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Mayor Buol Participating in Paris Climate Talks

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Dubuque Mayor Roy D. Buol will be in Paris Dec. 3-10 to attend the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) as well as the Climate Summit for Local Leaders.

COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, will bring nearly 200 nations together to reach an agreement on climate change. The conference is expected to attract close to 50,000 participants including 25,000 official delegates from government, intergovernmental organizations, United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations, and communities around the world.

As announced in September, Buol and St. Paul, Minn., Mayor Chris Coleman will lead a four-member delegation of mayors representing the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative (MRCTI) at the COP21 meeting.

"I am proud to participate in this historic event and represent Dubuque, our region, other Mississippi River communities, and our nation," said Buol. "The implications of climate change for our river, our nation, and our world are too significant to stand by and watch – and hope – others will be a voice. It's critical that we are a part of these international conversations."

Buol said two of the greatest threats to the world from climate change are a dramatic alteration to our food supply and the decrease of fresh water. Of the food-producing river basins around the planet, the Mississippi ranks first. He said he looks forward to meeting with representatives from food-producing river basins to assemble the beginning of what could eventually become an international river sustainability agreement among food-producing basins that works to protect both the water and food security of the world.

In addition to Buol and Coleman, the MRCTI delegation includes Mayor Dave Kleis of St. Cloud, Minn., and Mayor Larry Brown of Natchez, Miss. As an MRCTI delegate, all of Buol's travel costs are being covered by MRCTI.

The MRCTI delegation will host talks over two sessions: one to determine the challenges of implementing integrated water management and sustainable agricultural practices and the second to develop solutions on how food and drinking water security may be achieved at an international level. The results of the talks will be shared on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 10:45 a.m. CST in the United States Center in Paris which can be viewed at

While in Paris, Buol will also attend the Climate Summit for Local Leaders as part of the Compact of Mayors, a global coalition of city leaders dedicated to taking climate action. Buol will meet with other cities and mayors to demonstrate their commitment to making communities more resilient to climate change, reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and regularly reporting their progress publicly.

Hosted by Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of the City of Paris, and Michael R. Bloomberg, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change – in partnership with the global networks of cities and local governments – the Climate Summit for Local Leaders will be the largest global convening of mayors, governors, and local leaders focused on climate change.

"This event, which coincides with COP21, will help ensure that local leaders are heard, and city efforts, like ours in Dubuque, are recognized," said Buol. "As a Compact of Mayors city, our participation will be highlighted and we will share with our counterparts from around the world initiatives like Dubuque's community goal of reducing greenhouse gases 50 percent by 2030."

As one of the key initiatives launched at the UN Climate Summit in September of 2014 by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change Michael R. Bloomberg, the Compact of Mayors is the world's largest collective effort to date by cities to tackle climate change, proactively prepare for its impacts, and regularly track and report progress. The Compact was activated under the leadership of the global city networks-C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) and the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)-and with support from UN-Habitat, the UN's lead agency on urban issues. Dubuque committed to the Compact in October.

Recent research shows that if every local government in the world took action in accordance with the Compact of Mayors – particularly by targeting their building energy, transportation, and waste sectors – they could reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of cutting the world's annual coal use by more than half.


Jeramie Strickland Presents: Turtle Telemetry

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The  Dubuque County Conservation Board will sponsor Jeramie Strickland Presents: Turtle Telemetry on  Sunday, Dec. 6, starting at 1 pm at Swiss Valley Nature Center.

The State Threatened Ornate Box turtle is a beautiful reptile that is still posing many questions in regard to its nesting, population size and habitat management. Jeramie Strickland, Wildlife Biologist for the USFWS, will present his studies on the species with some great insight into the vast needs of this species.

