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Dubuque County Wednesday COVID-19 Update

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

City Holiday Hours

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

City Website “ID4PD

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

Comiskey Park Project Grant

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

AirCare Flyover

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

Dubuque Food Pantry

 

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

 

 

Dubuque County Jail Renovation

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

Dubuque Man Charged With Sexual Assault

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

North Cascade Road Closed through November

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

Cuba City COVID-19 Response Program

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

Teen Charged With Assaulting Officer

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

Dubuque Drug Dealer Gets Prison Time

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

Dubuque County Tuesday COVID-19 Update

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

Darlington Area EMS Picnic Open House

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

Glass Recycling Locations

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emergency Food and Shelter Program

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

https://dbqunitedway.org/fema-application-phase-37

Dubuque Initiatives Emergency Loan Program

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

New Landfill Entrance

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

Dubuque County Monday COVID-19 Update

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

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival Virtual

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

Missing Dubuque Man Found

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

Dead Body Found

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

Grant County Fatal Crash

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

YMCA and Fitness Centers To Open

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

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

   

 

 

Dubuque County Friday COVID-19 Update

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

Dubuque Farmers Market To Open This Weekend

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

Community Foundation Great Give Day

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

Grant County Injury Accident

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

Restaurant Owner/Manager React To Reopening

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

 

Great Give Day

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

Dubuque County Thursday COVID-19 Update

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

U of Dubuque Virtual Commencement

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

Governor Lift’s Restrictions In Dubuque County

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

Dubuque School District Pickups

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

Grant County Accident

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

Dubuque County COVID-19 Update

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

Library To Resume Curbside Pickup

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

Polling Sites In DC Reduced

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

Governor Considers Reopening Plans

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

SW Wisconsin Chemical Spill Crash

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

Hospice Tree of Life Memorial Service

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

Small Businesses Emergency Loan Program

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

Miles Man Pleads Guilty To Robbery

A man accused of robbing a convenience store in Jackson County earlier this year has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. 70 year old Garry Evilsizer was originally charged with first degree robbery, but pleaded guilty to second degree robbery. Prosecutors say Evilsizer went to the Miles Mini-Mart on the night of January 4th armed with a knife and demanded money from the clerk. The next day police pulled over a car driven by Evilsizer for a faulty headlight and taillight. The officer saw what appeared to be a knife and clothing in the back seat that was used in the robbery, and Evilsizer matched the description of the holdup man. When he is sentenced next month he faces 10 years in prison.

Dubuque County COVID-19 Update

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) was notified Monday of 6 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Dubuque County.  Dubuque County now has a total of 197 positive cases.  As of Saturday, 18 Dubuque County residents are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19.

***** TRAFFIC ALERT – ROAD CLOSURE *****

Due to a crash Tuesday morning, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office reports  HWY 151 will be shut down in both northbound and southbound lanes between Dickeyville and Platteville. Northbound traffic will be diverted just south of Dickeyville across Cty HH to Cuba City to go north up Hwy 80 back into Platteville. Southbound traffic will be re-routed south on Hwy 80 to Hazel Green and across Hwy 11. Due to this crash it is imperative that all motorists avoid the area and do not deviate from the above posted detour. Do not take any side or township roads in an attempt to access HWY 151 at this time.

 

 

Dubuque County COVID-19 Update

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) was notified of 10 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Dubuque County since Friday. Dubuque County now has a total of 191 positive cases. 1 additional death was reported in Dubuque County since Friday, which brings the county’s total to 7. As of Saturday, 18 Dubuque County residents were hospitalized due to COVID-19 and 2,013 Dubuque County residents have been tested to date, for a 9.5% positive testing rate.

Dubuque Farmers Market Opens

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

Community Foundation Grant

Last week, the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque received a $72,500 grant from the Morgridge Family Foundation that will help local nonprofits deliver essential services as the COVID-19 crisis continues. The Community Foundation is awarding between $5,000 and $10,000 of the grant funding to each of the following eight organizations: Almost Home, Convivium Urban Farmstead, Dubuque Dream Center, DuRide, Every Child Every Promise, Fountain of Youth, Project Rooted, and Presentation Lantern. The Morgridge Foundation funding is part of a national effort by the Denver-based foundation to support trusted community leadership organizations with $1 million in total grants. This funding will ensure that nonprofits can continue providing essential services to support vulnerable populations.

 

 

One Vehicle Crash In Jo Daviess County Injures Galena Man

 

A Galena man was injured after he rolled his vehicle in Jo Daviess County last night. (Thursday night) 32 year old Eric White was driving east on West Red Gates Road at around 7, when he hit a rock erosion control device. The car then rolled and White was ejected. He was transported to Midwest Medical Center for treatment. The crash remains under investigation.

