River Valley

Wed
27
Feb

Annual Bald Eagle Watching Day scheduled to be held in Ferryville, WI this Saturday


Bald Eagle Day this Saturday ... University of Minnesota Raptor Center staff and Maxim, the American Bald Eagle, have delighted the Ferryville Bald Eagle Day audience on several occasions. The Raptor Center will be presenting programs once again at this year’s Bald Eagle Day scheduled for this Saturday, March 2. Photo by Sherry Quamme.

The 11th Annual Bald Eagle Watching Day is schedule for this Saturday, March 2 in Ferryville, WI at the Village Community Center located on State Highway 35, “The Great River Road”. This program is sponsored by the Ferryville Tourism Council, co-sponsored by Friends of Pool 9 and is free to the public.

Event activities take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with doors opening at 8:45 a.m.  Returning to the program this year is the Decorah Raptor Research Project Eagle Cam organization presenting at 1 p.m. on “What we learned from an Eagle’s Nest”. John Howe and Amy Reis of the Raptor Resource Project and their team will be participating in the event for the second time.

Free refreshments and children’s craft activities are available throughout the event. Ferryville, WI is home to many eagle nests in the area, including a new one just south of Ferryville. The Pool 9 section has more nests than in any other part of the Mississippi River.

Wed
27
Feb

Lansing City Council sets public hearing for FY2020 proposed budget

by Macie Hill

The Lansing City Council held its regular meeting Wednesday, February 20, postponed from its typical Monday date due to not being able to field a quorum of council members due to planned absences and unplanned illness. Discussion at the meeting centered around the adoption of the consent agenda, setting a public hearing date, the bank depository resolution and the Clear Creek Areal Crossing Project.

The consent agenda consisted of council meeting minutes from February 4 and renewal of liquor licenses for Shep’s Riverside Bar and Grill and Kwik Star #888. The public hearing for the adoption of the proposed budget FY2020 will be held March 11 at 7 p.m.

A motion was made and seconded to appoint Kerndt Brothers Saving Bank for resolution #915 bank depository resolution.

Wed
27
Feb

Iowa DNR to recap hunting seasons, discuss possible rule changes

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting a series of town hall-style meetings where local staff will provide updates on recently completed hunting seasons, discuss possible changes to hunting rules and regulations, and address other topics as requested.

The meetings are open to the public. Comments collected from these public meetings will be considered along with other related comments received by the Iowa DNR prior to proposing changes to hunting rules and regulations. Proposed rules will be presented to the Natural Resource Commission during a regular public meeting for consideration and additional public comment.

These meetings replace the one-night listening session held in late winter over the past 15 years. The most local meeting location will be at Decorah Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m. at Decorah City Hall, 400 Clairborne Drive in Decorah. Additional meeting dates, times and locations can be found on the DNR’s website, iowadnr.gov.

Tue
19
Feb

Kee Speech to host annual Dinner Theatre March 2

The Kee High School Speech department will be hosting its annual Dinner Theatre Saturday, March 2 at T.J. Hunters Banquet Hall in Lansing. Kee Speech members, as well as the high school office, will be selling the tickets through Monday, February 25. There will be no tickets sold after that date nor at the door.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. with the meal beginning at 5:30 p.m. The large group speech teams will be the entertainment for the evening, along with a little teaser from the upcoming Kee High School musical “Fiddler on the Roof.”

The buffet meal will include beef brisket, smoked pork loin, party potatoes, corn, dinner roll, Oreo fluff, a drink and a dessert bar. This annual event is a fundraiser to help with the cost of contest fees, awards, travel expenses and the All-State trip.
 

Tue
19
Feb

Kee Post Prom to host Bingo March 10

The Kee High School Post Prom Committee will host Bingo Sunday, March 10 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). Special needs at the food pantry are cereal and peanut butter. All players will be eligible for a door prize drawing at intermission. Proceeds will be used to fund 2019 Post Prom prizes and entertainment.
 

