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Arson Reported at Dicks Sporting Goods

 On July 24th, 2014, at 11:45 a.m., Dubuque Police and Fire Departments responded to Dick's Sporting Goods at Kennedy Mall (555 JFK Rd.) on a report of arson.  Prior to emergency responders' arrival the fire was extinguished and it's believed the suspect or suspects fled the immediate area.  No injuries were reported but property damage and lost revenue (due to the store being closed for approximately 2 hours) will likely exceed $3,000 as assessment continues.  A joint invest Continued...

Dubuque Police Hosting 5th Annual National Night Out

The Dubuque Police Department is joining forces with Target, the Dubuque Multicultural Family Center, Dubuque Leisure Services, area Neighborhood Associations, and numerous other crime prevention & community advocates to bring National Night Out (NNO) to our city for the 5th consecutive year. NNO is an annual, nationwide, crime prevention event that promotes police-community partnerships, safety and neighborhood unity. This is the 31st anniversary for NNO, with an estimated 37.5 million peop Continued...

Julien Dubuque Bridge Closure Begins July 21

DUBUQUE, Iowa -- The scheduled 10-day closure of the Julien Dubuque Bridge will begin at 6 a.m. on Monday, July 21. The Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) plans to reopen the bridge on Thursday, July 31.During the closure, motorists traveling to East Dubuque and Illinois will be detoured to the Dubuque-Wisconsin Bridge and will be directed to enter Illinois via Wisconsin Highway 11 and Wisconsin/Illinois Highway 35. The pedestrian/bike trail on the&nb Continued...

Neighborhood Meeting Information from July 17

Neighborhood Meeting 6:00pm Thursday July 17th at Comiskey Park The meeting started promptly at 6pm and convened at 7:15pmMany city officials were present and some area residentsSteve Fehsal the Park Division Manager opened the meeting by welcoming everyoneJacob Long was the Facilitator and starting going through the suggestions that were off of Facebook or emails received. Police SubstationMark Dalsing (Police Chief) answered this question by saying that they were looking into sev Continued...

Julien Dubuque Bridge Closure Begins July 21

DUBUQUE, Iowa -- The scheduled 10-day closure of the Julien Dubuque Bridge will begin at 6 a.m. on Monday, July 21. The Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) plans to reopen the bridge on Thursday, July 31.During the closure, motorists traveling to East Dubuque and Illinois will be detoured to the Dubuque-Wisconsin Bridge and will be directed to enter Illinois via Wisconsin Highway 11 and Wisconsin/Illinois Highway 35. The pedestrian/bike trail on the bridge will remain open.The Continued...

City and State Codes Prohibit Most Fireworks

DUBUQUE, Iowa – As the Independence Day holiday approaches, City of Dubuque officials are reminding residents that most fireworks are illegal in Iowa.The only fireworks legally allowed for use in Iowa are: sparklers on wires, flitter sparklers in paper tubes that do not exceed 1/8 of an inch in diameter, toy snakes, or caps used in cap guns. All others are not only illegal to discharge, but to possess. While these items may be purchased in other states for family enjoyment, they can presen Continued...

Weather Predictions Prompt Warning of Additional Street Flooding Potential

Dubuque, Iowa  —  Based on weather predictions of severe storms and additional heavy rains today and tonight, the City of Dubuque is warning residents to prepare for hazardous conditions this afternoon and overnight.Recent rainfall has saturated the ground in Dubuque and additional rains are likely to produce significant run-off and additional street flooding.  Residents in areas prone to street flooding are encouraged to remove vehicles from those areas before the rain begi Continued...

Sidewalk Chalk Art and Frisbee Disc Contest on Wednesday July 2nd

The Dubuque Leisure Services Department announces the following City-wide Special Events on Wednesday, July 2nd: Sidewalk Chalk Art scheduled at Allison-Henderson Park. Children ages 3 through 14, plus a family division, are invited to decorate a sidewalk square. Registration will begin at 6:00 p.m., with event following. Frisbee Disc Contest scheduled at Allison-Henderson Park. Children ages 8 and older, including families, are invited to the Frisbee Disc Golf. Registration will begin at 6:30 Continued...

The Jule Fare Increase Effective July 1st

DUBUQUE, Iowa – For the first time since 1986, passenger fares for public transit in Dubuque will increase. New rates for The Jule Public Transit go into effect July 1. As part of the city’s annual budget approval process in March, the Dubuque City Council approved an increase in The Jule’s bus fares to begin July 1, 2014. Full fare on the fixed route system will increase from $1 to $1.50. K-12 students still ride for free, but high school students must show their school ID. & Continued...

Rising River Prompts Ice Harbor Gate Closure

Dubuque, Iowa — The Mississippi River level continues to rise and the National Weather Service is predicting a crest of 17.9 feet this weekend. Flood stage is 17 feet. To prepare for these conditions, the City of Dubuque Public Works Department is implementing a number of flood control measures, including closure of the Ice Harbor flood gates. Street and Sewer Maintenance Supervisor John Klostermann said staff will close the flood gates at the Ice Harbor and Maus Lake today and start pump Continued...

Finalists Named for Dubuque Fire Chief

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Dubuque City Manager Michael Van Milligen has announced that the City of Dubuque has selected six finalists in its search for a new fire chief.  Dubuque Fire Chief E. Daniel Brown, who has served as fire chief since 1996, announced in January that he will retire in late August.The finalists for the position, in alphabetical order by last name, are:- Mark Burkle is an assistant fire chief with the City of Dubuque Fire Department, which he joined in 1989.  Burkle ha Continued...