Jeramie has been involved in the radio telemetry project on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Jeramie is committed to the pursuits of higher education, particularly coming from a background where oftentimes these educational goals were not encouraged. Jeramie grew up in one of Chicago's disadvantaged areas, "Englewood", where the negative influences of violence and criminal activities proliferated on the streets. He, however, was determined not to become yet another statistic, and with the guidance and support of his family and involvement in the community, Jeramie remained focused on his educational and professional pursuits. Currently, Jeramie is a Wildlife Biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge and is actively engaged in managing a state-threatened (Illinois) Ornate Box Turtle (Terrapene ornata) headstart, nesting biology, conservation, habitat use, and population recovery project with the FWS. Currently, Jeramie serves on several FWS teams which include: FWS Midwest Region's Diversity Recruitment Team, which covers five states (IA, IL, WI, MN, IN) in the region; FWS Area Mentoring Development Program; FWS Refuge System National Ambassador Program Charter Team; is a mentor for the Student Conservation Association's Career Discovery Internship Program; and has worked closely with the FWS National Conservation Training Center's Division of Education and Outreach. To date, Jeramie is still actively involved through partnerships with The Ecological Society of America (ESA), The Institute for Broadening Participation, andMinorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success in Earth System Science (MSPHD'S) Program by serving on advisory boards and several program committees. 

All are welcome to this free program presented by DCCB and Friends of DCCB.  

Call 563.556.6745 with any questions.


Protect your home when traveling this holiday season

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Many families travel during the holiday season, when gatherings with family and friends require individuals to pack up their vehicles and hit the open road to reconnect with loved ones. Such get-togethers are great ways to make an already festive season even more joyous, but being away for extended periods of time may leave your home vulnerable to criminals.

Alarm systems and neighborhood watch programs can provide some peace of mind to homeowners, but there are additional ways to protect your home when traveling this holiday season.

• Use timers to make it appear as though you are home. Entertainment systems and even certain home lighting products allow homeowners to make it seem as though they are home even when they aren't. Criminals are likely to be deterred from burglarizing homes that are well-lit, and noise inside the home can give burglars the impression that someone is inside. Use the timing device on your entertainment or sound system to play music at night, and make sure lights come on at the same time and stay on until the time you would ordinarily go to bed.

• Don't allow mail to stockpile in your mailbox. A telltale sign that no one is home is mail that begins to stockpile in a mailbox. A mailbox overflowing with mail indicates to burglars that you're not home and also makes you vulnerable to potential identity thieves looking to peruse your mailbox for sensitive information. Whether you suspend mail delivery while you're away or ask a neighbor to pick up your mail each day, make sure letters are not allowed to accumulate in your mailbox while you are out of town.

• Install motion detecting lights around your property. Families who routinely leave home for extended periods of time should install motion-detection devices around their properties. Such devices will immediately illuminate yards or areas around the home when movement is detected within their range. Lights flashing in the dark of night can deter burglars and may even earn homeowners discounts on their insurance policies.

• Be cautious with social media. Today's criminals are tech-savvy, and some may turn to social media to look for potential victims. When leaving home for an extended holiday vacation, do not broadcast your plans on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Though you might be tempted to post photos of you and your family hitting the ski slopes or sitting poolside with grandma and grandpa, wait until you return from your trip to share such photos.

• Hire a plowing service before leaving your home. Families who live in areas that are prone to heavy snowfall should hire a snow plow service before leaving. A driveway buried in snow for several days is another telltale sign that no one is home, so make sure you hire a plow service to remove snow from your driveway even when you are not home.

Travel is commonplace during the holiday season. Homeowners must take steps to protect their homes while they are away on vacation or visiting family and friends. 


Jule Transit Seeks Input on Future Service

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Preparing for Future Transit Routes and Services

Moving forward, and building on the Inclusive Dubuque Equity Profile, The Jule is seeking more detailed input from residents who use or consider using public transit services.

"We need to have information in hand as we go forward seeking grants and other funding sources to adjust or increase service. We get amazing detail on ridership during our current hours of service from our onboard software, but we keep hearing from the public and the Equity Profile that people want service until 9 p.m. or later," said Eudaley-Loebach. "What we need the public to tell us through this survey process is ‘where do you want to go from 6-9 p.m.? From nine to midnight? Which routes would you use?'"

Surveys are available online at and at the Intermodal Facility at 950 Elm Street and City Hall at the City Clerk's Office until Dec. 4, 2015. Staff will also reach out to service providers to gather input from their clients.

