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Fill your day with the colors, rhythms, flavors and creativity of hispanic and latin-american culture at the 2023 Dubuque Latinx Fiesta.

Celebrate the third and largest Dubuque Latinx Fiesta, organized by Dubuque Unidos, at a FREE block-style festival outside of Smokestack in Dubuque. Join us on September 30, 2023, from 2 to 8 pm.

This year the Latinx Fiesta will be bigger than ever. The fiesta will feature 40 vendors of Latinx merchandise, artisans, makers, latinx business, ethnic foods from Central and Latin America as well as local resources booths. From 2 – 8pm, along with outdoor activities for kids, a luchador exhibition, games and food competitions, the day will be filled with the rhythms of Latin America through traditional Hispanic music and beautiful dance performances. The Dubuque Area Arts Collective will also host the “Nuestras Raices” art exhibit, showcasing the art of 10+ Latinx artists living in the Dubuque and tri-state region. To end the night, at 8pm DJ Papi will play at the Smokestack for a night of music and dance open to anyone 21+.

The fiesta has continued into its third year with its ongoing hope that attendees get to experience more of the Latinx culture by being exposed to music, arts, food, and their Latinx neighbors. This event will be bilingual in nature, empowering and celebrating our Spanish-speaking Latinx communities while providing English accessibility to our neighbors!

The first 50 people will receive FREE tacos from El Paisano. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!


Dubuque Unidos is an official council of the League of United Latin American Citizens (Council #382), the oldest and largest civil rights group for Latinos and Hispanic people in the United States of America. Our council is made up of 14 Latinx young professionals who are all striving towards the same goal – bringing cultural and educational awareness of the Latinx cultures to the Dubuque community. Through Dubuque Unidos, we are looking to educate, celebrate the diversity in our Latinx culture, and enrich Dubuque’s thriving communities. This year, Dubuque Unidos is excited to introduce its first board – President Yara Isabel Lopez, Vice-President Arantxa Martinez Resendiz, Treasurer Sergio Perez, Marketing Director Ivonne Simmonds Fals, and Secretary Clara Lopez.


The Dubuque Latinx Fiesta 2023 is possible thanks to the generosity of their sponsors – John Deere (presenting sponsor), Loras College, Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, Multicultural Family Center, Smokestack, the DRA, ImOn, TH Media, AY McDonald, Crescent Community Center, Green State Credit Union, Lulac, Assured Partners, Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Anderson Windows and the Dubuque Area Arts Collective.

For more information visit or visit us on facebook at

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City of Dubuque Receives Nearly $1.5 Million Urban and Community Forestry Grant

The United States Forest Service has awarded the City of Dubuque an Urban and Community Forestry Grant totaling just less than $1.5 million dollars, which will provide funding for the installation of 6,600 new trees in the community over the next five years.

The tree planting would increase Dubuque’s overall tree canopy cover from 26.2 percent to 40 percent, as part of Dubuque’s Climate Action Plan. The project also intends to reduce identified urban heat islands and stormwater runoff while improving air quality.

As part of the Branching Out Dubuque project, the City will launch targeted tree planting in disadvantaged Census tract areas, including the Washington neighborhood, Point neighborhood, North End, and West End. The trees will be placed across both public areas and private property. The City will partner with Dubuque Trees Forever to communicate with residents in those areas about the opportunity to have a tree planted in their yard.

Residential property owners in the project zone will have the chance to opt-in to the free tree planting program as well. Businesses in the area will also be incentivized to plant and grow trees on their properties, with some free trees being set aside for commercial property owners who exceed planting requirements.

Approximately 1,300 trees will be planted and mulched each year over the next five years, until a total of 6,600 plantings are completed. A diverse selection of tree types will be available to ensure their survival, good growth, and viability.

Dubuque Trees Forever members, civic organizations, and other volunteers will help support the tree installations. The City plans to partner with the Teen Resiliency Corps to hire underserved youths to support the maintenance of the trees, including pruning and watering. These jobs will engage the Teen Resiliency Corps members in meaningful service, environmental stewardship, and leadership development.

Dubuque is one of nearly 400 communities to receive a total of $1 billion in Urban and Community Forestry Grants for 2023.




The largest, locally owned chain of convenience stores, Kwik Stop announced an opportunity for philanthropic partnership during 2024 today. For years, Kwik Stop and Dairy Queen customers have been a force for change in our community! Since 2002, their spare change has added up to over $2 million for local nonprofits. Each month, Kwik Care features a local non-profit partner. During each partner’s designated month, all money collected from Kwik Care canisters is donated to the organization.

Kwik Care is accepting applications from local nonprofits for the Kwik Care program in 2024. “We have witnessed another great year for the Kwik Care program and our partners, thanks to the generosity of the greater Dubuque community.” Tessa Fahey, Director of Operations said. “Together we can make a difference for local non-profits.”

Local nonprofits are encouraged to complete a Kwik Care partnership application form at and submit it on or before October 23, 2023. Selected partners will be featured in Kwik Stop and Dairy Queen stores. “We will be reviewing and selecting up to 12 local Greater Dubuque organizations to partner with us throughout 2024” Fahey said. “It is always fun learning more about the work of so many great non-profits during the selection process and we look forward to it every year.”

Kwik Care is only part of Kwik Stop’s community giving. For four decades, Kwik Stop has been donating to local non-profits and investing in local sponsorships that make our community stronger. Local non-profits are encouraged to submit donation and sponsorship requests at



Des Moines Register Names Dubuque County Historical Society A Winner of the Iowa Top Workplaces 2023 Award

The Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2023 honor by Iowa Top Workplaces. This award is based entirely on feedback from an employee engagement survey administered by Energage LLC and celebrates organizations that prioritize a people-centered culture. The confidential survey measures factors that are critical to the success of any organization, including meaningfulness of work, work-life balance, company values, inclusivity, and innovation.

“Earning a Top Workplaces award is a badge of honor for companies, especially because it comes authentically from their employees,” said Eric Rubino, Energage CEO. “That’s something to be proud of.”

DCHS, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution, operates the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and the Mathias Ham Historic Site. DCHS employs over 150 staff and receives generous support from nearly 300 volunteers as daily greeters and at special events. Education staff reach more than 12,000 school-aged children a year through various programs, and more than 3.5 million guests from all 50 states and 70 countries have visited the River Museum campus.

“DCHS recognizes the value of belonging in the workplace, and we celebrate each staff member’s uniqueness— not only as employees, but as people,” said Kristen Leffler, Staff Resource & Engagement Manager. “To receive an award rooted exclusively in employee feedback is a true honor, and a testament to our efforts of creating an inclusive workplace that welcomes and appreciates the diverse voices of our organization.”



City of Dubuque Reminds Residents of Political Yard Sign Policies

The City of Dubuque is reminding campaigns and residents of the regulations governing the placement of political signs as election season approaches. The City’s Unified Development Code (UDC) regulates all exterior signage on property, including political signage, within the community.

In accordance with the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, the City of Dubuque cannot and does not regulate the content of political signs. However, the City can legally regulate the size, manner, and placement of political signs for safety and visibility.

The City of Dubuque has the following regulations on political signs:
• Political signs cannot exceed 32 square feet in area.
• Political signs cannot be placed in any public right-of-way or visibility triangle.
• Political signs cannot be placed on objects in the right-of-way such as trees and utility poles, or in medians.

If a sign is inadvertently placed on the public right-of-way, the City’s Public Works Department may move the sign back on to private property and attach a green slip noting the violation. The City may follow with a notice of violation letter specifying a time frame to correct any violations. The right-of-way area varies throughout the community.

Complete details, including diagrams, are available online at




The annual Fall Clean-up will begin on Monday October 16th and run through Friday October 20th, 2023. Please remove all items and decorations you wish to save no later than Sunday October 15, 2023. All items not removed will be discarded. Cemetery Management requests that no decorations or plantings be placed on grave sites until Saturday, October 21, 2023. Check Cemetery Regulations before placing decorations to avoid losing items that do not conform.



The Grand Opera House presents a Musical Stage Adaptation of a Treasured Book Series

The Grand Opera House presents A Year with Frog and Toad. Arnold Lobel’s treasured characters hop from page to stage in a story of friendship and adventure. Performances begin September 29th, running Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:00pm through October 8th.

A hit on Broadway, A Year with Frog and Toad was nominated for three Tony Awards – including Best Musical. Based on Arnold Lobel’s well-loved books, and featuring a hummable score by Robert and Willie Reale, this whimsical show follows two great friends – the cheerful, popular Frog (Zac Winkler) and the rather grumpy Toad (Asher Soppe) – through four fun-filled seasons.


Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe… all charm, A Year with Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons.


A Year with Frog and Toad is directed by Cindy Caraway and music direction by Brion Bowman. The cast features 6 local performers playing various roles throughout the musical.


Tickets for Into the Woods are $25 for adults and $17 for children under 18 and can be purchased in person at the Box Office located at 135 W. 8th Street in Dubuque, or by calling (563) 588-1305. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from Noon until 4:00pm. Tickets can also be purchased on our website at


For press tickets or to schedule an interview with the director, actors, or staff, please contact Nick Halder at (563) 588-4356 or



Dubuque Selected to Partner with the University of Iowa through its Initiative for Sustainable Communities Program

The Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC) at the University of Iowa selected the City of Dubuque as one of two community partners for the 2023-24 academic year. Through this unique partnership, more than 100 faculty and students will collaborate with Dubuque officials to complete 15 community projects, ranging from alternative transportation plans to a new public art sculpture.

Bondurant in Polk County is also an IISC partner city this year. The University of Iowa IISC program has completed partnerships with sixteen communities across the state. This is the second time IISC has partnered with Dubuque, which was progam’s first partner in 2011-13. The city was selected in 2023 based on its in-depth array of projects related to sustainability practices.

“One of the goals in the university’s strategic plan is to expand our impact on local and regional communities, and IISC is excited to return to Dubuque and welcome them as a community partner,” said Travis Kraus, IISC director and associate professor in the UI School of Planning and Public Affairs.

“We are thrilled to be a partner site for this program and have the opportunity to grow our sustainability and resiliency efforts throughout the city,” said City of Dubuque Director of Sustainability Gina Bell.  “We also appreciate the opportunity to grow young Iowa minds as these students learn more about efforts in our community and apply their skills and knowledge.”

Students in the School of Planning and Public Affairs spend the entire academic year working on capstone projects in their partner communities. In Dubuque, the students will undertake two action plans, one focused on alternative transportation and the other on an affordable housing action plan. They will also provide the Carnegie-Stout Public Library with an analysis of best practices for serving neurodivergent patrons and assess the city’s green alleyways program.

Other work that will be done this year by students in the College of Engineering’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering include a study of pedestrian safety needs on JFK Boulevard and a review of stormwater basin capacity that reflects changing weather patterns. A sculpture made from discarded metal playground equipment will be created by a current University of Iowa art student in partnership with Audubon Elementary School. Graduate students in world languages will evaluate the languages represented by the City’s immigrant population and provide translations for extreme weather events and other health needs.

One of the first events between the city and the university occurs Sept. 18 when three international writers from the UI’s International Writing Program give an evening presentation at the Carnegie-Stout Library. “During this year, we hope to create many different connections between the University of Iowa and our partner communities,” said Kraus.

On Sept. 8, UI students and faculty will visit Dubuque to tour the city and meet the officials who will serve as their specific project partners. Mayor Brad Cavanagh will welcome the group, which will also enjoy lunch at the nonprofit restaurant Convivium.



Local Creatives Receive $10,000 in NEA-ARPA Funded Creative Empowerment Round 2 Subawards

The Dubuque City Council approved a recommendation from the City’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission to award $10,000 in National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Local Arts Agency American Rescue Plan (ARPA) funds via Round 2 of the Creative Empowerment subgrant program to five local creatives in support of elevating their creative pursuits and efforts to enhance the vitality of the arts in Dubuque.

Round 2 invited Dubuque-based practicing creatives that met all eligibility requirements to apply for consideration of projects occurring October 1, 2023 – March 31, 2024. No match was required and requests were limited to $500 – $2,000. This one-time, restricted funding opportunity supports individual creatives in producing public-facing, tangible, arts-based projects. Such projects are intended to strategically advance their career while deepening their community connections through meaningful public programs and activities with measurable impact.

Seven eligible creatives presented public-facing tangible arts-based projects collectively requesting $14,000 in support.

Funds are restricted to direct support costs associated with specific activities or work such as performances, presentations, exhibitions, training, research, and/or creation of artwork with tangible outcomes and were requested as follows:

  • 24.64% for artist’s time
  • 27.96% for professional services
  • 17.59% for materials/supplies
  • 19.45% for production costs
  • 0.23% for health and safety supplies
  • 10.13% for marketing and promotion

Creatives and projects to receive funding in Round 2, listed in alphabetical order, include:

  • Ali Levasseur for “Supination and Pronation: Visual Arts Exhibit” – $2,000
  • Dan Aldeman for “SPACE + TIME = THE MOMENT” – $2,000
  • James Riley for “Songwriting: Inspiration, Recording and Performing” – $2,000
  • Marcus Washington for “Making Magic with Marley” – $2,000
  • Sunil Malapati for “Shakespeare’s Shrew through Brecht” – $2,000

All eligible applications were reviewed and scored by volunteer reviewers with knowledge of the arts, actively participating in the arts, and possessing professional experience in fields such as nonprofit, business, or medicine. Scoring and a funding scenario were presented to the City’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission, resulting in a funding recommendation approved by City Council.

A reallocation of NEA-ARPA funds resulted in an increase of total funds awarded over both program rounds to $29,881 from $15,000, directing $19,881 to 10 creatives in Round 1 and $10,000 to five creatives in Round 2.

The Creative Empowerment subgrant program is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts through American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) resources designed to restore the local community’s cultural infrastructure, benefitting arts workers, artists, and audiences from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To learn more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit



Dubuque County Historical Society Receives Funding for Museums for All Program 

The Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) received funding from two grants to support their equity-forward Museums for All program. The Dubuque County Board of Supervisors awarded DCHS with $10,000 in Fiscal Year 2024 Purchase of Service funding support in addition to $2,500 in funding support from the McDonough Foundation.

“The Historical Society is grateful for the dedicated funding from Dubuque County and the McDonough Foundation in support of such an impactful program like Museums for All,” said Kurt Strand, President and CEO of the Dubuque County Historical Society. “Museums offer dynamic opportunities for all ages to learn and explore. Through this program, we can ensure that everyone has that opportunity.”

DCHS’s Museums for All program provides approximately 7,200 visitors each year with low- or no-cost admission to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium and The Mathias Ham Historic Site. Museums for All, an initiative of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, was created to provide individuals living below the federal poverty threshold with barrier-free access to cultural institutions and encourage diverse populations to build routine engagement in cultural experiences in an effort to nurture the prioritization of lifelong learning.

“Museums for All is the remarkable success story of creating an affordable and welcoming program for all American families to enter the world of imagination, fun, and knowledge represented by America’s extraordinary museum world,” said Institute of Museum and Library Services, Director Crosby Kemper. “The 1000 museum participants represent service to millions of American children and their parents.”

For more information about Museums for All, visit



Local Used Book Sale Raising Funds to Feed Hungry

St. Anthony Catholic Church is raising funds to help alleviate world hunger by hosting a used book sale.  The sale of used books, CD’s, DVD’s and audio books will take place in the church basement at 1870 St. Ambrose Street on:

Friday, November 3, 8:00am-5:00pm

Saturday, November 4, 8:00am-6:00pm

Sunday, November 5, 8:00am-1:00pm

A free will donation will be accepted for all purchases.

All proceeds will be used to purchase meal ingredients for a Take Away Hunger food packaging event. Take Away Hunger is a food relief organization that unifies teams of people who raise money, purchase, and package a specialized rice-based soy casserole mixture which is used locally and overseas providing nutritious meals to starving children and families.

For more information, please contact Nancy at



Dubuque County Historical Society Awarded Two Grants from City of Dubuque Arts & Cultural Affairs Grant Program

Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) was recently awarded two grants from the City of Dubuque’s Arts and Cultural Affairs grant program. DCHS was awarded $8,000 in funding to support a special 20th Anniversary exhibit at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. DCHS was also awarded $21,349 in Operating Support for fiscal year 2024. Through these grant programs, the City of Dubuque has nurtured the diversity and accessibility of Dubuque’s arts and culture community since 2006.

As a steward of the region’s history, DCHS has become a key community partner for humanities-based programming and informal learning. Its mission is to inspire stewardship by creating educational opportunities where history and rivers come alive. The organization works to fulfill this mission while serving local, state, national, and international audiences, and it seeks to capture and relate regional stories to a global perspective. This work engages diverse audiences in immersive educational learning and provides an equitable and accessible atmosphere in which all visitors can fully engage.

With support from the City Arts and Culture Special Projects Grant Program, the River Museum will internally curate We Are Where We Live: How Our Environments Shape Community. To honor the growth of its mission and its collection as the River Museum celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2023, DCHS will present a special retrospective exhibition and program that will engage external collaborative scholars from diverse fields. The scholars will bring expertise in human rights, environmental history, and fine art. Using a multi-tiered approach of environmentally-based historical analysis and artistic interpretation, the exhibition will be an opportunity to reflect on how place builds community. To foster an empathetic approach to themes like environmental impact, systemic racism, and immigration, DCHS is engaging collaborative scholars to support a culturally informed, inclusive, and multi-disciplinary experience. This special exhibit will run from late October 2023 through May 2024.

“This exhibition explores how the environment is inextricably tied to the stories that make us,” said Emma Sundberg, Director of Curatorial Services. “To celebrate the opening of the River Museum 20 years ago, we invite you to come and explore the shared history between people and the landscape and consider how your own identity has ties to place. Perhaps no other force exerts so much influence on the who of what we become. We are excited to investigate and present objects in the collection this way and hope it inspires a shared future.”

DCHS’s general operations, including exhibits and programming, are made possible, in part, through the City of Dubuque’s Arts and Culture Operating Support grant program. For more information about upcoming events and current exhibits at the River Museum and Mathias Ham Historic Site, visit



 Field of Dreams Movie Site receives accolades from USA Today & Tripadvisor 

The Field of Dreams Movie Site has been honored with a 10Best Readers’ Choice Award by USA Today and a Tripadvisor® 2023 Travelers’ Choice® Award.

USA Today recently announced winners for the 2023 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest for Best Attraction for Sports Fans. Field of Dreams Movie Site finished third after being nominated by an expert panel and voted on by the public. Among the top ten are the Kentucky Derby Museum, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, and U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum.

Trip Advisor also recently named the Field of Dreams Movie Site as a Tripadvisor® 2023 Travelers’ Choice® Award winner. The coveted award celebrates businesses that have consistently received great traveler reviews on Tripadvisor over the last 12 months, placing these winners among the 10% of all listings on Tripadvisor globally.

“We are thrilled at these recent honors,” said John Sutter, Vice President of Field of Dreams Operations for Travel Dubuque. “These awards show what the staff and guests of the field know to be true, this really is the most magical place on dirt. We are proud to continue to provide memorable experiences that visitors have come to know and love.”

The Field of Dreams Movie Site is open to the public from sunrise to sunset year round and weather permitting. Visitors are welcome to have a catch, take a tour of the house, and experience the magic of this iconic movie site.



$45 Million Affordable Multi-Residential Project Proposed for Former Bowling and Beyond Property

The Dubuque City Council will hold a special meeting today to set a public hearing for October 16 to consider a proposed development agreement with a developer to build a $45 million, 201-unit housing development at 1860 Hawthorne Street.

The City of Dubuque currently owns the former Bowling and Beyond property. Under the terms of the proposed agreement, the City would sell the 5.25 acres of property to Union at the Marina, LP, a subsidiary of The Annex Group, an Indiana-based multi-family housing developer that creates market-rate, workforce, affordable, and student housing communities. The proposed purchase price for the property is approximately $4 million but the development agreement calls for the City to award the developer a Land Acquisition Grant of $20,000 per unit created, the total of which would not exceed the property purchase price.

The developer will construct 201 rental units on the property and will seek funding assistance through the 4% Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program, a federal program administered by the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) that provides a dollar-for-dollar reduction (or credit) to offset an owner’s federal tax liability for a 10-year period. According to IFA, “This tax credit often provides the last critical element to ensure the financial feasibility of the project. These affordable housing developments often attract young professionals, working families, seniors, or persons with disabilities who are unable to maintain a house but want to live independently.”

The proposed development agreement calls for the City to amend its Greater Downtown Urban Renewal District Plan so the developer can receive 15 years of tax-increment financing (TIF) not to exceed approximately $10.2 million.  Additionally, the City would make approximately $1 million in improvements to sanitary sewer infrastructure in the project area.



