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Dubuque Public Works Spraying

As weather permits starting Thursday, the City of Dubuque Public Works Department will spray weed control in various areas of rip-rap on the river side of Dubuque’s flood control system. Signs along the flood control system will identify the area being sprayed. With no weather delays, the project is expected to be completed by August 16th. The Public Works Department cautions people to keep their children and pets out of direct contact with the sprayed weeds for 24 hours after application.

Dubuque County Tornado

The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down southwest of Dubuque. The service says the twister struck around 10:05 p.m. Monday. KCRG TV reports the tornado touched down three miles southwest of the Dubuque Regional Airport and was on the ground for more than a quarter of a mile. The tornado was 50 yards wide and had winds of about 100 m.p.h. making it an EF1 tornado. No injuries have been reported.

Finkenauer To Hold Vet Resource Fair

The Congresswoman who represents Iowa’s 1st district will be holding a Veterans Resource Fair in Dubuque this week. Abby Finkenauer will host the event on Friday from 3 to 6 pm at the Iowa National Guard facility on Old Highway Road. She says it will be an opportunity for all service members, veterans and their families to meet with agencies and organizations that provide services, support and job opportunities to veterans. Some of things veterans will receive assistance with include issues with Veterans Affairs benefits, scheduling appointments at the VA, information and applications for affordable housing in Dubuque, educational opportunities at area colleges and employment and career counseling. Participating organizations include the Veterans Freedom Center, Dubuque County Veterans Affairs, the Dubuque VA Clinic, the Small Business Development Center and area colleges and universities and senior living centers.

Center To Provide Domestic Violence Training

A domestic violence service center in Galena is offering domestic and sexual violence training this month for salon professionals in Illinois who want to have their licenses renewed. Robyn Davis, a domestic violence advocate at Riverview Center says a new state law requires all salon professionals to take a one-hour, one-time continuing education course to renew their cosmetology licenses. Some salon professionals may have been victims of domestic violence themselves. Davis says since the law went into effect, their center has been contacted by a number of salon professionals wanting to sign up for the training. She says you can call the center, or go on their Facebook page to learn more. Davis says Riverview can also come to a salon and provide training for the entire staff. The training dates are today, the 15th and two on the 19th. The cost is $20 per person.

Sonic Coming To Dubuque

Plans have been announced for a new Sonic restaurant in Dubuque. A release from Plaza 20 says the Sonic Drive-In will be built at the frontage road site in the 2600 block of Dodge Street, next to Harbor Freight Tools. Sara Kahle Hutchinson, vice-president of Plaza 20 says the restaurant will feature both traditional carhops, dine-in seating, a double drive-thru and outdoor patio. The Dubuque location will be owned and operated by Sonic franchisee Luke Flatin. In addition to the new Dubuque facility, Flatin owns three Sonic restaurants in Nebraska and one in Kansas. Flatin and his family recently moved from Nebraska to the Tri-State area. Construction will begin this month, with the restaurant slated to open in November.

Julien Lighting Project Completed

Two-way traffic on the Julien Dubuque Bridge is now open 24/7. For the past few months crews from the Iowa Department of Transportation have been installing new LED lights and poles on the bridge as part of its’ annual maintenance program. While the work was being done, the eastbound lane of traffic was closed to motorists from 7 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday. Crews completed the work late last week and both lanes are now open.

More Info Released On Golf Cart Incident

The Dubuque County sheriff’s office has released more information about a golf cart accident that left one man with serious head injuries over the weekend. 41 year old Bradley Wolfe of Dubuque was riding on the rear-facing seat on the back of a golf cart on 1ST Avenue NE in Epworth late Saturday night, when he fell off and struck his head on the pavement. Wolfe was initially taken to Mercy Hospital, before being transferred to U. of I. Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. He is currently in intensive care. When deputies arrived shortly after the incident, the golf cart and the driver had left the scene. Witnesses identified the driver as 40 year old Douglas Ernzen of Epworth. When located, Ernzen admitted to being the driver of the cart when Wolfe fell off. The press release doesn’t say if any charges have been filed yet. The investigation continues.

Grant County Motorcycle Wreck

A rural Lancaster couple was injured in a motorcycle crash in Grant County Monday afternoon. The sheriff’s office says 75 year old Leo Casper was traveling west on Highway 18 in Mount Hope, when traffic began slowing down in front of him. At the same time, his passenger, 69 year old Marlene Casper yelled “car”. But by this time, Leo had hit his brakes and the cycle went over the right side of the road, ejecting the couple. The motorcycle then slid about 150 feet and came to rest in the westbound lane traffic. The Caspers were taken to Grant Regional and treated for non-life threatening injuries. The accident is still under investigation.

Gun Store Owner Explains Iowa Laws

In the wake of two mass shootings that happened over the weekend, people may be wondering what are the gun laws in their state? In Dubuque, Gun Depot owner Ken Freiburger explains some firearms terms and what’s legal in Iowa. Among the items sold in his store are AR-15 style rifles. He says it’s a semi-automatic weapon, which means someone has to pull the trigger to fire each bullet. Freiburger says many people think the AR in AR-15 stands for assault rifle. That’s not true. He says assault rifles are something totally different. Freiburger says those rifles can be purchased in Iowa with special permits and licenses. Those guns can cost thousands of dollars, compared to an AR-15 that could cost less than 500. The rifles take what’s referred to as high capacity magazines. Those are also legal to purchase in Iowa. Freiburger notes that it’s illegal to modify a semi-automatic weapon to become automatic in Iowa.

Bee Branch Creek Railroad Culvert Project

The public is invited to attend a special kick-off on Thursday to celebrate the initiation of construction of the Bee Branch Creek Railroad Culvert phase of the Bee Branch Watershed Flood Mitigation Project. Mayor Roy Buol says the Bee Branch Creek Railroad Culvert is a critical phase of the larger project at the Bee Branch. The installation of the culverts under the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks along Garfield Ave will allow storm water to drain more efficiently from the upstream portion of the Bee Branch Creek to the downstream portion and 16th St. Detention Basin. The ceremony Thursday will begin at 4 p.m. in the Lower Bee Branch corridor at the end of the paved trail north of East 16th Street. The program will include remarks by City staff, project funding partners, and elected officials.

Finkenauer Dyersville Farm Visit

Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer and Federal Communications Commissioner, Jessica Rosenworcel, paid a visit to the Dyersville farm of Jeff Pape Monday to discuss the need to expand broadband access in Eastern Iowa. Finkenauer, who serves on the Rural Broadband Task Force, says it was exciting to visit a farm to learn firsthand how important it is to farmers to have good broadband access. Finkenauer says if you are not a farmer, you may not realize how precision agriculture tools help farmers like Jeff Pape grow their operations. Eastern Iowa farms, especially ones near the Mississippi River, have the bluffs to deal with that make broadband access tougher to rely on. FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel says the future of farming will be dependent on having the best broadband coverage possible in order to be successful. Finkenauer has introduced the Broadband Transparency and Accountability Act in Congress to address the digital divide through inproved broadband mapping.

Woman Seriously Hurt In UTV Crash

A northwest Illinois woman, who was a passenger on a UTV, was seriously injured after the driver rolled the vehicle in southwest Wisconsin Sunday night. The Lafayette County sheriff’s office say 54 year old Richard Montoya of Warren was driving east on Dunbarton Road in Shullsburg when he ran through a stop sign. He then over-corrected and rolled the vehicle several times, which came to rest on the passenger’s side. His passenger, 52 year old Candace Montoya also of Warren was seriously injured. She was transported to Southwest Health Center with serious injuries. Her condition has not been released. Richard Montoya was charged with OWI causing injury. He was also cited for careless operation of a UTV.

National Night Out In Dubuque

A large group of people are expected to gather at Comiskey Park in Dubuque, for National Night Out tonight. National Night Out is designed to shine a spotlight on neighborhood crime and crime prevention and bring the community together. Lt. Joe Messerich with the Dubuque police department says there will be food and games for all who attend. National Night Out has been held in Dubuque every year for over a decade, and mother nature is expected to cooperate according to the KCRG First Alert Forecast. Following the event, the movie Incredibles 2 will be shown outside the community center. The event runs from 6 until 8 pm.

