The Chicago Auto Show concluded earlier this week. If you didn’t get a chance to make it this year, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Scroll down and take stroll through the show with our recap. -Chevrolet – Lego® Batmobile from Chevrolet Perhaps the most interesting display in the entire show belongs to the Lego® Batmobile from Chevrolet. It’s 17-foot long, nearly 7-foot high and a little over nine feet wide. It weighs over 1,695.5lbs with each tire weighing over 100lbs! It took 344,187 Lego® bricks to create, using a total of 17 different colors. The interior frame weighs over 282lbs and is made of more than 86sq-ft of square-tube aluminum! The “vehicle” is featured in the upcoming Warner Bros. movie “The LEGO® Batman Movie”. Chevrolet created a hilarious webpage dedicated to the Batmobile complete with “features” and “stats” such as the 60.2L [...]
Looking for a fun summer road trip? You don’t have to look far for a trip full of scenic beauty, culture, history, and recreation. The Great River Road National Scenic Byway passes through the tri-state area following the course of the Mississippi River. The 3,000 mile road travels from northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico and takes about 36 hours of straight driving to travel north to south. Most people take four to 10 days to make the journey, but you can plan a shorter trip and only drive a portion of it! There are [...]
St. Marks Community Center Karen Tuecke Marketing – Director at St. Marks Can you tell us a little about St. Marks? St. Mark Community Center is a non-profit, non-denominational organization. You might hear “St. Mark” and think it is religious but it is not. St. Mark used to be the old Lutheran church and they donated it to us as a community center in support of under-served youth. We are within the school districts where we have five schools now. We work with kindergarten through fifth grade where we have licensed teachers doing before and after-school academic programming so we are actually listed as an educational institution. We are the only ones in the area that provide before and after-school educational activities.
It was the one field trip that the 4th and 5th graders were jealous of the 6th graders for – Camp Courageous. It was singularly, the best, field trip and with good reason, everything they had you do at the camp was fun and interesting. Last year was the first time I met Charlie Becker, the Camp’s Director, it brought me back to the fond memories I had of the field trip there oh-so-many years ago. Charlie was at Runde’s again earlier this week talking to us about everything that had happened to the camp over the last year. We had quite a bit of catching up to do. Hello again Charlie, how have things been at the camp? Things have been going great. Last year we ended up using the donation we got from Runde’s to completely remodel our dormitory. We have three dormitories [...]
A couple of months ago Jordan Degree got a Chevy HHR for the Dubuque Art Center from Runde’s. The Are Center had plans to get it wrapped in a vinyl coat and that’s exactly what they did! Jordan says he is loving the HHR and is very pleased with how the wrap turned out. Check out the pictures below and look out for it on the roads!
We recently had a chance to interview Perry Mason of Radio Dubuque to get an inside peek of what goes on behind the scenes of the 3rd of July Air and Fireworks Show. Since then Perry and his crew have picked up the 21 vehicles they needed from Runde’s and they are being put to good use by the troops. These are the vehicles that will serve their basic transportation needs as they travel around the Tri-State area over the next week or so. After they arrived at the Dubuque Regional Airport the other day, we got a chance to take an up-close look at a few of the planes that will be in the show. Enjoy a small glimpse of the planes that will be at the show! And if you’re interested in checking the planes out in person or possibly taking a ride on one, CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.
A few days after we spoke with Perry Mason for behind the scenes details of the 3rd of July celebration his crew came in to pick up their vehicles. To get an idea of what the process is like when they pick up the vehicles we made this little video to document what Perry describes: “Just super, the best of the best vehicles and they are all ready to go. I can’t even tell ya… it’s great” [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnqjYwMKH3s] It’s as easy as 1…2…3!
**Update: Check out our footage of the Air Show planes HERE. Many families in the Tri-State area have made a tradition of gathering together to watch the 3rd of July air show and fireworks display. There is a lot of time, effort and hard work put into the event. Perry Mason, the General Sales Manager at Radio Dubuque, is one of the important people behind the scenes who helps organize the July 3rd event every year and is here to explain the show and what it takes to make the spectacular performance happen. Perry knows a thing or two about throwing a good show and has been involved with the air show through its entirety of 25 years. Perry explains, “This is the 25th anniversary of the air Show. We have one of the biggest shows in the nation. Going to the show not only provides a great bonding and get-together time with family [...]
Jordan Degree, of the Dubuque Art Center, was in this week at Runde Chevrolet to pick up a vehicle for the Art Center. Last year I had the opportunity to get to know Jordan and learn about what the Art Center offered the community. This year we got an update from Jordan about what’s happening with the Art Center and what they have planned for the vehicle they purchased. Hey Jordan, last year you were here to borrow the Community Support Truck for the Art Center, right? How did it work out for you? Yes, we were moving to our new location at 137 Main Street in Dubuque – we are on the first floor. That was actually the second time we used the [...]
