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Hess awarded for meritorious service

Susan M. Hess, attorney at Hammer Law Firm, was awarded for meritorious service from the Iowa Defense Counsel Association at its annual meeting and seminar. She was also recognized by the board for service from 2017-2023 and as past president of the organization.

Dubuque County publishing firm acquires 3 local magazines

ASBURY, Iowa — A Dubuque County publishing company has acquired three Dubuque-area magazines.

Beginning in November, RTN Publishing will be publishing Julien’s Journal, a lifestyle magazine; CHOICES for Fifty Plus, a magazine for readers ages 50 and older; and Tri-State Home Trends, a magazine dedicated to the housing industry, according to a press release.

The release states that the three magazines were purchased from G.A. Publishing.

RTN Publishing was founded and is owned by Robin and Terri Nichols, of Asbury. Robin Nichols has more than 30 years of experience in the publishing industry, has founded two companies and has started several magazines.

Current Julien’s Journal publisher Gina Siegert; John Moran, a key employee; and the entire editorial staff will remain with the magazine, according to the release.

Roofing company receives gold

Jim Giese Commercial Roofing, of Dubuque, received the Versico Roofing Systems’ 2022 Gold Medal Quality Award, which recognizes Versico contractors that have consistently provided superior craftsmanship and high-quality installations.

Travel Dubuque receives best of award

Travel Dubuque received a 2023 Best of Meetings Today Award, which acknowledges the top meeting facilities and destination marketing organizations in North America and the world.

Staver receives service award

John Staver, utility commission treasurer for Cuba City (Wis.) Light & Water, received the WPPI Energy Community Service Award. It acknowledges utility managers and public officials who demonstrate commitment to volunteerism in their community.

Burbach receives credentialed manager designation

Dubuque Assistant City Manager Cori Burbach received the Credentialed Manager designation from the International City/County Management Association. This recognizes members with significant experience as a senior management executive in local government and who have demonstrated a commitment to high standards of integrity and to lifelong learning and professional development.

Schauer recognized as Hospital Hero

The Iowa Hospital Association recognized Christina Schauer, of MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center, as a Hospital Hero. The award recognizes outstanding hospital employees who go above and beyond the call of duty with no expectation of award or recognition.

Eagle Ridge receives 3 Stella awards

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, of Galena, Ill., received three Stella awards: Silver Medal in the Best Renovation in the Midwest for Stonedrift Spa and Bronze Medals in Best Golf Resort in the Midwest and Best Sustainability Initiative in the Global category.

Community First Bank receives education award

The Wisconsin Bankers Foundation recognized Community First Bank with an Excellence in Financial Education award. Ann Cooley, regional director of the bank’s Lancaster, Wis., branch, will receive a certificate of recognition from the foundation.

Dodds board certified in dermatology

Melissa Dodds, of Medical Associates, passed the 2023 APPLIED Examination and is board-certified through the American Board of Dermatology.