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NAILED IT OR FAILED IT: Taking Your Morning Cereal Up A Notch

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We all know you love eating breakfast while watching Good Morning Quad Cities, but this week we are taking it to the extreme.

On Friday, February 15th, during Nailed It Or Failed It on GMQC, we are going to try to make cereal bowls out of cereal! For the recipe, click here. All you need is butter, marshmallows, melted chocolate, and – you guessed it – cereal!

TUNE IN at 6:40 a.m. to see if we NAILED IT or FAILED IT!

Davenport mom giving twins a fighting chance against genetic disease

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DAVENPORT, Iowa-- There's a Davenport home full of love. Four-year-old Natalie Martin is making sure everyone gets a heart sticker this Valentine's Day, from the cats to the TV crew visiting her mom. She's even making sure her nearly two-month-old baby brothers Charlie and Colton get one.

Natalie's mom, Alyssa Martin, welcomed her twins into the world on December 17, 2018. She says they're easy-going.

"They're not that needy," she says. "It's just clock-work. Four hours they want to be changed, they want to be held, they want to be fed."

Martin says they're perfect.

"I can't even believe they have that diagnosis," she says.

Before Colton and Charlie were born, they tested positive for a genetic disorder called Menkes Disease. It's a rare disease, affecting one in every 100,000 babies, usually boys, according to the Menkes Foundation.

"So when you have Menkes, you cannot properly absorb the copper from your food," says Dr. Amy Calhoun, the twin's doctor at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. "The brain doesn't work right. So they have seizures and developmental delays. The tissues that hold your body together like your skin and your tendons are abnormal. So you'll have loose, saggy skin."

Dr. Calhoun most Menkes babies don't live longer than five years, with even fewer living to be ten years old.

It's a disease Martin is already too familiar with. Her first son Dylan, born in 2005, was diagnosed with it at three months old when he started having seizures. Martin started copper injections to try and combat his symptoms.

"We did all the treatment that we could," Martin says. "We didn't find it until later, so it was just too late."

Dylan died a month after his second birthday.

After her twin's diagnosis, Martin decided to try an experimental drug to give her baby boys the best chancing at fighting Menkes. But getting that medicine was a challenge.

"It just seemed like it dragged from there, and Dr. Calhoun was fighting," Martin says.

Dr. Calhoun says she had dozens of pages of paperwork and reports to fill out before being approved for the experimental medicine.

"From the time we started working on the paperwork until we got the medicine, it was five weeks," she says.

In the meantime, they started the FDA-approved copper injections. Dr. Calhoun says those injections are like injecting vinegar into your skin, leaving Charlie and Colton with burning welts.

"They would scream," Martin says, who had to give the injections at home each day. "Sometimes it would be inconsolable."

And after weeks of waiting, the medicine still hadn't arrived. It was stuck at the airport because the polar vortex last month stopped some postal carriers from working.

Dr. Calhoun says a University of Iowa Hospital employee drove to the airport to pick up the medicine for the Martin twins.

"I didn't know until after the fact that they had had that initiative to go and get it and make sure that it was there," Martin says.

The twins have been on their new medicine for two weeks now.

"And their copper levels are looking really good. And the guys are both looking really good," Dr. Calhoun says.

She says many Menkes babies who respond well to treatment will live longer lives with some symptoms. She says some even lead relatively symptom-free lives.

Charlie and Colton will continue treatment for months or years before doctors can say for sure how well it's fighting Menkes.

"(The new drug has) been a complete turn around from what they were experiencing," Martin says.

For now, Martin says she's taking things one day at a time, with doctors visits multiple times a week and shots twice a day for each baby.

She says she hopes her story will raise awareness about Menkes, giving some parents the knowledge they need to catch early indicators of Menkes. She also says people wanting to help can donate to the Menkes Foundation.

Duct tape that bound dog found in freezing Missouri ditch leads to arrest

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. - A Missouri man accused of binding a dog's snout and legs together with duct tape and abandoning the animal in a cold ditch has been arrested, according to the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors charged Paul Garcia, 39, of Barnhart, with animal abuse and armed criminal action after investigators managed to pull a crucial clue from the duct tape, according to KTVI.

