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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.

Accident Charges

A Galena woman is facing several charges after a one vehicle accident Saturday afternoon. The Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office responded around 4 pm to an accident on South Elizabeth Scales Mound Road about a half-mile north of South Georgetown Road. 64-year old Jackie Sue Flickinger was driving northbound when the vehicle veered partially off the roadway to the east and side swiped a guardrail. The vehicle then veered back across the roadway to the west and crashed into the ditch. Flickinger was transported to Midwest Medical Center for treatment. Flickinger is charged with improper lane usage, driving under the influence, failure to reduce speed to avoid accident, illegal transportation of alcohol, no insurance and driving in the wrong lane. The crash remains under investigation.

Chain Reaction Accident

A Benton, Wisconsin man was injured in a three vehicle accident Friday evening outside of East Dubuque. The Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Department reports that 62-year old Wayne J. Neis was injured in the accident. His vehicle was the part of a chain reaction accident that happened when 35-year old Charles Anderson of Davenport was traveling on Chemical Plant Road, nearing the intersection with Highway 20, and rear-ended a stopped vehicle driven by Neis. The Neis vehicle was then pushed into the back of another stopped vehicle driven by 24-year old Sean Wagner of Dubuque. Neis was taken to Mercy Hospital in Dubuque for treatment of injuries. Anderson has been charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Miller Riverview Park and Campground Closes

The City of Dubuque Leisure Services Department has announced that Miller Riverview Park and Campground is closed again due to flooding and rising levels of the Mississippi River. Public Information Officer, Randy Gehl, says he’s not sure if the park will reopen again before the announced closing date of October 27th. He says it depends on the water level and if staff can get it cleaned up in time if the flood stage goes down.

Salvation Army-Human Trafficking Prayer Service

The Dubuque Salvation Army will be holding a special prayer service this Sunday for victims of human trafficking. Captain Emily Phelps says the annual event is open to the public. There are many different organizations and people who can use the prayer support. Captain Phelps says the short service will include a prayer walk through their facility at 1099 Iowa Street. Every year between 14,500 to 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States. Phelps notes that it’s not just happening in the big cities, it can happen literally anywhere.

Sanders And Mayor Pete Coming To Dubuque

Two Democratic presidential hopefuls will be in Dubuque next week for two separate events on the same day. Senator Bernie Sanders will host an ice cream social at the Town Clock Plaza next Monday at 4:30. About an hour-and-half later South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg will conduct a town hall at the Alliant Energy Amphitheater at the Port of Dubuque at 6 pm. Attendees should RSVP for that event. RSVPs should also be made for Sanders’ event, but a press release says that entrance is provided on a first-come first-serve basis.

Apple River State Bank-Hazel Green

The same week that one bank announced they are leaving a southwest Wisconsin community another one is coming soon. Apple River State Bank has announced that it has reached an agreement with C & D Properties to open a banking facility in the Southwest Mart, 3515 Percival Street in Hazel Green. After a remodeling period, the new banking center is expected to open in December subject to regulatory approval. Apple River State Bank currently operates six banking facilities in Jo Daviess County-Apple River, Warren, Scales Mound, Elizabeth, Hanover and First Community Bank in Galena with total assets in excess of $350,000,000. MidWestOne Bank said this week they will be closing their branch in Hazel Green as of December 13th.

Traffic Stop Charges

A Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on County Shop RD, Darlington Township Wednesday around 11:43 pm . As a result, 20-year old Jarad Heim, of Shullsburg, was arrested for Armed with Firearm While Intoxicated, Felony Possession of THC, and Felony Bail Jumping. Heim was also cited for Operating after Suspension, Failure to Stop at Stop Sign, No Insurance, and Operating with Controlled Substance – First Offense. Heim was transported to the Lafayette County Jail where he remains in custody.

Street Closings Friday-Homecoming

A local homecoming parade will take place on Friday on Main St. between W Sixteenth St. and W 9th St. beginning at 1:15 p.m. until approximately 1:45 p.m. Hempstead High School is celebrating their Homecoming. Although Main St. will not be closed, motorists are encouraged to avoid the area.

East Tenth Street will be closed between Elm Street and through the intersection of E Tenth and Washington Street as well as Washington Street between E Tenth and the parking ramp entrance on Washington Street beginning at noon on Friday and will remain in effect until midnight on Saturday, September 21st due to a permitted special event.

Buggy Hit and Run

The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center received an anonymous tip Tuesday concerning the vehicle that may have been involved in the hit and run motor vehicle vs buggy crash that occurred on Sunday, just before 3 am. The investigation of this tip has resulted in the identification of the vehicle and driver involved in the crash. The vehicle was driven by 33-year old Jennifer Mckee of Warren, Illinois. No charges have been issued at this time, as the crash remains under investigation.

Bevins Arrested on Warrants

20-year old Preston Bevins, of Argyle, was arrested on Monday at 10:38 p.m. for operating while revoked due to OWI and failure to install an IID, following a suspicious activity complaint on E. Lucy Street in Darlington. Bevins was also arrested on several valid warrants out of Platteville and Grant County.

