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Dubuque Mask Ordinance Enforcement

August 11, 2020

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

Clarke Receives Scholarships for Veteran Students

August 11, 2020

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

12-year olds Letter to Vet

August 11, 2020

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

Galena Possible Drowning Victim

August 11, 2020

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

Dubuque Community Schools Delay

August 11, 2020

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

Dubuque County Farmer Field Day

August 11, 2020

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

City Council First Ward Special Election

August 10, 2020

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

Habitat Pop-Up Re-Sale

August 10, 2020

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

Missing Woman

August 10, 2020

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

Drowning Victim

August 10, 2020

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

811 Day Is Tuesday

August 10, 2020

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

Multi-Vehicle Crash In Dubuque Injures 4

August 10, 2020

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

YMCA School Age Care Program

August 7, 2020

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

 

 

Meth Arrests In SW Wisconsin

August 7, 2020

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

NICC Offering Alternative Learning Options

August 7, 2020

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

ATV Accident In Lafayette County

August 7, 2020

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

City Council Votes For Mandatory Masks

August 7, 2020

The Dubuque City Council met Thursday and voted unanimously to approve an ordinance requiring face coverings in indoor public places. Mayor Roy Boul said the continued increase in positive cases of COVID-19 makes this the time to act. Fourth Ward councilman Brad Cavanagh said it is time for them to challenge Governor Kim Reynolds and take matters into their own hands. Second Ward council member Laura Roussell said Dubuque’s economic well being means getting the virus under control. Kevin Lynch, who represents the First Ward, said if the current fatality numbers in Dubuque County were due to a natural disaster, there would be an outcry for action. The ordinance requires wearing a mask in public settings like grocery stores, retail stores, and pharmacies and outside when not able to social distance. City council members decided to forego another ordinance that would have required bars, restaurants, and gyms to limit capacity to 50 percent. The mask ordinance goes into effect Saturday. The Dubuque Police Department will start enforcing the mandate on Monday. Violations will be processed with a $10 fine that would increase to $15 after 30 days unpaid.

 

 

 

City Council Mandatory Masks

August 6, 2020

The Dubuque City Council will meet today at 5 pm night to discuss a pair of options on requiring a mask in public settings like grocery stores, retail stores, and pharmacies. It would also mandate wearing a mask outside when not able to social distance. The first option the council will consider pertains only to the mask mandate, the second would also include scaling back capacity to 50-percent in bars, restaurants, and fitness centers. Council members Brad Cavanaugh, Ric Jones, Laura Roussell and Kevin Lynch voiced support for a local mask mandate earlier this week. Last week, the city of Dubuque and Dubuque County were identified as “red zones” for elevated dangers of spreading COVID-19 in the latest report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Western Dubuque School Delay

August 6, 2020

After a lengthy meeting with county health officials on Tuesday, the Western Dubuque Community School District determined that the governor’s plan for schools to work with their local county health officials is not complete. Because additional time to work with county health officials is needed to reopen schools safely and responsibly, the district is recommending moving the school start date back from August 13th to Monday, August 24th for all Kindergarten through 12th graders. School will start for all Pre-K students on August 25th. Until further notice they will hold face-to-face school, Monday-Thursday, from 8 am to 3 pm, each week and students will not attend school on Friday (beginning on August 28th). The school year will end on Friday, June 4th. The school board will vote on the recommendation at its next meeting on Monday. The Dubuque Community Schools superintendent has also recommended the district delay the start date for going back to school by a week to August 24th

No Public Events In ED This Year

August 6, 2020

There will be no public events for the rest of the year in East Dubuque. That’s the word from Mayor Kirk Van Ostrand. He says the events have been canceled due to concerns about COVID-19. Cancelled events include the weekly car show event, Cruisin Thursdays and the Wing Crawl, which was scheduled for August 15th. Van Ostrand says rising cases of COVID-19 in Jo Daviess County is particularly concerning to him and the city council. He says he has the authority as Mayor to cancel any event that poses a health risk to the public.

Masks To Be Required At NMRMA Next Week

August 6, 2020

Starting next Monday, patrons of the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium who are five years of age or older will be required to wear a mask, on Mondays only. Museum officials say “Mask Mondays” are being implemented in an attempt to provide people 60 and older, expectant mothers, and others with underlying health conditions an opportunity to more safely enjoy the exhibits and animals. Masks will remain optional for guests every other day of the week. People can bring their own mask, or purchase one at the box office for a dollar. Staff members and volunteers will continue to wear masks every day. Marketing and communications director Wendy Scardino says they are following the example of other zoos and aquariums that have set aside specific days and hours dedicated to creating an environment where masks are required.

Potosi Man Injured After Hitting Deer

August 6, 2020

A Potosi man was injured after he struck a deer with his motorcycle in Grant County Tuesday evening. According to the sheriff’s office, 28 year old Daniel Udelhoven was traveling west on Dutch Hollow Road at around 6:30 in Potosi Township when he hit a deer in the road. The crash caused Udelhoven to lose control of the motorcycle which entered the ditch line. The motorcycle sustained heavy damage. Udelhoven was first taken to Grant Regional before being airlifted to UW Hospitals in Madison. His condition has not been released. Udelhoven was not wearing a helmet.

No Brat Feed & Ball Game This Year

August 6, 2020

Every August for the past two plus decades, the Darlington police department has hosted the annual Brat Feed & Ball Game and picnic. It’s a fundraising event for the DARE program. But because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s game and picnic had to be cancelled. Instead the department will be hosting a drive-thru at the Festival Grounds next to Casey’s General Store today. Darlington police chief Jason King says te money raised is used for the department’s DARE program, as well as other prevention programs. The drive-thru food pickup will be held from 5 to 7 pm today. This is year 23 that the department has hosted the event.

Dubuque Woman Charged After Incident With Police

August 6, 2020

A Dubuque woman has been charged after police say she threw a kitchen knife at a man she resided with and then assaulted officers while being taken into custody. 44 year old Laura Moen was arrested at Mercy Hospital Monday morning and charged with domestic assault while displaying a weapon, child endangerment, three counts of assault on persons in certain occupations and two counts of interference with official acts. The incident happened on July 23rd.  Officers went to Moen’s residence in the 2700 block of Bankston Drive to investigate a report of a disturbance. When they arrived they learned that Moen had chased a man with a knife in the presence of his 11 year old daughter. When the man got in his car and drove away, Moen threw the knife at the vehicle. By the time police arrived she had barricaded herself in a bedroom. Officers were able to gain entry and as they attempted to arrest Moen she began screaming and kicking at them. Before Moen was finally subdued and handcuffed she had punched and kicked two officers. She was taken to the hospital for a mental health evaluation.

Dubuque Shots Fired

August 5, 2020

The Dubuque Police Department investigated a report of shots fired Tuesday night. At 10:08 officers were in the 2200 block of White Street when they heard shots in the 2200 block of Washington. Upon arrival they found shell casings and a vehicle with bullet holes in it. No injuries were reported. There were city traffic cameras in the area and the incident remains under investigation.

