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Photo Submission- Holiday Traditions Exhibit

If you have a special family holiday occasion you celebrate, your pictures are in demand. The Dubuque County Historical Society is seeking photography submissions for their upcoming exhibit Dubuque Traditions: A Photographic Experience as part of Home for the Holidays. Victoria Cote says the exhibit will provide a chance to experience the holiday traditions of our neighbors and friends. Traditions include the stories, beliefs, customs, and routines that provide a sense of belonging, whether they are with family, friends or even strangers that you reach out to during the holidays. Dubuque Traditions is a chance to explore the moments in life, caught on camera, that represent those special things that build a connection between the people in our community. The exhibit will open November 30th – Dec 22nd at the Mathias Ham Historic Site. Deadline for submissions is October 15th and photos must display holiday traditions during the months of October to January. For more information and guidlines go to page 2 of the events section of rivermuseum.com.


Photo courtesy of National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium


Temporary TSA Enrollment Center

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will open a temporary enrollment center at the Dubuque Regional Airport from October 21st – October 25th. The temporary enrollment center will be located at Airline Ticket Office #2, next to the American Airlines ticket counter in the Dubuque Regional Airport Terminal Building. Appointment hours will be Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Friday from 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. and from 12:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. Applicants don’t need an airline ticket to access the enrollment center. Although walk-ins will be accepted on a space-available basis, TSA and the airport recommend that individuals pre-enroll on-line and make an appointment at www.Identogo.com/precheck.

DCHS To Create Mini-Baseball Exhibit

Major League Baseball is coming to Dyersville next summer and as a way to highlight Dubuque’s rich history of minor league baseball, the Dubuque County Historical Society will be creating a mini-exhibit that will be on display at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. Museum Curator Christin Waterbury says the exhibit will feature the early years of minor league baseball in Dubuque beginning in 1879 when the Dubuque Red Stockings beat the world champion Chicago White Stockings. Waterbury says they want the community to be part of the exhibit by donating or loaning the society items related to Dubuque’s baseball history. The New York Yankees will be playing the Chicago White Sox next summer near the Field of Dreams move site, and Waterbury says their goal is to have the exhibit on display ahead of the big game. If you’d like to make a donation for the Mini exhibit, call the historical society or email Kristin Glomstad at kglomstadrivermuseum.com. The exhibit will be on display inside the River Center.

College Career & Professional Development Fair

AccessDubuqueJobs.com is partnering with Greater Dubuque-area colleges and universities for the first College Career and Professional Development Fair. Kristin Dietzel, Vice President of Workforce Solutions, says there will be many opportunities for students on October 15th. Dietzel says students will be able to meet with area employers about careers and internships and attend professional development breakout sessions. The day wraps up with an hour long Diversity Networking Event. Students can sign up prior to the event on campus or at the Career Fair itself. Tuesday’s event will be held at the Hotel Julien Dubuque and runs from 10 am to 3 pm.

Carson King-Bobblehead Hall of Fame

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled a bobblehead honoring Carson King this morning. They are donating $5 from every bobblehead sold to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital King Family Fund. The release comes exactly one month after King’s sign appeared in the background of ESPN’s College GameDay. The hand-drawn sign, which requested beer money, went viral, and as the funds poured in, King quickly decided to give all proceeds to the Children’s Hospital. On Friday, King presented a check for over 3-million dollars to the Children’s Hospital. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Milwaukee.

Picture courtesy of The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum

Meth Sale Dubuque Woman

A Dubuque woman accused of selling methamphetamine made her first appearance Friday in District Court in Dubuque. 40-year old Cari Bedtka has been charged with two felony counts of selling drugs to a Dubuque Drug Task Force informant. Bedtka is accused of selling methamphetamine to the informant in January and February.

Darlington Woman Cited After Crash

A Darlington woman was cited after she crashed her car head-on into a parked vehicle in Darlington Wednesday afternoon. A police report says 67 year old Jayne Russell was driving east on Raven Street when she crossed over the center line and collided head-on with a parked SUV on the other side of the street. Russell was taken to Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County and treated. Police say Russell was driving while under the influence of prescription controlled substances. She was cited for driving under the influence.

Columbus Day Renamed For Native Americans

Monday is Columbus Day, but it won’t be called that anymore…..at least in the city of Dubuque. At its’ most recent meeting the city council voted to rename October 14th Indigenous People’s Day to honor native Americans. According to a city proclamation, “Dubuque recognizes that the Indigenous People of this hemisphere have lived on these lands since time immemorial, and that Dubuque itself was built upon the homelands of the Meskwaki, Ho Chunk, Potawatami and other indigenous people of this region, and whereas the city of Dubuque seeks to bring better understanding to the people of Dubuque regarding indigenous cultures and the enormous contributions they have made and continue to make to our nation.” A number of cities and towns across the country have renamed Columbus Day Indigenous People’s Day in honor of Native Americans.

More Parking Spaces For Hempstead

Officials in the Dubuque Community School District are looking to add more parking spaces at and near the Hempstead High School campus this year. When construction on the new pool began, the school lost numerous parking spots occupied by students and staff. Building and Grounds Supervisor Bill Burkhart says they are planning to add at least 70 new parking spaces if the weather cooperates. 172 parking spots were taken away to make room for the new pool addition at Hempstead. The estimated cost of the additional parking spaces is around $80,000. Earlier this year the City of Dubuque provided 25 parking spaces for students at Usha Park, just west of Hempstead following complaints from residents in the area about students parking in front or near their homes. The new parking spaces will be paid for with funds from the district’s Physical Plant and Equipment Levy, or PPEL. Burkhart says if the bids come in at or below their estimate, construction would begin soon after.

Cold, Rain And Wind Not Good For Harvesting

Farmers are having a hard time harvesting wet fields, and they say it’s not going to get any easier with the cold and windy conditions. Dubuque County farmer Craig Recker says the colder temperatures will not help dry out the really wet corn farmers have right now and he says high winds could damage corn stalks. Recker says warmer weather would help dry out the corn and people who sell their crop would have to spend more money to dry it out manually. Recker says when farmers get behind on harvesting, fertilizing businesses get behind as well. The crop has to be out of the ground before the fertilizer can go down. Recker hopes conditions will improve, but says he will roll with whatever Mother Nature does.

Inspiration Stables Grant

Inspiration Stables has received a $2,500 grant from Variety-the Children’s Charity to fund their saddle and tack project to properly outfit their horses with equipment. The equipment needed allows the horses to work comfortably and safely while receiving direction and communication from children who struggle to do so effectively and clearly. Inspiration Stables is a nonprofit therapeutic horseback riding program serving children with special needs in and surrounding the Dubuque area. For more information about the group go to inspirationstables.org.

Household Hazardous Materials Collections

The Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency recently conducted two special mobile collection events. Events were held at the Delaware County Fairgrounds and at Murphy Park in Dubuque. A special collection event for household hazardous materials, tires and electronics waste was held in partnership with the Delaware County Solid Waste Disposal Commission. Over three hundred participants brought in 7,290 pounds of hazardous waste. In addition, nearly 15,000 pounds of tires and almost 30,000 pounds of electronics were brought in for recycling. Over two hundred participants brought in 8,925 pounds of hazardous waste and just over 12,000 pounds of latex paint.

