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Cassville Man Injured In One Vehicle Crash

A Cassville man was flown to UW Hospitals in Madison after he crashed his vehicle in Grant County early Sunday morning. The crash happened about six hours before deputies and EMS could locate the accident scene. At around 6:30, dispatch received a call from a man with very poor cell phone reception. The man, later identified as 35 year old Dustin Hampton, could not tell authorities his location, but he did tell them he had been in an accident and was injured. The call was dropped and a search and rescue was organized. About an hour-and-a-half of searching the roads in Beetown and Cassville, the crash scene was finally located on Highway 81 near County Road Y in the Township of Cassville. Hampton was traveling east on 81, when he lost control of his vehicle, which left the road, went down an embankment and struck several large rocks and trees and overturned end-over-end several times. Hampton was partially ejected from the vehicle. The sheriff’s office says speed and Hampton’s condition are suspected factors in the crash, which remains under investigation.

Motorcycle vs Deer Accident

A southwest Wisconsin man was critically injured after his motorcycle struck a deer in Grant County Sunday afternoon. According to the sheriff’s office 54 year old Tony Coy of Montfort was driving his motorcycle on Highway 133 in Woodman a few minutes before one, when he struck a deer that ran out in front of him. Coy lost control of the motorcycle and was ejected. A Med Flight crew was called to the scene and Coy was flown to UW Hospitals in Madison. Coy was not wearing a helmet. His condition is not known at this time.

Parking Fees To Be Reinstated At Dubuque Ramps And Lots

If you utilize ramps and parking lots owned by the city of Dubuque, starting today you will have to pay the full parking fee to use them. Hourly and daily parking lot and ramp fees as well as monthly fees will be fully reinstated. The fees were reduced to 50 percent in late March to help people cope with the coronavirus pandemic. Street parking regulations that were suspended due to the virus have already been reinstated.

Dubuquer Charged With Sexual Abuse

Dubuque police arrested one person on a rape charge Sunday Morning. 19 year old Griffin Oliver was taken into custody at around 8:30 and charged with one count of third degree sexual abuse-forcible rape. Court records say Oliver sexually assaulted a teenager younger than 19 in late January of this year.

Beloit Woman Injured In Motorcycle Crash

A Beloit woman was injured in a motorcycle mishap in Lafayette County Sunday morning. The sheriff’s office says 43 year old Jessica Crall was trailing a group of fellow bikers at around 11:20 on County Road F in Fayette Township, when her brakes locked up. Crall’s motorcycle tipped over and slid into another motorcycle that was being driven by 51 year old Anthony Bradt also of Beloit. Bradt was not injured.

Car Versus Pedestrian Accident

A Dubuque man escaped serious injuries after he was struck by a vehicle Sunday evening. A vehicle driven by 57-year old Gregory Foley was travelling east on Dodge Street at 7:48 pm and passing through the intersection of Dodge St./Wacker Drive while 67-year old Bruce Krebs was crossing Dodge Street southbound through a non-marked crosswalk. Witnesses told authorities that Foley had a green light and that Krebs stopped for one vehicle while he walked through the intersection but then continued walking when he was hit by Foley’s vehicle. Krebs was transported to Mercy Hospital with non-serious injuries and was held for observation. Foley was cited for an expired registration and no proof of financial liability and Krebs was cited for not properly yielding when in an unmarked crosswalk.

DBQ Community Schools COVID Dashboard

The Dubuque Community School District is providing a COVID-19 Dashboard on its website in an effort to give transparent, accurate data regarding positive cases of COVID-19 related to the school environment. As of Friday, out of an estimated 8,000 students and 2,000 staff, there was only 1 positive test result, a staff member. The online data represents the number of active, positive COVID-19 cases in district schools and buildings as officially confirmed and reported to the district by Dubuque County Public Health Department, Visiting Nurse Association or Iowa Department of Public Health. The data is updated daily Monday through Friday and a case is removed from the list once it is no longer considered active. Contact tracing occurs following each positive test result and any individual in close contact will be notified and instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Vandalized Mailboxes

Dubuque County Deputies are looking for any information regarding multiple mailboxes being vandalized over the past few days. Mailboxes in the Balltown / Sherill area as well as Schueller Heights and Mitchel Mill Rd area and others in Jackson County have been vandalized or destroyed. If you live in this area and have security cameras please check them for any suspicious vehicles in the Balltown area on the night of August 26th to the 27th and the Schueller Heights area the night of the 27th to the 28th. If you have any information or videos please contact the Dubuque County Sheriff’ Office.

Alliant Community Grants Deadline

Tuesday is the deadline for community and nonprofit organizations to apply for Alliant Energy and its Foundation community grants. The grants typically range from $500 to $5,000 and are available for local programs and projects that benefit residents in the communities Alliant Energy serves throughout Iowa and Wisconsin. Go to alliantenergy.com under the tab Community & Stewardship to apply and for more information about the grants and community programs. The Alliant Energy Foundation will communicate all grant decisions by November 1st.

UTV Fatal

A Darlington, Wisconsin teen has died after a UTV crash in the Town of Belmont Saturday night. Around 10:09 pm, the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center was notified of a UTV crash that occurred on private property at 18848 County Road G. The UTV was being operated by 14-year old Jordan Beesecker and 16-year Mikayla Stephens, of Darlington was a passenger. The UTV was being operated in a pasture on the property when Beesecker appears to have lost control and overturned the UTV, ejecting both occupants, neither of which were wearing a seatbelt. Beesecker was deceased upon arrival of first responders. Stephens was seriously injured and was entrapped beneath the UTV, and after being freed, she was airlifted to the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison.

Dubuque Man Charged With Child Sex Crimes

A Dubuque man faces child sex abuse charges after police say he sexually abused two children younger than 14. 33 year old Erik Vo was arrested this week and charged with three counts of second degree sexual abuse and lascivious acts with a child. One of the incidents allegedly happened between 2011 and 2019 and the other between 2015 and 2016. Police were tipped off by a person who told police about the incidents. The girls were interviewed and told authorities they were too embarrassed to come forward earlier. Vo has denied the allegations.

Maquoketa Man Sentenced For Vehicular Homicide

A Maquoketa man will be spending the next ten years in prison after a judge sentenced him for the 2018 vehicular homicide of another man. 22 year old Andy Ahrens pleaded guilty Friday to one felony count of homicide by vehicle-reckless driving. In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors dismissed a charge of homicide by vehicle-operating under the influence. In October of 2018, Ahrens was driving on U.S. Highway 52 near Bellevue, when his SUV veered off the road and crashed into a tree. Ahrens’ passenger, Alex Behr of Sabula died in the crash. In addition to the prison sentence, Ahrens was also ordered to pay 150 thousand dollars in victim restitution.

Dubuque Man Charged With Thefts And Break-ins

Two Dubuque men were arrested this week and now face a laundry list of charges. 23 year old Jacob Paulsen and 32 year old Charles Hyde were arrested Thursday. They face charges ranging from second and third degree burglary to second, fourth and fifth degree theft. Police executed a search warrant at Paulsen’s residence and found numerous items that were reported stolen from homes, vehicles and a construction business in Dubuque County in May.

Person Jumps From Bridge, then Swims Ashore

East Dubuque police are investigating why someone jumped from the Julien Dubuque Bridge Thursday night, and then swam ashore. The incident was reported at around 8 o’clock. Authorities are not saying if the person was a male or a female, but they were taken to Mercy Hospital in Dubuque. No other information is available at this time.

