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People travel from all around the world to see the mighty Mississippi River. Where its flowing waters slice between Wisconsin and Iowa, you’ll find another place to which people travel from great distances: Balltown, IA. A small community with a population fewer than 100, no post office, and it borrows its zip code from Sherrill, IA. Balltown is located on a ridge overlooking the Mississippi River and the bluffs of Wisconsin. This truly breathtaking view of the Mississippi Valley displays a true geological shelf, which was once beneath a body of water, and home to an abundance of aquatic life and a variety of fish. Today when you visit Balltown, if you’re looking for fish, or chicken, or perhaps steak, simply walk up the hill to Breitbach’s Country Dining.

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Richard G. Shaluly and Melanie Devaney
Richard G. Shaluly is a Southern boy, but he claims that he hasn't missed a beat when it comes to finding warm hospitality and good down-home cooking right here in the Midwest. He has never backed down from a good-looking cheeseburger, but he has also enjoyed getting to the bottom of mouth-watering dishes in cozy spots from California to the Caribbean. His passion for Middle Eastern cuisine keeps him always willing to follow the sound of the adventurous dinner bell, dive in deep, and try something new. Melanie Devaney lives in Epworth. In her ‘other life’ as a singer-songwriter, she has traveled all over the country, as well as in Europe, discovering many delicious meals along the way. With an emphasis on maintaining an overall healthy diet, Melanie strives to find the perfect balance between tasty and nutritious. As a Dubuque County native, Melanie is delighted to see so many new, high-quality restaurants opening throughout the area.

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