Tuesday, August 30, 2011

NICE THIS MORNING.
RAIN THIS AFTERNOON.
RAINING NOW. SEE THE RAIN WITH OUR WEB CAM. GO TO KMAQ HOME PAGE AND CLICK-ON THE LISTEN BUTTON AND SEE RAIN COMING DOWN IN DOWNTOWN MAQUOKETA.
MORE RAIN TONIGHT.
THEN NICE TOMORROW THROUGH MONDAY, LABOR DAY.

WE NEED CANDIDATES (PLURAL) FOR 5 OF 7 COUNCIL SEATS IN MAQUOKETA. TODAY, PAPERS WERE FILLED FOR TWO SEATS. JERRY BOWEN FOR AT-LARGE AND ED TURNEY FOR RE-ELECTION IN FIRST WARD. BOWEN WAS ON COUNCIL BEFORE.
ALSO NEED A MAYOR CANDIDATE. NEIL MOREHEAD HASN'T MADE UP HIS MIND
YET IF HE WILL SEEK RE-ELECTION. IF WE HAD TERM LIMITS, HE WOULD
NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR RE-ELECTION. I THINK ALL POLITICAL OFFICES SHOULD
HAVE TERM LIMITS. MAYOR HUTE WILL NOT SEEK RE-ELECTION. NO CANDIDATE
FOR MAYOR AS OF TODAY. MARGO SHOUSE I'VE HEARD, IS NOT GOING TO RUN AGAIN. SHE WAS NOT AT COUNCIL MEETING LAST NIGHT, SO NO OFFICIAL WORD FROM HER. I WILL KEEP YOU POSTED. SHERI MELVOLD TOLD ME LONGTIME PAST MAYOR TOM MESSERLI WILL NOT RUN FOR MAYOR, BUT I HAVE NOT HEARD THAT FROM HIM.
WE NEED TWO CANDIDATES FOR EVERY POSITION! THAT'S THE WAY IT SHOULD BE!

TAKING NANCY OUT FOR DINNER...HER BIRTHDAY TODAY.

DENNIS VOY


Monday, August 29, 2011

NICE WEEKEND WEATHER JUST PAST...
AND GOOD WEATHER FORECAST FOR WEEK AHEAD!

THE MAQUOKETA CARDINALS LOST THEIR OPENING FOOTBALL GAME OF THE
SEASON FRIDAY NIGHT, TO WEST DELAWARE, IN MANCHESTER, 24 TO 21.
THEY PLAY ANOTHER NON-DISTRICT GAME AT HOME THIS FRIDAY NIGHT,
HOSTING MT. VERNON.

THE MAQUOKETA CARDINAL GIRL'S VOLLEYBALL TEAM HOSTED AN
INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT SATURDAY AND WON IT, BEATING DEWITT
IN THE FINALS. ALSO IN TOURNAMENT WAS CAMANCHE, NORTH CEDAR,AND
BURLINGTON NOTRE DAME.

CITY COUNCIL MEETING AT 6 TONIGHT.

POLICE BLOTTER: ANNE HAWKS REPORTED HER SON'S CELL PHONE WAS TAKEN
FROM HIS VEHICLE FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MAQUOKETA HIGH SCHOOL.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVE VOY.
TOMORROW, HAPPY BIRTHDAY NANCY MOORE.
WEDNESDAY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY LONNA CLAUSSEN.

THANKS FOR THE VISIT.

DENNIS VOY

Friday, August 26, 2011

NICE 80'S DAY TODAY. BRIEF SHOWER DURING THE NOON HOUR.
WEEKEND SHOULD BE NICE TOO.

FOOTBALL GAME AT MANCHESTER TONIGHT. HEAR THE GAME ON KMAQ-FM OR
ON OUR WEB SITE AT 7:30. 95.1 FM OR AT WWW.KMAQ.COM
MATT CLARK AT THE PLAY-BY-PLAY. I'LL POST THE SCHOOL HERE TOMORROW MORNING.
GO CARDINALS!

KMAQ 53 TODAY AND NICE COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ON "JUST TALK" THIS MORNING.

JUST IN CASE YOU ARE WONDERING....THE MAQUOKETA CITY COUNCIL IS MOVING FORWARD WITH INSTALLING A WIND TURBINE ALONG SUMMIT STREET NEAR THE MAQUOKETA YMCA. MORE LATER.

FAMOUS BRANSON ENTERTAINER AND IOWA NATIVE (CEDAR RAPIDS) DOUG GABRIEL
WILL BRING HIS BRANSON SHOW TO THE OHNWARD FINE ARTS CENTER IN MAQUOKETA
ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH. TICKETS ARE $22.00 IN ADVANCE.
SHOULD BE A VERY GOOD SHOW! IT WAS GOOD WHEN I SAW IT IN BRANSON A FEW YEARS AGO.

THAT FIRST WEEK KMAQ-AM WAS ON-THE-AIR, 53 YEARS AGO, BILL GOLD RAN QUITE A FEW SPOTS ADVERTISING A BIG PAINT SALE...FOR GOLD'S DECORATING LOCATED BELOW
THE KMAQ STUDIOS. THE FIRST SPOTS I MYSELF SOLD WERE TO DWIGHT DARNELL OF THE DARNELL OIL COMPANY ON SOUTH MAIN STREET, NEXT TO PETERSON'S A & W DRIVE-IN...THE ZEPHYR STATION. WE WAS A REGULAR ADVERTISER AFTER THAT UNTIL HE SOLD THE STATION IN THE EARLY 70'S. AND HE WOULD PAY FOR THE
SPOTS IN CASH 3 MONTHS IN ADVANCE. RADIO SPOTS THEN WERE ABOUT $1.50...GAS
WAS AROUND 27-CENTS A GALLON...VICEROY CIGARETTES WERE ABOUT A QUARTER
A PACK AND I WAS MAKING $65 A WEEK AND RENTING A SLEEPING ROOM FOR $7.50
A WEEK.

HAVE A NICE WEEKEND.

DENNIS VOY


Thursday, August 25, 2011

NICE DAY...HIGH OF 80. MORE OF THE SAME NOW THROUGH THE WEEKEND.

ABSENTEE BALLOTS FOR THE SEPTEMBER 13TH SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE AUDITOR'S OFFICE IN EACH COUNTY. IF YOU CAN NOT
VOTE IN PERSON SEPTEMBER 13TH, CONTACT THE AUDITOR'S OFFICE FOR AN
ABSENTEE BALLOT.

A SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY EVENING AT 6 AT MAQUOKETA CITY HALL TO TALK ABOUT CHANGES IN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE FIVE
WARDS IN MAQUOKETA. AFTER THE RECENT CENSUS, CITIES ARE REQUIRED BY THE STATE TO MAKE SURE THERE ARE SIMILAR NUMBER OF RESIDENTS IN EACH WARD.
MAQUOKETA'S BIGGEST CHANGE WILL BE MOVING THE SUBDIVISION NEAR THE NEW
PUBLIC GOLF COURSE (BEHIND WALMART) FROM THE THIRD WARD TO THE FIFTH WARD.

MAQUOKETA POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING SOME GRAFFITTI INCIDENTS IN THE CITY.
SILVER AND GRAY PAINT WAS SPRAYED ON THE FLOOR OF THE 1ST WARD PARK
PAVILLION. ALSO, GRAFFITTI WAS FOUND ON THE SIDE OF A GARAGE AT 311 WEST QUARRY STREET.

MARJORIE SAGERS BOTT, AGE 76, OF CLINTON AND FORMERLY OF MAQUOKETA, DIED
FRIDAY AT HER HOME. SHE MARRIED JAMES SAGERS IN 1957 AND HE DIED
IN 1983. THEY OWNED AND OPERATED THE "JUG-O-MILK" STORE IN MAQUOKETA.
SHE IS SURVIVED BY TWO DAUGHTERS, JOAN IN OHIO AND JANE HEISTER IN
MAQUOKETA AND ALSO A SON JONATHAN IN MINNESOTA.