A spokesperson for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said one of their deputies found the dog, a dachshund mix, while on patrol Saturday in Imperial Township.

The dog was cold, malnourished, and possibly suffering from a concussion. Police said the temperature was around 30 degrees, and had dipped into the teens the night before.

Prosecutors charged Paul Garcia, 39, with animal abuse and armed criminal action. (Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)

The duct tape was kept as evidence by the deputy and that lead to an arrest of a suspect.

"The deputy [had] that forethought to save that duct tape and take it back to the evidence lab, and the techs worked on it for hours and they were able to slowly peel that duct tape apart and they found a fingerprint on the sticky side of it," said Grant Bissell, a spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

The dog, who officers have nicknamed "Jimmy," was rushed to Ivan Animal Hospital in House Springs and has been in recovery.

"His prognosis looks very good," said Dr. Laura Ivan, veterinarian at  Ivan Animal Hospital. "He has a little bit of a residual head tilt which basically implies that he is off balance a little bit, which when they tilt their head they're actually seeing straight ahead of us. But he's been happy, he wags his tail a lot, he's active, he's eating."

Prosecutors charged Paul Garcia, 39, with animal abuse and armed criminal action.

Authorities don't know why Garcia duct-taped the dog and said they're still looking for the dog's owner.

Garcia remains jailed Thursday evening on a $50,000 cash-only bond.

“You patch one and two pop up”: Temperatures are finally warming up, but pothole work is far from over

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EAST MOLINE, Illinois -- Thursday's warmer temperatures gave public works crews a break from plowing and salting the roads... to repair potholes. Unfortunately, they say the repairs made today are just temporary.

The brutal winter has taken a toll on the roads bringing potholes to streets across the area. But with fluctuating temperatures, East Moline Public Works cannot catch a break.

Marcelo Hernandez, a crew member for East Moline Public Works, spent the day working on 5th Avenue -- a stretch of road riddled with potholes. Crews use asphalt to temporarily fill potholes during the colder months. Still, he said the slushy mess on the roads does not allow for the asphalt to stick.

"This is like the fourth time we've been here this winter already," Hernandez said. "Just over and over and over until it dries up and then our blacktop will stick."

Dave Lambrecht, Director of Maintenance Services for East Moline, said every effort they make to repair the potholes just needs to be re-done.

"It's a never-ending job," Lambrecht said. "You know you patch one and two pop up."

The weather is not only creating more potholes, but it also prevents crews from doing something about it.

"I mean we're well behind the schedule of where I would like to be as far as being out there and that's just because of the weather," Lambrecht said.

Unfortunately for them, mother nature is not giving crews a break anytime soon.

"It's supposed to get more snow on Sunday so really it's just a little band-aid," Hernandez said.

Brian Stumphy lives right across the street from a stretch of potholes. He said he has seen more potholes this year than in the last decade.

"They can't keep up with them all," Stumphy said. "I mean they're plowing and that's just digging up the holes that they've already filled... it ain't their fault, it's the weather."

To report a pothole in your town, click here.

All Major Restorations Roof Giveaway Sweepstakes Rules

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All Major Restorations Roof Giveaway Sweepstakes Rules

Official Rules



WQAD News 8 and All Major Restorations (“Sponsor”) will conduct the All Major Restorations Roof Giveaway Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) in accordance with these Official Rules (“Rules”).  Participation in the Sweepstakes constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, these Rules.  The Sweepstakes is intended for participation in the United States only and is void where prohibited and outside the Sweepstakes Area set forth below.  Do not participate if you are not eligible and located in the United States at the time of entry.