Dubuque Woman Pleads Guilty In Fatal Overdose Case

 

A Dubuque woman who admitted to helping a man obtain heroin and fentanyl, which led to his death, recently plead guilty to a federal charge of aiding and abetting in the distribution of a controlled substance. 23 year old Jacqueline Birch will be sentenced at a later date. Prosecutors say last May Birch drove her boyfriend and another man to a residence in Dubuque and returned a short time later with heroin they had bought from a dealer. The three then drove to a hotel in Dubuque, where they all used the drug. The other person then began overdosing, and Birch and her boyfriend did not immediately call 911. Over the course of several hours, Birch would occasionally perform CPR on the man, but he never regained consciousness. Eventually Birch and her boyfriend decided to call 911. The boyfriend removed all traces of drug paraphernalia from the room before police arrived. When police did arrive, the man who overdosed was dead. An autopsy revealed that the cause of death was an overdose of heroin and fentanyl.

Crescent Community Health Center Grant

A Dubuque community health center is receiving federal funding to expand capacity for COVID-19 testing. Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) announced nearly a million dollars in grants at three community health centers in Iowa’s First Congressional District. Crescent Community Health Center in Dubuque will receive $195,304. The other two U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grants will be distributed to Eastern Iowa Health Center in Cedar Rapids and Peoples Community Health Center, Inc., in Waterloo.

 

Kennedy Mall PPE Marketplace

Kennedy Mall has announced plans for a PPE Marketplace to help local personal protective equipment makers get their products to market more easily. The mall says local PPE manufacturers may qualify for free rent space in the mall, so they can sell their products. The mall is specifically looking for products like facial coverings, hand sanitizer, gloves, shields and similar items. Interested businesses can contact Andrew Koppper with Kennedy Mall at 563-556-1994, or by email at akopper@cafarocompany.com.

 

Project Rooted Free Mother’s Day Lunch

In honor of Mother’s Day, Project Rooted will be serving a complimentary grab and go Mother’s Day meal during the no-cost lunch pickup today, while supplies last. Meals can be picked up at all Project Rooted distribution sites including Convivium Urban Farmstead, Romper Stomper Childcare Center, Resources Unite, Peosta Elementary, Epworth Elementary and Drexler Middle School. This event was made possible with the support of Premier Bank. For those interested in donating toward this effort and the no-cost lunch program, monetary donations will be accepted through a GoFundMe page for Project Rooted at gofundme.com/f/projectrooted.

Tyler Public Service Award

The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service has announced City of Dubuque Transportation Services Director Renee Tyler as the recipient of the school’s 2020 Public Service Award. The award is given to an online student who has demonstrated excellence in public service during their time at the Clinton School. Tyler was selected for her capstone project which analyzed The Jule’s 2016 public transportation fare policy for school-age children. Tyler recently graduated from the Clinton School with an Executive Master of Public Service (EMPS) degree and was selected as the EMPS student speaker for the school’s virtual 2020 commencement ceremony which also featured remarks from President Bill Clinton and award-winning journalist, television news anchor, and author Wolf Blitzer.

Dubuque Scam Warning

The Dubuque Police Department is reminding people to be alert for phone scams. On Thursday a citizen reported a new twist to the grandparent/grandchild scam to Dubuque Police. The citizen received a call from an individual posing as her grandson and was told he had been in an accident in the Chicago area and needed cash immediately to settle court costs. The citizen was instructed to withdrawal $16,900 from her bank account, place the money in a shoebox and take it to a local UPS store where a shipping label was prepared and waiting for her. After the money was sent the citizen received a second call requesting an additional $22,000. The citizen’s bank believed she was being scammed and stopped her from withdrawing any additional money. Dubuque Police say if you receive a call from someone claiming to be a family member in desperate need of money resist the urge to act immediately and contact a trusted family member.

 

 

 

Free Lawn Service For Dubuque Seniors

A local business has teamed up with the Salvation Army in Dubuque to offer free lawn service for seniors during the coronavirus pandemic.  Captain Matt Phelps says the business, which wants to remain anonymous at this time, approach them and asked what could they do to help during this unprecedented crisis. Some seniors in the community may not be able to afford a lawn service and are vulnerable to COVID-19 because of age or medical conditions. Phelps says since the outbreak many of them have not been able to leave their homes. Seniors wishing to take advantage of the free lawn service should call the Salvation Army to be placed on a list. Phelps says someone from the lawn service will call ahead before they come to cut your grass. You should let them know if you have your own lawn equipment, or should they bring their own.

