River Valley

Wed
04
Apr

Boating Safely Course to be offered April 21 by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has announced a Boating Safely Course to be held Saturday, April 21 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at City Hall in Prairie du Chien, WI, located at 214 East Blackhawk Avenue. This course qualifies for the Wisconsin or Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Boating Safety Certificate.

This eight-hour course provides basic training in the safe operation of watercraft including vessel familiarization, rules of the road, federal and state boating laws and safety on the water and is designed for all ages. Students must be at least 12 years of age to attend the class alone.

Boater education is required in Wisconsin for anyone born after January 1, 1989 to operate a vessel, including a personal watercraft (PWC). In Iowa, it is required of anyone age 12 to 17 years old to operate a boat of more than 10 horsepower or a PWC.

Wed
28
Mar

McMillan is Ambassador of Provider Excellence ...

Each year, Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, WI presents Ambassador of the Year awards to individuals who represent the organization’s core values of joy, unity, integrity, compassion and excellence, along with awards for Ambassador of Leadership and Ambassador of Provider Excellence. Nominations are submitted by employees and presented to the Senior Leadership Team for selection. For the year 2017, Susan “Sue” McMillan of Waukon, Family Nurse Practitioner at Crossing Rivers Health, was recognized as the organization’s Ambassador of Provider Excellence.

Wed
28
Mar

Conservation Board to host author Dick Stahl at Driftless Center April 14

The Allamakee County Conservation Board will be hosting author Dick Stahl Saturday, April 14 at 2 p.m. in the Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center library in Lansing. The program is free of charge.

Dick Stahl fell in love with the Mississippi River as a small child exploring and growing up in Davenport. His fascination with the river has led him to explore the Upper Mississippi River as well as many other rivers around the world including the Rhine River and the Nile River.

He has compiled a book, entitled “Bluffing,” of poems and color photographs inspired by the mighty river.  His work has also appeared in three other books, including “After the Milk Route” and “Under the Green Tree Hotel,” published by Augustana College’s East Hall Press and “Mr. Farnam’s Guests” published by the Midwest Writing Center. He served as Quad City Arts’ first Poet Laureate of the Quad Cities from September 2001 to September 2003.

Wed
28
Mar

Kee High School Prom/Post Prom scheduled to be held April 21-22

Volunteers, contributions needed to make Post Prom possible

Kee High School’s Post Prom has been scheduled for April 22 from midnight until 4 a.m. for Kee juniors and seniors and their guests, following their Prom Saturday, April 21. The Post Prom event is a substance free celebration providing table games, raffles and silent auctions, snacks and drinks and door prizes.

All Kee junior and senior students are welcome, even if not participating in Prom. There is no fee to attend. Hypnotist Blake Powers from Wand Enterprises has been booked and all guests will be entertained by his show.

The Post Prom Committee has been hosting Sunday Bingo events and worked the brat stand at Lansing Fish Days to raise funds for Post Prom. The group is very appreciative to all area businesses and individuals for their continued support.

Wed
21
Mar

Lansing City Council discusses electric franchise, results of housing survey

by Macie Hill

The Lansing City Council met in regular session Monday, March 19 at Lansing City Hall. Discussion centered around renewing the electric franchise contract, Allamakee Housing Survey review of results, summertime city mowing positions being available, hiring a part-time police officer, an open position for a full-time patrol officer and the City Clerk's office being closed Friday, March 30.

Craig Clefesch and Keith Sherman with Alliant Energy were present at the meeting to answer any questions about renewing the 25-year electric franchise with the City of Lansing. Clefesch, Sherman and the council had discussion about adding a franchise fee to the electric bills, although no final decision was made on that proposal. The topic will come up again during a future meeting.

Wed
21
Mar

Compatibility Determinations for uses of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge open to comment through April 9

Four Compatibility Determinations (CDs) which evaluate various economic and/or commercial uses of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are available for public comment through April 9 of this year. The draft CDs re-evaluate the following uses of the Refuge:

• Commercial Fishing Floats
• Commercially Guided Wildlife/Wildlands Observation
• Guided Sport Fishing
• Guided Waterfowl Hunting.

Wed
21
Mar

Iowa Governor candidate John Norris makes stops in Lansing and Waterville during weekend visit


Candidate for Iowa Governor visits Waterville and Lansing ... John Norris, candidate for Iowa Governor, speaks to a group of individuals at Milty's in Lansing Sunday, March 11. Norris also made a stop at the Waterville Firemen's Pancake Breakfast that morning. Submitted photo.

Sunday, March 11, John Norris, Democratic candidate for the Iowa Governor's office, stopped by the Waterville Fire Station, where volunteers were serving up pancakes and sausage. Dennis Nebendahl of rural Waterville welcomed Norris to the firehouse and exclaimed, “This is the first time we’ve ever had a candidate for governor visit Waterville!”

Norris’s next stop was Milty’s in Lansing, where he met with a group of area residents. This is the candidate's second visit to Allamakee County.

During his visit, Norris talked about rebuilding the economies of rural Iowa as key to helping the state prosper, noting a goal of an agricultural economy made up of diverse family farm operations. He’d like to see farm programs which help beginning farmers succeed, which in turn helps rural communities succeed.

Wed
14
Mar

Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lansing adopts new welcome, belief statements to promote inclusion of all individuals


An all-inclusive welcome ... The Sunday school and confirmation students at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lansing have painted this welcoming mural made out of reclaimed doors. Pictured above, left to right, are: Austin Weipert, Isla Henkes, Adrian Weipert, Ashlyn Henkes, Pastor Laura Gentry, Laurel Scott, Emilio Rathbun and Fuji the dog. Submitted photo.

At its recent annual meeting, Our Savior's Lutheran Church congregation in Lansing supported two important additions to the church's mission statement to promote inclusion of all individuals in Lansing and surrounding communities. To that end, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church has adopted a new welcome statement and new belief statements. The impetus behind the changes centers around the thought that at a time where there is so much division in the nation Our Savior's Lutheran Church wants everyone to understand God’s inclusive grace and love.

The church's new welcome statement declares: "We welcome all because God welcomes all. Whatever your age, gender, race, ethnicity, political perspective, religious background, economic situation, citizenship, mental or physical ability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity - there’s a place here for you."

The congregation backs this welcome statement up with belief statements. These belief statements include:

Wed
07
Mar

Lansing City Council renews contract with People Service; search underway for new police officer

by Macie Hill

The regular meeting of the Lansing City Council was held Monday evening, March 5. Discussion centered around the renewal of the People Service contract, more rocks and concrete being placed near the Lansing Marina and a new position for a Lansing Police Officer being available.

Dennis White, regional manager for People Service, Inc., was at the meeting to ask the council to consider the renewal of the contract with People Service, Inc. for water and wastewater services provided for the City of Lansing. After further discussion by the council, a motion was made and seconded to approve the 2018 renewal of the contract with People Service, Inc.

Wed
07
Mar

Candidate for Iowa Governor John Norris to be in Lansing Sunday

John Norris ...
John Norris ...

John Norris, Democratic candidate for Iowa Governor, will be in Lansing this Sunday, March 11 at 12 noon at Milty’s Restaurant located at 200 Main Street. The public is invited to meet John Norris and learn more about his candidacy for governor and his vision for Iowa.

Norris has worked for Senator Tom Harkin and Governor Tom Vilsack as his chief of staff. When Tom Vilsack was appointed as the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Norris continued to work for Secretary Vilsack.

For more information about the event, contact Karen Pratte at 563-535-7254, Lori Egan at 563-568-1290 or Chris Applegate at 515-368-4084.

 

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