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Culver stops in Dubuque on farewell tour

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) - Tuesday, Iowa Governor Chet Culver made a stop at Mario's Italian Restaurant in Dubuque to say his goodbyes to his loyal followers. It's all a part of his Farewell Tour, which included stops in Council Bluffs, Sioux City, and Mason City.

In the presence of dozens of supporters, Culver was quick to speak of the accomplishments during his time in office. He spoke about enhancing renewable energy in Iowa, developing a pre-school program, recovering from the floods and tornadoes of 2008 and creating jobs for so many Iowans when the rest of the country was struggling with unemployment. He specifically cited IBM in Dubuque and Google in Council Bluffs.

And his supporters had plenty to say about his accomplishments.

"Anytime I go across the state of Iowa and I see those windmills, I know its because of Governor Culver, [and] that he put money into that for research and that we are leading the nation in wind power," retired teacher, Judy Schmidt said.

"I guess I can't say enough about how he handled anything that we asked him to do," Dubuque County Supervisor, Eric Manternach said.

"Our best days our ahead of us in Iowa. And I think we're leaving the state in a better condition than when we had it when we started it," Culver said.

He hopes that lawmakers keep moving forward and making progress, especially with flood recovery.

"We have to see this flood recovery effort all the way through. So no matter who's in the governors office or the legislature we gotta fight for those individuals," Culver said.

And as he leaves his post, leading the state he loves, he said he is excited to live the life of a private citizen again. He hopes to find work in renewable energy but his first job will be coaching his son's 4th grade football team.

Culver will visit Davenport, Iowa City and Cedar Rapids before ending his tour in Des Moines. After that, he'll spend his final days doing all he can to make Terry Branstad's transition as smooth as possible.

Culver will give his final speech on January 11th. Branstad will be sworn in on January 14th.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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