 

Dubuque Emergency Shelters

The Dubuque County Board of Supervisors received an update Wednesday on the city’s emergency shelters to isolate people who test positive for COVID-19. Alexis Steger, Housing and Community Development Director, says several residents have been using them. Steger says there are two shelters in the community being used, with total capacity of 81 people. People who are unable to isolate at home safely are candidates to be put in the shelters. The city is using federal funding for the shelters that offer 24 hour services. Steger says with additional testing in Dubuque this week the numbers who may need to be sheltered could be expected to increase.

 

 

DALH Food Giveaway On Saturday

Free food will be given to low-income and elderly residents in Dubuque County this weekend. The giveaway will take place Saturday morning at the Dubuque Area Harvest Building on West Locust Street. Spokesman Pat Murphy says because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the food will be distributed the same way they did it last month. If you don’t have a vehicle, you may pick up your box of food at the front entrance of the building. Last month was the first time that the drive-thru system was used. Murphy says they are still delivering food to shut-ins during the pandemic. Between the food giveaways and the shut-ins, Murphy says they were able distribute food to 660 homes.

New Curriculum Director At Holy Family

The assistant principal at Wahlert Catholic has been promoted. Lisa Krapfl will become the new director of curriculum and assessment when the new school year begins later this year. Krapfl will provide leadership, vision and ongoing oversight of Holy Family’s pre-K through 12th grade curriculum. She will also oversee the system’s instructional and curriculum integration of technology as well as the recruitment of all new teachers. Krapfl joined Holy Family ten years ago as a middle school science teacher.

Kennedy Mall To Reopen

After weeks of being shuttered because of the coronavirus outbreak, Kennedy Mall in Dubuque will reopen its’ doors tomorrow. Dubuque County was among 22 counties included in Governor Kim Reynolds’ latest proclamation that allows malls and a number of other non-essential businesses to reopen by taking measures to ensure social distancing. Kennedy Mall will reopen but must limit the number of people allowed inside to 50 percent of its’ maximum capacity.  Joe Bell is with the Cafaro Company which owns the mall. He says they have been anticipating the OK from the Governor to reopen and they are dedicated to making their environment safe for their patrons. Bell says they’ll be implementing what they call “Mall To Go”. Although the mall will be open for normal hours, Bell suggest that patrons call or check online for hours of operations of individual stores.

Boil Water Advisory Lifted

The boil water advisory issued on Monday for Dubuque residents affected by the water main break near Muscatine St. and 28th St. has been lifted. Two consecutive sets of bacteria samples resulted in “Absent” for bacteria. Approximately 200 residential customers were impacted by this advisory.

Dubuque County Among Counties in Proclamation

Dubuque County is among the 22 counties included in a new public health-related proclamation made by Gov. Kim Reynolds on Wednesday, permitting the easing of some coronavirus-related restrictions earlier than anticipated. The changes are effective at 5:00 a.m. on Friday, May 8th. Fitness centers, gyms, and aquatic centers may allow a single person into them at one time on an appointment-only basis. They must take measures to ensure social distancing. Additionally, enclosed malls will be allowed to reopen, but must limit the number of people allowed inside to 50% of its maximum capacity. Restaurants and foodservice businesses inside malls may provide carry-out only service. Numerous other retail establishments, such as bookstores, clothing stores, furniture and home furnishing stores, tobacco stores, toy and gaming stores, and music stores may also reopen, under the same 50% of maximum capacity and social distancing rules. Campgrounds, both public and private, may reopen on May 8, as long as operators take reasonable measures to ensure social distancing and hygiene practices that limit the spread of the virus. Restaurants and bars, swimming pools, salons, barbershops, libraries, and race tracks  must remain closed through May 15.

 

DC Jail Taking Steps To Prevent Virus Outbreak

Transmitting the novel coronavirus is a big concern for facilities that have people living together in close quarters, and that includes jails and prisons. The ACLU of Iowa has been vocal about its’ concern for the safety of jail staff and inmates during the pandemic. Dubuque County Sheriff Joe Kennedy tells our coverage partners at KCRG TV that his office shares the same concern. For that reason they are now letting people who commit small misdemeanors leave without going to jail. Sheriff Kennedy says back in February and before the pandemic reached Iowa, the jail population was 190. Now it is down to 100. Kennedy says however, that doesn’t mean that everyone now gets a free get-out-of-jail-card. It’s still unknown whether this new practice will continue beyond the pandemic.

