Dubuque Man Pleads Guilty in Heroin Death
A 50-year-old Dubuque man has pleaded guilty to selling heroin to
someone who died from the drug. The U.S. Attorney's Office says Alvin
Briggs, Junior was convicted after admitting Thursday that he sold $100
worth of heroin in July 2012 to an individual who died from an
overdose. Brigss faces a minimum of 20 years in prison, with a possible
maximum sentence of life in prison. A sentencing date has not been set.
Dyersville Council News
The Dyersville City Council met Monday. The council approved a
resolution adopting the plans and estimate of cost for the 12th Avenue
SE street project, and approved a resolution endorsing the expansion of
Heritage Trail from the trail head at Beltline Road to 2nd Avenue SE.
In other business they approved the salaries for appointed officers and
employees of the city, an approved an ordinance providing for
designation of duties, compensation and terms of employement for the
Governor Says Iowa School Start Rules are Too Lax
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says the rules for school
start dates in Iowa are "too lax." Branstad told reporters Monday that
the existing policy hurts tourism in the state and that he expects to
see some changes made by the Department of Education. Under current
Iowa law, schools are supposed to start the week that includes Sept. 1.
But nearly all districts apply for and get waivers to start earlier in
August. A group led by State Fair Manager Gary Slater has filed a
petition with the state Department of Education seeking tougher
enforcement of the law.
Department of Education Director Jason Glass says the department is reviewing the petition, but no final decision has been made.
Dardis, Inc. to Open Professional Apparel Distribution Center in Dyersville
Dardis, Inc., plans to break ground this summer on a 25,000-square-foot distribution center in Dyersville’s Industrial Park.
The distribution center will ship and store apparel for Dardis
Clothiers, a component of Dardis, Inc.’s growing business and
comprehensive approach to developing its clients’ professional image.
The company expects the facility to be completed by Sept. 1.
Dardis, Inc. has two main divisions: Dardis Communications, which
offers executive training and skill-building for business
professionals, and the Dardis Academy, a business training program for
high school and college students was Founded by Farley-native Greg
Dardis Communications has offices in Chicago, Des Moines and
Coralville. Greg Dardis say he is pleased to be locating the Dardis
Clothiers’ distribution center near his hometown.
Dardis says they looked at a number of possible locations, and
Dyersville came out on top. He says he was impressed with the
Dyersville Economic Development Corporation and their dedication to
helping businesses thrive.
Former Baseball Players to Visit 'Field of Dreams'
DYERSVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Several former major league baseball players
are scheduled to participate in a game this fall at the "Field of
Dreams" movie site in eastern Iowa. More than a dozen former players
are scheduled to participate in the September 14 event. They include
Hall of Fame players Johnny Bench, Wade Boggs, Rod Carew, and Carlton
Fisk. Organizers of the event are calling it the "Team of Dreams."
Proceeds from the game will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
State Plans Repairs to Dubuque Bridge Next Spring
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Iowa transportation officials plan to close or
limit traffic on Julien Dubuque Bridge while crews make repairs to the
Transportation department planner Sam Shea says workers must replace
deck joints on the bridge before they fall into poor condition.
The agency will hold a public meeting Thursday where people can respond to the closure options.
One would close the bridge for 10 working days while repairs are made.
Another would close the bridge for six to eight weekends. Crews also
could limit traffic to one lane for 10 to 12 weeks.
Workers also will make other fixes, such as repairing concrete.
The work will be done next spring at a cost of $780,000.
John Deere Plant in Dubuque Lays off 65 Employees
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The John Deere plan in Dubuque has laid off 65
employees in its manufacturing section. The employees at John Deere
Dubuque Works were notified Thursday. The layoffs are effective June
John Deere spokesman Ken Golden says despite recent strong earnings,
the decision is based on sales and demand in its construction and
forestry division. Golden says the layoffs were according to seniority.
