River Valley

Wed
01
Aug

Allamakee County Republican Women meet in Lansing ...

The Allamakee County Republican Women met at nutMeg’s in Lansing Thursday, July 26. Anne Osmundson, candidate for Iowa House District 56, attended the meeting and addressed the group. In addition, Lansing Main Street Matters Executive Director Craig White spoke about some of that organization’s accomplishments, as well as future endeavors. Pictured above, clockwise from front left, are Allamakee County Republican Women Co-Chair Jan Ellingson, Arlene Lynes, Iowa House candidate Anne Osmundson, Craig White of Main Street Lansing, Nancy Barry, Revelyn Lonning and Allamakee County Republican Women Co-Chair Sherry Bechtel. Not pictured but also present was Allamakee County Board of Supervisors candidate Kristi Hager. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
01
Aug

Photography Contest being planned for Lansing Fish Days

The Lansing Fish Days Committee is hosting a photography contest in conjunction with the annual community celebration being held August 9-12. Photographers of all ages are encouraged to participate.

Each photographer can submit up to three photos, and it is asked that all photos be in a 5”x7” format and printed on photo paper. The photos will be displayed in plastic sleeves.

The contest will involve two categories, “Lansing’s Black Hawk Bridge” and “Out and About in Lansing”. There is no fee to enter the contest, but all submitted photographs become property of Lansing Lions Club to be used. The images, however, remain the property of the entrant.

Prizes will be awarded in each category, including First prize of $25; Second Prize of $10; and People’s Choice prize of $10. A Grand Prize of $50 and a Lansing Fish Days t-shirt will be awarded overall, with both categories being judged to determine an overall winner.

Wed
01
Aug

Kerndt Brothers Banks accepting donations to American Red Cross following most recent tornadoes in Iowa

Thursday, July 19, central Iowa experienced multiple tornadoes causing destruction in Pella, Bondurant and Marshalltown. More than 625 homes were either totally destroyed or heavily damaged. These people had little to no warning as these storms quickly developed.

One of the local agencies that responded immediately is the American Red Cross.  As of July 23, the Red Cross had served 30,570 meals and snacks, distributed 16,007 relief items and surveyed the amount of damaged homes.  The organization plans to continue to serve at least 1,000 hot meals twice a day until there is no longer a need.

Kerndt Brothers Bank is teaming up with the American Red Cross by accepting contributions which will be sent to the Red Cross to continue to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. People turn to the Red Cross in their darkest hours looking for relief and help during their time of recovery.

Wed
18
Jul

Lansing City Council discusses water run-off and sewer matters

by Macie Hill

The regular session of the Lansing City Council was held Monday, July 16. Discussion at the meeting centered around the Platt Street water run-off issue, a sewer matter being remedied downtown and adding a new member to each of the Parks and Library Boards.

A motion was made and seconded to construct a means to redirect rainwater run-off at the north corner of the intersection of Diagonal Street and Platt Street to address an issue at that location during storms. The sewer issue located at the intersection of Main Street and Front Street has also been resolved by crews working this past week.

Pam Herman has been approved as a new member of the Parks Board. The Parks Board is now full having five members, including Herman. Deb Dietzenbach has also been approved as a new member of the Meehan Memorial Library Board.
 

Wed
18
Jul

River Bluff Daze Hike in Ferryville set for July 28 ...

Hikers should plan to participate in the Saturday, July 28 River Bluff Daze Hike in Ferryville, WI. Participants will meet at 8:30 a.m. under the shelter at the Ferryville Boat Landing (turn onto Oak Street by the Cheapo Depot and head over the railroad tracks toward the river). There will be treats and water and the group will carpool a short distance to the trailhead for a hike at Sugar Creek Bluff Natural Area. This is a property that is managed by the Mississippi Valley Conservancy. Participants are asked to wear long pants and bring bug spray. The hike is gradual and is an easy walk through mature woods. Participants will be looking at the summer wildflowers, listening for bird song and emerging at the top to a view of the Mississippi River. The hike will take approximately one and a half hours, from 9-10:30 a.m.

Wed
18
Jul

New Albin receives Community Development Block Grant for new wastewater treatment facility

by Anne Falken

The City of New Albin was recently awarded a $300,000 Community Development Block Grant in connection with its plan for a new wastewater treatment facility. Iowa Economic Development Authority awarded a total of $4.1 million to 11 Iowa communities, including New Albin.

Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) played a vital role in helping New Albin obtain this grant. Upper Explorerland is a council of governments that serves as an extension of city and county governments in order to assist them. The organization delivers customized planning, advisory and resource development services to help communities in northeast Iowa maintain infrastructure, while also assisting in other community needs.

Wed
11
Jul

Local youth learn about Forces of Nature ...

Youth in kindergarten through second grade learned about the different forces of nature and how they affect animals in a recent session hosted by Allamakee County ISU Extension and Outreach at the Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center in Lansing. They started with making earthquakes out of graham crackers and frosting. After learning about beavers and how they make unique homes, youth were challenged with making their own dams. Using sticks and play dough, partners worked together to create a flood-proof dam (center photo). Next, everyone was able to make their own tornado in a jar and anemometer (pictured above) while learning about tornadoes and which animals had the safest homes to protect themselves.

Wed
11
Jul

Second installment of Chautauqua series in Ferryville will feature fur trade on the river


Mary Antoine ...

The Ferryville Tourism Council is sponsoring the second installment of its Chautauqua Summer Series for 2018.  This program will be held Wednesday, July 18 at 8 p.m. in the Ferryville Village Hall, at the south end of Ferryville along Wisconsin State Highway 35, the Great River Road.

Featured speaker for this program will be Mary Antoine. Her topic will be the Fur Trade along the Mississippi River. Antoine is the current director of the Fort Crawford Museum in Prairie du Chien, WI and is a local historian. She has researched and written two books that she will be bringing with her for this event.

Antoine’s books include “The War of 1812 in Wisconsin: the Battle for Prairie du Chien” and “Frenchtown Chronicles of Prairie du Chien.” These are stories about life in this area in the second half of the 19th century.

Wed
11
Jul

Speaker series continues at Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library with “Click by Click: Humor in Photography”

Thursday, July 19, the public is invited to photographer Bob Modersohn’s presentation, “Click by Click: Humor in Photography.” He’ll show a sampling of the sometimes quirky black and white imagery that he shot for The Des Moines Register in the 1970s and 1980s.

Now living in Lansing, Modersohn had a long career as a staff photographer, reporter and travel columnist for The Register. These days, his heart is in the life and landscapes of the Driftless Area, where he’s known online as DriftlessMode.

The free program will begin at 6:30 p.m., preceded by a light supper with freewill offering. For more information call 563-538-4693.
 

Thu
05
Jul

Thornton Manor receives highest marks in State evaluation ...

Thornton Manor in Lansing has received a “Deficiency Free” result on its annual survey conducted in May by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals. The annual  survey, which is conducted over several days, covers over 500 quality, safety and performance issues such as medication management, proper skin care, assessment of residents’ needs, respect for residents’ rights and dignity, food service, environment and administration. The complete evaluation includes a tour of the facility, review of residents’ clinical records, and interviews with residents and family members about life and the care they are receiving. Thornton Heights Assisted Living also received an “Insufficiency-Free” survey in January 2018. With the increase in regulations, achieving the distinction of a “deficiency-free” rating is considered a very prestigious achievement.

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