Iowa COVID-19 Thursday Update

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) was notified of 293 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa, including six additional cases in Dubuque County.  Iowa now has a total of 10,404 positive cases and Dubuque County has 162.   12 additional deaths were reported Wednesday for Iowa, bringing the state total to 219. As of May 4, 18 Dubuque County residents are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19.  Statewide, 407 Iowans are hospitalized. 29 Dubuque County residents who tested positive are recovering or have recovered.  Statewide, 3,803 Iowans are recovering or have recovered. 1,697 Dubuque County residents have been tested to date, with 1,535 of those test results being negative for an 9.5% positive testing rate. 63,171 tests have been conducted statewide and 52,767 were negative for a 16.4% positive testing rate.

Dubuque Dr. Raising Funds For Marshallese

A Dubuque doctor is raising money to help Marshallese families who don’t have insurance, but have loved ones diagnosed with COVID-19. People from the Marshall Islands have protective legal status in America but can’t access Medicaid and rely on charity for medical care if they don’t get insurance from their jobs. There are about 800 Marshallese in Dubuque and many are still learning English and work in low-wage jobs and most do not have private health insurance. When Dr. Mark Janes learned that some people in the Marshallese community had contracted the coronavirus, he wanted to do something to help, so he started an online donation page on GoFundMe. The community has responded by donated thousands of dollars and Janes says he didn’t expect people to respond this way. He tells our coverage partners at KCRG TV he hopes people will continue to support the Marshallese in Dubuque. Right now Marshallese cannot access Title 19, also known as Medicaid. Their legal status in this country allows them to work, but not access programs like public health insurance.

Homicide Arrest Warrant

A Delaware County man was arrested on Tuesday in connection with a 2004 homicide case. The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office arrested 34-year old Nathanial Ridnour. The Keokuk Police Department and the Division of Criminal Investigation’s Major Crime Unit reopened the investigation into the June 2004 death of Bonnie Callahan in April 2017. 73-year old Bonnie Callahan of Keokuk, was reported missing on June 15th, 2004. Investigators found Callahan’s body along the bank of the Mississippi River in Keokuk later that day. Investigators said they considered Callahan’s death suspicious and identified Ridnour as a suspect in the case. An autopsy showed she had been beaten to death. If convicted, the charge carries a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

DBQ County Election Curbside Voting

Election officials are using the Dubuque County Election Annex for curbside voting, telling people to stay in their cars for safety during the ongoing pandemic. Anyone interested in voting in-person must pull up to the annex, which is located at 75 Locust Street on the south end of town. Election workers will come out of the building with an absentee ballot request and a ballot while also wearing personal protective equipment. Jenny Hillary, the county’s deputy commissioner of elections, says that, despite the fact that this option is available, they are recommending people to not vote in person. Hillary said they have received about 17,000 absentee request forms. She wants to remind voters that they only need to fill out that form once.

Potosi Man Injured In One Vehicle Crash

A Potosi man was injured after he rolled his vehicle in Grant County early Tuesday morning. The sheriff’s office says 71 year old Robert Dalsing was traveling south on River Lane Road at around 5:45, when his vehicle veered to the right, went down an embankment, struck a tree, overturned and struck a railroad car before coming to rest on the driver’s side on a secondary set of train tracks that were not in use. Dalsing was transported to Mercy Hospital where he was treated. This crash is still under investigation.

Targeted Testing To Start In Dubuque County

The Dubuque County COVID-19 Management Team will start to test a select group of people for COVID-19 beginning today. County Health Department Director Patrice Lambert says the “targeted testing will be done on people at long-term care facilities, their staffs and people who have been identified through contact tracing…that’s those who may have been exposed to COVID-19. The testing of about one thousand people will be done under the direction of the state health department. Lambert, who was part of Governor Kim Reynolds’ daily press briefings yesterday says on April 29th a COVID-19 outbreak was identified at the Dubuque County long-term care facility. At the same time the county began to experience an increase in positive cases. Lambert says by mid-day on Sunday the plan was in place to conduct “targeted testing.” But right now the testing is not for everyone. Lambert says they will continue to work with state officials to pursue community testing options for Dubuque County. The “targeted testing” starts today and runs through Friday.

Elementary And Secondary School Relief Fund

Help is on the way for school districts in Iowa amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The federally funded “elementary and secondary school relief fund” is designed to help school districts contain unanticipated expenses that have resulted from their COVID-19 response efforts. Ann Lebo, Director of the Iowa Department of Education says the  state has received over 71 million dollars. Lebo says her staff has been working hard to develop and launch an application process so that the money can get to school districts as quickly as possible. 90 percent of the 71.6 million will go directly to districts, which will use a portion of the funds to provide services to non-public schools in their areas. School districts can expect to receive their allocations on May 13th. A list of allocations by districts and the allowable spending categories are available on the Iowa Department of Education’s COVID-19 webpage. This is “teacher appreciation week.”