19th Annual Midwest Fitness 5K Fun Run/Walk September 30 benefits Galena Food Pantry and includes Oktoberfest admission

Midwest Health & Fitness Center (MHFC), located at Midwest Medical Center, is accepting registration for their upcoming family-friendly 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, September 30, at the Galena River Trail (91 Bouthillier Street, Galena, Illinois). The 19th annual event benefits the Galena Food Pantry. Day of donations for the Food Pantry are also welcomed.

September 15 at noon is the deadline to register and receive a race t-shirt. Online registration may be made at Additional information may be found on under the EVENTS tab. Participants may also register by calling MHFC at 815-777-4960 or in person at Midwest Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Galena. Registration will be accepted up until the event, without a t-shirt being given.

Included in race registration is a ticket for Galena Oktoberfest, hosted by the Galena Lions Club at Depot Park, beginning at the race conclusion. The cost for race registration is $30 including a t-shirt and $20 without a t-shirt.

Day-of-race check-in starts at 8 AM; the 5K begins at 9 AM. Children’s races—100-meter dash for ages 0-4 years and an 800-meter dash for ages 5-12 begin at 8:30 AM. An adult-supervised Kids’ Corner with activities and games will be available before the start of the 5K race.

A prize drawing (must be present to win) and refreshments will be held following the race.

Midwest Medical Center is a not-for-profit Illinois Critical Access Hospital. It serves the communities in northwestern Illinois, southwestern Wisconsin, and eastern Iowa through its health clinics, hospital and emergency care, fitness and rehabilitation center, and senior care—assisted living and nursing home.

For more about this event or Midwest Medical Center, visit



Turn lane project underway near Midwest Medical Center.Hospital expansion continues on time and budget.

GALENA, IL—Midwest Medical Center (MMC) announces that the center entrance and US 20 turn lane improvements on Highway 20 in front of the hospital are underway. According to consulting engineer MSA Professional Services, Inc., project completion impacting traffic along US 20 is estimated to be the middle of November, weather permitting. The final seeding and punch list for project completion will be Spring 2024.

A notice of construction with the following tentative schedule was provided to hospital officials on Friday, September 1.

Sept 5 Mobilization Fischer Excavating (Contractor) began mobilizing equipment and materials to the site.
Sept 5-8 Pre-Stages Replace a storm sewer culvert across US 20 near Norris Lane 1-Lane/Flaggers


Sept 11-Oct 6 Phase 1 Highway widening starting at the west side; Norris Lane & new MMC entrance 1 Lane / Flaggers


Oct 9-27 Phase 2 East side widening & Golf View 2 Lanes / Lane Shifts
Oct 30-Nov 10 Phase 3 Final Asphalt Overlays remain open to traffic but will be temporarily gravel surfacing/striping 1 Lane / Flaggers


Spring 2024 Completion Final Seeding & Punch List All Lanes Open

The notice of construction also notes, “US 20/IL 84 will be reduced to one lane of traffic, with daytime flaggers, during some phase of construction activities. Motorists should expect minor delays. IDOT has been notified and wide loads are restricted during construction and advance warning signs are in place. Access to Golf View Drive and W. Norris Lane will be temporary gravel surfacing at times. Lane closures, lane shifts, and traffic control will be monitored throughout construction.

Traffic control devices will be installed for your safety, and we ask that all drivers be courteous and obey all traffic control and work zone speed limits. We also ask that drivers be aware of construction equipment and activities, and please exercise safety in and around construction zones.”

Turn lane construction had been planned to begin in July but was continually postponed due to delays in utility relocation by three of the four utilities. Midwest Medical Center would like to thank Jo Carroll Energy for their timely response and quick turnaround.

“This project has been a priority for Midwest Medical Center since 2006, and we are very pleased to see it happening. We will be even more excited when it is complete,” noted Tracy Bauer, President and CEO.

The turn lane project is estimated at $3 million dollars, paid by Midwest Medical Center.

Facility expansion continues

On the hospital campus at One Medical Center Drive in Galena, construction continues on the facility expansion, which is primarily focused on outpatient services. Current progress includes completing and waterproofing the foundation walls. Masonry started this past week on the new stair towers.

Market & Johnson, project managers, report that the project is currently on schedule and on budget. The 46,669-square-foot expansion will include an expanded rehabilitation and wellness center, indoor walking/running track, new rehab and wellness gym, 24/7 access fitness center, a new cardiac rehab department, an expanded behavioral health suite, and four new infusion bays. The new expansion is expected to have phased completion by May 2025.

Midwest Medical Center is a not-for-profit Illinois Critical Access Hospital. It serves the communities in northwestern Illinois, southwestern Wisconsin, and eastern Iowa through its health clinics, hospital and emergency care, fitness and rehabilitation center, and senior care—assisted living and nursing home.

For more about this event or Midwest Medical Center, visit



River Museum Partners with Archdiocese of Dubuque to Screen ‘The Letter: A Message for Our Earth’

‘The Letter: A Message for our Earth’ will be screened at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium on Wednesday, October 4 in conjunction with the Season of Creation celebrations from Sept. 1 – Oct. 4 and in partnership with the Archdiocese of Dubuque, the Dubuque Interfaith Green Coalition, and the Dubuque Social Justice Network.

The 80-minute documentary is inspired by Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical letter Laudato Si’, which explores ancient Catholic teaching on creation in the light of today’s ecological crisis. The film features an exclusive dialogue between Pope Francis and five people from around the world, all of whom have experienced the ecological crisis and are working to solve it.

The film, which was produced by Oscar-winning producers Off the Fence and the Catholic nonprofit Laudato Si’ Movement in collaboration with the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication and Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, has been watched by over 8 million people to date via YouTube.

“With the 2023 Season of Creation theme ‘Let Justice and Peace Flow,’ and the symbol being a mighty river, we felt it essential to connect our creation care awareness efforts to the Mississippi River,” said Deacon Brian Zeman, Director of Life, Earth, and Social Justice Ministry Archdiocese of Dubuque. “One of the most vital themes of Pope Francis’s Laudato Si encyclical is integral ecology, the reality that we’re all interconnected. Therefore, our ability to connect with the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium on the final day of Season of Creation, the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, for ‘The Letter’ screening brings our Season of Creation efforts full circle.”

The Letter is an opportunity for the community to spend time reflecting on the impact of the global ecological crisis and spark meaningful conversations with loved ones and neighbors. The event at the River Museum will begin with a reception at 6 P.M. followed by the screening at 6:30 P.M. Guests are encouraged to stay for a panel discussion following the film.

“The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s mission is to inspire the care and management of rivers and history by creating educational experiences in our community,” said Jared McGovern, former Director of Conservation at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and soon-to-be Director of The Wanderwood Gardens, who will be serving as a panelist for the event. “It’s our responsibility as humans to steward our environment, including our rivers, and there is hope for that if we chose to have faith in one another. I find peace in nature; I find honor in stewardship, and I find purpose as an environmental educator, so I look forward to being a part of this great community event and panel.”

The event will take place in the Mississippi River Discovery Center in the Journey Theater and is free for the public. Registration is required as space is limited. The registration link is available at on The Letter: A Message from Our Earth event page.

Following a viewing of the film at the River Museum, audience members may want to involve themselves further in sustainable change for the planet. More information and resources on how to get involved with the film is available at



National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium Receives IMLS Funding

The Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) has been awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Museum for America grant award for $149,000 in support of a stakeholder-engaged interpretive planning initiative that will produce a new master interpretive plan including recommendations for interpretive practices and comprehensive signage and create a more cohesive storyline to better join its properties: the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s 14-acre campus and the 2-acre Mathias Ham Historic Site. This multi-year project will run from Sept. 2023 through Aug. 2025 with many opportunities for staff and community to engage in focus groups.

This competitive grants program received 281 applications requesting $53,897,281. Of these, DCHS was among the 122 projects to receive funding totaling $24,293,190.

“As pillars of our communities, libraries and museums bring people together by providing important programs, services, and collections. These institutions are trusted spaces where people can learn, explore and grow,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. “IMLS is proud to support their initiatives through our grants as they educate and enhance their communities.”

The grant will help support a $297,912 initiative to conduct a two-year stakeholder-engaged interpretive planning process that will result in the development of a new master interpretive plan. Through collaborative activities between staff, board of directors, volunteers, visitors, community members, stakeholders, and an interpretive planning firm, the River Museum will produce a new master interpretive plan including recommendations for interpretive practices and comprehensive signage. As a result, the River Museum will gain an increased understanding of visitor knowledge, behaviors, and attitudes, reflect community need and connectivity, inform evaluation practices to best serve community, creatively integrate the goals of both historic and living collections in exhibits and programs, and create a more cohesive storyline between its properties.

“Over the last several years, we have made a lot of improvements to our exhibits and campus, so updating our interpretive plan is the next step,” said Jennifer Drayna, Director of Education at the River Museum. “We are excited to update the stories we share and build connections between our properties while continuing to provide great visitor and educational experiences.”

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. IMLS envisions a nation where individuals and communities have access to museums and libraries to learn from and be inspired by the trusted information, ideas, and stories they contain about our diverse natural and cultural heritage. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Over the last 43 years, DCHS and the River Museum has experienced significant growth from humble beginnings as a 9,000 sq. ft. riverboat museum to a 14-acre Smithsonian affiliate accredited by both the American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The River Museum’s collections contain more than 41,000 historical items and over 2,000 animals of more than 250 species representative of the Mississippi River, its watershed, the rivers of America, and beyond. The Mathias Ham Historic Site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The historic property includes the Mathias Ham House, Iowa’s oldest log cabin, the Humke Schoolhouse, a replica lead mine and miner’s dwelling, and a historic granary.

For more information about DCHS and its properties, visit




Free facility offers art and music opportunities at no cost for members of the community.

Centrally Rooted, a Dubuque-based nonprofit organization that focuses on brain health through creative expression, is seeking volunteers for  its brand new Exploration Lab.

A grant-funded initiative, the Exploration Lab provides a safe creative space, free of charge, where individuals can drop in to explore music or art in a supervised way. The Music Lab and Art Lab housed within offer a variety of materials including keyboards, electronic drum kits, paints, clays, markers, crayons and mixed media with which children can experiment. Beginning August 23, the lab is looking for volunteers to oversee the reception area. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 3:00 – 6:00 PM and Saturday from 9:00 AM to noon. To register, visit or email

About Centrally Rooted

Centrally Rooted is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in Dubuque, Iowa. A center for developing positive mental health through creative expression, it offers private and group music and art lessons, music therapy, yoga and more.




The City of Dubuque has been named to the inaugural group of Iowa Thriving Communities, a new program from the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) and Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA). The program recognizes cities around the state that utilize innovative solutions to enhance their housing offerings to residents of all income levels.

The 11 communities selected for the program will benefit from additional scoring points in applications for both federal and state housing tax credit programs. The scoring points are a highly sought-after part of the competitive tax credit application process and will incentivize developers to choose cities that have been selected as Iowa Thriving Communities for proposed developments.

The scoring points will be made available for applications for both the Federal Housing Tax Credit and Iowa Workforce Housing Tax Credit. Both programs provide funding for the construction of multi-family or single-family homes or complexes. The federal program provides up to $12 million in credits per development, while the state tax credit offers up to $1 million.

IFA and IEDA announced the new program earlier this year and began accepting applications in May. Last week, Dubuque and other finalists made in-person presentations at a joint meeting of the IFA and IEDA in Des Moines. Representatives from Dubuque will now have the opportunity to present to developers and other stakeholders at the HousingIowa Conference in Cedar Rapids in early September.



Eagle Point Solar Achieves Ranking on Inc. 5000 List

Inc. revealed (08/15/23) that Eagle Point Solar, a leader in solar energy solutions covering Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin, ranks No. 3121 on the 2023 Inc. 5000, its annual list of the fastest-growing private companies in America.

The prestigious ranking provides a data-driven look at the most successful companies within the economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent, entrepreneurial businesses. Facebook, Chobani, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia, and many other household name brands gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

“Our journey to make the Inc. 5000 list for the fourth year in is a testament to the collective dedication, resilience, and unwavering innovative spirit of our staff, community and legislative supporters who continue to help fuel the growth of the solar industry,” said Jim Pullen, President and CEO of Eagle Point Solar. “It reaffirms that with an ambitious mission, and a focus on quality installations and creating value, we are paving the way for a sustainable future.”

The Inc. 5000 class of 2023 represents companies that have driven rapid revenue growth while navigating inflationary pressure, the rising costs of capital, and seemingly intractable hiring challenges. Among this year’s top companies, the average median three-year revenue growth rate ticked up to an astonishing 2,238 percent. In all, this year’s Inc. 5000 companies have added 1,187,266 jobs to the economy over the past three years.

“Running a business has only gotten harder since the end of the pandemic,” says Inc. editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk. “To make the Inc. 5000—with the fast growth that requires—is truly an accomplishment. Inc. is thrilled to honor the companies that are building our future.”

For complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, location, and other criteria, go to



Temporary Closure of Portion of Northwest Arterial Bike/Hike Trail Starts August 29

A portion of the Northwest Arterial Bike/Hike Trail will be temporarily closed beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 29 for trail realignment and turning lane and development access construction related to the Switch Homes development project on the south side of the arterial and trail.

The closure point will be located at the development entrance along the trail, approximately one mile east of the Northwest Arterial’s intersection with West 32nd Street and approximately one mile west of the Northwest Arterial’s intersection with Central Avenue/Iowa Highway 3.

Pedestrians and bicyclists will be able to use the trail on both sides up to the closure site, but will not be allowed to pass through the closure and construction site. The closure is expected to last for two to three weeks. Signage will be posted to alert trail users of the closure.



Jule Bus Fares Waived for Dubuque College Students

Students attending Dubuque’s colleges will be able to ride The Jule, Dubuque’s public transit system, for free this school year.

The City Council voted in August to waive fares for college students ahead of the beginning of the 2023-24 academic year. College students had previously been charged the adult fare of $1.50 per ride. The elimination of fares for college students will provide an additional opportunity for students to travel around the city of Dubuque for shopping, entertainment, dining, recreation, and jobs.

To take advantage of the free rides, college students will be required to display a valid school ID for the 2023-24 school year until physical or digital passes through The Jule’s mobile app (MyJule) are available. The physical passes are expected to be ready in mid-September. The digital pass functionality is expected to be in the app in September.

The free rides will be available for students attending the following Dubuque institutions:
– Capri College
– Clarke University
– Emmaus Bible College
– Loras College
– Northeast Iowa Community College
– University of Dubuque
– Wartburg Theological Seminary

This new program is in addition to the City offering free rides to K-12 students who register for an annual Student Pass. The K-12 Student Passes can be obtained by completing the form here and returning it to the Intermodal Transportation Center. K-12 Student Passes are valid from August through July and must be renewed each school year.

Additional information about The Jule, including route schedules, maps, and bus tracking tools are available through the MyJule app and by visiting



The Grand Opera House presents the Ultimate Steely Dan Tribute

The Grand Opera House presents Steely Dane on Friday, November 3, 2023 at 7:30pm.

Steely Dane is dedicated to not only faithfully reproducing the Steely Dan and Donald Fagen songbook, but to bringing an energetic live-show experience to the crowd. Fourteen of the Midwest’s best jazz and rock musicians have banded together around their passion for Steely Dan music, playing in the same configuration as the Steely Dan touring band including a four-piece horn section, and two female background singers, two guitars, and more. Shows consist of hits and deep cuts and sometimes even complete albums and are sure to have you out of your seats singing along.

Tickets for Steely Dane range from $27 – $37 and can be purchased in person at the Box Office located at 135 W. 8th Street in Dubuque, or by calling (563) 588-1305. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from Noon until 4:00pm. Tickets can also be purchased on our website at

Date and Time:

Friday, November 3rd – 7:30pm

Ticket Prices:

Tier 1 – $37

Tier 2 – $31

Tier 3 – $27



City Council Completes Annual Goal-Setting Sessions 

The Dubuque City Council completed its annual goal-setting sessions on Thursday, Aug. 24.  Over the course of three evening sessions, City Council members affirmed the 15-year vision statement and mission statement and identified eight five-year goals for the city.  They also identified top and high priorities for a 2023-2025 policy agenda as well as in-progress projects and capital projects for 2023-2025.

The 2038 Dubuque Vision Statement

Dubuque 2038 is a sustainable and resilient city, an inclusive and equitable community where ALL are welcome. Dubuque 2038 has preserved our Masterpiece on the Mississippi, has a strong, diverse economy and expanding connectivity. Our residents experience healthy living and active lifestyles; have choices of quality, affordable, livable neighborhoods; have an abundance of diverse, fun things to do; and are successfully and actively engaged in the community.

Mission Statement

Dubuque city government is progressive and financially sound with residents receiving value for their tax dollars and achieving goals through partnerships. Dubuque city government’s mission is to deliver excellent municipal services that support urban living; contribute to an equitable, sustainable city; plan for the community’s future; and facilitate access to critical human services.

City of Dubuque Goals 2028 

  • Vibrant Community: Healthy and Safe
  • Financially Responsible, High-Performance City Organization: Sustainable, Equitable, and Effective Service Delivery
  • Robust Local Economy: Diverse Businesses and Jobs with Economic Prosperity
  • Livable Neighborhoods and Housing: Great Place to Live
  • Sustainable Environment: Preserving and Enhancing Natural Resources
  • Connected Community: Equitable Transportation, Technology Infrastructure, and Mobility
  • Diverse Arts, Culture, Parks, and Recreation Experiences and Activities
  • Partnership for a Better Dubuque: Building Our Community that is Viable, Livable, and Equitable

Policy Agenda

Policy agenda items are issues that need direction or a policy decision or a major funding decision by the City Council, or issues that need City Council leadership in the community or with other governmental bodies.  The policy agenda is divided into top priorities and high priorities.

2023 – 2025 Top Priorities (in alphabetical order):

  • Air Service: Future Strategy and Action Plan
  • City Workforce Retention and Attraction
  • Comprehensive Study of Fire Station Locations and Staffing
  • Police Department Full Staffing
  • Street Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program

2023 – 2025 High Priorities (in alphabetical order):

  • Bee Branch Detention Basin Pump Replacement
  • Catfish Creek Sanitary Sewer Project Pump Station
  • Central Avenue Corridor Revitalization Plan
  • Leveraging Federal and State Infrastructure Grant Programs
  • RAISE Grant & Matching Funds for Construction (14th St. Railroad Overpass and Elm St. and 16th St. Corridor Complete Streets)



Free Event to Provide Relaxation and Support for Caregivers

Three Dubuque non-profits are partnering to offer a free Caregiver Wellness Retreat for non-professional caregivers who are doing the important job of helping care for family members, loved ones, and neighbors with chronic illness. Stonehill’s Caregiver Resource Center, NEI3A, and Shalom Spirituality Center will hold the event from 10am-3pm on Thursday, October 12 at Shalom Retreat Center. Caregivers are invited to attend either the morning or afternoon block and will get to participate in five 20-minute sessions including: chair and hand massages, music therapy, Tai Chi, painting and art, sound healing meditation, or the labyrinth. The event will also include a grab-n-go lunch and vendor fair of providers offering health and wellness-related products and services.

The purpose of this event is to celebrate and support caregivers, enhance their skills and knowledge, provide them with self-care and resources to improve their caregiving experience, and raise awareness about caregiver issues.

Jolene Koopmann, Coordinator of the Caregiver Resource Center shared, “We know that the physical, mental, and emotional demands of caring for a loved one with a serious illness can be exhausting. This event is an opportunity for caregivers to receive self-care that is greatly needed and deserved. Providing several options at no cost and all in one location allows caregivers to try different strategies while minimizing the financial and scheduling issues that often prevent self-care.”

“Recognizing the efforts of caregivers and providing them with the necessary support can significantly impact the caregiver’s well-being and the quality of care they provide,” added Kristie Wiltgen, Regional Director of NEI3A, “These caregivers fill a crucial role in our society and deserve to be supported.”

“As the hosting facility for the Caregiver Wellness Retreat, Shalom offers a sacred space and a peaceful environment for all who seek to deepen the meaningful relationships in their lives. Caregivers sacrifice so much in the name of honoring their relationships with loved ones, and this event will honor, support and refresh the caregivers in return,” said Jim Earles, Program Coordinator at Shalom Spirituality Center.

All three organizations have collaborated on previous events for caregivers and offer services for caregivers, older adults, and the community. By pooling diverse expertise, knowledge, and experience related to caregiving they hope to produce a successful event and strengthen community caregivers.

Registration for the Caregiver Wellness Event opens September 1. Pre-registration is required. To register, caregivers may call The Caregiver Resource Center at 563.557.7181 extension 1234.


