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Cody, WY: Buffalo Bill Historical Center and Cody Chamber Launch Partnership for Cody High Style PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marguerite House   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 14:39

Cody, Wyoming's, western museum complex, the Bill Historical Center, and the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce announced Friday, December 29, 2012, that the Chamber has taken the reins of the cutting edge Cody High Style Fashion Show held each September as part of the city-wide Rendezvous Royale. In addition, the two entities will now collaborate to produce the Cody High Style western design exhibition—a partnership that will continue to see that the event is held at the Center as part of Rendezvous Royale.

“In much the same way as we have worked so successfully with the Chamber to host the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, we now add the highly popular Cody High Style into the mix,” explains Bruce Eldredge, the Center’s Executive Director and CEO. “The Chamber staff will manage the two events while we continue to provide space for the Cody High Style western design event.”

For a number of years, the fashion show has been held in the Center’s main lobby area with the runway erected above the admissions area. “Without a doubt, we’ve had an extraordinary time with our designers, models, and attendees,” Eldredge adds. “However, we’ve embarked on a new strategic plan and have begun to examine how we use our resources. We simply think that the Chamber of Commerce is best suited to coordinate the fashion show as part of their efforts to promote city-wide events. With our friends at the Chamber in charge, we have no reservations at all that the show will continue to be a highlight for Rendezvous Royale attendees.”

Since 1999, Rendezvous Royale, billed as “celebrating the arts in Cody, Wyoming,” has brought hundreds of visitors to share in fun, engaging activities as summer winds down. The event consists of the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, Cody High Style, Boot Scoot n’ Boogie, and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center’s Patrons Ball.

“We are pleased to strengthen our partnership with the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce and support its efforts to bring more events and activities to our community,” Eldredge said. “In so doing, we’ll attract more visitors—especially in the shoulder seasons—and that is definitely what we’d all like to see.”

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Written by Ryan Burchett   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 14:05
LeClaire, IA, December 29, 2011 – Midwest Living Magazine is bringing another round of national press to Mississippi River Distilling Company in LeClaire.

The publication lists the distillery as one of the “Top 25 Places to Stay, Eat and Play” in their January/February 2012 issue.  Midwest Living showcases travel, food and culture in Midwest states of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.  The article can be found on page 55 of the magazine or on their website

Writers for the magazine joined a public tour of the distillery over the summer.  “They didn’t tell us who they were until after the tour,” said owner/distiller Ryan Burchett.  “But at the end of the tour, they were really excited.  Once they told us who they were, so were we!”

The article describes the distillery as a “sophisticated yet earthy craft distillery near the Quad Cities” and encourages readers to visit the distillery for a free public tour and “prepare to cheer for the two brothers who started it all in December 2010.”

The distillery was one of two attractions in the Quad Cities to be recognized as Hotel Blackhawk is also on the 2012 list. 

The national press attention has been growing for the little distillery as featured the distillery last week.  Owner and distiller Garrett Burchett says it’s exciting to see the region gaining steam as a tourist destination.  “It’s an honor to be included among some of the best tourist destinations in the region.  We feel like we’re just one part of a larger attraction that is LeClaire and the Quad Cities as a whole.  It’s great that people across the country are starting to take notice.”

Mississippi River Distilling Company is open from 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday and from 12 to 5 PM Sundays.  Free tours are offered to the public daily on the hour from 12 to 4 PM or by appointment.  The tour takes visitors through the entire distilling process.  Tours end in the Grand Tasting Room with free samples of products for those patrons over 21 years of age. 


Braley Works to Help Families Traveling Over the Holidays PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Friday, 23 December 2011 14:51

Presses Transportation Secretary LaHood to stop airlines from sending parents and kids to the back of airplanes 


Washington, DC – As the holiday travel season ramps up again this week, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today urged US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to ensure airlines aren’t treating parents traveling with young children unfairly.

A Wall Street Journal report last month raised questions about the perils many parents face when traveling by air with young children.  The Journal reported that many airlines have adopted seating policies that relegate parents traveling with children to the back of the plane.  Many airlines also restrict the type of strollers that can be gate-checked.  Some airlines count diaper bags toward carry-on bag allowances, and charge parents who check both a car seat and a stroller.

“Many Iowans will be traveling by air over the holidays,” Braley said.  “But too often, it seems like families flying with young children have to play by a different set of rules.  From airlines purposefully keeping parents and kids in the back of the plane to charging parents fees for strollers and diaper bags, airlines should treat parents traveling with kids just like any other passenger.  That’s why I’ve requested that Transportation Secretary LaHood immediately review airlines’ policies.”


The full text of Braley’s letter to LaHood follows.  A copy of the letter can also be downloaded at the following link:



December 19, 2011

The Honorable Ray LaHood

Secretary, Department of Transportation

1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE

Washington, D.C. 20590


Dear Secretary LaHood:

I want to direct your attention to a recent article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal.  This article details the travel nightmares that many families with small children go through while flying.  I’ve included a copy of the article for your reference.

As a parent, I know firsthand how stressful traveling can be with young children.  A parent’s worst nightmare is being separated from their young child because the child’s seat was re-assigned to the back of the plane.  This is something that clearly happens quite frequently.