 

2020 Summer Farm Toy Show Cancelled

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the concern for the health and safety of vendors, guests, and the community , the National Farm Toy Museum in Dyersville has cancelled the 2020 Summer Farm Toy Show June 5th and 6th and all associated events. The tentative date for next year is June 26 and 27, 2021. You can visit their event Facebook page on June 6th for a Virtual Summer Farm Toy Show and a small celebration of all things farm toy-related. The virtual show will feature vendor specials, past show highlights, new product releases from manufacturers, and some sneak peeks into new displays in the National Farm Toy Museum. The 2020 Summer Farm Toy Show tractors will remain available for purchase. Visit www.nationalfarmtoymuseum.com to order.

DBQ County COVID-19 Testing

The Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team says it will be conducting targeted COVID-19 testing this week for long-term care facilities and individuals identified through contact tracing as having possible exposure to the virus. Officials say they expect to test around 1,000 residents in the county from Wednesday through Friday this week. The testing will not be open to the public and it is not related to the TestIowa initiative. Those identified through contact tracing will be contacted by the Dubuque Visiting Nurses Association to schedule an appointment to be tested. Officials say they have made multiple requests for a TestIowa site and a strike team for testing in Dubuque, but the State of Iowa has been unable to grant them.

UTV/MC Crash In Grant County

Two people were injured in Grant County over the weekend after their vehicles collided in Lima Township. The accident happened Saturday afternoon on County A. 39 year old Nelson Mitchell of Dodgeville was driving his motorcycle west. There were two UTV’s in front of him. One was operated by 65 year old Valerie Honshel of Platteville. Honshel and the other UTV operator stuck out their left arms indicating they were about to make a turn. Mitchell thought they were waving him around, and attempted to pass in a no-passing zone. As Honshel turned left, Mitchell struck her vehicle, rolling both of them. Honshel and Mitchell were treated for non-life threatening injuries. So far no charges have been filed and the crash remains under investigation.

Dubuque Teen Faces Prison Time

A Dubuque teenager is looking at a decade-and-a-half in prison after he pleaded guilty to charges related to a shooting incident in the city nearly a year ago. 17 year old Emmanuel Fountain Jr. was initially charged with attempted murder, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charges of going armed with intent and intimidation with a dangerous weapon. Court records say that Fountain and his brother were involved in a shooting in May of last year in the area of East 18th and White Streets. Police say they shot at another teen who was able to escape. Last year Fountain’s brother, who was also charged with attempted murder, pleaded guilty to the same reduced charges. He was placed on probation. When he is sentenced next month Fountain faces up to 15 years in prison. His mother, who was also involved when she drove the boys to and from the shooting scene, has pleaded not guilty to being an accessory after the fact. She will next appear in court on August 13th.

Lafayette County Motorcycle Crash

A southwest Wisconsin man was injured after he crashed his motorcycle in Lafayette County over the weekend. The accident happened just before 5 pm Saturday on Furnace Hill Road in Darlington Township. 48 year old David Anderson of Mineral Point was traveling south on Furnace Hill when he lost control while trying to turn a corner. The motorcycle left the road and crashed into a ditch. Anderson was transported to an area hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Free Lawn Service For Dubuque Seniors

A local business has teamed up with the Salvation Army in Dubuque to offer free lawn service for seniors during the coronavirus pandemic.  Captain Matt Phelps says the business, which wants to remain anonymous at this time, approach them and asked what could they do to help during this unprecedented crisis. Some seniors in the community may not be able to afford a lawn service and are vulnerable to COVID-19 because of age or medical conditions. Phelps says since the outbreak many of them have not been able to leave their homes. Seniors wishing to take advantage of the free lawn service should call the Salvation Army to be placed on a list. Phelps says someone from the lawn service will call ahead before they come to cut your grass. You should let them know if you have your own lawn equipment, or should they bring their own.

City Council COVID-19 Funds

Federal funding is helping Dubuque recoup some of the money it already spent on COVID-19 relief in the city. After Congress approved the multi-trillion-dollar CARES Act earlier this year, roughly $650,000 of that funding went to Dubuque. The city was already using its own programs to help low-to-moderate income people impacted by the virus. On Monday night, the City Council voted to amend its fiscal budget for 2020 to put some of that CARES Act money back into those city programs. Alexis Steger, housing and community development director for the city, says now those programs, where money was borrowed from, can serve their original purposes. In addition to the COVID-19 specific funding, Steger says the money used for programming will also help with COVID-19 relief. This money will be used for things like internet access, temporary shelters, and drive-thru testing. In other council business, they gave unanimous consent to a retention resolution that states the council believes it is in the best interest of the City of Dubuque that Mike Van Milligen continue as the City Manager.