The Caregiver Resource Center, established in 2021, provides information, resources, and support to non-professional caregivers at no cost. Located on the Stonehill Communities campus, it complements and draws support from Stonehill’s full continuum of health and wellness services. More information is available at


Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) coordinates services for individuals to help them maintain the independence they desire. Services include option counseling, case management, meal programs, caregiver support, respite services, evidence based health programs, advocacy, and recreation and education programs. More information is available at

Shalom Spirituality Center is a non-profit organization owned and operated by the Sisters of St. Francis that provides a variety of retreats and programs for persons of all ages, cultures, faith backgrounds, and religious affiliations wherever they currently are on their spiritual journey. More information is available at



Multi-Platinum Country Star Lauren Alaina to Headline Dubuque County Fair, Thursday, July 27

The Dubuque County Fair Association is pleased to announce that Multi-Platinum-selling singer/songwriter LAUREN ALAINA will headline country night at the Dubuque County Fair on Thursday, July 27. The performance is sponsored locally by Dubuque Bank and Trust.

The show will also feature special guest David J, an up-and-coming country artist, viral hit maker and TikTok sensation. Opening will be Natascha Myers, a Nashville recording artist with ties to Dubuque as a graduate of Clarke University.

Doors will open at 7 p.m., with the show beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $40 for the festival area in front of the stage (featuring a dedicated bar area) and $25 for all grandstand seats (which are general admission). Hillside seats for the show are free thanks to hillside sponsor Maquoketa Valley Electric Cooperative.

Tickets are on sale now at, by calling the fair box office at 563-588-1999 or in-person at the fair office.

Grand Ole Opry member and multi-Platinum-selling singer/songwriter Lauren Alaina has earned three Number 1 hit singles in just under three years with her smash “Road Less Traveled,” the now 7-times-Platinum “What Ifs” with her childhood friend and superstar Kane Brown (his first career number 1), and “One Beer” with friend and rising star HARDY (also his first career number 1).

Her number 1 debuting album “Sitting Pretty On Top of The World,” which includes hit single “Getting Over Him” featuring Jon Pardi, as well as her RIAA-certified Gold-selling “Getting Good.”

The rising superstar and Big Loud recording artist, who American Songwriter calls “a vibrant force of positivity in the world,” just came off her second career headlining tour, “On Top Of The World Tour Presented By Maurices” with multiple sell-outs and rave reviews. The Georgia native has shared the stage with superstars including Alan Jackson, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Martina McBride, Jason Aldean and also sold out her own, first-ever headlining, That Girl Was Me Tour.

Alaina has performed on some of the highest-profile stages in the world including national television performances on PBS’s A Capitol Fourth, Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, TODAY, ABC’s Good Morning America, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, ABC’s CMA Fest specials, CMA and ACM Awards, Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day halftime performance, MLB’s World Series national anthem (Game 5, 2021) and more including a performance at the White House for President Obama for a PBS special.

David J is an up-and-coming country artist with a fresh and cutting-edge approach to country pop that has already made him into a viral hit maker, and TikTok sensation. His singles “Stay,” “Before You,” and “Lost My Heartbreak” have been spinning on Sirius XM’s “The Highway” since they were added in early 2022, and “Before You” scored over 1 million streams on all platforms combined in its first week of release.

For more information, contact the Dubuque County Fair Association at 563-588-1406.



Fresh Summer Flavors Fit for the Patio

(Family Features) Gatherings in the summer sun are all about easy, convenient recipes combined with the joy warm weather brings. Spend those special occasions with those you love most and make this summer one to remember with flatbreads, sliders and sweet treats for all to share.
Keeping cooking simple means more time on the patio or in the backyard engaging with guests, and these Chipotle Chicken Flatbreads, Chicken Shawarma Sliders and Lemon Cheesecake with Fruit let home chefs skip complicated kitchen duties without skimping on flavor.
Visit to find more simple summer recipes to share with loved ones.
Summery Flatbreads for Family and Friends
When dining outdoors with family, friends and neighbors, there are few things better than a tasty dish the whole family can enjoy like these Chipotle Chicken Flatbreads.
Perfect for al fresco entertaining when served alongside a fresh salad, they’re simple to make and allow guests to personalize with preferred toppings before popping in the oven. As a colorful and fresh dish, it’s an ideal meal for get-togethers on the patio.
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Chipotle Chicken Flatbreads
Recipe adapted from
2 flatbreads
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 clove garlic, diced
4 chicken tenders, cooked and cubed
1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
1/2 cup ranch dressing
1 1/2 teaspoons chipotle seasoning
2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, chopped
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Place parchment paper on baking sheet and add flatbreads. Sprinkle cheese on flatbreads. Top with garlic, chicken and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bake 16 minutes until cheese is melted.
In small bowl, mix ranch and chipotle seasoning.
Drizzle ranch dressing on flatbreads and sprinkle with cilantro leaves.

Shareable Sliders for a Nutritious Summer Meal

Fresh, mouthwatering foods hot off the grill are a sure sign of summer fun. Hosting sunny get-togethers this year can be made easy when you show off your grilling skills with a simple, nutritious and flavorful recipe.

These Chicken Shawarma Sliders are a delicious example of how to grill healthy summer meals without forgoing favorite flavors. They’re part of a curated 12-recipe collection of healthy, balanced dishes from the snacking experts at family-owned Fresh Cravings, known for its chilled salsas, hummus and other dips, which teamed up with eMeals, America’s leading provider of meal plans.

“These sliders are a fantastic – and healthy – option for your next gathering,” said eMeals Senior Nutrition Writer and Editor Rachel West, RD. “The marinade uses a mix of pantry-friendly dried herbs and fresh garlic to give the lean grilled chicken breast some oomph. The lettuce and red onion add cool crispness and crunch to the sandwiches while Fresh Cravings’ creamy, flavor-packed hummus gets some nutritional bonus points by providing a dose of protein and fiber.”

Find the entire recipe collection by visiting

Chicken Shawarma Sliders
Recipe courtesy of eMeals Registered Dietitian Rachel West
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika
1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 tablespoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 package (12) slider buns
1 container (17 ounces) Fresh Cravings Honey Jalapeno Hummus
1 package (8 ounces) shredded lettuce
1/2 small red onion, sliced

In zip-top plastic bag, use meat mallet or heel of hand to pound chicken to even thickness. Cut into 2-inch pieces and place in large bowl. Add oil, garlic, paprika, cumin, coriander, salt and cayenne; toss.

Cover chicken and chill 8 hours, or up to 2 days.

Preheat grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Grill chicken 4-5 minutes per side, or until done.

Serve chicken on buns with hummus, lettuce and onion.

Unforgettable Fruity Flavor

Summertime often brings cravings for fresh fruits that add a hint of sweetness to warm-weather gatherings. Serving up a delicious dessert for family and guests starts with favorite produce in this Lemon Cheesecake with Fruit.

The touch of tangy tartness is enough to bring loved ones to the dessert table even after a filling meal as fresh lemon juice in the cheesecake base is complemented perfectly when topped with orange slices and raspberries. Garnished with mint leaves, this brightly colored treat is even sweeter when shared with loved ones.

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Lemon Cheesecake with Fruit
Servings: 6-8

1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
3 eggs
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 orange, peeled and separated
8 raspberries
3 mint leaves, for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 F.

In medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter. Press firmly into 9-inch springform pan.

In large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Add eggs, fresh lemon juice and vanilla extract; mix until combined.

Pour into pan. Bake 50-55 minutes, or until center springs back when lightly pressed.
Chill in refrigerator until completely cooled. Arrange orange slices around border of cake and place raspberries in middle. Top with mint leaves.
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A Matter of Balance Workshop

A Matter of Balance Workshop Begins June 12 in Dubuque
Registration Deadline – June 8

Would you like to improve your balance? Do you want to feel more comfortable participating in your favorite activities? Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) is offering A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls, an award-winning workshop designed to increase the activity levels of older adults with concerns about falling. During 8 two-hour sessions, participants learn to:

  • Promote exercise to increase strength and balance
  • Set realistic goals for increasing activity
  • Improve environment to reduce fall risk factors
  • View falls and fear of falling as controllable

The Centers for Disease Control report that falling is the most common cause of injury in people over 60. More than one-third of adults aged 65 years and older fall each year. Don’t become a statistic! Take active steps to reduce the risk of falls; register today for A Matter of Balance. Classes will be held at the The Lifetime Center (3505 Stoneman Road – Dubuque) from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. each Monday and Thursday from June 12 through July 13.

Preregistration is required by contacting Colleen Lawler at 563-380-3239 or email or Elise Bovy at 319-231-6798 or email by June 8. Space is limited. Each participant will receive a detailed training manual. There is a suggested contribution of $20 to cover the cost of materials fees for each participant.



The Grand Opera House and Rising Star Theatre Company Announces 

Auditions for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Into the Woods

The Grand Opera House and Rising Star Theatre Company are excited to announce the auditions for the 2023 summer productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Into the Woods.


Auditions for Youth Actors (ages 6-15) interested in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Sunday, April 23rd: 3-6pm


Auditions for Adult Actors (ages 15+) interested in either Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and/or Into the Woods

Monday, April 24th: 6 – 9pm

Tuesday, April 25th: 6 – 9pm 


Youth Performers can attend auditions anytime during the window of time. They can leave once they have completed their vocal audition.


Adult Performers should plan to arrive at the start of the audition time. Auditions will begin with a short movement/dance call and a vocal audition to follow. Adults can leave once their vocal audition is complete.


Actors will be notified if they are needed for callbacks. If you are not called back, it does not mean you are not being considered for a role. 


Location: Auditions will be held at the Grand’s Rehearsal space in the Arcade Building, 880 Locust St., Suites 222 and 228.  Please enter through the Locust Street entrance.  When you enter, take the stairs on the right to the second floor. The rooms are right at the top of the stairs. 

What to prepare:

All actors should complete an audition form, which can be done prior to auditions via either organization’s website. Those auditioning should be prepared to list all conflicts or potential conflicts that overlap with a production’s rehearsal and performance schedule.


Youth Actors for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Age 6-15): Prepare a 1 min cut (approximately 32 bars) of a musical theater song or any song you feel confident and comfortable singing. Feel free to bring sheet music in the correct key if you would like an accompanist to play along with you, although not required.


Adult Actors for either or both productions (Age 15-Above): Come dressed to move. Prepare a 1 min cut (approximately 32 bars) of a musical theater song in the style of either show. Please bring sheet music in the correct key; an accompanist will be provided.


Actors unable to attend auditions may submit an audition video to Video submissions should contain 32 bars of a musical theater song in the style of the show showcasing range and a 1-minute comedic or dramatic monologue. Adding a dance section to your audition tape is optional. Video submissions must be received no later than 6pm Monday, April 24. 


Additional information about the auditions, performances, character details, and the audition form can be found on The Grand Opera House website here:




Hospice and Palliative Care

by Lavonne Noel
Executive Director
Hospice of Dubuque

Former President Jimmy Carter recently chose to enter hospice care bringing national attention to a vital service that is often misunderstood. With this news, the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Iowa recently provided clarification about hospice and palliative care, hoping to dispel myths that exist about this medical specialty.

A common misconception is that entering hospice means the patient has given up or only has days to live. Neither is true. Hospice care actually focuses on living. Hospice services are intended for the last six months of life or longer. People entering hospice have made the decision to emphasize comfort, dignity, and quality of life. Hospice helps individuals live with their symptoms managed, in their preferred environment, with support for them and their family, so life can be lived to the fullest and on their terms.

Hospice care embraces a holistic approach and is delivered by an integrated care team of physicians, nurses, aides, social workers, therapists, and counselors. Additionally, specially trained volunteers are available to provide a presence for patients and their families. These volunteers often represent a welcome set of helping hands.

Another misconception is that hospice is a place. Hospice is a medical specialty, and the care team serves hospice patients wherever they call home, just as President Carter is receiving care in his home. Hospice is designed to support and empower caregivers in the home. The patient’s home may be a number of places including a house, apartment, or skilled nursing facility.

Many hospice patients and their families elect hospice services late in the patient’s healthcare journey, missing out on the many benefits of hospice care until the very end. With admission to hospice care, patients often experience what is referred to as the “hospice bump.” When the focus shifts to comfort, and care is received from a team that addresses physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs, hospice patients typically report feeling better. Hospices in Iowa and across the country are familiar with families saying, “We wish we had selected hospice sooner.”

If you or a loved one is thinking hospice might be the right step, talk with your healthcare provider and research which hospice is right for you. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services offers a tool that assists with finding hospice services in your area and provides comparative data regarding hospice providers. You can find the tool at

Hospice & Palliative Care Association of Iowa contributed to this article.



UnityPoint Health Named ‘Top Place to Work in Healthcare’ for Second Consecutive Year

For the second consecutive year, UnityPoint Health® has been recognized as one of the top places to work in healthcare in the country by a national industry publication.

This week, Becker’s Healthcare included UnityPoint Health on their 2023 list of “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare”. The list highlights hospitals, health systems and healthcare companies that are committed to advocating for diversity in the workplace, promoting work-life balance, and boosting employee engagement.

UnityPoint Health, which provides care across Iowa, western Illinois and southern Wisconsin, is the only health system in Iowa and Wisconsin to be named to this year’s list and is one of only a handful of health systems in Illinois to be included.

“It’s an honor to be recognized as a top place to work for the second consecutive year,” said UnityPoint Health Chief Human Resources Officer Aaron Gillingham. “We have spent the last several years really focused on building a strong, values-oriented culture for our entire enterprise. This work was led by our amazing team members and has become a part of everything we do at UnityPoint Health.”

In naming UnityPoint Health to this year’s list, Becker’s Healthcare said, “Over the past several years, UnityPoint Health has made a concentrated effort to invest in its team members, not only through traditional benefits, but also through opportunities for personal growth and development, recognition and well-being resources.”

Being named to the 2023 Becker’s Healthcare list is the latest in a series of top workplace recognitions UnityPoint Health has received over the last two years.

For individuals interested in joining the UnityPoint Health team, search for open career opportunities at



Schmitt Island Amphitheater Project Awarded $3 Million Grant from Destination Iowa Funding

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced late last week that the City of Dubuque was awarded a $3 million Destination Iowa Grant for the Iowa Amphitheater on Schmitt Island project. Funding for this program has been made available through the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

The Iowa Amphitheater on Schmitt Island project will be a significant investment in an outdoor amphitheater. This project is the centerpiece of ongoing efforts coordinated by the DRA (Dubuque Racing Association) to create a recreational landmark and gateway into Iowa – with the goal being to enhance outdoor recreational amenities and activities on the island and increase tourism in Dubuque and the tri-state region.

“This grant is great news for this exciting project and will help take Schmitt Island to a whole new level,” said Dubuque Mayor Brad Cavanagh. “We’re grateful to Governor Reynolds and the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Biden Administration for providing these ARPA funds.”

Schmitt Island is owned by the City of Dubuque, which leases portions of the island to various entities, including the DRA. The City will manage the grant, including bidding and all construction aspects. Upon completion, the DRA, through a management agreement, will manage the completed project.

“We are pleased with the state’s decision to award this grant to the City of Dubuque and look forward to helping drive this project forward to completion,” said Alex Dixon, CEO of DRA and Q Casino. “There are a lot of exciting things being planned for Schmitt Island, so this infusion of resources will help move us closer to revitalizing and enhancing and area that is already a visible landmark in our community.”

The Iowa Amphitheater at Schmitt Island will be a performance amphitheater, designed to attract national acts. It will also serve as a venue for the local symphony, college and university performing groups, nonprofit events and other regional performances. The amphitheater is planned as a versatile space to host varied audiences and will be sized for regional acts with 2,000 to 3,000 patrons and for national acts of 5,000 to 7,000 people.

The project vision is to enhance Schmitt Island as “Dubuque’s Gateway to Entertainment and the Mississippi River,” as was set forth in the Schmitt Island Master Plan, developed in 2014 and updated in 2017, and the Schmitt Island Placemaking & Implementation Plan, adopted in June 2017. The mission adopted for the project is to create “a connected island that welcomes visitors and the community to recreation, entertainment and the outdoors.” For more information on plans for Schmitt Island, visit

Projects funded though Destination Iowa must be completed by June 30, 2026.




New Mexico-based Presbyterian Healthcare Services and Midwest-based health system UnityPoint Health have signed a letter of intent to explore the formation of a new healthcare organization. The proposed healthcare company would see both systems preserve their trusted brand and continue delivering care locally while collectively achieving administrative efficiencies under a parent organization.

“As a not-for-profit health system, we must pave a sustainable path forward to continue serving our communities with care and coverage. While we’ve done that successfully independently, we know that partnering with like-minded health systems will allow us to accelerate our efforts,” says Dale Maxwell, president and CEO, Presbyterian Healthcare Services. “UnityPoint Health shares in our commitment to keeping healthcare delivery local and creating a culture where the workforce thrives which will serve as foundational elements as we embark on this journey.”

Combined, UnityPoint Health and Presbyterian impact the lives of four million patients and members through more than 40 hospital facilities, hundreds of clinics and significant health plan operations. The two organizations collectively represent a 40,000-strong workforce including nearly 3,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians working alongside independent clinicians, educational partners and colleges.

Goals for exploring the creation of a new healthcare organization, which would function as a parent company for not-for-profit health systems, include making greater investments in clinical excellence, digital innovation, workforce development and value-based care while lowering overall administrative costs.

“UnityPoint Health and Presbyterian are two organizations rooted in similar values,” says Clay Holderman, president and CEO, UnityPoint Health. “By lowering administrative costs, building new capabilities and increasing investments in innovation and clinical excellence, our intent is to help improve affordability and accessibility of care. We’re excited about the unique possibilities ahead.”

Both systems will now pursue a period of greater evaluation and exploration of next steps towards a definitive agreement and regulatory approvals.




The last operational Landing Ship Tank (LST) from WWII in the United States, the USS LST 325, will be returning to Dubuque early September of 2023. Public tours will be available.
Following its first visit to Dubuque in August of 2018, the ship saw 16,620 visitors with 75% of those individuals from more than 50 miles outside of Dubuque. At the time, it was the 5th highest attended stop for the ship. “We are thrilled to bring this ship back to Dubuque. When it was in port in 2018, we saw a tremendous number of people coming to see it,” stated Keith Rahe, President & CEO of Travel Dubuque. “It’s no surprise an artifact like this was so popular and we look forward to bringing it back.”
 This ship served as a hospital ship returning wounded back to England from the beaches of Normandy. This particular LST was originally known as LST-325 during the second World War, USNS LST-325 during its arctic operations in the 1950’s, and later L-144 (A/G Syros) while it was in the service of the Greek Navy. It was acquired by The USS LST Ship Memorial, Inc., in 2000, and caught considerable public attention when the veteran crew with an average age of 72 brought it on a 6,500-mile journey from the Greek island of Crete to Mobile, AL. Today, this ship is permanently docked in Evansville, IN.
Once a year it travels to destinations throughout the United States for people to board and tour. More details on its stop in Dubuque will be released at a later date.




Formerly Dubuque and all that Jazz

It was a long winter. Time to get out and kick your summer off with Dubuque Main Street’s FREE summer concert series under the Town Clock.

Friday, June 10 from 5-9pm

Avey Grouws Band – Friday June 10th

The musical act to kick off series on Friday, June 10, will be the Avey Grouws Band. This Billboard-charting group fuses blues, classic rock, country, R&B, funk and introspective balladry. The concert also will include a performance by the Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School band at 5 p.m., under the direction of Dan Norman.



Apply Now for Upcoming Openings on City of Dubuque’s Arts & Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission

The City of Dubuque is seeking applications from interested residents to serve on the seven-member Arts & Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission due to expiring terms of four of its current commissioners.

The four anticipated openings seek applicants who live within Dubuque city limits that have significant knowledge and demonstrated interest in one or more areas of the arts including music, dance, literature, visual arts, theater, folk arts, media arts, design, and / or arts education.

Submit an application online by May 23, 2022 to be considered for anticipated July openings. Applications received after the deadline will remain active for one-year and will be revisited to fill vacancies that may arise.

Eligible applicants will be invited to introduce themselves to City Council as part of the June 6, 2022 Council meeting agenda; appointments to open Commission seats by the City Council will be made during the Council’s June 20, 2022 public meeting. Newly appointed Commissioners would commence service of their 3-year term starting July 2022.

The Arts and Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission was established in 2004 to build the resiliency and vibrancy of the Dubuque community by developing visibility, funding, audiences, communications, and partnerships related to the local arts and culture sector.