  1.  Eligibility:   Entrants must be homeowners and legal US residents, at least 18 years old or above, as determined by Sponsors and reside in the Davenport, IA – Moline, IL – Rock Island, IL Designated Market Area as defined by The Nielsen Company (the “Sweepstakes Area”). The Sweepstakes Area includes 17 counties in Iowa and Illinois.  In Illinois, the counties include Jo Daviess, Carroll, Whiteside, Bureau, Henry, Rock Island, Mercer, Knox, Henderson, Warren and Knox. In Iowa, the counties include Jackson, Clinton, Scott, Muscatine, Louisa, Des Moines, and Henry. Employees of WQAD, All Major Restorations (“Sponsor”), and Tribune Media Company, employees of other television or radio stations, and members of the immediate families of such persons are not eligible to participate and win.  The term “immediate family” includes spouses, siblings, parents, children, grandparents and grandchildren, and any other person residing at the same household whether or not related.  Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.
  2. Sweepstakes Period: The Sweepstakes begins on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. CT and runs through Friday, March 29, 2019 at 11:59 a.m. CT (the “Sweepstakes Period”).
  3.  Sweepstakes Entry:  There are two ways to enter:

(a) Online Method: Accurately complete the entry form available online at the contest section of  One entry per email address.

(b) Retail Method: Accurately complete the official entry form (while supplies last) at a participating retail outlet in the Sweepstakes Area as follows (one entry per person):

Hungry Hobo, 1635 AVE. OF THE CITIES, MOLINE, IL

Hungry Hobo, 1842 18TH AVENUE, EAST MOLINE, IL

Hungry Hobo, 4101 44TH AVENUE, MOLINE, IL

Hungry Hobo, 902 W. 4TH STREET, MILAN, IL

Hungry Hobo, 2532 18TH AVENUE, ROCK ISLAND, IL

Hungry Hobo, 1640 W. 53RD STREET, DAVENPORT, IA






Hungry Hobo, 1432 W. LOCUST ST., DAVENPORT, IA

Hy-Vee, 2900 Devils Glen Road, Bettendorf, Iowa 52722

Hy-Vee, 939 Angular Street, Burlington, Iowa 52601

Hy-Vee, 3140 Agency St, Burlington, Iowa 52601

Hy-Vee, 901 South 4th Street, Clinton, Iowa 52732

Hy-Vee, 1823 East Kimberly Road, Davenport, Iowa 52807

Hy-Vee, 2200 West Kimberly Road, Davenport, Iowa 52806

Hy-Vee, 2351 West Locust Street, Davenport, Iowa 52804

Hy-Vee, 3019 Rockingham Road, Davenport, Iowa 52802

Hy-Vee, 4064 East 53rd Street, Davenport, Iowa 52807

Hy-Vee, 1700 East Washington Street, Mount Pleasant, Iowa 52641

Hy-Vee, 2400 Second Avenue, Muscatine, Iowa 52761

Hy-Vee, 510 East Sixth Street, Muscatine, Iowa 52761

Hy-Vee, 1975 National Boulevard, Galesburg, Illinois 61401

Hy-Vee, 2030 East Main Street, Galesburg, Illinois 61401

Hy-Vee, 201 West Tenth Avenue, Milan, Illinois 61264

Hy-Vee, 750 – 42nd Avenue Drive, Moline, Illinois 61265

Hy-Vee, 4218 Avenue of the Cities, Moline, Illinois 61265

Hy-Vee, 2930 18th Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois 61201

Hy-Vee, 2001 5th Street, Silvis, Illinois 61282
Water Park Car Wash, 3800 38th Ave, Moline, IL 61265

Brothers Family Restaurant, 1718 2nd Ave, Rapids City, IL 61278

Frank’s Pizza, 711 1st Ave, Silvis, IL 61282

Star Gas Station, 3417 N Harrison St, Davenport, IA 52806

Central Grocery, 234 W 3rd St, Davenport, IA 52801

Corner View Mart, 2400 7th Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201

Dr. Gyro’s, 2519 18th Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201


Received entries become the property of WQAD News 8 and All Major Restorations and will not be returned.  In the Online Entry Method, Entrants will also be given the option to opt in to receiving additional information from WQAD and from All Major Restorations.  Incomplete entries will be disqualified. Multiple entries by means of software-generated or other automated processes will be disregarded.  Detection of said automated entry will lead to such entries being voided in Sponsor’s sole discretion.  Only one registered account per entry.  If multiple accounts are detected for a single entrant, the accounts will be voided and the entries will be disqualified in Sponsor’s sole discretion.  In the event of a dispute as to any registration, the authorized account holder of the email address or account used to register will be deemed to be the registrant.  The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. Potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder.  Sponsor reserves the right to use any and all information related to the Sweepstakes, including information on entrants obtained through the Sweepstakes, for marketing purposes or any other purpose, unless prohibited by law.  Sponsor reserves the right to contact entrants and all other individuals whose email address is submitted as part of this promotion.

