Events & Articles

Roshek Celebrates the Holidays Holiday Decoration Silent Auction

Friday, November 21–Friday, December 5

Story by Mike Ironside
Photos by Garth Fuerste

While Dubuque no longer has a big downtown department store decorated inside and out for the holidays with those traditional window displays celebrating the coming of Christmas with a sparkly winter wonderland of toys and other gifts, it does have the Roshek Building, which once served that purpose. For those old enough to remember, Roshek’s Department Store, decked out with Christmas trees and other holiday decorations still exists as fond memories of a more innocent time.

Toys for Tots: Winter Concert Tour and Stuff the Truck

Posted on November 20, 2014

Winter Concert Tour: November 20-December 22 at locations across the Tri-States

Stuff the Truck: December 6-7 at Theisen's Home • Farm • Auto

Pinot’s Palette

Posted on November 20, 2014

Paint and sip location opens in Dubuque

by Mike Ironside, w/ photos by Mike and Amber Betcher

Imagine hanging out with your friends, sipping on your favorite wine and listening to music while you all create beautiful paintings on canvas. If you’re thinking the only problem with the scenario is that you can’t paint, you might want to think again. Pinot’s Palette, a national leader in the “paint and sip” industry has just opened in Dubuque and the franchise owner Kerry Bowman is here to say that you can do it.

Hotel Julien 12 Days of Christmas

Posted on November 20, 2014

Monday, December 1-Sunday, December 21

In old school holiday tradition, the Hotel Julien Dubuque is celebrating Twelve Days of Chrismas with special events and great offers all season long. Check out the details on the many festive offerings coming your way from the landmark downtown dubuque hotspot!

Roshek Celebrates the Holidays Holiday Decoration Silent Auction

Posted By Mike Ironside on November 20, 2014

Friday, November 21–Friday, December 5

Story by Mike Ironside
Photos by Garth Fuerste

While Dubuque no longer has a big downtown department store decorated inside and out for the holidays with those traditional window displays celebrating the coming of Christmas with a sparkly winter wonderland of toys and other gifts, it does have the Roshek Building, which once served that purpose. For those old enough to remember, Roshek’s Department Store, decked out with Christmas trees and other holiday decorations still exists as fond memories of a more innocent time.

Jubeck New World Brewing

Posted By Mike Ironside on November 06, 2014

“Members got us open. People coming in just buying beer is what’s going to keep us open,” says Jay Jubeck, co-owner and namesake of Dubuque’s first “nano” brewery, Jubeck New World Brewing. It’s an important point. Because Jubeck and his partner Dan Caraway used a fundraising plan based on the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) model to raise funds to start their CSB (Community Supported Brewery), some people might mistakenly think they are not welcome to stop in and try the beer at the brewery’s tasting room. They couldn’t be further from the truth.

Retro Beer Company: Shifting the Purpose Beyond Beer

Posted By Bryce Parks on November 06, 2014

In July, a friend brought a six pack of Give-A-Shift beer to the front porch. He said he got it because he liked the car on the box. I had no idea at the time of the significance of the brand and what it meant by me drinking it. I later looked up the beer online and noticed all of these Dubuque area venues listed as partners. Needless to say I was perplexed. But I read about the company’s mission and instantly thought, “What a cool idea.” And then life catches up with you and my plans to track this story down get sidelined.

Live Music Features

Posted on November 06, 2014

Discover more about musicians coming to the area!

Bell Tower Theater 2015 Season

Posted on November 03, 2014

The Bell Tower Theater, Dubuque’s hometown theater, is pleased to announce its 2015 season. Next year will feature five brand new comedies and musicals and two youth productions. Season Tickets are on sale now.

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National News

Protesters from both sides of policing controversy face off in NYC

Sat, 20 Dec 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Scores of protesters denouncing police violence against non-whites rallied alongside dozens of supporters of New York City police officers on Friday in a tense standoff outside City Hall that comes amid weeks of mostly peaceful protests.






San Francisco prosecutor charges deputy in hospital assault: report

Sat, 20 Dec 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The San Francisco District Attorney's office charged a sheriff's deputy on Friday for allegedly attacking a hospital patient and covering it up with a false police report, according to officials and local media.

Seventy-four arrested in Milwaukee during police shooting protest

Sat, 20 Dec 2014

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Dozens of protesters were arrested on Friday in Milwaukee when they blocked rush-hour traffic on a major highway to protest the killing of an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a white police officer this year.






