Gaelic Gallop Registration Underway
Registration is ending soon for the the 43rd annual Gaelic Gallop in Dyersville. The event will take place Saturday, March 16th. Online Race Registration will be available through March 4th until midnight at totalfitnessdyersville.com. The March 4th deadline will also be the last date to guarantee a shirt by race day. Participants interested will still be able to sign up at Total Fitness right up until the day of the race. Pre-registered participants can pick up their race packets from 12:00pm – 6:00pm at Total Fitness Rec Center in Dyersville on Friday, March 15th. Otherwise, same day registration and packets are available on race day from 8:15am to 9:30am at St. Francis Xavier Auditorium. Parking will be limited. Check in begins at 8:15 AM in the Xavier School. The Leprechaun Leap for children ages 6 and under starts at 9:30, the 8K Road Race at 10 AM with a shotgun start and the 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk at 10:05. Medals will be awarded in several different categories. For more information – go to total fitness Dyersville dot com or call Total Fitness at 875-2727.
City of Dyersville Email System Compromised
The Dubuque County Auditor says that the City of Dyersville’s email system has been compromised. In A press release issued Monday states officials were clued in on the compromise after the City of Dyersville reached out to Dubuque County late last week to check the status of an invoice they submitted regarding federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. The City of Dyersville had been granted approval for the funds to be used for projects. Dubuque County officials determined that the invoice payment had already been made to the City of Dyersville for the claim. An internal review found that the invoice payment of $524,283.88 was made to the City of Dyersville, but that the city never received it. Officials believe the payment was orchestrated by a third party. The incident is under investigation by the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office. No Further Information is currently available.
City of Manchester to Hire Consultant in Search for Police Chief
The Manchester City Council recently approved an agreement to assist in the hiring of the city’s new police chief. With Manchester Police Chief Jim Hauschild set to retire at the end of May, the council wanted to get the search process going as soon as possible. Based on the recommendations he received from other communities that have recently undergone police searches, City Manager Tim Vick proposed that the city hire Jeff Cayler of Cayler Consulting LLC. Cayler is a law enforcement veteran in the business of helping municipalities with similar searches. Cayler proposed two ways to be paid for his services. The first was to bill his hourly rate of $150, capped at $15,000, plus expenses. The fee for this process would be influenced by the number of candidates. The other option would be to bill a flat fee of $13,000, plus expenses. The council members voted to go with the hourly rate with the higher cap, which they felt would better ensure they were paying fairly for the work done throughout the process.
Manchester Chamber Director Resigns
The executive director of Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce will resign next month. Dave Wakefield will serve his last day with the chamber on March 8. Wakefield says he is resigning for personal reasons. He has been with the chamber since April 2021, beginning as an administrative assistant before his promotion to executive director in January 2022. Chamber officials soon will begin searching for a new director, and Wakefield said staff will work closely with board members to ensure operations remain smooth for local businesses and chamber members.
Beer Cave Discovered in Cascade
An Historic Beer cave has been discovered in Cascade. Brian Bock with Iowa Main Street Investments bought the old brewery in Cascade with the intension of turning the building into apartments. As his team got to work renovating the building, the crews had uncovered the beer cave that was once used to make beer back in the 19th century. At a time without refrigeration, caves were used to keep beer cold during the brewing and storage process. Ice was used to keep the caves around 33 degrees. It was common for each town would have its own brewery with its own beer caves, as it had to be stored and served locally. Bock says they were given some historical information that there was possibly a beer cave underneath the building somewhere, but nothing ever brought any indication that there was actually a cave.
Deadly House Fire in Quasqueton
One person was killed in a house fire in Quasqueton. KCRG TV reports emergency crews responded early Sunday morning at approximately 3:10 am, to the 700 block of E Cedar Street for a report of a residential fire. A responding Deputy arrived to find flames coming from the windows and soffit of the home. Two bystanders pointed to a window with flames coming from it and told crews that they were aware that a female resident lived there and that was her bedroom. The Deputy looked for an entry point, but due to the significant heat and smoke, no immediate entry could be safely made. Once fire crews arrived, and the fire was contained, crews located a female inside the residence. Life-saving measures were attempted but she was later pronounced deceased. The victim was identified as 69-year-old Kathryn Marie Crawford. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Dubuque Man Accused of Murdering His Mother has Competency Hearing Moved Back
A Dubuque man charged with murdering his mother appeared in court via closed-circuit television on Wednesday for what was supposed to be a competency hearing. That hearing has now been pushed back to February 29th. Lawyers for Tyler Dazey, 28, told the court on Wednesday their expert had conducted the exam, but the report won't be until sometime in the next week. Tyler Dazey was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation a couple weeks ago to determine if he's competent to stand trial in the death of his mother, 46-year-old Jennifer Dazey. However, he asked the judge last week to remove his court-appointed public defenders in the case, stating he doesn't "intend on using the affirmative defense of insanity" and "counsel has proven to inadequate." Jennifer Dazey's body was reportedly found in her home by a friend who was visiting on January 18th. Police said Tyler Dazey was found lying naked in his room when they got there, while the family dog was found dead on the living room sofa from what appeared to be a significant head injury. Police said at least two of Jennifer's fingers were severed and she had lacerations to her face, neck, and head. Tyler allegedly told police his mom had been practicing witchcraft. He's charged with 1st degree murder and animal abuse causing death.
Dyersville Chamber Seeks Woman of the Year Nominations
Nominations are sought for the Dyersville Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2024 Woman of the Year award. The award is presented annually to a woman “whose qualities have enhanced the quality of life for residents and communities” in Dyersville, Earlville, Farley, Luxemburg, New Vienna, Petersburg or Worthington, according to the chamber’s website. Nomination forms are available at the chamber office and online at dyersville.org. Nominations are due March 20. The recipient will be announced at the chamber’s Women’s Night event on April 17.
Linn County Shed Destroyed by Fire
A Linn County shed is a total loss after a fire Tuesday. Multiple law enforcement and fire departments in Linn county responded to a structure fire in the 300 block of Nederheiser Road at 1:10 pm Tuesday afternoon. According to the Linn County Sheriff's Office, when first responders arrived at the scene they found a 30 by 50 outbuilding fully engulfed in flames. No people or animals were injured or in the structure at the time of the fire. The building and its contents are a total loss. The fire is believed to have started from a stray spark from the owner of the structure welding in the building.
Regional Medical Center Restricting Visitors
Due to increased respiratory illness and respiratory hospitalizations in the community, Regional Medical Center in Manchester is implementing visitor restrictions. At this time, children under the age of 14 will not be allowed to visit patients in the hospital. The only exception is in the OB Department. Immediate siblings will be allowed to visit their new sibling as long as they are feeling well. It is very important that these siblings are not experiencing any respiratory symptoms. Any ill siblings should not come to the OB Department. By restricting visitors, the goal is to prevent unnecessary illness from being brought into the hospital and protect patients, community members and staff from getting sick when they are in the facility.