Carl Sandburg Songbag Concert Series

Make plans to attend today’s Carl Sandburg Songbag Concert Series performance by blues/jazz musicians Sally Weisenburg and Don Berbaum at the Carl Sandburg State Historic Site in Galesburg. The performance by Weisenburg and Berbaum will be in the Sandburg site’s barn at 313 E. Third Street in Galesburg. The show starts at 4:00 pm and ends at 6:00 pm with a break for refreshments around 5:00 pm A donation of $5 per person is suggested. Carl Sandburg was a collector and performer of America’s folk songs. The concert series is named in honor of Sandburg’s book “The American Songbag” published in 1927.

City of Dubuque’s City Expo 2019

The City of Dubuque’s City Expo 2019 event will be held on October 17th, from 4-7 p.m. at the Five Flags Center. Randy Gehl, Public Information Officer, says attendees can learn about programs and services and because Dubuque was named an All-America City this year, that will be a theme as well. This year’s Expo will highlight the City Council’s eight stated goals. Various door prizes will be available with “Expo Passport” activity. Gehl says passport forms will be provided at the event but they don’t need be there for the drawing to win. The following door prizes will be available to win at City Expo this year:

Family summer swimming pool pass

  • $50 credit for leisure services programs
  • Foursome of golf, plus two carts, at Bunker Hill Golf Course
  • Annual yard waste decals
  • Yard waste stickers
  • $50 gift cards to local grocery stores
  • Youth and adult Jule bus passes

This event is free and open to the public and informational materials and complimentary food will be available. For more information, visit www.cityofdubuque.org/expo.

Grant County Fatality

A Grant County man was killed in a one vehicle crash Friday morning. The sheriff’s office identifies the victim as 24 year old Levi Linscheid of Highland. At around 7:05 Linscheid was driving his Jeep Wrangler on Highway 151 in Jamestown Township, where Sandy Hook Road goes underneath the highway, when he lost control. The vehicle traveled off the road, struck a guardrail, slid along a cement barrier on an overpass before traveling over the cement barrier onto an embankment. When emergency crews arrived they found the jeep on its’ roof just over the embankment. Linscheid was trapped inside and unresponsive. The Jaws of Life was used to free him and he was pronounced dead at the scene. This is the 9th fatality on Grant County roads this year.

Dubuque Authorities Continue To Investigate Fire

The Dubuque fire marshal says eight people were living in a home where a fire broke out late Tuesday night. The home was actually being used as sort of a homeless shelter. Fire Marshal Mark Burkle says the fire started at around 9 o’clock at 586 Loras Blvd. 21 year old Meagan Arthofer and 32 year old Randy Grutz were taken to local hospitals with serious injuries. The cause of the fire is still being investigated, but it originated in the basement. Tom Johnson and his son Ben are renting the three-bedroom home. Johnson confirmed to our coverage partners at KCRG TV that he and his son opened the home to people in need. Their work is done under the non-profit Anawim Catholic Worker. They call it a “house of hospitality.” There were six guests in addition to Tom and his son living in the home. But only Arthofer and Grutz were in the house when the fire started. Burkle says it can be dangerous to have that many people living in a small house. The Dubuque police department is also investigating the fire. Burkle says right now he doesn’t have any reason to believe there was illegal activity, such as a drug lab involved in causing the fire.

Farm Fatal Victim ID

The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of a man who died in a farm accident Wednesday night. The victim has been identified as 61 year old Phillip Sullivan. At around 7 o’clock sheriff’s deputies along with emergency responders were notified of an accident in the 2700 block of Fagan Road. When they arrived they found Sullivan dead. Authorities say Sullivan was cutting metal with a torch on the frame of a dump truck when the box released and fell, pinning him between the dump box and the frame of the truck.

Washington Locks Down After Administrator Is Threatened

Washington Middle School in Dubuque was on lockdown for a short time Thursday morning after a parent threatened an administrator at the school. That parent, 37 year old Candace Boots has since been arrested and charged with second degree harassment and possession of drug paraphernalia. In an email to parents, Principal Brian Howes says at some point after school started they moved into an “exterior lockdown”, which restricted visitors from entering or exiting the building. He says during this time classes and activities continued normally and there was never a threat to students in the building. The email goes on to say with the assistance of our resource officer who was present the entire time, the situation was addressed immediately and the lockdown was ended in about 20 minutes. Operations at Washington then returned to normal. Boots allegedly threatened the administrator over-the-phone and again at the school over an incident involving her daughter who attends Washington.

Man Charged With Sexually Abusing Child

A Dubuque man was arrested this week for sexually abusing a young girl more than three years ago. Online court records say 36 year old James Perry was taken into custody Wednesday morning in the 300 block of Main Street and charged with second degree sexual abuse and two counts of lascivious acts with a child. Documents say the abuse happened between June and November of 2016. The girl, who was younger than 12 at the time, told investigators that Perry abused her multiple times during that period.

Farm Fatality

A man was killed in what authorities are describing as a farming accident on Wednesday evening. KCRG reports that at around 7:00 p.m., the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office received a call about an accident in a rural area south of Dubuque. Emergency responders found a 61-year-old man pinned between the dump box, which is the part that lifts upward on a dump truck, and the truck’s body. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Authorities believe that the man, whose name has not been released yet, was working on the frame of the truck when the dump box came down upon him.

Dubuque Man Convicted Of Child Sex Crimes

A Dubuque man is facing prison time after a jury convicted him of sex crimes involving children this week. According to documents from Dubuque County a jury found 36 year old Bryan Halfhill guilty of second degree sexual abuse, lascivious acts with a child and lascivious acts with a child soliciting a person to arrange a sex act with a child. 35 year old Gina Urbain of Epworth is also charged in the case with second degree sexual abuse. The abuse took place between June of 2016 and December of last year. Images of child pornography were also found by investigators on Urbain’s cellphone. In a separate case Urbain is charged with sexually abusing a young girl last November. A sentencing hearing for Halfhill is set for December 16th.

ED Mayor To Pursue Early Closing Bar Hours Again

The mayor of East Dubuque says he is not giving up on efforts to have bars in the city close earlier than they currently do. City Manager Loras Herrig brought a proposal to the city council at its’ meeting this week that would eliminate the city’s Class B liquor license and force those establishments to close at 2 am instead of the current time of 3:30 am. The council voted 5-to-1 to reject the proposal, thus allowing the bars to continue to stay open until 3:30. Mayor Kirk Van Ostrand vows to bring the measure back to the council table for a vote in the very near future. Van Ostrand says he was stunned by the vote’s outcome. City Manager Herrig proposed the earlier closing hour. He says there has been an uptick in crime in the downtown area after 2 am and closing the bars an hour-and-a-half early would cut down on some of the criminal activity. Van Ostrand agrees. Van Ostrand says after reviewing the city’s liquor ordinances, he hopes to bring the issue back up again sometime next year.

Dubuque Company To Add Jobs

As part of a planned expansion project, Unison Solution on Chevenelle Road in Dubuque will be adding 10 more fulltime jobs. The biogas company along with a local developer will invest around 1.8 million dollars in a 20,000 square foot building near the Hodge Companies building in the Industrial Center West. During its’ meeting on November 4th, the city council will hold a public hearing to consider the sale of the property, which Unison currently leases. The council will also vote on the issuance of economic development grants for the company. The city will provide around $275,000 in incentives in exchange for the creation of the equivalent of 10 full-time jobs and added tax revenue. Unison currently employs over 50 people. Unison produces biogas and compressed natural gas vehicle fuel systems.