Geisler Brothers Fire

Dubuque fire fighters were at the scene of a fire at Geisler Brothers Saturday morning. Fire Chief Rick Steines says crews responded to the fire at around 9 Saturday morning in the 1500 block of Radford Road. When crews arrived, the building was full of smoke. The fire was quickly extinguished and no injuries were reported. It’s reported that the fire began in an area in the rear of Dubuque Steel Manufacturing. Neither Dubuque Steel or Geisler Brothers was open at the time. Steines says the probable cause was some rags which ignited other combustibles in a trash can. There was no structural damage to Geisler, but there was significant smoke damage. The estimated cost of that damage is not known at this time and the investigation continues.

Man Charged With Assault After Racial Incident

A Dubuque man, who will be back in court today was arrested Friday after police say he yelled out a racial slur at a group of people and then pointed and fired off a roman candle at the group. Court documents say 48 year old John Daniel is charged with assault while displaying a dangerous weapon and violation of individual rights. The incident happened in early July in the 2300 block of Central Avenue. A group of people, including a 15 year old boy were shooting off fireworks in the area, when Daniel allegedly shouted a racial slur at the boy and told them to stop. The boy went inside an apartment and came back out with his mother, who asked Daniel to talk to her about the slur. Documents say Daniel refused to talk to the woman, flipped her off and shot a roman candle towards the woman and others. No one was injured as the group fled back into the apartment. After being questioned by police, Daniel admitted to shooting off the roman candle, but says he wasn’t intentionally trying to hit anyone.

Tranel Reacts To SWIGG Results

The most recent results from the Southwest Wisconsin Groundwater and Geology study found that waste from humans and livestock is contributing to well water contamination in that region of the state. 35 private wells were tested for disease and non-disease-causing microorganisms. 32 of those wells showed evidence of fecal contamination from humans, cattle and swine. State Assemblyman Travis Tranel of Cuba City says of the 35 contaminated wells that were tested, 30 of them had human waste in them, compared to 17 cattle and 5 swine contaminated wells. The SWIGG study results were presented to the Grant County Conservation and Sanitation Zoning Committee last week by a microbiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Three more rounds of private well samplings have been scheduled.

Freedom Center Fundraiser Results

During the entire month of July, Tri-State area Kwik Stops teamed up with Radio Dubuque to raise money for the Veterans Freedom Center in Dubuque. When motorists pulled up to the pumps and chose to get their gas from a pump that had a “freedom center sticker” on it, the center got 2 cents for every gallon sold. Center Director Jim Wagner says in all they were able to raise more than $16,000. Wagner says the fundraiser proved to be more successful than he ever imagined. Wagner was one of many veterans that help pump gas for the fundraiser.

Chestnut Mountain Drowning

Authorities in Jo Daviess County are investigating the accidental drowning of teenager at Chestnut Mountain Resort in rural Galena last night. A press release from the sheriff’s office says deputies responded to several 911 calls at around 9:20 about a 15 year old boy who had drowned at the resort. Once on scene witnesses told deputies that the boy had went under water in a swimming pool for an unknown period of time. The boy was pulled from the pool but he was unresponsive. Deputies administered CPR and the boy was transported to Midwest Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. The name of the boy has not been released at this time, pending notification of all relatives.

Golf Cart Accident-Head Injuries

Authorities in Dubuque County are investigating after a man reportedly fell off a golf cart he was riding in Epworth. According to KCRG-TV, the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office report around 10:45 p.m. Saturday in the area of 501 1st Avenue NE, 42-year old Bradley Wolfe of Dubuque, was found lying in the shoulder of the road. Wolfe had been riding on the rear-facing seat on the back of a golf cart when he fell off and hit his head on the pavement. Paramedics took him to Mercy Hospital for serious head injuries. He was eventually taken to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

DNR Scam Warning

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is urging the public to beware of online hunting and fishing license scams leaving purchasers with an empty hook and wallet. Kimberly Currie, DNR director of customer and outreach services, says various websites are trying to deceive people. These sites also collect sensitive personal data as part of their unauthorized transactions. Currie says the best way to make sure you don’t fall prey to these scammers is to purchase your license directly from the DNR. The official website is dnr.wi.gov. Wisconsin also has many service centers across the state if you don’t want to go online. Currie says paying close attention can help you figure out if you are on a scammers website. The DNR website also provides information about where to purchase licenses in person, links to free copies of Wisconsin regulations and helpful tutorials on the DNR website under Licenses and Regulations.

The Dubuque Museum of Art-Summer Events

The Dubuque Museum of Art will mark the closing weeks of summer and its current exhibits with two free community events in August. The 2nd annual Family Art Carnival takes place on August 10th, from Noon-4 p.m. The free event Saturday will be held on 7th Street, in front of the Museum, and will feature both indoor and outdoor art activities, an animal petting zoo, and a bouncy house for children. Admission to both the Family Art Carnival and museum will be free. The 4th annual Movie at the Museum will take place on Saturday, August 17th, in Washington Park. This year’s featured film will be the Iowa classic “Field of Dreams”, which marks its 30th anniversary this year. Field of Dreams Ghost Players will be on hand before the film from 7 to 8:30 pm for a question and answer session. The movie begins at dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.). In the event of inclement weather, the movie will be cancelled.

Traffic signal repair

The City will conduct emergency repairs to the signalized intersection of JFK Rd. at Hillcrest Rd. starting mid-morning on Monday, August 5th. This intersection will be put into four-way stop control while the signal structures on the east side are repaired and/or replaced. We appreciate your patience during this repair.

Taste Of Dubuque Back At The Port

Dubuque took a bite out of Thursday night, as the Taste of Dubuque brought 17 vendors out to share their food with others at the Port of Dubuque. The free event asked for $5 donations at the gate to support the National Mississippi River Museum’s funding for conservation, STEM, and history education. Museum CEO Kurt Strand says Taste is all about highlighting some of the amazing parts about living in Dubuque. Water filling stations were provided at the event to encourage reusable bottles.

Local Food Grant Awards

The grant award winners for the Community Grant program have been announced. The awards were announced recently by the Dubuque County Food Policy Council and the county board of supervisors. The recipients are Dubuque Urban Farm, which received a grant for $890, Convivium Urban Farmstead which received a grant of $4,890 and Dubuque County Agricultural Extension District which got a grant for $720. Other recipients include the Dream Center, Society of St. Vincent DePaul, Dem Greenz, the Millwork Night Market and the Urban Bicycle Food Mission. In all, a total of $20,000 was awarded.

MDA Field of Dream Event

The Muscular Dystrophy Association of Iowa will be holding the first-ever Iron Horse Classic home run derby at the historic Field of Dreams movie site on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. Development Specialist, Derek Harrigan, says all are welcome to participate, volunteer, or be spectators and there are multiple divisions in the home run derby. Saturday’s event in Dyersville gives people a unique opportunity to play on the historic Field of Dreams and there will be food available, as well as prizes, music and other games. The money raised will stay in eastern Iowa, including here in Dubuque and Camp Courageous in Monticello. Participant entry is $35 and includes an event t-shirt. For more information and to sign up go to Facebook and search MDA of Iowa.


Tax Free Holiday Weekend

In less than 4 weeks, students in Dubuque will be back in the classroom for the start of a new school year, and to help reduce the cost of back-to-school clothing items parents can once again take advantage of Iowa’s sales-tax free holiday this weekend. The tax free holiday started a minute after midnight Friday and runs through midnight Saturday. Kristin McGrath is with Offers.com. There are some items that the tax holiday does not include. The sales tax free holiday has become popular not only in Iowa, but across the country. If you present a manufacturer’s coupon, it will not reduce the price of the item for the purpose of waiving the sales tax. The tax free weekend includes online purchases, as long as you place your order this weekend.

