River Valley

Wed
02
May

Volunteers make a difference during Friends of Pool 9 River Clean-up


Oh, buoy! ... The Bob Henkel boat retrieved a 300-pound green navigation buoy that had been crushed and twisted by a tow-boat. The buoy is part of 500 pounds of metal that was recovered during the Friends of Pool 9 River Clean-Up Day Saturday, April 21 and will be recycled. Submitted photo.

Never too early to learn ... Young Wyatt Henkel helps unload debris from his dad’s boat, along with (left to right) Lance Welsh, Bob Henkel, Jr. and Ben Verdon. More than 130 volunteers took part in the Friends of Pool 9 River Clean-Up Day Saturday, April 21. Submitted photo.

submitted by Friends of Pool 9

On a slightly questionable weather day with cool temperatures, moderate stream flow and rising water levels, a group of volunteers gathered at all ends of Pool 9 to help clean the Mississippi River corridor, for the 13th year.

While many would find something else to do on a day like this, these folks put on their life jackets, boated out and waded into the Mississippi. They walked the Highway 82 dike, scoured area beaches, cleaned and sifted fire rings, walked the boat landings and the perimeter of Pool 9, and boated into the backwater depths to retrieve as much of the unwanted man-made debris as possible. Such is the desire and persistence of this bunch of volunteers from northeast Iowa, western Wisconsin and other places unknown.

Wed
02
May

Community event planned for Saturday in New Albin

A free event focused on mental well-being and building resilient communities is scheduled to be held Saturday, May 5 at 10 a.m. at the New Albin Community Center. Featured speakers will include Tabita Green, author of “Her lost year.” She will have copies of her book available at the event for signing and purchase. Lansing/New Albin Police Chief Conrad Rosendahl will then follow with an additional presentation.
 

Wed
02
May

IPTV’s broadcast channel in Lansing switched from 39 to 31

Iowa Public Television replaced the broadcast antenna serving the Lansing viewing area last week. The replacement process caused a temporary service outage while the existing antenna was removed and new equipment was installed.

The change also resulted in a channel change for viewers watching the over-the-air translator signal, from the current channel 39 to the new channel 31. Crews tried to limit the necessary outage as much as possible.

Upon completion of the replacement, viewers watching IPTV’s over-the-air signal were required to rescan their televisions to receive the new channel. Viewers watching IPTV via a cable or satellite provider did not need to make any adjustments. For more information about Iowa Public Television, contact Susan Ramsey at 515-725-9703 or Susan.Ramsey@iptv.org.
 

Wed
25
Apr

Cub Scout Pack 47 holds Pinewood Derby Races ...

Sunday, April 8, Cub Scout Pack 47 hosted its local Pinewood Derby Races, with the following scouts participating and pictured above in no particular order: Brayden Waters, Justin Wagner, Carter Verthein, Bentley Hatlan, Noah Connelly, Hunter and Aiden Hostert, Xander Howard, Tyrone McCarthy, Noah Mauss, Sam Janzen and Braiden Hatlan. Each scout designed, cut and painted their own cars. The event was a round-robin type of derby, with each of the scouts racing one another twice. The top three finishers at the local derby are pictured below, left to right: First Place - Carter Verthein, Second Place - Noah Connelly and Third Place - Bentley Hatlan. Winners had the opportunity to advance to the District Pinewood Race held in Manchester April 21. Cub Scout Pack 47 extends its appreciation to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lansing for the use of the church hall to conduct the races. Submitted photos.
 

Wed
25
Apr

Prize winners of special drawings and events at Kee Post Prom ...

Kee High School’s Post Prom was held Sunday, April 22 from midnight until 4 a.m. following the Kee High School Prom. Guests played table games and other activities using play money. The raffle and silent auction prize packages were also very popular with the guests. Special entertainment was provided by hypnotist Blake Powers from Wand Enterprises. Everyone attending was given an opportunity to guess the number of candies in a jar and Kee junior Macie Hill (pictured in the photo below) won $100 for guessing closest to the actual number. Door prizes were awarded throughout the evening and everyone drew a number to win a prize package at the end of the event. A special drawing was held and the winners of that drawing are pictured in the photo above. The Kee senior grand prize (a Sceptre TV) was won by Brock Flack (left). The Kee junior grand prize (a Sanyo DVD player) was won by Jacob Berns (center) and the Guest grand prize (Polaroid tablet) was won by sophomore Ella Strong (right).

Wed
25
Apr

Organizational meeting scheduled for May 2 in regard to establishing Lansing Food Bank

The Northeast Iowa Food Bank, along with interested groups and citizens in Lansing, is working toward opening a Lansing Food Bank in Lansing sometime this spring or early summer. An organizational meeting is scheduled to be held Wednesday, May 2 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at Main Street Lansing (corner of Fourth and Main Streets).

Steps taken up to this date regarding the local food bank will be explained. Anyone interested in volunteering, serving on the board or donating in any way to assist with developing a Lansing Food Bank is encouraged to attend.

The need for a local food bank has already been demonstrated and chronicled by the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. For information about the meeting or the local food bank, contact Craig White, Director, Main Street Lansing at 563-538-9229 or director@lansingmatters.com.
 

Wed
18
Apr

Winters, Martin selected by Lansing VFW and Legion to attend Boys State


Selected to attend Boys State ... Left to right: Thomas Aiden Winters and Anthony Martin. Submitted photo.

Two Kee High School students, juniors Thomas Aiden Winters and Anthony Martin, have been selected to attend the June 10-15 Boys State at Fort Dodge in Johnston this year. Local selection of attendees is sponsored by the Lansing Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5981 and Lansing American Legion Post 50.

Winters is the son of Corey and Lynn Winters of Lansing. Martin is the son of Andy and Marie Martin of Lansing.

Begun in 1938, Boys State is a six-day course in self government, consistently taught with a hands-on approach. The young men of 2018 Boys State, all of whom had 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.

Wed
18
Apr

Lansing City Council sets Interstate Power franchise fee at three percent, hires new police officer; Hydrant flushing will take place May 2

by Macie Hill

A regular Monday session of the Lansing City Council was held Monday, April 16. Discussion centered around the Interstate Power franchise fee percentage, flushing the fire hydrants for the spring season, payment number eight for the South Road Bridge project, considering Ordinance #197 for ATV usage, considering street sweeping for the City of De Soto, WI, reviewing and considering dust control bids, hiring a new Police Officer, and hiring a Lansing Pool manager along with two co-manager assistants.

Wed
18
Apr

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
11
Apr

Friends of Pool 9 schedule annual River Clean-Up Day for April 21


Results of their efforts ... Warren Coates surveys debris that had been dropped at the Brennan Landing in south Lansing during the 2017 Mississippi River Clean-Up. The debris was removed from the river corridor by volunteers, loaded by a tractor into dumpsters and hauled away by Allamakee County Waste Management. In 2017, 104 volunteers collected almost 10,000 pounds of trash. This year’s event is set for April 21. Submitted photo.

The annual Friends of Pool 9 (FOP9) River Clean-Up Day has been set and volunteers are needed. Saturday, April 21 marks the 14th year  this event has been scheduled. Last year alone, close to five tons of trash and debris were collected by 104 volunteers, making for a total of almost 140,000 pounds in the span of the previous 13 clean-up years. FOP9 River Clean-Up Day organizers are looking to try and better that volunteer number this year.

“Bring your outdoor friend or make it a family experience,” shared FOP9 Clean-Up Day organizers. “Help clean Pool 9 of the Mississippi River and take pride in the beauty of the great river valley.”

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