If your organization would like to host an information and input session or provide surveys to your staff or the public, please contact Transit Manager Candace Eudaley-Loebach at 563-589-4341 or email at


The Grand Opera House Presents A Charlie Brown Christmas

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The Grand Opera House will present A Charlie Brown Christmas, by Charles M Schulz and based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson, with Stage Adaptation by Eric Schaeffer, by special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson.

Performance Schedule
Friday and Saturday, Nov. 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 29 at 2:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2:00 p.m.

The familiar holiday favorite comes to life on the Grand Opera House stage. The charming show with all your favorite Peanuts characters combines delightful, innocent humor and a heartwarming message for all ages.

Prior to the show enjoy a magical performance by illusionist Craig Steven and a surprise visit by Santa Claus!

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for those younger than 18. Tickets can be purchased at the Grand Opera House box office noon-4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, by calling 563-588-1305, or by visiting


Toys For Tots Kids’ Christmas Party

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It's the biggest, craziest party of the holiday season ... it's for kids ten and under ... and it's FREE!

Toys For Tots is excited to announce the beginning of what they hope becomes a new Dubuque holiday tradition, the Toys For Tots Kids' Christmas, presented by Theisen's Home • Farm • Auto. Taking place on Sunday, Dec. 20, from noon to 3 p.m., the Five Flags Arena will transform into a yuletide display of controlled chaos, as hundreds of Tri-State youngsters converge for the biggest party around. And the best part is, it's totally FREE!

The event is hosted by Marine Corps Toys For Tots of Dubuque, 365ink Magazine and the Dubuque Police Department, as a fun, safe and festive chance for kids to play together, have a blast and go home with a few goodies along the way.

"Between 365ink and Toys For Tots, we've always been involved with St. Mark's Jingle Bell Hop and saw what a wonderful event it was," says 365ink Publisher and Toys For Tots Coordinator, Bryce Parks. "With that event no longer happening, we thought we had to do something to take up the flag and keep that youthful dose of holiday spirit alive. Continuing on an already robust holiday relationship, Theisen's was a natural partner to make it possible for area families. This event also provides a great opportunity for Toys For Tots to celebrate the end of a successful season of serving the Dubuque community. We provide over 20,000 toys to over 5000 kids each season but we never get to interact with the kids directly. This is our chance to see the smiles in person. It's also a chance to give out a few more goodies that we had left at the end of the toys season. What kid can't use one more Christmas present?"

The three-hour party is jam-packed with things to do for kids, from toddlers to age 10. It will have music and dancing with a live DJ that's great with kids. L.T. Amusements is bringing giant inflatable rides including a bounce house and a 32-foot-long slide, made possible by Paramount Ambulance, who will also have an ambulance there for kids to check out in person. Kids will also climb aboard a real fire truck and see how Dubuque heroes do their jobs when they get to talk with real firemen.

Especially exciting is the Theisen's SpongeBob Giveaway. Dubuque Police Officers will be giving out big SpongBobs to the first 750 kids from the back of the Theisen's pickup truck. These plush SpongeBobs are wearing Santa hats specially for Christmas. But that's not all, Toys For Tots will be giving away fun activity books and crayons to all the kids too. Who knows what else they might be giving away? They expect each kid to be able to go how with $20 or more worth of giveaways.

This year when you get your photo taken with Santa in his sleigh at the party, courtesy of Dubuque Photography, you'll be able to take home a printed copy of the photo with you so you'll never forget the memory ... for FREE. You can even choose to take home an 8x10 for a small fee.

The folks from St. Mark's youth Enrichment are still involved in this special party with a great selection of kids games where kids can win prizes as they play. Face-painting, balloon animals and other activities round out a huge slate of things to do for the kids.

All of that playing can make a kid need a treat, so they've got you covered with free cookies, popcorn and punch thanks to the generosity of the Diamond Jo Casino, Mindframe Theaters and Fareway Foods. Five Flags will also have their concessions open with other goodies available for purchase, and yes, Mom and Dad, they'll have the specialty coffee cart at the event so you can enjoy a gourmet cup of nerve-soother while your young ones go a little nuts around you.

