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dubuque&tri-state news in brief 2 more file papers to run for Dubuque school board David Patton and Mar vin Heiderscheit filed candidacy papers Monday to run for a four-year term on the Dubuque Community School Board. Patton, a retired Eisenhower Elementary School teacher, was a board member from 2005-08. He ran unsuccessfully in 2008 and 2009. Patton, who is active in his church and the Noon Optimist Club of Dubuque, said the board’s priority should be the safety and security of kids, and not facilities and technology. Heiderscheit, 43, is the controller at Giese Companies. He has never run for elective office. “All my kids are in the schools, and I haven’t been very active and involved,” Heiderscheit said. “I thought it was time to get a little more involved in helping with the decisions.” Patton and Heiderscheit join five people who filed last week: Tom Barton, Mike Donohue, Mike Hoskins, Lou Oswald and Tami Ryan. Seats held by board President Mike Brannon and members Larry Loeppke, Adam Mennig and Lesley Stephens are up for election. Brannon and Mennig will not seek re-election, Loeppke plans to seek re-election and Stephens has yet to announce whether she will run. Candidates have until Thursday, Aug. 4, to file for the Tuesday, Sept. 13, election.
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School board reviews facility beliefs Chris Nugent is appointed new principal of Fulton Elementary School. BY STACEY BECKER
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Craig Beytien focused on beliefs Monday night. The Dubuque Community School Board member reviewed the district’s facility beliefs to determine if anything needed to be altered, added or eliminated. “A lot has happened,” Beytien said after the board meeting. “There has been a lot of dialogue with the community.” In the end, no major revisions were made to the facility beliefs that were updated in May 2010 with the help of the consulting firm School Exec Connect. “It’s helpful to work through these,” said board member Larry Loeppke. “I’m happy with the way they are. They’re just like a checklist of reminders.” One addition and one revision were sug-
gested. Beytien wanted to add a statement about the district’s constant sharing and seeking of community feedback, while board President Mike Brannon wanted to revise a statement about facilities and infrastructure that enable 24/7 learning to include “and accessibility.” A revised list of facility beliefs should be approved by the board at a later date. “It’s important that the public understand that we do have some core values that have to be reflected, ultimately, with the strategic plan for our infrastructure,” Beytien said. Some of those core values include: • Be a leader in using technology in the educational delivery model. • Value all areas of the district in facility decisions. • Develop community partnerships that maximize facility use. In other business, the board: • Appointed Chris Nugent the new principal of Fulton Elementary School, effective immediately. • Unanimously approved a personnel re-
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port that included Nugent’s appointment. She has been with the district since 1989 and held positions as a teacher, math coordinator and, most recently, as both math coordinator and lead instructional coach. Nugent replaces Jean McDonald, who recently replaced former Sageville Elementary School Principal Robert Burke. Burke was indicted last month on one count of receiving child pornography. Federal prosecutors recently released another indictment that charges him with producing, distributing and four counts of possessing child pornography. He pleaded not guilty. Superintendent Larie Godinez reiterated that the investigation into Burke is not the district’s investigation. “This is a federal investigation,” she said. “We are not privy to what’s going on.” A replacement for Nugent has not been announced.
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Library board moves to terminate director Lauren Siebert is no longer the director of the Maquoketa Public Library. The library’s board of trustees acted July 13 to terminate Siebert via certified letter sent through the city attorney’s office. Per procedure, board members declined comment on the reasons for Siebert’s termination. Earlier this month, Lauren Siebert Siebert was placed on administrative leave through July 20. The board said it was evaluating Siebert’s performance. The board said then her leave was not a result of Siebert’s June 18 arrest on charges of driving while intoxicated, interference with official acts and having no registration. The board is in the initial stages of the search for a new director. Former Library Director Karen Manning, who retired last fall after 30 years with the library, has agreed to return as acting library director.
City Council grants liquor license for Wingfest VII EAST DUBUQUE, Ill. — The City Council on Monday approved the issuance of a class D liquor license for Wingfest VII on Saturday, Aug. 13, in downtown East Dubuque. The license authorizes the retail sale of all types of alcoholic liquor by a restaurant for consumption on the premises of the 100 and 200 blocks of Sinsinawa Avenue. The event has grown to become one of the more popular in the tri-states, helping aid the East Dubuque Booster Club in paying for a state-of-the-art concession stand at the high school football field and new lights for the football and softball fields. The East Dubuque Fire Department received an anonymous donation to reach its goal of $2,342.60 for the replacement of radio equipment in all emergency vehicles.
John Freiburger, of Peosta, Iowa, isn’t bothered by the heat and humidity. “This is just right,” Freiburger said when asked if the weather was too hot for him to work in the hayfield.