Tue
19
Feb

Connecting Community Conversations taking place

Open Door To The Soul, Co., located in the former Waterville Lutheran Church, just outside of Waterville, will host Connecting Community Conversations, a series of monthly roundtable discussions intended to find commonality through shared experiences, bolster support and identify ways to make a difference for others.

Everyone is welcome to attend. All discussions will begin at 7 p.m. in the basement area of the former Waterville Lutheran Church, according to the following schedule of dates and topics:

February 21 - Illness, Hospice and Dying
March 21 - Do We Dare Talk Politics?
April 18 - Poverty, The Truth About Money
May 16 - Foregiveness and Healing Wounds
June 20 - Land Stewardship in the Driftless Region.
 

Wed
06
Feb

Kee High School Speech advances nine acts to State, five receive perfect scores ...

The Kee High School Speech team competed in its District contest Wednesday, January 23 in Postville, advancing nine teams to the State competition held this past Saturday, February 2 at Waterloo West High School. Teams earning that advancement to State included the following:

Notice Mime (One rating): Jada Mitchell, Abby Wood, Maggy Weymiller, Ella Strong and Jaiden Berns.

Bedside Manor Radio News (One rating): Rachel Walleser, Macy Manning, Alexis Johnson, Chris Wagner and Nick Buege.

WRMZ Reader’s Theatre (One rating and perfect score): Jazmyne Pace, Maggy Weymiller, Abby Wood, Rebecca Kadera, Jennifer Mitchell, Allison Donley, Ella Strong, Owen Henkes, Peter Boland, Lydia Strong, Kylie Troendle, Allyvia Martin, Jada Mitchell and Daniel Wagner.

Film “The Very Last Laugh” (One rating and perfect score): Amanda Fahey, Sahreya Dodd, Jade Peterson, Alexis Johnson, Macy Manning, Laurel Scott, Chris Wagner, Kellen Maddox and Will Mooney.

Wed
06
Feb

Lansing City Council hears about local efforts regarding this summer’s Hwy. 82 project, receives committee assignments

by Macie Hill

The Lansing City Council meeting was held Monday, February 4. Discussion centered around the adoption of the consent agenda, welcoming a new council member, a Main Street Lansing report, raising jetter repair costs and assigning committees.
Mayor Mike Brennan opened the meeting welcoming the newest member of the council, Kyle Walleser.

Main Street Lansing Executive Director Andy Kelleher was at the meeting presenting the Main Street Matters report. He explained that the Main Street Madness punch card promotion recorded $220,100 in local holiday spending late last year.

Wed
06
Feb

Harpers Ferry Youth Ice Fisheree is this Sunday

Due to the extremely cold temperatures during its originally scheduled weekend, the Allamakee County Conservation Board and the Harpers Ferry Booster Club postponed the annual Harpers Ferry Youth Ice Fisheree originally scheduled for Sunday, January 27 at Nobles Island Boat Landing.  It will now be held Sunday, February 10 at Nobles Island Boat Landing from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Nobles Island Boat Landing is approximately five miles south of Harpers Ferry on County Road 364. Anyone 15 years of age and under is encouraged to attend with an adult. Ice fishing equipment, bait, food and hot chocolate will be provided. Entry to the fisheree is free of charge and prizes will be awarded to many of the participants.

Tue
29
Jan

Darling selected as District winner of Patriot’s Pen essay contest ...

Lansing Middle School eighth grade student Alyssa Darling was selected by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) 9th Iowa District as the winner of the VFW Patriot’s Pen essay contest. She is the daughter of Mark and Kris Darling of Lansing and was sponsored by Lansing VFW Post 5981. Pictured above, left to right, in the submitted photo is VFW 9th District Chairman of Patriot’s Pen Bernie Meiers, Don Peters of Lansing VFW Post 5981, Alyssa Darling and VFW 9th District Commander Virgil Thorstenson. Darling’s award-winning essay advanced on to the State level of competition. Her essay topic was “Why I Honor the American Flag,” and it is published below in its entirety:

Why I Honor the American Flag
by Alyssa Darling, 8th grade student at Lansing Middle School

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