River Valley

Wed
07
Nov

Byways of Iowa Coalition annual meeting held at Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center


BIC annual meeting held at Driftless Center ... Allamakee County Conservation Director Jim Janett welcomes attendees of the Byways of Iowa Coalition (BIC) annual meeting. The Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center in Lansing hosted this year’s annual meeting of the Byways of Iowa Coaltion October 18. Submitted photo.

The Byways of Iowa Coalition held its annual meeting Thursday, October 18 at the Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center in Lansing. At the meeting, attendees representing Iowa’s 14 byways spent time learning  the history of the Iowa Byways™ program and listened to updates and successes from byway coordinators across the state.

Wed
31
Oct

Lansing Iowa Food Trust (LIFT) to host open house for the general public November 3


LIFT to host open house this Saturday ... Volunteers help stock the shelves at the Lansing Iowa Food Trust (LIFT) for its weekly open usage hours each Wednesday evening from 4-8 p.m. LIFT will be hosting an open house Saturday, November 3 from 10 a.m.-12 noon to give the general public an opportunity to see how LIFT serves the community. Photo by Susan Cantine-Maxson.

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The Lansing Iowa FoodTrust (LIFT) has been in operation for almost a month now. The LIFT Board would like to invite the public to an Open House at the LIFT site at 220 South Third Street (the former Rethswich Lumber office in Lansing) November 3 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The open house will give the public an opportunity to see how the operation runs on a weekly basis. The well-lit room which holds the food items available to local families or individuals is an inviting atmosphere. The back room serves as a much-needed storage area for food items waiting to be placed on the shelves for restocking. Several volunteers assist clients as they choose the food they want.

Wed
31
Oct

November 12 program to celebrate Lansing’s World War I veterans

A special program will celebrate the nearly 200 World War I servicemen and women with ties to Lansing and other areas of Allamakee County. The program will start at 1 p.m. Monday, November 12 at Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library, located at 515 Main Street in Lansing.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, the day WWI ended. To mark this historic milestone, the Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library has created a series of posters highlighting Lansing’s participation in the war and how residents welcomed home their soldiers, sailors and nurses.

Brief accounts of the lives of many of those who served have been compiled in a notebook for the exhibit. Visitors to the library can learn about men who started vital businesses that still operate in Lansing and the families who made their living fishing on the Mississippi River and clamming or cutting buttons on its shores.

Wed
31
Oct

Driftless Birding Fest is set for November 10

The Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center in Lansing will host the Driftless Birding Fest Saturday, November 10. The Fest will include speakers, exhibits and self-guided field trips to area hotspots.

Speakers will include Dr. Paul Skrade of Upper Iowa University at 1 p.m. speaking on the Driftless Region’s unique population of warblers and his studies to learn more about them. Additional speakers and times will be announced closer to the November 10 date.

The Upper Mississippi Flyway is used by over 300 species of birds during the Spring and Fall migrations.  This festival will give novice and expert birders a chance to learn from professionals who have traveled the world on why and when these many species are utilizing the local area.

Wed
24
Oct

Downtown Trick or Treating hosted by Main Street Lansing October 31

Main Street Lansing is hosting Downtown Trick or Treating from 4:30-6 p.m. Halloween, Wednesday, October 31. Local residents can stop in at participating businesses to trick or treat. Also, there will be Halloweenies and Haunted Chocolate served at the Kerndt Brothers Community Center from 5-6:30 p.m. that evening.
 

Wed
24
Oct

ACCF announces November Mini-Grants now available

Grants up to $500 available for eligible area non-profits

The Allamakee County Community Foundation (ACCF) is now accepting applications for its mini-grant program. The ACCF “Emerging Needs” Mini-Grant Fund was created to address funding needs for community projects outside of the regular grant cycle. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, October 31.
Grants up to $500 are available for eligible non-profits. The ACCF accepts applications for grants for community development, community promotions, community education and similar matters.   The grant shall be for the benefit of persons residing in Allamakee County.

Entities that have a 501(c)3 designation by the Internal Revenue Service or schools or municipalities are eligible to apply for these funds.  Non-profit groups may apply for up to $500 for their projects.

Wed
24
Oct

Kee Post Prom to host Bingo November 11

The Kee High School Post Prom Committee will host Bingo Sunday, November 11 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
17
Oct

EACSD Board of Directors approves overnight trips for music and FFA students, hears fitness center update

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The monthly meeting of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) was held at Kee High School in Lansing Monday, October 15. The meeting was called to order by Heather Schulte, Board President. The following board members were present: Bobbie Goetzinger, Kelli Mudderman, Bruce Palmborg, Melanie Mauss and Heather Schulte. Also present were EACSD Superintendent Dr. Dale Crozier, Kee High and Middle School Principal Mary Hogan, New Albin Elementary School Principal Chad Steckel and Board Secretary Janet Heiderscheit.

Wed
17
Oct

City Council delays council appointment, reminds residents not to rake leaves into streets

by Macie Hill

The Lansing City Council held its regular meeting Monday, October 15. Discussion centered around the dike and marina contract, setting a public hearing date, purchasing benches, considering change order #4, considering payment #9 to Brennan Construction and considering appointing a council member for the vacant council seat.

A motion was made and approved to approve the dike and marina contract. ​There will be a public hearing at the next meeting, November 5, for the proposal to enter into a general obligation loan agreement and to borrow money there under in a principal amount not to exceed $200,000 for marina docks.

A motion was made and approved to pay Lucky Duck Custom Fabricating the amount of $2250 to make six new benches to replace the wooden benches located throughout Main Street.

Wed
17
Oct

Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center to host Driftless Birding Fest

The Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center in Lansing will host the Driftless Birding Fest Saturday, November 10. The Fest will include speakers, exhibits and self-guided field trips to area hotspots.

Speakers will include Dr. Paul Skrade of Upper Iowa University at 1 p.m. speaking on the Driftless Region’s unique population of warblers and his studies to learn more about them. Additional speakers and times will be announced closer to the November 10 date.

The Upper Mississippi Flyway is used by over 300 species of birds during the Spring and Fall migrations.  This festival will give novice and expert birders a chance to learn from professionals who have traveled the world on why and when these many species are utilizing the local area.

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