Q Cancels Final Two Back Waters Concerts

Q Casino in Dubuque has postponed one Back Waters concert scheduled for next month and cancelled another because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Collective Soul was to perform on September 11th, but will now appear on July 1st next year. Brantley Gilbert was set to take the stage on September 12th, but that concert has been cancelled. All tickets purchased for Collective Soul will be automatically transferred to the new show date. Refunds are also available and can be requested through Ticketmaster by the original form of payment. Tickets purchased for Brantley Gilbert will be refunded through Ticketmaster by the original form of payment. Due to the unprecedented volume of cancellations nationwide, refund requests may take up to 30 days to process once requested.

Illinois Man Sentenced For Removing Evidence

A Rockford man who removed evidence from an opioid overdose death scene at a Dubuque hotel, instead of calling 911, has been sentenced to nearly two years in federal prison. 29 year old Mateusz Syryjczyk pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of misprision of a felony. Authorities say Syryjczyk and his girlfriend and another person went to a resident in Dubuque in May of last year to purchase heroin. They then went to a hotel in Dubuque where they all used the drug. The third person began to overdose in the room. Syryjczyk and his girlfriend did not immediately call 911, but over the course of several hours the girlfriend would occasionally perform CPR, but the person never regained consciousness. When they finally decided to call 911, the two removed the rest of the drug paraphernalia from the room before police arrived. The person was pronounced dead at the scene.

MercyOne Dubuque Allowing Visitors

Due to the declining number of active COVID-19 cases in the community, effective immediately, MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center is currently allowing one visitor per patient, per day, between the hours of 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Certain exceptions will apply on a case-by-case basis, including children admitted to the hospital, maternity unit and NICU and patients receiving end-of-life care. Visitors will not be allowed for patients diagnosed with COVID-19. Visitors are still required to wear masks at all times, must be 18 years ofage or older, and all visitors must follow screening procedures. Anyone with symptoms of a respiratory infection will not be permitted to enter the facility. Anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 10 days or pending a COVID-19 test will also not be allowed to enter.

Former Dubuque Bank Vice- President Sentenced

The former vice-president of a Dubuque bank, who prosecutors say conspired to lie to the bank for years, has been sentenced to probation. 66 year old Dan Raduns of Dubuque pleaded guilty last month to one count of conspiracy to make false statements to a financial institution and was sentenced to three years of probation yesterday in federal court in Cedar Rapids. Between 2007 and 2009, Raduns worked as a vice-president at a bank in Dubuque. During that time he conspired with another person to lie to the bank about how much money the bank was loaning to the other person and how it was being used. The pair claimed the money was being used on a construction project, when in fact it was being used for something else. The bank ultimately lost over $320,000 on loans made on the project. Raduns was ordered to pay back the money to the bank.

Reynolds: Bars To Close In 6 Counties

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has ordered that all bars, taverns, breweries and nightclubs be closed in six of the state’s largest counties in response to surging numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases blamed in part on young people ignoring mask and social distancing recommendations in such establishments. Reynolds ordered the action in Black Hawk, Dallas, Linn, Johnson, Polk and Story counties effective at 5 pm Thursday on a day when the state saw nearly 1,500 confirmed cases, a new high that topped levels recorded in the spring. As she has been saying for months, the Governor is strongly encouraging all Iowans, age 2 and older to wear a mask or other face covering when in public settings. The Governor’s latest declaration for the six affected counties remains in effect until September 20th.

Reynolds: “Mask Mandate Not Enforceable”

Iowa’s Governor says issuing a state-wide mask mandate to help slow the spread of the coronavirus is not enforceable. On August 9th, the White House Coronavirus Task Force recommended that Governor Kim Reynolds consider mandating masks in areas where COVID-19 cases were wide- spread. During her twice weekly news conference on Thursday, Reynolds was asked why she didn’t act on the recommendation at that time. She says the cities that have adopted a mask mandate, like Dubuque, know that it’s not enforceable. The other Iowa cities that have passed a mask mandate are Muscatine and Iowa City. Johnson County has also adopted a mask mandate. Dubuque County could soon join, as the board of health passed a resolution this week recommending the board of supervisors approve a mask mandate.

Northeast Iowa Health Centers Federal Grants

Three Northeast Iowa health centers, including one based in Dubuque, will be receiving grants totaling nearly $750,000 to support delivering affordable, accessible and high-quality healthcare. Crescent Community Health Center will get $244,343 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Cedar Rapids-based Eastern Iowa Health Center and Waterloo-based People’s Community Health Clinic will also receive grants.

Illinois Man Arrested After High Speed Chase

An Illinois man, who led Dubuque police on a high speed chase in a rented car last month, was arrested Tuesday in Dubuque. 25 year old Jaren Walker faces numerous traffic violations. The incident happened during the early morning hours of July 10th. Police attempted to pull Walker over for speeding on Dodge Street a few minutes before 4 am. Walker sped away reaching speeds in excess of 87 mph. Police used traffic and gas station cameras to identify Walker, who made several illegal U-Turns and ran red lights on Dodge Street/Highway 20, before fleeing across the Julien Dubuque Bridge into Illinois.

Dubuque Man Sentenced For Possessing Firearm

A Dubuque man, who has three prior felony and three domestic abuse convictions, faces up to ten years in prison after pleading guilty to illegally possessing a firearm following a New Year’s Day shooting in Dubuque. 27 year old Katwan Brown pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Cedar Rapids to being a felon and domestic abuser in possession of a firearm. Court records say that on New Year’s Day of this year, video evidence showed Brown handing a pistol to another man after the man had been in an argument in the street with someone else. The man then shot multiple times from the doorway of a home, striking one person. Afterwards, Brown left the house and ran to an alleyway, returning moments later. Officers later found a pistol in the alleyway as well as a cell phone and identification belonging to Brown. His fingerprints were found on the magazine inside the pistol. Brown will be sentenced after a pre-sentence report is prepared by the judge.

Phoenix Theatres Reopening

The Phoenix Theatres at Kennedy Mall has announced they will be reopening on Thursday, August 27th. According to Joe Cork, Phoenix Theatres Director of Marketing, they will incorporate both CDC and local government standards on how a theatre should safely operate. They have installed a new reserved seating program in their computer system that allows guests to select their seat in advance either on their web site or newly developed mobile app. The computer will automatically remove two seats between each pair sold, creating a checkerboard style pattern. This will provide six feet of separation between guests to safely social distance while watching a film. Other safety protocols in place include having each employee wear masks and other protective equipment, guests will be required to wear face masks when moving about the theatre, streamlined transactions at the ticketing and concession stand to further minimize touch points. The theatre will also use a food grade disinfectant spray on all seats that removes 99.99% of all viruses on surfaces within 30 seconds and will be using this spray on high touch points throughout the building, including the restrooms and concession areas. To view Phoenix Theatres re-opening video plan and a complete listing of safety protocols, visit their web site in advance at: www.phoenixmovies.net/covid.

Dubuque Man Who Persuaded Teen To Send Nude Photos Sentenced

A Dubuque man, who prosecutors say persuaded a teenage girl to send him nude photos and videos, has been sentenced to federal prison. 60 year old Mark Curtis Sr. was sentenced this week to 15 years behind bars, after pleading guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of a child and one count of receipt of child pornography. Between August 2018 and October 2018, prosecutors say Curtis persuaded a 15 year old girl, who lived out of the state of Iowa, to send him nude photos and videos of herself. Curtis knew the girl was a minor. In total, investigators found approximately 44 files containing images sent between the girl and Curtis.  Once he is released Curtis must serve five years of supervised release.

