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Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 17. Wind chill values as low as -10. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight: A 20 percent chance of snow after 7pm. Cloudy, with a low around 11. Wind chill values as low as zero. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday: A slight chance of snow before 1pm, then a chance for flurries. Cloudy, with a high near 28. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 24.

Dubuque and TriState

Feingold Mum on Next Move

Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold is leaving his job as a special envoy to the Great Lakes Region of Africa without tipping his hand on his next political move. Feingold is wrapping up an 18-month diplomatic mission for the State Department next month. The Democrat didn't talk about a possible rematch with Republican Senator Ron Johnson during a speech earlier this week at the U.S. Institute of Peace. For his part though, Johnson isn't shying away from that man who could again be his opponent.

The only hint Feingold gave about his future political ambitions came when he thanked his assistant, Mary Irvine, whom he described as his "once, current and I hope future chief of staff."

Supervisors React to Wilkinson

Improved communication is cited as one thing that may have been able to save the Dubuque County Engineer's job. Bret Wilkinson resigned his post after a meeting with the county Board of Supervisors on Wednesday night. At the meeting, the Supervisors went into closed session to discuss Wilkinson's job performance, and informed him that he could either resign or be relieved of his duties. Supervisor Wayne Demmer says Wilkinson did a poor job of informing the board about problems with several road projects.

Wilkinson's resignation leaves the county without an engineer or an assistant engineer, as that position has been vacant since last month. Demmer says the county is taking a look at what their options are until someone new is hired.

Wilkinson is the second consecutive county engineer that has run into problems with the board. Mike Felderman was fired from the position in 2010, leading to Wilkinson's hiring in October of that year. According to Demmer, the engineer is a position that can require a lot of one person.

Among the projects the board took issue with were on Farley and Asbury Roads, both of which have seen significant delays.

Regional News

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say they're investigating a letter left at an Ames mosque that contained anti-Muslim messages and threats. Ames Police spokesman Jason Tuttle says officers responded around 4 p.m. Thursday to a report that the note had been left on the door of Darul Arqum Islamic Center.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Davenport officials are seeking state funds for a proposed youth sports complex that would include a hotel and other amenities. The Quad-City Times reports that Davenport plans to apply for Iowa Economic Development Authority grants for the project comprised of a 200-room hotel, a water park, a shopping and restaurant area and a youth sports complex.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court is dismissing a lawsuit brought by chiropractors who claimed the state's dominant health insurer was engaging in illegal price-fixing. The lawsuit challenged Wellmark's practice of making its negotiated reimbursement rates for medical providers available to self-insured employers and out-of-state insurers in the Blue Cross Blue Shield network. It contended those deals violated Iowa antitrust law by restricting competition.

GRIMES, Iowa (AP) - Police say they have discovered a body in the area where a car had earlier been found in an icy Iowa creek. Authorities say the car was found Friday morning just north of Grimes with no one inside. The body was later discovered nearby. KCCI-TV reports that the car belongs to a woman who was reported missing on Monday.

Here is the latest Wisconsin news from The Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The company looking to open an iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin says it is closing its office in Hurley effective tomorrow, casting doubt on the future of the project that sparked fierce debate and opposition from environmentalists and tribal members near the site. Bill Williams, president of mining company Gogebic Taconite, released a statement yesterday announcing the sudden move.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A former Dane County sheriff's deputy has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the killings of his wife and sister-in-law. The Wisconsin State Journal says 40-year-old Andrew Steele of Fitchburg was diagnosed with terminal ALS in June. The defense says his disease causes poor impulse control and affects his ability to obey the law.

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) - A Marathon County judge has sentenced 23-year-old Warren Krohn to 25 years in prison in the 2012 beating death of popular Wausau bowler Kerby Kniess. Daily Herald Media reports that Circuit Judge Gregory Grau handed down the sentence yesterday after hearing more than two hours of testimony.

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Michigan is joining the federal government in appealing a decision that restores legal protections for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region. Federal Judge Beryl Howell ruled in December that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service erred by dropping the region's wolf population from the list of endangered and threatened species in 2012. Howell said Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin didn't provide adequate protection and the wolves haven't repopulated their historic range. Michigan filed an appeal notice Friday.

Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he's "staying out of" the Chicago mayor's race. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia are facing off April 7th. Emanuel and Rauner are friends and worked together during Emanuel's time as an investment banker.

CHICAGO (AP) - FBI agents have again searched the suburban Chicago home of a man charged with trying to travel with his siblings to Syria to join the Islamic State group. Defense attorney Tom Durkin and FBI spokeswoman Joan Hyde yesterday confirmed the search at Mohammed Hamzah Khan's Bolingbrook home on Thursday. It was first searched on the day of the 19-year-old's arrest, October 4th. WMAQ-TV showed video of one agent carrying away a hard drive. Hyde didn't provide details.

CHICAGO (AP) - A suburban Chicago woman who was shot in a 2002 attack in Jerusalem is among plaintiffs who could benefit from multimillion-dollar judgment against two Palestinian entities. WMAQ-TV reports Shayna Gould testified recently during the trial in New York City. On Monday, a jury found the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority liable in a series of terrorist attacks in the early 2000s in Israel that killed or wounded Americans.

FRISCO, Colo. (AP) - Authorities say a 46-year-old man died while skiing at Breckenridge, marking the second on-mountain death at the resort in four days. The Summit Daily reports Krzysztof Kostelic of Rolling Meadows, Illinois died Thursday morning while skiing an intermediate run. He was wearing a helmet.