The Arts & Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission is staffed by the City’s Arts & Cultural Affairs Coordinator and meets monthly, typically the 4th Tuesday of the month from 3:30-5 p.m at the Multicultural Family Center. The Commission recently developed and adopted a 5-year strategic plan to priotize their efforts through end of 2026; seated Commissioners should expect to contribute outside of monthly meetings to action steps and objectives identified in the plan.

The City strongly encourages applicants with diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives to apply, especially those from minority populations underrepresented in the arts and culture community. All qualified applications will receive consideration for appointment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.

For additional information on the City of Dubuque’s arts and culture efforts visit or contact Jenni Petersen-Brant, Arts & Cultural Affairs Coordinator at 563.690.6059 or

For questions specific to the application process for Commission vacancies, or to learn more about Commission service, contact the City Clerk’s Office at 563.589.4120 or email Trish Gleason, Assistant City Clerk at



Dubuque Earns Hawkeye Decarbonization Awards for Climate Action

The University of Iowa’s Public Policy Center has awarded the City of Dubuque two Hawkeye Decarbonization Awards for its work in reducing carbon emissions within the city.

The City of Dubuque on behalf of the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency (DMASWA) was awarded a Decarbonization Community Project Award, for the renewable natural gas (RNG) project at the DMASWA landfill. The project, which was completed in October of 2021, collects methane gas that is produced by landfill waste and purifies it into RNG. Project partner Dubuque Gas Producers then distributes the RNG via the Black Hills Energy pipeline. The volume of gas produced can heat approximately 2,700 homes in the community each year. The project is one of only two landfill RNG projects in the Midwest and has already reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 65%.

Additionally, Gina Bell the City of Dubuque’s Sustainability Coordinator, was awarded a Green Energy Champion Award. Bell works to implement the City’s Climate Action and Resiliency Plan identifying opportunities and initiating efforts to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emission by 50% by the year 2030. The University of Iowa’s Public Policy Center specifically praised Bell’s leadership of “Renew DBQ”, a program to help families with low-to-moderate-incomes access solar technology.

The Hawkeye Decarbonization Awards aim to recognize Iowa’s most innovative climate policies, projects, and people working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

For more information on the City of Dubuque’s sustainability efforts, visit



DuTrac Community Credit Union announces scholarship winners

Seven area high school graduates received a $1,000 scholarship from DuTrac Community Credit Union’s Academic Scholarship Program.

  • Maylee Callahan, daughter of Renee and Jim Callahan, is a graduate of Bettendorf High School. Callahan plans to study biology at Bradley, Augustana, or St. Ambrose University.
  • Andrew Crocker, son of Peter and Deborah Crocker, is a graduate of Bettendorf High School. Crocker plans to study mechanical engineering at University of Iowa.
  • Danika Dodson, daughter of Doug and Deb Dodson, is a graduate of Camanche High School. Dodson plans to study event management and marketing/sports and recreation at Iowa State University.
  • Sullivan Flynn, son of Jill and Timothy Flynn, is a graduate of Monticello High School. Flynn plans to study chemical engineering at Iowa State University.
  • Piper Hansen, daughter of Kevin Hansen, is a graduate of Monticello High School.  Hansen plans to study special and elementary education at Luther College, Decorah,
  • Ellie Rickertsen, daughter of Neil Rickertsen and Mary Luett, is a graduate of Northeast Community High School, Goose Lake. Rickertsen plans to study nursing at University of Iowa.
  • Jake Steines, son of Rick and Abby Steines, is a graduate of Hempstead High School, Dubuque. Steines plans to study mechanical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville (Wisconsin).

In addition, Callahan will receive one of eight $2,000 scholarships from the Iowa Credit Union Foundation’s Warren A. Morrow Memorial Scholarship. A total of 250 students statewide applied for the Memorial Scholarship.



Taste of Summer Series is Returning to the River Museum

Taste of Summer received a new look at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium last year. The annual event changed to a series instead of a stand-alone event in 2021. Due to a positive reception from attendees, the format is returning for 2022 with events scheduled on the first Thursday of the month—June 2, July 7, and August 4. Food and beverages are available beginning at 5 p.m. with live music starting at 6 p.m. The event will run until 9 p.m.

Guests are invited to attend this after-hours event in outdoor spaces on the River Museum campus. Live music, food trucks, and a beer/seltzer/pop stand will have items for sale. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to use, and a limited number of picnic tables will be available.

Taste of Summer is open to all ages and is free to attend. Both beverage sales and freewill donations will support the River Museum’s conservation efforts to save endangered species. Food vendors will compete for the prize of “Crowd Favorite” at each of the three events.

Ample free parking is available in the public lots outside the River Museum.

Taste of Summer is presented by Townsquare Media. Contributing sponsor is GreenState Credit Union. Associate sponsor is KWWL. Supporting sponsors include Colony Brands & SC Contact Center, IBEV, and Lime Rock Springs. Tasty sponsors include Origin Design and Conlon Construction, and 7G is a Banner sponsor for the event.

To stay up-to-date on event vendors and bands, follow the River Museum’s Facebook page or visit 

June 2nd 

Adam Beck (6:00pm to 7:15pm)
Simple Company (7:45pm to 9:00pm)

Caroline’s Restaurant
Adobos Mexican Grill
Sugar Ray’s BBQ
Koppes Kreations

July 7th

Eric Chesser (6:00pm to 9:00pm)

Lawrence Brothers BBQ
Birds Chicken Food Truck
Hot Diggity Dogz
Elle & Becks

August 4th

Boys of Lloyd (6:00pm to 7:15pm)
Boogie Monster (7:45pm to 9:00pm)

The Crepe Iron
Magoo’s Pizza
Happi Hibachi
Vesperman Farms Ice Cream Truck



Balde Named Multicultural Family Center Director 

City of Dubuque Leisure Services Manager Marie Ware has named Umaru Balde as the City of Dubuque’s new Multicultural Family Center Director.  He will begin June 1.

As the Multicultural Family Center director, Balde will work with the Multicultural Family Center board of directors to continue to further their mission of empowering all families of Dubuque to reach their potential and building unity through diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Balde, as the lead of the staff of the center, will continue to build upon the programming of the center and expansion of partnerships that have made it so successful.

Multicultural Family Center Board President Chris Johnson said, “Umaru brings a broad background and international experience to the center.  He exemplifies multiculturalism. He will be a great mentor for our youth.”

“Umaru has lived in eight countries across the globe and, through those experiences, brings a broad set of multicultural and advocacy skills to the position.  He has extensive experience working with diverse populations in a variety of settings and has been involved with youth and marginalized communities in many of his roles,” said Ware. “Umaru is fluent in more than 10 languages and dialects including English, Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Hebrew.  I am excited for our community to meet and welcome Umaru.”

“As Margaret Mead said, ‘If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentials, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse individual human gift finds a fitting place,’” shared Balde. “It is an honor to be part of this team and I look forward to serving the community of Dubuque to the fullest of my capacity.”

Balde comes to Dubuque after most recently serving as an investigator for the City of Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission. Previously, he was the assistant director of the Latino and Multicultural Services Department with the YWCA of Black Hawk County in Waterloo.  Other experience includes serving as admissions representative for diverse populations for Hawkeye Community College as well as an educational counselor for the TRIO Educational Opportunity Center at the University of Northern Iowa.

Balde is a member of the board of directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa and is vice president of the board of directors of the Iowa United Nations Association. He is a United Nations-certified diplomatic negotiator and is the cofounder of the Cedar Valley Advocates for Immigration and Refugee Rights (CV-AIRR).  Balde is also a civil mediator and has taught English as a second language as a volunteer for the last eight years.

Balde holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa in political science (social and behavioral science) and a master’s degree in higher education leadership.  He also attended the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, for Hebrew language studies and Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, where he received a bachelor’s degree in languages and translation and master’s degree in philosophy (comparative religions). In addition, Balde is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Northern Iowa.

Balde replaces Jacqueline Hunter who moved to be closer to family.



Dubuque County Businesses Win Awards at Iowa Tourism Conference

Four Dubuque County businesses were awarded honors at the 2022 Iowa Tourism

Conference on Wednesday, April 20 in downtown Des Moines. Travel Dubuque, National Mississippi River

Museum & Aquarium, the City of Balltown, and Beyond the Game received awards from Travel Iowa and

the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

“As a region we’ve had a great year after what was a tough time for our industry due to the pandemic. To

come back swinging with recognition at the state level is a great boost for our county,” shared Keith Rahe,

President & CEO for Travel Dubuque. “The best thing about this is that all of these awards represent

partnerships across businesses, city governments, and more. Things are just better when you work


Travel Dubuque received the award for Outstanding Promotional Material in the Metro category for the

2022 Travel Guide. The award-winning edition was designed, published, and managed in-house. This

annual publication is a crucial component for the marketing efforts of the Dubuque area and one of the

main resources for travelers and citizens for all the things to experience #WhereIowaStarted. Accepting the

award is Taylor Kellogg, Vice President of Marketing for Travel Dubuque.

Outstanding Attraction of the Year for the Metro category was awarded to the National Mississippi River

Museum & Aquarium. This Smithsonian affiliated museum created new offerings to help continue to drive

business during the pandemic. Additions like behind-the-scenes tours and new programming added to an

already vibrant attraction of Dubuque. In attendance to accept the award was Kurt Strand, Wendy

Scardino, Nate Breitsprecker, and Tommy Lange.

The City of Balltown received the award for Outstanding Community in the Rural category. Balltown is

known for its famous hospitality and most notably for Iowa’s Oldest Bar and Restaurant, Breitbach’s Country

Dining. Located in northern Dubuque County, Balltown sits along the Great River Road and offers

breathtaking views of the mighty Mississippi River. In attendance to accept the award was Mike and Cindy

Breitbach, Herb Sigwarth, and Mayor Sherri Sigwarth.

Outstanding Event of the Year in the Rural category was awarded to Beyond the Game. This new event was

created as an Iowa baseball experience surrounding the inaugural MLB at Field of Dreams presented by

GEICO in Dyersville, Iowa. Guests immersed themselves in events to celebrate the highly anticipated game

and discover Midwestern hospitality right here in Iowa’s slice of heaven. In attendance to accept the award

was Keith Rahe, Tricia Maiers, Roman Weinberg, and Karla Thompson.

Tourism continues to be a vital driver of economic growth for Dubuque County providing $281.02 million

in direct spending and employing 2,400 individuals in 2020. (Data provided by Tourism Economics and

the Iowa Economic Development Authority.)



The Grand Opera House and Rising Star Theatre Company Announce Youth Production Collaboration 

Two local theatre companies, The Grand Opera House and Rising Star Theatre Company, today announced the collaboration on an upcoming youth production to take place in August 2022. This collaboration will build upon both companies current summer youth programming and create a unique theatrical experience in Dubuque. 

Disney’s The Little Mermaid will replace the previously announced production titles from each respected company. All students, currently in 2nd – 12th grades, are eligible to audition and will be cast in this production. Rehearsals will begin in early July with performances taking place August 11-14, 2022, at the Grand Opera House. 

This collaboration will be led by the Grand’s executive and artistic director Nick Halder and Rising Star Theatre Company’s education director Megan Schumacher. Schumacher will also serve as the director for Disney’s The Little Mermaid and work alongside theatre teaching artists and professionals from both organizations. 

“Collaboration is at the core of theatre,” said Halder, “and is something that I have embraced throughout my career. We look forward to working together with Rising Star Theatre Company to provide exceptional theatre opportunities for students in the tri-states.” 

RSTC Co-Founder Megan Schumacher said, “We at Rising Star Theatre Company are excited to combine our resources and skills with those of the Grand Opera House to provide an even richer experience for students in our community.” 

Auditions for Disney’s The Little Mermaid will take place Saturday, June 4, 9am – Noon and 1 – 4 PM and Sunday, June 5, 6 – 9 PM. More details about this production will be announced shortly. 

The Grand Opera House and Rising Star Theatre Company Presents 

Disney’s The Little Mermaid 

Directed by 

Megan Schumacher 

Dates and Times: 

Thursday, August 11 @ 1pm 

Friday, August 12 @ 1pm 

Friday, August 12 @ 7:30pm 

Saturday, August 13 @ 2:00pm 

Saturday, August 13 @ 7:30pm 

Sunday, August 14 @ 2:00pm 

Ticket Prices: 

Adults – $15 | Under 18 – $10 

Group Pricing is available for Groups over 12 people 



Dubuque Caregiver Resource Center to offer social opportunity for caregivers and loved ones with dementia

Are you struggling to find safe social activities that you and your loved one with dementia can participate in?  Being a caregiver of someone with Dementia can challenging and overwhelming. Feelings of isolation may have increased since Covid entered our world and social opportunities have dissipated.

The Caregiver Resource Center is pleased to announced that in partnership with Northeast Iowa School of Music and the Shalom Spirituality Center, we have created the Music, Movement and Memory workshop just for you.

Music, Movement and Memory is a free workshop that will begin Monday, February 7 (1-2pm) and run weekly for 5 weeks. Sessions are held at the Shalom Spirituality Center at 1001 Davis Street in Dubuque.

Universally, music has the ability to connect humans, energy, and memories. Research shows that music is one of the most powerful activities for dementia, because it has the potential to increase physical and social activity, reignite past memories, improve sleep, mood, cognition, communication, and overall quality of life.

The Music, Movement, and Memory workshop curriculum is designed to engage the mind and body in a safe and flexible environment. The sessions will be led by Tracey Rush, Creative Aging Specialist at Northeast Iowa School of Music. Tracey has extensive experience leading group activities, specifically with the aging population.

RSVP by February 4th to or 563.690.9679.

For more information about the Caregiver Resource Center and its services to support family caregivers, visit



Breakfast with Santa

The Dubuque County Fairgrounds & Event Center presents Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 19th from 8am until noon. The breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, eggs, tater tots, apple sauce, orange juice, milk and coffee. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 kids 5-12 and 4 & under are FREE!

Santa will be there from 9:30am until noon to meet with the kids and get pictures taken.

It’s all happening in the Grand Ballroom at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds, 14569 Old Highway Road, Dubuque, IA. For more information go to or call 563-588-1406.



Winter Arts Snow Sculpting Event to Return

Call for Snow Sculpting Teams Announced

The Dubuque Museum of Art in partnership with the City of Dubuque Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs announces a call for entries for the Winter Arts 2022 Snow Sculpting Competition, sanctioned by Winter Fun Inc., to be held February 10–13, 2022 in Washington Park in downtown Dubuque, IA.
Professional, amateur, and collegiate teams from across the state of Iowa are invited to apply to participate. Teams may elect to compete for the State of Iowa title resulting in an invitation to the 2023 U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
Entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, January 7, 2022 via email or mailed to the Dubuque Museum of Art. Application details are available below or at
The general public is encouraged to save the following dates for additional Winter Arts activities in Washington Park:

  • Tuesday, February 8, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. or 12-4 p.m.: Volunteer to Build Snow Blocks
  • Thurs, Feb 10, 8 a.m. through Sun, Feb 13 at 12 p.m.: View Snow Sculpting In-Progress
  • Sun, Feb 13, 12-4p.m.: Winter Arts Community Activities, People’s Choice Voting

For more information on Winter Arts, visit or contact City of Dubuque Arts & Cultural Affairs Coordinator Jenni Petersen-Brant at or Danielle Stowell, Winter Arts Coordinator for the Dubuque Museum of Art at or 563.581.6988.



Weekly Yard Waste and Food Scraps Collections Ending for the 2021 Season

The City of Dubuque’s weekly, curbside collection of yard debris and food scraps will end for the 2021 season on Saturday, Nov. 27. The city will begin its winter collection schedule for those materials on Thursday, Dec. 2.

The winter yard debris and food scrap schedule will run on Thursdays only starting on Dec. 2 until regular, weekly yard waste and food scraps collection resumes on Monday, April 4, 2022.

Current food scraps collection subscribers will automatically have their collections made every Thursday and will be charged $1 per month for this winter service. All other curbside collection customers who would like to have yard debris and/or food scraps collected must schedule an appointment for a Thursday collection by either calling the City of Dubuque Public Works Department at 563-589-4250 or submitting a request through the City’s website at Yellow yard waste stickers and/or annual yard waste decals are required for winter collections.

To receive automatic reminders about curbside collection schedule changes, recycling reminders, and other alerts, customers are encouraged to visit the ReThink Waste Dubuque site at to download the app or register their contact information to:

  • sign up for curbside collection reminders by email, automated telephone call, and
  • text message;
  • download their collection schedule into iCal, Google calendar, or Microsoft Outlook calendar; and
  • print their collection schedule.

The ReThink Waste Dubuque tool also offers a “Waste Search” feature, which allows users to type in any keywords and get disposal and recycling tips specific to Dubuque. For more information, call the City of Dubuque Public Works Department at 563-589-4250.



City Receives Iowa DNR Grant to Purchase Four Mounds Farm

The City of Dubuque has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to purchase Four Mounds Farm.

The grant is a part of the Resource Enhancement and Preservation (REAP) program by the Iowa DNR to preserve and increase city parks and open spaces across the state. Funds will allow the City to acquire the 40.47 acres of Four Mounds Farm to extend and enhance the Four Mounds Park area through community gardens, site accessibility, and other amenities. Additional grant funding will be sought to complete the purchase.

Four Mounds Farm, currently owned by the Four Mounds Foundation, is located at 4392 Peru Road within a half-mile of the City’s Four Mounds Park. The land is currently home to 14 community garden plots part of the Dubuque Community Gardens initiative, and approximately 37 acres of undeveloped prairieland.

“The City of Dubuque is pleased to continue to enhance our successful partnership with Four Mounds Foundation,” said City of Dubuque Leisure Services Manager Marie Ware. “This addition to the City’s park system is a unique open space, adding opportunities for connection to natural wildlife, birds, and prairie areas.”




Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2:30 – 6 p.m.
MercyOne Mobile Medical Unit at Kennedy Mall, Northeast Parking Lot across from Burger King
Pediatric Pfizer clinic for CHILDREN AGES 5-11. Appointments required. See details.

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 3:40 – 6:30 p.m.
MercyOne at Marshall Elementary School, 1450 Rhomberg Ave.
Pediatric Pfizer clinic for CHILDREN AGES 5-11. Appointments required. See details.

Friday, Nov. 19, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Dubuque Visiting Nurses Association, 660 Iowa St., Dubuque
Walk-in vaccinations and boosters of Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson for ADULTS and pediatric Pfizer for CHILDREN AGES 5-11.

Friday, Nov. 19, 3:40 – 6:30 p.m.
MercyOne at Prescott Elementary School, 1151 White St.
Pediatric Pfizer clinic for CHILDREN AGES 5-11. Appointments required. See details.

Monday, Nov. 22, 3:40 – 6:30 p.m.
MercyOne at Audubon Elementary School, 605 Lincoln Ave.
Pediatric Pfizer clinic for CHILDREN AGES 5-11. Appointments required. See details.

Tuesday, Nov. 23, 3:40 – 6:30 p.m.
MercyOne at Fulton Elementary School, 2540 Central Ave.
Pediatric Pfizer clinic for CHILDREN AGES 5-11. Appointments required. See details.

There are multiple locations/providers in Dubuque County offering free COVID-19 vaccinations, to see the complete list with contact information for each, visit or call the SleevesUp Call Center at 563.690.6253.

For COVID-19 testing options, visit

Most local vaccination providers have Pfizer and Moderna.  Supplies of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are currently limited so residents seeking that vaccine/booster are encouraged to first check with their provider or the Dubuque Visiting Nurses Association.



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New Treats And Traditions For Your Little Goblins

Apple crisp is a healthy and delicious alternative to Halloween candy.

(NAPSI)—With in-person trick-or-treating in question these days, many Washington parents are re-thinking ways for their children to celebrate Halloween.

If going door-to-door is not an option, consider these ideas by lifestyle expert Ashley Todd (@ashleyjtodd), who has teamed up with Delta Dental of Washington to offer parents some fun candy and activity alternatives to help make the day special for their little ghosts and goblins.

Instead of having kids gorge on candy, Todd recommends starting a new tradition by making one of these tooth-friendly sweet treats:

Pumpkin Pancakes

Recipe from Sugar-Free Mom 

Mix together 4 eggs, ½ cup pumpkin puree, 1 cup milk of your choice, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp pumpkin liquid Stevia, 4 tbsp coconut oil. In a separate bowl, mix together ½ cup flour, ½ tsp cinnamon, 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1 tsp baking soda. Combine all ingredients then cook on a medium griddle. 

Three-Ingredient, Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Cookies 

Recipe from All Recipes 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together 2 cups smooth peanut butter, 2 eggs, and 2 cups granular sucralose sweetener. Place spoonfuls of dough on a cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes. 