KMAQ (AM 1320) IS 53 YEARS OLD TOMORROW! I WAS 19 AND EXCITED ABOUT
MY FIRST DISC JOCKEY DAY! NO, I WON'T SAY IT "SEEMS LIKE ONLY YESTERDAY".
THE FM STATION CAME ALONG IN THE FALL OF 1967. NOTHING SPECIAL PLANNED
FOR TOMORROW. WE'LL HAVE ANOTHER CELEBRATION IN TWO YEARS.
THE FIRST MANAGER OF KMAQ, BOB BROWN IN FORT ATKINSON, WISCONSIN, CHECKS THIS DAILY REPORT REGULARLY. HE'S 90. THE FIRST OWNER, NATE GOETZ IN NAPLES, FLORIDA, IS 85 AND I GOT AN EMAIL FROM HIM THIS MORNING. HE LIVED IN MONROE, WISCONSIN IN 1958 AND CAME DOWN TO MAQUOKETA A COUPLE DAYS EACH WEEK. HE PLAYED 18 HOLES OF GOLF TWICE THIS WEEK, SO HE'S DOING FINE. EIGHT WERE ON THE STAFF THAT FIRST DAY. FOUR OF THE EIGHT ARE NO LONGER LIVING...STAN BARTON, RAY SHIELDS, DUANE WILLEY AND GITTE BOLLINGER. JANE BEAN, OUR BOOKKEEPER THEN, IS LIVING SOMEWHERE IN SOUTHERN IOWA.
THE FIFTIES...THOSE WHERE THE DAYS!

DENNIS VOY

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

86 TODAY.
COOLER TOMORROW AND REST OF THE WEEK.

JACKSON COUNTY IS GETTING A NEW INDUSTRY. GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONIES FOR THE COMPANY WILL BE MONDAY IN BELLEVUE. SEDGEWICK, A CLAIMS MANAGEMENT SERVICE FOR FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES WILL BREAK GROUND FOR A NEW BUILDING OFF HIGHWAY 52 NORTH OF BELLEVUE. BELLEVUE CITY ADMINISTRATOR LORAS HERRIG SAID THEY ARE IN THE PROCESS OF ANNEXING THE LAND NOW. THE NEW BUILDING WILL EMPLOY 50 TO 100 PEOPLE. THE CEREMONY WILL BE AT 9 A.M. MONDAY. THE C-E-O FOR SEDGEWICK, DAVE NORTH, HAS LIVED IN BELLEVUE FOR SEVERAL YEARS. HE HAS
FACILITIES IN DUBUQUE AND PLANS TO EXPAND THERE ALSO.

JOBLESS RATES IN THE AREA DROPPED SLIGHTLY IN JULY FROM JUNE.
IN JACKSON COUNTY, THE JULY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WAS 6.6 PERCENT, DOWN FROM
6.9 IN JUNE.

ON THE POLICE BLOTTER:
JAKE HAYWARD ON EAST PLATT STREET REPORTED YESTERDAY MORNING THAT SOMEONE SCRATCHEDD HIS VEHICLE AND TRIED TO STEEL THE TACH OUT OF HIS VEHICLE AND
BROKE IT.
AND
HELEN RICKLEFS ON S. MAIN STREET REPORTED YESTERDAY THAT SOMEONE TOOK
A SCANNER FROM HER RESIDENCE.

READ THE STORY BELOW ABOUT THE NEW BARBER IN MAQUOKETA, WITH PHOTO.

I AGREE...IT DOESN'T LOOK GOOD FOR THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS. BUT, THEY
STILL HAVE 6 GAMES REMAINING WITH THE BREWERS. LIKE YOGI SAID...
"IT AIN'T OVER UNTIL IT'S OVER".

DENNIS VOY

ANOTHER EMPTY STORE FRONT HAS BEEN FILLED IN DOWNTOWN MAQUOKETA. THIS
ONE AT 101 E. PLATT STREET. MEET MAQUOKETA'S NEW BARBER, SHANNON BURNS.
"SHANNON'S BARBER SHOP" IS A NEW WALK-IN BARBER SHOP IN TOWN. SHE
LIVES IN CLARENCE NOW, BUT IS ORGINIALLY FROM TIPTON AND GRADUATED FROM TIPTON HIGH SCHOOL. SHE WENT TO BARBER SCHOOL IN CEDAR RAPIDS AND
WAS A BARBER IN THE DES MOINES AREA FOR NEARLY 20 YEARS. SHE IS SINGLE.
THE NEW SHOP IS OPEN TUESDAY-FRIDAY, 8 UNTIL 5 AND SATURDAYS FROM 8 UNTIL 12 NOON. EARLY APPOINTMENTS CAN BE MADE. HER PHONE NUMBER IS 563-886-4835. CLICK-ON THE PHOTO TO ENLARGE IT.
AND...SOME OF YOU WILL REMEMBER THAT THIS LOCATION WAS FOR MANY YEARS,
THE LOCATION OF SHIFTY'S BARBER SHOP, OWNED BY SHIFTY DAVIS. AND RICHARD
MILLER WORKED FOR SHIFTY MANY YEARS ALSO IN THE SMALL SHOP. SHANNON RENTS
THE SHOP LOCATION FROM LORI HOFFMANN, WHO HAS THE "HAIR CONNECTIONS" BEAUTY
SHOP ON THE CORNER OF THE SAME BUILDING.
SHANNON...WELCOME TO THE MAQUOKETA BUSINESS COMMUNITY!
DENNIS VOY

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

IT WAS A RAINY MORNING IN MAQUOKETA!
1.3 INCHES OF RAIN! WE NEEDED IT.
THEN SUNSHINE AND BREEZY THIS AFTERNOON AND HIGH OF ONLY 79.
POSSIBLE RAIN AGAIN TONIGHT AND THEN SUNNY TOMORROW WITH A HIGH
OF 88.
THE REST OF THE WEEK LOOKING GOOD TOO.

NO MAQUOKETA NEWS TODAY FOR THIS REPORT. SORRY.

TODAY, NO OBITS FOR LOCAL NEWS....MAQUOKETA OR ANY CITY IN AREA. DOES NOT
HAPPEN OFTEN.

THE TIMBER CITY TRAVEL PLAZA (THE BIG TRUCKSTOP) AT SOUTH EDGE OF
MAQUOKETA IS TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR THE POSITION OF MANAGER. THEY ARE RUNNING ADS ON KMAQ FOR POSITION. THERE....A JOB LEAD FOR ANYONE OUT THERE LOOKING FOR WORK.

TALKED TO BOB RUPP AT McDONALD'S YESTERDAY...JUST TURNED 92 AND DOING
GOOD. WAS WITH HIS DAUGHTER PATTI. WIFE CHARLENE DIED ABOUT A YEAR OR SO
AGO.

NO COFFEE WITH JAKE AT McDONALD'S THIS AFTERNOON...JAKE AND JUDY WENT
UP TO RHINELANDER TODAY TO DO SOME FISHING WITH SOME FAMILY MEMBERS.

ME...NEVER HAD LUCK FISHING.

THANKS FOR CHECKING IN AGAIN.

DENNIS VOY





Monday, August 22, 2011

WE STILL NEED RAIN AND MAY GET SOME TOMORROW.
TODAY, SUNNY AND NICE AGAIN, IN 80'S.
WEDNESDAY, WE ARE SUPPOSED TO HIT 90 FOR JUST ONE DAY.

FIRE IN MAQUOKETA SATURDAY AFTERNOON, AT THE JAMES JONES RESIDENCE AT 404 CIRCLE DRIVE. STARTED IN AN UPSTAIRS BEDROOM. TWO YOUNG CHILDREN AT HOME AT THE TIME AND WERE ABLE TO ESCAPE UNHARMED. MINOR DAMAGE TO SOME CURTAINS AND CARPETING IN THE BEDROOM. TOTAL DAMAGE ESTIMATED AT AROUND 5 T0 6 THOUSAND DOLLARS.