  1. Winner Selection and Notification:  On or about Monday, April 1, 2019, Sponsor will select one winner by random drawing from among all eligible entries. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries. Sponsor will attempt to notify the Sweepstakes winner via telephone or email on Monday, April 1, 2019. Winner must have a valid email address and/or phone number where he or she can be notified.  If the potential winner: (a) is unreachable after seven days, (b) is not in compliance with these Rules, (c) does not meet the eligibility requirements, (d) does not provide required documentation and sign any required documents by the deadline established by Sponsor, or (e) is unavailable for prize fulfillment, Sponsor reserves the right to award the prize to another winner selected by random drawing from among remaining eligible entries. Sponsor will conduct up to two alternate drawings. If Sponsor cannot find an eligible winner for the prize, the prize will not be awarded.  All results are unofficial until winners are verified.
  2.  Prize:

There is one winner and one prize.

One winner will receive an Owns Corning roof (limited lifetime warranty, Duration Series shingle) for their home with a fair market value of up to $20,000.  Final value will be determined after meeting with winner and evaluation of home.

  1.  Prize Acceptance/Restrictions:   Winner is subject to verification by WQAD of the winner’s name, age, address, phone number, and Social Security number (where the prize value is equal to or greater than $600.00). In order to claim his or her prize, winner must appear in person at the business offices of WQAD News 8, located at 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL during regular business hours by no later than 5 p.m. on April 30, 2019. Prior to receipt of prize, winner will be required to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability and Publicity, and may be required to provide a completed W-9, per Section 9 below.  Prize cannot be redeemed for cash or substituted for any other items by any winner.  Prize is non-assignable and non-transferrable.  Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a comparable prize of like or greater value, including cash, for prize, for any reason.  Costs of transportation and accommodations, where applicable, and any other cost not specifically included in the prize are the sole responsibility of the winners.  Properly claimed prize will be awarded, provided a sufficient number of eligible entries are received, but in no event will Sponsor award more prizes than are provided for in these Rules.
  2. Publicity Release: By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant acknowledges that his/her entry in the Sweepstakes constitutes that entrant’s consent to use, publish, reproduce and for all purposes, including publicity, promotion and advertising, in any media (including without limitation, the Internet, television or offline promotions), winner’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, and/or hometown and state, and any portion thereof, each extending throughout the universe and in perpetuity without further compensation, credit or right of review or approval, except where prohibited by law.
  3. Taxes: Any valuation of the prize stated above is based on available information provided to Sponsor, and the value of prize awarded to a winner may be reported for tax purposes as required by law.  All taxes, including federal, state, and local taxes, are the sole responsibility of the winner.  Any person winning over $600.00 in total prizes will receive a 1099 form from Sponsor at the end of the calendar year and a copy of such form should be filed with the IRS.  Winner must provide Sponsor with valid identification, and a valid taxpayer identification number or Social Security number for total prizes valued at $600.00 or more, before prize will be awarded.  Sponsor will have the right, but not the obligation, to require winner to complete and submit an IRS form W-9.  Sponsor reserves the right to withhold prizes until the completed W‑9 form is received.
  4. Conditions: Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this Sweepstakes or any portion hereof, or to disqualify any individual implicated in any of the following actions, if for any reason:  (a) infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, actions by entrants, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes, (b) the Sweepstakes or any website associated therewith (or any portion thereof) becomes corrupted or does not allow the proper processing of entries per these Rules, (c) the Sweepstakes becomes corrupted due to interruption in wireless calling devices or wireless service for any reason, or (d) the Sweepstakes is otherwise not capable of running as planned.  By entering, entrants represent that they are eligible and agree to be bound by and comply with the Rules and the decisions of any judges, which are final on all matters pertaining to the Sweepstakes.  Any entrant who attempts to tamper with this Sweepstakes in any way or use fraudulent means to participate in and/or win the Sweepstakes will be disqualified.  Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entrant at any time, for any reason, including, without limitation, language, activities or behavior deemed inappropriate. Sponsor and its advertising and promotion agencies are not responsible for cancellations, postponements, or delays.  Other than the prize received by the winner, no entrant will be entitled to receive any wages, benefits, fees or other compensation whatsoever as a result of participating in the Sweepstakes.  Sponsor will have the sole discretion to administer the Sweepstakes and interpret and apply the Rules.  This Sweepstakes is not intended for gambling.  Neither the failure of Sponsor to insist upon or enforce strict performance of any provision of these Rules nor the failure, delay or omission by Sponsor in exercising any right with respect to any term of these Rules, will be construed as a waiver or relinquishment to any extent of Sponsor’s right to assert or rely upon any such provision or right in that or any other instance. If there is any conflict between any term of these Rules and any marketing or entry materials used in connection with the Sweepstakes, the terms of these Rules will govern.
