River Valley

Wed
23
Oct

Lansing City Council hears update from ambulance service and its need for more EMTs

by Alexis Johnson

The Lansing City Council meeting was held Monday, October 21. The discussion at the meeting centered around the consent agenda, an ambulance update, and a street report.

The consent agenda consisted of council meeting minutes from October 7, Milty’s liquor license renewal, Utility Reconciliation Report for September, transfer of funds from savings to general checking to cover splash pad expenses, and Safe House Saloon liquor license renewal. A motion was made and seconded to approve the consent agenda.

The ambulance service in Lansing is looking for EMTs and drivers to help cover the day shift. A class is coming up in January in Waukon to become certified to be an EMT and anyone who may be interested in taking the class is encouraged to contact anyone on the Lansing Ambulance Service or call Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon at 563-568-3411.

Wed
23
Oct

Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center to host Driftless Birding Fest November 9

The Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center located in Lansing will host the Driftless Birding Fest Saturday, November 9. The Fest will include speakers, exhibits and self-guided field trips to area hotspots.

Speakers will include William Reiter-Marolf, who is a biologist with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service Upper Mississippi River Refuge. His presentation will begin at 10 a.m. and will include information on the Upper Mississippi Fish and Wildlife Refuge and the bird research that is done throughout the entire refuge.

At 1 p.m., Pamela Eyden, editor of the book “Birds of the Upper Mississippi and the Driftless Area,” will read selected stories from the book at the Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center. Along with other editors of the Big River Magazine, she helped put together the 39 stories that appeared in the magazine over a 22-year period.

Wed
16
Oct

Ribbon cutting and First Dollar Visit for Coffee on the River ...

Main Street Lansing recently held a ribbon cutting and First Dollar Visit for Coffee on the River, located at 60 South Front Street in Lansing. Co-owned by sisters Diana Wilson-Thompson and Wendi Eiden, Coffee on the River is the first dedicated coffee shop in Lansing. However, they have much more than coffee, also offering sandwiches, salads, desserts and wine. Pictured above at the ribbon cutting are, left to right, Maryann Baldwin and Jana Schoh of Main Street Lansing, Coffee on the River co-owners Diana Wilson-Thompson and Wendi Eiden, and Bruce Palmborg and Sue Papp of Main Street Lansing. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
09
Oct

Lansing City Council meets, discusses this weekend’s Driftless Half Marathon

by Alexis Johnson

The Lansing City Council met in regular session Monday, October 7. The discussion centered around the consent agenda, citizen actions and a report from the City’s Parks and Recreation Board.

The consent agenda consisted of council meeting minutes from September 30, payment of claims, Marina Board meeting minutes from September 30, Parks and Recreation Board minutes from August 20 and September 17, Library Board minutes from August 20, liquor licenses for Coffee on the River and Red Barn Resort and Campground, Treasurer’s report for August, and utility receipts report for August. A motion was made and seconded to approve the consent agenda.

A variance request for caged chickens at 659 Wall Street was approved by the council.

Wed
09
Oct

Quilt show to benefit New Albin Public Library scheduled for this weekend

October 11-13, over 200 quilted items will adorn the New Albin Community Center, located at 137 Railroad Avenue SW in New Albin. Hours for the show will be Friday, October 11 from 4-7 p.m.; Saturday, October 12 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, October 13 from 12-4 p.m.

All proceeds will benefit the New Albin Public Library. For more information, see the advertisement on Page 9A of this week’s issue of The Standard or contact Lisa Fruechte at 563-544-4325.
 

Wed
09
Oct

Kee Post Prom to host Bingo this Sunday at Kee High School

The Kee High School Post Prom Committee will host Bingo Sunday, October 13 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 or $1 donation and play an extra Bingo card free. All donations will be given to LIFT (Lansing Iowa Food Trust). All players will be eligible for a door prize drawing at intermission. Proceeds will be used to fund 2020 Post Prom prizes and entertainment.
 

Wed
02
Oct

ITC donates to Friends of Pool 9 and Centennial Refuge Book ...

Friends of Pool 9, Upper Miss Refuge, Inc. and the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge are literally “making history.” Ric Zarwell, long-time Iowa conservationist and founding board member emeritus of the Friends of Pool 9, is coordinating development of a book, “Century of the Refuge,” which will record key changes, insights and happenings over the past 100 years on the 261 mile-long Upper Mississippi Refuge.

Wed
02
Oct

ITC conducting fall aerial patrols of transmission lines

Public advised of possible low-flying helicopters near area electrical lines

ITC will be conducting semi-annual aerial patrols of high-voltage transmission structures and lines throughout its service territory through October 14, weather permitting. Helicopter patrols provide an overall status of the overhead transmission system owned and operated by ITC’s Iowa-based operating entity, ITC Midwest LLC.

Wed
02
Oct

Final week to apply for grant funding through Arlin Falck Foundation

Notice is hereby given that the Arlin Falck Foundation will accept applications for grants for community development, community promotions, community education and similar matters. The grants shall be for the benefit of persons residing in Fillmore County and Houston County in Minnesota and Allamakee County and Winneshiek County in Iowa.

Entities that have a 501 (c) 3 designation by the Internal Revenue Service or municipalities are eligible to apply for these grants. To obtain an application for grants or other information, contact Kathleen V. Nelson at 12743 Buckley Road, Caledonia, MN 55921, phone 507-724-3348 during regular business hours or email arlinfalckfoundation@yahoo.com. Grant applications must be received by this Saturday, October 5 to be considered for funding.
 

Wed
25
Sep

Friends of Pool 9 hosts Mississippi River Adventure Day for Kee and De Soto, WI students


A day of adventure on and along the Mississippi River ... The 65 students from De Soto, WI and Kee Middle Schools gather outside the Genoa National Interpretive Center at the conclusion of morning activities for the Thursday, September 12 Mississippi River Adventure Day hosted by Friends of Pool 9. Students were bused to the Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center in Lansing for lunch and an afternoon with more activity and adventure. Submitted photo.

Kayak caravan ... A kayak armada with paddles raised approaches the Village Creek Landing with leader Russ Hagen during the Mississippi River Adventure Day river activity for Lansing and De Soto seventh grade students. Everyone wore a lifejacket and no one tipped over. Submitted photo.

Fish tagging ... Students huddle around the tagging machines in the Sturgeon Building at the Genoa National Fish Hatchery under the watchful eye of Kevin Quillin and Bruce ReVoir. Kee and De Soto students tagged over 1,200 sturgeon throughout the day as part of the Friends of Pool 9 Mississippi River Adventure Day. Submitted photo.

submitted by Friends of Pool 9

Thursday, September 12 turned out to be a great day for students of two schools bordering Pool 9 and the Mississippi River, one of those days that “legends are made of.” As part of that annual Mississippi River Adventure Day hosted by Friends of Pool 9, 65 seventh grade students from Kee and De Soto, WI Middle Schools embraced activities at the Genoa National Interpretive Center, the Genoa National Fish Hatchery, the Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center in Lansing, and other outdoor riverside activities at Village Creek Landing in rural Lansing, and they did it all while dodging raindrops and sweltering heat and humidity.

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