POLICE BLOTTER: SUNDAY MORNING, DAVE SCHEER TOLD POLICE SOMETIME SINCE LAST WEDNESDAY, SOMEONE TOOK A PRESSURE WASHER FROM HIS VEHICLE WHILE PARKED AT THE SONAC PARKING LOT ON EAST MAPLE STREET. SONAC IS WHERE SWISS VALLEY FARMS WAS A LONG TIME AGO.
SATURDAY MORNING, LORETTA GREEN FROM THE KEY MOTEL APARTMENTS TOLD POLICE SOME UNDISCLOSED ITEMS HAD BEEN TAKEN FROM HER UNLOCKED VEHICLE.
AND ALSO SATURDAY MORNING, ELSIE SPRINGER ON NORTH OTTO SAID SOMEONE
HAD REMOVED TWO FLAGS FROM HER FLAG POLE OUTSIDE HER HOME.

IN BUSINESS NEWS, THE RADIO SHACK STORE ON WEST PLATT STREET IS NOW
KNOWN AS THE ELECTRONICS PLUS STORE. BASICALLY, THE SAME ITEMS FOR SALE AS IN PAST.
LONGTIME BUSINESSMAN JOHN WAGENER REMAINS THE OWNER AND JUDY DAGUE CONTINUES AS MANAGER AT THE SAME LOCATION.
SO, IN AUGUST, THE SUPER 8 MOTEL NAME AND THE RADIO SHACK NAME
DISAPPEAR IN THE BUSINESS WORLD IN THE TIMBER CITY.

FURNISHINGS UNLIMITED IS CLOSING IN DOWNTOWN MAQUOKETA AND A CLOSING SALE
IS BEING HELD NOW. SO, BILL MOLER'S CLOTHING BUILDING (EMPTY FOR NEARLY 3 YEARS) SOON GETS AN OCCUPANT (DIAPER BUSINESS) AND RIGHT NEXT DOOR, THE FURNISHINGS STORE WILL BE EMPTY SOON. AND A CHANGE IS COMING UP AT THE DOWNTOWN BAKERY. MORE ON THAT LATER.

82 THE HIGH TODAY.

HAVE A GOOD WEEK!

DENNIS VOY

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

WARM TODAY AGAIN...85. WEEKEND WEATHER LOOKS PRETTY GOOD.

THE CITY OF MAQUOKETA HAS RECEIVED A FEDERAL GRANT OF $88,244 TO EXTEND THE
RUNWAY 500 FEET. THE PROJECT IS ABOUT A YEAR AWAY.
SOME LAND MUST BE ACQUIRED FIRST.

ON THE LOCAL GOLF SCENE...
THE MAQUOKETA COUNTRY CLUB ANNUAL TOURNAMENT TO DETERMINE TOP GOLFERS
OF 2011 IS OVER.
IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT, KENT RUPPERT DEFEATED DAVE DAVIS TO BECOME
THE MAQUOKETA COUNTRY CLUB'S 2011 CLUB CHAMPION.
THE FIRST FLIGHT WAS WON BY BRIAN HINTGEN, WHO DEFEATED LARRY DAVIS.
AND THE 2ND FLIGHT WAS WON BY TOM PETAROS, WINNING HIS MATCH OVER SAK
KLEIN.
AND IN LADIES GOLF...
THE 3-RIVERS TOURNAMENT WAS HELD AUGUST 13TH AT THE 3/30 CLUB IN LOWDEN.
FIRST PLACE WAS TAKEN BY LOWDEN. AND TAKING 2ND PLACE, THE MAQUOKETA
TEAM. FOR MAQUOKETA, THE MEDALIST WAS NICKY GOODALL.

THE MAQUOKETA CITY COUNCIL APPROVED A PERMIT TO ALLOW A CLASSIC CAR
SHOW ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH IN DOWNTOWN MAQUOKETA. COUNCILMAN
DON SCHWENKER ALONG WITH THE CORONADO CAR CLUB ARE PUTTING TOGETHER
A CLASSIC CAR SHOW. THE COUNCIL APPROVED CLOSING MAIN STREET FROM PLATT TO QUARRY STARTING AT 5 P.M. THE DECKER HOTEL PLANS TO HAVE A "LIVE"
BAND AND BEER GARDEN DURING THE EVENING, SO JAMES STREET FROM SECOND TO
MAIN STREET WILL BE CLOSED. SCHWENKER SAID THE EVENT WILL BE JUST
CARS AND MUSIC AND CRUISING. HE SAID KMAQ WILL BE PLAYING 50'S AND
60'S MUSIC DURING THE EVENING.

THE MAQUOKETA CARDINAL FOOTBALL TEAMS WILL BE HOSTING THEIR ANNUAL
"SPORTS DRINK" SCRIMMAGE TOMORROW AFTERNOON AT 5:30 P.M. AT GOODENOW
FIELD. COST FOR ADMISSION WILL BE TWO BOTTLES OF POWERADE OR GATORADE.
A CONCESSION STAND WILL BE OPEN AND T-SHIRTS AND OTHER CARDINAL ITEMS
WILL BE SOLD.

HAVE A NICE WEEKEND EVERYONE.

DENNIS VOY

Thursday, August 18, 2011

ANOTHER NICE DAY IN IOWA!

A JACKSON COUNTY JURY THIS AFTERNOON FOUND THE MILWAUKEE MAN, JASON BROWN, AGE 31, GUILTY OF ROBBERY IN THE FIRST DEGREE FOR HIS INVOLVMENT IN THE ROBBERY OF THE ANDREW BRANCH OF THE MAQUOKETA STATE BANK. THE JURY CAME BACK AT 1:30 P.M. AFTER RECEIVING THE CASE AT NOON. LUNCH WAS SERVED AT THAT TIME AND IT IS NOT KNOWN IF THEY DELIBERATED DURING THEIR LUNCH
TIME. THE JUDGE SAID BROWN WILL BE SENTENCED AT 9 A.M. ON SEPTEMBER 16TH.
PROSECUTORS SAY THE ROBBERY IN THE FIRST DEGREE IS A FORCEBLE FELONY WITH A MANDATORY 25 YEAR SENTENCE AND THAT BROWN WILL BE REQUIRED TO SERVE 70%
OF THE TIME, OR OVER 17 YEARS. THERE WILL BE NO BAIL. BROWN HAS BEEN HELD IN THE JACKSON COUNTY JAIL ALMOST A YEAR AND WILL REMAIN THERE UNTIL THE SENTENCING. THERE WAS ANOTHER MAN WHO WENT INTO THE BANK WITH
BROWN LAST SEPTEMBER AND THE STATE PROSECUTOR SAID THE INVESTIGATION
OF THE BANK ROBBERY WILL CONTINUE.

THE MAQUOKETA CITY COUNCIL THIS WEEK ASKED ENGINEERS TO DRAW UP PLANS
TO PAVE 17TH STREET AND MATTESON STREET. THE COUNCIL DID NOT SAY HOW THEY WILL PAY FOR THE WORK. THE ONE STREET, 17TH, IS THE ONE BEHIND WAL MART
THAT LEADS INTO THE PRAIRIE CREEK GOLF COURSE SUBDIVISION. THAT WILL BE NICE TO HAVE THAT PAVED. KIND OF BAD NOW THAT THERE IS A GRAVEL ROAD
CONNECTING THE CITY WITH A SUBDIVISION AND GOLF COURSE.

TWO VEHICLES COLLIDED AT MAIN AND APPLE AT 6:40 MONDAY NIGHT. NO INJURIES.
ONE DRIVER, MARISSA TILL, AGE 15, OF MAQUOKETA, WAS CHARGED WITH STOP SIGN VIOLATION. THE OHTER DRIVER, ROBERT CLARK, AGE 46, OF MAQUOKETA, WAS DRIVING SOUTH ON MAIN AND TILL WAS AT THE INTERSECTION WITH APPLE. SHE
PULLED OUT ONTO MAIN AND HIT THE CLARK VEHICLE. $2,000 IN DAMAGES TO TILL'S 2004 JEEP AND $4,000 DAMAGE TO CLARK'S 95 LINCOLN.

