like” them on Facebook at Hospice of Dubuque. You can also visit hospiceofdubuque. org/live or find them on YouTube by searching for Hospice of Dubuque. The Tree of Life display will be illuminated in Washington Park the night of the event and will remain lit through Memorial Day. Each light symbolizes a donation made in the name of a loved one. Donations are tax-deductible and can be submitted online at hospiceofdubuque.org or mailed to Hospice of Dubuque, 1670 JFK Road, Dubuque. To ensure the name of a loved one is included in the printed program, donations must reach the Hospice of Dubuque office by May 14th. For more information, or questions on the event, please contact Tiffany Stietz, Hospice of Dubuque Community Relations Coordinator, at 563.451.4664 or stietzt@hospiceofdubuque.org. 

Small Businesses Emergency Loan Program

Some help is on the way for small businesses in Dubuque County that are being impacted by COVID-19. The board of supervisors has teamed up with E.C.I.A. and the NICC COVID-19 Business Helpline to implement a 20-thousand dollar Emergency Loan Program. The program offers a three year loan of up to 10-thousand dollars. Payments are deferred for the first six months, and then a payback of principal with a one-percent interest rate for the remaining 30 months of the loan. Loans may be used to cover ongoing operating expenses, restocking of supplies and inventory and expenses incurred because of COVID-19 social distancing protocols. To qualify businesses must be located in the county, but outside the city of Dubuque, have 25 or fewer employees, operate out of a brick and mortar location, have been in business for at least two years and have a loss of income because of COVID-19. Applications will be accepted through the end of the year. To apply contact the NICC COVID-19 Business Helpline at 563-588-3350, E.C.I.A. or email sbhelpline@nicc.edu. There is no cost to apply.