River Valley

Wed
26
Sep

Those experiencing food insecurity will get a LIFT beginning October 3 as new food pantry opens to serve Lansing and surrounding community

The Northeast Iowa Food Bank has recognized a need in eastern Allamakee County for the services of a community food bank. There are two food bank programs in the western part of the county, in Waukon and in Postville, but recognizing that Allamakee is one of the poorest counties in the state, a third site was deemed as being needed.

Based on those findings, and as a result of follow-through by many local volunteers, the LIFT (Lansing Iowa Food Trust) Food Pantry will be opening Wednesday, October 3 in the Lansing Properties Building office area located at 220 South Third Street in Lansing (formerly the Rethwisch Lumber building). Hours of operation will be every Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. and those who meet the qualification guidelines are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to supplement their food needs.

Wed
26
Sep

Allamakee County Historical Preservation Commission project planned for rural schools

The Allamakee County Historical Preservation Commission has decided to go ahead with a long-term local project involving the recording and identifying of each rural country school that existed within the boundaries of Allamakee County from the 1800s through the 1960s.  This will be a multi-phase project as the Commission would like it to be as thorough as possible.

It is thought there were 80 to 90 country schools in Allamakee County at one time, some with a longer lifespan than others. At this time, it is strictly a paper project with the idea to create a portfolio or file of history for each school. In 1912 Allamakee County had 18 townships with nine divided into 63 independent school districts.  The other nine were organized as school townships with 60 sub-districts. As one can imagine, this resulted in a great number of rural country schools.

Wed
26
Sep

Rasque joins Community Foundation Board

The Allamakee County Community Foundation (ACCF) has announced that Krista Rasque has been selected as a new board member. Rasque is a long-time resident of Lansing.

She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received her Master’s in Social Work. She was employed at the La Crosse County Department of Human Services for several years, where she investigated child abuse cases and helped families overcome challenging times. She was then employed at Gundersen Health System as a social worker helping families facing substance abuse issues during pregnancy.

“The ACCF board is very pleased that Krista will be representing Lansing on the board”, stated Betty Steege, ACCF Coordinator. “Krista brings a different skill set to our board plus a unique perspective to our endowment building.”

Wed
19
Sep

Kelleher hired as new executive director of Main Street Lansing


Andy Kelleher ...

Andy Kelleher has been hired as the new executive director of Main Street Lansing. Kelleher is a local area resident who has lived in New Albin since he was very young. He graduated from Kee High School in Lansing as co-valedictorian in 2014.

Much of his working career has been involved with church work, from serving on the leadership team at Village Creek Bible Camp to helping develop new churches and ministries across the nation. Along with his work with Main Street Lansing, he also serves as a youth pastor in New Albin. He has shown a strong interest in rural revitalization, and he brings a vast background of public relations and program planning to the job.
 

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.

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