It's about that time of year again. Decorated eggs, fun family games and the 2nd largest quantity of candy kids will ever get in one day. And while there are many parents out there who go all out and spare no expense on Easter baskets for their children during the holiday weekend, there are also kids locally who don't exactly have equally warm-hearted Easter experiences. That's where Chuck 'N' Jo's comes in to save the [holi]day!
Last year, Chuck 'N' Jo's donated over 800 baskets to Children’s Hospitals and local non-for-profit groups that help children, like the Maria House and St. Marks. This year marks their 4th year of the Easter Baskets of Love and it is bigger and better than ever before! They will have over 1200 Easter baskets that will be delivered to kids and senior citizens this Easter. And they're distributing the baskets to a greater number of charitable places compared to last year!
We stopped by Chuck 'N' Jo's today to visit Connie Jo (one of the founders of this noble event) to see the baskets and talk with Connie about the event a little more. Looking at a collection of the baskets felt like looking into the future a bit. There were so many of them and I began to get a mental glimpse of the happiness that they were g
While the new vehicles being displayed at the auto show were fascinating and exciting, there’s something about vehicles that haven’t been seen on the road for a long time that strike that same emotion. Looking at some of the first vehicles ever invented really gave me an up-close and personal look at just how far we have come. Take a gander at the vehicles below… They were using wood as a body frame material and actual lanterns were being used as lights. Automotively speaking, some things that we find today to be primitive are beautiful in my mind. But beauty aside, I don’t think the National Committee for Highway Safety would see lit lanterns hanging from a vehicle as “safe”. In the event of an accident in today’s world, open flames and potentional gas leaks aren’t exactly seen as the best [...]
The McCormick building – Where the magic happens. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and go on record saying the Chicago Auto Show is the auto lovers’ candy store. The autos are eye candy for kids of all ages. “Bake me up a fresh batch of those Chevy’s, Candyman!!!” Walking in the entrance to the show floor, it becomes overwhelming to think which direction to go first. Shortly after glancing over the offerings, it becomes apparent that your hours are turning into minutes and that the closing time of 10pm is far from fair. For those of you who couldn’t make the show, have no fear! Runde’s has you covered! Over the next week or so look forward to a review of the Auto Show, starting today with a few vehicles that were on display from Chevy. Check [...]
The holiday season is here and spirits are up for most. It’s a time of reflection and giving thanks as they say. But when is the last time you really thought about how you could give back to those who aren’t as fortunate as yourself? I would like to introduce to you the Runde’s Raising Awareness Series. The goal of this series is to bring awareness to various non-profit organizations around the Tri-State area that provide truly selfless services for those in need of help. These organizations run mainly through donations and volunteer work and are almost always in need of contributions or further assistance. We ask only one thing if nothing else is gained through this series: that you realize and acknowledge that these good deeds are being done in our very own community. Our first organization is The City of East Dubuque: The City of East Dubuque Giving Tree (Wreath) Every year The City of [...]
Well maybe you don’t LOVE them but I’ll tell you who, or what, doesn’t mind them. The Chevrolet Volt. In the following video you will see the volt triumph over bad road conditions and some pretty nasty potholes. I remember when I used to run into a pothole and think: “I bet the manufacturer didn’t think of this when they developed the car.” But I guess I was wrong… [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CAW_QfRUZE]
There are things that make you happy on the inside. Perhaps seeing someone you love prevail in something they always wanted to do, or watching a cartoon while sitting on the couch at home all snuggled up with your family, or maybe it’s something so small as to hear the crunch of Fall leafs under your feet. Hopefully reading about the Foodpack Program in Dubuque is something that makes you feel like the world is steering itself in the right direction. The selflessness of some who make sure that the less fortunate are taken care of is the reason for the existance of the Foodpack Program. Yesterday I was watched the movie The Pursuit of Happyness. In the movie Will Smith plays as a man who is broke and barely gets by trying to sell medical equipment to doctors. This man cares deeply for his son and insists on [...]
It’s almost time for the sky to light up as the 3rd of July show is just around the corner and Gary Weiner, account executive at Total Image Marketing, is telling us how the event is organized and what goes into the planning. Going all of these years to the 3rd of July show myself, I found it interesting to hear some information from someone behind the scenes. Hello Gary, can you tell me a little bit about the event? This is the single largest event in Dubuque. This is the 24th annual year that Radio Dubuque has been involved with the event. It is a combination air-show and fireworks display. The Air Force has estimated our crowd at, well, let’s just say in the tens of thousands. Where is the show located? The central location for the show is at Bowling and Beyond’s [...]
