Iowa Senate Passes Bill that Would Extend the Time Students are on Buses

The Iowa Senate has approved a bill that would extend the time students are on buses each day. That bill would allow a school board to extend the one-way riding time for an elementary student from the current 60 minutes up to 75 minutes. It would also let individual school boards extend the one-way time aboard a bus for elementary or high school students beyond 75 minutes if the board holds two public hearings and notifies all involved. The bill was approved on a 30-18 vote. Sen. Ken Rozenboom, R-Oskaloosa, the bill's floor manager, said it will put control back in the hands of local school districts, giving them flexibility in balancing budgets and making judgment calls for students. The measure now heads to the Iowa House.

Traffic Stops

A Cascade man faces multiple charges following a traffic stop in Dyersville last week. 29-year-old Danny Mitchell was pulled over late Thursday night. Police say they smelled marijuana, and Mitchell said he had smoked drug earlier that day. Mitchell, who also had meth, acknowledged he had been smoking marijuana just before he was stopped. His 9-month-old child was in the vehicle, but was not properly secured. Mitchell was charged with possession of a controlled substance, OWI, child endangerment, driving under suspension, operation without registration, failure to provide proof of insurance and failure to use a child-restraint device.

A Manchester resident faces drug and other charges after a weekend traffic stop in Dyersville. 19-year-old Kortney Wood was pulled over at 332nd Avenue and Highway 20 at 2:18 a.m. on Saturday. She is charged with OWI 1st offense, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding and failure to obey a stop sign.

One Killed in Crash Near Edgewood

One person was killed in a crash near Edgewood late Friday night. It happened at the intersection of Littleport Road and East Mission Road. According to the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, 20-year old Kory Doeppke of Elkader was westbound on 390th Street when he failed to obey a stop sign. His car was struck by a northbound pickup truck driven by 31-year old Sean Chopard of Edgewood. 16-year old Brady Edwards of Greeley was ejected from Doeppke’s car. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Another passenger in the car, 16-year old Izaiah Drinkwater of Manchester was also ejected . He and Doeppke were taken to Regional Medical Center in Manchester and then transferred to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics with critical injuries. A third passenger, 15-year old Tori Bolsinger of Edgewood, had minor injuries, while Chopard was not hurt.

Two Injured in Semi vs. Car Crash on Highway 20

On 02-16-18 at approximately 0739 hours, the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office, Epworth Police Department, Dyersville Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, Dyersville Fire Department, and Bi-County Ambulance responded to Hwy 20 at Wuchter Rd for a report of a semi versus car accident. The investigation showed Quinton Gaul (17 yoa) of Dyersville was crossing Hwy 20 at Wuchter Rd when he was struck by a semi being operated by Todd Capesius (30 yoa) of Bernard. The collision severely damaged both vehicles and caused the semi to overturn, blocking the highway, and spill it’s load of shelled corn onto the roadway. Traffic was re-routed onto Olde Hawkeye Rd and through Dyersville for approximately 2 hours. Hwy 20 is now fully opened. Gaul and Capesius were both transported to local hospitals for non-life threatening injuries. Total damage estimated at $70,000. Gaul was cited for Failure to Yield Upon Entering a Through Highway.

Authorities Respond for Reported Bomb Threat at Anamosa High School

The Anamosa Police Department responded to the Anamosa High School on Thursday, February 15 for a reported bomb threat. Anamosa high school staff had received info about a possible bomb in the school. Students and Staff were evacuated and authorities began an investigation. Bomb technicians as well as bomb sniffing K9 from the Marion Police Department conducted a search of the building. No evidence of an explosive device was located as a result of the search. Students returned to classes following the search. This incident will be an ongoing investigation. Authorities believe this to be an isolated incident with no further danger to students or staff.

Western Dubuque School District Seeks Input on Proposed 2018-19 Calendar

The Western Dubuque School District is looking for input on the school calendar for the 2018-2019 school year. Officials have put two different drafts of the calendar on the district website at Draft 1 is a calendar similar to the current school year. Draft 2 has students attending school on Monday and Tuesday during the week of Thanksgiving. If you would like to provide any input on either of these potential school calendars, please email your comments to: Please submit comments by Monday, February 26th.

New Trial Set

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A new trial date has been set for a Dubuque man accused of killing a woman who police say he met just hours earlier. Court records say Michael Piantieri had pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder and his trial was scheduled to begin next Tuesday. The records say the new starting date is Aug. 7. Police say he killed 42-year-old Beverly Puccio, who was found dead inside her home on Dec. 3. The court records say surveillance video showed Puccio and Piantieri at a bar Dec. 2 and that they left about 8 p.m. in a cab that took them to her home.