An extra special salute goes out to all of the generous sponsors who have come together to make this totally free event possible. In addition to those mentioned above, they include the stations of Radio Dubuque,,, Dubuque Arts Collective, Five Flags, EZSellUSA and the Boy Scouts of America.

Put it all together and you've got a kid party to beat all kid parties ... and it's Christmas!


The 6th Annual Theisen’s Stuff the Truck

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Stuff the Truck for Toys For Tots Event Saturday, Dec. 5, and Sunday, Dec. 6, at Dubuque Theisen's Home • Farm • Auto

The 6th Annual Theisen's Stuff the Truck event to benefit Marine Corps Toys For Tots returns to Dubuque on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5 and 6. Radio Dubuque will supercast live at the Dubuque Theisen's on Dec. 5 while shoppers take advantage of their annual toy sale, 25%-40% off (or bring in a toy). Santa will be on hand from 10:30 to 1:30 and Dubuque Photography will be taking free pictures of kids with Santa in his sleigh inside the store from 11 AM to 1 PM. You'll even be able to take the photo home with you for free. Or buy an 8x10 if you want a big one! Cookies and cocoa complete a perfect trip to Theisen's (oh, and a bag of their famous free popcorn too)!

The Marines are scheduled to be there as well as will the Boy Scouts of Dubuque as Toys For Tots looks to match or beat the amazing $10,000+ in cash and toys they receive from the annual event. Stop by and say hi to Bryce and the Theisen's and Radio-Dubuque crew manning the truck outside the store (no matter the weather) all day long on Saturday. And come back Sunday when the Boy Scouts make sure your donation is appreciated too!

Every year since 1946, the Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots Programs has brought the hope and joy of the holiday season to millions of children and families across America, and Dubuque is once again proud to be a strong part of that effort.

After being recognized by Resources Unite the Tri-States adult volunteer of the year in 2014, Bryce Parks and his crew of volunteers drive the Marine Toys For Tots train full steam ahead into the 2015 holiday season. But it is up to you to make the effort a success once again. The goal is to fully support the needs of nearly 5,000 children in Dubuque County, IA, Clayton County, IA, Grant County, WI, and Jo Daviess County, IL. Keep an eye out in your favorite local retailers for official Toys For Tots donation bins.

Mark your calendar as well for the Teddy Bear Toss with Santa Claus at the Dubuque Fighting Saints game the night of the Stuff the Truck event, Dec. 5 at the Mystique Ice Arena. Bring a new teddy bear to throw onto the ice following the Saints' first goal! Game time is 7:05 vs. the Waterloo Blackhawks.

Information about the Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots Charity as well as online donations can be made at All donations stay local and cash donations are tax deductible. Locally, Toys For Tots serves children and families through the many agencies that serve those families year round including the Salvation Army, the Dept. of Human Services, Project Concert, Operation New View, Veterans Affairs, the Grand County Holiday Project and more, but does not serve families directly.


Super Hits 106 Flips To All Christmas Music Thanksgiving Day

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The Tri-State Tradition Continues In 2015

Super Hits 106 (106.1 KIYX-FM) will again be switching formats for the holiday season. Starting on Thanksgiving (Nov. 27) and running through Christmas Day, the station's format will change to 24-hour Christmas music.

This year, highlights include a weekend show hosted by Jim Brinkman, features and interviews that highlight classic songs, the airing of Christmas Tea voiced by Pat Flemming, and Mannheim Steamroller's "An American Christmas" on Christmas Day.

Listeners can also look forward to a number of giveaways. There will be multiple daily chances to win tickets for area holiday entertainment. The Super Hits 106 Winning Trees will also be out, giving people the chance to sign up to win cash. More information will be made available on

On December 26 the station will return to its regular Classic Hits format.


Gobble up turkey nutrition facts

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Turkeys are seemingly everywhere come November, whether it's at your favorite grocery store, on television cooking shows and possibly hanging out in the wild of a nearby nature preserve. Turkeys are the main course for many holiday dinners, and turkey leftovers also make for popular meals once holidays have come and gone. Although turkeys earn most of their attention during the holiday season, their health benefits can be enjoyed throughout the year.