Finley Health 2020 Miracles on the Mississippi Gala

August 5, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Finley Health Foundation and its board of directors have made the decision to move the 2020 Miracles on the Mississippi Gala to a virtual event and online auction on Friday, August 14th at 6 p.m. Event details are online at unitypoint.org/gala. Funds raised from the event will support the COVID-19 response fund at Finley Hospital. For those unable to participate in the virtual gala, but would like to support programs and services at Finley Hospital, you can give online at: www.unitypoint.org/dbqgive or mail your gift to: Finley Health Foundation, 350 N. Grandview Ave. Dubuque, IA 52001.

Creslanes Bowling Closing Its’ Doors

August 5, 2020

An entertainment venue that has been a mainstay in Dubuque for over six decades will be closing its’ doors for good next week. A press release from Crescent Electric Supply Company, which owns Creslanes Bowling Alley and Pro Shop on Main Street, says the facility will close permanently on August 14th. The release doesn’t mention the COVID-19 pandemic, but it quotes a company spokesman who says “this was a very difficult decision and a direct result of the current circumstances, yet it is also aligned with our go forward strategy to focus more time and resources on the performance of our core business.” The release goes on to thank the customers and employees who have help make Creslanes a destination of entertainment and family fun in the Dubuque Community for years. Crescent Electric, located in East Dubuque says they remain committed to supporting the community of Dubuque.

Reynolds: “Schools That Refuse To Follow Mandate Are Defying The Law"

August 5, 2020

Some Iowa school district officials say they will not abide by a mandate issued by Governor Kim Reynolds that requires all districts across the state to start the school year with 50-percent in-person learning and 50-percent online. During her twice weekly news conference on Tuesday, the Governor said districts that choose not to return to school with at least 50-percent in-person instruction are not defying her, but defying the law. Earlier the legislature unanimously passed a bill requiring in-person learning as the primary mode of education and Reynolds says that’s what they’re working to implement. Reynolds says the vast majority of school districts already have plans in place that meet the requirement for at least 50-percent in-person instruction. The Dubuque and Western Dubuque school boards just recently voted to approve their “Return to Learn” plans, which are a hybrid process of learning. That’s 50-percent in-person and 50-percent online to start the year.

Dubuque Man Charged With Assault

August 5, 2020

A Dubuque man has been charged with assault after police say he attacked another man with a baseball bat late last year. Court records say the incident happened on the afternoon of December 29th. 27 year old Artin Thomas was arrested early Monday morning and charged with assault causing serious injury. Police say a man went to Thomas’ apartment in the 1400 block of Central Avenue to inquire about a vehicle that his friend had just purchased. Thomas became agitated and began swinging a baseball bat at the man striking him in the arm. As the victim was trying to go down a flight of steps to avoid being hit again, Thomas struck him in the back of the head three to five times. The man was treated for serious head injuries at U of I Hospitals and Clinics. Traffic camera footage captured the entire incident and an arrest warrant was issued for Thomas on July 10th.

Hit-And-Run Spree In Darlington

August 5, 2020

A Darlington man faces a laundry-list of charges after he went on a hit-and-run spree this past weekend that damaged vehicles and property in that southwest Wisconsin community. 41 year old Mateo Domingo-Carmelo faces charges ranging from hit-and-run to an unattended vehicle in a park to failure to notify police of an accident. A few minutes before 3:30 Sunday morning police received a report of a damaged vehicle on Ohio Street. As officers were investigating, they found more damaged vehicles as well as a stop sign and some private lawns. No injuries were reported in any of the incidents, but in all seven vehicles were damaged.

Dubuque Community Schools Delay

August 5, 2020

Stan Rheingans, Dubuque Community Schools superintendent, has recommended district officials delay going back to school. Rheingans made the proposal to the School Board Tuesday that the district move the first day of school from, August 14th back to the originally scheduled date of Monday, August 24, pending approval at the School Board meeting next Monday. In the proposed modification, orientation days would be on Thursday, August 20, and Friday, August 21. Rheingans said most questions they are receiving from families seeking more specifics are about contact tracing and how the district will determine when to transition from one learning model to another. The district has been unable to provide these specifics as they are awaiting state guidance. The district recently sent out a Learn Method Selection Form and have received responses from 93 percent of students. Based on initial results, approximately 78.3 percent of families plan to begin the year in the hybrid format and about 21.7 percent  plan to begin fully online.

Dubuque Test Iowa Clinic Appointments

August 4, 2020

The Test Iowa Clinic being offered at Epic Health & Wellness at 1075 Cedar Cross Road in Dubuque has expanded their hours and will now only take appointments. Appointments must be made for all testing at this location and are available Monday through Thursday, by calling 563-583-6595 after you have taken the Test Iowa assessment. People will then be provided an identification number, which is required to be tested. To take an assessment or request a test, visit www.testiowa.com.

Wisconsin AARP Safe Voting

August 4, 2020

Wisconsin voters participating in the August 11th primary and/or the November 3rd general election have several ways to vote safely during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Lisa Lampkins, Director of AARP-Wisconsin, says people over the age of 50 are at a higher risk. Voting in Wisconsin absentee and early voting are good options but not the only ones. Lampkins says be sure if voting by mail, send it in plenty of time prior to election day. Voters who request an absentee ballot will be sent instructions on how to complete it. This includes having a witness sign the absentee ballot certificate on your return envelope. Any registered voter Wisconsin can request an absentee ballot from their municipal clerk. For more information about safely voting go to states.aarp.org/wisconsin.

 

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Alliant Community Grants

August 4, 2020

Alliant Energy and its Foundation invite community and nonprofit organizations to begin applying for community grants. Applications will be accepted through September 1st. The community grants are available for local programs and projects that benefit residents in the communities Alliant Energy serves throughout Iowa and Wisconsin. Examples of projects that have received grants in the past include meal programs to fight hunger, reading initiatives, nature restoration projects and the purchase of equipment for first responders. Grants typically range from $500 to $5,000. The Alliant Energy Foundation will communicate all grant decisions by November 1st. Grants are funded solely by Alliant Energy shareowners. Go to alliantenergy.com under the tab Community & Stewardship for more information about the grants and community programs.

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City Council Discussion Mandatory Masks

August 4, 2020

The Dubuque City Council met in work session Monday and the prospect of a mandatory mask mandate was brought up. Rick Dickinson, President and CEO of e Greater Dubuque Development Corporation, told the council if the spread of the coronavirus is not slowed down, the economic picture for Dubuque is bleak. Dickinson told council members he supports a mask mandate. Fourth Ward councilman Brad Cavanaugh also supports a mask mandate and suggested the council take matters into its own hands since Governor Reynolds won’t. Council members Ric Jones, Laura Roussell, and Kevin Lynch also voiced support for a local mask mandate. Last week, the city of Dubuque and Dubuque County were identified as “red zones” for elevated dangers of spreading COVID-19 in the latest report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Field of Dreams Game PPD

August 4, 2020

Major League Baseball’s Field of Dreams game in Iowa has been postponed until 2021 because of the novel coronavirus. The game at a newly constructed ballpark on the cornfield adjacent to the site of the 1989 movie had been scheduled for Aug. 13 in Dyersville. The Chicago White Sox originally had been set to host the New York Yankees. When MLB remade its schedule following the delayed start to the season, the St. Louis Cardinals became the opponent. MLB will keep the White Sox for the game next year. The other team has not been determined.