Primary Day Results Update

Voters in Dubuque’s 3rd and 4th wards chose candidates for a vacant city council seat in a primary election on Tuesday. Danny Sprank easily advanced with 325 votes. Phil Atkinson also qualified with 98 votes. Angie Ma finished third, with 93 votes. Ma said after the votes were counted that she would ask for a recount since the margin was so close, but today Ma says she will not be asking for a recount. That means that Sprank and Atkinson will face each other in the November 5th election. Dubuque County election officials will canvass the results on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. In Ward 4, Brad Cavanaugh received 495 votes, Jay Schiesl tallied 114 votes, and Nino Erba got 18 votes. Cavanaugh and Schiesl will face each other in the election. Turnout across the two wards on Tuesday was 7.1 percent.

Glimmer of Hope Fashion Show

The Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA’s 14th annual Glimmer of Hope Fashion Show takes place Thursday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at Hotel Julien. The event gets underway with a cocktail hour from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm with an opportunity to view live auction items and shop area stores participating in the fashion show. A plated dinner and main program will begin at 6:45 pm. The program will feature a segment for a short film project and then Dubuque’s finest First Responders, Dispatchers, Advocates, and Survivors will take the stage and model fashions from local stores. There will many opportunities to support the Victim Services Shelter, from a 50/50 raffle, Fund A Mission, several amazing Live Auction items. All funds raised go directly to supporting the Dubuque Y’s – Victim Services Shelter. Tickets are $60 prior to the event, $70 at the door. You can purchase advance tickets online at dubuquey.org or their Facebook page.

Loras Blvd. House Fire

A fire at a home near Loras College Tuesday caused serious injuries to two people inside, according to KCRG. At around 9:01 p.m., the Dubuque Fire Department and other emergency responders received a call about a basement fire at 586 Loras Boulevard. Two people were inside the home, who both sustained burns that were potentially life-threatening. They were taken to local hospitals via ambulance. Firefighters were able to get the fire under control within 15 minutes, but the structure still sustained substantial damage. Several units from the Dubuque Fire Department were at the scene and the Farley Fire Department responded with Dubuque County air supply trailer to assist at the scene. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Primary Day Results

Voters in Dubuque’s Ward 3 chose candidates for a vacant city council seat in a primary election on Tuesday, though one result is close enough that it could head to a recount. Danny Sprank will easily advance with 325 votes. Phil Atkinson also qualified with 98 votes. Angie Ma finished third, with 93 votes. Due to the small gap between the second- and third-place finishers, definitive results could be reached after Dubuque County election officials canvass the results on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. If the results stand, and Ma would like to ask for a recount, she would need to do so by 5:00 p.m. on Friday. In Ward 4, Brad Cavanaugh received 495 votes, Jay Schiesl tallied 114 votes, and Nino Erba got 18 votes. The top two vote getters in each Ward will face each other in the November 5th election. Turnout across the two wards on Tuesday was 7.1 percent.

Dubuque Man Headed To Prison

A Dubuque man is going to federal prison for providing drugs to a man that overdosed. Documents from federal court in Cedar Rapids say 29 year old Michael Stevenson was sentenced to 16 years in prison Monday after a jury found him guilty in April of conspiracy and distribution of heroin and crack cocaine. Evidence showed that Stevenson conspired to distribute crack cocaine from January 2017 to September of that year. Adam Birch died from a drug overdose with drugs he bought from Stevenson in February 2017. Following Birch’s death Dubuque police located more than 300 text messages to Stevenson, the majority of them being drug-related. The judge in Stevenson’s trial found that he obstructed justice by threatening a witness as well as lying during his testimony. Stevenson admitted to selling drugs for 2-to-3 years and kept selling them even after Birch’s death. In addition to the prison sentence, Stevenson was fined $500 and order to make restitution of more than $13,000. He will also be placed on 3 years of probation once he is out.

Dubuque Drops Agreement With Flexsteel

A redevelopment agreement with the city of Dubuque and Flexsteel Industries is no more. During its’ meeting Monday night the city council voted 6-to-0 to terminate the agreement, which called for the redevelopment of Flexsteel’s property at its’ former location on Jackson Street. The agreement also involved Dubuque County and Dubuque Initiatives. Company officials say the environmental remediation costs and the loss of a tax benefit are the reasons they requested the agreement be terminated. Instead, at-large councilman Ric Jones says the company has decided to redevelop the property on its’ own. Jones says in the end, termination of the agreement was in the best interest of the city and the other parties involved. Jones says the property will be redeveloped, but there is no time-table at this time. Flexsteel is now located in a new 28 million dollar facility off Seipple Road.

Dubuque Window Smasher Turns Himself In

A man who went on a window smashing spree in Dubuque before turning himself in early Tuesday morning has been charged with a felony. Court documents say 56 year old Raymond Vaske was arrested at the law enforcement center and charged with one felony count of second degree criminal mischief. Following the window breaking spree Vaske went to the law enforcement center and told police he was turning himself in for breaking windows around town. He then pulled a claw hammer out of his coverall jacket and handed it to an officer. Vaske admitted to breaking out the windows of six vehicles, two businesses and an investigative firm in the downtown area. The total damage is estimated at more than $8,000. He did not give a reason for committing the crimes.

Women Lead Change Dubuque-Scholarships

Women Lead Change, a group that develops, advances and promotes women and their organizations to impact the regional economy, will bring some well known speakers to Dubuque in November. Amy Eaton, Director of Marketing & Strategic Development, says scholarship applications for both professionals and students are now open for the 2019 Women Lead Change Dubuque Conference. Eaton says the conference is a great way for students looking for an internship or a job and to hear some fantastic female speakers. Eaton says the conference will include keynote addresses from former Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and Joy Bauer, nutrition and health expert for the “Today” show. The 2019 Dubuque Conference will take place on November 21st at the Grand River Center. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Thursday. For more information about the event and scholarships go to www.wlcglobal.org and click on the Dubuque event. The Dubuque Conference presenting sponsor is MidWestOne Bank.

Retail/Apartment Complex Public Hearing

The City Council Monday set a public hearing date of November 18th for a development company that wants to build on land in the Port of Dubuque that would house 187 apartment units and provide space for businesses to locate. Merge Urban Development Group has proposed a mixed-use building, on the corner of Ice Harbor Drive and East 5th Street. It would be an 18-million dollar investment and feature 23,000 square feet of retail space. The development agreement includes the city giving Merge 10 years of tax increment financing, commonly referred to as TIF, and a land acquisition grant. These incentives would bring down the total cost of purchasing the city property from $880,000 to around $400,000. If the project receives city approval construction could start as early as next summer.

Dubuque Teen Charged With Sexual Abuse

A Dubuque teenager who committed a sex crime over four years ago was arrested over the weekend. Online court records say 18 year old Joshua Blackburn was taken into custody Sunday night at his residence and charged with second degree sexual abuse. The victim, who was younger than 10 at the time of the incident, didn’t report it to police until last January. The crime allegedly took place in May of 2015 and the victim apparently knew Blackburn.