Transportation Director Likes Seat Belts

The transportation director for the Dubuque Community School District is OK with new rules adopted by the Iowa State Board of Education. One of the rules would require lap-shoulder seat belts on all new buses bought by districts and state-accredited non-public schools. Director Ernie Bolibaugh says anything they can do to improve the safety of kids on school buses is a good thing. In all, the district ordered eight new buses this year. Under the rules, districts wouldn’t have to retrofit their current fleets. The Dubuque district currently has 80 buses. A seat belt policy has been adopted by the school board that makes it mandatory for all students to wear the seat belts. Bolibaugh says they are in the process of sending out notifications to parents and guardians about the policy. Right now, the new rules don’t mandate that all districts have seat belts on their buses, but that could change when the Iowa legislature reconvenes in January.

AmeriCorps Partners in Learning Program-Dubuque

Dubuque youth will be getting a boost from a national service program. The AmeriCorps Partners in Learning Program, sponsored by the City of Dubuque, has been approved to receive $475, 453 in federal AmeriCorps funding from Volunteer Iowa and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Additionally, AmeriCorps Partners in Learning was approved for $89, 995 in state funding from Volunteer Iowa for a smaller grant focused on engaging teenage youth in after-school and summer programs. Here in Dubuque, AmeriCorps Partners in Learning supports Dubuque’s Campaign for Grade Level Reading with school year and summer tutoring programs, as well as teen programming through year-long after school programs and with mentoring opportunities.

Flexsteel Drop Off Suspended

If you’ve been dropping off recyclables in containers located at the old Flexsteel parking lot on Jackson Street, you will no longer be able to do so beginning today. The recycling drop off containers will be removed due to deconstruction of the buildings on the property. The Dubuque Metro Solid Waste Agency provided the containers so that people living in the area who didn’t have curbside recycling would have a place to take their recyclables. Flexsteel has since moved its’ operations to Dubuque Industrial Center South. The agency does have other drop off sites. They are located at All Seasons Trucking on Highway 52 South, the Cascade city garage, the Durango Heritage Trail parking lot, the Farley city shop, Theisen’s parking lot in Dyersville, Key West and Epworth.

Dubuque Police Seeking Help To Identify Suspect

Police are seeking assistance in identifying a subject who allegedly shoplifted merchandise from Best Buy, 801 Wacker Dr in Dubuque. The incident occurred on 06/28/19 at approximately 6:55 PM. The suspect is possibly associated with a dark blue Chevy Malibu. If you have information please submit it here. https://www.cityofdubuque.org/2135/ID4PD



14th Annual Art On The River

Ten new sculptures have been selected for the 14th annual Art On The River public exhibit Friday. The unique works of art will be installed around the Grand River Center and along the Mississippi Riverwalk at the Port of Dubuque. Economic Development Director, Jill Conners, says the opening reception for the exhibit will be held Friday, from 5:00-7:30 p.m. at the Grand River Center Terrace. The theme is “The Mississippi Magnified” and focuses on artists and artwork that draw inspiration from the people, culture, beauty, and magnitude of the mighty Mississippi River. Conners says there will a style show for the first time. Conners says there is a virtual reality piece that requires a smartphone app to experience from the Mississippi Riverwalk that attendees are encouraged to download the free 4th Wall app prior to the opening. The new exhibit will be displayed until July 2020 and all the sculptures are for sale and can be installed in both indoor and outdoor areas. The event is free, family friendly, and open to the public.

Man Leaves ID In Stolen Vehicle

If you’re going to steal a vehicle, it’s probably not a good idea to leave your calling card in the vehicle. That’s exactly what a Dubuque man did. Online court records say 33 year old Michael Fitzgerald is charged with 3rd degree burglary, operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent and possession of drug paraphernalia. The arrest stems from three separate incidents earlier this year. In one incident Fitzgerald is charged with stealing a van that was parked in the 50 block of South Locust Street in May. The van was recovered several days later. A few days later, the owner found Fitzgerald’s ID card between the front seats on the floor of the van. When police arrested Fitzgerald he had drug paraphernalia in his pocket.

Man Charged After Head Butting Officers

A man was arrested by Dubuque police last week, and after his arrested police say he head butted two officers causing significant injuries. On Tuesday, the attorney for 22 year old Mathew Foxhood filed a written not-guilty plea on behalf of his client. Foxhood is charged with two counts of assault on persons in certain occupations causing injury, interference with official acts, providing false identification information and voluntary absence from custody. Last Friday, an officer saw Foxhood walking near the downtown area. When the officer approached him, Foxhood gave the officer a false name, but the officer knew there was a warrant out for his arrest for not returning to the correctional facility on Elm Street. After he was in custody, documents say Foxhood told police not to touch him, or they would be assaulted. As officers grabbed him, Foxhood head-butted the officers. One officer was head-butted in the forehead, which caused a deep laceration, while another officer suffered a possible fractured nose.

Dubuque Teen Seriously Injured

A Dubuque teenager was seriously injured after being involved in a one vehicle crash in Dubuque County. According to a crash report released by the sheriff’s office Tuesday, 18 year old William Carpenter was driving southeast on Finley’s Landing Road Saturday night, when his steering failed due to a malfunction. Carpenter lost control as the vehicle left the road, traveled through a ditch and struck a tree. Carpenter was transported to Finley Hospital where he was treated for his injuries, which were believed to be non-life threatening. He was cited for failure to maintain control.

VNA New Clinic Opening Soon

The Visiting Nurse Association in Dubuque will soon be operating from its’ new location, but before that happens the clinic will be closed between August 2nd and the 11th and won’t be seeing any patients during that time. The current facility in the 14-hundred block of Iowa Street will close and the new facility at 660 Iowa Street will open on August 12th. The new building, which formerly housed Anytime Fitness Center, will result in more services and clinical care space for patients. An open house will be held later this fall.

FIDO Lobbies For New Dog Park

A local group of “dog lovers” want to see a second dog park in Dubuque. Friendly Intelligent Dog Owners of Dubuque, or FIDO have created an online petition to get a new dog park at the Port of Dubuque. FIDO President Lisa Johnson says a recent assessment concluded that Dubuque has a lot of work to do to make it a more “pet friendly” community. That assessment will be reviewed by the city council at its’ meeting on Monday. Being a “pet friendly” community is a high priority for the council. Johnson says her group’s main focus is promoting responsible dog ownership. Along with that she says a second dog park in Dubuque is long overdue.  Johnson and her group envision a second dog park on an ideal piece of city owned property at the Port. The park would also include a place for kids to play and a picnic area for families and groups. Johnson encourages people to go online and sign their petition. Johnson says they could raise money for the park, much like the supporters of the new skate park did. The city council is expected to bring up the issue during its’ goal setting session on August 13th at the Grand River Center.

New E.D. Police Chief

There’s a new man in charge of the East Dubuque police department. Monday night, the city council voted to hire Luke Kovacic. Kovacic joined the police department in 2009 as a part-time patrol officer, before being advanced to full-time two years later. He is also a detective in the department. Kovacic replaces Steve O’Connell, who retired earlier this year. Sgt. Mickey Huseman served as interim police chief while a replacement for O’Connell was sought. Kovacic will be paid an annual salary of $65,000. That includes a $5,000 stipend. A total of 80 applicants applied for the job.

Former Shopko Employee Joins Movement

A Dubuque woman is one of hundreds of former Shopko employees demanding severance pay after losing their jobs. Trina McInerney joined the efforts of United for Respect, a non-profit based in Washington D C. It brings retail workers together to improve working conditions. The private equity firm Sun Capital bought Shopko in 2005, and it closed all Shopko stores this year. Now McInerney and about 700 other former Shopko employees are demanding that Sun Capital set up a fund to pay employees for losing their jobs. McInerney blames that firm for Shopko’s closure and she tells our coverage partners at KCRG it needs to compensate 14,000 former employees. McInerney is still looking for a new job. In the meantime she has gone to Washington DC to advocate for a bill to limit what equity firms can do when they take over struggling companies.