Sugar-Free Apple Crisp 

Recipe from My Planted Plate 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8×8 baking dish. Peel, core and thinly slice 5 Granny Smith apples and place into a bowl. Add 1tsp lemon juice, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 2 tsp cinnamon, and ½ tsp nutmeg and combine. Pour apple mixture into the baking dish and set aside. In a separate bowl, combine ½ cup gluten-free rolled oats, ½ cup almond flour, ½ cup chopped pecans, ¼ cup melted coconut oil, ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce, 1 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp cinnamon. Stir well and pour the crumble topping over the apple mixture. Bake for 25 minutes. 

When traditional trick-or-treating is not an option, parents can save the day by putting together a Halloween basket full of fun treats—if candy is on the menu, be sure to choose options that contain chocolate, which washes off young teeth far easier than gummy and sticky candies. Todd also suggests these fun, kid-friendly trick-or-treating alternatives:

•Boo Baskets—Pick up your kids’ favorite healthful snacks along with some sugar-free candy, some fun card games and a Halloween craft kit and bring them to your children’s friends.

•Pumpkin Volcano—Clean out the inside of a pumpkin and add equal parts dish soap, baking soda and white vinegar—and watch it foam!

•Reverse Trick-or-Treating—Put sugar-free candy, chocolate and some healthful snacks into a goodie-bag and drop them off on your neighbors’ porches.

Delta Dental reminds parents that teeth need time to rest and repair between sweets. Pause snacking to sip on water so teeth can recover from sugar overload. It’s also important to remember: Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing will do the most to protect your child’s teeth. Have them brush for two minutes, at least twice a day, and floss before bed. Stay up to date on dental visits—even during holidays, pandemics and other distractions—so hidden problems such as the start of a cavity won’t ruin those special holiday smiles.

For these and other fun treat recipes and trick-or-treating alternatives, visit



Midwestern Doctor Cares For Rural Community Amid Rise In COVID Cases

(NAPSI)—In rural Kansas, Dr. Kristina Darnauer is one of only four doctors practicing in Rice County. She is also the only family medicine doctor practicing in Sterling, where she lives with her husband and three children. Dr. Darnauer delivers local babies, visits nursing homes, maintains a clinical practice and covers the ER.

This year, her duties have expanded to talking to her fellow community members about the COVID-19 vaccines and answering their questions. Roughly 60% of local residents remain unvaccinated and Dr. Darnauer and her hospital staff have been seeing the effects firsthand.

“This is the hardest it’s been for us. Our health system is totally overwhelmed,” said Dr. Darnauer, reflecting on the difficult months since the Delta variant first took hold in the United States this past summer. She characterized the local health community as “drowning” as they strive to provide the best possible care for their patients.

Due to overburdened intensive care units in surrounding area hospitals, there have been times when Dr. Darnauer hasn’t been able to transfer patients to a larger hospital for more specialized care.

“I’ve had two COVID-19 patients die in my hospital in the last week,” she observed in late September. “My last ER weekend, I saw more COVID patients coming in sick than I have before.”

A Health Issue

COVID-19 remains a serious threat across the U.S. as we head into the pandemic’s second winter. The Delta variant, which now makes up virtually all cases in the country, spreads more easily than the common cold and has led to a dramatic increase in hospitalizations nationwide. This has been deeply felt in rural America, where case rates in September were roughly 54% higher than elsewhere, and mortality rates are now more than double that of urban areas.

What The CDC Says

According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, people who have not yet been vaccinated are 29 times more likely to be hospitalized and 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19 complications, compared to those who have already received their vaccine.

Other CDC data reveals people ages 18 to 49 are the largest demographic hospitalized for COVID-19 as of September 25. Studies also show that even for individuals who have a mild case of COVID-19 and avoid hospitalization, they remain at risk of post-COVID symptoms, often called long COVID, that may last for weeks, months or longer. Symptoms of long COVID appear to affect as many as one in three people infected with the virus.

Doctor’s Advice

Many in her close-knit community come to Dr. Darnauer with questions and concerns about being vaccinated against COVID-19 and whether it’s the right choice for their family. Dr. Darnauer’s response to her patients is clear and to the point: “I’ve recommended the vaccine for anyone I love. Period.”

COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, widely available and free to everyone in the U.S. age twelve and older. Additionally, the FDA has formally approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. for those sixteen and older.

“We are not out of the woods,” says Dr. Darnauer, “but we have a really powerful tool to fight this and that’s the vaccine.”

Learn More

If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, talk to a doctor or pharmacist and visit for the latest information.

COVID-19 remains a serious threat across the U.S. as we head into the pandemic’s second winter. The Delta variant, which now makes up virtually all cases in the country, spreads more easily than the common cold and has led to a dramatic increase in hospitalizations nationwide. This has been deeply felt in rural America, where case rates in September were roughly 54% higher than elsewhere, and mortality rates are now more than double that of urban areas.



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UnityPoint Health – Finley Health Foundation and Visiting Nurse Association Awarded DRA Grants

UnityPoint Health – Finley Health Foundation is the recipient of two grants from the Dubuque Racing Association (DRA). One grant, in the amount of $10,000, is to provide anti-ligature risk fixtures and furniture for the Behavioral Health Department. The Foundation was also awarded a $5,000 grant for the purchase of educational materials and supplies for the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Maternal Health Program.

The anti-ligature risk fixtures and furniture allows for the treatment of patients with behavioral health challenges in a safer environment. This inpatient unit provides a secure place for families to leave their loved ones during a behavioral health episode, or during a newly diagnosed condition, such as dementia.

The VNA will use their DRA grant to share educational materials and supplies with more than 400 mothers and 400 babies in the Maternal Health program. Educational materials and videos in Spanish and English, breast pumps, and other supplies will support mothers who would like to breastfeed their babies.

“We are grateful to have the DRA as a generous partner and thank them for their continued support,” said Chad Wolbers, President and CEO of UnityPoint Health – Dubuque. “The Geropsychiatric Unit renovation project will enable Finley to provide a safer environment to care for inpatients with behavioral health conditions, and the Maternal Health Program grant will help mothers embrace breastfeeding with the knowledge and supplies they need to be successful.”



Public Invited to Share Input on Next City Budget

Dubuque residents and stakeholders are invited to share their input on the next City budget as City of Dubuque staff prepare the City’s budget for fiscal year (FY) 2023, which runs July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023.

The public is invited to attend a public input meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 8, in the City Council Chambers at the Historic Federal Building, 350 W. Sixth St. City Manager Mike Van Milligen and Finance and Budget Department staff will provide general information on the budget process at this meeting and then meeting attendees will be asked to share their thoughts on what they would like to see funded in their neighborhoods and the community at-large.

Those unable to attend in person or who would prefer to participate remotely are encouraged to connect by computer, tablet, or smart phone at:  This option includes audio input and written “chat” input. The virtual meeting will be facilitated by City staff and additional information will be provided at the start of the meeting.

Residents can also participate by phone by calling 866-899-4679 (toll free) or 571-317-3116. After connecting, use this access code: 235-685-597

Residents and stakeholders are also encouraged to explore two online tools, available at, that provide an opportunity to visually interact with the City’s budget:

  • The “Open Budget” tool provides unprecedented access to City budget information and is designed to help make sense of the dollars and cents of city government budgeting.
  • The “Balancing Act” simulation tool allows users to learn how property tax is budgeted and tax revenues are spent and illustrates how the City’s FY2023 budget will be developed. The simulator challenges residents and stakeholders to actively balance their own version of the City’s budget, subject to the same constraints City Council members face annually when considering the City’s recommended operating and capital budgets. In addition, residents and stakeholders can provide comments in the simulator.
 Input will be reviewed by staff and will assist in the development of a recommended FY 2023 budget to be submitted to the City Council in February 2022. The City Council will then consider the recommended budget and the public will have additional opportunities to offer input during seven public meetings in February and March. A final budget must be adopted by March 31.

Written comments can also be submitted to: City Manager, City Hall, 50 West 13th Street, Dubuque, IA, 52001.   For additional information on the City’s budget process, visit or call 563-589-4398.



Dubuque Fire Department Awarded International Accredited Status

The Dubuque Fire Department has received Accredited Agency status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) for meeting the criteria established through the CFAI’s voluntary self-assessment and accreditation program. The announcement follows a thorough, five-year process including document review and onsite assessment.

The Dubuque Fire Department is now one of fewer than 300 fire departments in the world and just five other departments in Iowa to be accredited. This accreditation is a voluntary process and provides an agency/department with an improvement model to assess their service delivery and performance internally and then works with a team of peers from other agencies to evaluate their completed self-assessment. It shows the community that the Dubuque Fire Department continually self-assesses, looks for opportunities for improvement, and is transparent and accountable through third-party verification and validation.

“This achievement of Accredited Agency status demonstrates the commitment of the department and city organization to provide the highest quality of service to our community,” said Dubuque Fire Chief Rick Steines. “It’s not what you get, it’s what you become. You don’t get accredited, you become accredited, and as an accredited agency you build a culture of improvement.”

Steines said the department has been able to use the accreditation process as a proactive way to plan for the future of the department and identify areas where the department can improve on the quality of the services provided. He said the creation of a strategic plan, standards of cover, and updates to procedures have enhanced the department’s ability to better protect, assist, and educate the community and with pride, skill, and compassion.

“This is the culmination of over five years of work in preparation for this day.  I want to especially recognize the work of Fire Chief Rick Steines, Lead Accreditation Manager Assistant Chief Kevin Esser, and former Accreditation Manager and current Assistant Accreditation Manager Assistant Chief Josh Knepper,” said City Manager Mike Van Milligen.  “We are very proud of our fire department and the people who work in the department protecting property and lives every day.”

“This was never more apparent and appreciated than during the COVID-19 pandemic.  There is no working from home for our brave firefighters and medical officers,” added Van Milligen.  “As people were isolating, social distancing, and masking up, these were the people who were there when tragedy struck.  At the same time, many of them were dealing with the traumas of this pandemic in their personal lives.  We owe all of them a deep debt of gratitude that they chose public service as a career and that they do their work so well and with such compassion.”

CFAI is dedicated to assisting the fire and emergency service agencies throughout the world in achieving excellence through self-assessment and accreditation in order to provide continuous quality improvement and the enhancement of service delivery to their communities.  For more information, visit




The Dubuque Community School District is nearing the completion of their first year of their career and college readiness initiative, VERTEX.  The initiative represents the district’s strategic and intentional work to help students discover where their interests and future possibilities intersect.  VERTEX is designed around a core principle that career and college readiness is about more than one experience. In the Dubuque Community Schools, the process begins in middle school and continues through high school while providing experiences that get progressively deeper over time, moving through three key areas of awareness, exploration, and application.

Students are provided with meaningful workplace awareness, exploration and hands-on work experiences as they prepare to make informed decisions about their future. Experiences will include job shadowing, mentorship programs, services learning, and internship/work experience programs. These experiences are supported by strong academic opportunities across the curriculum including everything from career technical education and Advanced Placement courses to concurrent enrollment courses at area higher education institutions, that help prepare students for life after high school.

VERTEX also supports and aligns a variety of current programs that connect students with employers in real-world work experiences including: Work-Based Learning Program, School-to-Work Program, Summit Program, Transition Alliance Program (TAP), Housing Education and Rehabilitation Training (HEART) Program, and Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG). The initiative is uniting various offerings across the district while boosting the regional workforce pipeline with well-prepared, enthusiastic leaders of tomorrow.

FOR EMPLOYER INFORMATION: Contact David Moeller, Educational Support Leader, at or 563-552-3082




On Thursday, October 14, the City of Dubuque and the Dubuque Metropolitan Solid Waste Agency (DMASWA) welcomed project partners and community members to a ribbon cutting for the Dubuque Power Producers LLC Renewable Natural Gas Project at the city landfill. Methane that was previously flared off is now collected  by approximately 60 gas wells  and then transferred to a processing facility where it is cleaned, processed, and inserted into the Black Hills Energy natural gas pipelines for consumer usage.

In regards to environmental impact, according to the DMASWA the project will annually, through direct and avoided emissions, reduce emissions equivalent to: Carbon sequestered by 104,534 acres of U.S. forests in one year; CO2 emissions from 257,687 barrels of oil consumed; CO2 emissions from 12,468,281 gallons of gasoline consumed; and Heating 2,763 homes.

In addition to reducing the environmental impact at the landfill, the project also generates revenue, where 3.5% of gas sale revenues—approximately $80,000 annually—earned through the gas processing goes to the DMASWA. Dubuque Gas Producers also pays an annual $10,000 license fee to use the site.

Dave Lyons, Sustainable Innovations Consultant for Greater Dubuque Development, has been a valuable asset on the project, helping bring public and private partners together and highlighting the value for both. This is the second methane conversion project in the city that Lyons has helped facilitate, the first being the biogas project at the Water Resource and Recovery Center completed in 2018.




On Tuesday, October 5, Greater Dubuque Development Corporation received a Bronze Award in the category of Economic Development Organization of the Year of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).  The honor was presented at an awards ceremony during the IEDC Annual Conference.
IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. Twenty-five award categories honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities. Awards are judged by a diverse panel of economic and community developers, following a nomination process held earlier this year.



Brain Health Awareness Month Creates More Connections in Eastern Iowa

In order to raise awareness for brain health and brain illnesses, the local and statewide observance in October for Brain Health Awareness is active in eastern Iowa. Organizations and their leaders hope to gain traction to create more awareness for and access to brain health services and to reduce the stigma long associated with mental illnesses.

A grassroots organization in eastern Iowa, with statewide reach, is called Brain Health Now. Led by Debi Butler of Dubuque, this statewide initiative uses personal outreach, marketing, advertising and social media outreach to change the mindsets present in so many Iowans. She notes, “Words are powerful, words matter. The stigma surrounding mental illness can be as detrimental to someone’s life as the disease itself. Society has to understand that the brain is an organ and can get sick too. The stigma follows words such as mental illness and mental health which prohibit people to seek the help they need. We need to reframe the conversation from mental illness to brain health and treat it as it should be.”

Butler’s background is in psychology, and the brain health topic is near to her heart. “My passion for starting Brain Health Now is due to my brother Steve who was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1985. The stigma impacted my brother in a very negative way and I watched him hide from society because he did not feel like he belonged.

It’s very important to treat brain health issues just like we treat other organs in our body that can be compromised. It’s not a choice or a character flaw to have a brain health issue. We need to normalize the lives of the one out of five people who experience a brain health issue,” she says.

Since 2014, there have been 14 mental health regions in Iowa, who receive and disperse local and state funding to provider organizations who support mental health and disability services for Iowans. Organizations like Brain Health Now seek to connect individuals and families in need with the resources in those regions that are geographically closest to them.

Mental Health/Disability Services of the East Central Region (ECR for short) is one of those 14 regions. ECR serves people in the following counties in eastern Iowa: Benton, Bremer, Buchanan, Delaware, Dubuque, Iowa, Johnson, Jones and Linn.

Mae Hingtgen, CEO of the ECR, notes that the purpose of the ECR and its 13 companion regions across the state is to collaborate with disability service providers, healthcare providers, school districts, law enforcement, the judicial system, legislators, and countless direct care providers to strengthen the network of support services for adults and children with disabilities of all kinds.

“ECR and the other 13 regions in the state don’t provide the direct services to individuals and families in need, but we, as regions, provide the funding to the organizations who do provide those services. Our goal is to build an awareness that it’s okay to need help for brain health concerns and that help is available in our area. Organizations like Brain Health Now and insightful leaders like Debi Butler are an excellent example of how a grassroots group of people can step up to make a difference, become part of a larger network, and raise awareness for the needs and solutions available for brain and disability support services,” she says.

Hingtgen also notes that, “As we have all worked our way through COVID and the stressors it has brought to the world, the state of Iowa and to our communities in the ECR, we know that brain health issues and the need for services is at an all-time high. It is critical for us to get the word out even more frequently to let people know that there is help available … compassionate, immediate, and free or low-cost help for both short-term crises and long-term issues that people and families experience.”

For more information about Brain Health Now, the ECR, and resources in the nine counties of the ECR, visit these websites for more information:  and

Brain Health Now is a grassroots organization dedicated to ending the stigma surrounding the term mental illness. Over 50 million Americans have diagnosable brain health disorders each year. These disorders remain shrouded in misunderstand and stigma, which is one reason why Brain Health Now wants to reframe the conversation away from mental illness and toward brain health.

 The East Central Region (ECR) is a partnership between nine counties in eastern Iowa to provide comprehensive mental health and disability services to individuals in eastern Iowa. Iowans have a regional base of services which meet statewide standards to address their needs. Counties pool their resources and offer an array of services to improve the health of Iowans.



Public Works Department Offers Leaf Disposal Options

The City of Dubuque is reminding residents of their options for leaf and yard debris disposal this fall. The City encourages mulching, mowing, and backyard composting as economical and beneficial leaf management options but offers several other options for yard debris management.
As part of the City’s April-November collection service, leaves and other yard waste may be placed in:
  • paper yard waste bags that display a single-use yard waste sticker;
  • a rigid solid waste container with either a single-use yard waste sticker looped on the handle or a City 2021 annual yard waste decal; or
  • in City yard debris tipper carts. Brush and limbs can be bundled with a City of Dubuque brush tie or twine and an attached single-use yard waste sticker.
Bags, containers, and bundles may not exceed 35 gallons in capacity or 40 pounds in weight. Plastic bags containing yard waste will not be collected. Paper yard waste bags, single-use yard waste stickers, and brush ties are available in most grocery, hardware, and discount stores throughout the city. Single-use yard waste stickers are available at area retailers on sheets of five for $6.50. Brush ties cost $1.30 each.
Seasonal, regular-route yard waste collection ends Monday, Nov. 29. From December 2 through March 31, Thursday collections of yard waste may be scheduled by calling (563) 589-4250 or submitting a request at  Food scraps will also be collected on Thursday only for subscribed customers.
The Public Works Department also offers, by appointment only, leaf rake-out collections in which large, curbside leaf piles are vacuumed into a collection vehicle. Collection appointments must be scheduled in advance by calling 563-589-4250 or submitting a request at Rake-out collections are offered from Monday, Oct. 11, through Wednesday, Nov. 24, this year. Appointments must be made before raking into a gutter area. Acceptable items in the leaf rake-out include loose leaves, pine needles, and pinecones. Grass, brush, plants, and rocks are not accepted.
Rake-out collection leaf piles should be placed in the street at the curb no sooner than the day before the scheduled appointment. Crews cannot enter private property or alleys to collect a leaf rake-out. Vehicles must not be parked on the street within 10 feet of the leaf pile. Utilities such as fire hydrants, utility boxes, or storm sewer catch basins should not be covered. A $20 minimum charge is added to a customer’s utility bill for a 40-bag equivalent rake-out pickup.
Residents are reminded that burning leaves and raking or blowing your leaves into the street are prohibited and subject to fines.
For more information, please contact the City of Dubuque Public Works Department at 563-589-4250 or visit




Hotel Julien Dubuque was recently recognized by Shermans Travel in a published piece called “Best Luxury Resorts in Every U.S. State.” Hotel Julien Dubuque was named best for the state of Iowa, along with other world-wide respected hotels around the country such as the Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons, and Fairmont Hotels.

 “We are proud and humbled to be named with such magnificent hotels such as the Fairmont, Four Seasons, and Ritz Carlton Hotels from all parts of the U.S. These brands are recognized all over the world for being world class hotels,” ­­­­­said Dwight Hopfauf, General Manager at Hotel Julien Dubuque.

Shermans Travel Media is a leading publisher of top travel deals and vacation destination advice. In their recent piece “Best Luxury Resorts in Every U.S. State” published by Megan DuBois, you can find Hotel Julien Dubuque on photo slide #15  for the state of Iowa along with a short description regarding the hotel’s elegant amenities and services. Click here to read more.

 This past year has been a tough one on the hospitality industry. With travel restrictions and state mandates, hotels were among one of the hardest industries hit.  Nevertheless, Hotel Julien Dubuque and their hardworking staff have made some great achievements even during these unprecedented times.

The staff at the hotel work tirelessly hard to fulfill our #1 Vision, ‘Create the feeling for the guests that they are in the right place, at the right time, all the time’,” said Dwight Hopfauf, General Manager at Hotel Julien Dubuque.

In addition to this recent acknowledgment from Shermans Travel as the best luxury resort for the state of Iowa,  Hotel Julien Dubuque has celebrated two other wonderful recognitions throughout the pandemic, being named Trip Advisor’s 2020 and 2021 Travelers’ Choice Award-Winner.

“I cannot emphasize the pride that I have for Team Hotel Julien Dubuque. For this level of recognition during a pandemic that has crushed the hospitality and tourism industry, our team never lost their focus despite some of the most challenging times that COVID-19 has presented. This recognition of their efforts is truly deserved,” said Dwight Hopfauf, General Manager at Hotel Julien Dubuque, “I often say to myself, ‘Just stay out of the team’s way and follow them.’ They are always on the path of creating memorable and welcoming experiences! My deepest, Thanks for coming to work today, Team Hotel Julien Dubuque!” 