Jones County Head Start Grant

August 3, 2020

The Hiawatha-based Hawkeye Community Action Program will receive a grant totaling $539,476 for their Head Start program from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The Hawkeye Area Community Action Program is the community action agency serving 6 Iowa counties, including Jones County. In addition to facilitating Head Start programming, it provides numerous other community services including meals, veterans’ services, affordable housing and financial literacy programs.

Delaware County Board-No Confidence Vote

August 3, 2020

The Delaware County Board of Supervisors has unanimously passed a vote of no confidence in the county sheriff. The resolution said John LeClere failed to provide required annual physical training, which compromised employee’s ability to practice de-escalation when in emergency response teams. It also said LeClere compromised the safety of investigators, deputies and jailers on multiple occasions by refusing to communicate professionally, failing to apply rules and failing to respect his employees. He also broke confidentiality on personal issues. AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan says the Council believes that this no confidence resolution reflects the severe breakdown of Labor Relations within the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department. He went on to say that this move was a last resort because nothing else worked. LeClere was first elected to office in November 2000.

Tri-State Mountain Bike Riders Free Kids Race

August 3, 2020

An area non-profit is putting on a free kids mountain bike race this week. The 4th Annual Cloie Creek race is Wednesday, August 5th. Ann Greenlee, Community Engagement Chair for TMBR, says their goal is to promote our area as a destination. TMBR has created 3 separate trail systems around Dubuque. Wednesday’s free kids event is always a fun family event and will take place at Cloie Creek Park, 5184 Park Place, in Asbury. Registration Wednesday begins at 5:30 pm, races begin at 6 pm. Tri-State Mountain Bike Riders will award medals for the top 3 finishers in each age group up to 12 years old and boys and girls divisions. All skill levels are welcome. For more information, go to tmbrtrails.org or the TMBR Facebook page.

 

Mississippi River Museum Endangered Species

August 3, 2020

Zoos and aquariums are a lifeline to so many endangered species and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums says the facilities lost millions of dollars because of the coronavirus pandemic. Now they are asking Congress to step up and help them. Zoos and aquariums are working nonstop to protect the Wyoming toad, the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa is one of them. Mark Beshel, Assistant Curation of Living Collections, tells KCRG TV he and his colleagues work around the clock on conservation programs to care for endangered species. The work is time-consuming and expensive. But now, they are faced with another challenge—COVID-19 and furloughs. The Dubuque attraction did get some COVID relief funds, but officials said that money is now gone. The facility is not the only one struggling to maintain operations, according to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Dan Ashe, the Association President. Ashe is asking Congress for 30 million dollars to help A-Z-A-accredited locations care for protected species and federally-owned animals. He estimates they will need about $5 million per month for six months to keep the programs running.

 

 

Dubuque Main Street Challenge Grants

August 3, 2020

This Friday is the deadline to submit for a grant through Main Street Iowa (MSI) and Dubuque Main Street. The MSI Challenge grant competition is again offering great downtown projects up to $75,000 this summer. Eligible local projects must be within the DMS downtown project area. Rehabilitation and/or restoration of privately held properties within the designated Main Street district are eligible, as is compatible new construction. The maximum dollar amount to be awarded will be $75,000, with a minimum award of $15,000 per project. You are asked to send a one-page overview of the project by August 7th, to dan@dubuquemainstreet.org .

Hartig Drug Free COVID Tests

August 2, 2020

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

Dubuque 4-H Event COVID Positive

August 2, 2020

A person who was volunteering at a recent 4-H event in Dubuque County has tested positive for the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. The Dubuque County Extension Office and Council said on Saturday that they learned of the case of COVID-19. The person involved was apparently not showing symptoms of the illness during the 4-H swine show, which was held on Monday, July 27. They later developed symptoms and got tested on July 31. The organization said that the person did not have much contact with the public or children in 4-H. Other staff who may have had close contact with the person are being contacted and told to self-isolate. Persons with concerns who were involved with, or attended, the show can contact the Dubuque County Extension Office or their healthcare provider with questions.

Dubuque Man Charged With Attempted Murder

August 2, 2020

A Dubuque man, who police say shot another man for intervening while he was propositioning two females Thursday night, has been charged with attempted murder. Police arrested 24 year old Shawn Turner Sr. early Friday morning in the 2200 block of Jackson Street. A police report says at around 10:40, Turner got of a vehicle in the 2300 block of Central and began propositioning a woman and her young daughter. 39 year old Jerramy Vasquez was sitting on his porch and approached Turner. The two became involved in an altercation before Turner got back into the passenger side of the vehicle which began to pull away. Turner then pulled out a handgun and fired several shots at Vasquez, striking him once in the thigh. Vasquez was taken to Finely Hospital to be treated. Police used traffic camera footage to identify Turner as the shooter. In addition to the attempted murder charge, Turner is also charged with public intoxication.

Dubuque Man Shot

July 31, 2020

A Dubuque man was shot Thursday night in the downtown area. Dubuque police officers responded to a call of a man who was shot in the leg in the 2300 block of Central Avenue at 10:40 p.m. Police say 39-year old Jerramy Vasquez saw 24-year old Shawn Turner in a vehicle trying to get one adult and one juvenile females in his SUV and he decided to intervene. While pulling away, Turner fired several shots at Vasquez with a handgun, hitting him once in the leg. Police say first responders took Vasquez to UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital and described his wound as non-life threatening. Turner’s vehicle was tracked to the 2200 block of Washington Street where he was arrested on a charge of attempted murder.

Dubuque COVID Red Zone

July 31, 2020

Both Dubuque County and the city of Dubuque have been identified as “red zones” for elevated dangers of spreading COVID-19, according to the latest report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Iowa is also listed as one of the “red zone” states in the report. The report identifies “red zones” as “those core-based statistical areas and counties that during the last week reported both new cases above 100 per 100,000 population, and a diagnostic test positivity result above 10 percent.” Dubuque County is one of eight Iowa red zone counties and the city of Dubuque is one of three red zone metro areas.

 

Dubuquers Hurt In Crash In Des Moines

July 31, 2020

Two Dubuque residents were injured in a three vehicle crash near Principal Park in Des Moines following Hempstead’s 7-to-6 baseball win over Iowa City High Wednesday night. The accident involved family of head Mustangs baseball coach Jeff Rapp. Des Moines police say at around 7:40, a vehicle driven by 26 year old Fahid Chaudhry of Des Moines was traveling south of Southwest 3rd Street approaching Line Drive, when reached down to grab his cell phone. As he was looking down, Chaudhry told police he swerved off the road, jumped the curb and struck a legally parked vehicle owned by James Beining of Dubuque. The impact caused Beining’s vehicle to smash into another legally parked vehicle owned by Steven Burgett of Des Moines. Two people inside Beining’s vehicle, 67 year old Joan Rannals and 41 year old Alicia Engelking, both of Dubuque were injured. They were transported to Methodist Hospital where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries. Rannals is coach  Rapp’s mother-in-law and Engelking is his sister-in-law. Chaudhry was cited for failure to maintain control