MAQUOKETA WILL HAVE A NEW BARBER SHOP, STARTING AUGUST 23RD, IN THE SAME PLACE THAT THE LATE BARBER, SHIFTY DAVIS WAS LOCATED FOR MANY YEARS....AT 101 E. PLATT STREET. OWNER WILL BE SHANNON BURNS AND IT WILL BE KNOWN AS SHANNON'S BARBER SHOP. MAQUOKETA YEARS AGO HAD MANY BARBERS.
NOW, WE HAVE BOB'S ON SOUTH MAIN, DAN'S ON NORTH MAIN, BILL'S ON WEST
PLATT, AND A COUPLE BEAUTY SHOPS ALSO GIVE MEN'S HAIRCUTS. BILL'S
(BILL MERRICK)IS OPEN SOME EARLY MORNINGS ONLY AND GIVES FEW HAIRCUTS ANYMORE. HE HAS BEEN AT HIS SHOP SINCE 1952.

MAQUOKETA OPENS THE FOOTBALL SEASON ON FRIDAY NIGHT, AUGUST 26TH, AT
MANCHESTER, AGAINST WEST DELAWARE. MATT CLARK, WHO NOW LIVES IN
CEDAR RAPIDS, WILL BE DOING PLAY-BY-PLAY OF THE GAMES AGAIN THIS YEAR
ON KMAQ-FM AND OUR WEB SITE.

DAVE JOHNSON...HAPPY 72ND. STILL MAKING LOANS TWO DAYS A WEEK AT
THE MAQUOKETA STATE BANK. AND HE'S STILL QUIET AND SHY AS ALWAYS.

CHECK THE PHOTOS BELOW THAT I TOOK YESTERDAY AT THE IOWA STATE FAIR.

DENNIS VOY





YESTERDAY, NANCY AND I ESCORTED THE KMAQ TRAVEL BUS TO THE STATE FAIR
IN DES MOINES. LEFT THE FAIRGROUNDS AT 7:30 A.M. AND WE WERE BACK JUST
AFTER 8:30 LAST NIGHT. GOOD WEATHER. BIG CROWDS. ALL 46 OF US HAD
A GOOD TIME. RED HENTON HEADED FOR THE HORSESHOE PITCHING AREA AND
DEMONSTRATED HIS SKILL TO ONLOOKERS. WE SAW THE FAMOUS BUTTER COW.
WENT PAST THE PUMPKIN PATCH. VISITED CONNIE TJARKS AT HER "KNOT ENOUGH
TYME" BOOTH WHERE FRIEND MARILYN WILLEY WAS HELPING HER FOR A COUPLE DAYS.
CONNIE (RURAL MAQUOKETA AND ROTARY PRESIDENT) IS COMMITTED TO BEING AT
HER BOOTH FROM 9 AM UNTIL 9 PM EVERY DAY OF THE FAIR. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO WENT ON THE KMAQ TRIP. THAT'S THE WAY TO GO! THE BUS TOOK US RIGHT
DOWN TO THE MAIN AREA OF THE FAIR AND PICKED US UP THERE TOO. NO WALKING
FROM THE PARKING LOTS A LONG WAY AWAY. DURING THE FIVE HOURS ON THE FAIRGROUNDS, LOTS OF WALKING AND LOTS OF FOOD!
NEEDLESS TO SAY....SLEPT WELL LAST NIGHT!
CLICK-ON THE PHOTOS BELOW TO ENLARGE THEM.
DENNIS VOY





Tuesday, August 16, 2011

TODAY'S (TUESDAY) DAILY REPORT IS BELOW THIS ONE!

PRESIDENT OBAMA MADE AN UNSCHEDULED STOP AT THE MAQUOKETA HIGH SCHOOL
THIS AFTERNOON AROUND 4 O'CLOCK.
HE LEFT HIGHWAY 61 (TRAVELING SOUTH) AND HIS MILLION-DOLLAR BUS WENT
DOWN PLATT STREET AND TURNED ON TO VERMONT AND UP TO THE HIGH SCHOOL.
SUPT. KIM HUCKSTADT SAID HE HAD ABOUT A 3-MINUTE NOTICE THAT OBAMA
WAS COMING TO THE HIGH SCHOOL. HUCKSTADT SAID THERE WERE TEACHERS AT THE HIGH SCHOOL TODAY FOR IN-SERVICE DAY, BUT THEY HAD LEFT. THE HIGH
SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL TEAM WAS IN THE GYM FOR A PRACTICE SESSION AND THE PRESIDENT SHOOK HANDS WITH ALL OF THEM AND THEY HAD THEIR PICTURE TAKEN WITH HIM AS A GROUP. HUCKSTADT SAID HE TALKED WITH OBAMA AND THAT
OBAMA BROUGHT UP EDUCATION TO HIM AND THEY TALKED ABOUT "CHILD LEFT
BEHIND" AND A COUPLE OTHER MATTERS. KMAQ'S LEIGHTON HEPKER WENT UP TO THE HIGH SCHOOL BUT THE LOCAL MEDIA WAS NOT PERMITTED TO GO INTO THE SCHOOL. OBAMA'S VISIT TO MAQUOKETA WAS ABOUT 20-25 MINUTES LONG. WE ALSO LEARNED THAT EARLIER TODAY, RETIRED MAQUOKETA VOCAL MUSIC TEACHER, PAM CRAWFORD, NOW
TEACHING PART TIME IN DUBUQUE COUNTY, SANG THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AT PEOSTA
TODAY PRIOR TO OBAMA SPEAKING AT THE SCHOOL THERE.
SO, SOME EXCITEMENT TODAY IN THE TIMBER CITY. THE VOLLEYBALL TEAM
WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER TODAY'S PRACTICE ON THE COURT AT MCHS.

AS FOR THE TRIAL AT THE COURTHOUSE, TOMORROW, ONE MORE WITNESS WILL
GO ON THE STAND AND THEN THE TRIAL IS EXPECTED TO RECESS FOR THE REST OF THE DAY AND FINAL ARGUMENTS WILL BE DONE THURSDAY MORNING AND THE CASE WILL
GO TO THE JURY. A VERDICT IS EXPECTED THURSDAY AFTERNOON OR SOONER.

NOW...HOPE YOU WILL GO TO TODAY'S REGULAR TUESDAY DAILY REPORT BELOW.
AND THANKS FOR CHECKING IN ONCE...OR FOR SOME OF YOU, A SECOND TIME.
DENNIS VOY
NICE DAY...80
RAIN LATER TONIGHT AND TOMORROW MORNING.

PRESIDENT OBAMA JUST WENT THROUGH JACKSON COUNTY ON A BUS TRAVELING SOUTH FROM PEOSTA. EVERY ENTRY TO 4-LANE 61 WAS COVERED
BY AN EMERGENCY VEHICLE, TO BLOCK TRAFFIC UNTIL THE COACH WENT PAST.
HIGHWAY 61 PAST MAQUOKETA MINUTES AGO OPENED TO TRAFFIC AGAIN.
I THINK HE STAYS OVERNIGHT TONIGHT IN DAVENPORT AND THEN ON TO A COUPLE
SMALL ILLINOIS CITIES TOMORROW WITH MORE SPEAKING TO SMALL-TOWN AMERICA
ABOUT HIS "JOBS" PLAN. AND WEARING NO TIE! I THINK THE PRESIDENT SHOULD
WEAR A TIE EVERYWHERE HE GOES IN PUBLIC. COAT NOT NECESSARY, BUT TIE FOR
SURE.

THE BANK ROBBERY TRIAL CONTINUED ALL DAY TODAY. NO VERDICT.

THE MAQUOKETA CITY COUNCIL HIRED A NEW PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR.
HE IS FRANK ELLENZ, 54, OF WYNONA, MINNESOTA. HE IS EXPECTED TO START IN MID-SEPTEMBER. HE WORKS FOR AN ENGINEERING FIRM IN MINNESOTA AS AN INSPECTOR. HE HAS NO EXPERIENCE IN WORKING FOR CITIES. HIS STARTING
SALARY WILL BE $52,000 A YEAR AND HE WILL RECEIVE A RAISE IN 6 MONTHS.