National Service Recognition Day Award Winners Announced

Mayor Roy D. Buol joined local leaders across the country in a nationwide, bipartisan initiative to highlight the impact of volunteerism and national service in tackling local problems.

The Dubuque National Service Partnership honored local volunteers, AmeriCorps Members, and AmeriCorps Senior volunteers at the National Service Recognition Day Award Ceremony that took place on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m. at the Multicultural Family Center. The following individuals were nominated for their service to the community:

  • The Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals who serve as volunteers whose service have made a significant impact on the organization(s) for which they serve/served.
    • Nominees:
      • Jack Frick, Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
      • Laura Feipel, Dubuque Regional Humane Society
      • Mary Ann Conzett, Multicultural Family Center
    • Award Recipient: Laura Feipel
  • The National Service Impact Award recognizes individuals who are alumni or current National Service members whose service made a significant impact on the site for which they have served.
    • Nominees:
      • Alexis Farrall, Green Iowa AmeriCorps
      • Janet Grass, City of Dubuque AmeriCorps Program: Partners in Learning
      • Linda Sorensen, City of Dubuque AmeriCorps Program: Partners in Learning
      • Mary Kay Patters, City of Dubuque AmeriCorps Program: Partners in Learning
      • Tessie Strohm, City of Dubuque AmeriCorps Program: Creating Opportunities
    • Award Recipient: Tessie Strohm
  • The Champion of Service Award recognizes individuals or agencies that have demonstrated ongoing and sustained involvement and/or advocacy with National Service Programs.
    • Award Recipients:
      • 2021 – Mayor Roy D. Buol, City of Dubuque
      • 2020 – Kim Stickney, City of Dubuque AmeriCorps Program Assistant

The Ceremony and nominations can be viewed at

The United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States Board Members reviewed all submitted nominations and select the winners of the National Service Impact Award and the Volunteer Service Impact Award. The Dubuque National Service Partnership committee selects the recipient of the Champion of Service Award each year.



City of Dubuque Celebrating October as National Arts and Humanities Month

The City of Dubuque continues to join with thousands of organizations and communities across the nation to celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month throughout October.

The Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with the City’s Arts & Cultural Affairs Commission and our local arts, culture, and humanities institutions, is sharing this message throughout the month with outreach that seeks to raise awareness the impact access to arts, culture, and humanities experiences have on the quality of life in our community.

During the October 4 regular meeting of the Dubuque City Council, a formal proclamation was made recognizing October as Arts and Humanities Month in Dubuque. Read the full proclamation online.

The community at-large is encouraged to participate in what has become the country’s largest annual collective celebration of the arts and humanities throughout the month of October by:
  • Engaging with the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs Facebook page and Instagram account where daily themes and local activities are being highlighted;
  • Following ‘Arts and Humanities Month’ features in local media;
  • Patronizing and volunteering with local arts and humanities events and spaces, following suggested COVID-19 safety protocols when doing so in-person;
  • Contacting local, state, and federal officials to communicate support for investment in arts and humanities initiatives;
  • Sharing their individual creative talents and arts and humanities interests with family, friends, and the community.
“The arts are the lifeblood of our communities, raising morale, creating community cohesion, and providing comfort during dark times, while also delivering a huge economic footprint. The sector has suffered devastating losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so it is vital that we support our creative workers in the months and years to come,” said Nolen V. Bivens, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “National Arts and Humanities Month gives us a chance to celebrate the values that the arts impart in our lives, and it is more important than ever that everyone take part to recognize the creative and cultural value of the arts and humanities in our communities.”
National Arts and Humanities Month is coordinated by Americans for the Arts, the national organization working to empower communities with the resources and support necessary to provide access to all of the arts for all of the people. This month-long celebration grew out of National Arts Week, which was started in 1985 by the National Endowment for the Arts and Americans for the Arts.
More information about National Arts and Humanities Month is available at View events across the nation and add yours to the celebration at

For more information on City arts and culture related programs, funding, and the Arts and Culture Master Plan, visit or contact City of Dubuque Arts & Cultural Affairs Coordinator Jenni Petersen-Brant at or 563.690.6059.



Rosary Rally

America Needs Fatima
Rosary Rally!
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021
Place: Nativity Church Rosary Garden (inside Church if weather is poor)
1225 Alta Vista Street
Dubuque, IA 52001
2:00 pm – Introduction
2:10 pm – The Holy Rosary
3:00pm – Conclusion
Join us to pray the Holy Rosary for the Catholic Church, our nation and the conversion of all people to Jesus Christ.
Bring your lawn chairs and take up space for Christ!
Matthew 18
19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
Questions or comments?
Contact America Needs Fatima rosary captain
Phone: (563) 870-4665



DuTrac Community Credit Union Announces New Website

DuTrac Community Credit Union recently launched its newly designed website,

In addition to a refreshed design and updated content, the completely revamped website features a more intuitive site structure, a mobile-friendly format, and is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), making it accessible to those with disabilities.

As one of the largest financial cooperatives in the Tri-State region and a staple in the Dubuque community since 1946, DuTrac continues to grow and provide its more than 49,000 members with a range of consumer and business products and services.

The website’s navigation makes it easy for DuTrac members and prospective members to find the specific product or service they are looking for, with “Bank,” “Borrow,” “Invest,” and “Connect” options. Links to online banking, current rates, and popular loan products are quickly accessible from the home page.

A responsive design automatically adjusts to different screen sizes, delivering a dynamic and seamless experience to users on all devices. The ADA compliance feature provides a pop-up menu with options to make the site content easier to read.

The website update follows DuTrac’s recent launch of its online banking platform, PC Branch and smartphone app, MobileLink.

“Our new website and launch of PC Branch and MobileLink reflect our commitment to providing superior service to our members,” said Jason Norton, Senior VP of Marketing & Business Development.

“We understand members want to be able to easily access their accounts 24/7, as well as find information about products and services. As we continue to grow and technology evolves, our goal of providing outstanding service remains, whether that’s in-person or online.”

DuTrac’s commitment to the communities it serves is also prominent on the new website, with links to news, events, and information about the DuTrac scholarship program, charitable giving, and educational opportunities.

“DuTrac is about so much more than transactions,” said Norton. “Our members and communities are what have allowed us to grow and thrive over the past 75 years. We’re elated to be able to provide a website with the information not only about our products and services, but also with news and information that can improve the lives of our members.”



Kelly Langel Receives Hospital Hero Award from the Iowa Hospital Association

Kelly Langel, RN, in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) at UnityPoint Health – Finley Hospital has received one of the Iowa Hospital Association’s Hospital Hero awards for demonstrating exceptional commitment to care and service. Kelly was one of 11 employees of Iowa hospitals to receive the 2021 recognition.

Kelly was nominated for the award after seizing the opportunity to provide exceptional care to a patient in the Finley Hospital Intensive Care Unit, during her time as an ICU nurse. Faced with a critically ill patient, Kelly turned to her passion of music to help ease the patient’s pain and help the patient’s family during the grieving process. Kelly sang hymns for the patient and their family, both on her shift and off. Kelly also sang at the patient’s funeral. In the words of the patient’s wife, “I couldn’t believe someone who had never really met my husband would be touched by his life and want to do that.”

Since 2007, the Hospital Heroes program has celebrated employees who have acted courageously in a moment’s crisis or who have selflessly served their hospitals and communities throughout their careers. Hospital Heroes are nominated by their peers – more than 40 nominations were submitted this year – and award recipients are selected by other state hospital associations. Hospital Heroes are recognized during the Iowa Hospital Association’s annual meeting in October.

The Iowa Hospital Association is a voluntary membership organization representing hospital and health system interests to business, government, and consumer audiences. All of Iowa’s 118 community hospitals are association members.



Visiting Nurse Association Receives Grant from Variety – the Children’s Charity

The Dubuque Visiting Nurse Association has received a $6,650.00 grant from Variety – the Children’s Charity to assist in funding equipment to support families in the maternal health program.

VNA is a nonprofit organization serving more than 12,000 people annually in the Tri-State area with a mission to meet public health needs one person, one family, one community at a time.

The Variety grant will assist in purchasing portable play yards and educational materials. Educational materials in conjunction with the play yards, or Pack’n’Plays, will assist Maternal Health Staff to demonstrate safe sleep practices to reduce the risk of SIDS. The educational material will contain examples of safe sleep environments translated to the Marshallese Language.

“Receiving this grant from Variety will have a positive impact on the mothers and babies the VNA serves,” said Stacey Killian, Director of the Visiting Nurse Association. “We are grateful to have Variety as a generous partner and thank them for their support.”

Variety – the Children’s Charity is dedicated to improving the lives of children who are underprivileged, at-risk, critically ill or living with special needs. Grant funding is provided to programs and initiatives that directly impact the well-being of children. For more information on Variety grants and programs please visit



Terror at the Grand Opera House Returns for 2021

Each October the Grand Opera House is transformed into a labyrinth of terror. Using 4 floors of the historic (and haunted) opera house, guests find their own way through a series of mind bending, phobia filled, scream inducing scenes.   

 Light Fright begins at 6:30pm and includes a tour through the theater with the lights on, led by a friendly tour guide. At each station in the Haunted House someone may pop out at you, but they will have treats to offer to make up for their “trick”! Bring your trick-or-treat bag with you to Light Fright, and be sure to wear your Halloween costume!

Beginning at 8pm the lights go out and ghouls come out to play. Full Fright is a self-guided walk through the building that winds its way through 4 floors of the theater, stage, and backstage areas. Visitors will be terrorized by monsters and a series of psychological frights drawing on primal fears. This tour is not for the faint of heart. Try not to get lost in the twists and turns, and whatever you do, do not get separated from your group.  Full Fright guests may go through in costume, however you may be asked to leave bags, props (including but not limited to: real and fake weapons, staffs, wands, signs, stuffed animals and etc.), or masks at the Box Office. Sneakers or closed toe flat shoes are encouraged, there is a lot of walking including up and down stairs as well as over uneven ground.

 Key Features of the Haunt include:

 The maddening maze – guests may find themselves trapped forever in the cleverly designed maze set up on stage. You may find yourself asking if you have been down this hall before, or if that wall is in the same place it was a moment ago. If you run into someone else in the maze they may help you find your way out, or they may not…

 The popular “indoor cornfield” – you turn the corner and encounter a cornfield in the middle of the theater. But do you dare to walk through it? Who knows what lurks between the stalks.

 And a rotating line up of graveyards, forests, dungeons and more!

 You may have seen shows at the Grand Opera House before, but you haven’t experienced anything like this!

 Terror At The Grand Opera House, our annual Haunted House, will take place on the following days:
Friday, October 22nd
Saturday, October 23rd
Sunday, October 24th  

Thursday, October 28th
Friday, October 29th
Saturday, October 30th
Sunday, October 31st  

Light Fright 6:30pm-7:30pm, Full Fright 8:00pm-11:00pm

Tickets are $7 for Light Fright, and $12 for Full Fright

Fog and strobe effects will be used. Not recommended for individuals with asthma, heart conditions, or seizures. This tour includes walking several stairs and is not recommended for individuals with impaired mobility.

Tickets may be purchased at the door.  For questions please contact the Box Office. Box Office hours Mon-Fri 12:00 PM-4:00 PM, 563-588-1305

The Candy and toys given away during the Light Fright Trick-or-Treat, as well as more than 60 complimentary tickets provided to local service organizations, are provided through the generosity of our volunteers and performers. For a full list of donors, please visit our website at:

Created, built, and performed by a group of volunteers – Terror at the Grand Opera House is a special event presented by the Grand Opera House.



Q Casino Creates Expanded Houlihan’s Outdoor Seating and Opens Wow Bao on Schmidt Island

Q Casino announces the creation of an expanded outdoor dining experience at Houlihan’s located next to the Hilton Garden Inn on Schmitt Island.  Alex Dixon, President and CEO states, “We are so excited to be bringing this elevated outdoor dining experience to the Island, this $700,000 project enhances our resort style amenities perfectly.”

An exhilarating space has been created that features expanded capacity with over 100 more seats, big screen TV’s; perfect for viewing the big game, a large firepit with romantic lounge seating and ceiling mounted heat lamps for the cooler season.  Houlihan’s Outdoors, looks forward to spotlighting regional acoustical music seasonally on the patio and welcoming customers to enjoy the new outdoor space.

Along with the new outdoor space, Houlihan’s has also partnered with the fast-casual Asian concept, Wow Bao, to cook and steam their menu items.   Bao is a traditional Asian street food favorite.  Bao (rymes with “wow”) also known as steamed buns or baozi is a soft, fluffy dough served with savory or sweet flavors and steamed to perfection.  Order options – Uber Eats, Grubhub, Call direct at (563)585-3006 or stop by the Pick Up Window located in the hallway between Houlihan’s and the Hilton Garden Inn.

Brian Rakestraw, Vice President and General Manager, states, “This announcement brings more options to our customers, an enhanced outdoor dining space to compliment what our customers love most about Houlihan’s, fun drinks and great food and adds in some additional variety with the availability of Asian street food from Wow Bao”




The annual Fall Clean-up will begin on Monday October 4th and run through Friday

October 8, 2021. Please remove all items and decorations you wish to save no

later than Sunday October 3, 2021. All items not removed will be discarded.

Cemetery Management requests that no decorations or plantings be placed on grave

sites until Saturday, October 9, 2021. Check Cemetery Regulations before placing

decorations to avoid losing items that do not conform.



Interesting facts about fall

Weather is often the first indicator that the seasons are changing. For many people across the globe, the hot days of summer will soon be giving way to the more crisp days of fall. For those who live in regions where summer only subtly gives way to fall or is seemingly gone before the end of August, the 2019 autumnal equinox occurs on September 23. That marks the official beginning of fall, also known as autumn. In fact, that the season the follows summer seemingly goes by two different names is just one of many interesting facts about fall. • A season by any other name … Fall is the term most often used to reference the season succeeding summer in the United States. But the season is referred to as “autumn” in other parts of the world, including Great Britain. Fall was once even known as “harvest” because of the harvest moon, which appears close to the autumnal equinox. • The colors of fall foliage are actually present year-round. Fall is known for its colorful foliage. But the pigments responsible for those colors are actually present year-round. According to the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, green, yellow and orange pigments are present year-round. However, during spring and summer, the leaves serve as factories where many foods necessary to help the tree grow are manufactured. That process takes place in the leaf in cells containing chlorophyll, which gives the leaves their green color. This process ceases as hours of daylight decrease and temperatures drop. As a result, chlorophyll breaks down, the green color disappears and the vivid colors of fall foliage begin to appear. • Squirrels have a (sophisticated) plan out there. Squirrels hiding food in autumn for the upcoming winter is a familiar sight. And squirrels are more organized than many people may know. Groundbreaking research released in 1991 found that, even when squirrels bury that stash of nuts closely to one another, they will each return to the precise location of their personal cache. Recent research also has shown that squirrels bury their stash based on certain traits, such as the type of nut being buried. • Babies born in fall are more likely to see the century mark. Researchers at the University of Chicago studied more than 1,500 centenarians born in the United States between 1880 and 1895. They then compared birth and death information with those centenarians’ siblings and spouses so they could compare their early environment and genetic background and their adult environment. Their research found that most centenarians were born between September and November.



Preparing your home for the next natural disaster

We all want our homes to be safe, comforting spaces that offer refuge and protection from the outside world. The global pandemic has taught us this, as well as the importance of preparation – not just for illness — but also for natural disasters like fires, floods, earthquakes, and tornadoes.

Making sure your house is a secure and resilient structure is critical no matter where you live, as global warming has altered the climates and weather events of many regions. Fortunately, thanks to advances in design and innovative materials, building a stronger, disaster-proof home is possible.

An alternative to traditional wood-framing, Nudura insulated concrete forms are an excellent option many engineers and designers are turning to. The steel-reinforced solid concrete cores range from four to 12 inches, providing far superior strength and safety compared to wood. Meanwhile the non-toxic, fire-retardant expanded polystyrene foam provides a fire protection rating of up to four hours.

Homes built with these ICFs are proven to survive natural disasters — houses that faced Hurricane Michael in Florida and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans are still standing. ICFs even offer wind resistance of up to 250 mph (402 kph), equivalent to an F4 tornado.

Homes that use ICF construction have other added benefits, including enhanced insulation for lower energy bills, a reduced carbon footprint, and improved ventilation for better indoor air quality and lower susceptibility to mold. Concrete forms also require less maintenance over time, saving you the expense and effort of continuous upkeep and providing additional peace of mind.

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Eagle Point Solar Makes Inc. 5000 List

Inc. magazine revealed that Eagle Point Solar is No. 1,911 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

“This is a great achievement to be recognized on this prestigious list three years in a row. We are thankful to our staff, clients, community and legislative supporters who continue to help fuel the growth of the solar industry. Together, we’re paving the way for the future of sustainable, renewable energy generation,” stated Jim Pullen, President and CEO of Eagle Point Solar.

Not only have the companies on the 2021 Inc. 5000 been very competitive within their markets, but this year’s list also proved especially resilient and flexible given 2020’s unprecedented challenges. Among the 5,000, the average median three-year growth rate soared to 543 percent, and median revenue reached $11.1 million. Together, those companies added more than 610,000 jobs over the past three years.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at The top 500 companies are also being featured in the September issue of Inc., available on newsstands August 20.

“The 2021 Inc. 5000 list feels like one of the most important rosters of companies ever compiled,” says Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. “Building one of the fastest-growing companies in America in any year is a remarkable achievement. Building one in the crisis we’ve lived through is just plain amazing. This kind of accomplishment comes with hard work, smart pivots, great leadership, and the help of a whole lot of people.”



Dubuque Fire Department Receives American Heart Association Award

Dubuque Fire Department Receives American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Award

The Dubuque Fire Department has received the American Heart Association’s 2021 Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Award  for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

Unfortunately, a significant number of STEMI patients don’t receive this prompt reperfusion therapy, which is critical in restoring blood flow. Mission: Lifeline® seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate these patients from timely access to appropriate treatments. The Mission: Lifeline® initiative provides tools, training, and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.

“The Dubuque Fire Department is dedicated to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Dubuque EMS Supervisor Samuel Janecke. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care efforts through the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline®.”

“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said Tim Henry, M.D., chair of the Mission: Lifeline® Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can save precious minutes of treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals to an incoming heart attack patient.”

This is the second year in a row the department has received the Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Award. The Dubuque Fire Department has proudly provided emergency and non-emergency ambulance service in the Dubuque community since 1914. For more information on Dubuque Fire Department EMS, visit or call 563-589-4160.



City of Dubuque Launches Website to Help Eligible Residents Enroll in the Federal Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The City of Dubuque has launched a website to help eligible residents find and enroll in discounted or free internet service through the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB), a temporary Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program to help households struggling to afford internet service.

The $3.2 billion program provides eligible households a discount of up to:

  • $50 per month on wireless internet plans and a free phone
  • OR $50 per month on wired internet service to the home
  • One-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer. A small fee will be required.

A household is eligible if one member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:

  • Meets federal poverty income guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or the FCC’s Lifeline program;
  • Individuals approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year; or
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income through job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020, and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers.

To help eligible residents find and enroll in EBB discounts, the City launched Those who have a mobile or home internet provider can see a summary of the EBB discount being offered by their current provider. Those without a service provider can enter their home address to see a list of all EBB discounts in the area. Once an EBB service plan is selected, users will be taken to the internet service provider’s website where they will need to complete the National Verifier Lifeline Application form and enroll.

As part of Dubuque’s Poverty Prevention and Reduction Plan, the City and other community stakeholders have been working to develop a comprehensive “Digital Equity Plan” aimed at assuring that all Dubuque residents have access to comparable high-speed internet and have the necessary knowledge and skills to use available digital technologies as a means of improving their life circumstances.



Regulations for Placement of Political Signs within the City of Dubuque

The City of Dubuque is reminding campaigns and residents of the regulations that govern the placement of political signs as election season approaches. The City’s Unified Development Code (UDC) regulates all exterior signage on property, including political signage, within the community.

First Amendment free speech is protected; the City of Dubuque cannot regulate the content of political signs. However, the City can legally regulate the size, manner, and placement of political signs for safety and visibility.

The City of Dubuque has the following regulations on political signs:

  • Political signs cannot exceed 32 square feet in area.
  • Political signs cannot be placed in any public right-of-way or visibility triangle.
  • Political signs cannot be placed on objects in the right-of-way such as trees, utility poles, and in medians.