National Farm Safety and Health Week

Each year since 1944, the third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety & Health Week. Dan Neenan, Director of the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety, says people don’t realize how dangerous farming can be. There are several webinars planned this week. Neenan will be teaching the Safety & Health for Women in Agriculture webinar. Neenan says this time of year motorists really need to watch out and slow down for farm equipment on the roadways. The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety is located at the NICC Peosta campus. Go online to necasag.org for more information.

MidWestOne Bank Two Branches Closing-Update

MidWestOne Bank will be closing a pair of branches in December. Senior Vice-President, Peg Hudson, says the branch in Hartig Drug on University Avenue will close December 6th and the Hazel Green branch will be closing as of December 13th. Hudson says the decision was made due to more and more people using online banking and the close proximity of the Hartig Drug branch to their main bank and other Dubuque locations and the Hazel Green location is close to their branch in Cuba City. The Hartig Drug branch employs three full-time staff, the Hazel Green location has two full-time employees and each location has one part-time employee. Hudson says all seven people have been offered and accepted other positions in the company.

Toddler Injured After Being Hit By Car

A Dubuque toddler is recovering from injuries sustained after being struck by a car Saturday afternoon. The accident happened at around 2:40 in the 500 block of West Locust Street. According to a police report 2 year old Kayden Ruggles was crossing the street with a group of children, when the child was hit by a car driven by 61 year old Roy Wemmer of Dubuque. Wemmer told police that Ruggles was bent over pushing a toy truck and that he tried to brake but was unable to avoid striking the child. Ruggles was transported to Mercy Hospital and treated for minor injuries. Wemmer was not cited.

Assault Suspect Warrents

The Dubuque Police Department received reports of three separate assault-related cases involving the same suspect on September 15th. Around 3:59 pm, Dubuque Police responded to 503 E. 24th St for a report of an assault. Police met with the resident, 27-year old Tyshawn Cossom, who reported he had been stabbed by his ex-girlfriend, 28-year old Tanetra Giles. Cossom stated he had been visiting a family member when Giles came over and confronted him about his new girlfriend. The confrontation turned physical and Cossom reported Giles pulled out a knife and stabbed him in the elbow causing a laceration. Giles then used the knife to puncture the tires of his vehicle. Cossom was later transported to Mercy Hospital for treatment. It was additionally reported that Giles assaulted Cossom with a glass beer bottle during a disturbance earlier in the day around 12:20 am. Cossom sustained lacerations to his head and hand from that assault. The same day around 7:03 pm, Dubuque Police were called back to 503 E. 24th St for a report of an assault. Officers again met with Cossom and his girlfriend 22-year old Jenna Bowman, of Dubuque. They told officers Giles came over to the residence and broke the door down causing damage to the door frame/jam and assaulted Bowman. Bowman sustained minor injuries to her elbow and back and a gash on the top of her head. Giles then left the residence and reportedly threatened to kill Cossom and Bowman as she was leaving. Warrants for Giles have been issued and she faces multiple charges, including Domestic Assault and Attempted Murder.

Charter Bus Semi Crash

A Dubuque man was cited after he crashed his semi-truck into the back of a charter bus in Illinois Monday morning. According to a release from Illinois State Police the accident happened along Interstate 155 south of Peoria at around ten. 39 year old Daniel Fitzgibbons rear-end the charter bus that was carrying the driver and 29 passengers. 10 of those passengers and Fitzgibbons were transported to area hospitals and treated for non-life threatening injuries. Fitzgibbons was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash and aggravated use of an electronic communication device when involved in a crash that results in great bodily harm.

Golf Cart Accident Injures Children

A golf cart accident sent three children to the hospital Monday night. Deputies with the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office and a crew from the Key West Fire Department responded to the accident in the 10-thousand block of Silver Oaks Court at around 6:15. 10 year old Ella Elenz was driving an EZ Go Express golf cart around the neighborhood. When she turned around on the cul de sac on Silver Oaks, the golf cart tipped over and ejected her siblings, 9 year old Mara Elenz and 4 year old Garison Patrum who were passengers on the cart. Ella was pinned underneath the golf cart until neighbors were able to lift it off of her. All the children were taken to Finley Hospital and treated for minor injuries.

MidWestOne Bank Hazel Green Closing

MidWestOne Bank in Hazel Green will be closing as of December 13th according to a letter sent out to customers. The letter states that after careful consideration, the decision was made to close the Hazel Green location on Main Street due to it’s close proximity to their branch in Cuba City. MidWestOne Financial Group based in Iowa City completed its acquisition of American Trust and Savings Bank in Dubuque and American Bank and Trust Wisconsin in May.

Compliance Enforcement Project

On September 10th, the Dubuque Police Department, along with the Iowa State Patrol, Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Dubuque Animal Control conducted a multi-agency safety and enforcement project focused on traffic violations and animal contacts throughout the downtown and north end of Dubuque. Among the citations or warnings officers gave were 18 speeding, 12 registration violations, 8 with no insurance, 7 seat belt, 5 driving under suspension, and 4 failure to license pet violations. A total of 51 contacts were made by law enforcement.

