Jeffrey Paulson believes innovation is in his blood.

For five years, the Dubuque resident has operated Paulson Products out of his home and created a variety of hand-crafted items for outdoorsmen.

Paulson said his bird feeders are among his top sellers, noting that he has sold more than 1,000 since he began marketing the items in the summer of 2015.

His spiral bird feeders are equipped to hold items such as oranges or jelly, which can attract a variety of bird species, including orioles. The rocking motion of the feeders is designed in part to keep away other critters.

“We’ve had a lot of interest in those over the past couple years,” Paulson said. “I’ve been selling them at the farmers market in Dubuque, I do the spring and fall shows at (Grand River Center in Dubuque) and the Galena (Ill.) Country Fair in the fall.”

Paulson said he has a patent pending for his bird feeders. He already has obtained a patent for the RibSpreader, a rib cage-expanding product that is used by hunters to dress and cool deer and other game.

Paulson credits his innovative spirit to his father, who patented and manufactured truck-mounted industrial vacuums.

Creating his products is a beloved hobby in addition to a way to make money.

“Welding has been the love of my life since the day I learned how to do it,” Paulson said.

To contact the business, call 563-552-2093 or visit


A real estate office recently expanded its presence in Galena.

Anne Sadler, owner of Choice Realty, said the firm now has an office at 324 Spring St. She said Choice Realty will continue to operate its office in Freeport, Ill.

The firm’s Freeport office served clients in Stephenson, Carroll and Jo Daviess counties, but Sadler believes a Galena office will enhance her connection with clients in the area and beyond.

“We had some business here in Jo Daviess County, but we didn’t have a physical location,” Sadler said. “Now that we have a presence here, we can better serve our clients.”

The new location should prompt additional hiring. Sadler said Choice Realty plans to add three or four new agents in early 2018.


A Dyersville, Iowa, decorating business will begin 2018 in a new location.

Ideal Decorating will close its location at 1008 Ninth St. SE after Saturday, Dec. 23, according to co-owner Kelly Milbert. She said the business will begin operating out of its new storefront, at 122 First Ave. E, on Jan. 2.

To Milbert, the move presents new opportunities.

“I think we are a good fit for the downtown,” she said. “There is more foot traffic down there, and that could be a huge advantage for us.”

Milbert said the new location also will boast roughly twice the square footage as the existing one.

Ideal Decorating will take the place of Jacque’s Home Fashions, which closed earlier this month after decades in business.