If a sign is inadvertently placed on the public right-of-way, the City’s Public Works Department may move the sign back on to its property and attach a green slip noting the violation. The City may follow with a notice of violation letter specifying a time frame to correct any violations. The right-of-way area varies throughout the community.

Complete details, including diagrams, are available online at For more information or questions regarding the regulations or property line locations, please contact the City of Dubuque Planning Services Department at 563-589-4210 or



United Way: United We Can!

(DUBUQUE, IA) – United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States is hosting its annual campaign kick-off breakfast, sponsored by the Diamond Jo Casino, and is sure to be a great way to start your morning. The event is open to the public and will take place on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. at the Diamond Jo Casino – Harbor Room. People are encourage to RSVP to the event by August 17 by emailing, calling 563-588-1415 or visiting

This year’s Campaign Co-Chairs are Bob Woodward from Woodward Communications and April Finnin Rink of Finnin Ford & Kia. Both community leaders are excited to spearhead efforts in engaging the community in supporting United Way, which helps impact over 55,000 local lives.

“We’ve put together a fun and informative program that will briefly showcase ways community members and local business partners can get involved to support health, education, and income locally,” shares Katie Wiedemann, Northeast Iowa Community College’s Director of External Relations, and this year’s emcee for the campaign kick-off.

“Change doesn’t happen alone, and this kick-off is one way to encourage everyone to get engaged in creating change to improve our community. Everyone plays a vital role in helping our community succeed, including our funded partners, our business partnerships, and our volunteers,” shares Danielle Peterson, President and CEO of United Way. “Our United Way has adapted to the rapidly changing community needs over this last year and a half. It’s important for the broader community to know about the great things that happen because of the passion and mission behind our work. United We Can is our theme and we truly believe that when we work collaboratively and we CAN and do make an impact in our community.”

United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States serves a 10-county service area covering parts of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin. In recent years, United Way has evolved to embrace a community impact model, shifting from a traditional model of funding organizations to funding local programs that have applied for and received funding, impacting health, education and income. All United Way funded programs demonstrate how they align to meet and improve community needs and collaborate with other nonprofits, all working together to achieve community-wide outcomes.  Examples of issues impacted through United Way are brain health, poverty, food scarcity, homelessness, and more. This year, United Way funds 31 nonprofit organizations.

 United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States connects people and resources to advance the health, education and income of those in need in our community. The organization brings individuals and other groups together around innovative solutions to impact tens of thousands of lives annually. For more information, visit



Eagle Point Solar Recognized as Top U.S. Solar Installation Company

[Dubuque, Iowa, 7/20/2020]— The U.S. solar industry is on the upswing, thanks to a pro-renewables presidential administration and increased concern over climate change. Eagle Point Solar has had a front-row seat to this action, with business increasing over the last year. Solar Power World has recognized the company’s installation success by ranking Eagle Point Solar at No. 173 on the 2021 Top Solar Contractors list. Additionally, Eagle Point Solar received the ranking of 100 for the Solar Power World’s Solar+Storage Installer sub list.

The Top Solar Contractors list is developed each year by Solar Power World to honor the work of solar installers in the United States. Solar firms in the utility, commercial and residential markets are ranked by number of kilowatts installed in the previous year. Companies are grouped and listed by specific service, markets and states.

“Not even COVID-19 closures and slowdowns could prevent the solar industry from installing fantastic numbers last year,” said Kelly Pickerel, editor in chief of Solar Power World. “The Solar Power World team is so glad to recognize over 400 companies on the 2021 Top Solar Contractors list that not only survived a pandemic but thrived in spite of it.”

The U.S. solar industry grew 43% in 2020, installing more solar panels on homes, businesses and across the country than any other year on record. The residential market saw an 11% increase, which is remarkable considering the difficulties of maneuvering home solar projects through pandemic precautions.

The federal government passed a two-year extension on the solar investment tax credit (ITC) at the end of 2020, which will further accelerate solar adoption across all market segments. After installing 19.2 GW in 2020, research firm Wood Mackenzie expects the U.S. solar market to quadruple by 2030.

In addition to persevering through this turbulent time in history, the 2021 class of Top Solar Contractors is continuing to innovate by adding energy storage to their offerings. Over one-third of this year’s contractors are also featured on the exclusive 2021 Top Solar + Storage Installers list. Eagle Point Solar received the ranking of 100 for the Solar Power World’s Solar+Storage Installer sub list.

“We are grateful to our clients who continue to support the renewable energy industry and help us advance our pursuit in providing the highest quality solar and solar+storage solutions in the tri-states. Our success as the area’s top solar installer is a testament to residents and business owners helping to make a difference in reducing their carbon footprint,” said Jim Pullen, President/CEO of Eagle Point Solar.

About Solar Power World

 Solar Power World is the leading online and print resource for news and information regarding solar installation, development and technology. Since 2011, SPW has helped U.S. solar contractors — including installers, developers and EPCs in all markets — grow their businesses and do their jobs better.



Dubuque City Council Candidate Filing Period Runs Aug. 9-26

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Candidates for the Dubuque city council election may begin filing nomination papers on Monday, Aug. 9.

The positions up for this year’s election are Mayor, At-Large Representative, Ward One Representative, and Ward Three Representative. The election is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 2. If more than two candidates file for a position, a primary election will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 5.

Nomination papers can be downloaded from the Iowa Secretary of State’s website (, or can be obtained from the Dubuque City Clerk’s Office in person or by emailing

Completed papers must be filed in the City Clerk’s Office, located in City Hall at 50 W. 13thSt. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The deadline to file nomination papers is 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26.

For more information on this election, contact the Dubuque County Elections Office at 563.589.4457 or visit



New “Helpful Place” for Peosta Coming Soon

New Steve’s Ace Hardware Store Scheduled to Open in Early 2022
Family business part of Tri-State Area since 1988

PEOSTA, Iowa – The “helpful place” will soon be part of your neighborhood.

Scheduled to open its doors in early 2022, Steve’s Ace, located at 456 Peosta St. in Peosta (at the corner of Burds Rd. and Peosta Street/Sundown Rd.), will be a curated combination of the two current Steve’s Ace locations featuring a full hardware store aimed to serve both the homeowners and the businesses in the area, a greenhouse & gift department showcasing the best sellers of Sprout and the Flower Shoppe, and outdoor lifestyle offering.

The new store will bring a “more personal kind of helpful” and best brands like EGO, Traeger, Weber, Benjamin Moore, and Scotts to local homeowners and DIYers. Steve’s Ace will provide solutions to everyday home maintenance needs through an extensive selection of products in categories such as paint, grilling, lawn and garden, and more.

This is the third Ace store opened by owners Sara & Jason Carpenter. The store will span 15,500 square feet and will feature a small outdoor garden center with annuals, perennials, and seasonal plants.

“Ace Hardware is committed to providing home maintenance solutions, neighborly advice, and resources to residents in Peosta,” said Sara Selchert Carpenter, owner of Steve’s Ace. “We’re excited to welcome Peosta to the Steve’s Ace family, and we look forward to making a positive impact for many years to come.”



Free Riverview Center 2021 Character Strong Camps

June 21 – August 13, 2021
Join us for the return of our FREE summer character camps! While participating in crafts, games, sing-a-longs and more, children will be learning the traits of PurposeFull People – courage, respect, perseverance, gratitude, honesty, kindness, empathy, responsibility, cooperation and creativity.
·        Virtual Camps so everyone can participate
·        Free Art/Craft Supply Kits for each student for pickup or drop off
·        Some of the activities include: balloon breathing for mindfulness, mini-greenhouses, “honest sunglasses,” creating fish sun visors to remember to “just keep swimming,” letters to local heroes, perseverance portraits, daily mindfulness and meditation, Rube Goldberg machines, and more!
·        Camps are 5 days and children can attend both for their grade level (different topics)
·        Pre-K: June 21st-25th
·        Pre-K: June 28th-July 2nd
·        K-2nd: July 12th-16th
·        K-2nd: July 19th-23th
·        3rd-5th: August 2nd-6th
·        3rd-5th: August 9th-13th

 Riverview Center is honored to serve survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and their significant others through free and confidential services. Regardless of means, our clients receive high-quality, professional support, including a 24-hour crisis hotline; legal, medical, and general advocacy; arrangements for safe, temporary shelter and safety planning; one-on-one therapy/counseling and support groups; professional trainings; and violence prevention education initiatives.

 For the past twenty nine years, Riverview Center has proudly provided the healing and justice survivors of deserve, free of charge. We are a nonprofit agency committed to providing free, confidential, compassionate, client-centered care for individuals affected by sexual and domestic violence in Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties in Illinois and for individuals affected by sexual violence in 14 counties in Northeast Iowa. Riverview Center is creating a community free of violence by empowering individuals, fostering empathy, and developing social skills that emphasize respect, equality, and non-violent conflict resolution.

Jo Daviess 24-hour Sexual Assault Hotline: 815.777.8155
Jo Daviess 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 815.777.3680
Carroll 24-hour Sexual Assault Hotline: 815.244.7772
Carroll 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 815.244.1320
Iowa 24-hour Sexual Assault Hotline: (888) 557.0310



2021 Back Waters Outdoor Concert Series

Q Casino is proud to announce 2 additional performances on the Back Waters Stage; Mitchell Tenpenny along with Walker Hayes will perform on Friday, July 9th.   On Saturday, August 14, Tesla along with Wayland will take the Stage.

 Mitchell TenPenny Performing, Friday, July 9,  Since the release of his debut single, “Drunk Me,” Riser House/Columbia Nashville artist, Mitchell Tenpenny has set new standards for breakout success in country music. The 2X Platinum-certified, No. 1 hit was taken from his introductory album, Telling All My Secrets, and earned him the best first week showing for any major label country debut LP in 2018. To date, “Drunk Me” has amassed nearly 490 million on-demand streams. In the year that followed, the “winning” singer (the New York Times) was nominated for New Male Artist of the Year at the ACM Awards and Breakthrough Video (“Drunk Me”) at the CMT Music Awards and saw his “Alcohol You Later” single certify gold. He also kicked off his first headlining concert series, the “Anything She Says Tour,” with labelmates and award-winning duo Seaforth who joined as support and were also featured on the gold-selling song, “Anything She Says.”

Joining him is Walker Hayes the Monument Records recording artist, is a singer/songwriter originally from Mobile, Alabama. His recently announced forthcoming EP Country Stuff, out in June, features collaborations with Jake Owen, Carly Pearce, and Lori McKenna, and displays the full range of Hayes’ creativity. “Country Stuff is a body of work that means a lot to me, because it shows all of who I am. I’m not in the same mood or headspace every day – some days it’s all about fun, some days are harder – but I think it’s ok to share all of that, and that’s what I hope Country Stuff does” says Hayes

Tesla, Performing on Saturday, August 14 – That they are still roaring and soaring should be no surprise. That’s just how they are built. TESLA may have been born in the mid 80s eruption of leather, spandex, and big hair, but this band has never been about those things. Hardly. Their bluesy, soulful sound is strongly embedded in the roots of organic, authentic, 1970s rock and roll. The same roots that produced bands like The Allman Brothers, Grand Funk Railroad, AC/DC, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Aerosmith.  2020 marks the 30th anniversary of one of TESLA’s most iconic albums, Five Man Acoustical Jam. The upcomingtour will feature performances of the most seminal tracks from this ground-breaking acoustic record. TESLA also visited the legendary London recording studio Abbey Road in June 2019 where they performed, recorded, and filmed a semi-acoustic set that will become their next live album, Five Man London Jam. The new record honors songs from the original live album combined with the wealth of hit songs they’ve crafted over their 30-year legacy.

Performing with Tesla is Wayland, whose first album debuted in 2010, since then the band has gone on to release more albums and Top 40 songs along the way.   The band is currently releasing new music independently writing, recording, and developing themselves in Los Angeles between tour dates

Tickets for these two shows go on sale Wednesday, June 9 at 10:00AM. Tickets can be purchased ONLINE ONLY at or through Event held rain or shine. Tickets are non refundable. Ticket prices and lineup subject to change.  For a complete line up follow Back Waters Stage on Facebook or check the website at for the most up to date information.



Dubuque Recycling Event Diverts 19,000 Pounds of Electronics from Landfill

On June 12, 2021, the City of Dubuque Public Works Department, in partnership with the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency (DMASWA), held an electronics drop-off recycling event at the Municipal Services Center in Dubuque. In total, 237 people participated, recycling over 340 televisions and other household electronics, resulting in 19,000 pounds of material diverted from the landfill.

“We are thrilled that so many took advantage of this opportunity to properly dispose of electronics safely and sustainably and want to remind residents that there are options to recycle these electronics year-round,” said DMASWA Solid Waste Agency Administrator Ken Miller.

The Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency (101 Airborne Rd., formerly 14501 HWY 20 West, now accessed by a frontage road) accepts unwanted electronics by drop-off appointment. For more information on this program or to schedule an appointment, visit or call 563-557-8220.

The City of Dubuque also offers residential customers the option to schedule curbside collection for a variety of electronics through the large item pick-up service. For more information on this program or to schedule a pick-up, visit or call 563-589-4250.



City of Dubuque Launches Residential Broadband Survey

DUBUQUE, Iowa – The City of Dubuque has launched a Residential Broadband Survey to gather information from residents about their current internet and cell phone services. Residents are encouraged to participate and provide feedback that will guide efforts to increase access to affordable, fast, and reliable broadband in Dubuque.

Broadband Acceleration Initiative
With the goal of universal and affordable broadband access for Dubuque residents and businesses, the City of Dubuque introduced a Dubuque Broadband Acceleration Initiative in 2016. The initiative focuses on public/private collaborations and includes a comprehensive strategy to reduce the cost and time required for broadband expansions in Dubuque. A key challenge to that initiative is the issue of broadband affordability for residents currently.

Earlier this year, the Dubuque City Council adopted the Dubuque Equitable Poverty Reduction and Prevention Plan, which includes a recommended strategy to “subsidize internet access in low-income neighborhoods and develop a digital equity plan.” Lack of access to fast, reliable, and affordable internet services contributes to negative outcomes in safety and security, health/medical, communications, education, and jobs for low-income communities. Overcoming challenges and accomplishing these objectives will require a comprehensive effort and the leveraging of data along with multiple funding sources to implement a solution.

The Dubuque Residential Broadband survey will collect anonymous baseline data on the current use, speed, bandwidth, and need for broadband services for households in Dubuque to help inform this initiative. Broadband internet is generally defined as a service having a minimum of 25 Mbps (Megabits per second. The number of bits transferred per second over an internet connection) download and 3 Mbps upload speeds.

Residential Broadband Survey Open Through June 25
The anonymous data collected from the survey will be analyzed and mapped by type of service and location, as well as demographic data such as age, race, and income. Additional publicly available data will be aggregated and incorporated. Dubuque residents are encouraged to participate by visiting and completing the survey by June 25, 2021. No personally identifiable information will be recorded or gathered.



Common carcinogens everyone should know about

A carcinogen is any substance that can be cancer-causing. Carcinogens can be found in the air, the products a person uses or even in popular foods and beverages.

Scientists continually study exposures that can contribute to the formation of cancer. The National Cancer Institute reminds the public that, while carcinogens have the potential to be harmful, not all exposure will automatically result in cancer. Many factors are involved in whether carcinogenic exposure will lead to cancer, including genetic predispositions and the duration of exposure.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health maintains a list of occupational carcinogens. Recommended exposure limits and what constitutes a carcinogen is updated as needed. In addition, some health organizations, such as cancer groups, identify other carcinogens that exist beyond occupational hazards. These may include UV rays, tobacco and alcohol. The following are some common carcinogens.

• Arsenic: Inorganic arsenic may be naturally present at high levels in groundwater and the Earth’s crust in various areas. Arsenic also may be found in the air and in tobacco smoke, advises the World Health Organization.

• Asbestos: When products containing asbestos are disturbed, fibers can be released and trapped in the lungs, says the Environmental Protection Agency. Asbestos used to be a common material found in roof shingles, ceiling tiles and car parts, although many industries have long since ceased using asbestos.

• Crispy cooked foods: Charring food on the barbecue or elsewhere may taste delicious, but when certain foods are heated to high temperatures a chemical called acrylamide can be produced. WebMD says that rats that consumed acrylamide in drinking water developed cancer, so researchers suspect humans may be vulnerable as well.

• Formaldehyde: The EPA says this product is found in certain wood products, fabrics and other household items. That’s because it is a preservative, germicide and fungicide. Formaldehyde also occurs naturally in the environment, and is produced in cigarette smoke.

• Pollution: Outdoor air contains a mix of engine exhaust, metals and solvents that can lead to cancer. While this type of carcinogen is not easily avoided, people can stay indoors on days when air quality is poor or avoid industrial areas where pollution levels may be higher.

• Preserved meats: Salami, bacon, sausage, pepperoni, and preserved foods can increase risk for colon cancer, according to the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Limiting how much salted, fermented, cured, and smoked foods a person eats can lower cancer risk.

• Radon: The NCI indicates that radon occurs naturally from the decay of uranium, thorium and radium in rocks and soil. It can be released into the air and drinking water, eventually infiltrating homes and businesses.

Carcinogens are all around. Identifying common ones can help people take precautions that limit their exposure and potentially reduce their cancer risk.



The threat of sand cave-ins necessitates caution

Few things can top a day at the beach on a warm day. The sunshine is out in full force and crashing waves beckon when it is time to cool off.

While there is much fun to be had at the beach, some dangers lurk as well. Though rip tides or jellyfish may come to mind, the beach itself, namely the sand, also poses a threat.

Young children and even adults bring shovels and buckets to make sand castles and even to dig holes in the sand to cover friends and family members. Such holes can quickly cave in and trap unsuspecting people inside. That’s just what happened to 12-year-old Reno Ciotola in 2017 in Ocean City, Maryland. Ciotola dug a tunnel in the sand when it suddenly collapsed, trapping him underneath. Lifeguards were able to dig him free eventually, but Ciotola was unconscious with no vital signs. Luckily he was revived. It’s not the first nor the last case of beach sand cave-ins.

According to Stephen Van Ryswick, chief of the Coastal and Environmental Geology Program, holes dug in beach sand react differently than holes dug in fields. The “angle of repose” is much lower in sand. This is the maximum angle an object can rest on at an incline without sliding down. Beach sand has an angle of repose of approximately 30 degrees, according to Van Ryswick. By comparison, rock can maintain a 90-degree angle of repose.

Holes are typically dug where sand is moist. The water in the sand initially holds the sand together more firmly, but as it evaporates and the sand dries and gets disturbed, collapses can occur. Bradley Maron, a Harvard University researcher, says he’s tracked 72 sand hole collapses over the past decade. Of them, 60 have been fatal.

Lifeguards are increasingly recognizing sand digging safety as a concern. They are being trained in rescues and warning beachgoers about the risk of sand collapse. Experts warn that a good rule of thumb for digging sand holes is not to make them any deeper than the knees of the smallest person in the hole.

Danger lurks at the beach, and it isn’t always in the water. Sometimes the sand can be hazardous as well.



Make safety an important part of home cleaning

Safety may not be on the minds of people when they gather equipment and cleaning supplies to clean their homes, but even seemingly innocuous items can be dangerous. The National Safety Council warns that accidents and deaths often occur when least expected — including when doing chores around the house.

The online safety advocate SafeWise says that more than 160,000 Americans die as a result of an accident every year, and household injuries account for 75 percent of those deaths. It’s important to be careful when cleaning around the house, and part of that caution includes recognizing where hazards may be lurking. Here are ways to prevent cleaning and organizing accidents.

Never mix cleansers
Cleaning chemicals are often effective because they employ bases or acids to produce cleaning actions. By themselves, many of these products are generally safe to use provided users adhere to the usage instructions and precautions. However, when mixed together, certain cleaning products can be extremely hazardous. According to Velocity EHS, an environmental, health, safety, and sustainability advisement company, users should never mix products containing acids and bases. Common cleaning products containing acids include tub and tile cleaners, vinegar and mold removers. Products containing bases include, bleaches, glass cleaners, and drain cleaners. Mixing these products can produce toxic gases, intense heat or even explosions.

Avoid falls
Falls are a major contributor to home injuries. Be especially careful when climbing ladders, and do not lean too far to either side. If possible, have someone hold the ladder steady. Wear nonskid shoes and go slowly. Do not climb on furniture or stack items to reach high spots like top shelves, as this can create a precarious situation.

Lift with care
Moving furniture or rearranging storage boxes can strain the back and other muscles. Use proper lifting techniques, which include lifting with the legs while keeping the back straight. If the item is too heavy, wait and ask for help.