  5. Indemnification/Hold Harmless: By participating, entrants agree: (a) to release, discharge, and hold harmless Sponsor, Tribune Media Company, prize providers, and their respective affiliates, parents, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and all of their officers, directors, employees, representatives, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from all liability, injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy (under appropriation, intrusion, public disclosure of private facts, false light in the public eye or other legal theory), defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights, death or property damage resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, delivery, possession, misuse or use of a prize (including any travel or activity related thereto), or from participation in and/or entry into or creation of an entry for the Sweepstakes and/or the broadcast or exploitation or use of entry or any other Sweepstakes-related activity; and (b) that the Released Parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guaranty, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to prize.
  6. Limitation of Liability: The Released Parties are not responsible or liable for: (a) any incorrect or inaccurate entry information or other errors in the printing, offering or administration of the Sweepstakes or in the announcement of the prize(s), (b) any error, omission, interruption, defect or delay in operation or transmission at any website, or wireless calling service, interrupted or unavailable network, server or other conditions, (c) failure of any entry to be received by Sponsor due to technical problems, telephone service problems, human error, or wireless calling service, (d) mechanical, technical, computer, hardware or software errors, malfunctions, or failures of any kind, including but not limited to failed, incomplete, garbled, or delayed transmission of entries, traffic congestion, viruses, sabotage, satellite failures, electrical outages, on telephone lines, on the Internet, at any website, or application or lost or unavailable network connections or natural disasters or acts of God or man, which may limit an entrant’s ability to participate in the Sweepstakes,  (e) communication line, hardware and/or software failures, malfunction of phones (including wireless phones/handsets), phone lines, other communications malfunctions, unavailable network connections, cellular equipment towers, telephone systems or wireless service, (f) damage to any computer (software or hardware) resulting from participation in the Sweepstakes, or damage to mobile phone or other PDA device, (g) theft or destruction of, tampering with, unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries and/or entry information, (h) entries that are late, lost, stolen, damaged, illegible, and/or unintelligible (or any combination thereof), or (i) any change of email address, mailing address, telephone number and/or any other contact information provided by entrant.  Any expenses incurred by the entrant during the entry process are the sole responsibility of each entrant and the Sponsor will not issue reimbursement for any expenses.
  7. Dispute Resolution: By entering the Sweepstakes, entrants agree that: (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Sweepstakes, or any prizes awarded, will be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards will be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Sweepstakes but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (c) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses. All entrants agree, by participation in the Sweepstakes, to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts of Illinois.  Illinois law will govern this Sweepstakes, without regard Illinois’s choice of law rules.  The courts of Illinois will be the exclusive forum for any dispute regarding any Rule or activity associated with the Sweepstakes.
  8. Official Rules: To request a copy of the Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to WQAD News 8, located at 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL by 4/1/19.  Written copies of these Rules are also available during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) at WQAD’s business offices or online at
  9. Name of Winner: For the name of the prize winner, send a separate, self-addressed, stamped envelope to WQAD News 8, located at 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL, or appear in person at that location between normal business hours (Monday – Friday, between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) after 4/1/19. Requests for winner’s name must be received by May 31, 2019.
  10. Rights Reserved: The content, information, data, designs and code associated with the Sweepstakes and Sweepstakes website are protected by intellectual property and other laws. Any unauthorized use of copyrighted materials, trademarks, or any other intellectual property of Sponsor.