Safety Enforcement Project

A multi-agency safety and enforcement project was conducted in Dubuque last week and targeted high impact call areas of the city. The project focus was on traffic violations, pedestrian contacts and animal contacts throughout the west end of Dubuque. Officers issued 30 total citations, mostly for speeding and pet owner contacts.

E.D. Woman Charged With Human Trafficking

An East Dubuque woman faces human trafficking and other charges after she was arrested in the Des Moines over the weekend. Documents from Polk County district court say 25 year old Brittany Walters was arrested Sunday and charged with two counts of human trafficking and two counts of pimping, all felonies. The crimes were allegedly committed Saturday and Sunday at a hotel in Ankeny. According to documents, Walters “knowingly and unlawfully engaged in human trafficking by setting up and driving four females to Des Moines for the purpose of prostitution.” When she was arrested Walters was carrying a large amount of cash. Her bond was set at $20,000. She will next appear in court on August 8th.

Spring Flooding Effects In Dubuque

Counties in eastern Iowa continue to feel the effects of flooding. In Dubuque, public local campgrounds are just getting opened, which means revenue is down. Park Ranger Ryan Petty says the Conservation Department is estimating its’ lost about $75,000 this year. That’s from lost revenue and the costs to clean up the parks. Petty says flood cleanup at the end of July is not typical. Mud Lake is one of three campgrounds impacted by flooding from the Mississippi River. The other two are Finley’s Landing and Massey Marina. Finley’s Landing and Mud Lake are up and running again, although Petty says there’s still more lingering projects to get done. Parts of Massey Marina are still underwater. Petty says the river starts to creep into the park once it hits 14 feet. Only about one third of the camping sites are open right now.

What’s The Future For Sunnycrest?

Earlier this year, members of the Dubuque County board of supervisors held a work session with members of the county hospital board of trustees and the Sunnycrest advisory board to talk about the future of Sunnycrest Manor. Sunnycrest is asking the supervisors to help them develop a strategic planning process as some medical providers in the state face an uncertain future. The plan would examine strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges facing the long-term care facility and establish longer-term goals. Supervisor chair Dave Baker says the facility needs some guidance, because if you’re standing still, you are losing ground. Baker says Sunnycrest used to be managed by an outside entity, which did not go very well. He says it is a service that is much needed in the county. Sunnycrest has provided services in Dubuque County for over a century. It is the only remaining county-owned long-term care facility in the state.

Kartman Passes Away

The founder of the Veterans Memorial Plaza in Dubuque has died. According to his obituary, Louis “Louie” Kartman passed away last Friday. He was 87 years old. Kartman served with the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. He drove trucks for a number of companies in Dubuque and was an independent operator for over 40 years. Kartman was a member of the VFW, Marine Corps League, American Legion and Men’s Breakfast at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Asbury. A second visitation will be held after 9 am Wednesday until the time of service at 10:30 at the church. Following the service there will be a procession to the Memorial Plaza with military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League and other veterans groups.

911 Outage

The Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office reports 911 Cellular service has been restored in Jo Daviess County as of 11:45 am this morning. Service had been out for several hours. The outage involves both the Verizon and US Cellular networks. Customers in Dubuque, Davenport and other parts of Iowa, as well as areas near Rockford, Illinois, were still reporting issues. Verizon officials said engineers have identified a hardware issue responsible for several network outages impacting the Upper Midwest.

Julien Bridge Project Near Completion

It won’t be long now before the Julien Dubuque Bridge is fully open to traffic 24/7. For the past couple of months crews with the Iowa Department of Transportation have been working on a lighting replacement project, which requires the eastbound lane to be closed from 7 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday. Dot Engineer Hugh Holak says the lights should be connected today, and if all goes as planned the project should be done by the end of the week. All of the lights on the bridge have been replaced, making for a safer drive across and fiber optic has also been installed on the south side of the bridge so the city can put in traffic cameras. The project is all part of the DOT’s bridge maintenance program. Earlier this year a bridge washing project was completed.

Dubuque Woman Sentenced To Jail

A Dubuque woman avoided significant jail time after pleading guilty to a drug possession charge. Online court records say 21 year old Ashleigh Jordan recently pled guilty to the lesser charge of unlawful possession of a controlled substance in Dubuque County district court. She was originally charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. A charge of possession of marijuana was dismissed. Jordan was sentenced to a year in jail, but the judge suspended all but 10 days of the sentence. She will also be placed on two years of probation. Jordan was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by a Dubuque County sheriff’s deputies in February. Deputies found over 200 ecstasy pills in Jordan’s pocket. The drugs were valued at more than $4,000. The driver, 23 year old Siobham Miles of Dubuque was in possession of more than 28 grams of crack cocaine and several small bags of marijuana. Miles has pleaded not guilty to drug possession charges. She will next appear in court on August 19th.

Vehicle Fire On University

Dubuque police are investigating a vehicle fire that backed up traffic on University Avenue early Monday morning. An email from Lt Joe Messerich says police and crews from the Dubuque fire department responded to an area between the 800 and 900 blocks of University just after 4 am on a report of a car on fire. The 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible was fully engulfed when crews arrived. The vehicle is operated by the registered owner’s grandson, who lives in the area. The email did not contain the name of the grandson or grandfather. No injuries were reported.

6th Annual Lighted Boat Parade

The Port of Dubuque Marina will hold its sixth annual lighted boat parade on Friday, August 3rd. Boaters are invited to participate in, and the public is invited to attend. Dan Kroger, Recreation Division Manager, says this free, family-friendly event will begin at 6 p.m. with a free musical performance by the Mississippi Band and other activities before the evening parade. The theme for this year’s parade is “Just Be Creative” so boaters wishing to participate in the parade can be as creative as they like. According to Kroger, boat parade entries will be on display in the marina before the parade, which will begin at dusk. Kroger says the event is always popular with families and the City of Dubuque Leisure Services Department’s “Rec ‘n Roll” Trailer will be on site with a variety of activities for children. Boats of all makes, models, and sizes are encouraged to participate and prizes will be awarded. To register a boat for the parade, or for more information, please contact the Port of Dubuque Marina. Spectators choosing to watch the parade from the Mississippi Riverwalk are welcome to bring chairs.

Ernst Comments On Mueller’s Testimony

Last week, former special counsel Robert Mueller testified before the House Judiciary Committee about any possible connection between Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russians. Mueller’s testimony concluded there was “considerable collusion” between the two sides and that Trump engaged in multiple acts of obstruction of justice. Iowa Senator Joni Ernst says although she was only able to catch bits and pieces of Mueller’s testimony, the American people have made up their minds and moved on. Mueller’s report has been made public and Ernst says people can read it for themselves if they haven’t already made up their minds. Meantime, the House Judiciary Committee was expected to file a lawsuit seeking secret grand jury material underlying Mueller’s report. Committee chair Jerrold Nadler says his panel will go to court to try to enforce a subpoena against former White House counsel Donald McGahn, a key Mueller witness.

Set Free Dubuque-World Day Against Trafficking Event

A local group dedicated to educating people about human trafficking is holding a local event on World Day Against Trafficking in Persons Day, a day the United Nations adopted in 2013 to raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking. Suzie Wright, Executive Director of Set Free Dubuque, says they are doing something different this year on July 30th, holding an informational event. Wright says they are now teaming up with a state group to better educate motel and hotel owners and workers how to identify possible human trafficking in their establishments. Wright says Tuesday’s local event will help give people a better idea of what they can do themselves to stop modern day slavery and local resources that can help. The Set Free Dubuque event will run from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Tuesday, the 30th, and will be held at the Convivium Urban Farm at 2811 Jackson St.and light refreshments will be served. If you have questions, you can call 563-451-7914.