Multi-Agency Safety and Enforcement Project Conducted June 18

On June 18th, 2014, the Dubuque Police Department, City of Dubuque Animal Control, and the Iowa State Patrol conducted a multi-agency safety and enforcement project. The enforcement effort focused on high call for service areas and included monitoring pedestrian traffic in and around parks, animal issues, and traffic violations.The project was operational from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The specific number & nature of offenses were as follows:Offense           Continued...

Heavy Rain Causes Sanitary Sewer Overflows and Bypass Pumping in Dubuque

DUBUQUE – Continuous rain over night and ground already saturated by recent rain events are the principal causes of sanitary sewer overflows that occurred early this morning on West Locust Street, Rosedale Avenue, Pulpit Rock Lane and North Booth Street. Manholes overflowed into the street at the noted locations starting around approximately 4:30 a.m. today, allowing untreated wastewater to enter into the Rosedale and West Locust Street storm sewers. A pump was used on North Booth Street Continued...

Ride Transit Week is June 15-21

DUBUQUE, Iowa – The Jule is joining the Iowa Public Transit Association, Iowa Department of Transportation, and public transit systems across Iowa in proclaiming June 15-21 as “Ride Transit Week.” This is a great time to discover new alternatives to your commute while saving time, money and fuel. With a new route structure and other improvements in 2014, The Jule has seen increasing use of public transit, with record ridership of 46,137 during the month of May. This represents Continued...

"Slamming" Incident Reported in Dubuque

On March 17th, 2014, a Dubuque couple had an individual come to their home advising he was with a security company that “bought out” the company they currently contracted with.  The individual advised they would need to make an appointment for a service technician to update their existing system.  Later the same day, a technician arrived and changed a chip in the system’s main panel and also installed a new fire sensor.  The couple thought nothing of this until t Continued...

Iowans May Fish Free June 6-8

Iowa residents may fish without a license June 6, 7 and 8 as part of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' free fishing weekend. Free Fishing Weekend is the first weekend in June each year. It allows Iowans an opportunity to try fishing without purchasing a license. All other regulations remain in place. “We are experiencing some excellent fishing across the state right now at Green Valley Lake, Little River Lake, Hawthorne Lake and our trout streams and our fisheries Continued...

Periodical Cicadas Emerging in Iowa

Periodical cicadas are emerging in the woods of Iowa after living underground as nymphs for 17 years. These red-eyed periodical cicadas occur in the southeastern half of Iowa, and in Missouri and Illinois with other broods occurring at different times throughout the country. The best place to find them is in native woodlands. They are the longest living insect in North America. Periodical cicadas do not have chewing mouth parts and will feed only on sap posing little threat to plants. They wil Continued...

CityChannel Dubuque to Air From the Archives

DUBUQUE, Iowa – 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 Continued...

May 23rd Multi-Agency Safety & Enforcement Project Results

On May 23, 2014, the Dubuque Police Department, along with the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol conducted a multi-agency safety and enforcement project that targeted high impact call areas of the City.  The project focused mainly on traffic violations and was operational from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The specific number & nature of offenses were as follows:Offense                         & Continued...

Suspicious Bag Located near Fulton School

Just before 8 am this morning a custodian located a bag with a wire sticking out of it on the playground.  To ensure the safety of students and staff, Dubuque Fire Department, Dubuque Police Department along with the Explosives K9 were dispatched to the scene and the students and staff were moved to a predesignated safe area.  The K9 did NOT detect explosives and the suitcase was ultimately found empty other than what was determined to be an audio-video cable that was originally s Continued...

City Offices Closed on Memorial Day

DUBUQUE, Iowa – City of Dubuque offices will be closed on Monday, May 26, for the Memorial Day holiday. This includes City Hall and other City department offices. There will be no refuse, yard waste or curbside recycling collections by City crews on Monday, May 26. These collections will be made instead on the preceding Saturday, May 24, and must be set out by 6 a.m. The Dubuque Metro Landfill will be closed all day on Memorial Day, May 26. The Jule, Dubuque’s public transit system Continued...

Expanded Jule Free Summer Trolley Service Starts May 23

The Jule’s free Summer Trolley service will resume on Friday, May 23, and will offer expanded service to additional attractions for residents and visitors. In past years, the Summer Trolley service was limited to the downtown and Port of Dubuque. It will now provide service to additional parks and recreation areas including: the Iowa Welcome Center and Convention & Visitors Bureau, Town Clock Plaza, Historic Main Street, Bee Branch Trailhead, Miller Riverview Park, Veteran’s Mem Continued...

District Follow-up Regarding Senior High School Incident

FROM THE DUBUQUE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT: The Dubuque Community School District has received numerous inquiries regarding Wednesday’s incident during which a student was in possession of a BB gun in a vehicle parked adjacent to Senior High School. On Wednesday morning, a parent noticed a student holding a gun (not knowing what type of gun it was) and immediately reported it to police. The Dubuque Police Department responded promptly to the vehicle and the school to address any potentia Continued...

White Street Resurfacing Project to Start Monday May 19

DUBUQUE, Iowa –The City of Dubuque will begin the first phase of the White Street resurfacing project between 11th and 21st streets on Monday, May 19, at 7 a.m. During phase one, the west lane of White Street will be closed and traffic will be merged to the east lane, and selected cross streets between Central Avenue and White Street will be closed to thru traffic. As part of this phase, E. 14th Street will be closed between Central Avenue and White Street. Eastbound traffic will be deto Continued...



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