River Valley

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22
May

New Albin Public Library to host bird exhibit by Blank Park Zoo May 31

The New Albin Public Library will be hosting an interactive bird exhibit by Blank Park Zoo from Des Moines Friday, May 31, beginning at 3 p.m. The free event will feature a variety of educational opportunities to learn about birds, including different sensory bins that let kids explore human-made items that were inspired from different bird beaks. There will also be an opportunity to view a variety of bird feathers, skulls and eggs. No live animals will be present at the event.
 

Wed
22
May

“They’re More Than a Name on the Wall”: Harpers Ferry Area Heritage Society sponsoring pop-up museum during local Memorial Day events


Part of the museum display, but more information sought ... The photo above will be on display at the pop-up museum at the Ethel Robinson Meehan Community Center in Harpers Ferry during the town’s annual Memorial Day Observance Monday, May 27. Although some of the young men in the photo have been identified, such as the names of Tim Collins, Emmett Houlihan, Joe Sullivan and P.L. Martelle handwritten above, and the date of June 25, 1918 is printed on the photo, the location, event or purpose of the photo, in addition to other names of those pictured, are being sought by members of the Harpers Ferry Area Heritage Society. Anyone with such information can contact the Harpers Ferry Area Heritage Society through its Facebook page or the group’s website at www.harpersferryheritage.org. Submitted photo.

Roll Call of servicemen ... The Roll Call list pictured at right includes names of Harpers Ferry area men who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country in the U.S. military during noted eras or conflicts. Harpers Ferry Area Heritage Society member Regina (Robinson) Manning has been able to conduct research on all of these men and will have that research information available as part of the pop-up museum display the Heritage Society will be hosting during the Memorial Day Observance events in Harpers Ferry Monday, May 27. Submitted image.

by Brianne Grimstad

The Harpers Ferry Area Heritage Society (HFAHS) is sponsoring a pop-up museum in Harpers Ferry this Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, at the Ethel Robinson Meehan Community Center, located at 234 North 4th Street in Harpers Ferry. Entitled “They’re More Than a Name on a Wall,” the museum will honor fallen veterans from Harpers Ferry, Waterville and the surrounding area who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Hours available for visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., following the Memorial Day Program at the Veterans Memorial in Harpers Ferry. The museum will also be available during the annual American Legion Scenic Unit #722 pork chop dinner Memorial Day.

Wed
15
May

May “Bridge Talk” attendees learn about progress on new bridge, and get a close look at a section of the enormous rebar cage used in a drilled shaft


Rebar example ... The rebar cage brought to the library as part of the May “Let’s Talk Bridges” presentation was the top portion of the rebar cage poured into the demonstration drilled shaft used in the new bridge construction project. This rebar was the extra portion sticking out of the top of the shaft that was cut off after the concrete hardened. “We brought this along to show how big these parts of the drilled shafts really are,” Burke said. “We also wanted to show how the rebar is tied together to make the cage, and how the testing equipment is attached to the cage.” Photo by Robert Raymond.

by Julie Berg-Raymond

Attendees at the Thursday, May 9 session of “Let’s Talk Bridges!” - informational meetings on the new bridge construction held the second Thursday of each month at Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library - had an opportunity to appreciate the sheer magnitude of the drilled shafts upon which the piers of the new Mississippi River bridge at Lansing will sit, when they were able to stand next to a section of the rebar cage from the demonstration shaft built by Kraemer North America, contractors on the bridge project.

Wed
15
May

Lansing City Council sets public hearing on FY25 budget for May 20; tax abatement slated to also be on May 20 council agenda

by Julie Berg-Raymond

During its regular meeting Monday, May 6, the Lansing City Council set the public hearing on the Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25) budget for Monday, May 20, at 7 p.m. The council also accepted a bid of $.85/gallon from Welch Inc. of Waukon, for dust control for the City of Lansing this summer. No other bids were submitted.

In other business, the council approved Resolution #1007 regarding the transfer of monies between funds for accounting purposes, and approved liquor licenses for Casey’s, The Buck Stops Here and Kwik Trip, Inc.

UPDATE: TAX ABATEMENT
In an email interview following the council’s May 6 meeting, during which Mayor Mike Verdon was asked about the status of the Tax Abatement Ordinance/Urban Revitalization Plan, Mayor Verdon said, “tax abatement will be on the next (May 20) agenda.”