Group advocates against ‘puppy mills’ The Iowa Voters for Companion Animals has successfully fought for more oversight of Iowa’s dog-breeding facilities. BY LAUREN EHRLER
Mary LaHay didn’t even know what a “puppy mill” was until just a few years ago when she visited a commercial dog breeding facility hoping to add a new pet to her family. “Puppy mills are large-scale breeding facilities that produce puppies for profit,” LaHay said. “They tend to have a large number of adult dogs that they often keep in horrendous, inhumane conditions. The puppies ... are very often sick or develop diseases later on in life.”
After doing further investigative research into the issue, LaHay founded the Iowa Voters for Companion Animals and Iowa Friends for Companion Ani- Mary mals in 2008. Iowa is LaHay ranked second in the nation for number of commercial breeders. LaHay presented to a small but engaged audience images of actual USDA-licensed puppy mills located Pam in Iowa. Dogs were Jochum shown to be kept in small wire cages, stacked on top of one another in buildings with no ventilation or heating. In some cases, dogs were left crippled or missing body parts. There are more than 300 commercial breeding facilities licensed with the U.S. Department
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of Agriculture in Iowa. However, LaHay said, the facilities are rarely inspected and regulations often are not strictly enforced. “Over 23,000 adult dogs in those puppy mills and we don’t have adequate oversight of them,” LaHay said. “So our organization is working to get better laws to protect them,” Iowa Voters for Companion Animals saw a victory in 2010 with the passing of “The Puppy Mill Bill.” Sen. Pam Jochum, D-Dubuque, was a member of the interim committee for the bill. “Companion animals has been a really important issue for a number of years in the state Legislature, and two years ago we finally started addressing it in a more meaningful way,” Jochum said.
for more information To learn more about Iowa Voters for Companion Animals, visit iowavca.org.
The new law now allows the Iowa Department of Agriculture to inspect USDA-licensed facilities upon a complaint. Previously, Iowa did not have any oversight over federally licensed puppy mills. Jochum added that the law still needs work, but she feels it’s important “to make sure that those animals have been well cared for as puppies and that they are healthy when they are purchased.” LaHay is traveling the state speaking with legislators and raising awareness about the issue. To avoid supporting the puppy mill business, she urges consumers to not purchase dogs, but instead rescue them from shelters.
Council will wait to finalize precinct plan The city has until Sept. 1 to file its redrawn ward and precinct election boundaries with the state. BY ERIC MANDEL
Dubuque police and sheriff’s departments reported: • Christopher Hartung, 28, 576 Central Ave., No. 1, was arrested at 4:32 p.m. Sunday on charges of simple domestic assault and a no-contact-order violation. Police said Hartung assaulted Danielle Schoenberger, 19, 3825 Chicago St. • Steven Sarazin, 48, 993 W. 3rd St., was arrested Sunday night on charges of operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent and OWI.
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The city of Dubuque will wait until its next meeting to finalize a plan reducing the number of election precincts from 21 to 20. At the advice of the city attorney, City Manager Michael Van Milligen asked that the public hearing be tabled until corrections can be made and reopened on Aug. 1 for any additional public input. City Council members voted 7-0 to do so. The city is required to file its 2011 redistricting plan by Sept. 1, or the Secretary of State will redraw the ward and precinct boundaries without city input and then assess the cost to the city.
The number of city wards – four – has remained the same, although the boundaries have been changed. The state has set population thresholds for wards that require each ward be as close as possible to an “ideal ward population” of 14,409 people. The boundaries of the proposed wards were adjusted so that the population of each ward is as equal as possible to ideal ward population. The Dubuque County Auditor’s Office requested the city to decrease from 21 to 20 precincts to lower the cost of city elections. Before approving the tabled item, council member Karla Braig asked for clarification as to whether the wards will change before the next council election. County Auditor Denise Dolan said none of the plans become effective until Jan. 1, 2012, so this fall’s election will be based on the current lines. In other action, the council voted 7-0: • To extend access to the Smarter Water
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initiative with IBM for volunteer households through July 2013 and expand access for up to 4,000 households. • To approve a $4.5 million loan that utilizes funding from the Iowa Finance Authority to Caradco Building, LLP. • To approve a change order to the Meter Interface Unit Project in the estimated amount of $43,056. The change means replacing approximately 509 existing Neptune R-900 units with Neptune R-450 units and the removal of four Gateway antennas. The net cost after equipment resale is estimated at $4,390, which will be funded by available project savings. • To accept Tom Kluck’s withdrawal of his request for a planned residential district amendment at 2763 University Ave. • To purchase of property on Maple Street owned by G&S Real Estate as part of the acquisition program associated with the Bee Branch Creek Restoration Project.
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