Weekend Crash In Dubuque Injures One

A Dubuque woman was injured in a two vehicle crash over the weekend. Police say 21 year old Stephanie Brown was traveling north on Elm Street at around 1:15 Sunday afternoon, when a car driven by 73 year old Teresa Hadro of Dubuque ran the stop sign at the intersection of Elm and East 29th and t-boned Brown’s vehicle. Brown was able to transport herself to Finley Hospital, where she was treated. Hadro was cited for failure to obey a stop sign and operating with a suspended license.

Law Enforcement Phone Scam

Dubuque law enforcement is warning people of the latest phone scam. Dispatch has received multiple reports from residents who received phone calls from scammers claiming to be from the Dubuque Police Department and Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office. The scammers are telling residents they have a warrant for their arrest and must make payment immediately to satisfy the warrant. Local law enforcement are NOT making these calls, and they would never ask for payment to satisfy any type of charge over the phone. If you receive a call do not provide any of your personal information. If you have questions about this scam or others you can contact Lieutenant Ted McClimon at (563) 589-4473.

Police ID Apparent Drowning Victim

Dubuque police have identified a man who drowned in the Mississippi River Saturday night. The body of 31 year old Taylor White of Platteville was recovered Tuesday morning near the Port of Dubuque Marina. Police say White was in a boat near Schmidt Island at around 6:30 pm Saturday, when he dove into the river and never resurfaced. White’s body is being sent to the Iowa Medical Examiner’s office in Ankeny for a positive identification.

DMS Puttzin’ Around Downtown

Dubuque Main Street (DMS) is holding the 19th Annual miniature golf tournament, Puttzin’ Around Downtown on Friday. The annual outing and fundraiser for DMS will meander through the city center and has been adapted to accommodate social distancing measures through the nine-hole golf course from noon to 5 pm, with a virtual After Party starting at 6pm on the Dubuque Main Street Facebook Page. Puttzin’ was created as an opportunity for golfers to explore and enjoy downtown businesses over the course of an afternoon, as well as raise funds for the downtown program. For those choosing to participate virtually, raffle tickets are on sale on Facebook and on downtowndubuque.org.

 

Body in River Found

Dubuque authorities have located the body of a man who fell in to the Mississippi River Saturday night from a boat near Schmidt Island around 6:30 pm. According to Lt. Ted McClimon, the body was found at 6:53 am this morning near the Port of Dubuque. Authorities have not released the man’s name yet.

County Board of Health Mask Public Hearing

The Dubuque County Board of Health will hold a public hearing Wednesday on a proposed resolution requiring masks be worn in Dubuque County. The resolution, if passed, would require every person in Dubuque County 3 years of age or older to wear a face covering that covers the person’s nose and mouth when in a public place, when one cannot stay 6 feet away from others. The resolution would also include requiring a face covering inside of any indoor public settings, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and retail stores. The resolution states that no business that is open to the public may provide service to a customer or allow a customer to enter its premises unless the customer is wearing a face covering. The Public Hearing Wednesday will be at 6 pm via Zoom. Citizens wishing to participate in the meeting must register to obtain the Zoom link. To provide written comments or register for the meeting, citizens can email comment@dubuquecounty.us.

Boyd Gaming Red Cross Relief

Boyd Gaming and its two Iowa properties, Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque and Diamond Jo Casino in Northwood, announced they will contribute $50,000 to the American Red Cross Iowa Region in support of ongoing relief efforts following the devastating storm that recently swept through the state. The $50,000 contribution will assist the American Red Cross Iowa Region with providing additional shelter, food and health services to Iowans who have been directly impacted by the derecho storms.

Two by Two Fundraiser

An area non-profit is gearing up for a big fundraiser in September. Kristin Woodward-Vaassen, Founder and CEO of Two by Two Education, says Barnyard Bash September 24th will be part in-person and part virtual. There will be live music and food served and a live and silent auction. Woodward-Vaassen says a local jewelry store is donating a chocolate diamond pendant with a strawberry gold chain for a special duck race as part of the activities. All proceeds will go to the Two by Two Kindhearted Kids program, which will look a little different this year. For more information, go to www.twobytwoeducation.org or their Facebook page or to register for the fundraiser email cassie@twobytwoeducation.org.

Search For Man in River Continues

Dubuque authorities are still searching for a man who fell in to the Mississippi River Saturday night between the 16th Street boat dock and the railroad bridge shortly after 6 pm. Authorities have not released the 31-year old man’s name as of this morning. Several departments were assisting in the search including the Iowa DNR, the   Dubuque and East Dubuque fire departments, Dubuque County Conservation, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Judi Chandlee Tribute to Teacher Award Winners

On Wednesday, just shy of $6,800 in classroom grants were awarded to 16 public school teachers throughout the Dubuque Community School District thanks to the Judi Chandlee Tribute to Teachers Endowment. These grants will impact thousands of students in the public schools. The gifts will provide much needed funding for supplies, equipment, and innovative educational experiences throughout the district. DCSD Teachers were invited to submit classroom grant applications to the Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools. Requests were reviewed by a panel of board members, current and former educators, and community volunteers. The grants are funded by the family and friends of Judi Chandlee, a beloved Eisenhower Elementary teacher, who passed away in 2011.

YMCA Child and Adult Care Food Program

The Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA will be be participating in the United States Department of Agriculture’s Child and Adult Care Food Program. CACFP helps the Y ensure that nutritious meals are provided at no separate charge to children enrolled in the several programs: Dubuque Y Early Learning Center – Finley and Booth locations, Before and After School Care at 9 school sites (which includes Bryant, Carver, Eisenhower, Epworth, Irving, Kennedy, Sageville, Table Mound, Hoover), and their School Day Out program. The Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA’s Child Care receives partial reimbursement based upon the income information provided by the children’s parent or legal guardian.

Golden Knights Jumping In the Tri-States This Weekend

Eight members of the Golden Knights Parachute Team will be making several jumps throughout the Tri-State area this weekend. The Golden Knights have been part of the July 3rd Dubuque Jaycees Fireworks and Airshow for years. But because of the current pandemic that event was cancelled. The Knights first jump will happen on Friday morning at 11 o’clock near the Church of the Nativity parking lot on Alta Vista, right next to the Radio Dubuque stations. Sgt. First Class Mike Koch will be taking the leap with his colleagues this weekend. The Knights will be jumping from an Iowa National Guard Chinook helicopter that will land next to the church however, there will be no tours. After the Nativity jump, the group will jump into the parking lot at Kennedy Mall at 7 pm tonight. On Saturday morning at 10:30 am they’ll be jumping in Hazel Green. They’ll wrap up their jumps with one in Guttenberg Sunday afternoon at 2. And how difficult is it to hit the target when making a jump? Sgt. Koch says it takes a lot of skill, but mostly practice. All of the events are free and open to the public. People are being asked to wear a face covering and practice social distancing during the events.

 

Asbury Man Faces Child Sex Charges

An Asbury man was arrested Wednesday morning and now faces child sex related charges. Police arrested 36 year old Gilbert Castillo. He is charged with lascivious conduct with a minor, sexual exploitation and invasion of privacy. Court documents say Castillo took partially nude photos and videos of a girl younger than 15 without the girl’s permission. Authorities found the deleted photos on Castillo’s smartphone and a video by conducting a forensic search of the phone.

Dubuque Church Food Giveaway Saturday

A Dubuque church will be giving away free food this weekend. The drive-thru giveaway takes place at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Saturday from 9 until noon or until food supplies run out. The free food giveaway is in partnership with the St. Stephens Food Bank. The church is located at 2155 University  Avenue.