  1. Sponsor: WQAD, 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL 61265
    All Major Restorations, 1225 E River Dr #320, Davenport, IA 52803


All Major Restorations Roof Giveaway

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If you need to repair your damaged roof or replace your outdated siding, All Major Restorations can help. All Major Restorations specializes in restoring homes and commercial buildings.  If your gutters are broken and causing water damage to your property, we can replace them, too. You can count on us help you with the insurance claim process and restore your structure to like-new condition.

You should consider replacing your roof if it’s:

More than 20 years old
Missing shingles or shedding granules
Covered in mold and moss
Sagging or leaking

Is it time for a new roof?  All Major Restoration wants to give one lucky viewer a new Owens Corning roof for his or her home with a fair market value of up to $20,000!

Just fill out the form below to enter to win.  Deadline is noon on Friday, March 29, 2019.

For sweepstakes rules, click here.


Gov. Kim Reynolds to sign K-12 funding bill

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DES MOINE, Iowa- Iowa governor Kim Reynolds says she will sign an education funding bill as it has passed both the Iowa House and Senate.

Two education funding bills are on their way to Gov. Kim Reynolds after passing both chambers of the Iowa Legislature.

The Republican-led Senate passed the bill  Wednesday, February 14. Four Democrats also supported the bill.

The bill titled "HF 306 will add $89.3 million for the 2019-2020 school year.

This would increase the state’s total K-12 contribution to more than $3.3 billion, a roughly 2%  increase over the current budget.

The new legislation increases the state’s contribution to each student from $6,736. to $6,875.

MidAmerican crews work through dangerous conditions to restore power

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ANDOVER, Illinois -- Wind and ice caused power lines and poles to snap on Osco Road in Henry County during Tuesday, February 12th's, winter storm. Still, the dangerous conditions did not keep power crews from getting the job done.

During Tuesday's storm, the entire town of Andover, Illinois lost power twice. While it was restored overnight, the work was far from over the next day. On Osco Road, more than a dozen power line poles were knocked down by the strong winds and icy conditions.

Dillon Watt, a MidAmerican crew member sent from Des Moines, said when ice coats power lines it creates a serious hazard.

"So when the wind starts blowing it starts to get all that momentum going.... it has a domino effect," Watt said. "Once one goes down then they're going to keep snapping."

Mitch Salek, Electric Operations Supervisor for MidAmerican Energy said nearly 30 crew members were out on Wednesday on Osco Road alone. He said most of them working close to 32 hours in the last 48. However, the white out conditions made getting the job done even harder.

"It`s so cold, it`s hard to move as fast as you want to and do the things that you would on a nice sunny day," Salek said.

Despite the dangerous conditions, crews worked through it to restore power when it was needed most.

"Sometimes it goes unnoticed but I mean that's our job, that's what we're here for. That`s what I signed up for," Watt said. "When people come up and thank us, for what we do, I mean that's the best thing about this job. I mean the nights are long but when we hear people say thank you I mean that means a lot to us really."

Why your home is about to get noisy tonight

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Temperatures soared well into the 40s and even lower 50s across the Quad Cities this afternoon, but now a powerful cold front is moving in that will make these warmer temperatures tumble overnight.

As of 5:30pm this evening a large spread of temperatures is located across the region raining from the teens in northeast Iowa to the 50s in central Illinois. Our high here in the Quad Cities reached a balmy 49 degrees. Once the cold front passes through we’ll see these values drop like a rock ending up in the single digits by Friday morning. Wind chills will be even lower with values of -10° at times.

What does all of this have to do with your house making noises? Remember when we were sent into the deep freeze last week? Even though temperatures are not nearly as cold tonight, the dramatic change will still cause our homes to make some loud noises.

Our homes contain several different materials that are very sensitive to temperature fluctuations, especially ones that occur in short periods of time. With our nearly 45 to 50-degree temperature swing in some locations moving in tonight, we will once again hear some loud bangs and cracks taking place within our homes.

