River Valley

Wed
08
May

Lansing City Council hears update on Black Hawk Bridge project, discusses summer personnel items

by Macie Hill

The Lansing City Council held its regular meeting Monday, May 6. Discussion centered around the adoption of the consent agenda, holding a public hearing, a Black Hawk Bridge update, a People Service report, a Parks Board Report and setting another public hearing.

A public hearing was held for Resolution #918 which allows vacation and easements of Otis and Chestnut Street. A motion was made and approved to allow that action.

Wed
01
May

Driftless Center to host “Iowa’s Hidden Treasures” with Dan Kaercher May 16

The Allamakee County Conservation Board and the Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center have received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to host “Iowa’s Hidden Treasures” by Dan Kaercher Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Driftless Center.  A cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, Humanities Iowa offers many cultural and historical programs and grants to Iowa’s communities. This will be a free program for all ages.

Kaercher is the retired founding editor-in-chief of Midwest Living Magazine and host of “Iowa’s Simple Pleasures” and other travel-related programs aired on Iowa Public Television and other public television stations nationally. A native of Council Bluffs, he graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, majoring in journalism.

Wed
01
May

DOT says Hwy. 82 will be closed until testing of subsurface integrity determines safety; This Friday is latest estimate

Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) officials say that cracks discovered in the roadway pavement near the Hwy. 82 slough bridge nearest the Winneshiek Slough Boat Landing entrance have resulted in the closing of Highway 82 linking Iowa and Wisconsin via the Black Hawk Bridge at Lansing until testing can be completed to determine the integrity of the subsurface and road bed of that area. The area in question is in the same location where that roadway had washed out in late May of 2017, claiming the life of Lansing resident James Walleser in an early morning accident.

Wed
01
May

May 2 Black Hawk Bridge program at Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library to focus on history and environmental research

Research on the environment and history surrounding the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT) proposed project for the Black Hawk Bridge at Lansing will be the topic of a presentation being held at the Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library Thursday, May 2 at 5:30 p.m. The library is located at 515 Main Street in Lansing and can be reached at 563-538-4693.

Brennan Dolan, Cultural Resource Project Manager for Districts 1 & 2 for the Iowa DOT, will lead the discussion, which is free of charge and open to the public. He will continue discussions about historical and archaeological aspects of the proposed Black Hawk Bridge project at Lansing.

Wed
24
Apr

Black Hawk Bridge is open again ...

The bridge repair project to remove and replace several structural steel pieces on the Black Hawk Bridge over the Mississippi River in Lansing is now complete, and the bridge was opened to traffic late Saturday evening, April 20. Pictured above is a sampling of some of the work that took place during the bridge repair project, involving replacement of portions of the steel grid that makes up the bridge deck. The project closed the bridge from early Monday morning, April 15 through Saturday evening, requiring motorists to travel south to Marquette or north to La Crescent, MN in order to cross the Mississippi River. Photo by Susan Cantine-Maxson.
 

Wed
24
Apr

Pair of Kee High School juniors will be participating in 2019 Boys State


Kyle Conway and Dawson Sires ...

Two junior students at Kee High School in Lansing, Kyle Conway and Dawson Sires, have been selected to attend Boys State scheduled for June 9-14 of this year at Fort Dodge in Johnston. Local selection of attendees is sponsored by the Lansing American Legion Post 50, Lansing Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5981 and New Albin Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5603 .

Conway is the son of Kevin and Milissa Conway of Lansing. Sires is the son of Joel and Nicole Sires of New Albin.

Begun in 1938, Boys State is a six-day course in self government, consistently taught with a hands-on approach. The young men of 2019 Boys State, all of whom have finished their junior year of high school, will be divided into 32 cities. Four cities constitute a county and eight counties make up Boys State.

The cities are composed of members of the Nationalist and Federalist parties. The citizens within these cities hold party caucus meetings, conventions, campaigns and general elections.

Wed
24
Apr

Outdoor Health and Safety Day Saturday at the Driftless Center

The Allamakee County Conservation Board (ACCB) will be partnering with Gundersen Health System to present the Outdoor Health and Safety Day at the Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center in Lansing Saturday, April 27. For those who have ever wondered how to identify and treat poison ivy, what to do about a tick bite, how to stay safe outdoors in a thunderstorm, or who have had any other questions about how to be safe and have fun in the summertime, this program is ideal. ACCB staff and medical professionals from Gundersen will present and take questions on a variety of topics designed to ensure that those attending and their families can get the most out of the outdoors this summer with minimal trips to the emergency room.

The program will start at 10 a.m. at the Driftless Center and conclude at 12:30 p.m. with a live snake demonstration. Attendees can come and go as they please. All ages are welcome.

Wed
17
Apr

Prize winners at Kee Post Prom ...

Kee High School’s Post Prom was held Sunday, April 14 from midnight until 4 a.m. following the school’s annual Prom celebration. Guests played table games and other challenging activities using play money. The raffle and silent auction prize packages were also very popular with the guests. Special entertainment was provided by hypnotist Michael DeSchalit from Wand Enterprises. Everyone attending was given an opportunity to guess the number of candies in a jar and Makena Peterson (pictured above) won $100 for guessing the exact number. Door prizes were awarded throughout the evening and everyone drew a number to win a prize package at the end of the event.

A special drawing was held and the Kee senior grand prize (32” TV) was won by Jacob Berns (left in photo below). The Kee junior grand prize (Blu-Ray DVD player) was won by Allison Donley (center of photo below) and the Guest grand prize (Fire tablet) was won by Jaiden Berns (right in photo below).

Wed
17
Apr

Lansing City Council hires summer workers, hydrant flushing will be May 1

by Macie Hill

The Lansing City Council meeting was held Monday, April 15. Discussion centered around a wide variety of items.

Val Reinke of Allamakee County Economic Development was present at the meeting to explain the Demolition Program through the Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund. The program helps ensure that northeast Iowa residents of Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties have access to well-maintained, safe and affordable housing in both rural and urban areas of each community. No decisions were made by the council on whether or not to move forward with the program as Reinke was there to initially present the idea.

A motion was made and seconded to move forward with the inverted siphon system for the Clear Creek Arial Crossing Project. A progress payment for the amount of $50,000 to Waterworks was also approved for the City’s dock project.

Wed
10
Apr

Owen Schobert named 2019 Money Smart Kid, awarded $1,000 scholarship for his essay on income volatility

Owen Schobert ...
Owen Schobert ...

Owen Schobert, an eighth grader at Lansing Middle School in Lansing, has won the 13th annual statewide financial literacy essay contest for Money Smart Week Iowa and has been named Iowa’s 2019 Money Smart Kid. Schobert also received $1,000 from the Iowa Bankers Association to put toward his college education.

An assembly has been scheduled for April 18 at Lansing Middle School to recognize Schobert’s honoring. His winning essay accompanies this article in the shaded box below.

Forty-one students from across the state participated in the 2019 Money Smart Week Essay Contest. Any Iowa student in grades seven through 11 was eligible to submit a 400-word essay. This year’s prompt asked students to explain what income volatility is and who is prone to experience it. Students were also asked to include tips and resources on how to prepare for sudden fluctuation in income.

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