Iowa Medical Director COVID Data Flaw

Iowa’s medical director says she was aware of widespread inaccuracies in the state’s coronavirus data when her agency used it to release flawed calculations that helped guide decisions on school openings and enrollment this month. Dr. Caitlin Pedati, the state epidemiologist, says she became aware in late July of a problem in Iowa’s disease surveillance reporting system that backdated thousands of new test results. Nonetheless, Gov. Kim Reynolds on Aug. 6 released 14-day county positivity rates on the state’s coronavirus website that she said would help school officials and parents decide how to proceed with the upcoming school year. The Governor says became aware of the inaccuracies only just last week. The state announced Wednesday that because of the backdating problem, those positivity rates had been erroneous for two weeks.

 

Dubuque Man Arrested After Argument Over Cat

A Dubuque man faces several charges after police say he struck his neighbor with a baseball bat after accusing the neighbor of stealing his cat. The incident happened Tuesday afternoon in the 1800 block of White Street. A police report says 32 year old Matthew Oberman struck his neighbor with a small silver baseball bat after accusing him of swiping the animal. The neighbor denies the accusation. While being arrested, Oberman struggled with officers, causing an abrasion to one of the officer’s knees. Oberman is charged with assault while displaying a weapon, interference with official acts and probation violation.

Runaway Car Crashes Into Building In Dubuque

No injuries were reported after a runaway car crashed into an apartment building in Dubuque Thursday morning. According to a police report the car broke down at the intersection of Carter Road and Hillcrest Road at around 9 am. The owner, Marshonn Sullivan of Dubuque, got out and began pushing the vehicle. At about the same time a passerby came to help. As the two were pushing the car on Hillcrest, it got away from them and began traveling downhill, where it crossed into the opposite lane of traffic and smashed into the apartment building in the 3000 block of Hillcrest. There was a family in the apartment unit where the car struck, but they were in another room. The report doesn’t say if any charges will be filed.

American Airlines Dropping Flights to Dubuque

American Airlines is dropping flights to 15 U.S. cities in October, including Dubuque, when a federal requirement to serve those communities expires. American said Thursday that it will consider other changes unless the federal government provides more money to the embattled airline industry. The decision appears designed to put pressure on Congress and the Trump administration to approve another $25 billion in relief for passenger airlines, which have seen traffic plummet during the coronavirus pandemic. American has already received $5.8 billion and has applied for an additional federal loan of $4.9 billion.

Low-Income Iowans Urged to Seek Disaster Aid

Many parts of Iowa are still reeling from last week’s line of storms and their widespread damage. Now, lower-income residents are being reminded that emergency help is available. The storms left scores of Iowans without power, and many are still waiting for electricity. First District Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer says food access is another big concern, with supplies going to waste during the lengthy outages. She says the type of storm that happened, known as a derecho, brought hurricane-like conditions to a region not used to something so destructive that comes with little warning. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has come under fire over what some say has been a slow response from her office. Going into the weekend, she defended the state’s approach in dealing with the emergency, and sent in the National Guard to help with efforts to restore power more quickly. Meanwhile, Finkenauer says Iowans need all the help they can get right now. On Sunday, Governor Reynolds did submit the state’s request for an expedited federal disaster declaration, seeking nearly $4-billion dollars in assistance. As for more state-level aid, Iowa also offers disaster relief grants to households that meet certain low-income requirements. More information is on the Department of Human Services website.

 

Hazel Green Man Pleads Guilty To Child Sex Charge

A Hazel Green man, who earlier pleaded guilty to a child sex related charge, faces up to three decades in prison when he is sentenced. 19 year old Caleb Durr appeared in federal court in Cedar Rapids this week and pled guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of a child. Court documents say that Durr used an iPhone to produce sexually explicit images of an 8 year old Dubuque girl in 2019. Durr faces between 15 and 30 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and $55,100 in special assessments.

Dubuque Man Pleads Guilty To Firearms Charge

A Dubuque man faces up to ten years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a federal gun charge. In a plea agreement, 32 year old Daniel Heim was convicted of one count of being a drug user in possession of firearms and ammunition. In federal court in Cedar Rapids this week, Heim admitted to having 14 firearms and nearly 3,400 rounds of ammunition while using cocaine and marijuana in December of last year. Heim remains free on bond pending his sentencing. In addition to the ten years behind bars, Heim could be fined $250,000. He will be sentenced after a pre-sentence report is prepared by the judge.

Dubuque Men Arrested For Drive-By Retaliation Shooting

Two Dubuque men face charges after police say they shot another man in retaliation for a drive-by shooting earlier this year on the city’s north end. 24 year old Deonta J.D. Massey-Beavers and 24 year old Javarise Jackson were arrested this week. Both are charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon, going armed with intent and reckless use of a firearm causing bodily injury. Police say Massey-Beavers and Jackson shot a man in a drive-by shooting on July 22nd in the 400 block of West Locust Street. The victim, 26 year old Denzel Hayes of Dubuque was shot in the leg, but survived. Court records say that Hayes was shot in retaliation for the shooting of Massey-Beaver’s brother in June. That incident occurred in the 2000 block of Jackson Street.

Local Produce And Protein Program Rolled Out

A foods incentive program is now available to educational institutions in Dubuque County. The “Local Produce and Protein” program was endorsed by Iowa Ag Secretary Mike Naig, who says the program is being funded with $500,000 in federal COVID-19 relief money made available to the state to address the impacts of the pandemic. Iowa State Representative Chuck Insenhart of Dubuque says the money, which is controlled by Governor Kim Reynolds has been approved by the Governor. Institutions serving children and students can apply for $220,000 in aid to support the purchase of local food, including produce, proteins, such as meat and beans and dairy except milk. The deadline to apply is September 3rd. Schools, colleges, universities and early child care centers can apply for the program by visiting iowaagriculture.gov/grants. Schools can apply for $2,000, colleges and universities $5,000 and early child care centers $500.

Man Wanted For Soliciting Prostitution Located

Police in Prairie Du Chien have arrested a man wanted on prostitution charges. 41 year old Bruce Menadue was taken into custody Wednesday and faces multiple charges related to soliciting prostitution. Authorities say he used a number of Facebook accounts to solicit sex from women. Menadue also faces similar charges in Dubuque County. A warrant was issued for his arrest earlier this year. In that case he faces charges ranging from prostitution to 4th degree theft. Court documents say in January Menadue left a note for a woman at a laundromat offering to pay her 700 dollars for sexual favors.

Dubuque Community Schools Contact Tracing

78% of the students within the Dubuque Community School District will be going back to school, in-person, starting next Monday. That first day of school was supposed to be last week. The district, however, pushed it back to come up with contact tracing guidelines. Superintendent Stan Rheingans says both the county and the district will be doing contact tracing. They have put together seating charts for students for classrooms and even the school bus. Rheingans said this will help them narrow down who was in close proximity to each other and when. But there are teachers within the district who are still concerned. A social studies teacher is wondering how exactly are they going to make sure students keep their masks on and remain socially distant. The superintendent tells KCRG-TV it is going to require team effort. Rheingans says those first three days will be crucial to ensure everyone follows those new rules. The superintendent emphasized that the end goal is for everyone to come back to school in-person full-time, but he says both students and parents will need to do their part.

 

 

Ernst Continues 99 County Tour

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst will be making stops in eastern Iowa counties on Friday, as she continues her annual 99 county tour of the state. At 9:30, the Republican Senator from Red Oak will be in Jackson County at the Cornelius Seed Corn Company in Bellevue. She’ll follow that up with a stop in Clinton County at Clinton City Hall at 11:15. She’ll conclude her stops with a visit to Amana Farms in Iowa County at 2:30 in the afternoon. The stops are not open to the public.