Meth Dealers Arrested In Wisconsin

July 31, 2020

Three meth dealers from the Tri-State area were arrested in southwest Wisconsin Wednesday. According to Cuba City police a car driven by 31 year old John Behnken of Dubuque was stopped by an officer on Main Street. Behnken gave the officer a false name then put up his window and locked the doors. His passengers, 39 year old Dawn Warner of Dubuque and 39 year old Nicholas Kennel of Asbury at first refused to exit the vehicle, but eventually got out. A K-9 unit was brought to the scene and the K-9 indicated the presence of drugs. The vehicle was searched and police found a loaded handgun, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a scale. The K-9 then alerted officers of a problem with Behnken inside the car. Behnken told them he had just swallowed 10 baggies containing meth. He was first taken to Southwest Health, before being transported to Madison. Behnken faces numerous charges including possession of meth with intent to deliver, possession of a firearm as a felon and obstructing justice. Warner and Kennel were each charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Southwest Arterial

July 31, 2020

 

Dubuque’s Southwest Arterial is expected to be open by September 1st. City officials had originally hoped the $160 million project would be ready by the first week of August. However, Bob Schiesl, Dubuque’s assistant city engineer, said they want to wait until it is 100 percent complete to open. As of now, the only thing that is not completed is the middle interchange. He tells KCRG TV , the ribbon-cutting ceremony has been canceled because of the pandemic, but they have come up with a Plan B. The talented staff in the city are going to be creating kind of a grand opening or ribbon cutting video that we will be sharing with everybody to commemorate the historic achievement. Shiesl says the project continues to be the city’s main transportation priority.

 

 

 

 

 

Wahlert Catholic Graduation

July 31, 2020

The class of 2020 at Wahlert Catholic High School in Dubuque was scheduled to have a graduation mass and ceremony on June 20th, however it was postponed until August 1st due to COVID-19 concerns. At the time it was reported that some families of graduating seniors had contracted the virus, but it was not known how many people were infected. Holy Family Chief Administrator Phil Bormann says they will honor their graduating seniors with an in-person ceremony, but the option for a virtual event is still available. The mass and ceremony starts at 1 pm on Saturday and will be held at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street. Bormann says they will follow guidance provided by the state health department and the CDC. Each graduate would be allowed to bring four guests. Each family will sit together as a five-some, socially distanced from the other families in attendance. Masks will be required for all attendees to enter the church. For those families who choose not to or are not able to attend, they have already created a video presentation that will be posted immediately after the Baccalaureate Mass. 109 seniors are scheduled to graduate. Hempstead and Senior High Schools held their ceremonies inside Dalzell Field on June 27th.

Dubuque Man Pleads Guilty To Selling Drugs Related To Deaths

July 30, 2020

A Dubuque man, who prosecutors say sold three deadly doses of opioids last year, has pleaded guilty. 38 year old Travis Jones plead guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute controlled substances near a protected location resulting in death. In federal court in Cedar rapids this week, Jones admitted to conspiring with others to distribute opioids in Dubuque in April and May of 2019.  He also admitted that he personally sold mixtures of heroin, fentanyl and a synthetic opioid that were used by three people who then died of overdoses. Jones will be sentenced after a pre-sentence report is prepared. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years and a maximum of life in prison and a 2-million dollar fine.

Face Covering Required For Jule Passengers

July 30, 2020

Beginning next Monday, passengers who ride a Jule bus or paratransit vehicle will be required to wear a face covering. Officials say they are mandating the face covering to limit the spread of COVID-19 and increase passenger safety. For this policy, face covering is defined as a uniform piece of material that snugly and securely covers a person’s nose and mouth. Officials say they recognize that some people may not be able to wear a face covering because it may exacerbate a physical or mental condition, lead to a medical emergency or introduce significant safety concerns. In those instances, adaptations and alternatives should be considered to increase the feasibility of wearing a face covering or another accommodation to reduce the risk of COVID. The Jule will have masks available for passengers who do not have one. The policy will remain in effect until further notice.

Mediacom Scam

July 30, 2020

The Dubuque Police Department received a report Wednesday of a male going door to door posing as a Mediacom employee offering new rates on cable television service. The individual convinced the resident to allow him inside to review a recent cable bill to compare prices and asked for personal information. The police department reminds people not to allow unknown people into your home and never give your personal information.

Inspiration Stables Power of the Herd

July 30, 2020

An area non-profit is adapting to the COVID-19 landscape for its fundraising efforts. Executive Director, Sarah Kumpf, says Inspiration Stables is a therapeutic horseback riding program that works with children with special needs. This year’s Power of the Herd Ride-A- Thon fundraiser is going virtual and people can help by pledging an amount per horse ride or for the month. Kumpf says money raised through the fundraiser and raffles will go back into the program. The fundraiser runs from Friday, July 31st to August 29th. To contribute, or for more information go to http://www.inspirationstables.org/Ride-A-Thon/or their Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

Crews Spraying For Weed Control

July 30, 2020

Crews from the Dubuque Public Works Department are spraying weed control in various areas of clean stone and rip-rap on the John C. Culver Floodwall. Spraying started south of the lock and dam this week. Signs along the flood control system identify the area being sprayed. With no weather delays, the work should be done by Friday. People are cautioned to keep their children and pets out of direct contact with the sprayed weeds for 24 hours after application.

Juvenile Injured After Car Hits Deer

July 30, 2020

A deer in the road was the cause of an accident in Lafayette County Tuesday night that sent one person to the hospital. 38 year old Amanda Elmer of Darlington was driving along County Highway F in Darlington Township just after 10, when she struck a deer. A juvenile passenger was transported to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. Elmer was not injured.

Art on the River Cancelled

July 29, 2020

The City of Dubuque Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs has announced that the 2020-21 Art on the River public art exhibit has been canceled due to City budget constraints related to COVID-19 revenue impacts. In lieu of a new exhibition, several of the current sculptures will remain on display and available for purchase, with a portion of proceeds supporting the program’s future. It is anticipated that the 2021-22 Art on the River exhibit will be held from August 2021 to July 2022 along the Mississippi Riverwalk at the Port of Dubuque. Artist applications submitted for this year’s installment will be held for consideration next year, with additional applications being sought in Spring 2021.

MercyOne Top Hospital List

July 29, 2020

MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center and Mercy Hospital-Iowa City, an affiliate of MercyOne, have been named by IBM Watson Health as Top 100 Hospitals. Hospitals achieving this prestigious honor had better clinical outcomes, operational efficiency, patient experience and overall financial health. This is the second time MercyOne Dubuque and Mercy Iowa City have been named to the list.

Dubuque Schools Prepared To Start Fall Sports

July 29, 2020

Last week the Dubuque school board voted to start the school year with a hybrid process of learning, which essentially is a combination of in-person and online learning. Parents can also opt to have their kids learn completely online, but what about fall sports? On July 17th, the Iowa High School Athletic Association announced that it is preparing to begin the 2020 fall sports season as scheduled. Practices for football, volleyball and cross country are slated to begin on August 10th. Dubuque superintendent Stan Rheingans says right now they are waiting for additional guidance from the IHSAA. He says the association’s guidelines will no doubt dictate the path they take when it comes to fall sports. Rheingans says although the association has given the OK to have fall sports, districts can still decide not to. The state also has some leverage on how districts can conduct dance clubs, theater, debate teams and marching bands during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rheingans says according to medical experts, if a student has COVID-19 and they don’t display any symptoms, and they sing together with a group of other students the virus could easily spread. Rheingans says they expect to get more guidance on how fall sports will be conducted  by August 1st.