Turkey contains roughly 34 calories and 1 gram of fat per ounce (33 grams) of meat. It is low in saturated fat and is a good source of protein. In fact, just one 3 to 4 ounce serving of turkey provides 65 percent of a person's recommended daily intake of protein. Protein helps fuel the body and can help a person feel full longer.

People who are customizing their diets to protect against cancer may want to include turkey on the menu. Turkey contains selenium, which can promote healthy function of the thyroid and boost the immune system. Selenium also helps to eliminate free radicals in the body through its antioxidant power.

Those who need to increase their B vitamin intake also can turn to turkey. According to Livestrong, a serving of turkey has 36 percent of the daily allowance of vitamin B3, which helps process fats in the body. It also contains 27 percent of the RDA for vitamin B6, which helps maintain steady blood sugar levels, among other things. In addition to these vitamins, turkey also is rich in many minerals, including iron, phosphorous, potassium, and zinc.

While turkey is healthy, the way it is prepared can affect just how beneficial it is to one's diet. For example, slathering the meat with butter or dousing it in rich gravies may negate some of turkey's positive attributes. One of the most popular ways to cook turkey is to roast it. Let fresh herbs and a citrus juice marinade add the desired flavor. Place the turkey on a roasting rack so that any fat will drain to the bottom of the pan. Baste the turkey with fresh marinade to keep it moist.

It's best to cook any stuffing outside of the turkey so there is no potential for contamination by bacteria. Make stuffing healthier by using whole-grain rice, vegetables, dried fruits, and nuts in lieu of a heavy bread base.

Leftover roasted turkey can be ground and used to make tacos and burgers or chopped and turned into turkey salad. The possibilities for leftover turkey are endless, especially for cooks willing to try their hands at something new.


Ways to lend a helping hand to seniors

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Men and women looking to give back to their communities can do so in various ways. Some might coach youth sports teams, while others might organize food and clothing drives for the less fortunate.

Giving back to seniors in your town or city is another way to strengthen your community. Many seniors maintain their independence long past retirement age, but some may need a helping hand as they get older. The following are a handful of ways you can improve the quality of life of seniors in your community.

• Deliver meals. Seniors who are confined to their homes typically need to have their meals delivered to them. Men and women looking to help seniors can volunteer to work with their local Meals on Wheels program. Meals on Wheels boasts a national network of more than 5,000 independently run programs, and these programs rely on more than two million volunteers to deliver nutritious meals to seniors with limited mobility. The need for volunteers to help seniors figures to grow in the coming decades, as Meals on Wheels America notes that the percentage of the population that qualifies as seniors will grow from 18 percent in 2010 to 26 percent by 2050.

• Help around the house. The work required to maintain a home is considerable no matter a person's age, but that task is even more difficult for seniors. Even the healthiest seniors may not have the mobility or physical strength required to keep up with household chores. Offering to help a senior maintain his or her home is a great way to improve their quality of life. Visit an elderly relative or neighbor and offer to mow their lawn, take out their garbage or perform another task they might find challenging. Performing a few chores around a senior's house won't take long, but such gestures can have a big impact on seniors' lives.

• Invite seniors over for dinner. Many seniors suffer from feelings of isolation, which can contribute to depression. Families are now more geographically diverse, and a senior's children and grandchildren may not live nearby. In such cases, it's easy for seniors to grow lonely and feel isolated from their communities. Inviting seniors over for a weekly dinner or to backyard social gatherings can help them maintain a connection to their communities and reduce their feelings of isolation. Extending such invitations also provides a great way for parents to instill in their children a respect for and appreciation of the elderly.

• Arrange transportation for seniors who no longer drive. Many seniors stop driving when they realize their skills behind the wheel have diminished. But even though they may relinquish their drivers' licenses, seniors still need to keep their doctor's appointments and get out of the house. Speak with your neighbors who also want to help seniors to arrange transportation for those who can no longer get themselves around town. Explain to seniors' physicians when you or your neighbors are most available to get seniors to their appointments. In addition, offer to drive seniors to the grocery store when making your own shopping trips. 

Many seniors made valuable contributions to the communities they call home. And those communities can give back by helping seniors overcome the demands of aging.