More Info Released On Semi Fire In Grant County

The Wisconsin State Patrol says no one was injured after a semi caught fire I Grant County Monday afternoon. Authorities responded to the fire at around 11:45 in the northbound lane of Highway 61/151 near the Dubuque Wisconsin Bridge. Authorities have not released the name of the driver, but say they were not hurt. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and the semi was a total loss. The northbound lane of the 61/151 was closed for about two and a half hours while the scene was cleared.

Motorcycle Crash

A Stockton, Illinois man suffered serious injuries after his motorcycle crashed Monday afternoon. Jo Daviess County deputies responded at 5:30 pm to IL 78 South, just north of Bethel Road, to the single vehicle accident. 26-year old Patrick Hatfield had lost control, went off the roadway, struck a culvert and was thrown from the motorcycle. Hatfield was flown by helicopter to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Rockford with injuries. The incident remains under investigation.

Dubuque Minority Small Business Relief Grant

A new Dubuque Minority Small Business Relief Grant that will provide financial assistance to minority-owned small businesses is now open for applications. This program, coordinated by Northeast Iowa Community College, will award $500 grants to eligible, minority-owned small businesses in the City of Dubuque that were economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. There are limited funds available, and the goal is to award 20 grants to eligible applicants. NICC will receive and review grant applications for eligibility through August 31st. Notification of award decisions and disbursement of grant funds will begin in September. To learn more about the grants, businesses may contact the Business Helpline at (563) 588-3350 between 8:30 am – 4 pm, Monday through Friday, or email at sbhelpline@nicc.edu.

Daycare Opens in Jackson County

A new child care center will be opening in Jackson County. Little River Hawks Daycare opens at Easton Valley Elementary School this month, serving infants from two weeks of age and operating a preschool program for 3-year-olds. The center is the result of a partnership between the Easton Valley Community School District and Sherri Farrell, who owned and operated Wee Care for Young People in Preston for over 20 years.

Grant County Fire Departments Grant Awards

Several Grant County Fire Departments will receive over 582-thousand dollars in federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant Awards. The Glen Haven Fire Department will receive $235,000 to purchase a new tanker, the Stitzer Fire Department will receive $22,825 for the purchase of a commercial washing machine, a turnout gear dryer, and a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) mask fit testing machine, and the Muscoda Fire Department will receive $110,925 to purchase 17 SCBA air packs, spare breathing air cylinders and 17 individually fitted SCBA masks. The Cuba City Fire Department will receive $151,760 to purchase 24 SCBA air packs, spare breathing air cylinders and 20 individually fitted SCBA masks and the  Mount Hope Fire Department will receive $61,523 to purchase nine SCBA air-packs, spare breathing air cylinders and individually fitted SCBA masks. Fire departments are responsible for a local match of only 5% towards the cost of the overall project.

Council Rejects Chamber Mask Ordinance Request

The Dubuque City Council Monday unanimously voted to deny a request by the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce to remove Provision E from the city’s Mask Ordinance. The provision in question holds businesses responsible for customer compliance to the mask ordinance. At-large councilman Ric Jones says he has heard from many people supporting the ordinance as it’s written. Laura Roussell, who represents the Second Ward, says she has heard from people who feel safer shopping now. Fourth Ward council member Brad Cavanaugh says no one should be vilifying the chamber or their CEO Molly Grover for the request. The Chamber’s letter spelled out their belief that local businesses should not be enforcers of a mandate directed at the citizens of Dubuque.

Phoenix Theatres Reopening

The Phoenix Theatres at Kennedy Mall has announced they will be reopening on August 27th. According to Joe Cork, Phoenix Theatres Director of Marketing, they will incorporate both CDC and local government standards on how a theatre should safely operate. They have installed a new reserved seating program in their computer system that allows guests to select their seat in advance either on their web site or newly developed mobile app. The computer will automatically remove two seats between each pair sold, creating a checkerboard style pattern. This will provide six feet of separation between guests to safely social distance while watching a film. Other safety protocols in place include having each employee wear masks and other protective equipment, guests will be required to wear face masks when moving about the theatre, streamlined transactions at the ticketing and concession stand to further minimize touch points. The theatre will also use a food grade disinfectant spray on all seats that removes 99.99% of all viruses on surfaces within 30 seconds and will be using this spray on high touch points throughout the building, including the restrooms and concession areas. To view Phoenix Theatres re-opening video plan and a complete listing of safety protocols, visit their web site in advance at: www.phoenixmovies.net/covid.

Dubuque Teen Arrested On Rape Charge

Dubuque police have charged a teenager with rape. Officers armed with a search warrant, arrested 18 year old Jonathan Gomez-Bello at his home in the 700 block of University Sunday. He faces a charge of 3rd degree sexual abuse-forcible rape. Documents say over the weekend Gomez-Bello sexually assaulted a girl younger than 16 at a home in Dubuque County.

Dubuque Police Investigate Shooting

Dubuque police are trying to find out who fired shots in the 25-hundred block of Windsor Avenue early Sunday morning. Police responded to the area at around 3:45. When they arrived they found a number of shell casings and at least seven vehicles parked along the street had been damaged by gunfire. No one was injured. Police blocked off the street for about five-and-half hours as they gathered evidence. This is the 12th time this year that police have investigated a shots fired call in Dubuque.

Lane On Highway 61/151 Reopens

A semi truck that was on fire and caused the closure of the northbound lane of Highway 61/151 in Grant County on the Wisconsin side of the bridge has reopened to traffic. The incident happened just before noon yesterday and had traffic backed up for miles. While the scene was being cleared, motorists were detoured onto the Wisconsin 11/35 exit.

Traffic Crash In Dubuque Injures 4

A four vehicle crash in Dubuque over the weekend injured four people. It happened a few minutes after 6 Saturday evening at the intersection of Dodge Street/Highway 20 and Wacker Drive. According to an accident report 75 year old Lawrence Kruse of Dubuque was attempting to turn onto Wacker from Dodge with the green light, when a vehicle driven by 26 year old Tracy Kaune of Bellevue ran the red light and crashed into Kruse’s vehicle. The impact pushed Kruse’s car into vehicles that were stopped on Wacker at the red light. One was driven by 36 year old Kevin Willis of Epworth while the other was driven by 36 year old Jenny Ewers of Maquoketa. Kruse and 24 year old  Haily Lynch of Dubuque, who was a passenger in Kaune’s vehicle were taken to Finley Hospital. Ewers and her passenger received minor injuries, but were not transported.

Southwest Arterial Opens

Dubuque’s Southwest Arterial will be opening up to the public this afternoon. City officials had originally hoped the $160 million project would be ready by the first week of August. Bob Schiesl, Dubuque’s assistant city engineer, says it has been a long time coming. The Southwest Arterial (U.S. 52) is a 6.1-mile, four-lane, divided freeway with priority-one access control and will provide an alternative route for traffic through southwestern Dubuque. Schiesl says traffic in downtown Dubuque may see less traffic as well due to drivers looking for a faster way through the city. The Southwest Arterial will connect the Dubuque Technology Park on U.S. Hwy 61/151 with the new Dubuque Industrial Center West and the existing Dubuque Industrial Center near U.S. Hwy 20. The interchange for English Mill/North Cascade will not open at this time.

Habitat for Humanity New Homes

An area non-profit will be breaking ground on a pair of new projects yet this year. Rachel Dilling, Executive Director of the Dubuque/Jackson County Habitat for Humanity, says they have a new house being built in Dubuque that should get underway in October. Dilling says through a partnership with the East Central Intergovernmental Association, they are building a new home in Maquoketa and are still accepting applications. Dilling says the coronavirus pandemic has changed the way volunteers help and they have implemented safety measures to keep them safe. For more information on how to apply for the home ownership in Maquoketa no later than Wednesday, visit habitatdjc.org under the Own a Home tab.