 

Hunter Receives “Women Of Achievement” Award

July 29, 2020

The director of the Multi-Cultural Family Center in Dubuque is one of the latest recipients of the “Women of Achievement” awards. Jacqueline Hunter was one of several winners of the award in her field. Each year the Women’s Leadership Network of Dubuque holds a special event that honors women of achievement in the Tri-State area. The WLN receives about 50 nominations, and according to WLN board member Miranda Ernst, each nomination is judged blindly. This year Hunter was one of 12 recipients of the award for services and support of a non-profit. Hunter, who has been in charge of the Multicultural Family Center for the past two years, says she was grateful to be recognized. Hunter received the award during the Women of Achievement awards virtual broadcast on July 8th.

Dubuque Motorcyclist Seriously Injured

July 29, 2020

A  Dubuque man was seriously injured after he crashed his motorcycle in Dubuque Monday night. Police say the accident happened at around 7 in the 1500 block of Old Mill Road. 20 year old Colten Fiegen was traveling west on Old Mill, when he attempted to turn but struck the curb. He was transported to Finley Hospital with serious injuries. His condition was not available. Fiegen was issued citations for failure to have a valid driver’s license, reckless driving and no insurance.

Monticello Man Hurt In Watercraft Accident

July 29, 2020

A Monticello man was injured in a watercraft mishap on Lake Delhi Sunday night. According to the Iowa DNR, Gavin Cooper was operating the watercraft at around 7:30 when he hit a wave, which caused his face to smash into the handlebars. The impact knocked Cooper unconscious and he fell off the craft and into the water. Cooper was pulled from the water by some people who witnessed the incident. He was wearing a life jacket and transported to Regional Medical Center in Manchester where he was treated for facial injuries.

Car vs. Semi Injury Accident

July 28, 2020

A Montfort, Wisconsin woman suffered injuries after her vehicle was hit by a semi-truck. On July 21st around 6:30 am, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office say 39-year old Dan Lyman of Fitchburg, was westbound on HWY 18 driving a semi owned by C3 Logistics in Montfort. 28-year old Elise Levin was driving southbound on CTH I when she pulled out from the stop sign at the intersection in front of the semi and the semi struck her car. Levin was injured in the crash and was transported to the hospital for her injuries. Lyman was not injured in the crash. Levin was cited for failure to yield right of way from a stop sign.

Motorcycle Fatality

July 28, 2020

An Iowa Falls man is dead following a motorcycle crash on Sunday morning. Around 5:02 am, a Jo Daviess County Deputy came upon a crash on Hwy 20 West approximately one-quarter of a mile west of Oldenburg Lane. Prior to the crash, the motorcycle was travelling westbound on Hwy 20 West when it veered off the roadway to the west and struck a tree. 50–year old Jacob R. Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene. This crash remains under investigation.

Dubuque TestIowa Site Hours

July 28, 2020

This week’s testing schedule for the Test Iowa Clinic at Epic Health & Wellness at 1075 Cedar Cross Road in Dubuque is 6 am to 7 am, Tuesday – Thursday. Testing will be limited at this clinic to 100 tests per day. If the site reaches the maximum of 100 tests before 7 a.m., testing will be suspended until the next scheduled day. If you are advised by traffic control or clinic staff that you will not be tested that day due to the length of the waiting line, please leave and come back another day or go to another Test Iowa site in another community. Any Iowan who would like to be tested for COVID-19 at this location or any other Test Iowa location must first complete the Test Iowa assessment at www.testiowa.com. They will then be provided an identification number, which is required to be tested.

City Council First Ward Lynch

July 28, 2020

The Dubuque City Council met in special session Monday and by a 4-2 vote appointed former councilman Kevin Lynch to the Office of First Ward City Council. Second Ward Councilwoman Laura Rousell said Lynch’s experience in the ward is a huge plus. Mayor Roy Buol agreed, noting the fact that Lynch would not be running in the next regular election which will be held on November 2nd, 2021, it would free up the spot for the other candidates to run. There were 10 candidates for the position and Council members  Danny Sprank and Brad Cavanagh voted for Susan Farber in the first two rounds of voting. The vacancy was created by the resignation of First Ward Council Member Brett Shaw.

Amish Buggy Injury Accident CORRECTED

July 27, 2020

A Gratiot, Wisconsin man has died and his young brother suffered serious injuries July 23rd after a truck vs buggy crash in Gratiot Township. Around 7:15 pm the  Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an accident in front of a residence on STH 11. The investigation revealed that an Amish open style buggy, pulled by a single horse and driven by 22-year old Elmer Stoltzfus, with his two-year-old brother as passenger, was traveling westbound on STH 11, preparing to turn left into the driveway at 11263. The buggy was struck from behind by a pickup, also traveling westbound and driven by 50-year Terry Gensler, of Shullsburg, Wisconsin. Both occupants of the buggy were ejected suffering significant injuries and were   transported to Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County and then to the University Hospital in Madison where Elmer Stoltzfus was pronounced dead Friday morning. The driver of the truck, Terry Gensler was not injured and he was arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated Causing Injury. The accident remains under investigation and additional charges may be forthcoming.

City Council First Ward Candidates

July 27, 2020

The Dubuque City Council meets in special session tonight at 6:30 pm and are expected to appoint a candidate to the Office of First Ward City Council. There are 10 candidates for the position and they were interviewed by the council last week. The vacancy was created by the resignation of First Ward Council Member Brett Shaw. The appointment will last until the next regular election which will be held on November 2nd, 2021. Also on the agenda tonight, part 1 of a discussion on Black Lives Matter: Diversity, equity and inclusion. City staff and network partners will provide information to City Council in advance of their annual goal-setting scheduled for August 10-12 about the work done in the community to improve the experience of black and brown individuals in Dubuque. Part 2 of the discussion will be held Tuesday night at 6:30 pm.

Progress Iowa: “We Need More Support For Medicaid”

July 27, 2020

Progress Iowa is calling on Iowa Senators Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst as well as Congress to provide a higher level of federal support for the state’s Medicaid program. The high rate of unemployment the state is experiencing because of the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed state Medicaid programs across the country to the brink and states now face looming budget shortfalls. State Senator Liz Mathis says states like Iowa will see a spike in unemployment numbers well into the final quarter of this year and those numbers will extend into next year. When Mathis was first elected to the Senate in 2011, she says there were around 500,000 Iowans enrolled in the Medicaid program. Those numbers are now well over 700,000. Since January of this year, over 50,000 people have enrolled in the program. Sue Dinsdale, with “Lower Drug Prices Now Iowa” says millions of Americans are going without the basics as the Senate delays a vote on the latest COVID relief and recovery package. Recently a group of Iowa advocates sent a letter to Ernst and Grassley urging them to tell the Trump administration to include enhanced funding for Medicaid in this latest  COVID-19 relief bill.