 

 

 

 

DBQ Boil Water Advisory

The City of Dubuque Water Department has issued a BOIL WATER ADVISORY for customers in a service area affected by a water main break near the intersection of Muscatine St. and W. 28th St. that caused a loss of pressure in the water distribution system.  About 200 residential customers are impacted by this advisory.  Due to the potential for bacterial contamination, it is recommended that customers boil water before drinking or using for cooking or that an alternative water source be used until the advisory is lifted. The City is working with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and testing takes approximately 48 hours for confirmation.

Face Coverings Now Required At SW Health

Beginning next week Southwest Health in Platteville will require all patients to bring a mask to wear to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Starting May 6th patients will be briefly screened at hospital and clinic entrances, and cloth face coverings will be required. If you don’t have a mask there are some easy mask-making instructions and helpful links at southwesthealth.org. Southwest Health is also maintaining a requirement that all patients with flu-like or coronavirus symptoms call 608-348-2331 prior to coming to the hospital or clinic. A separate clinic space separates potential COVID-19 patients from others and that space will be moved on Wednesday to the EMS Station. Calling in advance allows staff to provide effective care and helps ensure patients arrive at the right entrance.

Coggon Woman Hurt In Crash With Semi

A Coggon woman was injured after her vehicle was struck by a semi in Delaware County Friday night. According to the Iowa State Patrol a car driven by 69 year old Diana Sills was traveling north on Iowa Highway 13 south of Ryan, when a semi driven by 53 year old Dwayne Krumviede of Hopkinton cross the center line and crashed into Sills. She was transported to Regional Medical Center in Manchester where she was treated for her injuries.

Churches Can Resume Services

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has given churches the green light to resume in-person services this weekend. While the Governor’s directive allows churches to conduct in-person services, many churches in the state have decided to conduct online or drive thru services for the foreseeable future. The Archdiocese of Dubuque has decided to continue the suspension of all public masses. Reynolds says while religious leaders are grateful for the opportunity to come back together with their members, they are also aware of the importance to do so in a safe and responsible manner. Department of Public Health Deputy Director Sarah Reisetter says churches, synagogues or other hosts of spiritual or religious gatherings that wish to resume in-person services must take special steps to ensure the safety of their congregations. With the Governor’s announcement that places of worship can reopen, the health department has received a lot of questions about what is considered a worship or religious service. For more on safety guidelines for churches that are resuming in-person services visit coronavirus.iowa.gov at the top of the webpage.

YWCA Victims Services Drive

On Tuesday, May 5th, in partnership with a class from the University of Dubuque, there will be a Curbside Supply Drive for the Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA Victim Services Shelter from 10 am to 2 pm. This will take place in the Hardee’s Lot on McCormick St., right off of University Ave in Dubuque, Iowa. The top five current needs are pillows, towels/ face cloths, grocery store gift cards, gas gift cards and monetary contributions for additional services and programs offered for clients at the shelter. Money can be donated at the drive or online through https://dubuquey.org/give-now-2/To ensure the health and safety of all community members, donors will drive up and put their donations on the table, which will be placed six feet away from volunteers. After the donor drives away, volunteers will retrieve donations from the table and all donations will be taken to the shelter after the supply drive is completed. All volunteers will also be equipped with masks and gloves.

Virus Local Update

The number of positive cases of COVID-19  is expected to increase significantly over the next week as a high volume of tests taken are processed. In Dubuque County, 16 additional cases were identified as positive on Saturday, bringing the county’s total of positive cases to 125. Of those numbers, 15 are hospitalized. So far, 1,329 county residents have been tested, with 1,204 coming back negative. For larger counties in Eastern Iowa, the Dubuque County numbers so far have been low, considering Blackhawk County has 1,255 positive cases and Linn County has 705.

Sanitary Sewer Line Clog

A clogged sanitary sewer line on Admiral Street in Dubuque caused untreated wastewater to drain into a creek located between Admiral Street and the Northwest Arterial Saturday afternoon. The City of Dubuque Public Works Department was notified of the blockage on Saturday at 1 p.m. and had the blockage removed by 2 p.m. However, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources cautions people to keep their children and pets away from the area, which is posted, for 48 hours.

Riverview Center Grant

Riverview Center recently received a $3,627 grant from Variety – the Children’s Charity to fund counseling and therapy supplies for child survivors of sexual abuse in Northeast Iowa. These supplies helped 288 children and adolescents to cope and heal from the traumatic experience of sexual abuse by allowing their therapists and advocates to tailor sessions to their individual needs. Riverview Center provides free, client-centered care for individuals affected by sexual violence in 14 counties in Iowa and Carroll and Jo Daviess Counties in Illinois.