Rheingans & Kramer Honored TEAM Award

Stan Rheingans, Superintendent and Phil Kramer, the former Human Resources Director of the Dubuque Community Schools are the recipients of the 2019 Iowa State Education Association’s TEAM Award. The ISEA’s TEAM award stands for Together, Educators and Administrators Make it Happen and it honors school administrators who have worked to create collaborative, collegial working environments for staff in school buildings or districts. Rheingans and Kramer were nominated by the Dubuque Education Association’s executive board. They were honored at the ISEA Celebration of Excellence in Education Awards banquet on July 22nd in West Des Moines.

Mt. Hope Man Sentenced

A Mount Hope man is going to prison after being sentenced on drug charges. Court documents from U.S. District Court say 35 year old Dustin Caya was recently sentenced to more than six years in federal prison after pleading guilty to meth and gun charges. In June of 2018, investigators from the Grant County sheriff’s department found over 350 grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a large amount of cash in Caya’s home. Several loaded guns were also discovered in the home. Caya is a convicted felon and not allowed to possess weapons. He pleaded guilty to possessing more than 50 grams of meth with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm as a felon.


Police say the drowning of two men in a backyard Davenport swimming pool occurred when one man tried to save the other. KCRG tv reports that surveillance video at the home where the men were house-sitting captured the Monday drowning of 60-year-old Mark Anderson, of Eldridge, and 57-year-old Kenneth Anderson, of Bellevue. Police say the men were friends and not related. The video shows Ken Anderson entered the pool and struggled in the water before Mark Anderson tried to rescue him. Another friend found the men in the pool Monday night. Police have declared the drownings accidental. Ken Anderson taught social studies and coached bowling at Bellevue Middle and High School. Mark Anderson was a retired science teacher from North Scott High School and used to work in Bellevue.

Microsoft Scam Hits Dubuque

For the past few weeks some residents in Dubuque have reported different variations of a scam involving people claiming to be with Microsoft and attempting to gain access to personal computers. Dubuque police Lt. Joe Messerich says this “tech support scam” is the latest in a number of scams to hit the city. Messerich says legitimate businesses will not call you or notify you out of the blue telling you that you need to pay them money. If you think you are, or have been scammed, contact your local financial institution. Messerich says other ways to sniff out a fraud is to remember that no legitimate business is going to accept a payment in the form of a gift card or ask you to mail or wire them money. Those transactions are done with credit cards or checks.

East Dubuque Woman Receives Probation

An East Dubuque woman accused of stealing her mother’s retirement payments has been placed on probation. Court records from Dubuque County say 55 year old Lori Mejia plead guilty in May to dependent adult abuse-exploitation of more than $100. Mejia recently received a deferred judgement and was placed on 2-to 5 years of probation. Documents say between April 26th and October 5th of last year, Mejia improperly spent retirement payments meant for her 92 year old mother. At the time Mejia’s mother was a resident at Stonehill Franciscan Services. After being there for four months Mejia’s mother had accumulated a bill that totaled over $27,000, however only one payment of $1,500 had been made. Mejia claims she spent the money on her living expenses and entertainment while her mother lived with her.

Sex Offender Going To Prison

A convicted sex offender from Wisconsin who lived and worked in Iowa for more than a year without registering has been sentenced to serve time in federal prison. Court documents from Cedar Rapids say 38 year old Shawn Hutson of Gays Mills was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty last winter to failure to register as a sex offender. Hutson was previously convicted of sexual assault in Wisconsin. In 2011 and 2012 he was twice convicted of failing to register in Allamakee, Iowa. Following the 2012 conviction and while still on probation, Hutson failed to notify a school of his sex offender status. After serving his prison sentence, Hutson will be placed on 5 years of probation.

Inmate Work Release Search

Authorities in Dubuque are looking for an inmate who failed to report back to a work release facility. Our coverage partners, KCRG TV, report 43-year old Chad Weekley is to be serving time for willful injury causing serious injury, according to the Iowa Department of Corrections. He was admitted to the Dubuque Residential Facility in October, 2018. Weekley did not return Wednesday night. Weekley is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 226 pounds. Anyone with information on Weekley’s location is asked to contact the Dubuque Police Department.

MVRBC Needs Donors

The Mississippi Valley Reginal Blood Center is greatly in need of blood donations right now. Donations typically drop during the summer, especially with so many people on vacation, but the patient need is still the same. Amanda Hess with Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center says anyone who donates blood at one of the centers through mid-September will receive a gift card voucher. Blood that is donated at the Dubuque center serves all of the area hospitals and beyond. Hess says anyone who wants to donate blood can call to make an appointment at a center near you, or just walk in. There are 10 donor centers throughout Iowa, including one here in Dubuque. That center is located at 4867 Asbury Road.

Langel Accepts Plea Deal

A Dubuque man accused of assaulting a jogger last summer has taken a plea deal from the county attorney’s office. Court documents say 23 year old Greg Langel entered an Alford plea to a charge of assault in connection with the incident that happened last July near the area of South Grandview Avenue. Documents say a woman told officers she was jogging near Randall Place, when a man, later identified as Langel, ran up behind her and began complimenting her on her looks. The woman says he even gave her a flower and asked for her phone number. When the woman refused, Langel grabbed her several times. He claims the only time he touched the woman was when he shook her hand. Langel will be sentenced at a later date.

Bridge Project Impacts Illinois Traffic

Motorists who frequent Illinois Route 78 in Jo Daviess County should expect some delays over the next couple of months. A press release from the Illinois Department of Transportation says crews will start working on a bridge Thursday that carries 78 over the Plum River, four miles south of the highway’s intersection with U.S. Highway 20. The work will require some lane closures so motorists should expect some delays in the area. Crews will be repairing and painting the beam ends on the bridge, expanding the joint replacement and overlaying concrete. Total cost of the project is nearly $428,000. It should be completed by early October.

Local Food Grant Awards

The grant award winners for the Community Grant program have been announced. The awards were announced recently by the Dubuque County Food Policy Council and the county board of supervisors. The recipients are Dubuque Urban Farm, which received a grant for $890, Convivium Urban Farmstead which received a grant of $4,890 and Dubuque County Agricultural Extension District which got a grant for $720. Other recipients include the Dream Center, Society of St. Vincent DePaul, Dem Greenz, the Millwork Night Market and the Urban Bicycle Food Mission. In all, a total of $20,000 was awarded.

McGregor Waste Water Discharge

Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources continue to investigate where a waste water discharge originated in McGregor. This ongoing discharge was originally thought to be due to heavy rainfall and high river levels from the Mississippi. A similar discharge is occurring in Silver Creek in Davenport. Both cities are collecting water samples for testing and working with an engineer to make repairs. The DNR advises people to keep their children and pets away from the discharge areas and out of the creeks for 24 to 48 hours after repairs are completed.

Bernard Man Hurt In Car Crash

A Bernard man was taken to the hospital after being involved in a one vehicle crash in Dubuque County last week. A release issued by the sheriff’s department this week says 32 year old Tony Theisen was driving east on U.S. Highway 20 near Peosta early Thursday morning, when his vehicle left the road and struck a ditch. Theisen was transported to Finely Hospital for treatment. Authorities believe Theisen suffered from a suspected medical condition just prior to the crash. He was cited for failure to maintain a registration plate and failure to provide proof of insurance.

One Saturday Dream Fearlessly

Tri-State area residents are being asked to set aside One Saturday to Dream Fearlessly, by lending a hand to a local non-profit that provides shelter for homeless women and children. OSDF is a national event initiative from American Family Insurance. Local agent Michael Pennington is again bringing the event to Dubuque this Saturday to raise awareness for Opening Doors, which operates Teresa Shelter and Maria House. The event will be held from 2 to 5 pm at the Yardarm. During that time volunteers will accept and organize a “wish list” for items for Opening Doors. Pennington says selecting Opening Doors as the non-profit they wanted to help was a “no brainer”. Pennington says he was caught off guard a little bit during last year’s event at the support they received. Pennington won an American Family 2018 Community Impact award for last year’s event.