The benefits to buying local this holiday season

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Holiday shopping dominates many people's free time between the day after Thanksgiving and the final days before Christmas. While many people may shop ‘til they drop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, those days still account for a relatively small amount of the hundreds of billions of dollars that are spent each holiday season.

Shoppers now have a bevy of options at their disposal as they embark on holiday shopping season. Traditional in-store retailers are still around, and online shopping continues to grow in popularity with each holiday season. But many holiday shoppers are looking to buy local this holiday season, and such a decision can pay a host of dividends for both shoppers and the communities they call home.

• Buying local benefits your local economy. Studies from Civic Economics, an economics and strategics planning firm, found that independent, locally-owned retailers return a far greater percentage of their revenue into their local economies than national chain stores. One such study examined the disparity between revenue recirculation among independent, locally-owned businesses in Raleigh, North Carolina, versus four major national chains in the city. The former recirculated 51.1 percent of revenue into the local economy, while the latter recirculated less than 14 percent. Similar results were discovered in many cities, indicating that buying local not only benefits local business owners, but also the communities those owners and their customers call home.

• Buying local creates jobs in your community. One of the biggest ways local business owners in Raleigh recirculated their revenue in the local economy was job creation. While national chains also create jobs, such jobs only benefit your community if the chains are located within your community. If your local mall is a considerable drive away, chances are the chains within that mall are not employing many of your fellow community members. Local businesses in your community are more likely to employ residents of your town.

• Shopping local may provide access to more unique gifts. In addition to the economic benefits of buying local, shoppers may find merchandise made by local craftsmen is more unique than mass-produced items found on the shelves of national retailers. Recipients may cherish more unique items that they cannot find on their own, and that appreciation may even spur them to visit more local retailers after the holiday season has come and gone, benefiting their own communities in so doing.

• Local business may provide a more personal touch. Buying from national chains has its advantages, but customer service is not always one of them. Should your loved ones encounter problems with their gift that requires assistance, they might be forced to wait on the phone for extended periods of time as they and thousands of others wait for customer service representatives to answer their calls. Local businesses do not deal with nearly the volume of customers as national retailers and, therefore, are capable of addressing concerns more quickly and personally than large chains.

Buying local not only benefits small business owners, but it also pays dividends for their customers and the communities they call home.


'Holiday Tags' Available for Solid Waste Collection Customers

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The City of Dubuque is continuing its annual distribution of a complimentary "holiday tag" for extra garbage to its solid waste collection customers. The tags will be available until Monday, Jan. 4, 2016.

Customers requesting a holiday tag will need to present the original top portion of one of their Nov. 13 - Dec. 11, 2015 utility bills, which have holiday tag information printed on them. Renters in housing units where the owner pays the City utility bill will need to request a holiday tag from the owner or property manager. E-bill customers requesting a holiday tag do not need to print their bill; however, verification of e-bill status will be confirmed by City staff at the time of request.

Customers may pick up their holiday tag during normal business hours at the following locations:

• Municipal Services Center, 925 Kerper Ct.

• Utility Billing office, first floor of City Hall at 13th & Central

• Housing and Community Development office, third floor of the Historic Federal Building, 350 W. Sixth St.

• Leisure Services Department office, 2200 Bunker Hill Rd.

The holiday tags may be used for refuse on any collection day in the future. For additional information, please contact the Utility Billing Department at (563) 589-4144.


Dubuque Museum of Art Presents Two Free Family Programs around Holidays

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Benton, Wisconsin-based Fever River Puppeteers to Perform "Scribble" as part of Museum Family Matinee Series

The Dubuque Museum of Art will offer two family-friendly programs around the holidays related to regional artists and the current exhibitions on view.

On Saturday, Nov. 21, at 1 p.m. the Museum's Family Matinee series will feature The Fever River Puppeteers in Scribble, an original hand, rod and shadow puppet show. Scribble tells the story of a magical mouse who whisks away four school friends to an enchanted land where they become the characters in the stories they are writing.

