River Valley

Wed
09
Jan

Tootsie Roll Drive proceeds ...

The Lansing Knights of Columbus, Council 12244, presented TASC, Inc. with a check raised through the Council’s Tootsie Roll Drive held this past fall. The donation will benefit individuals with disabilities served by TASC.  Pictured above, left to right, is Bob Teff of Council 12244 presenting the donation to TASC Executive Director Sheila Schulte. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
09
Jan

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church hosts Christmas Pageant …

The children and youth of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church presented their annual Sunday School Christmas Pageant December 23. The production, entitled “Are We There Yet?”, was written by Pastor Laura Gentry. Through narration and song, the pageant followed the epic journey of the three wise people who made their way on camelback to worship the newborn king. It featured unique camel-riding costumes, a dancing star, angels, sheep and a live baby Jesus played by Kaysley Creasman. Retired drama teacher Susan Cantine-Maxson co-directed the pageant with Pastor Gentry. The barn set was constructed by Dr. Mike Schweitzer. A solo of “Mary, Did You Know?” was sung by Leslie Halvorson. The entire cast is pictured above and includes the following: Left to right - Back row: Kai Timmerman, Isabella Hammell, Tyrone Rosas, Isla Henkes, Adrian Weipert, Zoey Timmerman, Ashlyn Henkes holding Kaysley Creasman, Hailey Gonzalez, Emilio Rathbun, Austin Weipert. Front row: Amanda Romie holding Sienna St.

Wed
09
Jan

City Council accepts resignation of Curtis Snitker from council, appoints Tony Becker as Fire Chief

by Macie Hill

The regular Lansing City Council meeting was held Monday, January 7. Discussion centered around the adoption of the consent agenda, appointing a Fire Chief, a semi-final project payment, a parks report update, approving the resignation of a council member and a motion to appoint a new member.

The council appointed Tony Becker to the position of Fire Chief once again. Contract payment #9, a semi-final payment, was approved to be made in the amount of $11,415.22 for the South Road Bridge Project.

A Parks Board member was present at the meeting and explained that a piece of concrete that was approximately one foot by six feet in size has fallen away in the shallow end of the City swimming pool. The board has a preliminary $10,000 raised that will be used to resolve that problem as well as any other minor fixes that need to be done before the pool opens later this year.

Wed
02
Jan

Harpers Ferry Youth Ice Fisheree

The Allamakee County Conservation Board and the Harpers Ferry Booster Club will host the annual Kids Ice Fisheree January 27, 2019 from 11-2 p.m. at Nobles Island Boat Landing. Nobles Island Boat Landing is approximately 5 miles south of Harpers Ferry on County Road 364. Anyone 15 years of age and under is encouraged to attend with an adult. Ice fishing equipment, bait, food, and hot chocolate will be provided. Entry to the fisheree is free of charge and prizes will be awarded to many of the participants.

In case of inclement weather or poor ice conditions a makeup date will be February 10, 2019 at the same time and location. Announcements will be made as soon as possible via the Allamakee County Conservation Facebook page.

Wed
02
Jan

Main Street Madness 2018 punch card winners announced

Main Street Madness, the annual punch card event sponsored by Main Street Lansing, recorded a record-setting $220,100 in holiday sales between November 12 and December 15. The promotion featured punch cards that were available from participating businesses, and for every $5 spent, a customer received a card punch. Once a card was full with $100 worth of punches, a customer was eligible to enter a drawing for a variety of prizes, from business gift certificates to $150 in Downtown Dollars. The 2018 prize winners are:

Wed
02
Jan

Harpers Ferry woman wins $100,000 ...

An Allamakee County woman has won a $100,000 lottery prize. Susan Dolan (pictured above) of Harpers Ferry claimed the sixth of eight top prizes available in the Iowa Lottery’s “Star” scratch game. She purchased her winning ticket at Barry’s Mini Mart, 403 West Chestnut Street in Harpers Ferry, and claimed her prize Monday, December 24 at the lottery’s regional office in Cedar Rapids. Star is a $10 scratch game. For more information about this game, and the number of prizes still available, visit www.ialottery.com. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
19
Dec

Lansing City Council hears update from Iowa DOT on Black Hawk Bridge considerations, approves purchase of body cameras for police officers

by Macie Hill

The Lansing City Council meeting was held Monday, December 17. Discussion centered around the adoption of the consent agenda, a Black Hawk Bridge update, acknowledging receipt of a letter from Attorney Karl Knudson, discussing the shoveling ordinance, a marina dock project update, rebuilding a pump for the jetter and purchasing body cameras for the City police officers.

The consent agenda consisted of the City Council Minutes from the meeting held December 3 and the Treasurer’s Report for November 2018. The consent agenda was approved with no major concerns.

Wed
19
Dec

Allamakee Co. Conservation to host Winter Solstice and Full Moon Hike this Friday

The Allamakee County Conservation Board (ACCB) will host a Winter Solstice and Full Moon Hike this Friday, December 21, beginning at 6 p.m. The full moon will make the shortest day of the year a little bit brighter.

The hike will take place along County Road 527, along the Mississippi River, starting at 6 p.m. County Road 527 is approximately a two-mile, one-way level B County road that begins at the end of Power Plant Drive south of Lansing. Participants can park at the Rural Recycling drop-off site past the Alliant Energy Plant south of Lansing.

If snowshoes are needed, the ACCB has snowshoes and trekking poles for use free of charge. Those needing snowshoes are urged to register in advance.

Wed
19
Dec

Connecting Community Conversations taking place at Open Door To The Soul; Variety of topics to discuss during the next six months

Open Door To The Soul, Co., located in the former Waterville Lutheran Church, just outside of Waterville, will host Connecting Community Conversations, a series of monthly roundtable discussions intended to find commonality through shared experiences, bolster support and identify ways to make a difference for others. All discussions will begin at 7 p.m. on the dates listed below in the basement area of the former Waterville Lutheran Church.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Upcoming Connecting Community Conversations currently include the following schedule and topics:

January 17 - The Shadows of Suicide
February 21 - Illness, Hospice and Dying
March 21 - Do We Dare Talk Politics?
April 18 - Poverty, The Truth About Money
May 16 - Foregiveness and Healing Wounds
June 20 - Land Stewardship in the Driftless Region.
 

Wed
12
Dec

Eastern Iowa artist with studio in Lansing releases new book of landscape paintings

Fred Easker ...
Fred Easker ...
... and his new book ...
... and his new book ...

Eastern Iowa artist Fred Easker’s landscape paintings offer an extraordinary view into what is too often considered ordinary. Most often drawing on familiar sites in the backroads of his native Eastern Iowa, he celebrates both the aesthetics and the character of place and offers a keen meditation on the power, vulnerability and eloquence of land and relationships to it.

His landscape paintings are on full display in a new book “Connected to Place Landscape Paintings.” The book is in landscape page format of 11 inches wide by 8-1/2 inches tall to give the reader/viewer the largest view. Some images spread across both pages giving a full view of Easker’s work. The book includes commentary by Joni Kinsey, Professor of Art History at the University of Iowa, and other art professionals.

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