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Posted on Nov 14, 2014

News Briefs: Nov. 13

Shopko to open before Thanksgiving
The new Shopko Hometown store going up on the westside of Quincy is nearing completion, and a soft opening is expected to happen around Nov. 24, Shopko officials have said.
Shopko, based in Green Bay, Wis., has hired local Lynn Giraud as its general manager in Quincy.
A grand-opening ceremony is planned for 8:45 a.m. Dec. 5.
Construction on the Shopko Hometown store started last spring. Shopko purchased Heartland Pharmacy in March and has been operating its pharmacy from the former Heartland building for the last seven months. Pharmacy staff will operate out of the new store.
Founded in 1962, Shopko Stores Operating Co. LLC is a $3 billion retailer that operates 326 stores in 21 states throughout the Midwest, Mountain, North Central and Pacific Northwest regions, according to its website.
Of those 326 stores, 181 are Shopko Hometown locations, a smaller concept store developed to meet the needs of smaller, rural communities.

Woman charged with breaking infant’s arm
A Quincy daycare provider has been charged with child abuse after allegedly breaking an infant’s arm.
Norma Rodriguez, 36, has been charged with assault of a child in the third degree. Rodriguez’s daycare license has been suspended since May, when she was arrested.
Rodriguez was arrested after she took an infant she was caring for to the emergency room at Quincy Valley Medical Center. Rodriguez, who operates a daycare from her home on G Street Southeast, told the infant’s mother his “arm was not working,” according to police reports. Doctors determined the baby had a broken arm.
When police and a Department of Early Learning staff member later questioned Rodriguez, who had several infants in her care at the time, at her home business, she picked up a second child by grabbing his upper arm, according to the police report. The Quincy officer noted this was the wrong way to pick up an infant, according to the report.
Rodriguez has denied hurting the infant; she told police the baby’s arm must have been broken when his mother dropped him off, according to the police report.

Public invited to tour city’s new animal shelter
The Quincy Animal Shelter is inviting the public to tour its new facility at an open house on Nov. 21.
The open house is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the shelter, 213 6th Ave. N.E. Construction started in March on the new 3,457-square-foot shelter and was completed last month.
Friends of Quincy Animal Shelter will be serving refreshments from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event also includes a bake sale fundraiser from 3 to 5 p.m. as well as door prizes and raffle prizes throughout the day.

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