Mayor Extends Closure of City Offices And Buildings

Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol has extended the closure of city offices and buildings because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The closure now runs through May 15th and includes city hall and city hall annex, leisure services, housing and community development, the municipal services center and the Multicultural Family Center. The Mayor’s directive also urges people and organizations to continue to practice social distancing and all other public health measures and to not have gatherings of more than 10 people. Dubuquers are also being asked to wear masks whenever they are out in public.

District Provides Internet To Students And Families

The Dubuque Community school district has launched free public Wi-Fi zones for students and their families. Administrators realize that some students don’t have access to internet connectivity, so the district has purchased and installed outdoor wireless access points in parking lots at all 19 school buildings. The access points provide free internet access between 6:30 am and 9 pm daily. District-owned devices issued to staff and students will connect automatically to the district network, as they do normally. Users with non-district devices can select the “DCSD-Public” Wi-Fi network. Those utilizing a Wi-Fi zone will be able to do so from their vehicle in order to reinforce appropriate physical distancing efforts.

United Way Awards Non-Profits

The United Way of the Tri-States in Dubuque has awarded over three-quarters of a million dollars to 31 programs that are affiliated with non-profit agencies. Those programs are in the categories of education, health and income stability. The ten county region served by the United Way includes Dubuque, Delaware, Jackson, Clayton as well as parts of Fayette and Allamakee counties in Iowa. It also serves Jo Daviess and Carroll counties in Illinois and Grant and Lafayette in Wisconsin. Last year the United Way awarded a million dollars in grants which benefited 35 programs. This year nine programs will receive a grant for the first time.

Bunker Hill Golf Opens

The City of Dubuque Leisure Services Department is opening the Bunker Hill Golf Course today. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, several operational changes will be in place. The changes are in place to provide the safest environment possible for both golfers and Bunker Hill staff.  Some of these changes include, but are not limited to:

  • All purchases, including tee times, clubhouse merchandise, and food/beverages, must be made via phone or online.
  • The clubhouse and snack bar facility are closed to the public.
  • Golf carts will be limited to one person unless both individuals reside in the same household.
  • Golfers are not to touch or remove the hole flagpoles on the greens.  Foam inserts have been placed in the cups.

For a complete list of 2020 Bunker Hill Golf Course rules and ways to reserve tee times, please visit the Bunker Hill website at www.golfbunkerhill.com.

Iowa COVID-19 Thursday Update

The Iowa Department of Public Health announced on Thursday 302 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 14 new deaths, including 1 in Dubuque County. These new numbers bring the total confirmed cases in Iowa to 7,145 and 162 deaths. The number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is 335, with 49 having been admitted in the last 24 hours, 121 in ICU and 86 on ventilators.

Drug Bust South Wayne

A 911 call Wednesday requesting EMS in the Village of South Wayne for three unresponsive adults led to drug charges against six people. Around 2:39 am, South Wayne First Response and Green County EMS were immediately paged and dispatched to the residence. Upon the arrival of Lafayette County deputies, the three unresponsive adults were located inside the residence and Deputies and First Responders then administered Narcan to the three subjects, believing they may have overdosed on an opiate. All three subjects were revived and transported to the Monroe Hospital. Law enforcement conducted an investigation into the overdose situation and search warrants were executed at 305 W. Grove Street, as well as 501 S. Galena Street. 31-year old Samuel Krebs of South Wayne was arrested and faces charges of Delivery of Heroin, Reckless Endangering Safety and Maintaining a Drug Dwelling, as well as multiple warrants. 25-year old William Osbough of South Wayne was arrested and faces charges of Delivery of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Charges against four other subjects are being referred to the Lafayette County District Attorney’s Office. 23-year old Shayna Krebs, South Wayne, is being referred for Maintaining a Drug Dwelling. 39-year old Corey Lee Seffrood, South Wayne, is being referred for Delivery of Cocaine and 57- year old Donald Surrell and 53-year old Betty Surrell, both of South Wayne, are being referred for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

 

 

Support Local Farmers Shirts

A Hazel Green woman has found a unique way to assist area farmers who are struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic. Jodi Splinter runs Studio 6C Design, says she is selling shirts with all proceeds going to the farmers of SW Wisconsin and NW Illinois. She says first hand reports from her son and other social media posts inspired her into a partnership with local business BrandL. Splinter says people are able to order online and get free curbside pickup in order to stay safe. Sales so far have been brisk and she’s getting closer to her goal of $10,000. Shirts start at $10 plus shipping if you don’t use the free curbside pickup. For more information and links to order the apparel go to https://www.facebook.com/jodi.splinter.