 

 

 

City Council Goal Setting

The Dubuque City Council completed its annual goal-setting sessions last week. Over the course of three evening sessions, City Council members adopted a 15-year vision statement and mission statement and identified eight five-year goals for the city. At-large councilman Ric Jones says they also identified top and high priorities for a 2020-2022 policy agenda. Top priorities include the creation of Affordable Housing, implementation of a Equitable Poverty Prevention Plan, and the Chaplain Schmitt Island Master Plan. Additional funding for two non-profits also made the list. Some High Priority items that made the cut include Childcare Initiatives, Food Insecurity, and the development and adoption of a Code of Ethics/Social Media for the Mayor and City Council. Jones says the management agenda for projects and initiatives planned are ones that are already underway. Top management priorities include the next steps in the Bee Branch Creek Project, implementation of a City Racial Equity Toolkit, updating next steps in the COVID-19 Response, and preparing to be a Viking Cruise Destination.

 

 

Hartig Drug, Union Family Free COVID Tests

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

Cedar Rapids Dubuque Crews Help

The City of Dubuque is sending a pair of crews to Cedar Rapids to assist in the recovery effort. Public Works Director John Klosterman says one crew will be helping repair traffic signals. Klosterman says the other crew will concentrate on fixing and replacing street signs. The help is made possible by a state wide mutual aid agreement. One crew left on Saturday the other one will be leaving today. A Cedar Rapids utility company spokesman says the straight-line winds that toppled trees and power lines across the state was unprecedented and caused extensive damage to the power grid.

Bicyclist Injured In Dubuque

A Dubuque man was injured after he was struck by a car while riding a bicycle Wednesday night. The incident happened at around 6:50 on Asbury Road. A police report says 53 year old Michael Wagner was riding the bike east on Asbury, when a westbound vehicle driven by 40 year old Andrew Christiansen of Dubuque attempted to turn left into the Walgreen’s parking lot in the 2-thousand block of JFK Road. Christiansen struck Wagner, who was transported to Finley Hospital to be treated for his injuries. Christiansen was cited for failure to yield upon making a turn.

Galena Drowning Victim ID

The body of a Galena woman who was reported missing last weekend has been identified as 57-year old Laura Kowal. On Thursday night, the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office received confirmation from the Lewis County Missouri Coroner’s Office that the body of the female subject that had been recovered from the Mississippi River on August 9th, near Canton, Missouri, was that of Kowal. A positive identification was made using dental records. This incident remains under investigation by law enforcement.

Boy Scouts Food Drive

The local chapter of the Boy Scouts of America, Northeast Iowa Council #178, is asking the community to help collect food for the Dubuque Food Pantry this Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm. People can use the drive-through at any Scouting for Food Station set up in each of the Dubuque Hy-Vee parking lots to donate food or make a monetary donation. People can make a monetary donation at Hy-Vee registers when you check-out or give the donation to local Scouts who will serve as Hy-Vee door greeters. You can also purchase a pre-made bag of food from each Hy-Vee location or donate food products into a bin inside each Hy-Vee store. The Community Foundation of Dubuque is matching monetary donations (up to $1,000) for this year’s Scouting for Food campaign. Monetary donations will provide the Dubuque Food Pantry buying power to stock items that they need.

Man Leads Police On High Speed Chase

A Dubuque man has been charged with eluding after he led police on a high speed chase through the county that reached speeds in excess of 118 mph. The sheriff’s office says deputies first spotted 19 year old Darion Reese Tuesday night on Highway 61, just north of the airport going 81 mph in a 55 mph zone. When deputies attempted to stop Reese, he accelerated down the highway reaching 118 mph in a 65 mph zone. The chase continued for a few miles, as Reese at times drove without his headlights on and passed several vehicles in a reckless manner. Authorities were able to use tire deflation devices to stop the vehicle near Highway 151 and Ryan Road. Reese told deputies he didn’t stop because he was driving without a license and he had no insurance. Reese was also issued a number of citations for traffic violations.

Man Charged After Threatening Roommates

A Dubuque man has been charged after police say he threatened to kill his roommates after they refused to drink with him. The incident happened late Wednesday night inside an apartment in the 3,000 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. That’s where 19 year old Jeremias Matom-Corio lives with his three roommates. Matom-Corio was arrested at around 2:30 Thursday morning and faces charges ranging from assault while displaying a dangerous weapon to carrying a concealed weapon. The roommates told police that Matom-Corio became upset with them after they refused to drink alcohol with him. They then locked themselves in a bedroom when Matom-Corio grabbed two knives. Matom-Corio then went to the bedroom door, threatened to kill them all, and tried to kick in the door. When he was arrested, police found two knives on Matom-Corio.

3 Counties Added To Disaster Area List

Additional areas will be eligible for state disaster assistance after Monday’s devastating storms. Gov. Kim Reynolds added Jackson, Jones, and Grundy counties to the list of counties declared a disaster area. Previously, Reynolds had already declared the same for 20 counties, including Clinton County. The declaration makes people within those counties eligible for the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program. It can provide up to $5,000 for households that make up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, which equates to an income of $43,440 for a family of three. The money can be used for car repairs, replacement of clothes and food, and temporary housing expenses. Persons in the affected counties have until 45 days after August 10 to apply for the program.

Chamber Mask Ordinance Letter To City Council

The Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce has written a letter to Mayor Roy Buol and the City Council asking them to remove Provision E from the city’s Mask Ordinance. The provision in question holds businesses responsible for customer compliance to the mask ordinance. The letter, in part reads, “We understand the recent actions taken by the City with the newly enacted mask ordinance. However, we do have concerns and have heard from many businesses regarding provision “E” of the ordinance. The Chamber does encourage employers to abide with clear employee directives, however mandating that businesses must refuse service to customers who do not follow the ordinance seems well beyond the rule of government. Businesses should not be enforcers of a mandate directed at the citizens of Dubuque.” The request also asks that the temporary but indefinite ordinance should be enforced by the City and let businesses focus on their recovery efforts.

Lafayette County Authorities Say Two Teens have Been Located

Two teenagers, one from southwest Wisconsin, who were reported missing over the weekend, have been located in Georgia safe. On Sunday night the Lafayette County sheriff’s office issued a statewide alert for 16 year old Katherine Heimann of Gratiot. She was last seen in that town early Friday morning. 16 year old Alexander Rodgers of McHenry, Illinois left home on Thursday night and drove to pick up Heimann. They then drove to Georgia, where they were found safe Tuesday night.

Petition Gets Enough Signatures For Special Election

It appears there will be a special election in Dubuque to fill a council seat created by the resignation of 1st ward councilman Bret Shaw earlier this year, even though the city council just recently appointed former councilman Kevin Lynch to fill the term. A petition, which required at least 157 signatures from residents living in the ward, was turned in by 1st ward resident Lou Oswald before Monday’s deadline. Oswald has run a number of times for the seat, but was unsuccessful. He says he has no intentions of running again, but felt like the residents in his ward should be able to elect their representative. When Lynch was appointed, Mayor Roy Buol said it would save the city thousands of dollars by not having a special election. If more than two people file to run, there would have to be a primary, which means the earliest a special election could be held would be January 5th, while the primary would take place on December 8th. Lynch says he will not run in the special election. A special election could cost the city up to $13,000.