Allamakee Fatal Accident

July 27, 2020

One person was killed following a single-vehicle crash on Saturday morning, according to law enforcement officials. At around 11:38 a.m. on Saturday, the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office was sent to a report of a motorcycle crash about 3 miles north of Harpers Ferry along County Road X52. Deputies arrived to find 69-year old Gary Lee Thomforde, of Red Wing, Minnesota, who had been thrown from his motorcycle. Thomforde was taken to a hospital in La Crosse, Wisconsin, via ambulance, where he later died of his injuries. Deputies believe that Thomforde lost control of his motorcycle while driving on a curve. An investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Testing Limitations Lifted At Dubuque Test Iowa Site

July 27, 2020

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds yesterday lifted the testing limitations at the Dubuque Iowa Test site beginning Monday. However if you want to get tested for COVID-19 at Epic Health and Wellness you must now make an appointment. Earlier this week, the Governor issued a directive that allowed for testing of up to 100 people per day between 6 and 7 am Monday through Thursday. According to the Governor’s office, the decision to limit testing at the site was made to maintain consistency and high quality performance across all Test Iowa sites.

Masks To Be Required At Carnegie-Stout

July 27, 2020

Patrons of the Carnegie-Stout public library in Dubuque will now be required to wear a mask. The requirement goes into effect on Monday. The mandate includes all visitors and children older than 2 to wear a mask or a cloth face covering that goes over the mouth and nose. Library administrators say the decision to require masks and coverings was made with the safety of both visitors and staff in mind. The masks requirement is in addition other measures the library has taken to ensure the safety of its’ guest, such as library staff wearing masks, quarantining returned materials for 72 hours before re-circulation and limiting public seating areas.

Dubuque Pharmacy COVID Testing

July 24, 2020

A local pharmacy hopes to fill in some of the potential gaps in the capacity of testing for the novel coronavirus after state officials lowered the number of tests that a TestIowa site could perform in a given day. There is free testing at Union Family Pharmacy, where people do the testing themselves guided by staff members. Eric Nightingale, co-owner of the pharmacy, said they have not seen the demand they expected. Nightingale tells KCRG-TV they can perform up to 48 tests per day, at least for now. With the local TestIowa clinic now only testing up to 100 people per day per Gov. Kim Reynolds’ order, he wants people to take advantage. An aide to Gov. Kim Reynolds says concerns with the quality and safety of coronavirus testing at the TestIowa clinic in Dubuque prompted the state to sharply reduce its operations this week.

 

 

 

Hanover Road Injury Accident

July 24, 2020

A Madison, Wisconsin man suffered injuries after he crashed his motorcycle Thursday morning. Around 11:43 am, the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office dispatch center received a report of a traffic crash on Derinda Road, ¾ of a mile south of Hanover Road in rural Elizabeth. The driver of the vehicle, 74-year old Thomas Ryan, was traveling south on Derinda Road on his motorcycle and as he maneuvered a curve in the roadway, he lost control on some gravel. Ryan went off of the roadway into a driveway where the motorcycle went onto its side and slid off of the driveway. Ryan was transported to Midwest Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Food Giveaway

July 24, 2020

The Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, in partnership with St. Stephen’s Food Bank, will be providing free food Saturday. The event runs from 9-11 am at the church at 1755 Delhi Street and no registration is required. You are asked to stay in your vehicle and the food will be brought out to you. New additions to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church includes a mini food pantry mounted on a post in front of the church and a food cabinet inside the church entryway. Both are accessible all day, every day.

Amish Buggy Accident UPDATE

July 24, 2020

A Gratiot, Wisconsin man has died and his young son suffered serious injuries Thursday evening after a truck vs buggy crash in Gratiot Township. Around 7:15 pm the  Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an accident in front of a residence on STH 11. The investigation revealed that an Amish open style buggy, pulled by a single horse and driven by 22-year old Elmer Stoltzfus, with his two-year-old son as passenger, was traveling westbound on STH 11, preparing to turn left into the driveway at 11263. The buggy was struck from behind by a pickup, also traveling westbound and driven by 50-year Terry Gensler, of Shullsburg, Wisconsin. Both occupants of the buggy were ejected suffering significant injuries and were   transported to Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County and then to the University Hospital in Madison where Elmer Stoltzfus was pronounced dead this morning. The driver of the truck, Terry Gensler was not injured and he was arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated Causing Injury. . The accident remains under investigation and additional charges may be forthcoming.

 

MFC Camping Supplies Needed

July 24, 2020

A local non-profit is seeking the public’s help in acquiring camping equipment for the teens they serve. Multicultural Family Center Director, Jacqueline Hunter, says after one camping experience went so well, they decided to expand the program. The hope is the program can be sustained for upcoming camping seasons. Hunter says the city pays for certain things but not the actual camping equipment. Hunter says doing activities in nature is a great way for teens in these stressful times to unwind and relax. Hunter says kids whose families may be less fortunate financially, often do not get the same experiences as those who are not and the goal is to bridge that divide. For more information on how to help, go to the MFC Facebook page or mfcdbq.org.

 

Chesney Calls On Madigan to Resign

July 24, 2020

Federal prosecutors recently made clear that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is a subject of a criminal investigation into influence peddling to benefit an energy utility. Republican State Representative Andrew Chesney of Freeport has called on Madigan to “resign from the General Assembly or be removed.” The question now is whether the Democrat and the nation’s longest serving statehouse speaker will actually be charged. Chesney’s district includes Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties but he says the entire state is effected by the speaker’s corruption. Some legal experts say that signs from the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago are that Madigan will be charged sooner rather than later. A deferred prosecution agreement filed by prosecutors last week referred to a “Public Official A” as the one ComEd sought to “influence and reward.” The filing went on to say the official was “the Speaker of the House of Representatives.”

 

Amish Buggy Injury Accident

July 24, 2020

A Gratiot, Wisconsin man and his young son suffered serious injuries Thursday evening after a truck vs buggy crash in Gratiot Township. Around 7:15 pm the  Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an accident in front of a residence on STH 11. The investigation revealed that an Amish open style buggy, pulled by a single horse and driven by 22-year old Elmer Stoltzfus, with his two-year-old son as passenger, was traveling westbound on STH 11, preparing to turn left into the driveway at 11263. The buggy was struck from behind by a pickup, also traveling westbound and driven by 50-year Terry Gensler, of Shullsburg, Wisconsin. Both occupants of the buggy were ejected suffering significant injuries and were both were transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County. Elmer Stoltzfus was then transported to the University Hospital in Madison by Medflight. Stoltzfus’ son was transported to UW Hospital by ambulance. The driver of the truck, Terry Gensler was not injured and he was arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated Causing Injury. The horse pulling the buggy was killed as a result of the crash. The buggy was demolished and the truck was severely damaged. The accident remains under investigation.

 

Annual Labor Day Parade Cancelled

July 24, 2020

The United Labor Participation Committee Annual Labor Day Parade and the Dubuque Federation of Labor annual Labor Day Picnic have been canceled this year due to concerns over increasing cases of COVID-19 in the city. Organizers said they hope to have an even bigger event next year.

Dubuque Police Craigslist Scam

July 24, 2020

The Dubuque Police Department has recently taken reports of a Craigslist scam involving rental properties. The scammers will post pictures of actual rental properties on Craigslist or a similar webpage claiming it as their property to rent. When the scammers receive inquiries about the property they often ask for personal information or security deposits before showing the property to the prospective tenant. The scammers request the money be sent via methods such as wire transfer, money order, Western Union, or prepaid credit cards. The Police Department reminds people that no legitimate business, property owner, or property manager will use gift cards as a form of payment and a request to send money via a money transfer service is a common sign of a scam. If you have any information on this incident or others, please call the Dubuque Police Department or Crime Stoppers.