Grassley On Impeachment Inquiry

The majority of Republicans on Capitol Hill agree that the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump is nothing more than a “witch-hunt.” One of them is Iowa’s senior Senator Chuck Grassley. During a conference call with reporters Grassley said it’s no secret that Democrats have wanted to impeach the President since he was elected. A second whistleblower has come forward claiming to have first-hand knowledge supporting the first whistleblower complaint that set off the impeachment inquiry over Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. Grassley, who has been a staunch supporter of whistleblower protection laws says he listens to every whistleblower, and if they’ve got a legitimate case he’s all for it. The House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees are investigating Trump’s actions pressing Ukraine to investigate his Democratic rival Joe Biden and his son.

Primary Day In Dubuque

Voters in the City of Dubuque are heading to the polls today to cast their ballots in the city council primary. In Ward 3 voters will choose from three candidates. They are Angie Ma, Phil Atkinson and Danny Sprank. 4th Ward candidates include former school board member Jay Schiesl, Nino Erba and Brad Cavanaugh. The top two vote getters in each Ward will face each other in the November 5th election. The polls opened at 7 am and close at 8 tonight.

Yoga Classes At Dubuque Elementary Schools

Officials in the Dubuque school district are hoping to improve a kid’s performance through yoga and mindfulness. The district is on its’ third year of implementing the curriculum in its’ elementary schools. The district gives each elementary student a yoga lesson once a month. They practice yoga poses and breathing and mindfulness activities. District Behavior and Learning Support Director Mae Hingetgen says the goal is to help students connect with their emotions. Jaden McClinton is a 4th grader at Audubon. He says he’s learned to take deep breathes when he’s upset. Although the lessons are only offered in the elementary schools now, the district hopes to expand to the middle schools and maybe even eventually to the high schools.

Waterloo Teacher Threat

A Waterloo teacher who made a social media comment about a sniper rifle on a post about climate activist Greta Thunberg visiting Iowa City has been placed on leave. KCRG reports Matt Baish has been placed on administrative leave as it investigates the comment. Baish is listed as a science teacher at Waterloo West High School. In a post on Facebook regarding Thunberg’s visit, Baish had commented: “Don’t have my sniper rifle”. Iowa City police say they had heightened security at Friday’s event where Thunberg spoke at a climate march in downtown Iowa City. 16-year old Thunberg of Sweden, has stirred controversy in her direct and blunt approach to calling for reforms around climate change and protecting the environment.

2019 Reflections in the Park

Work on the 2019 Reflections in the Park is well underway with volunteers making adjustments to the lights and selling displays. Event Coordinator, Darlene Bolsinger, says the annual Louis Murphy Park lights display, presented by Dubuque Bank and Trust, is a significant form of funding for the 30 plus programs and over 45,000 people served by Hillcrest Family Services. This year visitors will see many new displays and holiday favorites including the one of a kind “Memory Lane” which is an opportunity for you to remember your loved one(s) in a special way during the Christmas Holidays. Those being remembered in “Memory Lane” will have their name printed in the 20189 Reflections in the Park booklet and on a banner next to the display. Bolsinger says there are different levels of sponserships available for Reflections in the Park. For more information about “Memory Lane”, please contact Bolsinger at darlene.bolsingerhillcrest-fs.org. Submissions due by Friday, October 11th.

Tranel Blasts Secretary Perdue

Wisconsin Assemblyman Travis Tranel of Cuba City is not happy about comments made by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue regarding small farm operations. During a visit to Wisconsin last week, Perdue condemned the future of small family farms by saying they cannot survive as big farms take over. Tranel has a dairy farm in rural Cuba City. While he says he appreciates Perdue coming to Wisconsin, he has to be reminded of the importance of all types of Ag, whether that’s big, small, conventional or organic. Tranel has sent a letter to Perdue expressing his outrage over the comments.

Southbound Lane-JFK

The outside southbound lane of JFK will be closed between Crestwood and Kennedy Circle for private utility work starting today until Friday. Southbound traffic will be merged into the inside lane and maintained during this time. Access to driveways and intersections will be maintained. Also, the traffic signals at the JFK Rd. and Hillcrest Rd. intersection will remain in flashing red mode (4-way stop) for an additional 3-4 weeks. To complete this emergency repair the City had to order new equipment/parts and acquire an additional property easement before the repair can be made.

Pocan To Hold Town Hall In Lafayette Co.

Wisconsin Democratic 2nd district Congressman Mark Pocan will be holding a town hall in Lafayette County today. The meeting will take place at 3:30 pm in the Townsend Center Community Room in Shullsburg. A press release says the event is an opportunity for people to to ask Pocan questions regarding legislation facing U.S. lawmakers, discuss President Donald Trump’s administration’s actions on several issues and address current events. Wisconsin’s 2nd district covers Lafayette, Dane, Sauk and Green counties and portions of Richland and Rock counties.

MercyOne Cancer Center

Construction of the MercyOne Cancer Center is coming along nicely. The new cancer center will be next to the existing MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center. Dr. Eric Engelman, medical oncologist, medical director of MercyOne Dubuque Cancer Center says the purpose is to have a complete integrated care model. A team of physicians and a nurse navigator will have a much better way of caring for patients once the center is open. After the treatment plan has been established, patients will no longer be forced to move to different locations for their treatment. Medical Associates will have a new home on the second floor of the center. The goal is to open the MercyOne Cancer Center on May 1st, 2020.

Traffic Being Allowed To Cross Bridge

The Pecatonica River in Darlington is receding and authorities are now allowing motorists to cross the Main Street Bridge. Police Chief Jason King says while they are allowing traffic to cross the bridge, motorists should do so slowly because there is still a little water. King earlier put out a statement saying the bridge would remain closed until 12 am Saturday unless there was a major change in the forecast.

Dubuque County Right to Life Sunday Event

A local organization that educates the public on efforts that recognize the personhood of all children, born and preborn, the aged, and the handicapped will hold a special event this weekend. Dubuque County Right to Life will hold its annual National Life Chain event Sunday. Executive Director, Ashley Stackis, says people will line the sidewalk by Dodge and Bluff Street with positive signs between 2 and 3 pm. Stackis says there are expected to be quite a number of people attending the event and it also is taking place in a pair of nearby communities, Dyersville and Galena. For more information about Dubuque County Right to Life visit their website at dcrtl.org.

National Fire Prevention Week

During National Fire Prevention Week, October 6th-12th, the Dubuque Fire Department has partnered with American Red Cross of the Tri-States to give Dubuque residents the opportunity to sign up to receive free smoke alarms and installation by Dubuque firefighters. Red Cross volunteers will install alarms for non-residents. In observance of National Fire Prevention Week, the Dubuque Fire Department will hold open houses this Sunday from 1-3 pm at each of the six Dubuque fire stations. During the open houses, Sparky the Fire Dog will be at Fire Headquarters. Children will have the chance to put out a simulated house fire using a fire hose at Station #4 and Station #5.

JFK Closure

The outside northbound lane of John F. Kennedy Lane will be closed between Crestwood and Kennedy Circle for private utility work starting today until October 11th. Northbound traffic will be merged into the inside lane and maintained during this time. Access to driveways and intersections will be maintained.