Congrats to Lynn Steger, our first of three winners in the KDST Cupid Crashers today!

Congrats to our second Cupid Crasher winner, Caitlyn Deutmeyer, a Pre K teacher at Farley Elementary!

Our third Cupid Crashers winner is Angie Borgerding, who works at Tri Vet Associates in Holy Cross!

Fugitive Who was Arrested in Dyersville Sentenced to Federal Prison

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A man sought by the U.S. Army and others for years has been sentenced in an Iowa federal courtroom to three years in prison. Federal prosecutors say 57-year-old Daryl Grigsby, of Dyersville, was sentenced Tuesday in Cedar Rapids after pleading guilty last September to aggravated identity theft and misuse of a Social Security number. Officials say Grigsby was convicted of assault while serving in the Army in the 1980s. Following his conviction and while pending other criminal charges, Grigsby ran from the Army. He was later convicted of bank robbery in Oregon in the 1990s while using the name "Aaron Davis," and fled federal supervised release in 2001. Grigsby later began using the identity and Social Security number of another person until his arrest in Dyersville last year.

Delaware County Father and Son Sentenced in Insurance Fraud Case

Richard H. Hartman, age 69, of Manchester and Tobin L. Hartman, age 44, of Ryan have been sentenced to two years of supervised probation after pleading guilty in Delaware County District Court recently to the charge of Fraudulent Practices in the Third Degree, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.

Both were originally charged in connection with an insurance fraud investigation conducted by the Iowa Insurance Division’s Fraud Bureau and the Delaware County Attorney’s Office.

The investigation concluded that Richard Hartman filed a fraudulent insurance claim with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company seeking insurance proceeds to cover damages he falsely reported to have been caused when he struck his son Tobin’s cattle barn with a skid loader, causing the building to collapse. Tobin Hartman, provided false statements to the insurance company supporting his father’s version of the events.

The estimated cost to replace the damaged building exceeded $240,000.00 which the Hartman’s were ultimately unsuccessful in obtaining.


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High School Basketball Update

Two boys basketball district finals will be played tonight after being postponed from Tuesday. We will have the Beckman vs. Waukon game at Western Dubuque with the pre-game show beginning around 6:45. The winner will play Cascade or Regina in Saturday's sub-state game at Manchester. The Cougars vs. Regals game will be played at Maquoketa tonight.

In Class 1A tournament action Tuesday night, Ed-Co defeated Central Elkader 61-47. The Vikings play Wapsie Valley at Oelwein tomorrow night, and the winner advances to Saturday's sub-state at Indpendence to play Dunkerton or Tripoli.

In girls basketball, a pair of 2A regional finals will be played tonight after being postponed on Monday. Western Christian plays North Union while IKM-Manning plays West Sioux. The 2A state bracket will be set once those games are completed, so Cascade will find out later tonight who and when they play at state next week. There were also postponements in Classes 1A, 4A and 5A, with those games being played tonight. Teams that did qualify for state in 4A include Marion and Center Point-Urbana.

Cascade Girls Advance to State for 5th Time in 6 Seasons, Beckman Boys Hoops Tuesday Night on KDST

The Cascade girls basketball team has advanced to state for the fifth time in six seasons. The Cougars beat conference foe Bellevue 50-41 in Monday's regional final. Cascade lead 16-8 after the first, but Bellevue won the second quarter 19-10 to lead by one at the half. The game was tied at 38 going into the fourth before the Cougars pulled away for the victory. Anne Ryan lead Cascade with 14 points, Nicole McDermott had 13, Abbie Ruggeberg 9, Rachel Trumm scored 8 and Jordan Simon added 6 points. The Cougars, who improved to 22-3, will play in the state quarterfinals either next Tuesday or Wednesday. Two of the class 2A regional finals were postponed to Wednesday, so pairings will be determined until after those game are played. In other regional finals Monday night, #9 Dike-New Hartford upset #1 North Linn 64-53, #8 Grundy Center beat #13 Pekin 44-36, #7 Regina defeated Danville 55-43, #3 Panorama edged #15 Des Moines Christian 36-33, and #2 Treynor hammered Mount Ayr 76-42. The Wednesday night games will be #4 Western Christian vs. #10 North Union and #11 West Sioux vs. #14 IKM-Manning.

In boys playoff basketball Monday night, Waterloo East defeated Western Dubuque 53-40 and West Delaware beat Anamosa 61-31. Playoff action continues tonight on KDST as the Beckman boys play Waukon in a 2A district final at Western Dubuque. Coverage will begin around 6:45. The winner will play Cascade or Regina in Saturday's sub-state game at Manchester. We will have updates on the Cougars vs. Regals game being played at Maquoketa.