Jo Daviess County Sheriffs Office Lines Down-UPDATE

July 24, 2020

The administrative lines that were down earlier for the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office and Courthouse are now back in service.

The Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office and the County Courthouse are experiencing administrative line issues this morning. The office is not able to make or receive calls at this time. They are working to repair this issue. In the event of an emergency, 911 lines ARE still in operation.

Hanover Man Charged With Murder

July 23, 2020

A Hanover man, who police say shot and killed another man last week for allegedly trespassing, has now been arrested and charged with murder. State’s Attorney John Hay has filed three counts of 1st degree murder and one count of aggravated battery with a firearm against 37 year old David Van Winkle. The murder charges are special class felonies, while the battery charge is a class X felony. Van Winkle is now being held in the Jo Daviess County jail on a 100-thousand dollar bond. Hay says on the evening of July 14th, Van Winkle confronted 47 year old Dana Clark of Galena for trespassing. The two men fought and Van Winkle pulled out a handgun and shot Clark once in the chest. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

No Bond For Accused Dubuque Murderer

July 23, 2020

A Dubuque County judge has denied bail for a Dubuque man charged in the shooting death of another Dubuque man earlier this month. 25 year old Deonte Ellison is charged with 1st degree murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm  in the shooting death of 26 year old Curtis Smothers on July 2nd near the intersection of Loras Blvd. and  Bluff Street. Ellison appeared via videoconference before Judge Robert Richter this morning. (Wednesday morning) after being extradited from Kalamazoo, Michigan where he was arrested by U.S. Marshals last Tuesday.  Traffic cameras captured the entire incident. After getting out of two separate vehicles, court documents say the two men got into a physical altercation, at which time Ellison pulled a gun from his waistband and fire a round into Smothers’ chest. He was transported to Mercy Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The footage also shows that 26 year old Vanessa Ellison and a young girl were near the scene during the shooting. Deonte Ellison is also charged with parole violation. He will next appear in court on July 31st.

Dubuque Schools Prepared To Start Fall Sports

July 23, 2020

On Monday, the Dubuque school board voted to start the school year with a hybrid process of learning, which essentially is a combination of in-person and online learning. Parents can also opt to have their kids learn completely online, but what about fall sports? On July 17th, the Iowa High School Athletic Association announced that it is preparing to begin the 2020 fall sports season as scheduled. Practices for football, volleyball and cross country are slated to begin on August 10th. Dubuque superintendent Stan Rheingans says right now they are waiting for additional guidance from the IHSAA. He says the association’s guidelines will no doubt dictate the path they take when it comes to fall sports. Rheingans says although the association has given the OK to have fall sports, districts can still decide not to. The state also has some leverage on how districts can conduct dance clubs, theater, debate teams and marching bands during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rheingans says if a student has COVID-19 and they don’t display any symptoms, and they sing together with a group of other students the virus could easily spread. Rheingans says they expect to get more guidance on how fall sports will be conducted  by August 1st.

 

Educational Campaign For Pets In Parks

July 23, 2020

The owner of “That’s My Dog”, located  in Dubuque has been given the green light by the city council to move ahead with an educational campaign for pet owners to better understand a city’s ordinance that now allows leashed pets in a majority of city parks. On Monday night the council voted to receive and file a presentation by Robin McFarlane on an educational campaign. She will team up with the city to promote responsible pet ownership. At-large councilman Ric Jones says McFarlane is the perfect person to promote responsible pet ownership. The campaign will focus on pet owners as well as non-pet owners. The ultimate goal of the campaign is to educate people on how they  and their pets can share green space and public areas in a respectful manner.

 

Lafayette County Crash Injures Two

July 23, 2020

Two people were taken to the hospital following a two vehicle crash in Lafayette County Tuesday afternoon. The accident happened a few minutes after 3 on State Highway 23 in Darlington Township. 26 year old Trent Hale of Fitchburg was driving a truck south on 23 when he crossed the center line and struck a northbound vehicle driven by 46 year old Brent Reddington of Shullsburg who was driving a milk truck. Both Hale and Reddington were transported to Memorial Hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Radio Dubuque Fireworks Cancelled

July 22, 2020

Radio Dubuque and the Dubuque Jaycees are cancelling the Air Show and Fireworks show that was rescheduled for August 22nd due to safety concerns for community, volunteers, and other essential workers who help put on the event. Radio Dubuque Sales Manager, Perry Mason, says it came down to being safe.  Mason says city officials and other Tri-State partners were supportive regardless of whether the show went on as planned or not. The United States Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, will still perform their ’’Hero’s Jumping for Hero’s Tribute’’ on August 21st, 22nd, and the 23rd at a number of locations in Dubuque, Hazel Green, and Guttenberg. The Golden Knights initial jumps on Friday, August 21st, will take place just outside the Radio Dubuque building at 11 am and again at the Kennedy Mall that evening. For more information, contact Radio Dubuque or the Dubuque Jaycees. Planning for next year’s event on July 3rd is already underway and Mason says the Golden Knights will be back again next year.

Dubuque Regional Airport New Name in Works

July 22, 2020

After a unanimous vote Tuesday by the 5 member Airport Commission, the terminal of the Dubuque Regional Airport will be renamed in honor of a Dubuque native who was one of the first African American pilots in the U.S. military who fought in World War II. The vote came after a Dubuque woman, Dawnelle Gordon, filed an application after hearing about Captain Robert Martin was getting a post office in Chicago named after him. Todd Dalsing, Dubuque Regional Airport director, says the idea got a lot of support. Dalsing says there will be costs involved that federal, state and local funds can’t be used for. Dalsing says he believes Martin, who was a decorated war hero who earned the Congressional Medal of Honor as part of the Tuskegee Airmen, checks all the boxes for the honor. The estimated cost to change everything over is $100,000. Gordon has started a gofundme page for fundraising. Copy and paste the link below.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/capt-robert-l-martin-terminal-at-dbq?utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link-tip

 

Alternatively to Gofundme, donations can be made through the NAACP DBQ chapter by mailing a check to:

Dubuque NAACP
Note in the memo: Capt Martin Memorial fund
P.O. Box 1012
Dubuque, Iowa, 52004

A receipt will be issued for tax deductions.

Dubuque Main Street Challenge Grants

July 22, 2020

Main Street Iowa (MSI) has announced the annual partnership opportunity for Dubuque Main Street (DMS) and local developers. The MSI Challenge grant competition is again offering great downtown projects up to $75,000 this summer. Eligible local projects must be within the DMS downtown project area. Rehabilitation and/or restoration of privately held properties within the designated Main Street district are eligible, as is compatible new construction. In 2020, the grant also allows part of the project to include perhaps permanent outdoor space, drive-up feature additions, etc. The maximum dollar amount to be awarded will be $75,000, with a minimum award of $15,000 per project. You are asked to send a one-page overview of project by August 7th, to dan@dubuquemainstreet.org.