DID YOU KNOW? THE MAQUOKETA RIVER IS A TRIBUTARY OF THE MISSISSIPPI
RIVER, APPROXIMATELY 150 MILES LONG.

NOW...YOU LEARNED SOMETHING TODAY.

NO REPORT TOMORROW. I'M TAKING A NEARLY FULL KMAQ TRAVEL BUS TO THE
IOWA STATE FAIR.

GOING TO TRY THE NEW POPULAR "BUTTER ON A STICK" AT THE FAIR.

DENNIS VOY

I JUST LEARNED PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS STOPPED AT THE MAQUOKETA HIGH SCHOOL.
IF THAT IS TRUE, I'LL COME BACK LATER IF I FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION.

IT IS NOW JUST AFTER 4 P.M.

DENNIS VOY



Monday, August 15, 2011

NICE DAY TODAY....78
TOMORROW SHOULD BE THE SAME...
SOME RAIN IN FORECAST TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY.

TODAY IS JURY SELECTION DAY FOR THE BANK ROBBERY TRIAL IN MAQUOKETA.
SIXTY JURORS WERE SCHEDULED TO BE QUESTIONED TODAY.
AS SOON AS THE JURY IS SELECTED THE OPENING STATEMENTS WILL BE MADE
BY THE TWO ATTORNEYS.
NEW AT THE COURTHOUSE IS A METAL DETECTOR AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE
HALL LEADING TO THE COURTROOM. ALL THE JURORS, ATTORNEYS AND VISITORS
ARE REQUIRED TO GO THROUGH THE DETECTOR.

JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF DEPUTIES BELIEVE THEY HAVE SOLVED 80 PERCENT OF THE BURGLARIES CONCERNING COPPER AND SCRAP METAL, WITH THE ARREST OF FOUR
PEOPLE OVER THE WEEKEND, ON VARIOUS FELONY CHARGES. ARRESTED:
JASON TURNER, AGE 39, OF RURAL MAQUOKETA.....CHRISTINE CASEL, AGE 42, OF
RURAL MAQUOKETA.....AND CHARLES CASEL, JR, OF RURAL MAQUOKETA. HE HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM JAIL. ALSO ARRESTED WAS JENS BARTEN, AGE 19, OF DELMAR.
ONE OF THE PLACES BURGLARIZED WAS THE ROGER AND AUDREY WILMS RESIDENCE
ON 13TH STREET. NUMEROUS TOOLS, MONEY AND COPPER WERE TAKEN. MANY OF T HE BURGLARIES AND COPPER THEFTS IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF JACKSON COUNTY HAVE BEEN CLEARED. MOST OF THE COPPER AND SCRAP METAL HAD ALREADY BEEN CASHED
IN.

CITY COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT. A NEW PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR MAY BE HIRED.
THEY WILL ALSO BE TALKING ABOUT TRAILS, WIND TURBINES, AND RE-DISTRICTING
THE CITY'S FIVE WARDS.

SCHOOL STARTS THURSDAY IN MAQUOKETA. AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL, KIDS WILL
NOTICE NEW HAND RAILS FOR THE STAIRS AND LOT OF NEW PAINT. AT CARDINAL
ELEMENTARY, NEW CARPET AND A NEW LIGHTING SYSTEM. AT BRIGGS ELEMENTARY,
NEW CARPET, PAINT AND NEW LIGHTS AND EACH HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WILL
RECEIVE A NEW LAPTOP COMPUTER. BUT,THEY DON'T GET IT UNTIL NOVEMBER.

A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT LATE SUNDAY NIGHT AFTER IT HIT A DEER ON HIGHWAY 61. DWAYNE EDWARDS OF MAQUOKETA WAS DRIVING SOUTH ON HIGHWAY 61, FOUR MILES NORTH OF MAQUOKETA WHEN A DEER RAN ONTO THE ROAD AND INTO THE DITCH. $7,000 DAMAGE TO THE 2OO8 TRIUMPH CYCLE. EDWARDS DID NOT SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION.

A MINOR ACCIDENT REPORTED IN CASEY'S PARKING LOT AT 700 EAST PLATT STREET. ARLENE JORGENSEN, AGE 89, WAS BACKING UP IN THE CASEY'S LOT AND 6:30 LAST NIGHT AND HIT A VEHICLE REGISTERED TO IAN EARLES OF MAQUOKETA. DAMAGES LISTED AT $200 TO EARLES 2010 CHEVY AND $100 TO JORGENSON'S 2002 OLDS.

POLICE BLOTTER: TOM STEVENSON OF BUTTERNUT STREET REPORTED SATURDAY
THAT HE FOUND A KNIFE IN ONE OF THE TIRES ON HIS VEHICLE.
AND ERIN MILLERL OF EAST GROVE STREET REPORTED YESTERDAY MORNING THAT THE WINDOW WAS BROKEN OUT OF A BACK SHED AND THE PAINT WAS SCRATCHED ON A HARLEY DAVISON MOTORCYCLE.

THE MAQUOKETA FIRE DEPARTMENT WAS CALLED TO RIVER VILLAGE APPARTMENTS LATE LAST NIGHT BUT NO FIRE WAS FOUND. FIREFIGHERS WENT TO 401 N. ARCADE #205 AT 9:18 LAST NIGHT TO A REPORT OF A SMELL OF SMOKE.

THE MAQUOKETA HIGH SCHOOL WILL START UP A BOWLING TEAM. THE SCHOOL BOARD APPROVED THE ADDITION OF BOWLING LAST WEEK. A COACH HAS YET TO BE HIRED.
THE HIGH SCHOOL SEASON WILL RUN NOVEMBER THROUGH FEBRUARY WITH A TOURNAMENT BEGINNING FEB. 18TH AND LEADING TO THE STATE TOURNAMENT FEB. 24TH.
THE SEASON IS SCHEDULED FOR 12 MEETS. OTHER WAMAC SCHOOLS WITH BOWLING PROGRAMS ARE DEWITT, WEST DELAWARE, WESTERN DUBUQUE AND MARION.

HAVE A GOOD WEEK.

HAPPY BACK TO SCHOOL! TO KIDS! AND TO PARENTS!

DENNIS VOY





THE MAQUOKETA VFW (VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS) FIRST-EVER "CORN BOIL"
WAS HELD LATE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AT THE OPEN-AIR NEW "VOLUNTEER HALL" ON THE FAIRGROUNDS IN MAQUOKETA,AT EAST END OF GRANDSTAND.
IT WAS SPONSORED BY THE POST AND LADIES AUXILIARY. BOILED CORN (FROM
NIM'S GARDENS) AND BUTTERFLY PORK SANDWICH PREPARED BY THE JACKSON COUNTY
PORK PRODUCERS ON THEIR MOBILE GRILL. ALONG WITH POTATO SALAD, BAKED BEANS,
AND ICE CREAM...A TASTY MEAL FOR ONLY $7.00! NOT A GOOD TURN-OUT, SORRY TO SAY, BUT THOSE WHO ATTENDED WERE HAPPY ABOUT THE FOOD AND MUSIC.
IN MIDDLE PHOTO BELOW, ROGER SCHNOOR OF THE POST AND ROSEMARY BICKFORD
OF THE AUXILIARY WERE AT THE ENTRANCE TO SELL TICKETS. MUSIC (BOTTOM PHOTO)
BY MATT McPHERSON (LEFT) AND MARK THEISEN. A COUPLE OF TALENTED
MUSICIANS AND SINGERS. CLICK-ON PHOTOS TO ENLARGE THEM.
AND THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ATTENDED THE EVENT YESTERDAY.
CHECK OUT THE MAQUOKETA VFW WEB SITE SOMETIME. JUST GOOGLE MAQUOKETA VFW.
DENNIS VOY (VFW LIFETIME MEMBER)



Sunday, August 14, 2011

CLICK-ON PHOTO BELOW TO ENLARGE IT.

DAY 11: NOT AS EASY AS DELIVERYING A BABY!

