Update on Sunnycrest Manor

By Dave Baker,
Dubuque County Supervisor
(Originally published in the Dubuque Leader March 3, 2017)

This year marks the 100th anniversary of our Sunnycrest Manor facility. Dubuque County has for years invested in the health of our senior citizens, intellectually disabled citizens, and disabled veterans. Our employees provide compassionate care for our residents. Sunnycrest Manor has routinely been rated among the best nursing homes in the state.

A family atmosphere truly exists at Sunnycrest Manor. Our employees know each resident personally and they continuously interact with the residents. I believe that Dubuque County citizens are proud of the care that our employees have provided to our residents for many years – and that a vast majority of our citizens support the subsidy that we provide through our tax dollars.

The “subsidy” has averaged approximately $2.8 million per year for the past decade or more. There exists a small (but vocal) faction of the people who want to either close the facility or privatize the operations of the facility, resulting in our dedicated, long-term employees losing their jobs. Just the talk of privatization creates anxiety among our employees and residents, and raises concerns from the family members who have loved one residing at

Sunnycrest Manor.

As I have said, there is definitely a family atmosphere at Sunnycrest Manor and I believe that we need to continue monitoring the operations at Sunnycrest Manor through the Sunnycrest Manor Board of Trustees, whose members are elected officials, the Sunnycrest Manor Board of Directors, (an advisory board made up of the citizen volunteers) and utilizing the expertise of our Administrator,Cris Kirsch.

In closing, it should be no surprise to anyone that I am standing strong in support of our residents, employees, and the family members of our residents. I have been contacted by numerous family members of residents, and Dubuque County residents who are not in favor of privatizing Sunnycrest Manor. I ran in three elections, and I did not hide my positions regarding my support for Sunnycrest Manor. As always, I am interested in hearing your views on Sunnycrest Manor and any other Dubuque County issues.

Dave Baker

Dave Baker for Supervisor Campaign Kickoff Fundraiser

Dave & Kathy Baker
Invite you to join them for a CAMPAIGN KICKOFF Fundraiser for

Dave Baker
For Dubuque County Supervisor

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
4:30 – 7:30 PM

UAW Local 94 Hall
3450 Central Avenue
Dubuque, IA 52001 [Directions]

Food and beverages provided
(Back by popular demand – Kathy’s pulled-pork sandwiches!)

Your donations appreciated (Please make check payable to “Citizens for Baker”)
If unable to attend, please mail your check to:

Lindsey Schreiber, Treasurer
5497 Circle Ridge Rd
Sherrill, IA 52073

Learn more about Dave Baker on our candidate page.

Murphy for Recorder Signs

3rd Annual Murphy for Recorder Picnic

What:         3rd Annual Murphy for Recorder Picnic

When:        Sunday, May 22nd from (Noon-2 PM)

Where:       Asbury Park- Sullivan Pavilion

***Food and drink provided***

We have invited all candidates for Dubuque County office!


Sheriff Candidates:              Greg Egan and Joe Kennedy

Supervisor Candidates:      Dave Baker, Dave Koss, Roger Oberbroeckling and Jay Wickham

Auditor Candidate:               Denise Dolan


Five of the seven have confirmed their attendance and the other two are trying to arrange their schedules to attend.  Each candidate will receive a couple of minutes to introduce themselves and be available to meet picnic attendees. Press will be invited to attend the event as well.


This year all proceeds will go to Murphy for Congress

Suggested Contribution: $25 per Family

$100 to Host- Please call John to Host the event: (563) 513-9064