VA Clinic Ribbon Cutting

A long awaited ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony for the new VA Clinic in Dubuque is taking place next month. The clinic is located inside the old Kmart building next to Plaza 20 on Dodge Street. The outpatient clinic replaces the current VA clinic at 200 Mercy Drive. Representatives from the VA as well as local, state and federal officials will be on hand to cut the ribbon and answer questions. Tours will be conducted following the ceremony, which will be held at 1 pm on August 15th.

Tax Credits And Loan For Crown

The Iowa Economic Development Authority has awarded Crown Holdings nearly $240,000 in tax credits and a $250,000 forgivable loan. According to a press release, the money comes from the authority’s High-Quality Jobs program. Crown Holdings recently announced that it was relocating its’ operations to Dubuque and transferring its’ equipment from Omaha to the Key City to better serve its’ customers. The company intends to sign a 10-year lease agreement on an existing facility at Dubuque Industrial Center West and invest in remodeling and new equipment. The project is expected to generate 2.6 million in capital investment and create 42 high paying jobs. Crown Holdings is a leading manufacturer of packaging for consumer products. It provides packaging for four legacy companies, which will assist in the creation of more than 100 jobs and more than 52 million in new capital investment for the state.

Lafayette County House Fire

A fire in Lafayette County caused extensive damage to a home Monday afternoon. A few minutes after 1 pm the Darlington fire department responded to a house fire in the 18-thousand block of Furnace Hill Road in Willow Springs Township. The home was vacant at the time and crews were able to extinguish the blaze. No injuries were reported. Darlington was assisted by the Blanchardville and Mineral Point fire departments as well as Green County EMS.

Reynolds Mum On Resignation Of Foxhoven

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds says there is no reason to explain why she asked the head of Iowa’s Department of Human Services to resign last month. Jerry Foxhoven stepped down at the request of the Governor. Reynolds has said she is looking to overhaul the agency and is currently searching for a new leader for the department that oversees the state’s privatized Medicaid system. Reynolds told our coverage partners at KCRG TV the same thing she has said publicly, that there were several factors that led her to ask Foxhoven to resign, but she refused to give specifics. Democrats in the Iowa House and Senate say Reynolds’ refusal to disclose the reasons she asked Foxhoven to step down violate Iowa’s Open Records Law. Reynolds was part of then Governor Terry Branstad’s administration when he signed a law requiring government agencies give “reasons and rational” for any public employee that is fired or asked to resign in lieu of termination.

Fireworks Theft Arrest

Dubuque police have arrested a man who allegedly stole more than $7,000 worth of fireworks from a stand on Dodge Street last month. Online court records say 28 year old Joshua Jentz was arrested over the weekend and charged with third degree burglary. Traffic camera footage identified Jentz’s vehicle near the tent at the time of the theft. A cash register containing more than $7,000 was also stolen from the tent. Several people reported being approached by Jentz at Swiss Valley Nature Park, who attempted to sell them fireworks. Investigators also recovered a hand basket from Jentz’s vehicle that was identical to one of the hand baskets containing fireworks that was stolen from the tent.

Eagle Point Park Designated City Landmark Site

The Dubuque City Council has designated Eagle Point Park as a City Landmark Site. Eagle Point Park is a 164-acre community park that opened in 1909 on Dubuque’s northeast side. The park is owned by the City of Dubuque and managed by the City’s leisure services department’s park division. The park overlooks the Mississippi River, providing a spectacular view of Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin. A City Landmark is a property or structure designated by ordinance of the City Council that is worthy of preservation, rehabilitation or restoration because of its prehistoric, historic, architectural, archeological or cultural significance to the city, the state or nation. There are 10 other designated City landmarks. Eagle Point Park was listed as a historic district in the National Register of Historic Places in 2017.

UnityPoint Clinic Hosts School and Sports Physical Clinics

Several UnityPoint Clinic locations throughout the Tri-States have set dedicated times for back-to-school and sports physicals to help busy families take it off their summer to-do list. Jeff Baker, clinic administrator for the UnityPoint Clinics in the Tri-State area, says the goal is to offer as many time and location options for parents as possible, including Cascade and Peosta. Baker says the Saturday, August 17th clinic fills up fast, so don’t wait to make an appointment. He says there will NO immunizations given during these clinic visits, just the physicals, at a cost of $40. Baker says the school and sport physicals are a great time to ask medical questions, as well as lifestyle questions such as nutrition, sleep and media time. The appointments serve to provide a comprehensive health assessment including: height and weight, blood pressure and pulse, mental health and depression screenings, vision, ears, nose and throat, posture, strength, flexibility, as well as heart and lungs.

Thursday, August 1 | 5-7pm | 8456 Peosta Commercial Court, Peosta
Wednesday, August 7 | 5-7pm | 4170 Pennsylvania Ave, Dubuque
Thursday, August 8 | 5-7pm | 8456 Peosta Commercial Court, Peosta
Thursday, August 15 | 9am-Noon | 610 2nd Ave NE, Cascade
Saturday, August 17 | 9am-Noon | 4170 Pennsylvania Ave, Dubuque
Wednesday, August 21 | 5-7pm | 610 2nd Ave NE, Cascade

Marita Theisen Childcare Center Opening

For parents looking for quality, convenient and loving childcare for your child, there is a new option in Dubuque. The Marita Theisen Childcare Center at Steeple Square at 16th and White Streets is welcoming new children – from infants to preschoolers – starting August 26th. Judy Wolf, chair of the Childcare Committee, says there will be a capacity for about 70 children in the newly renovated center. Wolf says there are a number of great features in the new center, including a play area for infants and toddlers, a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) room for 4-year olds and an outdoor, fenced-in playground area. Wolf says there is also a newly created handy pass through drop-off area for parents outside the center. According to Wolf, the process is basically first come, first served, as far as taking applications goes but notes that the plan is to fill 30-percent of the childcare slots with low income families. To apply now, call 563-235-3077 or email childcare@steeplesquare.com. You can also apply online at www.steeplesquare.com/childcare.

Cottingham And Butler Expansion

A Dubuque-based insurance brokerage firm is expanding its’ operations. Cottingham and Butler says it will be expanding its’ business by opening an office in Dyersville. A press release says the expansion means the addition of more than 25 new jobs. Cottingham and Butler will lease approximately 4,400 square feet of the 10,000 square foot professional center located in the Field of Dreams. The property developer plans to have the building ready for occupancy later this fall. The new office adds to the firm’s team of over 950 employees across 19 locations, with headquarters in Dubuque. Applications for the new positions are currently being accepted with training to begin immediately.

Rollover Crash Injures Galena Woman

A Galena woman faces drug and other charges after she rolled her vehicle in Jo Daviess County this past weekend. The accident happened at around 3:10 am Sunday morning in rural Galena. According to the sheriff’s office, a car driven by 22 year old Dorienne Molitor was traveling south on Route 84 North and West Valley Road, when she lost control. The car left the road, struck a culvert and rolled several times. Molitor was transported to Midwest Medical Center where she was treated for her injuries. The accident remains under investigation. Molitor has been charged with possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence of alcohol and improper lane usage.

Toilet Paper Pyramid Donation Drive

Next month the Dubuque Hotel and Motel General Manager’s Association has come up with a very unique event to assist several area non-profits. The Association is hosting the first ever Toilet Paper Pyramid Donation Drive on August 14th at Honkamp Hall, located in Steeple Square. Comfort Inn Dyersville General Manager, Terry Drees, says the idea is to promote tourism and help out some great organizations at the same time. Lynette Montes, General Manager of Holiday Inn Express & Suites Dubuque West, says the novel idea came from Dwight Hopfauf, GM of the Hotel Julien Dubuque. Montes says from 9 am to 4 pm on August 14th, both private and public businesses, as well as individuals, can drop off toilet paper donations and help build a 20-foot high pyramid to be donated back to four local non-profits organizations: Opening Doors, Dubuque Food Pantry, Dubuque Rescue Mission and the Dubuque Dream Center. Steeple Square, the former St. Mary’s Catholic Church, is located at 101 E 15th Street.