As we approach the holiday travel season, millions of families with small children will be traveling by air around the country.  That being said, I would like to know what rules the Department of Transportation has in place to ease the stresses placed on families with small children who travel during the holidays.  Please provide me with an answer to the following question:

What rules does the Department have in place to ensure that airlines do not separate children from their parents when traveling by air?

If there are no rules in place, please explain why.

I ask that you please provide me with a response to this letter within 10 business days.  Thank you for your attention to my request and please feel free to contact me if I can provide further assistance.



Bruce L. Braley


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Use this winter to find bald eagles along the Mississippi River PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jessica Waytenick   
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 16:13
GALENA, Ill. – The Mississippi River is the second most-visited natural resource in the United State, after the Grand Canyon. The bald eagles find it a pretty popular place to visit as well.


Each year from mid-December through February, thousands of bald eagles migrate south to winter along the Mississippi River near the lock and dams. Turbulence created below the dams provides open water and a smorgasbord of stunned fish for eagles to feast upon. In addition, the wooded bluffs that overlook the Mississippi are excellent habitat for roosting and an increasing number of cases nesting. It’s not uncommon to see more than 10 eagles in one tree!


Bring your binoculars and take a trip this winter to this Upper Mississippi River region in Iowa and Illinois to catch a glimpse, perhaps for the first time, of the country’s national symbol. Take part in the many bald eagle watches throughout January and February in the communities that line the banks of the Great River Road from Dubuque, Iowa, south to Quincy, Illinois. For more information on planning a winter Mississippi River getaway, visit is now hosting a contest so you can win a weekend getaway this winter to go eagle watching in one of five different communities along the Mississippi River in Illinois and Iowa. Sign up today at The contest continues through January 20, 2012.


Weekend getaways include: Quad Cities, Iowa and Ill. - January 6-8. This package includes four tickets to Bald Eagle Days, the Midwest's largest event dedicated to bald eagles, and an overnight stay at the Ramada in Bettendorf, Iowa with an indoor pool and complimentary deluxe hot breakfast. Drawing will be held on December 20, 2011.


Galena/Jo Daviess County, Ill. - January 15, February 12 or 26. Pack your bags for an exquisite bald eagle watching getaway! Stay overnight at Illinois' oldest operating hotel, DeSoto House Hotel, located directly on Galena's Main Street. Enjoy breakfast for two at their Courtyard Restaurant before you board the bus for the half-day tour. Eagle Nature Foundation's Terrence Ingram will lead you on an insightful tour of bald eagle habitats, feeding habits, migration movements, life history and survival problems. Bring your binoculars and telescopes to Galena and Jo Daviess County this winter! Drawing will be held on December 27, 2011.


Muscatine, Iowa - January 27-29. This Eagles & Ivories Getaway Package includes two tickets to the Eagles & Ivories Ragtime Concert Series, an overnight stay for two at the Clarion Hotel, and $50.00 in Muscatine Chamber Bucks redeemable at restaurants, shops, and more. Drawing will be held on January 4, 2012.


Quincy, Ill. - January 28-29. The Microtel Inn & Suites in Quincy is hosting a special FAB Getaway for you and it includes food, architecture and bald eagles. Tour an exclusive East End home, as well as the Villa Kathrine, watch for bald eagles at the local lock & dam and enjoy excellent cuisine! Drawing will be held on January 4, 2012.


Henderson County, Ill. - February 4. This getaway includes a one night stay at the historical Hotel Lynn in Biggsville. Enjoy a fun-filled day of eagle watching at Lock & Dam 18 with complimentary refreshments. Many eagles will be on-site nestled in the trees along the banks of the powerful Mississippi. A copy of the new Henderson County commercial is included in your prize package so you can show your friends where you went on your trip! Drawing will be held on January 20, 2012.


More than a dozen travel & tourism groups in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois have joined forces to promote traveling along the Upper Mississippi River Valley. Visit or find us on Facebook to check out regional events, trendy shopping areas, charming restaurants and historic sites. Use the website to plan your next getaway!

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Flight information update: Additional Allegiant flights from MLI to Mesa, added especially for bowl-bound travelers to AZ PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cathie Rochau   
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 09:31

Airport officials found out late this afternoon, that Allegiant has agreed to add two more departures to Mesa, AZ, in anticipation of those travelers who may be following the Iowa Hawkeyes to the Insight Bowl in Tempe, AZ, on December 30th.  Allegiant added two round trip flights at the request of airport officials, knowing that the nonstop flights and extra choices in dates will be very alluring to regional area fans.

Non-stop flights on Allegiant will depart for Mesa, AZ on 12/28, and 12/31.  “The extra departure on the 28th is very important at this point because our regularly scheduled (nonstop) flights on Tuesday the 27th and Thursday the 29th on Allegiant are completely booked.” says Bruce Carter, Director of Aviation.

Cathie Rochau, Marketing Representative adds “The additional nonstop flights to/from Mesa will likely serve those fans interested in returning the day after the game, and making it home in time to celebrate New Year’s Day. Plus, if people choose to go back to work on Monday, they can do so with a little time to relax.”

If fans would like to stay and enjoy the warmer climate, nonstop return flights are also on January 3 and 5, 2012. January 1 was a regularly scheduled return flight and has also sold out.  Fans can call their travel agent for assistance or Allegiant, or visit Allegiant’s website at

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