U of Dubuque Dedication Ceremony

University of Dubuque will hold a dedication ceremony for Wallace Common at noon today on Grace Street between Charles and Romona Myers Center and Heritage Center. The dedication ceremony is free and open to the public. Wallace Common is named to honor Rev. Dr. C. Howard Wallace, professor emeritus of biblical theology, who has been with University of Dubuque Theological Seminary for nearly 60 years.

HyVee Hacking

HyVee has released details of the specific times and locations, including Dubuque, that it says malware accessed credit card information of shoppers. The company says malware was able to gain access to its payment systems. Between December 14, 2018, and July 29, 2019, it accessed cards at fuel pumps for HyVee gas stations. It accessed card payments at restaurants and drive-thru coffee shops between January 15, 2019, and July 29, 2019. HyVee announced the breach this past August after it noticed unauthorized activity on some of their payment processing systems. It says federal authorities are investigating. Hy-Vee encouraged shoppers to closely monitor payment card statements and to notify financial institutions of any unauthorized charges.

Man Arrested After Threatening People With Knife

A Dubuque man was arrested yesterday afternoon, after police say he threatened several people outside a restaurant. Online court records say 36 year old Julius Jamieson was arrested at Popeye’s on Asbury Road and charged with three counts of assault while displaying a dangerous weapon and going armed with intent. Documents say three people, who had purchased food at the restaurant earlier got into an argument with some of the employees, one of whom was Jamieson’s daughter who works at the restaurant. One of them claimed that they found bugs in their drink. When the three left, Jamieson allegedly followed them to their car, where he pulled out a knife and pressed it against two of the people and threatened to kill all of them. No one was injured during the incident.

National 4-H Week

Dubuque County 4-H will observe National 4-H Week this year by showcasing the experiences that 4-H offers young people and will highlight the youth in our community who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them. During National 4-H Week, October 6th – 12th, staff and volunteers will visit Dubuque County 4-H classrooms to promote 4-H. 4-H members and volunteers are encouraged to promote 4-H during the week by creating and hanging up signs, sharing on social media, wearing their favorite 4-H shirts, participating in a 4-H pumpkin scavenger hunt, and more. Sarah Ludwig, Dubuque County Youth Coordinator, says things kick off with a free Fall Fun Fest Saturday from noon to 3 pm. In Dubuque County, there are more than 350 youth and 80 volunteers from the community who are involved in 4-H. Financial support may be given to The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque in support of the Dubuque County Extension/4H Endowment Fund.

Upgrades To Park Help Minimize Flood Damage

Some business owners in Manchester hope recent upgrades to a downtown city park will help minimize flood damage. This year the city finished revitalizing the park along the Maquoketa River. The project involved lowering sidewalks so flood waters would be able to recede faster. One business owner says he’s already noticed a difference with this most recent flooding. The water was still pooling behind the Professional Park Building, which is owned by Greg Tiemens. He says the water is not as high as in previous years. Tiemens says this year he has only had to sandbag his back door. The city also bought and tore down old buildings in the flood plain. City staff says that also helps minimize damage.

Darlington Main Street Bridge Closed

Authorities in Darlington are alerting residents of the closure of the Main Street Bridge. The bridge was closed at midnight Wednesday due to flooding. Main Street is actually State Highway 23 and 81 and police chief Jason King says it is the sole crossing point on the Pecatonica River in Darlington. Motorists wanting to cross from the north side of town must find an alternate route until the Pecatonica recedes.

College Students Climate Strike

College students in Dubuque organized a climate strike and rally recently to inspire people to action. The group first marched around Loras College before arriving at the Fieldhouse. Some held signs that said “it’s time to act” and “respect your mother.” One organizer said she thinks the issue is most important to younger generations, because it’s going to affect them the most. Cassidy Oberreuter says its’ been great to see Swedish teen-activist Greta Thunberg all over TV. State representatives Lindsey James and Chuck Isenhart also spoke at the rally.

Prairie Du Chien Man Hurt In Crash

A Prairie Du Chien man was injured in a one vehicle crash in Grant County Monday morning. According to the sheriff’s office, 27 year old Ryan Flagel was driving south on Highway 35 just north of Kansas Road in the town of Patch Grove, when he lost control while rounding a curve. His car crossed the center line and struck the ditch and a culvert on the east side of the road. Flagel was treated for his injuries at the scene.

Kia Forte LXS Giveaway

Some lucky person will drive away with a brand new Kia Forte LXS from Finnin Kia in Dubuque tonight in the “Winnin with Finnin” Kia giveaway. The Radio Dubuque stations will be broadcasting live from Finnin’s location at the corner of Northwest Arterial and Dodge Street/Highway 20 from 4 to 6 pm. April Finnin-Rink says as of yesterday they had received over 9,000 entries. Out of those 50 finalists will be chosen.  If you are one of the fifty finalists, you’re a guaranteed winner. You must be present to win. You should also bring a valid ID to the event this evening. The giveaway is brought to you in part by Kwik Stop/Dairy Queen, Fazoli’s and the Radio Dubuque Stations.

Record Rainfall in Dubuque

After recording the second wettest September in Dubuque’s history last month, the Key City established a one day record rainfall Tuesday as 2.6 inches of rain fell over the city. That beats the previous mark set on October 1st of last year of 1.38 inches. Meteorologist Kaj O’Mara says the 2.6 inches is more than Dubuque normally receives for the entire month of October. Wednesday’s rainfall also set a record, with 1.95 inches of rain. That beat the previous high mark of 1.32 inches set in 1927.

Hwy 52 North Closed Flooding

Highway 52 North has been closed to traffic near Sageville due to flooding. Dubuque County Emergency Management Director, Tom Berger, says the highway was closed this morning between 6 am and 6:30 am and traffic is being detoured by South John Deere Road. Bergers says this is third time this year that section of Hwy 52 has been closed due to excess rain. Typically, it takes 12 to 14 hours for the flooding to recede enough to re-open the highway.

Man Sentenced To Prison In Stabbing Incident

A Dubuque man who was originally charged with attempted murder has agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors on a lesser charge. Court documents from Dubuque County say 25 year old Christopher Puccio pleaded guilty to a charge of willful injury causing serious injury. In August of 2018 a man went to Puccio’s residence on Angella Street and demanded items he said belonged to him. The two started fighting and at some point Puccio pulled out a folding knife and stabbed the man, who suffered a punctured lung. Puccio, who is already serving a two year prison sentence in an unrelated incident, will serve the sentences concurrently. Puccio was also ordered to have no contact with the victim, who survived the stabbing for five years.

Tablets To Track Students’ Safety

The Dubuque School District is testing out using tablets on school buses to better keep track of students. Last week the district began testing 10 tablets. The devices are docked on the bus’s dashboard right next to the drivers and students can be tracked two ways. A driver can manually mark where a student gets on and off the bus, or a student can scan his or her card. Transportation Manager Ernie Bolibaugh says the tablets, software and other accessories cost the district around $2,300 per bus. He says officials haven’t yet approved further funding. If the district were to go forward with the program, the cost to outfit all 86 buses would cost nearly 20-thousand dollars. The annual recurring cost would be about $20,000. The district is issuing cards this week to students who are riding the buses with the tablets. This gives the district a digital record of who’s riding a bus, when and how often. Bolibaugh says drivers can also use the tablets for directions, to keep track of routes and to complete safety checks.