The Fever River Puppeteers was formed in 1993 by Chuck and Sandye Voight. They perform marionette and other puppet shows seasonally from their headquarters in the Hazel Green Opera House in Benton, Wis. The Voights are members of the Wisconsin Puppetry Guild and the Puppeteers of America.

Now entering its 13th year, the Museum Family Matinees are a series of free and interactive performing arts programs accessible to family audiences and thoughtfully chosen to demonstrate a diverse and integrated view of the arts. The Museum Family Matinee series is sponsored by Mediacom in 2015-16.

In addition, the Dubuque Museum of Art will offer a free Community Day on Sunday, Dec. 6, from 1:30 to 4 pm. Adults and children of all ages are invited to participate in an ornament making class, inspired by the current exhibition Janet Ruttenberg: Figure in the Landscape and Kathy Ruttenberg: Landscape in the Figure. Afterwards, attendees will trim a Museum tree and enjoy cookies, cider, and holiday entertainment.

All programs are free and open to the public. For more information about these programs, visit or contact the Museum at (563) 557-1851.

The Museum is located across from Washington Park in historic downtown Dubuque at 7th and Locust Streets. Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Saturday & Sunday 1:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M. Daily Admission: $6 Adults, $5 Seniors, $3 College/University Students, free for kids every day, and free to all on Thursdays thanks to Prudential Financial. Website:


Monarchs in Mexico

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The Dubuque Audubon Society will present Monarchs in Mexico Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7:00 pm at EB Lyons Interpretive Center. Any and all ages are welcome to attend this free program.

You saw them in your yards and natural areas in September. Now, take an arm-chair tour of the monarch butterflies' wintering site in the Trans-volcanic region of Mexico. In addition to the astonishing spectacle of overwintering monarch colonies near the villages of Chincua and LaSalud, you will visually visit historic sites including the Tzintzuntzan Pyramid and Paracutin Volcano. Contemporary sites such as a village market and a hacienda with the mission to reforest mountainsides in the overwintering area were also part of the tour. There have been political, economic, and public safety changes in Mexico since I participated in this 2009 visit to Michoacan, Mexico. We will briefly discuss how these changes have impacted the monarch sites.

The program is presented by Ann Burns, who recently retired as the environmental education coordinator for Jackson County Conservation. She continues to be involved with education and natural resources as a substitute teacher and a volunteer surveyor/monitor of frogs and toads, wintering bald eagles, bald eagle nests, sandhill cranes, bats, Prairie Creek water quality, and native plant populations - and of course, a monarch tagger!

Call 563.556.6745 with any questions.


2016 Winter Iowa Games Registration Officially Opens

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AMES, Iowa - Registration officially opened for the 24th annual Winter Iowa Games on Monday, Nov. 2. The majority of sports and events will take place Jan. 30-31 in Dubuque and Feb. 13-14 in Cedar Rapids. The Games offer events for individuals of all ages and abilities.

The 2016 Winter Iowa Games will hold competitions in 25 sports. 

Dubuque will host alpine ski racing, youth basketball, cross country skiing, a fitness walk, youth ice hockey, indoor soccer, martial arts, pickleball, 5K road race, swimming, table tennis, youth volleyball, and Zumba® on Jan. 30-31.

Cedar Rapids will host adult basketball, wheelchair basketball, dodgeball, figure skating, a fitness walk, adult ice hockey and adult volleyball on Febr. 13-14.

"We are excited to offer 25 sports this year as the Winter Iowa Games continue to grow," commented Chuck Long, CEO/Executive Director. "We are fortunate to have great support from the city of Dubuque and other communities around the state."

Several other sports will be held throughout January and February in locations across the state, which include: archery NASP, Jan. 16 (Johnston); curling, Feb. 6-7 (Cedar Rapids); fat bike race, Jan. 30 (Waterloo); fitness walk, Feb. 13 (Des Moines); gladiator games, Feb. 13 (Fort Dodge); horseshoes, Feb. 6 (Eldora); indoor paddling, Feb. (Charles City); snowshoeing, Jan. 30 (Cedar Falls) and trapshooting, Jan. 30 (Ackley, Ankeny, DeWitt, Harlan) and Jan. 31 (Peosta). Indoor triathlon and wrestling may be added to the schedule in the coming weeks.

