River Valley

Wed
19
Sep

Lansing City Council considers new purchases, discusses yard signs, accepts council member resignation and explains property tax increase

by Macie Hill

The Lansing City Council met in regular session Monday, September 17. Discussion centered around welcoming the new executive director for Main Street Lansing, posting meeting agendas and minutes on Facebook, purchasing new heat pumps for the water/sewer department, discussing election and for sale sign placements, considering purchasing a new backhoe, beginning fall fire hydrant flushing, the resignation of a city council member, and explaining property tax raises.

Andy Kelleher, the new executive director from Main Street Lansing, was present at the meeting to introduce himself and received a warm welcome from the council. It was decided that the agenda and the minutes for each city council meeting will now be posted on the Lansing Facebook page.

Wed
19
Sep

Kee Post Prom to host Bingo September 23

The Kee High School Post Prom Committee will host Bingo Sunday, September 23 in the Kee High School cafeteria in Lansing. Games will start at 4 p.m. with doors opening at 3:30 p.m.

Participants can bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Allamakee County Food Shelf and play an extra Bingo card free. All players will be eligible for a door prize drawing at intermission. Proceeds will be used to fund 2019 Post Prom prizes and entertainment.
 

Wed
12
Sep

Kerndt Brothers Savings Bank acquires wealth management firm

Paul Styve ...
Paul Styve ...

Kerndt Brothers Savings Bank (KBSB), with locations in Lansing, Decorah, Waukon, West Union, Clermont and Cedar Rapids, has acquired the Securities America branch office of Paul Styve Investment Group based in Decorah. The Paul Styve Investment Group has a customer base encompassing all of the upper midwest providing over 28 years of experience in investment and advisory services.

This acquisition will provide KBSB customers with a significant expansion of investment services, including investment advising and consulting, and retirement programs for individuals, municipalities and businesses of any size over a 14-state area.

Jim Kerndt, C.E.O. of Kerndt Brothers Savings Bank, commented: “With 80 million Baby Boomers retiring in the next 20 years and Millennials positioned to be recipients of the largest wealth transfer in history, we see a need to assist our customers with the complex tasks of financial planning before and during retirement.

Wed
12
Sep

Public speaker series at Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library to feature archaeologist September 20

Thursday, September 20 the public is invited to the Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library to hear archaeologist Brennan Dolan discuss how innovative technology is providing new information about cultural resources. Dolan will talk about how the Iowa Department of Transportation uses this new technology to analyze and document cultural archaeology sites, historic buildings and bridges, focusing on properties in northeast Iowa.

Of specific interest will be Mt. Hosmer. Dolan will share insights about documenting these places to provide better long-term preservation and some of the remarkable history being uncovered.

The free program will begin at 6:30 p.m., preceded by a light supper with freewill offering. Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library is located at 515 Main Street in Lansing and further information can be found by calling 563-538-4693.
 

Wed
12
Sep

Lansing City Council approves changes regarding City Marina, sets October 9 as fall clean-up

by Macie Hill

The Lansing City Council regular meeting was held Tuesday, September 4 due to the Labor Day holiday falling on its usual Monday meeting night. Discussion was centered around fixing the brick at the fire station, hiring a new part-time police officer, raising winter storage fees at the City Marina and adding to the winter storage contract verbiage, and setting the fall clean-up date.

A motion was made and approved to fix the brick in the Fire Station for an estimated amount of $4,450. Makenze Kriener has been hired for part-time police help.

The winter storage fees at the City Marina have been raised by $50.00 upon the recommendation by the Marina Board. A motion was made and approved to add the statement, “Any ice damage to dock is not the fault of the city”, to the winter storage contract.

Fall clean-up day has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 9.
 

Wed
29
Aug

Becker’s ninth consecutive half-marathon continues to raise awareness and funds for veterans suffering from PTSD and TBI


Raising awareness, raising funds ... Denise Becker of Lansing ran in her ninth consecutive Chicago Rock ‘n’ Roll half-marathon July 21 in Chicago, IL in an effort to raise awareness and funds for military veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Pictured above, left to right, are friend Josie Bloom, Denise Becker and her daughter, Jessica Verdon, the efforts of whom helped raise $1,925 matched by Becker Electric, with all funds being donated to causes assisting veterans. Submitted photo.

