|Latest Dubuque News||Ice Safety Reminder as Iowa Lakes Freeze Over|
- There is no such thing as 100 percent safe ice.
- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources recommends a minimum of four inches of quality ice for fishing and at least five inches for snowmobiles and ATVs.
- Ice thickness is not uniform on any body of water. Things like current and springs slow ice growth. Rocks, trees or docks that poke through the ice like will conduct heat and make the ice around it less stable.
- There could be pockets of thin ice or places where ice recently formed, so it would be wise to check ice thickness as you go out.
- The insulating effect of snow slows down the freezing process.
- Safety items in the bucket: Ice picks, about 50 feet of rope and a throwable floatation seat cushion for use in c read more...
|DNR to Continue Surveillance for Chronic Wasting Disease|
DNR wildlife staff will again be in the field during Iowa’s shotgun deer seasons, collecting samples to test for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Iowa’s wild deer herd. The effort will concentrate on portions of Northeast Iowa near Wisconsin and Illinois as well as in Wapello, Davis, Pottawattamie and Cerro Gordo counties, following positive tests from captive facilities in or near those counties last year.Many of the samples will be collected during the first half of December, as mo read more...
|Iowa's Shotgun Deer Season Preview|
Iowa deer hunters likely will step out into single digit cold Saturday, the opener for the first shotgun season. That’s closer to ‘typical’ weather than the balmy 30s and 40s last weekend. What better way to kick off the 60th anniversary of Iowa’s deer season, than by stocking up on hand warmers?Like many other wildlife species, deer were pretty well wiped out by European settlement and overhunting by 1900. Slowly recovering, there was still more than a decade of controve read more...
|Remember Fire Safety When Decorating for the Holidays|
DUBUQUE, Iowa –With the onset of the holiday season comes a higher risk for potential fire hazards, including lights, decorations, candles, and Christmas trees. The Dubuque Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal’s office offer the following tips for keeping holiday décor fire free:- When purchasing a natural Christmas tree, try to buy from a tree farm where trees are purchased while still in the ground. A freshly cut tree will last longer than one that has been cut weeks e read more...
|The Dubuque Leisure Services Department Wants to Hear from YOU!|
The Leisure Services Department is very much interested in receiving your feedback regarding their current programming, as well as what you would like to see in future brochures/programs.
In an effort to make this happen, they have created an online survey.
Surveys can be very useful tools and they encourage families to complete the survey at www.cityofdubuque.org/leisuresurvey.
Thank you for your time and feedback. The Leisure Services Department looks forward to hearing from you.
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|Deer Donation Program Benefits Iowans in Need|
Iowa’s popular deer donation program Help Us Stop Hunger (HUSH) is entering into its second decade as a tool connecting hunters, lockers and hungry Iowans. The program is pretty simple – hunters contact a participating locker before bringing in a whole, field-dressed deer, and once at the locker, they fill out a donation card. The locker processes the deer into two pound packages of ground meat. The Food Bank of Iowa then coordinates collecting the valuable protein and distributes it read more...
|Basic Firearm Rules are Important for a Safe Hunt|
The first of Iowa’s two shotgun deer seasons opens on Dec. 7, and while optimism for a successful hunt is the primary focus, hunters are encouraged to brush up on safe hunting practices.
Basic firearm rules are pretty straight forward: always point the muzzle in a safe direction; treat every firearm as though it were loaded; unload the firearm and open the action, especially when crossing obstacles, until you are ready to shoot; keep the barrel clear and choose the proper ammunition.
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|Funding award accelerates project timeline and completion, reduces cost to Dubuque citizens|
DES MOINES, Iowa – – The Iowa Flood Mitigation Board has awarded the City of Dubuque’s Bee Branch Watershed Flood Mitigation Project approximately $98.5 million. The unanimous decision was announced at the board’s meeting today in Des Moines.
Dubuque Mayor Roy D. Buol attended the meeting in Des Moines today. “This is tremendous news for the entire community and will expedite efforts to address issues that many have dealt with for decades,” said Buol. “ read more...