In addition to the Winter Iowa Games, Summer Iowa Games bowling begins with center roll-offs at local bowling venues January-March.

Over the course of five weekends, the Winter Iowa Games will hold competitions in 15 different communities with over 4,000 athletes.

To learn more about the Winter Iowa Games and to register, visit


AAF Dubuque Accepting Applications For 2016 Marketing Service Project

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Each year, the public service committee of the American Advertising Federation of Dubuque (AAF Dubuque) selects one local non-profit organization who will receive assistance from AAF Dubuque in the development of advertising and/or marketing materials at no cost. Examples of services donated by the public service committee include logo development, design of print pieces and advertising, media planning, and copywriting.

Non-profit organizations interested in applying for this free service must submit an official application form, available at To request a paper application or receive more information, contact AAF Dubuque board member Kristin Hill at (563) 590.4728 or at Applications are due Friday, December 4, 2015.

To be considered, non-profit organizations must have funds available to cover the cost of completing the campaign, such as printing and production expenses, and costs related to scheduling advertising. The time and talents of the public service committee is donated.

Previously, the committee has worked with organizations including: Dubuque County Early Childhood, Project Concern, Mt. Pleasant Home, Bank on Dubuque, Multicultural Family Center, Maria House, Stonehill Adult Day Care, the Make-a-Wish Committee, Four Mounds, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Dubuque, Hospice of Dubuque, Dubuque County Conservation Board, Dubuque County Empowerment, Crescent Community Health Center, and St. Mark Youth Enrichment.


Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Returns to Mississippi Moon Bar on Jan. 15

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The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra will return to the Mississippi Moon Bar on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, for the 4th Annual Ultimate Rock Hits concert.

The concert features chart toppers from the 1970s-1990s, including songs from artists like Aerosmith, Van Halen, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and more. Members from local bands Menace, Johnny Trash, Joie Wails, Half Fast, The Lonely Goats and more will join the DSO for a rocking good time.

The show starts at 8 p.m. with ticket prices starting at $25. Tickets go on sale Saturday, Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. at; the Diamond Jo Casino's Diamond Club, Mississippi Moon Bar Box Office or by calling 563-690-4800. Visit to view all upcoming concerts, comedy, Club 84 and other special events at Mississippi Moon Bar. Mississippi Moon Bar is age restricted; attendees must be 21 years or older.


CityChannel Dubuque to Air ‘From the Archives’

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The City of Dubuque Cable TV Division is tapping into its media vault to unveil a new showcase on CityChannel Dubuque titled "From the Archives." This new showcase features old programs and video footage recorded by Cable TV personnel since the mid-1980s and often shows a Dubuque that looks much different than the city we know today.

"From the Archives" programs include the placing of the bell tower on City Hall in 1990, an interview with noted Iowa artist and one-time Dubuque resident Francesco Licciardi in 1989, architect Alfred Caldwell's 1991 return to Eagle Point Park to see the buildings he built there in the 1930s, music from the Iowa Sesquicentennial celebration in Eagle Point Park in 1996, and footage from the Grand Excursion in 2004.

"From the Archives" presents one program per week airing at four different times on CityChannel Dubuque: Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and 9:30 p.m., Fridays at 2 a.m., and Sundays at 5 p.m. Following each airing will be a promotional announcement for the next week's program. "From the Archives" will premiere on Tuesday, June 10, at 9 a.m. with the 1988 Field of Dreams press conference at Carnegie-Stout Public Library featuring stars James Earl Jones and Kevin Costner.

For the past six years, Cable TV Coordinator Craig Nowack and Video Producer Erich Moeller have been gradually digitizing old videotapes stored in the basement of City Hall Annex. "‘From the Archives' is a fun way to look back at some of Dubuque's recent history, and a great way to see what Dubuque used to look like," said Nowack.

CityChannel Dubuque is the City's government access cable channel found on channel 8 or digital 85.2 on Mediacom's cable system in Dubuque.

The channel is also streamed live on the City's website at

Viewers can access the channel's program guide at

"From the Archives" programs will eventually be available for on-demand playback on the City's website.