Letter Sent To Governor About Limiting Testing In Dubuque

July 22, 2020

Iowa Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer has sent a letter to Governor Kim Reynolds questioning why she has limited COVID-19 testing at the Epic Health and Wellness Center in Dubuque. That’s where a Test Iowa Clinic is located. The Governor’s directive calls for a limit of 100 tests per day and does not allow for the Visiting Nurse Association to assist people wanting to register on the Test Iowa website without a computer or internet access. In the letter Finkenauer ask the Governor several questions, such as were there any issues or factors that led or contributed to the decision to limit Test Iowa operations in Dubuque, including any communications or issues with the private companies that the state contracted with to operate Test Iowa. She also wants to know what other options are being pursued to bring testing to the Dubuque area while Test Iowa capacity remains limited. And Finkenauer wants the Governor to tell the community why the VNA can no longer assist people with assessments over the phone.

U of D Admission Policy

July 22, 2020

In recognition of challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and a desire for a more holistic admission policy, University of Dubuque will become a test-optional institution for undergraduate admission and eliminate its $25 application fee. Beginning with students entering January 2021, UD will make reporting ACT or SAT scores optional in its admission application process for all undergraduate programs. Robert Broshous, Associate Vice President and Dean of Admission, says by permanently removing the ACT and SAT requirement, as well as the application fee, they are removing barriers for all prospective students. A college education will be accessible to many more students as a result and aligns their admission policy with the University’s overall mission of educating students from all backgrounds.

Educational Campaign For Pets In Parks

July 22, 2020

The owner of “That’s My Dog”, located  in Dubuque has been given the green light by the city council to move ahead with an educational campaign for pet owners to better understand a city’s ordinance that now allows leashed pets in a majority of city parks. On Monday night the council voted to receive and file a presentation by Robin McFarlane on an educational campaign. She will team up with the city to promote responsible pet ownership. At-large councilman Ric Jones says McFarlane is the perfect person to promote responsible pet ownership. The campaign will focus on pet owners as well as non-pet owners. The ultimate goal of the campaign is to educate people on how they  and their pets can share green space and public areas in a respectful manner.

Corrigan Delivers Dubuque County COVID-10 Update

July 21, 2020

As of 11 o’clock this morning, Dubuque County reported 25 more new confirmed cases of COVID-19. That brings the county’s total to 1,271. The county has also completed 17,422 tests for a 7.0 percent positivity rate. City of Dubuque Health Specialist Mary Rose Corrigan says cases continue to increase in the county’s young adult population as well as the rest of the state and the country. Iowans over 80 account for 48 percent of COVID related deaths followed by the 61 to 80 age group, which is 41 percent of the state’s deaths. A directive issued by Governor Kim Reynolds’ office, which takes effect today says that the Test Iowa Clinic, located at Epic Health and Wellness  on Cedar Cross Road is now limited to 100 test per day and the Dubuque VNA will no longer be allowed to assist residents without a computer or internet access to register for Test Iowa. There have been 23 COVID related deaths in Dubuque County since the pandemic hit the area nearly five months ago.

Dodgeville Bail Jumper

July 21, 2020

A Dodgeville, Wisconsin man is facing charges following a traffic stop on Fayette Road. 55-year old James Wiest was arrested July 16th around  10:56 pm for operating after revocation and four counts of misdemeanor bail jumping. Wiest was transported to the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office where he remains. Wiest was also issued an ordinance citation for possession of drug paraphernalia.

TestIowa Dubuque Test Limit

July 21, 2020

State officials have directed the company operating the TestIowa site in Dubuque to limit the number of tests it administers per day for the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. Epic Health & Wellness has been told to only provide 100 tests per day at the TestIowa location in the city, located at 1075 Cedar Cross Road. The clinic will be open from 6 am to 7 am on Monday through Thursday, starting this week. If the site tests 100 people before 7 am, no further testing will be conducted until the next day the clinic is open. Additionally, persons who need assistance in filling out the form on the TestIowa website to become eligible for a test can no longer rely on the Dubuque Visiting Nurses Association for help. State officials instead recommend asking a family member or friend to help with the form. A total of 17,319 tests for COVID-19 have been reported in Dubuque County since the pandemic began. 23 people have died from the disease in the county. Dubuque County has seen a recent surge in cases of COVID-19, with 393 cases in the last 14 days of complete data before July 20.

City Council Vacancy Interviews

July 21, 2020

The Dubuque City Council will meet Thursday in special session at 6 pm to conduct interviews with 10 candidates who are looking to fill a vacancy for First Ward City Council Member as a result of Brett Shaw’s resignation. The council’s goal is to appoint someone to fill the spot by the end of this month. If the council can’t decide who to appoint in 60 days it would be filled by a special election. Shaw’s term expires at the end of 2021. Applicants include Steve Baumhover, Susan Farber, Michaela Freiburger, Otto Krueger, Kevin Lynch, Bruce Meriwether, Lou Oswald, John Pregler, David Rokusek, and Amy Crow Sunleaf. The meeting audio with a graphics slide will be aired live on CityChannel Dubuque (Mediacom cable channels 8 and 117.2), streamed live on the City’s website at www.cityofdubuque.org/media and www.facebook.com/cityofdubuque

Board Approves Return To Learn Plan

July 21, 2020

As anticipated the Dubuque school board on Monday gave its’ stamp of approval to a “return to learn” plan for the start of the new school year. The plan, which was recommended by Superintendent Stan Rheingans, calls for a hybrid model of education. It’s a combination on in-person and online learning. Parents also have the option of letting their kids learn entirely online, because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. A number of speakers, including several teachers who have students in the district, either expressed support for hybrid learning, but several others who spoke were against it saying that the district should have 100 percent in-person learning. One of those was Tony White of Dubuque. Tracy Demerath, a teacher in the district, applauded the board for making a very tough decision in these unprecedented times. Superintendent Rheingans says the plan is only for the beginning of the school year and will be evaluated on a regular basis. He says changes will be made when deemed necessary. Board member Anderson Sainci says the board only wants what’s best for students, teachers and staff. Nearly a dozen people spoke on the plan. Some were concerned about how special needs kids will learn through the hybrid model process, while others supported fully online learning.

 

Chicago Man Sentenced To Prison After Shooting Incident In Dubuque Almost 4 Years Ago

July 20, 2020

A Chicago man has been sentenced to federal prison after prosecutors say he attempted to kill another person following a bar fight in Dubuque nearly 4 years ago. 37 year old Jeareau O’Bryant was sentenced to five years behind bars after pleading guilty in Cedar Rapids District Court last year to unlawfully possessing a firearm while subject to terms of a protective order. Court records say in the early morning hours of September 11th 2016,  O’Bryant was involved in a bar fight in Dubuque. After the fight, video evidence showed O’Bryant crouched between two cars along a side street, before standing up and shooting several times at another person who had been in the bar. The court found that O’Bryant was trying to kill that person. Once he is released O’Bryant will be placed on three years of supervised release.

Single Vehicle Crash

July 20, 2020

An East Dubuque man was arrested Sunday for driving with a suspended license, following a single vehicle crash. Police received a 911 call Sunday morning, around 6:18 a.m., about an unresponsive person on N. Badger Road near Ridge Drive in East Dubuque. When officers arrived, they found the driver of a motorcycle had wrecked. 38-year old Michael Leibold was charged with driving with a suspended license after the crash. He was taken to a local hospital after sustaining injuries from the crash. The accident remains under investigation.