City Council Vacancy Vote

The Third Ward seat on the Dubuque City Council will remain vacant after a split vote Monday night. The vacancy was created by the resignation of Third Ward Representative Kate Larson. The vote was three in favor of Larson and three in favor of Joyce Conners, who formerly served the third ward on the council from 2002 to 2018. Councilman Brett Shaw said it was an easy choice for Larson, who was voted in to begin with. Councilman Luis Del Toro agreed. At-Large councilman Ric Jones said he supported Conners because she is still living in the third ward. Mayor Roy Buol thanked Larson for her service but said Conners has proved in the past to be a great representative of the Third Ward. The final vote was Shaw, Del Toro and Jake Rios for Larson with Jones, David Resnick and Mayor Buol casting votes for Conners. The seat will now remain empty until after the election. Larson said she was disappointed in the decision but thanked her Third Ward constituents and said it was her pleasure serving them.

Man Dies From Injuries In Crash

A Cassville man has died from injuries he sustained in a one vehicle crash in Grant County early Saturday morning. The sheriff’s office says 22 year old Dallas Esser died at UW Madison. At around 4:50 am Esser was traveling west on County Road B, just west of Stanton Road, when he lost control while rounding a curve. His vehicle then went into a ditch on the south side of the road and struck a culvert. The vehicle then rolled multiple times before coming to rest on its’ wheels. Esser was initially taken to Southwest Health before being transported to Madison. Esser is the 8th person to be die on Grant County roads this year.

Dubuque Woman Injured In Crash

A Dubuque woman was injured in a one vehicle crash in Dubuque County Sunday afternoon. The sheriff’s office says 66 year old Yvette McLimans was traveling west on Massey Station Road near Olde Massey Road at around 5 pm, when she lost control. Her car left the road and went down an embankment before coming to rest in creek. Mclimans was transported to Finely Hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Lancaster Man Arrested On Felony Charges

A southwest Wisconsin man was arrested last week after authorities say he was in possession of a firearm as a convicted felon. A release from the Lafayette County sheriff’s department says 60 year old Brian Irish of rural Lancaster was arrested last Thursday and charged with felon in possession of a firearm, endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon and carrying a handgun where alcoholic beverages may be sold and consumed. At around 12:15 last Thursday afternoon, deputies were called to the Yesterdaze Tavern in the Township of Beetown. Witnesses say Irish had made some vague comments about being on the news and had a pistol on him. Deputies detained Irish, while they searched for the weapon. The gun was eventually found hidden outside the bar. Irish had hid the gun once he realized that deputies were on their way. The gun was loaded and deputies determined that Irish was impaired. In addition to the felony charges, Irish is charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. After his initial court appearance, Irish was released on a signature bond.

Dupaco Top Workplace

Dupaco Community Credit Union has been named one of Iowa’s “Top Workplaces” in 2019 by the Des Moines Register. The member-owned financial cooperative ranked #10 in the midsized employer category. The Register recognized 135 Iowa companies as a “Top Workplaces” based solely on feedback provided by those who work there. The Register’s research partner, Energage, LLC, surveys employees at participating workplaces and then ranks the employers based on the results. Companies are ranked in small, medium and large categories. Employees evaluate everything from their work environment to their organization’s leadership.

Mullis Trial Begins

The trial of a man accused of using a corn rake to kill his wife is scheduled to start today. According to KCRG, the trial was moved from Delaware to Dubuque county. 43-year-old Todd Mullis argued he could not receive a fair trial in Delaware county where his wife “worked closely with law enforcement” as a nurse. Mullis pleaded not guilty. Authorities say he attacked Amy Mullis in November at her farm northwest of Earlville. Jury selection is expected to get underway.

DCHS Gets City Funding

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

United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States Kickoff

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

Jo Daviess Board OK’s Marijuana Businesses

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

Construction May Cause Delays At Landfill

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

Dubuque Sewer Overflows

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

Grant County Flooding

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

Darlington Possible Flooding

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

Steyer To Stop In Maquoketa

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

Food Giveaway

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

No New Trial For Adams

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

New Otter-River Museum & Aquarium

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

American Legion Walk With A Vet

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

Teen Charged With UTV Theft

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

Second Man Arrested For Sexual Assault

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

Hwy 52 N Closed Flooding

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

Grant County Rollover Fatality

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

Harkin: “Hire People With Disabilities”

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

Lawmakers Want Review Of State Prison

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

Police Looking For Shoplifting Suspect

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

Motorcyclist Injured On Highway 20

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

Street Closing

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

Gansemer Back At Hillcrest

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

Holy Family May Have To Close Schools

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

Felony Drug Arrest

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

Teddy Bear Clinics in Dubuque

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

Three Vehicle Injury Crash

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

Miller Riverview Park and Campground Open

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

Traffic Stop Drug Arrest

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