Asbury Man Charged In High Speed Chase

An Asbury man faces numerous charges stemming from a high speed chase last month that involved three law enforcement agencies in Iowa and Illinois. Online court records say 24 year old Austine Thomas was arrested Monday afternoon at his home in Asbury. Thomas is charged with eluding and interference with official acts. He was also issued several traffic citations. Records say an Asbury officer attempted to stop Thomas, who was believed to be driving while barred at the time. Thomas ignored the flashing lights and siren and sped away reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph. Dubuque police then tried to stop his vehicle at Dodge and Hill Street, but it continued on into East Dubuque, where officers were able to stop Thomas and take him into custody. In Jo Daviess County Thomas faces a felony fleeing charge. He will answer to that charge in circuit court on October 9th.

September Second Wettest On Record For Dubuque

September was the second wettest on record for the city of Dubuque. The Dubuque Regional Airport reported 13.31 inches of precipitation fell over the Key City last month. That is second only to the record rainfall of 15.46 inches in September of 1965. KCRG Meteorologist Justin Gehrts says heavy rainfall in Iowa during the month of September is unusual. Gehrts says heavy rains in the fall don’t necessarily mean that there will be record amounts of snow in the winter. If high soil moisture levels prevail this winter, Gehrts says that could factor into ground conditions in the spring.

Dubuque Crash Fatality

A two-vehicle crash in Dubuque on September 26th has claimed the life of a Dyersville woman. According to Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville, 69-year old Jean Kluesner passed away Sunday at U. of I. Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City from her injuries. The accident occurred last Thursday in the southbound lanes of Locust Street between the Locust Street connector and Dodge Street.

Wooten Street Closed for Repairs

Wooten Street will be closed for water main repairs from 9 pm on Wednesday until 1 pm on Friday. Ambulance and general traffic to Medical Associates and the Mercy One Emergency Department will be detoured through the main parking lot of Medical Associates off of Hill Street. Semi-tractor trailer traffic will be detoured around the Medical Associates/Mercy One campus along Hill Street to Langworthy Street continuing along Mazzuchelli  Street through the east parking lot of Mercy One campus to the loading dock in rear of Mercy One building. Please follow detour signs and use caution in the area of traffic control.

More Dubuque Pesticide-Free Parks

Earlier this year, the city of Dubuque designated five additional parks as pesticide-free. That means that no chemicals were used to manage the landscapes of the parks. The new pesticide-free parks are the Pet Park, Grant, Washington, Jackson Park and the Granger Creek Nature Trail. Dubuque Leisure Services Manager Marie Ware says the pesticide-free parks have landscapes that can be managed without the use of chemicals. Dubuque now has 15 pesticide-free parks.

Hy-Vee Suspends Sale of Zantac Brand

Hy-Vee, Inc. has temporarily suspended the sale of all over-the-counter Zantac brand and Topcare brand ranitidine products. This action is being taken out of an abundance of caution due to a recent industry-wide product alert from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that ranitidine products may contain a low level of NDMA, a probable human carcinogen. Customers who purchased these products can return them to Hy-Vee for a full refund. Customers who have questions are encouraged to speak with their health care provider or their Hy-Vee pharmacist.

Julien Bridge Reopens Following Accident

A crash on the Julien Dubuque Bridge Monday morning shutdown the bridge for a short time. Scanner traffic indicated that the accident happened at around 11:20. Authorities haven’t released information about the crash, but some traffic onto the span that connects Dubuque and East Dubuque was shutdown. The bridge reopened about 1 1/2 hours.

Wisconsin Men Face Drug Charges

Two southwest Wisconsin men were arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop Friday. A press release made available Monday by the Darlington police departments says an officer stopped a vehicle on Wisconsin 23 at around 10:45 pm for an equipment violation. The vehicle was searched and police found several meth and marijuana related items. 56 year old Ronald Patterson of Spring Green was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, possession of meth paraphernalia, possession of drug paraphernalia and felony and misdemeanor bail jumping. 48 year old Jeremy Herbst of South Wayne faces charges of possession of meth paraphernalia, THC and drug paraphernalia. Another person inside the vehicle, 42 year old Justin Meyers of South Wayne was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dubuque Man Arrested In Stabbing Incident

A Dubuque man was arrested over the weekend after police say he stabbed another man during a fight. Online court records say 32 year old Curtis Johnson-Jeffers was taken into custody early Sunday morning and charged with assault while displaying a weapon and willful injury. Documents say Johnson-Jeffers stabbed another man in the 1400 block of Central Avenue a few minutes after 3 am. The victim was treated for stab wounds at Mercy Hospital. Johnson-Jeffers was treated for injuries he received during the altercation at Finley. Both have since been released.

Sanitary Sewer Repairs at Rhomberg/Hawthorne

Sanitary sewer repairs at the intersection of Rhomberg Ave. and Hawthorne St. are scheduled to begin at 7 am today and are expected to be completed by Friday. Traffic flow through the intersection will be maintained throughout this project but motorists are encouraged to use an alternate route, if possible.

Dubuque Priest Ordained Diocese Of Des Moines

A Dubuque priest has been ordained as the 10th bishop to lead the Roman Catholic Diocese of Des Moines. More than 1,500 parishioners witnessed the ordination Friday of Reverend William Joensen at St. Francis of Assisi Church in West Des Moines, the diocese’s largest. Pope Francis selected the 59-year-old Joensen, an Iowa native, to replace former Bishop Richard Pates, who retired after holding the role for more than a decade. Joensen had been serving as Dean of Spiritual Life at Loras College and Spiritual Director of St. Pius The Tenth Seminary in Dubuque. His past assignments include serving as associate pastor of Sacred Heart Parish from 1989 to 1992, associate pastor of Church of the Resurrection from 1992 to 1995 and chaplain of Clarke University from 2003 to 2010.

Steeple Square Social Hour

Steeple Square will be hosting a special Social Hour Wednesday. Board member, Nicole Gantz, says she, along with Steeple Square supporter, Maureen Quann, will be guest bartenders that night to raise funds for their Event Center. Gantz says the event will feature custom cocktail recipes and live music. For more information about Wednesday’s event from 5 to 7:30 pm go to the Steeple Square Community Event Center Facebook Page.

Shooting Ranges Close In Wisconsin

A couple of shooting ranges in Wisconsin, including one in Lafayette County are no longer open. A release from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says the shooting ranges at Yellowstone Wildlife Area near Fayette and the Columbia County Shooting Range in Poynette are closed due to public safety reasons and facilities’ degradation. DNR officials have determined that the backstops at both ranges were becoming degraded by excessive use. The press release goes on to say that the DNR will investigate how best to manage the design and use of the facilities safely. The ranges will be closed until further notice and most likely through the winter. They will only reopen if the DNR is confident in the safety of the design.

Dubuque School Enrollment Projections

Administrators in the Dubuque Community School District are anticipating a slight increase in student enrollment this year. Superintendent Stan Rhiengans says last year’s outgoing senior class was one of the smallest they’ve ever had, but the number of kindergarten students enrolled this year appears to be a lot higher than in past years. Earlier this year Iowa lawmakers approved supplemental state aid of 1.5 percent. Rhiengans says they’ll do an actual head count starting tomorrow. Enrollment numbers have to be certified by the Iowa State Board of Education by October 15th.