Some Mediacom Customers Still Without Phone/Internet

Some customers of Mediacom living in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area are still without internet or phone service. In some cases some customers even lost certain channels. Customers in Dubuque experienced all of those problems, but according to Phyllis Peters with Mediacom, the problems in Dubuque have since been corrected and everyone is back online. She says Monday’s storms caused a lot of damage in multiple places encompassing Cedar Rapids, Vinton and Iowa City. There are hundreds of fiber lines that are connected to hubs in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Vinton, and Peters says those lines are routed to Dubuque. Even though the power companies have yet to replace all of their poles in Cedar Rapids that were damaged by the storms, Peters says Tuesday night they were able to put down temporary fiber and restore power to their customers in Dubuque. Customers of Dish and Direct TV in Dubuque had similar problems that have since been resolved.

The Jule Federal Funding

The City of Dubuque’s public transit service will be getting a funding boost. The Federal Transit Administration will award $6.6 million in transit infrastructure funding to improve the safety and reliability of Iowa’s bus systems and enhance mobility for transit riders. The Jule, will receive $1 million to purchase zero-emission transit vehicles and make other upgrades, including new pedestrian shelters along bus routes to be powered by solar energy, new ticket vending machines, and electronic information boards with real-time bus schedule and route information. The project will help the city expand its transit fleet and improve transit service for residents.

City Assists Completing Census

The City of Dubuque is offering free help in filling out this year’s U.S. Census forms for people who have yet to complete theirs. A representative from the U.S. Census Bureau will be at Crescent Community Health Center on several dates to help people fill out the census. The service is available Thursday from 4:30 – 7:00 pm and August 17th, 20th, 24th, and the 27th from 9- 11 am. City officials remind people by completing the census and answering a few short questions about you and your family, you can make an important impact on our community. Census results impact funding for schools, healthcare, transportation needs, and more.

Housing Choice Vouchers

The City of Dubuque housing choice voucher wait list application is open today until 11:59 pm. Apply online at www.cityofdubuque.apply4housing.com. There are still outages for cellular companies and internet providers, so please share this information with neighbors and friends that may not have access. The Dubuque Community Schools have Free Wifi Zones in the parking lots of all 19 schools. It is available between 6:30 am-9 pm, some of these locations might be affected too. Another option is fill out a paper application outside the Housing & Community Development Department office door on the 3rd Floor of the Federal Building (post office) until 6 pm. Once you’ve completed the application just drop it in the drop box. Otherwise if you have cell service they can complete the application over the phone at 563-589-4230.

Semi Blown Over In Lafayette County

A Dunlap, Iowa man was injured after strong winds from Monday’s storms overturned his semi-truck in Lafayette County. The incident happened shortly before 1:30 on U.S. Highway 151 in Belmont Township. 45 year old Erik Bojack was driving south when his semi was blown over by high winds. Bojack received non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital. The semi had to be towed from the scene.

Several Days Before Power Is Restored In Some Iowa Counties

Poweroutage U.S. is reporting over 400-thousand power outages across the state of Iowa due to yesterday’s severe weather that swept across the state, and the chair of the Iowa Utilities Board says it will be several days before power is restored. The counties reporting the most outages are Linn and Tama. IUB chair Geri Huser says they are working closely with Iowa utility companies to quickly assess damages and safely restore power. She says the storm damage was one of the most destructive on record, with downed power lines, heavy tree damage and hundreds of thousands of customers that are without power. Huser urges customers to be patient, as crews work to restore power as quickly as possible. Most of the utility customers affected by the outages are serviced by Alliant Energy and MidAmerican Energy.

Petition Gets Enough Signatures For Special Election

It appears there will be a special election in Dubuque to fill a council seat created by the resignation of 1st ward councilman Bret Shaw earlier this year, even though the city council just recently appointed former councilman Kevin Lynch to fill the term. A petition, which required at least 157 signatures from residents living in the ward, was turned in by 1st ward resident Lou Oswald before Monday’s deadline. Oswald has run a number of times for the seat, but was unsuccessful. He says he has no intentions of running again, but felt like the residents in his ward should be able to elect their representative. When Lynch was appointed, Mayor Roy Buol said it would save the city thousands of dollars by not having a special election. If more than two people file to run, there would have to be a primary, which means the earliest a special election could be held would be January 5th, while the primary would take place on December 8th. A special election could cost the city up to $13,000.

Dubuque Free COVID Testing

The Dubuque Test Iowa Clinic, operated by Epic Health and Wellness, continues to offer free COVID-19 testing for any Iowan. To be tested at this location, you must first take the assessment at www.testiowa.comAll testing at this location is by appointment, Monday through Thursday.  After taking the assessment, appointments can be made by calling 563-583-6595 or scheduled online. Hartig Drug Company pharmacies and Union Family Pharmacy are also offering free COVID-19 test collection, also by appointment, in Dubuque. Test collection sites for this program can be found at DoINeedACovid19Test.com. The online portal helps patients make test collection appointments. Any individual, regardless of their state of residence, is eligible to test, even if they are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

 

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Dubuque Mask Ordinance Enforcement

The Dubuque City Councils decision to pass an ordinance requiring face coverings in indoor public places has some people wondering if, considering Governor Kim Reynolds stance, is lawfully enforceable. City Attorney Crenna Brumwell says according to the state constitution, local authorities do have the power to make such decisions. Brumwell says until there is a legal decision made one way or the other on whether local control exists during this pandemic the city has a right to enact a mask mandate. Dubuque Police Chief Mark Dalsing says officers will enforce the ordinance. Violations will be processed with a $10 fine that would increase to $15 after 30 days if unpaid. Dalsing says he thinks the community will mostly cooperate. The ordinance requires wearing a mask in public settings like grocery stores, retail stores, and pharmacies and outside when not able to social distance.   

Clarke Receives Scholarships for Veteran Students

In addition to existing need-based and merit-based scholarships, Clarke University will offer scholarships to Pell-eligible or financially stressed student veterans in the 2020-21 academic year. The scholarships are possible because of a grant awarded to Clarke by the American Legion on Iowa Foundation, giving the opportunity to give back to those that served by offering scholarships specifically for student veterans.  Since 1979, the American Legion of Iowa Foundation has contributed over $1.4 million in support of veterans’ assistance, educational programs, patriotic endeavors and children and youth programs.

12-year olds Letter to Vet

During the coronavirus pandemic kids have had an unusual summer. One East Dubuque 12-year old had the unique idea of sending a letter to a random address in the United States telling a little about himself and describing his summer. Aiden Ohnesorge says he came up with the plan during a rather dull summer. It turned out the person who wrote back was an army veteran living in Austin, Texas who sent back something very special, a Generosity Award for above and beyond the call of duty he and his unit earned while serving in Iraq. Aiden’s dad, John, says the letter described a little about the award and what it meant to share it with Aiden because of his kind gesture of sending his letter. Aiden says he actually forgot about sending the letter but was glad he got a reply. Aiden says he plans to write a reply to the man and thank him for the reply and the special coin.                   

Galena Possible Drowning Victim

The body of a Galena woman who was reported missing over the weekend may have been found. Sunday evening the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office received information from the Missouri State Highway Patrol that the body of a female subject had been recovered from the Mississippi River near Canton, Missouri. Although the recovered female’s physical description and identifiers are consistent with 57-year old Laura Kowal, a positive identification has not yet been made. An autopsy has been ordered by the Lewis County Coroner’s Office. The white Honda Pilot registered to Kowal was located in Warsaw, Illinois, approximately 20 miles north of Canton. The investigation is ongoing.