Dubuque Bike Trail Plans

The Dubuque city council is moving ahead with plans to create a new biking and hiking trail. The trail will go along the north side of Chavenelle Road, between the Northwest Arterial and Seipple Road. The city is working with the Iowa Department of Transportation to construct it. Dubuque will pay a little more than $200,000 while the DOT will pay about $700,000. Construction will begin in the spring of 2020, and be completed later that same year.

Asbury Man Enters Alford Plea

An Asbury man, accused of sexually assaulting a woman and stabbing her has taken a plea deal. Court documents say 47 year old Daniel Fitzgibbons entered an Alford plea to a felony charge of domestic assault impeding air or blood flow causing bodily injury. The plea agreement means that Fitzgibbons is not admitting guilt, but believes there is enough evidence for a conviction. The incident happened last February. Fitzgibbons is accused of strangling and sexually assaulting a woman he knew. He is also accused of stabbing the woman with a pen. He will be sentenced on September 9th.

Federal Prison Sentence For Dubuque Man

A Dubuque man has been sentenced to more than a year in federal prison after pleading guilty to being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and contraband while in jail. Documents from Cedar Rapids district court say 25 year old John Walgren had previously been the subject of state proceedings about his mental health status that made it illegal for him to have firearms. The firearms were given to Walgren by his girlfriend. After being arrested on that charge and while in custody, a family member sent Walgren cards, which concealed Xanax. Walgren was recently sentenced to 14 months in prison. He will also be placed on three years of probation when he is released. There is no parole in the federal system.

Hills And Dales Expanding Autism Services

Hills and Dales in Dubuque is expanding its’ autism services by opening three new clinics in eastern Iowa. These new clinics are located in Dubuque, Dyersville and Maquoketa. The Autism HD program provides applied behavior analysis therapy to children diagnosed with an autism disorder. Autism Services Director Laura Keehner says they saw a growing need for these services, especially in rural communities. It addresses a transportation issue and how kids apply what they learned. Keehner says the program is designed for kids in 5th grade or older. They learn skills like how to go to the grocery store, playing with other children and how to learn in a classroom.

Four Mounds-Cardboard Boats Race

Four Mounds is holding their 10th annual Great Cardboard Boat Race on July 28th, from 1 pm to 4 pm at Dubuque Marina and Yardarm. There is a small fee of $10 to to register online prior to the event to enter the race and $15 the day of the event. Operations and Marketing Manager, Jill Courtney, says attendees will be treated to a free, family-friendly event that will include boat races, prizes, food, drinks, and entertainment. Courtney says they will be selling 50/50 raffle tickets at the race: $5 for 1 ticket or $20 for 5 tickets and special race t-shirts as well. Courtney says they will be giving out awards to the cardboard boat racers in several categories, not just for the top racers. The Yardarm will be selling fundraising flags at the bar and you can stop to enjoy a drink and/or dinner and purchase a flag. All proceeds from the Great Cardboard Boat Race benefit Four Mounds HEART program, which allows youth hands-on learning while they work to rehabilitate homes in downtown Dubuque. For more information or to register to build and enter a boat, go to www.fourmounds.org.

Dubuque Man Takes Plea Deal

A Dubuque man who was indicted on charges of selling crack cocaine near two parks and a college last year has reached a plea deal with prosecutors. Court documents from Cedar Rapids say 32 year old Corey Dukes was charged with two counts of distributing a controlled substance within one thousand feet of a protected area. Both charges are felonies. Dukes recently pled guilty to one of teh charges and as part of the agreement, the second charge was dropped. Authorities alleged that Dukes sold crack on two separate occasions in early December of last year near Loras College and Avon and Rocco Buda Jr. Parks. Court records say Dukes was convicted of drug dealing in Dubuque and Linn Counties and Cook County, Illinois between 2005 and 2015. Dukes faces between 1 and 60 years in federal prison when he is sentenced.

Off-Road Vehicles Not Allowed On Jo Daviees Co. Roads

The Jo Daviess County sheriff’s department is reminding people that driving off-road vehicles, like golf carts, off-road motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and utility task vehicles for recreational use on all county roads is illegal. The sheriff’s office says off-road vehicles are not intended for the road and violators will be issued a citation.

Peru Rd. Lane Closure and Roosevelt St. Closure

The northbound lane of Peru Road will be closed, from just north of Toledo Street to and including the intersection of Roosevelt Street, from 7 a.m. on Monday, until around 5 p.m. on Friday, for water main valve replacements and subsequent concrete replacement project. Access to businesses and residences will be maintained during this project. A temporary traffic signal will be in installed to alternate Peru Rd. traffic. Motorists should expect occasional delays. There will be no access to Roosevelt St. from Peru Rd. and vice versa. Roosevelt St. traffic will be detoured to Sheridan Rd., to Davis St., to Windsor Ave., and to Rhomberg Ave.

Shots Fired in Dubuque-Bogovich

The Dubuque Police Department responded to the area of Foye St and West Locust St for a report of shots fired on July 9th, at approximately 11:32 pm. Officers arrived on scene and located several 9-mm shell casings. A review of traffic camera footage and private security cameras in the area showed a subject, later identified as 21-year old Josiah Lee, of Dubuque, running to a vehicle while being chased by the suspect, 17-year old Isaiah Bogovich, of Dubuque, who was shooting at him. Bogovich was charged as an adult with Attempted Murder for this case. He was also identified as the suspect of a shooting that occurred on July 15th, around 12:55 am, in the area of 515 Pickett St in Dubuque. Bogovich was charged as an adult with three felonies in that incident. Bogovich turned himself in Thursday on warrants for these felony charges and is currently being held in the Dubuque County Jail.

Former Nurse Accused Of Stealing Patients’ Medications

Over a dozen charges have been filed against a former nurse who is accused of stealing medications from patients at a senior assisted living facility in Manchester. Online court records from Jones County say 31 year old Katie Boll is charged with 13 counts of acquiring a controlled substance by misrepresentation and one count of tampering with consumer products. Boll is accused of stealing patients’ opioids as well as morphine. The thefts took place between September of 2018 and January of this year at Good Neighbor Home in Manchester. Boll is also accused of taking prescription pain killers and oxycodone and Tylenol with codeine from patients and replacing the drugs with over the counter painkillers. Boll has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. Her trial is scheduled for September 16th.

Man Dies From Injuries In Crash

A Bellevue, Iowa man who was seriously injured after his motorcycle was struck by a car in Jo Daviess County earlier this month has died from his injuries. A press release from the sheriff’s office says 68 year old Gary Dangelser passed away Monday afternoon at U of I Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. A little after 3 pm on July 7th, a car driven by 18 year old Allison Hoeger of Port Barrington, Illinois was traveling east on Highway 20E in rural Elizabeth, when Dangelser pulled off of South Derinda Road onto the highway. Hoeger’s car crashed into the motorcycle. Both Hoeger and Dangelser were transported to Iowa City. Hoeger’s condition has not been released.

Dubuque Priest Appointed Diocese Of DM

A Dubuque priest has been appointed bishop elect for the Diocese of Des Moines. According to an announcement this morning from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Reverend William Joensen was appointed by Pope Francis after the pope accepted the resignation of Reverend Richard Pates. Pates had served in the role since 2008 and he turned 75 last year. The 59 year old Joensen was born in Waterloo and grew up in Ames. He was ordained as a priest in the Archdiocese of Dubuque in June of 1989. Joensen currently serves as dean of spiritual life at Loras College and spiritual director of St. Pius X Seminary in Dubuque. His past assignments include serving as associate pastor of Sacred Heart Parish from 1989 to 1992, associate pastor of Church of the Resurrection from 1992 to 1995 and chaplain of Clarke University from 2003 to 2010. Joensen’s ordination as bishop and installation in the Diocese of Des Moines is scheduled for September 27.