Many screws and fasteners in our roofs and walls are particularly vulnerable to these changes in temperatures as they expand and contract in size. This change also causes other components attached to elements of your home to move a bit, which is why it can sound so loud at times. It may sound like someone is actually trying to break into your home at times. Others describe it as a loud cracking noise. Construction experts say this phenomenon is normal and is actually becoming more common as many parts of the country see extreme temperature swings.

Meteorologist Andrew Stutzke

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Outdoor show reels in fishing enthusiasts with Babe Winkelman

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ROCK ISLAND, Illinois - The 2019 Outdoor Show opened Thursday afternoon at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island.

Exhibitors showcased the latest in fishing, hunting and outdoor adventures.

Among the speakers this year is legendary fisherman Babe Winkelman, host of the television shows "Good Fishing" and "Outdoor Secrets."

He says in more than 60 years of fishing, he is still learning and getting excited about fish. He will be sharing his expertise during several scheduled seminars at the Outdoor Show.

"The most important thing you can do when you're out fishing would be creating memories," he says. "Those are the things that make you wealthy."

The show runs through Sunday.

Don’t burn that lovey picture, don’t set fire to your ex’s shirts; Rock Island firefighters says ‘revenge fires’ can have serious consequences

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ROCK ISLAND-- Although Valentine's Day is the day for love, it can also be remembered for loves lost. And firefighters say that strong emotion can be seen everyday, sometimes with serious consequences.

Investigating the cause of a fire is something Rock Island Fire Marshal Greg Marty has done hundreds of times, so he's familiar with signs of heart break.

"If you look right here, this lump of stuff, that was the ex-lover's clothes," explains Marty as he shows a picture of the aftermath of a Rock Island fire.

This fire in a Rock Island bedroom has a name, revenge fire. It's when someone intentionally sets something on fire to get back at someone else.

"Revenge is usually about making a statement. And that's why its usually emotionally significant items involved in the fire," says Marty.

He's seen it all.

"Piles of clothes on the bed, items that may have been significant to one or the other, or maybe something that had been a gift," says Marty.

And what can start off as an innocent attempt at ridding yourself of your ex can get out of hand within minutes.

"They may be trying to make a certain statement, but the fire does what it does, and it continues to grow til we get there," says Marty.

So ladies and gents, if you're feeling the fury of a fiery breakup, Fire Marshal Marty has some advice for you.

"We would probably recommend they watch Dr. Phil, eat chocolates, have a nice dinner and early bed time. Please don't set anything on fire."

No need to add any burning love to the hurt.

Revenge fires are considered arson, intentionally starting a fire in a place where there shouldn't be one. Fire Marshal Marty says they're actually the second most common form of arson behind fires set for profit.

How Freedom House shelter in Princeton reminds survivors they are worthy of love

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PRINCETON, Illinois -- Valentine's Day can be a difficult time for survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault.

The Freedom House shelter in Princeton has been reminding its residents and other survivors that they are worthy of love, displaying Valentines made by kids from the community and local churches up and down its hallways.

"It's just an overwhelming outpouring of care and support that they just don't feel on a day-to-day basis," said Amber Killian, the center's Domestic Violence Program Manager.  "And then also along the wall are pictures that the staff have printed out to show the different types of love that exist in the world besides just romantic love."

One picture depicts a man feeding a homeless person, while another shows two women hugging and holding hands. Counselors said they hoped the display would help make residents feel that they could play a part in the Valentine's Day celebration in many other ways.

"On days like today we encourage survivors to surround themselves with family and friends that are a good support system," said Stacey Hoffman-Rosalez, the Sexual Violence Program Manager at the Freedom House. "We talk to them about sharing love, and that they are worthy of love."

Counselors also recommend that people create new traditions for themselves on Valentine's Day to help them overcome difficult experiences from the past. For many, the holiday means buying gifts, exchanging cards, and going out to eat.

"Just because you don't have someone in your life doesn't mean you can't do those things for yourself," said Hoffman-Rosalez.

STANDING BY SURVIVORS -- April 6th at Lavender Crest Winery in Colona

Freedom House's fundraising gala -- featuring Special Guest Speakers -- will be a night of celebration, awards, food and drink, live music by Blood Orange Band, and dancing. For more information visit




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