Dubuque Community Schools Delay

The Dubuque Community School Board voted unanimously Monday to delay the start date for going back to school by 10 days. Superintendent Stan Rheingans made the proposal last week to move the first day of school from August 14th back to the originally scheduled date of Monday, August 24. Orientation days will be on Thursday, August 20 and Friday, August 21. The Western Dubuque Community School Board also voted Monday to push their school calendar and start date back to August 24th from the original start date of August 13th. School will start for all Pre-K students on August 25th. Until further notice the district will hold face-to-face school, Monday-Thursday, from 8 am to 3 pm, each week and students will not attend school on Friday (beginning on August 28th). The school year will end on Friday, June 4th.

Dubuque County Farmer Field Day

Dubuque County Farmer Field Day will take place on August 18th, from noon– 3 p.m. at Miller Family Farm located at 30332 Goose Hill Rd. in Cascade. The event is free and open to the public. Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol and Iowa DNR) Water Quality Resource Coordinator Adam Schneiders will speak about the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Exchange, a first-of-its-kind agreement that allows municipalities to work with farmers to reduce nutrient loads and improve water quality. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig will discuss how the State of Iowa is addressing water quality and Dubuque County Board of Supervisors Chairperson Dave Baker will speak about the newly formed Dubuque County Watershed Program. An equipment and field tour will be provided by Dubuque County farmer Eric Miller. Due to social distancing requirements, limited space is available and reservations are required. Please RSVP by August 14th, to Eric Nie at 319-404-7339 or enie@dbq.edu. Complimentary lunch will be provided by Iowa Corn and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. The event is a collaboration between the City of Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa Corn Growers Association, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Dubuque Soil and Water Conservation District.

City Council First Ward Special Election

A month after the Dubuque City Council voted unanimously to fill the vacancy for the First Ward council seat by appointment, selecting Kevin Lynch, a Dubuque resident has submitted a petition requesting a special election. Lou Oswald submitted the request with over 200 signatures, writing that he hopes citizens of the First Ward will have the opportunity to elect the councilperson to fill the seat. The next available date for a primary, if more than 2 candidates run, is December 8th, with the special election itself on January 5th. Mayor Roy Buol has said previously a special election could cost about $13,000 to hold. The First Ward seats term expires at the end of 2021.

Habitat Pop-Up Re-Sale

An area non-profit is hoping that special Pop-Up Resale events in August  will lead to a permanent structure in the future. Rachel Daack, Chair of the Dubuque/Jackson County Habitat for Humanity ReStore, says the event will feature many home improvement items on sale at a fraction of the retail price. People who care about the environment will find everything for sale is being reused. Daack says the goal is to find available property and volunteers for a Habitat ReStore in Dubuque by 2022. The Pop-Up Resale takes place at 955 Washington Street (next to Inspire Cafe) August 13th,14th and 15th; 20th, 21st, and 22nd, and the 27th, 28th, and 29th. Visit habitatdjc.org under Events or their Facebook page for more information and hours.

Missing Woman

Law enforcement officials in northwest Illinois are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing woman. Laura A. Kowal, 57, of Galena, was last seen at her residence in the rural area near Galena on Friday at around Noon. Jo Daviess County sheriff’s deputies believe that she left her home in a white 2016 Honda Pilot, though it’s unclear where she was heading. The vehicle has Illinois plates XBB323. Kowal is 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighs 150 pounds, and has brown hair and hazel-colored eyes. There was no available description of her clothing provided by deputies. Anybody with information should contact the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office at (815) 777-2141, or local law enforcement. In an emergency, call 911.

Drowning Victim

A Livingston, WI teen has died after diving off of a bank on the Grant River. On Saturday, around 2:41 pm, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a person who had gone into the water and not resurfaced. Emergency crews were directed to an area on the Grant River along Pigeon River Rd, about one mile from County U, in Waterloo Township. About one hour after the initial call, emergency crews located the male victim, 17-year old Lynn Zimmerman, on the bottom of the river in the same location that he had gone under the water. Deputies believe that Zimmerman was with a group of friends and family that were canoeing along the river. The group paused their trip to swim, with Zimmerman diving headfirst into the river, according to witnesses. He was declared deceased at the scene by the Grant County Coroner’s Office.

811 Day Is Tuesday

During the summer months people take on a lot of home improvement projects, and some of those projects may require some digging in and around their properties. Tomorrow is National 811 Day, and Black Hills Energy wants to remind people how important it is to call before you dig to avoid striking underground lines. Nicole Breitbach is with Black Hills, which serves the city of Dubuque. When you call 811, you’ll be connected to Iowa One Call, which notifies the utility companies of your intent to dig. Breitbach says although more people are at home because of pandemic restrictions, they haven’t received many calls of people or contractors striking underground gas lines. With more people at home during the pandemic, and summer being a peak time to work on home improvements, Breitbach says it’s more timely than ever that people remember to dig safely.

Multi-Vehicle Crash In Dubuque Injures 4

A multi-vehicle crash in Dubuque yesterday afternoon sent four people to the hospital. The accident happened at around noon just west of the intersection of Dodge Street/Highway 20 and Wacker Drive. A police report says that 56 year old Timothy Reen of Goose Lake was driving west on Dodge behind vehicles driven by 67 year old Pamela Raymond of East Dubuque, 39 year old Michael Zozaya of Dubuque and 40 year old Amy Davis of Peosta. As those three were slowing for traffic, Reen was unable to stop and rear-ended Raymond’s vehicle, which caused her vehicle to crash into Davis’s vehicle which smashed into Zozaya’s vehicle. Four people, including two children and a teenager in Zozaya’s vehicle complained of pain and possible injuries and were taken by private vehicles to Mercy Hospital. Reen was issued a citation for failure to maintain control.

YMCA School Age Care Program

The Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA is making some changes in their school age care program. Danielle Shea, Director of Marketing & Communications, says the coronavirus pandemic has made them decide to run things different for the Dubuque kids. They have determined that the best approach is to run all programming at the Dubuque Y, meaning the Y will act as “home base” and allow them to operate before and after school care, as well as no school day care all in one place. There will be free transportation provided by RTA who has funds available to provide transportation to children under the age of 15 for free. Go online to dubuquey.org for complete details.

 

 

Meth Arrests In SW Wisconsin

Two men from southwest Wisconsin face drug charges following an investigation by the Richland Iowa Grant Drug Task Force. 61 year old Jerry Koch of Cuba City and 35 year old Terri Arndt of Richland Center were arrested last Saturday in Potosi with nearly 100 grams of methamphetamine. Koch faces 2 counts of delivery of meth and possession with intent to deliver meth. Arndt is charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both have been released on bond. The charges were filed Wednesday in Grant County Circuit Court.

NICC Offering Alternative Learning Options

As the new academic year draws closer, Northeast Iowa Community College is offering alternative learning options for students. Those options include online, hybrid and online synchronous learning formats. The plan is to resume the option of face-to-face classes starting the week of August 20th. The college will pivot from that option, if necessary, based on ever-changing safety recommendations. The hands-on portion of all Career and Technical Education courses will remain face-to-face. Face coverings are required for all people who are inside any NICC location. President Liang Chee Wee says he wants to open up slowly and methodically in an effort to avoid taking steps backwards. He says providing a safe environment for students, faculty and staff is their top priority.

ATV Accident In Lafayette County

A Mineral Point teenager was injured after he rolled an ATV in Lafayette County Wednesday afternoon. 15 year old Levi Carter was traveling east on County Highway G in Willow Springs Township just after 4, when he lost control, causing the all terrain vehicle to overturn. Carter sustained non-life threatening injuries and was treated at the scene.