IT'S CALLED: "GETTING IN SHAPE FOR THE FOOTBALL COACHING SEASON AHEAD"

Friday, August 12, 2011

SLIGHTLY CLOUDY DAY TODAY AND POSSIBILITY OF RAIN LATER TODAY OR TONIGHT.
HOPE NOT! I HAVE THE FAMILY MOVIES SMURFS/ZOOKEEPER STARTING TONIGHT
AT THE DRIVE-IN AND SHOULD HAVE A VERY GOOD WEEKEND IF THE WEATHER
STAYS DESCENT. IT WAS 61 YEARS AGO TONIGHT THAT THE 61 DRIVE-IN OPENED.
IT WAS THE 11TH OF AUGUST, BUT A FRIDAY NIGHT. SEE AD BELOW.

HAD A PIZZA PARTY HERE AT NOON TODAY FOR JACI MOORE, WHO HAS BEEN A STUDENT
ANNOUNCER FOR US HERE FOR 4 YEARS. AND A GOOD ONE! AND NOW SHE
GOES TO KIRKWOOD IN CEDAR RAPIDS WITH CLASSES STARTING IN A COUPLE WEEKS.
GOOD LUCK TO HER!!

A BIG TRIAL IN MAQUOKETA NEXT WEEK. ON TRIAL WILL BE A MILWAUKEE MAN
WHO ALLEGEDLY ROBBED THE MAQUOKETA STATE BANK ANDREW OFFICE ALMOST A YEAR
AGO.

A STUDY WILL BE DONE IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS TO DETERMINE THE FUTURE
OF THE MAQUOKETA MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC UTILITY'S POWER PLAN. AT THE BOARD MEETING LAST NIGHT, MMEU MANAGER MIKE NICKESON SAID THE POWER PLANT DOES NOT PRODUCE ENOUGH REVENUES FOR WHAT IT COSTS TO OPERATE. THERE ARE FIVE EMPLOYEES CURRENTLY WORKING AT THE PLANT AND ANOTHER EMPLOYEE IS ON
MILITARY LEAVE.

THE MAQUOKETA VFW IS SPONSORING A FIRST ANNUAL CORN BOIL SUNDAY FROM
4 UNTIL 7 AT THE VOLUNTEER HALL AT THE FAIRGROUNDS. PORK CHOP SANDWICH AND ALL THE CORN YOU WANT FOR ONLY $7. "LIVE" MUSIC ALSO ON THE
VOLUNTEER HALL STAGE. SEE YOU THERE.

HAVE A NICE WEEKEND.

CLICK-ON THE 61 DRIVE-IN AD TO ENLARGE IT.

DENNIS VOY


GRILLING FOR CHARITY IS A MAQUOKETA STATE BANK EVENT THEY SPONSOR A COUPLE TIMES A YEAR, TO HELP A LOCAL CHARITY. IN JUNE, THEY HAD ONE FOR THE
HUMANE SOCIETY AND RAISED OVER $2,000. TODAY, THEY HAD ONE FOR THE
JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, TO RAISE MONEY TO PURCHASE HONDO,
A NEW K-9 OFFICER. IN THE BANK'S NORTH PARKING LOT, TENTS AND CHAIRS
WERE SET UP, THE BIG GRILL WAS BROUGHT IN FOR COOKING PORK AND BEEF BURGERS AND THERE WAS ALSO LEMONADE, CHIPS AND BAKED GOODS MADE BY M-S-B STAFF
MEMBERS. ALL THE FOOD WAS FREE, BUT DONATIONS WERE ACCEPTED FOR THE
HONDO K-9 FUND. THE M-S-B EMPLOYEES DO ALL THE WORK, INCLUDING GRILLING
AND THE FOOD IS PURCHASED BY THE BANK. AND, AN EXTRA FEATURE THIS TIME WAS THE "DUNK A SHERIFF EMPLOYEE" DUNK TANK AT 3 BALLS FOR A DOLLAR.
DEPUTIES AND OFFICE PERSONNEL TOOK TURNS IN THE TANK. I BOUGHT 3 BALLS AND ON THROW NUMBER 1, I DUNKED KAREL WELLS, IN PHOTO BELOW. SHE WORKS
IN THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE. A BEAUTIFUL DAY TODAY AND ANOTHER GOOD TURN-OUT.
THANKS TO M-S-B FOR DOING THESE GRILLING EVENTS. CLICK-ON THE 3 PHOTOS BELOW TO ENLARGE THEM. CLICK A SECOND TIME, AND AN EVEN LARGER PICTURE.



Thursday, August 11, 2011

ANOTHER NICE DAY.
MORE COMING.

GOV. TERRY BRANSTAD IS ASKING PRESIDENT OBAMA TO DECLARE JACKSON AND
DUBUQUE COUNTIES AS MAJOR DISASTER AREAS. STORMS DUMPED MORE THAN
A FOOT OF RAIN ON THE TWO COUNTIES LAST MONTH.

ON THE POLICE BLOTTER:
SHERYL BATSON OF THE HURST HOTEL APARTMENTS SAID SOMEONE TRIED TO
BREAK INTO HER APARTMENT AND STORAGE AREA YESTERDAY.
AND ROBERT CRITTER SAID HIS CAR WAS VANDALIZED WHILE PARKED AT
WALMART OVERNIGHT.

ALLAN SCOTT, 61, OF ELGIN, ILLINOIS DIED SUNDAY AFTER A BATTLE WITH CANCER.
HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE, THREE CHILDREN, TWO BROTHERS, DAVID SCOTT OF
MAQUOKETA AND KERRY SCOTT OF BALDWIN AND A TWO SISTERS, INCLUDING
PATRICIA CAHILL OF DELMAR.'

SHORT REPORT TODAY.

DENNIS VOY


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

BEAUTIFUL DAY TODAY....NO HUMIDITY AND HIGH OF 75. MORE COMING FOR THE
REST OF THE WEEK AND WEEKEND.

ON THE POLICE BLOTTER:

RON DELAGARDELLE REPORTED YESTERDAY MORNING THAT THE TIRES WERE SLASHED
ON HIS TRUCK OVERNIGHT AT 505 N. WALNUT.
DAVID BYRD, 119 N. JONES, REPORTED SATURDAY THAT A CASE OF CD'S WERE
TAKEN.
DUSTIN EDWARDS OF BRIDGPORT AUTO SALES SOUTH OF MAQUOKETA REPORTED
SATURDAY THAT ONE VEHICLE HAD THE WINDOWS BROKEN OUT.
AND JASON WATTERS REPORTED SOME ITEMS WERE TAKEN FROM HIS VEHICLE
SUNDAY WHILE PARKED AT SHAKERS JUST WEST OF LAMOTTE.

IN MAQUOKETA BACK TO SCHOOL NEWS, SUPT. KIM HUCKSTADT SAID MONDAY
THAT THERE ARE ABOUT 72 KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS SIGNED-UP FOR CLASSES TO
START AUGUST 18TH. HE SAID IF THE NUMBERS INCREASE TO 80, THEY WILL
HAVE 5 SECTIONS. THERE ARE 5 TEACHERS, BUT ONE COULD TAKE OVER THE READING
POSITION WHICH IS VACANT. AT THE HIGH SCHOOL, THERE ARE 570 STUDENTS REGISTERED SO FAR, WHICH IS UP 8 STUDENTS. THERE ARE STILL 67 IN QUESTION. THERE ARE 32 ANDREW STUDENTS REGISTERED UNDER THE WHOLE GRADE SHARING PROGRAM. AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL, 355 STUDENTS REGISTERED, BUT THEY HAVE NOT HEARD FROM 40. AT CARDINAL ELEMENTARY, REGISTRATION IS DOWN A LITTLE. NO NUMBERS AVAILABLE. BRIGGS ELEMENTARY HAS 292 REGISTERED, BUT 30 EXPECTED TO STILL REGISTER, MAKING THE TOTAL ABOUT WHERE THEY THOUGHT IT WOULD BE.