Wed
15
May

New Albin Public Library to host bird exhibit by Blank Park Zoo May 31

The New Albin Public Library will be hosting an interactive bird exhibit by Blank Park Zoo from Des Moines Friday, May 31, beginning at 3 p.m. and open to the public. The free event will feature a variety of educational opportunities to learn about birds, including different sensory bins that let kids explore human-made items that were inspired from different bird beaks. There will also be an opportunity to view a variety of bird feathers, skulls and eggs. No live animals will be present at the event.
 

Wed
01
May

Prize winners from 2024 Kee High School Post Prom ...

Kee High School’s Post Prom was held Sunday, April 21 from midnight until 4 a.m. Guests played games, took part in challenging and fun activities and entered raffles. Refreshments were enjoyed by everyone attending. Special entertainment was provided by hypnotist Mike Winters from Wand Entertainment, who also performed several magic tricks before his performance. Guests were given tickets to enter for prize package drawings and everyone won a prize according to their number assigned at registration. Before leaving, each guest drew a numbered chip to win the corresponding prize.

Wed
01
May

Area young ladies invited to compete for the crown of 2024 Allamakee County Fair Queen and - new this year - Little Miss

Little Miss competition for girls ages 7-9 added to this year’s pageantry for the Allamakee County Fair

The Allamakee County Fair Board is seeking applicants for the 2024 Allamakee County Fair Queen contest and will also be offering a similar pageant experience to younger girls this year, as the 2024 Allamakee County Fair will run from July 17-21. Expanding on the new format initiated last year for the Allamakee County Fair Queen Contest, an Allamakee County Fair Little Miss competition is also going to be held this year for girls ages 7-9.

Wed
01
May

Friends of Pool 9 to offer boat tours as part of Refuge 100th Anniversary

As one part of celebrating the 100th Anniversary year of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, the Friends of Pool 9 organization will be offering the public 10 two-hour boat tours on the longest and one of the most beautiful and ecologically rich wildlife refuges in the nation.

These unique experiences are focused on informing all age levels about the wildlife, fishes, habitats, and rich history of this publicly-owned refuge. The tours will  be especially pleasing to families, the elderly, and anyone else who seldom, and perhaps never, get to explore, up close and personally, the Mississippi River.

The tour boat comfortably holds 49 passengers, and is Coast Guard inspected and certified. Captain Robert Vavra has a long and varied history as a Mississippi River man, and is an exceptional story-teller. He enjoys explaining everything passengers see, hear, and have questions about, while exploring secluded backwaters.

Wed
24
Apr

NE Iowa Community Connectors to host “Shop, Sip & Support Lansing”

Public invited to Lansing event this Saturday

The Northeast Iowa Community Connectors and Main Street Lansing are hosting a “Shop, Sip & Support Lansing” event Saturday afternoon, April 27, from noon-3 p.m. in Lansing. The event is open to the public, with a “pay your own way” shopping and dining experience in Lansing. Adults of all ages are welcome.

The day will kick off at “The Buck Stops Here” for quick introductions and lunch. The group will visit various businesses along downtown Lansing. A group photo will be taken by the new mural, painted by Erik Burke. At 3 p.m. the group will meet back at “The Safe House” for drinks and socializing.

Those attending should RSVP to neicommunityconnectors@gmail.com or text a message (563-379-3619) with how many are attending, so a head count can be taken for lunch.

Wed
24
Apr

Lansing City Council discusses status of speed camera ordinance

by Julie Berg-Raymond

During its regular meeting Monday, April 15, the Lansing City Council discussed the status of a speed camera ordinance in Lansing. The city council had earlier approved the installation of one or more speed cameras during its regular December 4, 2023, meeting.

Once the council had approved the installation of speed cameras in Lansing, its next task was to work on drafting a proposed ordinance involving their use; but there has been some delay in that process.

“There was a great deal of discussion concerning cameras and the contract for them,” Mayor Mike Verdon said in an email interview following the April 15 regular meeting. “There were some committee changes when the new council was seated that resulted in ‘handing off’ information between council members that resulted in delays in properly processing [that information]. That hand-off, coupled with the bridge situation, made for the delays.”

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