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Act Three: The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
Act Three: The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival (JDIFF), only in its third year of existence, looks to have a box office hit on their hands. The festival, which is slated for April 23-27 in downtown Dubuque, is adding an extra day, a second box office location, more venues, and due to an extensive marketing campaign, the number of film submissions has increased. The motion pictures are the heart and soul of any film festival and the event organizers are excited about their offerings this year.
Remembering the Making of the Field of Dreams
Remembering the Making of the Field of Dreams
Twenty-five years ago, the whimsical and iconic baseball movie, Field of Dreams, was filmed on a farm in rural Dyersville. As the movie brought a mythical midwest into reality, it became commonplace to encounter its big stars – Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, and Burt Lancaster – right here in Dubuque. People from the tri-states were involved with the movie-making on many levels, from promoting the location, to building movie sets, to serving as extras. Movie production disrupted ordinary life and left memories of a dreamlike summer that injected vitality into the local economy.
Big Price Drops Make Solar a Great Investment
Big Price Drops Make Solar a Great Investment
I remember first seeing a picture of a solar panel in Mr. Johnson’s sixth grade science class. As a boy growing up in the 1980s, I was into Star Wars and spaceships, and I remember thinking, “solar panels look kinda cool, that must be what they use on the sides of Tie Fighters.” But I mostly cared because I knew I would have to answer a test question about renewable energy. After the test, I basically forgot about our free, unlimited power source in the sky, except when I looked down at my calculator and marveled that it could be powered by those tiny cells.
FarmTek Innovation
FarmTek Innovation
A little west of Dyersville, IA, just a few hundred feet off of Hwy. 20 at 1440 Field of Dreams Way, a farm supply company is quietly making a name for itself. FarmTek, which is headquartered in South Windsor, CT, began its Iowa presence in Hopkinton in 1990 in order to be closer to the Midwestern farming communities. They moved to the facility they built in Dyersville in 1997.
Celebrate the Outdoors
Celebrate the Outdoors
I sometimes ponder how quickly the time seems to pass, especially now that I am the mother of two (a one-year-old and a four-year-old), wife, naturalist, housekeeper, cook, member of several community organizations, and runner (literally and figuratively). Honestly, each year that passes seems to pass in fast-forward. I spend a lot of my time planning into the future for programs, events, and service groups, which means living in the present is something I have to make myself think about and act on.
Celebrate the Outdoors
Celebrate the Outdoors
I sometimes ponder how quickly the time seems to pass, especially now that I am the mother of two (a one-year-old and a four-year-old), wife, naturalist, housekeeper, cook, member of several community organizations, and runner (literally and figuratively). Honestly, each year that passes seems to pass in fast-forward. I spend a lot of my time planning into the future for programs, events, and service groups, which means living in the present is something I have to make myself think about and act on.
 
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