A BIRTH: ABBY BRUNS AND STEVEN GOULDER OF DAVENPORT ARE PARENTS OF
A BOY BORN MONDAY AT GENESIS EAST HOSPITAL IN DAVENPORT. PATERNAL
GRANDPARENTS ARE ALAN AND KARLA BRUNS OF MAQUOKETA.

ENJOY THE NICE WEATHER.
AND
ENJOY A MOVIE AT YOUR LOCAL THEATRE SOON.

DENNIS VOY

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

NO NEWS REPORT TODAY.
BELOW, ARTIST PAT COSTELLO, BEING INTERVIEWED ON "JUST TALK" THIS MORNING
BY LEIGHTON HEPKER. THEY TALKED ABOUT PAT'S 35 YEARS IN
MAQUOKETA THAT STARTED WITH THE REFURBISHING OF THE OLD MILL EAST
OF TOWN AND THEN OPERATING HIS STUDIO IN IT UNTIL RETIRING.
HE IS MOVING TO ARIZONA A WEEK FROM TODAY. HIS DAUGHTER AND FAMILY
LIVE THERE AND WEATHER THERE WILL BE BETTER FOR JOAN'S HEALTH. DURING THE WINTER, HE WON'T BE TOO FAR EITHER FROM HIS LONGTIME PAL, HAPPY JOE, FOUNDER
OF HAPPY JOE'S PIZZA CHAIN. PAT LIVED AND WORKED IN JOE'S HOMETOWN OF DAVENPORT BEFORE COMING TO MAQUOKETA. PAT'S TAKING HIS VINTAGE PICKUP WITH HIM. WE'LL MISS BOTH PAT AND JOAN OF COURSE. PAT BROUGHT A LOT OF VISITORS/TOURISTS TO OUR CITY OVER THE YEARS THAT CAME TO SEE HIS STUDIO AND BUY HIS PRINTS. THE MILL IS FOR SALE.
PHOTO BY DENNIS VOY
CLICK-ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE IT


Monday, August 08, 2011

IT HAS BEEN A VERY WET DAY IN MAQUOKETA.
WE HAVE HAD OVER 3 INCHES OF RAIN ALREADY AND IT IS STILL RAINING AS YOU WILL SEE IF YOU GO TO THE KMAQ WEB CAM (LISTEN BUTTON) ON HOME PAGE,
KMAQ.COM

A MAQUOKETA MAN, JOSEPH POTTER THE 3RD, AGE 42, IS IN JAIL ON $5,000 CASH BOND AFTER HE WENT FOR A GUN WHEN A JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF DEPUTY ATTEMPTED TO STOP HIM. DEPUTY SHERIFF MIKE PETERS SAID POTTER WAS SHOWING A GUN TO CHILDREN AT LITTLE BEAR PARK AT 7:52 FRIDAY NIGHT. PETERS FOUND POTTER RIDING HIS BICYCLE AT NORTH 5TH STREET AND GROVE SHORTLY AFTER AND WHEN
PETERS TRIED TO STOP HIM, POTTER'S HAND WENT TO HIS POCKET. DEPUTY PETERS
GOT HIM TO THE GROUND AND IN HIS POCKET, THE DEPUTY FOUND A LOADED 32
CALIBER PISTOL WITH FIVE ROUNDS. THE DEPUTY ALSO FOUND A TUBE WITH
WHITE POWDER, USED FOR METH. POTTER WAS ARRESTED WITHOUT INCIDENT.

THE MAQUOKETA ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT WILL BE ASKED TOMORROW AFTERNOON AT A MEETING AT CITY HALL TO ISSUE A SPECIAL USE PERMIT TO ALLOW A WIND TURBINE TO BE BUILT NEAR THE MAQUOKETA YMCA.

THE MAQUOKETA SCHOOL BOARD WILL MEET AT 6 TONIGHT AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE.
ONE OF THE ITEMS ON THE AGENDA IS TO POSSIBLY APPROVE OF A HIGH SCHOO
BOWLING TEAM.

HAVE A GOOD WEEK.

DENNIS VOY

Friday, August 05, 2011

83 THE HIGH TODAY.
COOLER TOMORROW AND SUNDAY.
HAL SPRAGUE OF SPRAGUE SMALL ENGINE SERVICE ON EAST PLATT HAS TWO OR THREE NEW SNOWBLOWERS ON DISPLAY OUT IN THE FRONT OF HIS BUSINESS.
DOES HE KNOW SOMETHING WE DON'T?

THERE WILL BE ONE CONTESTED RACE FOR MAQUOKETA SCHOOL BOARD.
YESTERDAY WAS THE DEADLINE TO FILE FOR THE SEPTEMBER 13TH ELECTION.
THREE OPENINGS ON THE MAQUOKETA BOARD. INCUMBENTS BILL SCHWENKER,
ANNE HAWKS AND MARK PAPE DECIDED NOT TO SEEK RE-ELECTION. TODD
GREEN OF 417 THOMAS AVENUE FILED FOR SCHWENKER'S SEAT. MIKE HAYWARD,
113 ANDERSON STREET, FILED FOR PAPE'S POSITION. I UNDERSTAND THERE
ARE TWO MIKE HAYWARDS IN MAQUOKETA. THIS MAN WORKS FOR THE MAQUOKETA
STATE BANK. AND THERE ARE TWO CANDIDATES FOR THE HAWK'S POSITION.
SUSAN RISINGER OF 716 SWIFT COURT AND DAVID SYBESMA OF 816 COUNTRY CLUB
LANE.

THE HOSPITAL IN MAQUOKETA RECENTLY STARTED OFFERING DIGITAL MAMOGRAPHY SERVICES. IT IS THE LATEST TOOL FOR EARLY DETECTION OF BREAST CANCER.
DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY EMITS A LOWER LEVEL OF RADIATION THAN TRADITIONAL
FILM TESTS. IT MEANS QUICKER EXAMS AND LESS NEED FOR SECOND EXAMS OR
RETAKES.

GOT AN EMAIL TODAY FROM JOHN WELLS, HEAD MAN FOR VINTAGE TORQUEFEST.
THE 3RD ANNUAL EVENT WILL BE IN MAQUOKETA THE 1ST WEEKEND IN MAY.
JOHN SAID YOU CAN READ ABOUT TORQUEFEST 2012 IN BOTH HOT ROD AND HOT ROD
DELUXE MAGAZINES. NEW THIS YEAR WILL BE TWO STAGES...ONE IN BIKER AREA
FOR ROCK AND ROLL AND THE OTHER FOR ROCKABILLY AND OLD TIME COUNTRY.
ALSO NEW WILL BE A "PIN-UP" CONTEST, SUITABLE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY.
AND HE SAID THE CORONADO CAR CLUB OF MAQUOKETA WILL HAVE A MUCH BIGGER
ROLE THIS YEAR AT TORQUEFEST. MORE GOOD NEWS IS THAT A HUGE CAR SHOW NEAR CHICAGO IS MOVING THEIR SHOW ABOUT 2.5 HOURS OUTSIDE CHICAGO AND AS A RESULT, OUR MAQUOKETA SHOW WILL BE GETTING MANY MORE PEOPLE WHO WILL SKIP
THE ONE THAT IS MOVING THEIR LOCATION. JOHN'S FIRST ESTIMATE FOR 2012 IN MAQUOKETA, 500 TO 600 VINTAGE CARS. GOOD NEWS FROM JOHN INDEED!!

ROBERT CHRISTIANSEN HAS MORE JACKSON COUNTY PHOTOS ON HIS NEW WEB SITE,
listjacksoncountyia.com

JAY SWENSON, NEW PROGRAM DIRECTOR AT THE YMCA IN MAQUOKETA, SAID TODAY
THAT SOCCER SIGN-UP IS UNDERWAY AND HE HAS MOVED THE EARLY-BIRD DEADLINE
TO THIS COMING TUESDAY, AUGUST 9TH. AND HE IS LOOKING FOR MORE VOLUNTEER SOCCER COACHES. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SOCCER
SIGN-UP OR COACHING, CALL HIM AT 563-652-6566.