Our good friend, Casey Klein from the East Dubuque Business and Tourism Council, sent us a nice letter the other day thanking us for our coverage of the Independence Day Celebration. She wrote: “On Behalf of the East Dubuque Business and Tourism Council, thank you for your generous support and patronage of the Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration. You did a super job on the Runde Auto Group Web site! Thank you for making the East Dubuque Business & Tourism Council look good! All your efforts are greatly appreciated. As we get closer to the event, if you or your staff have any questions please don’t heistate to call or e-mail. Please join us on Sunday, June 28th. Thank you again. Continued success in all you do! Cordially, Casey Klein” We’d like to remind [...]
Raise your hand if you don’t like to have fun. Those of you who raised your hand can stop reading this post now, thank you for your time. For the remaining fun-loving individuals still here, listen up. East Dubuque is having an Independence Day Celebration on Sunday, June 28th from 1pm ’til dusk. Runde’s is very excited that we are sponsoring and donating to this event but we are even more excited to go to it. We were so anxious for the event that we decided to kidnap Casey Klein, board member of the East Dubuque Business and Tourism Group, in order to gain more information about the event. So Casey, can you describe for me what the Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration event is?
It’s almost time to decorate those eggs and indulge in candy – Easter is approaching quickly (April 12th) and some people may not get the opportunity to celebrate the holiday. That’s why organizations like Maria House here in Dubuque, Iowa are starting to gather materials to build baskets. The baskets are intended for families who receive aid from Maria House so that everyone can celebrate Easter and have fun during the Easter holiday. Sherry McDonell who has been a member of Maria House since before it opened explained to us the way the organization works. Sherry, who “absolutely loves working for Maria House” explains: Maria House provides transitional housing for women with children who are in need of shelter. Starting in 1989, women of the city council came across a grant for homeless women and women with children to provide housing. After [...]
Bill Brosnahan, president and tournament director of the Walleye Anglers Trail, stopped by the Runde Suzuki Store in Hazel Green today and let me interview him to gain a better understanding of what’s W.A.T. Hello Bill, so I hear you have a big fishing event coming up, care to explain it a bit? Oh sure, the tournament circuit has been in existence since 1999. Now, there are four annual Walleye tournaments held on the Mississippi river … usually stretching from Genoa, WI to Albany, IL. How many people participate in the event? There are 35 teams as of today, it will probably get up to 40 teams before the Genoa tournament which takes place April 5th. Teams consist of two people, usually partners, friends, or father and son. The competitors can fish in three different pools in each area we go to. When are the rest [...]
I recently had an opportunity to interview a friendly face here at Runde. Gary Reiter has been a committed member of the Runde group and is always a joy to be around. Let’s get to know him a little better. What do you do here at Runde’s? I’m the Manager of the Reconditioning Department at Runde Suzuki-Predriven. How long have you worked here? Oh, I’ve been here for a little over two years now. Are you originally from the area? Yes, I’m originally from Dubuque. What is your best experience at Runde’s to date?
This trip may not be as entertaining as Chevy Chase’s European Vacation, but it’s still a pretty cool story! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-W50U2RP6g] A few guys from Motor Trend Magazine took the new Dodge Challenger SRT-8 on a 3,000 mile trip across Europe. They started in England, meandered around Europe, and wound up back in England 10 days later. Along the way, they stopped in Brookland to see the 1st race track that was constructed in 1907, they crossed the English Channel and went to Paris. They got the car up to 140 mph on Champs Elysees roadway in town. The Parisians were very accepting of them and the car, giving them thumbs up and cheering. They drove through old World War I battlefields of Verdan & Argonne on their way to Germany. They drove about 138 mph on [...]
For those of us who thought this winter couldn’t be any worse than last year…I think we probably agree by now that this year could prove us wrong. A snow and ice storm swept across the entire state last night, causing pretty much every school in the state to cancel, and caused a lot of businesses to close. I know it has been pretty quiet in here today…a lot of our workers had trouble getting in to work at all, or they were late because of road conditions and snowed-in vehicles. I talked with a few of the staff members who did make it in, and most, if not all, had 4-wheel drive vehicles, and put them to good use trying to make it to the office! I, unfortunately, do not have 4-wheel drive, and I got my G6 stuck in the middle of our un-plowed side street trying to back out of our driveway. My husband [...]
Talk of the auto industry has filled the news the last few months, but what isn’t getting much attention are the incentives the auto manufacturers are offering these days. They have reached near-record numbers, and there are some great deals going on! IntelliChoice.com has named some of the best auto deals for the month of December, so check them out!! Ford Mustang Base & GT Ford Escape Hybrid Ford Employee Pricing Plu$…Up to $7,000 in combined discounts & rebates on most 2008 models Chrysler 300C Up to $8,000 in combined discounts & rebates on Chrysler Town & [...]