National News

Car bombs kill 27 in Iraq...Russian opposition leader shot dead...Homeland Security funded for another week

BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraqi authorities say 27 people have been killed in car bombings north of Baghdad. The attacks targeted a crowded market and Shiite militia checkpoints. Meanwhile, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is vowing to track down and punish those who smashed rare ancient artifacts in the northern city of Mosul.

MOSCOW (AP) - A planned anti-government protest march set for tomorrow in Russia has been canceled following the shooting death of a prominent opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin. Protest organizers say they'll hold a march of mourning tomorrow instead. Boris Nemtsov was gunned down on a bridge near the Kremlin. Opposition figures are furious and Putin offered his condolences, calling the death a "provocation."

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Homeland Security Department has enough money to run business as usual for another week President Barack Obama signed the stopgap funding bill passed by Congress just before a deadline. The clash between Obama and Republicans is over whether to include language repealing Obama's immigration actions. The stopgap bill means the process is likely to repeat itself next week.

DENVER (AP) - A family attorney says an autopsy undermines the Denver police version of the shooting death of a 17-year-old girl who officers say aimed her car at them. The autopsy says Jessica Hernandez suffered four gunshot wounds and the attorney says the results show that the bullets that likely killed her were fired from the driver's side of the car, not from in front of it.


Rose expected out 4-6 weeks...Brewers' Ramirez to retire...Browns get McCown...Logano takes pole

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Bulls expect Derrick Rose to be out just four to six weeks after undergoing knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus. General manager Gar Forman described the procedure as minor and said that the point guard was able to walk out of the hospital. Rose had an MRI on Tuesday after complaining of knee pain, but the team isn't sure when the injury occurred.

UNDATED (AP) - Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez has announced that he will retire at the end of the season, his 18th in the majors. The 36-year-old Ramirez hit .285 last year with 15 homers and 66 RBIs. He's also a lifetime .285 hitter with 369 home runs and 1,342 runs batted in.

UNDATED (AP) - The Browns and veteran quarterback Josh McCown have worked out a contract, which likely means Brian Hoyer has played his final game for Cleveland. McCown went 1-10 while completing 56 percent of his passes for 2,206 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions as Tampa Bay's starter last season.

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) - Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano has won the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Logano led the final session of qualifying with a blistering lap of 194.683 mph to beat out Kevin Harvick for the pole. Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart were among 13 drivers who didn't get on the track after failing to pass inspection.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Rory McIlroy has missed the cut at the PGA's Honda Classic. The world's No. 1 golfer had just one birdie and bogeyed three of his last four holes for a 4-over-74 that left him 7-over for the tournament and four shots below the cut line. Patrick Reed is the clubhouse leader at 6-under, but Brendan Steele was at minus-8 through four holes today before play was suspended by rain.

NBA Scores

Bulls 96, Timberwolves 89

Pacers 93, Cavaliers 86

76ers 89, Wizards 81

Celtics 106, Hornets 98

Warriors 113, Raptors 89

Hawks 95, Magic 88

Clippers 97, Grizzlies 79

Pelicans 104, Heat 102

Rockets 102, Nets 98

Knicks 121, Pistons 115

Jazz 104, Nuggets 82

Spurs 107, Kings 96

Suns 117, Thunder 113

College Woman’s Basketball

Missouri State 72, Northern Iowa 70

Wichita State 80, Drake 59


Fighting Saints 5, Bloomington 2

Local Schedule for Saturday

In high school boys basketball tonight, Nora Gym at Senior will host the 2-A Substate Final with Cascade and Monticello. In Class 1-A Bellevue Marquette Catholic plays for a trip to the state tournament when they face Bell Plaine at Cedar Rapids Prairie High School. Both games start at 7:00pm

In college men's basketball; the Iowa Conference Men's Tournament Championship is on the line this evening as Dubuque hosts Wartburg at 7 o'clock. The winner gets an automatic bid to the N.C.A.A. Division 3 Tournament. In women's basketball in the semi-finals of the M.C.C. tournament, Clarke is at Saint Ambrose.

In college wrestling today, the Five Flags Civic Center is hosting the N.C.A.A Central Regional Tournament starting at 9 o'clock and running through day. There will be 20 ranked wrestlers represented in the 10 weight classes. All eight Iowa Conference schools including Dubuque and Loras will be represented, as well as Augustana College (Ill.), University of the Ozarks (Ark.), Cornell College (Iowa), Huntingdon College (Ala.), and Knox College (Ill.). The top three wrestlers in each weight class will advance to compete for a national title in Hershey, Pennsylvania on March 13 and 14.

In hockey tonight, the Dubuque Fighting Saints welcome the Waterloo Black Hawks to the Mystique Ice Arena with game time at 7:05pm.

Wisconsin State Wrestling

A quartet of Southwest Wisconsin high school wrestlers will be wrestling for state championships tonight at the Kohl Center in Madison after winning their semi-final matches last night in Division 3. From Lancaster, Cole Martin will be seeking his third state title at 145 pounds and teammate David Chadd his 2nd title at 195. Alston Nutter of Fennimore will wrestle for the 120 pound title and Ross Siegenthaler of Mineral Point will try to claim the title at 138 pounds. Several area wrestlers are still alive for as high as 3rd place and will be in the consolation bracket this morning. The list includes from Fennimore Riley Blair at 106, Riley Lull at 113 and Brock Steldt at 182. Also wrestling this morning Frank Baker of Mineral Point at 132, Luke Nowak of Iowa Grant at 170, and Zack Wolf of Darlington-Black Hawk at 285. In Divison 2, Josh Donar of Cuba City/Benton/Southwestern is also alive for as high as 3rd at 138 pounds.