River Valley

Wed
15
May

Rummage along the River this weekend ...

“Rummage Along the River” is a 70-mile garage sale event that winds along Hwy. 35, Wisconsin’s Great River Road, and includes the communities of Stoddard, Genoa, the Bad Axe, Victory, De Soto, Ferryville and Lynxville, as well as Seneca and Mt. Sterling along Hwy. 27. The annual event is taking place this Friday and Saturday, May 17-18 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. More information about the event can be found online at www.rummagealongtheriver.com or other social media venues. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
15
May

Two baptisms at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church ...

During worship services Sunday, May 5 there were two baptisms at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Lansing. Jack Ryun Schwarz, son of Lee Langager and Daniel Schwarz, had Jennifer Moen and Corey St. Mary as his baptismal sponsors, and Asher Lee St. Mary, son of Corey St. Mary and Lee Langager, had Jennifer Durfee and Abigail Heiller as his baptismal sponsors. Pictured above, left to right, at the baptism celebration are: Front row - Abigail Heiller, Jack Ryun Schwarz, Lee Langager, Asher Lee St. Mary, Corey St. Mary; Back row - Jennifer Moen, Jennifer Durfee, Pastor Laura Gentry. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
08
May

Peoples State Bank’s new Harpers Ferry location opens for business May 8...

Peoples State Bank will open its new Harpers Ferry branch for business Wednesday, May 8. Final preparations are being completed in preparation to open the doors and start serving the community. The Harpers Ferry location will be a full service bank with two customer service representatives and a loan officer able to serve both personal and business banking customers, and the newly-constructed facility will also feature drive-thru and ATM services. The bank lobby will be open Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Friday. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Drive-Thru services will be available Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Friday, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m.-12 noon.

Wed
08
May

Mid-April fire at Milty’s in Lansing turns into a learning experience for many


The culprits and the heroes ... The Lansing Fire Department was called to Milty’s in downtown Lansing for a small fire Thursday afternoon, April 17. The cause of the fire was recently washed and dried kitchen towels that had been covered up and spontaneously combusted in a storage bin, the remnants of which are pictured in the photo above submitted by Milty’s owner Mike Conway. Lansing Fire Department volunteers, some of whom are pictured below in the photo taken by Susan-Cantine Maxson, quickly put out the burning towels with a fire extinguisher and were on the scene of the fire for a little over a half hour.

The Lansing Fire Department was called to Milty’s, located at 200 Main Street in Lansing, for a small fire of a somewhat unusual nature Thursday afternoon, April 17. The fire began in the laundry area near the kitchen in the back of the large Milty’s building, and a quick response by employees and the Lansing Fire Department volunteers prevented the incident from being much worse than it was.

Milty’s owner Mike Conway said that employees reported smelling “something burning,” but an initial search could not turn up the source. Eventually, a haze was noticed coming from the laundry room, and the employees quickly called the fire department. “I am very grateful they called the fire department when they did,” Conway said. “By the time the fire department arrived, we did have a fire.”

Wed
08
May

Lansing City Council hears update on Black Hawk Bridge project, discusses summer personnel items

by Macie Hill

The Lansing City Council held its regular meeting Monday, May 6. Discussion centered around the adoption of the consent agenda, holding a public hearing, a Black Hawk Bridge update, a People Service report, a Parks Board Report and setting another public hearing.

A public hearing was held for Resolution #918 which allows vacation and easements of Otis and Chestnut Street. A motion was made and approved to allow that action.

Wed
01
May

Driftless Center to host “Iowa’s Hidden Treasures” with Dan Kaercher May 16

The Allamakee County Conservation Board and the Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center have received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to host “Iowa’s Hidden Treasures” by Dan Kaercher Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Driftless Center.  A cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, Humanities Iowa offers many cultural and historical programs and grants to Iowa’s communities. This will be a free program for all ages.

Kaercher is the retired founding editor-in-chief of Midwest Living Magazine and host of “Iowa’s Simple Pleasures” and other travel-related programs aired on Iowa Public Television and other public television stations nationally. A native of Council Bluffs, he graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, majoring in journalism.

Wed
01
May

DOT says Hwy. 82 will be closed until testing of subsurface integrity determines safety; This Friday is latest estimate

Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) officials say that cracks discovered in the roadway pavement near the Hwy. 82 slough bridge nearest the Winneshiek Slough Boat Landing entrance have resulted in the closing of Highway 82 linking Iowa and Wisconsin via the Black Hawk Bridge at Lansing until testing can be completed to determine the integrity of the subsurface and road bed of that area. The area in question is in the same location where that roadway had washed out in late May of 2017, claiming the life of Lansing resident James Walleser in an early morning accident.

Wed
01
May

May 2 Black Hawk Bridge program at Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library to focus on history and environmental research

Research on the environment and history surrounding the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT) proposed project for the Black Hawk Bridge at Lansing will be the topic of a presentation being held at the Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library Thursday, May 2 at 5:30 p.m. The library is located at 515 Main Street in Lansing and can be reached at 563-538-4693.

Brennan Dolan, Cultural Resource Project Manager for Districts 1 & 2 for the Iowa DOT, will lead the discussion, which is free of charge and open to the public. He will continue discussions about historical and archaeological aspects of the proposed Black Hawk Bridge project at Lansing.

Wed
24
Apr

Black Hawk Bridge is open again ...

The bridge repair project to remove and replace several structural steel pieces on the Black Hawk Bridge over the Mississippi River in Lansing is now complete, and the bridge was opened to traffic late Saturday evening, April 20. Pictured above is a sampling of some of the work that took place during the bridge repair project, involving replacement of portions of the steel grid that makes up the bridge deck. The project closed the bridge from early Monday morning, April 15 through Saturday evening, requiring motorists to travel south to Marquette or north to La Crescent, MN in order to cross the Mississippi River. Photo by Susan Cantine-Maxson.
 

Wed
24
Apr

Pair of Kee High School juniors will be participating in 2019 Boys State


Kyle Conway and Dawson Sires ...

Two junior students at Kee High School in Lansing, Kyle Conway and Dawson Sires, have been selected to attend Boys State scheduled for June 9-14 of this year at Fort Dodge in Johnston. Local selection of attendees is sponsored by the Lansing American Legion Post 50, Lansing Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5981 and New Albin Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5603 .

Conway is the son of Kevin and Milissa Conway of Lansing. Sires is the son of Joel and Nicole Sires of New Albin.

Begun in 1938, Boys State is a six-day course in self government, consistently taught with a hands-on approach. The young men of 2019 Boys State, all of whom have finished their junior year of high school, will be divided into 32 cities. Four cities constitute a county and eight counties make up Boys State.

The cities are composed of members of the Nationalist and Federalist parties. The citizens within these cities hold party caucus meetings, conventions, campaigns and general elections.

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