2018 Area State Wrestling Medal Winners

Class 2A
2A-160 Luke Hageman placed 2nd.
2A-182 Owen Grover placed 6th

2A-113 Kain Lunsman placed 4th
2A-132 Chase Lunsman placed 4th
2A-220 Lake Stahlberg placed 8th

2A-126 Morgan Rowley placed 8th

West Delaware
2A-152 Mitchel Mangold placed 5th
2A-170 Jack Neuhaus placed 7th

Class 3A

Western Dubuque

3A-152 Ryker Kurimski placed 7th

3A-182 Devin Ludwig placed 7th

Class 1A Cascade

1A-126 Nolan Noonan – Placed 6th

High School Basketball Update

The high school basketball postseason continues this week. Tonight we have a girls 2A Regional Final as the Cascade Cougars face Bellevue at Dubuque Senior. The pre-game show will begin around 6:45, with tip-off at 7. In boys basketball playoff games, the Western Dubuque boys host Waterloo East and West Delaware is hosting Anamosa. Tuesday night our boys coverage resumes as Beckman faces Waukon in a 2A district final at Western Dubuque beginning at 7 pm. The winner of that game will face Cascade or Regina in the sub-state final on Saturday. The Cougars and Regals district final game is at Maquoketa tomorrow night. Next Tuesday will be begin state tournament coverage as the Monticello girls play Clear Lake in the class 3A quarterfinals at 3:15 p.m.

Beckman, Cascade Boys Advance in Basketball Playoffs

The Cascade and Beckman boys basketball teams won their respective district semi-final games Thursday night. The Cougars had four players score in double-figures as they defeated West Branch 61-51. Brock Simon lead the way with 13. In the other game at Cascade, Regina jumped out to a 19-3 first quarter lead and shot 60 percent as they beat Monticello 70-35. The Regals and Cougars meet in the District Final at Maquoketa Tuesday night. In other district action, Beckman defeated Oelwein 81-62. The Blazers will now face Waukon in the District Final at Western Dubuque Tuesday night. The Indians held on to defeat Jesup 59-56. The winners of the Cascade/Regina and Beckman/Waukon games will meet in the Sub-State game next Saturday at West Delaware. Tonight we have girls tournament action as the Cascade Cougars host MFL MarMac in a 2A regional semi-final. The pre-game show will begin around 6:45, with the game beginning at 7. Saturday night we have a 3A Regional Final as Monticello faces Osage at Independence. We will also have updates on the Western Dubuque @ Cedar Rapids Xavier and Anamosa vs. Crestwood tournament games tomorrow night.

Cascade Girls Advance in Tournament, Maquoketa Valley Falls to SF, Geraghty Gets Win #500

The Cascade girls basketball team has advanced to the regional semi-final round. Abbie Ruggeberg lead all scorers with 22 as the Cougars defeated East Buchanan 67-45 Tuesday night. Anne Ryan added 17 for Cascade, which will host MFL MarMac Friday night. The Bulldogs defeated South Winn 62-39 last night. You can hear Friday's game on KDST. On the other side of the 2A Region 4 bracket, Sumner-Fredericksburg edged Maquoketa Valley 62-60 in Delhi, while Bellevue defeated North Cedar 58-49. That regional semi-final will be played at Beckman on Friday. The winners advance to the regional final Monday night at Dubuque Senior. Tonight we have class 4A action as Western Dubuque hosts Clinton at 7. The winner will play at Cedar Rapids Xavier Saturday night. In Class 3A tonight Monticello hosts Vinton-Shellsburg while Anamosa plays host to Mount Vernon. Thursday night it's back to boys hoops with a double-header at Cascade. Monticello plays Regina at 6:30, followed by the Cougars against West Branch. You can listen to both games on KDST.

In regular season action Tuesday night the Western Dubuque boys defeated Maquoketa 58-51, giving Coach Dennis Geraghty his 500th career victory. Geraghty thought he had reached that milestone earlier this season, but after reviewing his records, found an error that had left him seven wins shy of 500. The Bobcats are back in action Monday hosting Waterloo East in the first round of the playoffs.

Iowa State Wrestling Tournament Opens Today with Team Duals

The state wrestling tournament begins today with team duals. West Delaware faces Assumption in the 2A quarterfinals at 11 this morning. The Hawks will wrestle again at 1 and then at 4:30 or 6:30. The individual tournament starts tomorrow.






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