Celebration of The Beatles Returns to the Dubuque Arboretum

What: Ralph Kluseman, Johnnie Walker, and Friends Beatles Tribute, sponsored by Runde Auto Group

When: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20

Where: Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 3800 Arboretum Drive, Dubuque

Cost: No admission, free will offerings

Music in the Gardens

Runde Auto Group is proud to once again sponsor the Ralph Kluseman/Johnnie Walker and Friends Beatles tribute at Music in the Gardens!

The performance, set for 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20, is a celebration of The Beatles with a bit of storytelling mixed in, as well as other well known songs. It includes local musicians Johnnie Walker, Mike Lieb, Denny Troy, Brian Marceau, Rick Hoffmann, and Ralph Kluseman.

“They are back by popular demand,” said Sandi Helgerson, the executive director of the arboretum. “I encourage people to come over a little early so they have parking and a place to pull up their chair.”

Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. You can also bring a picnic or wine, and there will be food available for purchase from HyVee and ice cream to purchase from The Lions Club. Both give a percentage of their profits to the Arboretum.

In the case of rain, about 100 people can fit under the pavilion. The bands will play rain or shine.

Other Music in the Gardens performances this year have included Hunter Fuerste’s American Vintage Orchestra, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Bob Dorr & The Blue Band, The Wave Runners, Kids from Wisconsin, and more!

Music in the Gardens has been around for more than 20 years. Average attendance this year has been 1,500 to 2,000 people per concert.

Sponsors make free admission possible, and Runde Auto Group is proud to sponsor Ralph Kluseman’s Beatles tribute at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20!

For more information on Music in the Gardens and a sample of each band, visit http://dubuquearboretum.net/special-events/music-in-the-gardens/

East Dubuque Summer Program Offers Students Adventures with Learning


Runde Auto Group is a proud sponsor of the inaugural Warriors Summer Adventure Camp!

20170714_092457The camp, which is held on Monday-Thursday mornings from July 10 to Aug. 3, will focus on reading and math using non-traditional teaching formats.

This year, 32 children in grades 1-6 signed up.

So far, they have completed “getting to know you” activities, started their Summer Adventure Journals, created bracelets, participated in a math scavenger hunt, read books, and performed shows.20170713_083735

“Every day before we start camp and before we leave, we find ‘hidden numbers’ using a laser thermometer,” said Kristi Alvarado, one of three teachers at the camp. “Campers take turns using the thermometer to record the temperature of the concrete and blacktop. We find the difference in temperature and analyze which one had the greatest change.  This activity has led to personal inquiry! Gracie was curious how cold her bottle of ice water was.  Her curiosity was contagious and the class 20170714_093455was wanting to know!”

Another fun activity was “Find Someone.” Campers worked their way around the room asking each other questions on a list. Once they found a person who could answer yes, they wrote their name down.

“We learned a lot about each other,” Alvarado said.

Reading has been a major part of the camp. Campers have gotten a chance to read silently, but also to share what they are reading with the class.

“I picked a book for a read aloud and sat in the chair,” Alvarado said. “I immediately had20170714_100950 students ask if they could read the book aloud to the class. Absolutely! What great expression with reading and everyone enjoyed it!”

Students have been creating performances featuring Pigeon and Duckling stuffed animals from the popular book series by Mo Willems. Rylee and Kiley, along with their production assistant , Ashlyn, worked on a performance of “The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog.”

“This performance went over so well and inspired the campers to get thinking of what they want to perform,” Alvarado said.

*Photos provided by the East Dubuque School District.


Like Father Like Son: Wahlert Inherits Dad’s Love of Vehicles


Daniel Wahlert always enjoyed driving his late father’s 1966 Shelby GT350.

Now he has his own.


Jim Wahlert

Last year, Daniel bought a 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 – the same car, just 50 years newer.

A service consultant at Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque, Daniel’s love of vehicles was comes from his dad. Jim Wahlert was an avid classic car collector.


“Out of all the cars he had, the ’66 Shelby GT350 is my favorite to drive,” Daniel said.

IMG_0433The 1966 Shelby has a Holman Moody engine with 356 horsepower and dual 4 BBL carburetors. Jim bought it in August of 1978 and had it restored 19 years ago, when Daniel was 12 years old.




Daniel ordered his Shelby to match his father’s – white with blue stripes. Its 5.2L V8 engine produces 526 horsepower, 429 lb-ft of torque, and goes from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds.20170616_16415722

“It’s amazing how far the technology in the vehicle has come in 50 years,” he said.

With a redline of 8,250 rpm, it is Ford’s highest-revving production V8 yet.


Daniel’s 8-year-old daughter, Adeline, isn’t quite as fond of the Shelby.


“She said ‘It’s too fast and too loud,’” Daniel said, laughing. “Those are the reasons I bought the car in the first place!”