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Jo Daviess County Small Business Stabilization Grants

The Jo Daviess County Board has established a new $250,000 Jo Daviess County Small Business Stabilization Grant Program. The grant program is intended to help “non-essential” small businesses in Jo Daviess County pay expenses not covered by the federal governments “Paycheck Protection Program” or other sources of State or Federal COVID-19 relief funding. The maximum award a business can receive is $5,000 for one-month of qualifying expenses. For further information and technical instructions please contact Eric Tison, JDC Planning & Development Administrator; etison@jodaviess.org or Emily Legal, Executive Director NWILED; elegal@nwiled.orgApplications are available on the JDC website at jodaviess.org/covid19.  For consideration, applications must be received by Friday, May 15th at 4:00 pm.

COVID-19 Update

The Iowa Department of Public Health announced on Wednesday 467 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19, including nine additional cases in Dubuque County.  Iowa now has a total of 6,843 positive cases and Dubuque County has 97. There were 12 more deaths in Iowa, including one older adult in Dubuque County, bringing the state total to 148. In total 41,337 people have been tested and 2,428 of the confirmed cases have recovered. In other updates Wednesday, state health officials announced 231 new cases of the coronavirus across Wisconsin, bringing the state’s total to 6,520 and the number of deaths to 308.

 

Grandview Gallop Cancelled

Organizers of the annual “Grandview Gallop” in Dubuque have decided to cancel this year’s event amid COVID-19 concerns. The event features a 4 mile flat looped race with a one mile kids’ run. Last year’s event drew over 600 participates. The event was scheduled for June 13th. Event organizers have scheduled next year’s event for June 12th.

Crescent Receives Grant For 20,000

In an effort to assist clinics in Iowa to meet patient needs and ensure employee safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, 18 community health centers in Iowa, including Crescent, are receiving $20,000 grants each from the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation. The clinics provide primary health care, dental care and mental health support services regardless of a patient’s ability to pay.

Dubuque County Absentee Ballot Request

Registered voters in Dubuque County are receiving a second absentee ballot request form in the mail this week. This comes from Secretary of State Paul Pate, who is mailing out a second request to every registered voter in Iowa. On April 23rd, the Dubuque County election office began mailing out absentee ballot request to voters in the county. Deputy Commissioner of Elections Jenny Hillary says they were too far along in their process when Pate said he would start sending ballot request this week. Hillary says if you have already received an absentee ballot request from her office, and you get one in the mail this week from the state, just ignore the one from the state. Nearly 12,000 voters in Dubuque County have already taken advantage of the request forms, which means they’ll be staying at home on primary election day. Hillary says there will only be nine in-person voting sites open across the county on election day. All ballot request forms must be received in the election office no later than 5 pm on May 22nd.

Fire At Hartig Drug Causes Smoke Damage

A fire inside the women’s restroom at Hartig Drug on JFK Road Wednesday afternoon caused minor smoke damage. Crews responded to a call at around 12:50. They were able to quickly put out the small fire. All of the store’s employees had evacuated the building before crews arrived and no one was injured. Investigators say the fire was caused by a malfunction in the ceiling fan in the restroom.

DBQ Archbishop Mass Still Suspended

In light of the expectation that positive cases of COVID-19 will peak in Iowa in the next few weeks, the Archdiocese of Dubuque has decided it would be most prudent for now to continue to follow the liturgical restrictions they have in place, including the suspension of public Masses. Dubuque Archbishop Michael Jackels says in particular, the health and survival of the elderly and other vulnerable populations is still a grave concern. Many parishioners and priests fall within these groups.

Three Charged with Stealing a Vehicle

Three juveniles, 15, 16 and 17, are facing charges after Dubuque Police responded to 2255 Jackson Street Monday morning when the resident, Kobin Thomas, found a bullet hole in a window. Around 4:35 a.m. officers recovered evidence from the shooting outside of the residence including bullet casings. There were no injuries reported. After traffic camera footage was reviewed, a suspicious newer black truck was observed in the area before and after the shooting. It was later discovered to have been stolen from East Dubuque earlier in the day. Around 12:50 p.m. the Dubuque Police Department located the stolen truck near the Penn Place Apts. at 3702 Pennsylvania Ave. The three juveniles were located inside the truck along with a handgun that matched the caliber of the gun used in the Jackson Street shooting. They were transported to the Dubuque Law Enforcement Center where they were ultimately charged with Theft of the motor vehicle and placed in detention by Juvenile Court Services. The investigation remains ongoing. Theft in the 1st degree is a class C felony punishable by 10 years in prison.