Employees will receive compensation through the union and unemployment
Work Continues on New Delaware County Fairgrounds Show Ring
Workers are making good progress on the new Delaware County Fairgrounds
show ring. Fair Manager Jeannie Domeyer says the shell of the building
is almost complete, and contractors are working on electricity and
other inside projects. Domeyer says donations are still needed to reach
the final fundraising goal. If you are interested in making a tax
deductible contribution, contact the fair office.
CenturyLink to Improve Internet in Dubuque Area
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A communications company has announced a $2.3
million investment into bringing more reliable Internet and data
service to the Dubuque area.
CenturyLink announced Wednesday a project that will create a second
fiber optic line that's nearly 70 miles. The project is part of an
effort to prevent major outages in the area. The company made the
investment without public assistance and without a rate increase to its
customers. CenturyLink officials say the move was prompted by a June
2012 incident involving an excavator accidentally severing the first
fiber optic line. Residents and businesses, including emergency
responders, had no phone service or Internet for hours.
Dyersville Council Sets Public Hearing, Meeting Dates
The Dyersville City Council met Monday. They set a public hearing for
June 17 on the plans for the construction of the 12th Ave Southeast
project. They also set a public meeting for June 10 at 6 pm to dicuss a
grant application for a concrete trail from Heritage Trail to
Commericial Club Park and then to Candy Candy Cane Park. They will also
hold a meeting June 26 to discuss the proposed Highway 20 interchange.
Both of those meeting will be held at the Social Center.
Farmers Struggle to Finish Planting Corn, Soybeans
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Wet fields from too much rain continues to
delay corn and soybean planting in Iowa reaching the point where
farmers are likely to see at least some reduction in this fall's
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Iowa farmers planted only an
additional 3 percent of the crop last week. Corn is 88 percent planted,
behind the five-year average of 99 percent. Seventy-three percent of
corn plants have emerged from the ground. Normal is about 91 percent.
Iowa soybean farmers have just 44 percent planted, trailing the five-year average of 91 percent.
Nationally, just 57 percent of soybeans are in the ground, significantly behind the five-year average of 74 percent.
St. Francis Xavier Parish 125th Birthday Sunday
St. Francis Xavier Parish will celebrate their 125th birthday this
Sunday, June 2. All are invited to walk in the Annual Corpus
Christi Procession following the 10:30 am Mass. There will be a Picnic
Lunch with Birthday cake following the Procession. You can enjoy a
hamburger lunch for $5.00 or hotdog lunch for $3.00. Lunch includes
sandwich, potato salad, chips, baked beans, watermelon, lemonade,
coffee and birthday cake and ice cream.
Archdiocese of Dubuque Installs New Archbishop
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The Archdiocese of Dubuque has installed its new archbishop.
More than 1,200 people gathered Thursday at the Church of the Nativity
in Dubuque to watch Archbishop Michael Jackels get installed as the
Jackels urged more people to consider religious vocations. He also
praised the work of people who labor in the church and their
The archdiocese announced Jackels' appointment by Pope Francis in
April. Jackels replaced Archbishop Jerome Hanus, who announced his
resignation due to declining health. Jackels was previously bishop at
the Catholic Diocese of Wichita.
Iowa Rodeo Clown gets Prison Time for Growing Marijuana in Jones County
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A professional rodeo clown has been sentenced
to 20 years in federal prison for growing marijuana in rural Iowa for
U.S. District Judge Linda Reade announced Thursday the sentence of
55-year-old Roy Meeks, of Marion. He was given a special assessment of
Meeks, who worked as a rodeo clown and bullfighter in local and
national rodeos, was convicted in March of one count of conspiracy to
manufacture marijuana. He was acquitted on a second charge.
Prosecutors say Meeks conspired with others to plant marijuana along
corn and soybean fields in secluded spots in Jones County. He is
accused of tending the plants throughout the summer then harvesting and
Prosecutors say Meeks was involved in growing more than 1,000 marijuana plants between 2004 and 2011.
