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

Police officers' slaying raises pressure on New York mayor

Sun, 21 Dec 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio faced the biggest crisis of his time in office on Sunday following the fatal shooting of two police officers, in an attack intended as retribution for recent U.S. police killings of unarmed black men.

Florida police officer killed; shooting suspect in custody

Sun, 21 Dec 2014

TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A veteran Florida police officer was shot and killed while on duty early Sunday, law enforcement officials said, providing no details about the suspect in custody or motive for the shooting.






Protesters shut down part of Mall of America in Minnesota

Sun, 21 Dec 2014

(Reuters) - More than 1,500 protesters against police violence shut down part of the Mall of America in Minnesota on Saturday, resulting in about 25 arrests during the final weekend before Christmas as shoppers scrambled to buy gifts at one of the nation's largest shopping centers, officials said.






Two New York police officers killed, gunman dead: NYT

Sat, 20 Dec 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A gunman fatally shot two New York police officers as they sat in their squad car on Saturday and then killed himself, the New York Times reported, in the first deaths of police officers by gunfire in the city in three years.






Protesters shut down part of Mall of America in Minnesota

Sat, 20 Dec 2014

(Reuters) - Hundreds of protesters against police violence shut down part of the Mall of America in Minnesota on Saturday, during the final weekend before Christmas as shoppers scrambled to buy gifts at one of the nation's largest shopping centers, a community group member said.

Child tests negative for Ebola at Chicago hospital

Sat, 20 Dec 2014

(Reuters) - A child being monitored for Ebola in a Chicago hospital has been discharged after testing negative for the virus, the state health agency said on Saturday.






Megabus rollover in Indiana injures at least 28

Sat, 20 Dec 2014

(Reuters) - More than two dozen people were injured on Saturday when a commercial passenger bus traveling to Atlanta from Chicago crashed in Indiana, officials said.

Obama approves U.S. World War One memorial in Washington

Sat, 20 Dec 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has approved the creation of a national memorial to commemorate World War One in which more than 116,000 Americans died, the memorial's commission said on Saturday.






Guy Harvey, marine artist and environmentalist, fishes for growth

Sat, 20 Dec 2014

ST. PETE BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - Guy Harvey stared at a mural of his marine paintings - images that are reproduced on 2 million T-shirts a year - and frowned at a butterfly fish. The Pacific species didn't belong among the Florida wildlife depicted at a beach resort restaurant bearing his name.

Video seems to show football's Rice, future wife kiss after brawl

Sat, 20 Dec 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Newly released video footage appears to show professional football's Ray Rice and his future wife kissing while handcuffed in a casino elevator following the couple's fight that cost Rice his job with the Baltimore Ravens.






Entertainment News

TV talent show winner Ben Haenow lands Britain's Christmas No.1

Sun, 21 Dec 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - The winner of Britain's "X-factor" TV talent show, 29-year-old Ben Haenow, claimed the coveted Christmas number one spot in the British singles chart on Sunday, the Official Charts Company said.






Final 'Hobbit' film draws holiday season crowds at box office

Sun, 21 Dec 2014

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The last movie of Peter Jackson's three "Hobbit" films rode to the top of U.S. and Canadian weekend box office charts, selling an estimated $56.2 million worth of tickets and boosting the holiday movie season that is crucial to Hollywood.

Gay British musician Elton John marries partner under new law

Sun, 21 Dec 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - British musician Elton John on Sunday married his long-term partner David Furnish, converting their civil partnership after laws allowing gay marriage in Britain came into force this year.






'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.