MAQUOKETA NO LONGER HAS A SUPER 8 MOTEL. THE NAME WAS CHANGED AS YOU
WILL SEE IN THE PHOTO BELOW. THE NEW SIGNS WENT UP THIS WEEK.
ONLY THE NAME WAS CHANGED. GLEN KARPINSKI IS THE OWNER OF MOTEL AND ANDY CLARK THE MANAGER. KARPINSKI ALSO OWNS McDONALDS RIGHT NEXT TO THE MOTEL.

HAVE A NICE WEEKEND.

DENNIS VOY

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

86 TODAY.

ONE PERSON HAS FILED NOMINATION PAPERS FOR MAQUOKETA SCHOOL BOARD.
THE DEADLINE TO FILE IS AT 5 P.M. THURSDAY.
TODD GREEN HAS FILED PAPERS FOR DISTRICT 1, CURRENTLY HELD BY
BILL SCHWENKER. SCHWENKER AND ANNNE HAWKS ARE NOT RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION.
MARK PAPE HAS NOT FILED FOR RE-ELECTION AT THIS TIME.
I DO NOT KNOW GREEN AND KNOW NOTHING ABOUT HIM.

THE MAQUOKETA AREA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION HAS MADE A NAME CHANGE, TO
COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF JACKSON COUNTY. THE DECISION TO DO THIS
WAS MADE TO BETTER REFLECT THE EXPANDED FOCUS AND COMMITMENT TO
SERVE ALL OF THE JACKSON COUNTY AREA. THE FOUNDATION WAS FOUNDED IN 1982 AND NOW HAS OVER $4 MILLION IN ASSETS.

WE STILL HAVE SEATS LEFT ON THE KMAQ BUS GOING TO THE STATE FAIR
TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY. SIGN-UP HERE AT KMAQ. FOR MORE INFORMATION,
GO TO WWW.KMAQ.COM AND CLICK-ON THE BUS.'

COOLER WEATHER COMING TOMORROW. WEATHER FOR THE WEEKEND SHOULD BE SUPER.

DENNIS VOY

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

93 TODAY
DIDN'T MAKE 97
MID 80'S TOMORROW
LOW 80'S THURSDAY AND FRIDAY

THE MAQUOKETA CITY COUNCIL AT THEIR MEETING LAST NIGHT DECIDED TO INTERVIEW
CANDIDATES BY PHONE FOR THE CITY'S PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR. 4:30 UNTIL 6:30 TOMORROW AFTERNOON.

A TIRE CAME OFF A VEHICLE AND DAMAGED A CAR IN THE ROTMAN MOTORS LOT
ON WEST PLATT STREET YESTERDAY. RONNIE ALBIN, AGE 30, WAS DRIVING
WEST ON PLATT AT 5 YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AND THE FRONT DRIVER'S SIDE
WHEEL CAME OFF AND ROLLED ACROSS TRAFFIC AND HIT A CAR IN THE ROTMAN
LOT. DAMAGES WERE LISTED AT $50 TO ALBIN'S 1999 DODGE TRUCK AND
$700 DAMAGE TO A 2008 PONTIAC PARKED IN THE LOT.

MAQUOKETA POLICE REPORT A HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT SUNDAY MORNING. A VEHICLE WAS GOING THROUGH THE WOODLAND TRAILER COURT AT 1200 EAST PLATT STREET AND SIDESWIPED A PARKED VEHICLE OWNED BY ROBERT LEHMAN, AND DROVE OFF.
DAMAGES WERE LISTED AT $1,500 TO LEHMAN'S 1992 CADILLAC.

DEAN STEFFEN REPORTED SUNDAY MORNING THAT SOMEONE CUT THE WIRES ON HIS TRACTOR.

TOM FELLER ON SOUTH SECOND STREET REPORTED SUNDAY THAT SOMEONE TOOK A JOHN DEERE PEDDLE TRACTOR FROM HIS YARD.D

RALPH ROBOWSKY ON SOUTH SECOND STREET REPORTED SUNDAY THAT SOMEONE THREW A BEER CAN AT THE WINDOW OF HIS VEHICLE.

CASEY'S ON EAST PLATT (WE HAVE TWO IN TOWN) REPORTED SUNDAY THAT SOMEONE PUMPED $33.23 IN GASOLENE AND LEFT WITHOUT PAYING.

JERRY FEY REPORTED YESTERDAY THAT SOMEONE TOOK A GUN AND CIGARETTES
FROM HIS VEHICLE ON 35TH STREET.

IN MCHS BASEBALL NEWS, MAQUOKETA SENIOR ROBERT RIVER, SON OF DAVE AND
PAULA RIVER, WAS NAMED TO THE THIRD TEAM ALL-STATE BASEBALL TEAM
BY THE IOWA NEWSPAPER ASSOCIATION. ROBERT WAS SELECTED AS AN OUTFIELDER.
HIT A LOT OF HOMERS FOR THE CARDS THIS SEASON. CONGRATULATIONS TO
ROBERT.

BY THE WAY, DURING THE FAIR, I DID AN INTERVIEW WITH HIS GRANDFATHER
ROSS RIVER, LONGTIME MAQUOKETA BUSINESSMAN. THE FIRST COUNTY FAIR
WHERE IT IS HELD NOW, WAS IN 1950, AND ROSS WAS THERE, WORKING FOR
THE EXTENSION OFFICE, HIS FIRST JOB AFTER GRADUATING FROM IOWA STATE. ROSS
THEN WENT INTO THE SERVICE AND CAME BACK TO MAQUOKETA IN EARLY 50'S TO
START HIS BUSINESS AND HE'S STILL SELLING TODAY AT 82. AND VIVIAN
IS WORKING WITH HIM ALSO. SHE WAS AN IOWA STATE CYCLONE CHEERLEADER WHEN THEY STARTED DATING.

ALSO INTERVIEWED GALE "STICK" STICKLEY AT THE FAIR AND HE ALSO WAS THE ELECTRICIAN FOR THE FIRST YEAR, IN 1950. HE HAD STARTED STICKLEY ELECTRIC IN 1948. HE SAID THE FIRST 10 YEARS, WITH MOSTLY TENTS, HE, WITH HELP,
HAD TO WIRE THE FAIRGROUNDS EVERY YEAR AND TAKE DOWN THE WIRING AND PUT
IN STORAGE UNTIL THE NEXT YEAR. "STICK" IS RETIRED NOW AND THE BUSINESS IS NOW OWNED BY HIS SON DUANE. "STICK" KEEPS BUSY WITH 5 VINTAGE CARS AND
RENTS 8 APARTMENTS HE OWNS. WIFE DONNA DIED LESS THAN A YEAR AGO.

SEE YOU TOMORROW.

DENNIS VOY

Monday, August 01, 2011

88 TODAY.
91 FORECAST FOR TOMORROW.
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, LOW 80'S.

THE FIVE-DAY ATTENDANCE FOR THE FAIR WAS DOWN THIS YEAR.
18,563 AND LAST YEAR, 21,553
THIS YEAR, THE LOWEST SINCE 2006.
BIG DAY YESTERDAY AT 5,463.
THE $500 WINNER LAST NIGHT WAS MITCH DEON.
SATURDAY NIGHT, $250 WAS WON BY SONYA MANGLER AND MELISSA SAMS.
LOW ATTENDANCE WAS ATTRIBUTED TO HIGH HEAT AND HUMIDITY.
LOTS OF COMPETITION TOO....DUBUQUE COUNTY FAIR, THE BIX RACE AND
RAGBRAI WINDING UP IN DAVENPORT.

MAQUOKETA'S WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OFFICE IS SCHEDULED TO BE ONE OF THE
31 TO BE CLOSED THIS FALL IN THE FIRST PHASE OF ELIMINATING OFFICES.

THE MAQUOKETA CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT AT 7.

MAQUOKETA'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN JUNE WENT UP TO 7.1 PERCENT. IN
MAY IT HAD BEEN 6.4.

HAVE A GOOD WEEK.

DENNIS VOY