2019 NATA FAST Clinic-Dubuque Airport

The North American Trainer Association (NATA) will host their 2019 Formation and Safety Team Clinic and Member Gathering at the Dubuque Regional Airport starting today through Sunday. Keith Rahe, President and CEO of Travel Dubuque, says this year marks their 12-year history in the area. Rahe says, weather permitting, the 60 to 70 planes in attendance will actually perform aerial maneuvers. Rahe says the 4 day event gives people a great chance to see iconic military planes up close at the old airfield at the airport. Rahe says Dubuque is blessed to be able to host unique events like this one, and the vintage British road and race cars visit earlier this month, for the Tri-State area. The North American Trainer Association is an independent, non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation, restoration and safe operation and enjoyment of military aircraft.

Picture courtesy of NATA


Alliant Energy Heat-Energy Costs

The extreme heat and humidity this week is not only hard on people and animals but energy costs soar due to heavy use of air conditioning. Alliant Energy spokesman, Mike Wagner, says even the evening and overnight hours are not going to bring much relief the next few days. Wagner says there are some simple steps to help manage your energy costs such as making sure the air conditioner is in good shape, using fans, and keeping curtains and blinds drawn. Wagner says if you have other ways of cooking rather than the oven, use them, and if you are having a gathering, crank up the A/C in advance of the arrival of company. For more energy tips go to www.alliantenergy.com or visit the Alliant Energy Facebook page.

Concerts Paying Big Dividends At Q

The “Back Waters Stage Concerts” are paying big dividends at Q Casino in Dubuque. Last Sunday, up and coming country music artist Kane Brown played before a record breaking crowd of more than five thousand. Q general manager Brian Rakestraw says at first they thought the weather could be a problem, but mother-nature finally cooperated. Rakestraw says everything they and the Dubuque Racing Association do is with community in mind. The demographics are also changing at Q as part of a long-term movement. Rakestraw says they have something for everyone during the second half of the summer.
Summer’s Last Blast is scheduled for August 24th and the 25th and is for all ages.

Women Lead Change Dubuque-Scholarships

Women Lead Change, a group that develops, advances and promotes women and their organizations to impact the regional economy, will bring some well known speakers to Dubuque in November. Amy Eaton, Director of Marketing & Strategic Development, says scholarship applications for both professionals and students are now open for the 2019 Women Lead Change Dubuque Conference. Eaton says the conference is a great way for students looking for an internship or a job and to hear some fantastic female speakers. Eaton says the conference will include keynote addresses from Carly Fiorina and Dubuque native, actress Kate Mulgrew. The 2019 Dubuque Conference will take place on November 21st at the Grand River Center. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is October 10th. For more information about the event and scholarships go to https://www.wlcglobal.org/events/2019-dubuque-conference/.  The Dubuque Conference presenting sponsor is MidWestOne Bank.

Georgia Man Charged With Assault

A Georgia man was arrested at a local hotel over the weekend after Dubuque police say he slammed a woman so hard into a wall that she fell and broke several bones in her foot. According to a police report the incident happened early Sunday morning at the Best Western Plus Dubuque Hotel and Conference Center on Dodge Street. Online court records say 45 year old James Donehoo of Griffin, Georgia is charged with assault causing serious injury, domestic assault with injury and public intoxication. Officers were initially called to the hotel a few minutes before 1 am Sunday. They arrested Donehoo for public intoxication. Police were called to the hotel again nearly 9 hours later. A woman was being transported to the hospital with a foot injury. The woman told officers before Donehoo was arrested he had slammed her into a bathroom wall in their hotel room and as she was falling her foot struck a granite corner breaking three bones. The woman also had a bruise on her head from being slammed into the wall.

New Principal At Holy Family School

A former elementary school teacher at St. Anthony’s in Dubuque is now the principal at that school. The Holy Family board of directors has selected Carolyn Wiezorek to lead St. Anthony and the Our Lady of Guadalupe Spanish immersion program. Wiezorek taught at St. Anthony from 1986 to 1992. Before taking her current position, Wiezorek taught 4th grade at Prescott elementary and was an associate professor of education at Clarke University. She also served as head diving coach at Wahlert Catholic from 2012 to 2014. She earned her elementary education degree from the University of Iowa. Wiezorek has a master’s degree in gifted education and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Northern Iowa.

Monarch Fueling Station

Monarch butterflies and other pollinators need to refuel themselves before moving to another location, but a lot of land in rural parts of Iowa is used for farming, making it difficult for monarch butterflies and other similar species to pollinate when they need to. To address the issue, Western Dubuque Biodiesel is creating a “Monarch Fueling Station” at its’ plant near Farley. General manager Tom Brooks says the monarch habitat will be at least one acre in size and they’ll start the process by spraying to eradicate non-native grasses this summer and again in the fall. There is more land for the seeding of native plants and milkweed, and Brooks says there’s the possibility of expanding the acreage. Brooks says part of his company’s mission is to create fuel that is environmentally friendly. He says the fueling station project is a unique way to continue doing that. It will take about three years before the monarch habitat is in full bloom. The project was established by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. The coordinator is Kevin Reynolds, the husband of Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds.


A local non-profits has received its’ grant from the Dubuque Racing Association. The Dubuque Area Labor Management Council will use the money to improve efficiencies and reduce operating expenses by acquiring new laptops. The cost savings measure will allow the organization to enhance marketing and program materials that are produced by labor management staff. The funds awarded are part of the DRA’s grant program.

Drug Bust In Grant County

A traffic stop in Grant County led to the arrest of a Milwaukee couple on drug charges this week. According to the sheriff’s office a deputy clocked a car going 94 mph north on Highway 151 shortly before 11:30 Tuesday night. The deputy then pulled the vehicle over. While speaking to the driver, later identified as 27 year old Eric Kuehn, the deputy could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The deputy searched the car and found over 8 pounds of marijuana, large quantities of marijuana wax and marijuana edible type products. Kuehn and his passenger, 28 year old Alexandra Kuehn were arrested and transported to the county jail. They are both charged with possession of THC with intent to deliver.

Gas Leak-Hwy 136 Dyersville

Hwy 136 in Dyersville is closed between Floyd Road and Beltline Road and traffic is being detoured until early to mid- afternoon. The cause of the closure is a commercial gas line leak at Helle Farm Equipment.

Cooling Centers Open In Dubuque

The extreme heat and humidity is taking a toll on air conditioners as they work to keep homes and businesses cool. But the heat can also have a drastic effect on children, adults and pets. Several cooling centers opened in Dubuque this week. They are at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library, the Multicultural Family Center, Operation New View, Bunker Hill Golf Course Clubhouse and the Salvation Army. People at the greatest risk for a heat related illness are people over the age of 65, infants and young children, people who are overweight, people who work outdoors and people who have chronic health conditions.

Dubuque Satellite Distribution Center

A growing lifestyle brand is expanding its’ distribution operations with a new center in Dubuque. Duluth Trading Company, which is based in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin will be opening what it is calling a satellite distribution center. It will help operations with its’ primary distribution center in Belleville, Wisconsin. The facility will employ 12 full-time staff, as well as 200 or more seasonal employees during the company’s peak sales season. According to job listings on the company’s website, peak times run from roughly August through February. Employees will give more capacity to their internet sales distribution along with providing distribution to the company’s brick and mortar locations. The over 100,000 square foot facility is expected to open in early August.

DRA Special Project Grant

The Dubuque Racing Association has created a new grant program.. Unlike the regular grant program that distributes limited amounts of money to area non-profits for various causes, the new Special Project Grant program will award much larger amounts of money to qualifying applicants for innovative projects in the community. DRA board member Rick Dickinson says the current grant program will remain intact. Dickinson says there is no guarantee that any project is funded through the Special Project Grant. Applications are now being accepted through the end of August. Projects to be considered by the grant committee must be unique. Dickinson says the plan is to provide funding for the Special Project Grant program every year.
Applications will be considered by the DRA board of directors at its’ meeting in November.