The Field of Dreams-First Responders

The Field of Dreams Movie Site will be holding a First Responders Game October 5th at noon between the Chicago Police Department and the New York Police Department, according to their Facebook page. Admission to the game is free and there will be food available for purchase. Part of the proceeds go toward the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and the New York Police Widows and Children’s Foundation. Major League Baseball has scheduled a Major League Baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees on August 13th, 2020, and will be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports. MLB has built a temporary field and stands that can seat 8,000 spectators next to the iconic field in Dyersville.

SheSkates For Girls

A new group in Dubuque aims to teach skateboarding skills to young girls while also empowering them to become more confident. Co-founder Izzy Meji created SheSkates even though she has not been doing it for very long either. She says that works with the girls just fine. Co-Founder Maria Mojhadam says the feedback from the girls and parents have been very positive. Mejia says they are using the tennis courts next to the new skate park to practice until they are more experienced. If the girls don’t have the proper safety equipment they provide it for them. The seven-week course through mid-October is run through the City of Dubuque Leisure Services Department. Girls in kindergarten through fifth grade meet on Tuesdays from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Sixth through eighth grade girls meet Thursdays at the same time. For more information, go to the SheSkates Facebook page.

City Council Candidate Forum

Dubuque city council candidates who will face off in a primary next month have been invited to participate in a public forum next week. The forum is being hosted by the Dubuque League of Women Voters and will be held inside council chambers in the Historic Federal Building on Monday at 6:30 pm. Candidates in both wards 3 and 4 have been invited. In ward 3 they include Angie Ma, Danny Sprank and Phil Atkinson. In ward 4 the candidates are Jay Schiesl, Nino Erba and Brad Cavanaugh. The two top vote getters in the October 8th primary will face each other in the November 5th election. If you plan to attend the forum, you’ll have the chance to ask the candidates questions by writing them down. The forum will be broadcast live on City Channel 8 and streamed on the City of Dubuque website.

Warrant Arrest

Following several tips about an individual with several warrants, he was arrested by the Preston Police Department, Sabula Police Department and Jackson County Sheriff’s Department Wednesday afternoon. Around 1:30 pm Edward Slager was observed entering 334 Ferry Road in Miles, Iowa. Law enforcement set up a perimeter and after a search warrent was granted, Slager was taken into custody on two Violation of Probation warrants, a felony and a misdemeanor, and transported to the Jackson County Detention Center. While serving the warrant, the owner of the residence, Mark Vankampen, admitted to owning drug paraphernalia that was found in plain sight.

Steeple Square Community Fest

The 4th annual Steeple Square Community Fest will be held on Sunday, from 1 – 3 pm on the Steeple Square campus. Attendees should head to the plaza area in the center of campus entering on 16th Street between White and Jackson Streets. This free, family-friendly event will feature activities for both children and adults, including music, inflatables, games, door prizes, a petting zoo and food. Tours of the Steeple Square Community Event Center/Honkamp Hall will be available.

Maquoketa Man Charged With Homicide

A Maquoketa man faces a homicide charge after police say he was driving drunk in a fatal car crash that killed his passenger nearly a year ago. Online court records from Delaware County say 21 year old Andy Ahrens is charged with homicide by vehicle-operating under the influence. Documents say shortly before 12:30 pm on October 7th, Ahrens was driving on U.S. Highway 52, just south of Bellevue, when he lost control. His vehicle left the road and smashed into a tree and caught fire. His passenger, 20 year old Alex Behr of Sabula was pronounced dead at the scene. Ahrens was transported to Mercy Hospital and treated for his injuries. Authorities drew blood from Ahrens and it showed that his blood alcohol content was 0.21 percent, more than two-and-a-half times the legal limit at the time of the crash. His next scheduled court appearance is today.

Man Faces Home Invasion Charge

A man who is one of three people involved in a home invasion last weekend has been arrested and charged. According to court records made available Tuesday, 20 year old Cory Bryson was arrested Monday and charged with first degree burglary. A Dubuque man told police he was inside his apartment on East 14th Street late Sunday afternoon, when he heard a knock on his door. When he opened the door, three masked individuals rushed in and started assaulting him. One was armed with a BB gun, while another had a golf club. The man struggled with his attackers before all of them eventually fled. The victim says he was punched in the face and chest and kicked repeatedly during the altercation. The man told police he knew one of the suspects who is a juvenile. The other suspect has been identified as only “Domo” at this time and records do not indicate if he has been arrested.

Eluding Charge For Illinois Man

An Illinois man was arrested this past weekend after he led Dubuque police on a high speed chase that reached speeds of over 100 mph. A police report made available Tuesday says 40 year old Chad Jones of Waukegan was taken into custody Saturday morning along Highway 20 near Epworth. Jones is charged with eluding. At around 7 am a Dubuque police officer clocked Jones doing 69 mph on Dodge Street. When the officer attempted to stop Jones he accelerated and the pursuit was on. Jones led authorities down Dodge Street/Highway 20 west reaching speeds in excess of 118 mph. After a short time police called off the pursuit because of safety concerns. In addition to the eluding charge Jones was issued several traffic citations including failure to respond to a red light, reckless driving and leaving the scene of a crash. During the pursuit Jones struck another vehicle.

Lancaster Man Injured In Crash

A Lancaster man was injured after his car crashed into the back of a semi in Grant County early Wednesday morning. A release from the sheriff’s office says a semi driven by 48 year old Jamison Clement of Claremont, Minnesota was traveling south on Highway 151 at around 5:40, when he was reared-ended by a car driven by 28 year old Jordon Flogel. Flogel was treated for minor injuries at the scene. Jamison was not injured. The release doesn’t say if any charges have been filed and the investigation continues.

Dubuque Street Closings

There are several street projects going on in Dubuque over the next several days. The southbound lane of John F Kennedy Rd will be shifted into the turning lane near David Drive today at 8:00 am until Monday at 8:00 am for water main repair. Hawthorne St will be closed between Rhomberg Ave and Lincoln Ave until October 31st for water distribution system improvements. Access to nearby properties will be maintained throughout the project. Sixteenth St. will be closed between Jackson St. and White St. on Sunday beginning at 10 am and will remain closed until 5 pm on September 29th due to a permitted special event.

Grace Street Closed

The City of Dubuque Engineering Department says Grace Street will be closed for private construction work between North Algona Street and McCormick Street on Thursday from 8 am to 11 am. Motorists will need to use an alternate route during those hours.

“Chasing Coral” Film Screening- U of Dubuque

A free screening of Chasing Coral will be shown at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 26th, in Hadley Auditorium, Jackaline Baldwin Dunlap Technology Center on the University of Dubuque campus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The screening is open to the public. It is sponsored by the UD Web of Life student group, which aims to help raise awareness of environmental problems and solutions. Chasing Coral follows a team of divers, photographers, and scientists as they set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. Chasing Coral won the U.S. Documentary Audience Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

Eagle Point Park Restoration

Phase one of the environmental restoration planned at Eagle Point Park will begin this month. Work involves soil quality restoration and conversion of turf to native vegetation. This will reduce overall runoff and erosion and improve water quality downstream in the watersheds of Bee Branch Creek and the Mississippi River. The work will also provide new nature-based recreation opportunities for park visitors, create habitat for wildlife, and foster sustainability. This phase of the project will involve about 67 acres of the park and may include some vegetation clearing, and removal of invasive species, scrub brush, and trees. Most park facilities will remain open to public use throughout the project. Work is scheduled for completion next fall.