Wear masks and safety gear
Whether dusting off the ceiling fan, cleaning out the crawlspace or removing debris from gutters and downspouts, protect the eyes, hands and lungs by wearing the right gear. Safety goggles, durable gloves and a dust mask are must-have cleaning supplies.

Remove supplies promptly
The NSC says about 10 people die from drowning every day in the United States. Children between the ages of one and four are at greatest risk. Do not leave cleaning buckets filled with water unattended, and make sure to clean up any supplies used right after cleaning to prevent injuries.

Cleaning and maintenance keep homes looking great. Homeowners should always keep safety in mind when cleaning around the house.



Securing a trustworthy pet sitter

Welcoming a pet of any kind into a home can be a lesson in love as well as one in responsibility. Pet owners must take various steps to ensure the safety and well-being of a companion animal, and that includes providing for that animal while on vacation.

How long pets can remain at home alone depends on the pet, its age and its overall health. For example, an aquarium full of fish may be able to thrive for a week with the assistance of an automatic feeder. Dogs, however, will need daily bathroom breaks and feedings, says the Animal Humane Society. Adult dogs may be able to “hold it” for 10 to 12 hours, but young puppies and elderly dogs likely need more frequent breaks outside.

Feeding and cleaning up pet waste is not the only consideration. Some animals require much more socialization than others.

Pet sitters can address pets’ needs while their owners are away. But finding one that will care for a pet like he or she is a member of the family can take some time and effort. Hill’s Pet Nutrition suggests beginning the process of finding a pet sitter by making a list of needs. Considerations to include are whether the pet sitter should be in one’s home or if the pet is to be brought to a pet care facility or a private sitter’s residence. The pet may have particular health care requirements that also need to be addressed, such as a dog who requires insulin shots for diabetes.

While friends and family may be the first choices as pet sitters, there are benefits to using professional pet sitters. A professional sitter is properly trained in the care of many different animals, according to Pet Sitters International. He or she may have a local business license and be insured and bonded. Professional sitters are likely to make the pet a priority more than hobbyists or well-meaning acquaintances because caring for pets is how they earn their livings.

Personal recommendations can be an effective means to finding reliable pet sitters. Pet owners can interview candidates, asking questions about experience with this type of pet, how he or she handles the breed and temperament, and what the plan might be if the pet gets sick or injured while in the pet sitter’s care.

Pet sitters provide valuable services when pet owners are away from home. Vetting pet sitters takes a little time, but that effort is well worth it.



How to care for perennials

Perennials can add color and vibrancy to any garden. One of the more desirable components of perennials is that they come back year after year, meaning homeowners do not have to invest in a gardenful of new flowers every year. That can add up to considerable savings. Perennials often form the foundation of beautiful gardens.

Annuals only grow for one season, produce seeds and then die. However, perennials die back to the ground every autumn and their roots survive the winter. So the plants reemerge in the spring, according to The Farmer’s Almanac. Some perennials are short-lived, meaning they will come back a few consecutive years; others will last for decades.

Though planted perennials require less maintenance than annuals, they are not completely maintenance-free. Certain care is needed to help perennials thrive, and that starts with the soil. In fact, soil is the single most important factor for growing healthy plants. Penn State Extension says most perennials grow ideally in well drained, fertile soil with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0. In addition, organic matter can improve soil texture and water-holding ability.

When including perennials in the garden, make sure you wait for the right time to plant them. The ideal time is during the spring or fall. Perennials come as container-grown perennials, which already have been established in the soil. Bare-root perennials are just roots that are often packed in peat moss. In order to plant bare-root perennials, soak the roots in water for several minutes before gently planting in the ground, indicates the how-to resource Tip Bulletin.

Perennials should be watered deeply, especially during the first growing season. However, the soil should never be overly dry or wet. Most perennials do not need to be fertilized heavily. A single application in the spring typically is all that’s needed.

Care along the way can include deadheading spent flowers so that plants can use their energy on seed production and reblooming. Perennials should be divided when they grow large, every three to four years when the plants are not in bloom. Perennials produce fewer flowers or may look sickly when the time has passed to divide them. Early spring often is a good time to divide perennials, advises The Farmer’s Almanac.

A thick layer of mulch can help perennials to overwinter successfully. Perennials planted in containers will need to be transplanted into the garden before it gets cold because most containers cannot thoroughly insulate perennial roots.

Apart from these strategies, perennials pretty much take care of themselves. As long as sunlight requirements match plant needs, the perennials should thrive.



Let caution reign when kids are in the kitchen

Parents go to great lengths to keep their kids safe. From the moment a woman first learns she’s pregnant to the day teenagers head off to college, parents make myriad decisions in the name of keeping their children safe.

Homes are safe havens for families, but dangers still lurk around every corner and inside every cabinet. That’s especially true in the kitchen. Real estate professionals often note the importance of kitchens. According to, kitchen remains the most mentioned room in home listings. Nearly 70 percent of listings on the home buying and selling website mentioned kitchens, while less than 50 percent mentioned bedrooms.

Families spend a lot of time in their kitchens, so it’s no surprise these gathering spaces routinely attract curious kids. Kitchen safety is essential in every home, but it’s especially important in homes with young children. The following are some areas of the kitchen where parents can direct their focus as they try to keep their children safe.

Beneath the sink
Many families store cleaning products beneath their kitchen sinks. But that can prove hazardous if parents cannot prevent kids from accessing this area. According to the National Capital Poison Center, a disproportionate percentage of the millions of poison exposures in the United States each year affect children younger than six. It might be convenient to store cleaning products beneath the kitchen sink, but such products should be kept higher up in cabinets kids cannot reach until they’re old enough to know it’s not safe to ingest these cleaners.

Stoves pose a significant safety risk to youngsters, even when they’re not in use. When the stove is being used, make sure kids do not go near electric or gas burners, where curious hands may reach up and get burned. Kids also should be taught to steer clear when their parents are cooking on the stove top, as hot oil from pans can spray out and harm youngsters who aren’t paying attention. Parents also can install knob covers that prevent curious kids from turning burners on when no one is looking.

Dishwashers may not seem threatening, but they can pose a safety risk to youngsters. The American Academy of Pediatrics notes that children should not be allowed to load and unload dishwashers until they are between the ages of seven and nine. Knives and forks in dishwashers can be sharp, posing a safety risk to curious youngsters. When loading the dishwasher, make sure the blades and prongs of knives and forks are facing downward, and never preload detergent, which can be harmful to kids if ingested. Always make sure the dishwasher is securely closed when in use so kids cannot open the door and potentially suffer burns from hot water.

Cutlery sets kept in blocks on countertops should be stored away from the edge of the counter, ideally along a back wall that kids cannot reach. In addition, countertop appliances like coffee machines, toasters, blenders, and slow cookers should be kept beyond the reach of young children.

Families spend a lot of time in their kitchens, where curious kids can easily find trouble. Parents can reduce kids’ risk for kitchen accidents and injuries with some simple safety strategies.




The Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Tristate Chapter (AFP Greater Tristate Chapter) has been named a 2021 Ten Star GOLD Chapter.

Every year, AFP, the largest association of professional fundraisers in the world, honors chapters for achieving goals that align with key objectives in its long-range strategic plan. Chapters receive the Ten Star GOLD Award for performing specific activities designed to increase professionalism within fundraising and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy.

Less than 20 percent of AFP’s 200 professional chapters earn the Ten Star Gold Chapter recognition, making the AFP Greater Tristate Chapter one of the association’s leading chapters around the world.

Chapter president Wendy Knight, stated: “I am thrilled that the Greater TriState AFP chapter has been honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals for our work this past year. While it was a challenging one for each of us, the fundraising professionals who volunteer and engage with our local chapter worked diligently to uphold the highest standards of fundraising and support one another during the most trying times. We are blessed to have amazing philanthropists.”

Ten Star Gold Chapters are recognized at the AFP International Conference on Fundraising (ICON). Chapters also earn the privilege of displaying the Ten Star Gold logo on their website, newsletters and stationery.

Criteria for the award are determined by AFP Global Headquarters. A list of several goals is published annually, and chapters must accomplish 15 of these goals during the year and submit a nomination form for verification to be honored.

For more information on the Ten Star Award process, please visit

Since 1960, AFP has inspired global change and supported efforts that generated over $1 trillion. AFP’s more than 31,000 individual and organizational members raise over $115 billion annually, equivalent to one-third of all charitable giving in North America and millions more around the world. For more information or to join the world’s largest association of fundraising professionals, visit



The dos and don’ts of fire pits

Many homeowners relish any opportunity to retreat to their back yards, where they can put up their feet and relax in the great outdoors. That retreat-like escape is made even more relaxing when sitting around a fire pit.

Fire pits can be found in millions of suburban backyards across the globe. Fire pits have become so popular that a 2016 survey of landscape architects conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects revealed they were the most sought after outdoor design element. Fire pits remain wildly popular a half decade after that survey.

Homeowners who are only now joining the fire pit revolution can keep these dos and don’ts in mind as they plan their summer s’mores sessions.

DO keep the fire pit a safe distance away from the home. Fire pits should be located a safe distance from the home at all times, but especially when they’re in use. Home design experts recommend keeping fire pits a minimum of 10 to 20 feet away from a house or other structure, such as a shed or a detached garage. The further away the fire is from houses and other structures, the less likely those structures are to catch on fire.

DON’T place the fire pit beneath trees or next to shrubs. Though fire pits should be kept safe distances away from a house and other structures, it’s important that they’re not placed beneath trees or next to shrubs. Shrubs and low hanging branches can easily catch embers and be lit ablaze, so make sure fire pits are not placed in locations that increase that risk.

DO clean out seasonal debris. It can be tempting to let seasonal debris resting inside the fire pit burn away during the season’s first s’mores session. But burning debris poses a serious safety risk, as embers can easily be blown out of the fire pit and catch nearby trees or shrubs or even a home on fire. The National Fire Protection Association advises homeowners that embers blowing from a backyard fire pose the same threat to homes as if they are from a wildfire.

DON’T let fire pits burn near flammable materials. Store firewood piles a safe distance away from the fire pit while it’s in operation. It may be convenient to keep firewood right next to the fire pit while the fire is burning, but that increases the risk that embers will land on firewood and start a fire outside of the pit.

DO check the weather report prior to starting the fire. Windy weather increases the risk of embers blowing around and potentially landing on the house, other structures around the property or trees. If the weather report is calling for gusting winds, burn a fire on another night.

DON’T leave a fire pit fire burning. Unattended recreational fires are illegal and incredibly dangerous. Homeowners should never leave fire pit fires burning unattended or allow fires to slowly die out overnight. Always extinguish the fire before going inside and stop adding wood to the fire roughly one hour before you plan to go inside. Water or sand can be poured on ashes to extinguish the fire. Once homeowners are confident a fire has been extinguished, ashes can be spread around to ensure there are no hot spots still burning. If there are, start the extinguishing process over again.

A night around the fire pit is a summertime tradition in many households. Safety must be as much a part of such traditions as s’mores.



Creative Mother’s Day celebration and gift ideas

On Sunday, May 14, 2023, millions of people will celebrate the special women in their lives, particularly the mothers, grandmothers and stepmothers who often tirelessly care for those they love.

Created by Anna Jarvis in the early 20th century and designated an official United States holiday in 1914, Mother’s Day is a special day in many families. Apart from birthdays, primary female caregivers may not always get the recognition they deserve, nor be entitled to a day to kick back and relax and let others take the helm. Mother’s Day entitles them to something special.

Even though the way people have been living has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mother’s Day may be the first holiday on the calendar when the world can finally regain some sense of normalcy. But caution should still prevail during Mother’s Day celebrations. Thankfully, there are plenty of creative ways to celebrate mothers and mother figures this year.

• Dine truly “al fresco.” Outdoor dining has become commonplace, and even before it was a safety measure, enjoying a meal on a sun-soaked patio or overlooking a body of water was popular. If you’re worried about limited restaurant space or crowds, plan a picnic at a scenic location, such as a botanical garden or county park. Include Mom’s favorite foods and enjoy the fresh air and delicious foods together.

• Create a photo slideshow. Digital photos have eclipsed prints in many people’s hearts. But too often digital photos never get seen after they’re initially taken. That can change when you compile a slideshow of favorite photos from childhood and even present-day photos that Mom is sure to appreciate. Use sentimental music or Mom’s favorite songs as the soundtrack, and include some inspirational quotations or personal voiceovers. This is one gift that can be shared in person or over group meeting apps.

• Get involved together. An especially meaningful way to honor a mother who is always giving her time and love is to become involved in a difference-making organization. Joint volunteerism is a great way to spend more time together working toward a worthy goal.

• Enjoy her hobbies and interests. Devote a day or more to trying Mom’s interests and hobbies, whether they include hitting the links, knitting, singing in the church choir, or digging in her garden.

• Send an edible gift. If you can’t be there to celebrate with Mom in person, have a special meal delivered to her door. Then enjoy the same foods with her via Google Meet, Facetime or Zoom. Don’t forget a tasty cocktail so you can toast the special woman in your life.

Mother’s Day celebrations can be unique, heartfelt and customized based on family needs.



Community Recovery Theme for Mayor’s Spring State of the City

Dubuque Mayor Roy D. Buol’s Spring 2021 “State of the City” focuses on the community’s recovery from the pandemic and its strong financial position.

“The quickest path to the recovery and reopening of our community lies in vaccinations and doing our part to create herd immunity,” said Buol. “Spring is our time for renewal. When we can gather again, and reflect on the unforgettable year behind us, it is incumbent upon us as a nation to remember lessons learned that require resolution.”

In addition to reflecting on the impact of the pandemic, Buol says Dubuque is on the right path and cites the City’s growing general fund reserve (nearly $18 million), decreasing debt, low property tax rate, and expected $27 million in American Rescue Plan funding.

The text version of the Spring 2021 State of the City appears in the March/April issue of the City News newsletter currently being mailed to utility customers. A video version is airing on CityChannel Dubuque and was also distributed through the City’s social media channels.

Buol’s quarterly State of the City columns appear in City News, Dubuque’s utility bill newsletter. They are also converted into videos that air on CityChannel Dubuque (on Mediacom channels 8 and 117.2 and online at and are shared on the City of Dubuque’s Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn channels. Both the text version and video are also available at



Hospice of Dubuque Virtual Tree of Life Memorial Service

Join us online as we honor and remember your loved ones

Hospice of Dubuque welcomes the entire community to the Virtual Tree of Life Memorial Service on Tuesday, May 25, at 7:30 pm. This annual service, which honors and remembers loved ones, will be hosted online this year. The Tree of Life Memorial Service will include a guest speaker, reflection, music, and lighting the tree. To view the virtual event, visit You can also search for Hospice of Dubuque on YouTube or Facebook. The event recording will be available at a later date on the Hospice of Dubuque website.

To recognize someone who has touched your life with a light on the Tree of Life, please send a tax-deductible gift to Hospice of Dubuque—1670 JFK Road, Dubuque, IA, 52002. Anyone may submit a donation in honor or memory of a loved one. Donations must reach the Hospice of Dubuque office by May 20 to be listed in the program. Your gift supports the Hospice of Dubuque mission of compassionate care and makes a difference in the lives of patients and families during a vulnerable stage of life.

The Hospice of Dubuque Tree of Life, located in Dubuque Washington Park, will remain lit through Memorial Day as a way to acknowledge and honor those we love. For more information, please call 563-582-1220 or email



Shade trees that can make yards more comfortable

Various factors motivate the decisions homeowners make when designing their landscapes. Some may be motivated by the ways additions will affect the resale value of their homes, while others may be guided by a love for a particular type of plant. Comfort is yet another motivator, and shade trees can make yards more comfortable as the mercury rises.

According to the Arbor Day Foundation, the following are some popular shade trees that can add beauty to a landscape and make it more comfortable come the dog days of summer.

• Quaking aspen: The quaking aspen has the widest natural range of any tree in North America, spanning 47 degrees of latitude, 110 degrees of longitude (nine time zones) and elevations from sea level to timberline. That impressive range is no doubt why the United States Forest Service notes that the quaking aspen can grow in greatly diverse regions, environments and communities.

• Northern catalpa: The Arbor Day Foundation notes that the northern catalpa is easily identifiable thanks to its heart-shaped leaves and twisting trunks and branches. Nature enthusiasts, and particularly those who enjoy birdwatching, may be happy to learn that the flowers of the catalpa are frequently visited by hummingbirds.

• Red sunset maple: Its name alone makes many people think of lazy summer days spent lounging in the yard. The red sunset maple provides ample shade and comes with the added benefit of producing an awe-inspiring blend of red and orange leaves come the fall. Red sunset maples can survive in a range of habitats and their adaptable roots means they can thrive in various soil types.

• Northern red oak: The state tree of New Jersey, the northern red oak is, according to the Arbor Day Foundation, both beloved for its aesthetic appeal and valued for its adaptability and usefulness. Northern red oaks can tolerate urban conditions, but they do not do well in hot climates.

• Sawtooth oak: Another tree that produces some awe-inspiring color, the sawtooth oak is a durable, adaptable shade tree. Golden yellow leaves in the spring will give way to dark green in summer, only to turn yellow and golden brown in the fall. The Tree Center Plant Supply Co. notes that the sawtooth oak can thrive in warmer climates where shade trees that can coexist with high temperatures can be hard to find.

Shade trees can add beauty to a property and make a yard more comfortable. Homeowners are urged to discuss shade trees with a local lawn and garden professional prior to planting.



Make graduation day comfortable

Graduation day will arrive before many students have a chance to pause and reflect on their time as students. The pomp and circumstance are deeply rooted traditions passed down through academia. If only comfort was automatically built into the graduation equation.

Most graduation ceremonies occur at the end of the school year when temperatures tend to be rather warm. For schools with large student bodies, the distribution of diplomas might take place outdoors on a football field or under a tent. Some ceremonies may take place in poorly ventilated auditoriums. That can make conditions less than comfortable for graduates.

Attire also can make grads uncomfortable. Graduation caps and gowns can be cumbersome, especially the heavily robed and layered gowns that signify higher academia.

Finally, graduation ceremonies tend to be lengthy, which can only exacerbate any discomfort grads may feel.

Discomfort need not dominate come graduation day. In fact, students can take various steps to ensure graduation day is as comfortable as possible.

• Wear something lightweight. Layering a gown on top of heavy clothing can be a recipe for overheating. Dress accordingly for the weather that day and the venue. Remember, it’s always possible to add a layer.

• Stick to sensible shoes. That short trek across the stage to receive the diploma will be watched by hundreds in attendance and possibly recorded for posterity. Avoid slip-ups by wearing comfortable, flat shoes that are skid-resistant.

• Bring some tissues along. Reactions and emotions can run high on graduation day. This day is a milestone, and a few tears may be shed. Have tissues handy to catch stray tears.

• Leave ample time. Crowds will be descending on the school for the festivities. Traffic and parking issues are to be expected. Early birds will get the best parking spaces and will be around to hear their names called.

• Stay hydrated. Stuffy auditoriums or sun-baked bleachers can quickly make for an uncomfortable setting. While you shouldn’t bring along a bag, purse or too many accessories, tuck a small water bottle under your seat to help you stay refreshed throughout the ceremony.

Focus on comfort during a graduation ceremony, as the entire experience should be one to savor and enjoy.



Signs You Have a Drinking Problem

If you are worried that you may have a drinking problem, first know
that you are not alone. Whether you are exhibiting signs of binge drinking, alcohol abuse, or alcoholism, alcohol use disorder (AUD) may be more common than you think.

Nearly one-third of American adults are considered excessive drinkers, and 10 percent of them are considered alcoholics. This means that an estimated 15 million people cope with alcoholism across the country.

If you have family members with drinking problems or know anyone who struggles with substance use of any kind, you’re at a higher risk of developing a problem with alcohol. Similarly, if you or your family have a history of mental health disorders, you’re at a higher risk of developing a drinking problem.

It’s important to understand the difference between having a drinking problem, such as being a binge drinker or alcohol abuser, and suffering from alcoholism. While they are not the same, binge drinking can lead to alcohol abuse, which can ultimately lead to alcoholism. The sooner you recognize your drinking problem and take the steps to reduce your unhealthy habits or quit alcohol altogether, the easier it will be.

What is the Difference Between a Drinking Problem & Alcoholism?

Having a drinking problem could mean that you tend to binge drink. This means that you drink enough to raise your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level to 0.08 g/dL.

Generally, it takes women and men about four to five drinks to reach a 0.08 g/dL BAC level. However, what you eat, how much you weigh, any medications you take, your overall health, your hydration level, and other factors can all impact the effects of alcohol. For example, if you haven’t eaten much on a day that you drink alcohol, your BAC level may rise quicker than if you had eaten more.

While binge drinking is certainly not safe, heavy drinking every once in a while does not necessarily mean you abus