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Dubuque Receives Financial Services Award

November 30, 2021

The city of Dubuque has received a financial services award for the 33rd consecutive year. The city received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the city’s comprehensive annual financial report by the Government Finance Officers Association of the US and Canada. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

Platteville, WI, Woman Seriously Injured In Sunday Crash

November 30, 2021

A Platteville, Wisconsin woman is identiifed as the victim of a serious crash. Authorities say 41 year-old Melissa Garner, of Platteville, was headed west Sunday in the W6900 block of State Highway 39 at about 2:30 in the morning, when she sweerved to avoid a deer in the roadway. Garner’s vehicle entered the roadside ditch and struck a fence and embankment. Deputies say Garner was wearing her seatbelt. The extent of her injuries are not known.

Alliant Credit Union Changing Its Name

November 29, 2021

You know it as Alliant Credit Union but as of January 1st will become AIM Credit Union. A press release states that name is being changed to reflect the credit union’s growth and to avoid confusion with Chicago-based Alliant Credit Union, which was known as United Airlines Credit Union until 2003.

Search On To Find New Superintendent

November 29, 2021

The Dubuque Community School Board is getting underway with the process of finding Superintendent Stan Rheingans’ replacement. Rheingans has been named the next chief administrator of Keystone Area Education Agency. He’ll be on the job here until June 30. The Telegraph Herald reports at a board meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 30, members will examine what they need to do to amend Rheingans’ contract so he can be released to his new position when it starts.

Iowa Drivers to Be Among First in Nation with Mobile Driver’s Licenses

November 28, 2021

(AP) Iowa motorists will soon have the option of keeping their driver’s license on their phones.

State officials have begun a pilot project to make digital driver’s licenses, or “mobile IDs,” available for download via smartphone apps sometime in 2022. Iowa is one of several states that have considered, tested or begun issuing digital versions of driver’s licenses.

Iowa plans to test devices equipped with digital versions through December, with about 100 state Department of Transportation employees expected to enlist by spring as a test group to make sure the app works.

Sun Down Mountain Resort Opens for Season

November 28, 2021

Sun Down Mountain Resort opened for the first time of the 2021-22 winter season on Saturday.

Eastern Iowa’s only ski resort said on social media yesterday they were able to make enough manmade snow to open for a limited run in their beginner areas only. Lift tickets are $18, and the resort will be open today (Sunday) from 10a-4p.

Sun Down officials say they will close Monday-Thursday to re-evaluate snowmaking capabilities to see if they can open again next weekend.

DBQ Master Airport Plan Aims to Increase Passenger Load 30% by 2040

November 27, 2021

Prior to the pandemic, around 104 passengers flew in and out of Dubuque Regional Airport each day.

With travel on the rebound, local and state officials are hoping a $150M master plan will now add the number of passengers coming through the airport by nearly 30 percent over the next two decades.

Some of those long-term projects included as part of the master plan include a building a new taxiway and apron, as well as expanding the airport itself.

Local Unemployment Rate Falls Below State, National Average

November 27, 2021

Unemployment in eastern Iowa was once again lower than both state and national averages in October. Some local business officials say thanks to seasonal employment, the local jobless rate could fall even further over the next 30-90 days.

In October, Dubuque County had an unemployment rate of 3.2% last month. That’s down a half point from the same time in 2020, and far below the state average (3.9%) and national average (4.6%) for last month.

The October unemployment rate in Dubuque County did jump slightly from September, when the jobless rate sat at 2.9%.

Another Holiday Light Drop Off Point

November 26, 2021

A third drop-off location for unwanted holiday lights has been established in Dubuque County. The lights can be dropped off now through Jan. 14 in marked containers at the Dubuque County Library District branch in Asbury, in addition to the containers outside of the City of Dubuque Municipal Services Center, 925 Kerper Court, and at Carnegie-Stout Public Library, according to a press release.

Dubuque Man Sentenced For Exposing Himself

November 24, 2021

A Dubuque man is serving 60 days behind bars after authorities say he exposed himself to a girl younger than 15. 71 year old
Kenneth E. Katzenburger, 71, was sentenced after pleading guilty to a charge of indecent exposure. As part of a plea deal, two counts of indecent contact with a child were dismissed. Katzenburger’s sentence also requires him to register as a sex offender.