NY police officer suspended after new video shows brutality

Sat, 20 Dec 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City police officer who appears to punch a black youth during an arrest that was captured on video and widely circulated on the Internet has been suspended from duty, the department said on Friday.

American nurse exposed to Ebola released from hospital

Sat, 20 Dec 2014

(Reuters) - An American nurse who was exposed to Ebola while volunteering in Sierra Leone was released from the National Institutes of Health's Clinical Center in Maryland on Friday without showing signs of the disease, NIH said.






U.S. judge restores protections to Great Lakes wolves

Sat, 20 Dec 2014

(Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday restored U.S. Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves in the western Great Lakes in a decision hailed by wildlife advocates for halting wolf hunting and trapping planned in such states as Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Cuban relatives of U.S. spy in dark after news of release

Sat, 20 Dec 2014

WASHINGTON/MIAMI (Reuters) - His release from a Cuban prison has been as cloak-and-dagger as his spying career ever was.






Inspections prompt changes at mismanaged Yellowstone, Yosemite jails

Sat, 20 Dec 2014

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The National Park Service says it has revamped operations at jail facilities in two of its largest and most popular parks after a review by federal auditors revealed that the detention sites were being improperly managed.

U.S. Supreme Court allows gay marriage to proceed in Florida next month

Sat, 20 Dec 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday declined to extend a stay sought by Florida officials defending the state's ban on same-sex marriages, allowing gay marriages to proceed in Florida next month.






Remains of two infants found in California storage locker

Fri, 19 Dec 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Officials in northern California have asked for help finding information about the grisly discovery of two infants or fetuses in an abandoned storage unit.

Entertainment News

'Wind Beneath My Wings' songwriter Henley dies

Fri, 19 Dec 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - Larry Henley, the songwriter best-known for "Wind Beneath My Wings," has died at the age of 77 at a hospice in Nashville, Tennessee, after a prolonged illness, colleagues and friends said on Friday.






George Clooney criticizes Hollywood in Sony cyber attack

Fri, 19 Dec 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oscar winner George Clooney slammed Hollywood power players for not supporting Sony Pictures following the cyber attack on the company over the satirical comedy "The Interview" about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Secret of year's 'biggest' Bollywood film is its plot

Fri, 19 Dec 2014

MUMBAI (Reuters) - It's the most anticipated Bollywood film of the year and no one knows what it's about.






U.S. court backs $2.1 million copyright award for song 'Whoomp!'

Fri, 19 Dec 2014

TEXARKANA, Texas (Reuters) - The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has upheld a $2.1 million jury award in a copyright infringement case involving the 1993 hit rap song "Whoomp! (There It Is)."

Forget the politics, Sony executives say North Korea comedy 'desperately unfunny'

Fri, 19 Dec 2014

SEOUL (Reuters) - The comedy on the fictional assassination of North Korea's leader is "desperately unfunny" and would have flopped overseas if it had not been canceled, according to leaked e-mails of international executives of Sony Pictures.






Opera lovers fly long distance to hear Royal Opera sing

Fri, 19 Dec 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - Not everyone would fly 5,600 miles for an opera whose set consisted at times of two chairs and a cheap-looking table, but Johannesburg lawyer Emile Myburgh did it for Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde" at London's Royal Opera House -- and he'll be back.

Sweden's Princess Madeleine expecting second child

Fri, 19 Dec 2014

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's Princess Madeleine, fourth in line to the throne, is expecting her second child, the royal court said on Friday.

Mandy Rice-Davies, key figure in UK 1960s sex scandal, dies aged 70

Fri, 19 Dec 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - Mandy Rice-Davies, a former model who was at the center of one of Britain's biggest political sex scandals - the 1960s Profumo Affair - has died aged 70 after a short battle with cancer, her publicist said on Friday.






Washington tries to tackle hackers behind Sony attack

Fri, 19 Dec 2014

WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) - Washington made the woes of cyberattack victim Sony Pictures its own on Thursday as the White House acknowledged that the devastating strike against the big Hollywood studio was a matter of national security that would be met by a forceful government response.

Stars fill the stage as Stephen Colbert closes his 'Report'

Fri, 19 Dec 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stephen Colbert filed his final "Colbert Report" on Thursday, bidding farewell to his popular cable television show with the help of scores of celebrities who crowded onto the stage for a rousing sendoff to the tune of "We'll Meet Again."