Soggy Weather Delays Corn, Soybean Planting
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 85
percent of Iowa's corn crop and 40 percent of the state's soybean crop
has been planted.
The estimates released Tuesday by the USDA's National Agricultural
Statistics Service show the corn crop is far behind the
five-year-average of 98 percent for this time of year. The soybean
crop's five-year average is 83 percent planted by this time.
Although planting is behind the average due to a cold spring and recent
persistent rain, farmers were able to make a lot of progress during a
dry stretch last week.
The rain also has improved pasture and range conditions, with 89
percent now seen as in fair, good or excellent conditions, though some
land along streams has flooded.
Iowa House Leader Considering Race for Congress
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican House Speaker Kraig Paulsen says
he's seriously considering running for the congressional seat being
vacated by Bruce Braley.
Paulsen says he is contemplating the 2014 race now that the legislative
session has concluded. He says he expects to make a decision within two
months. Paulsen, of Hiawatha, was elected to the state House in 2002
and was made Speaker in 2010. Democratic state Rep. Pat Murphy from
Dubuque has announced he will run. Steve Rathje of Cedar Rapids and Rod
Blum of Dubuque say they will run on the Republican side. The seat will
be open because Braley plans to seek the Senate seat being vacated by
Dyersville Man Arrested Following Domestic Assault
A Dyersville man was arrested following a domestic disturbance Monday
night. According to police, Darla Goerdt stated that her husband,
Michael, and herself were arguing at their home. During the argument,
he slapped a cell phone out of her hand and pushed her, and later made
Darla Goerdt left the area and called police. Responding officers were
unbale to locate Michael Goerdt, and the Jones County Tactical Response
team was called in to search the home. A citizen later saw Goerdt
walking in a different area of Dyersville and he was taken into custody
without incident. Goerdt, who was charged with domestic assault, was
being held at the Dubuque County Jail.
Teen Fatally Injured in Delaware County Crash
DUNDEE, Iowa (AP) — A 13-year-old girl has been fatally injured in a rollover crash on a county road in northeast Iowa.
The Iowa State Patrol says the accident occurred about 2:15 p.m. Sunday near Dundee.
The patrol says 36-year-old Amber Rutherford, of Cedar Rapids, lost
control of her vehicle on a curve. The vehicle ran off the road and
into a ditch before rolling into a wooded area.
The patrol says a passenger, 13-year-old Chloe Estes, of Cedar Rapids, died at Regional Medical Center in Manchester.
Rutherford and three other passengers were taken to the Manchester
hospital and then taken to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in
Dubuque Toddler Dies After Being Hit by Car
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in Dubuque are investigating the death of a 3-year-old boy hit by a vehicle.
Dubuque police say Edgar Joel ran into the street Monday night and was struck by a car driven by 59-year-old Donald Makovec.
Edgar was airlifted to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He died Tuesday afternoon.
County prosecutors have not filed any charges.
'Bishop' Would-be Pipe Bomber Gets 37 Years
CHICAGO (AP) — An Iowa letter carrier has been sentenced to 37 years in
prison for sending dud pipe bombs with threatening letters signed "The
U.S. District Judge Robert Dow issued the sentence Tuesday afternoon,
saying John Tomkins "engaged in a reign of terror." The 48-year-old
Dubuque, Iowa man previously apologized, saying there were "no words to
describe" his "shame." Tomkins was trying to drive up the value of
shares he owned. One package was sent to Denver and another to Kansas
Jurors convicted Tomkins last year. The most serious charge was for use
of a destructive device while mailing threatening communications. It
carried a mandatory sentence of at least 30 years.
Tomkins last month said the mandatory minimum was unfair. Prosecutors sought a sentence of around 45 years.
Midwest Pride in Your Ride Raises $47,000 for Relay for Life
The Midwest Pride in Your Ride Truck Show has again raised thousands of
dollars for Relay for Life. Eldy Jaeger talks about this years event.