For the ninth year, Denise Becker of Lansing traveled to Chicago, IL to run the Chicago Rock ‘n’ Roll half-marathon July 21 to raise awareness and money to help out military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Accompanied once again by her daughter, Jessica Verdon, and this year a good friend, Josie Bloom from Raleigh, NC, Becker continued to carry on with the motto of “If we send them, we must mend them,” taken from the book “Tears of a Warrior” written by Tony and Janet Seahorn.

Wed
29
Aug

ACCF announces September Mini-Grants available; August 31 is application deadline

Grants up to $500 available for eligible non-profit organizations

The Allamakee County Community Foundation (ACCF) is now accepting applications for its mini-grant program. The ACCF “Emerging Needs” Mini-Grant Fund was created to address funding needs for community projects outside of the regular grant cycle. The deadline for applications is August 31.

Grants up to $500 are available for eligible non-profits. The ACCF accepts applications for grants for community development, community promotions, community education and similar matters. The grant shall be for the benefit of persons residing in Allamakee County in Iowa. Entities that have a 501(c)3 designation by the Internal Revenue Service or schools or municipalities are eligible to apply for these funds. Non-profit groups may apply for up to $500 for their projects.

Wed
22
Aug

New Albin native Allie Colsch balancing cancer treatment with pursuit of physician’s assistant career goal; Benefit event planned for this Saturday


Some of her second family ... Allie Colsch (center) of New Albin is pictured with two of the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center nurses, Alex (left) and Alyse (right), who have been part of the nursing staff she has come to consider as her “second family” during her recent cancer treatment. Colsch says, “They offer so much more than just nursing care.” Submitted photo.

Generations of courage and support ... Allie Colsch (far right) of New Albin is pictured with her mother, Angie Colsch (far left) of New Albin, and her grandmother, Karen Galema (center) of Lansing. Allie Colsch says her family has been an instrumental part of her being able to undergo cancer treatment since the spring of this year while continuing to pursue her education and career goals of becoming a physician’s assistant. Submitted photo.

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

Twenty-four-year-old New Albin native Allie Colsch had an odd feeling in her chest one day earlier this spring.

She was very busy at the time, studying to be a physician’s assistant at the University of Dubuque. She attributed her  pain to issues like bad posture, indigestion or possibly inflammation of the ribs. Nothing seemed to fit, but she was in the middle of graduate school in an intensive program and she didn’t want to take the time to go to the doctor.

Finally, she decided it wasn’t going away and no amount of over-the-counter medication was making the pain better. Then she started running a fever.

She stated, “The fever made me see a doctor. I had pain for six to eight weeks before I had it checked out.”

Her diagnosis was a large tumor in the middle of her chest, more specifically diagnosed as a form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma called primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma.

Wed
22
Aug

Inaugural Pat Sandry Memorial Fishing Derby planned for this Saturday to benefit Friends of Pool 9

Pat Sandry ...
Pat Sandry ...

This Saturday, August 25, family and friends of lifelong resident and local “River Rat” Pat Sandry will be honoring his memory with the First Annual Pat Sandry Memorial Fishing Derby and Friends of Pool 9 Fundraiser held on the Mississippi River. Sandry passed away in November of last year after a short, courageous battle with cancer. He thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors, had a great passion for fishing and hunting, and he truly treasured the beauty of the Lansing area.

Entry fee is $50 per boat with 50% payback in prize money and 50% being donated to Friends of Pool 9. There is a limit of two adults and two children per boat.

Wed
22
Aug

Joins staff of Kerndt Brothers Bank

Tony Smith ...
Tony Smith ...

Kerndt Brothers Bank has announced that Tony Smith has joined the bank as Vice President, Senior Business Banker. He will be responsible for providing lending and deposit services to agricultural and commercial customers throughout Allamakee County in Iowa and Vernon County in Wisconsin. His responsibilities also include business development and creating new relationships for the bank.

Smith joins Kerndt Brothers Bank from the First National Bank of Barry in Pittsfield, IL, where he focused on building relationships with existing customers while developing new business. He brings over 20 years of experience in various business positions, including 13 years in banking with progressive responsibilities related to lending and bank management.

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