Dubuque Area Baconfest 2019

There may not be a more mouthwatering fundraiser out there than the one coming up October 3rd at the Grand River Center. Jonathon Carpenter says Baconfest is as good as it sounds and runs from 6 to 8 pm, and an extra hour for VIP ticket holders. Local chefs from the finest local restaurants prepare and serve samples starring bacon and compete for several awards. This unique bacon-themed evening will also feature a special bacon drink and the funds raised will go to Area Residential Care and their mission of empowering people with intellectual disabilities to achieve their highest quality of life. For more information and to get tickets go to dbqbacon.org.

Inspiration Stables Event

An area non-profit is holding a unique fundraiser this Friday and Saturday. Inspiration Stables provides a horseback riding program for children with special needs and also welcomes anyone wanting to step outside their comfort zone to learn with a horse. Executive Director, Sarah Kumpf, says the two day Power of the Herd event will be held at Blush Acres on East Worthington Road, Worthington and kicks off with a 24-hour Ride-a-Thon. There will be many types of riding and activities going on and spectators are welcome. On Saturday there will be a dedication for the Theisen’s Farm-Home-Auto outdoor arena and a picnic meal for sale with free kids activities. Kumpf says they have received assistance from Dubuque Racing Association which enabled them to get the new arena and expand their programs. For the complete list of events and schedule go to the Inspiration Stables Facebook page.

Email Scam-Priests

The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office is warning of a new email scam using the email addresses of local priests. Our media partners, KCRG, reports the sheriff’s office said the scammers email people, asking the victim to buy gift cards. Then, they’re asked to photograph the cards’ PIN numbers and send those pictures to the scammers. Authorities remind everyone to use caution when dealing with suspicious emails or phone calls and to never give out personal information over the phone.

Mobile Home Fire

The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office and Epworth Fire Department Monday responded to 14755 North Cascade Rd (Ferring Mobile Home Park) around 10:42 pm, the Leo Simon residence, for a mobile home on fire. Upon arrival flames were found coming through the roof of the residence. The homeowner was not home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. The residence is considered a total loss. The exact cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.

Injury Accident

The Peosta Police Department, Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office and Centralia-Peosta EMS responded to Highway 20 at Cox Springs Rd Monday around 6 pm for a motorcycle versus car accident. 28-year old Ken Hosch of Hopkinton was westbound on Highway 20 on his motorcycle when 69-year old John Adelmann of Peosta pulled into traffic from Cox Springs Rd and struck Hosch broadside. Hosch was transported to Mercy Hospital with serious injuries. Adelmann was treated and released at the scene. The accident remains under investigation.

John F. Kennedy Road Lane Closure

The outside northbound lane of John F. Kennedy Rd. from Carter Rd. to Kennedy Circle will be closed Thursday, for private utility work. Traffic will be shifted into the inside northbound lane. Motorists should use caution in the area of temporary traffic control.

Mullis Found Guilty

Jurors in the murder trial of Todd Mullis have returned a guilty verdict in the case. 43-year old Mullis is guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Amy, in November 2018. Mullis was taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies at the conclusion of the reading of the verdict. Amy Mullis died on November 10, 2018, from multiple stab wounds to the back which investigators determined were from a corn rake. Todd originally told police that Amy had fallen at the family farm in Earlville, but Dr. Kelly Kruse, the state medical examiner, later ruled her death a homicide. KCRG reports sentencing will be held at a future date. First-degree murder is a class A felony, punishable by a mandatory life sentence without a possibility of parole.

Billmeyer Autopsy

Final autopsy results from Alex Billmeyer were received Monday afternoon by the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office. The results showed the cause of Billmeyer’s death was accidental as a result of methamphetamine intoxication. Billmeyer was arrested by Dubuque police May 26th on an outstanding warrant for escape and new charges of criminal mischief and trespass. Billmeyer was transported to the county jail. A short time later jail staff noticed that he had become unresponsive. Billmeyer was taken to Mercy ER where he was pronounced dead. The investigation into this case remains ongoing.

Grant County Fire Dept-Grant Awards

Three Grant County fire departments have received grant awards through the federal 2018-2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The Hazel Green Fire District will receive $118,285 to replace outdated Self Contained Breathing Apparatus packs. The Cassville Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $46,441 as the sponsor of a regional grant to offer 12 classes for their volunteer Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Services agencies over the course of the year. The Lancaster Fire Department will receive $23,863 as the sponsor of a regional grant to provide swiftwater rescue training to firefighters throughout the region. Departments are responsible for a local match of only 5% to 10% towards the cost of the overall project.

Regional Hiring Event/Job Fair

A regional hiring event/job fair has been set for September 25th between 10 am and 1 pm at the Phoenix Center in Richland Center. It is expected that at least two dozen employers will be participating. Businesses from Baraboo, Richland Center, Boscobel, Lancaster, Wisconsin Dells, Dodgeville, Muscoda, Hillsboro, Reedsburg, and Spring Green will be there. Those planning to attend are encouraged to research employers prior to the event, complete online applications, dress appropriately, and bring their resumes.

52nd Annual Tour of Historic Galena Home

The Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society will host its 52nd Annual Tour of Historic Galena Homes Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29. Nancy Breed, Executive Director, says each year, selected owners of Galena’s rich assortment of historic structures volunteer to open their doors for public tours. This year’s features a few homes that have been included in the past and a pair of first timers. The tour can last several hours if you choose to visit them all. Tickets can be purchased the day of the tour for 20-dollars at the Old Train Depot, the Galena & U.S. Grant Museum, Gateway to History on Main Street, or at the DeSoto House Hotel. Free shuttles will be provided (Saturday only) to all tour locations. Otherwise, street parking can be found near each of the homes. All proceeds benefit the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society. Visit galenahistory.org and click on events for information and tickets.



Pictured: Stillman Mansion

Archway Reading and Lecture Series-U of Dubuque

The Archway Reading and Lecture Series at University of Dubuque will kick off the fall semester by hosting a poetry reading with author John McCarthy at 6 pm September 26th, in the Couchman Reading Room of the Charles C. Myers Library on campus. The poetry reading is free and open to the public. It will include a brief Q&A with the author and book-signing opportunity. McCarthy is the winner of The Pinch 2016 Literary Award in Poetry.

HomeFresh Meal Service

A pair of Dubuque women have created a new business that highlights eating healthy, local foods. Justyna Miranda, with City Girl Farming, and Leslie Shalabi, co-owner of Convivium Urban Farmstead, recently launched HomeFresh meal service. Miranda says the community has been very supportive. When they need to the women can turn to other local growers to help round out the menu items. The meals come fully prepared and come in reusable containers that customers can return. Miranda says the week starts on Monday and people can order through Thursday for the following week’s meal. For more information or to order, go to convivium-dbq.com and click on the Catering tab.


Erratic Driver Charged

A Lafayette County Sheriff’s deputy responded to County Highway XX, Town of Elk Grove early Sunday morning for a traffic complaint of an erratic driver. 43-year old Porfirio Zavaleta-Hernandez, Shullsburg was cited at 3:31 am for Operating without a Valid Driver’s License, No Insurance, Unreasonable and Imprudent Speed, Passing in a No Passing Zone and Reckless Driving.