River Valley

Wed
30
Dec

Funds available for home repair in five northeast Iowa counties

Housing doesn’t just affect those who live in it. The availability of quality housing options is a critical part of economic competitiveness. A recent study by the Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commision (UERPC) found that nearly 40% of area homes are over 80 years old.

With so many older homes, there’s a substantial need for rehabilitation that goes beyond simple maintenance. Unfortunately, many of these needed repairs are beyond the financial means of some homeowners.

Wed
23
Dec

Local entities form partnership ...

The Allamakee County Conservation Board has announced a partnership with River-N-Ridge Outdoors in Lansing to provide food for the educational animals at the Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center in Lansing. The Driftless Center currently has five aquatic turtles and 10 freshwater fish that consume minnows. Pictured above, left to right, are Allamakee County Conservation Naturalist Ross Geerdes and River-N-Ridge Outdoors owner Mark Peterson. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
23
Dec

Lansing City Council holds final regular session of 2020

by Alexis Johnson

The final 2020 regular meeting of the Lansing City Council was held Monday, December 21. PeopleService reported that some water meters were shut off for citizens who are not around during the winter.

Discussion took place regarding the parcel of land located near Shaw Street and Cross Street. Questions were asked as to where lot lines are as well as sewer and water connections.

The Parks Board submitted a rough draft for renovation of the guard house at the Lansing swimming pool. A motion was made and seconded to table this draft until further notice. The purchase of a camera to be installed at the City Park/ Splash Pad was approved. This will be paid for by the City until reimbursed from donations made by citizens.
 

Wed
23
Dec

First Day Hike Challenge in Iowa State Parks

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Travel Iowa invite Iowans to participate in the 2021 First Day Hike Challenge to ring in the New Year through the digital State Park Passport. The challenge takes the place of traditional guided hikes due to COVID-19.

“We are looking for ways to encourage both outdoor fun and social distancing,” said Todd Coffelt, Bureau Chief of Parks, Forests and Preserves. “First Day Hikes are a popular tradition in state parks, and the passport is a great way for people to enjoy winter hikes on their own or with their families.”

Wed
16
Dec

Friends of Pool 9 group shares “President’s View” of Year 2020


Pool 9 was a popular destination during 2020 ... Vessels large and small were anchored along a new beach shoreline in Pool 9 of the Mississippi River below Lansing throughout this past summer. The beach is located across from the Driftless Area Visitor and Education Center and Village Creek Boat Landing. Photo courtesy of Bob Modersohn, Driftless Mode.

Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from “President’s View”, a column in the December 2020 issue of Friends of Pool 9 newsletter, The Otter’s Tale.

Twenty-twenty has been a year like none other. In my 79 years of living I’ve never seen anything like it. The despair seems endless, from unrest in our American political system to chaos in our streets. From hurricanes along the Gulf coast to widespread fires in the west. And close to home, 100-mph winds across Iowa and high river levels depositing sediments at a record pace in our Mississippi River backwaters.

Also, of course, there’s an uncontrolled virus spreading across the United States linked to deaths of Americans in the hundreds of thousands. How will it end? And just as important, when will it end?

Wed
16
Dec

Lansing VFW Auxiliary seeking entries for Patriotic Art Contest

Lansing’s VFW Auxiliary #5981 announces its scholarship contest for local art students  in ninth through 12th grades. Students in ninth through 12th grades are encouraged to enter the 2020-2021 VFW Auxiliary Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest.

To request entry forms or for additional information email vfwauxiliarylansing@gmail.com. Entries must then be submitted to vfwauxiliarylansing@gmail.com no later than midnight March 31, 2021.
 

Wed
16
Dec

Lansing City Council approves appointment to Parks Board

The Lansing City Council met for a 20-minute regular session Monday, December 7. The council unanimously approved the appointment of Aaron Gentes to the Lansing Parks Board.

Through virtual means, residents Tom Burke and Michelle Gauer discussed their concerns with the council regarding water run-off from a neighboring property that creates pooling water in their backyard, questioning the functionality and appropriateness of the gutter system used on the newest building on the property adjacent to theirs.

They advised that the matter is currently being dealt with civilly between property owners, which the council agreed was the correct course of action.
 

Wed
09
Dec

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train may not be stopping locally this year, but is still raising funds to benefit food pantries with December 12 virtual concert

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced Canadian Pacific (CP) to forego its annual Holiday Train journey this year that has made stops in both Lansing and New Albin in Allamakee County the past several years. Not wanting to completely cancel the event and all its beneficial good will, Canadian Pacific has, instead, opted to pursue a more virtual avenue with both its musical performances and its fundraising that have been part of the Holiday Train’s annual trek during the holiday season.

Musical performers ​Serena Ryder and The Trews will headline CP’s 2020 “Holiday Train at Home” concert, which will stream on CP’s Facebook page this Saturday, December 12. The event will raise money and awareness and help local food banks collect much-needed donations this year.

Wed
09
Dec

Lansing VFW Auxiliary seeking entries for Patriotic Art Contest

Lansing’s VFW Auxiliary #5981 announces its scholarship contest for local art students  in ninth through 12th grades. Patriotic students in ninth through 12th grades with a passion for art are encouraged to enter the 2020-2021 VFW Auxiliary Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest.

Students will compete with other student artists from across the nation for a chance to win one of 10 national scholarships. The first-place winner receives a $15,000 scholarship.

To request entry forms or for additional information email vfwauxiliarylansing@gmail.com. Entries must then be submitted to vfwauxiliarylansing@gmail.com no later than midnight March 31, 2021.
 

Wed
09
Dec

Domestic Abuse Survivor Chat Line is still available

Helping Services for Youth & Families’ Domestic Abuse Resource Center has implemented a Domestic Abuse survivor chat line, which can be reached at HelpingServices.org/chat. There is also the option to call a 24/7 resource phone line at 800-383-2988. Whether chatting or calling, a trained Advocate will respond 24 hours a day.
 

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