River Valley

Wed
28
Aug

Market Study taking place to explore the future of downtown Lansing

What does the future hold for downtown Lansing? Community residents and business persons still have a chance to chime in as part of the Downtown Lansing Market Study project being orchestrated by Main Street Lansing.

Andy Kelleher, Main Street Lansing Executive Director, said a special project team assembled by Main Street Lansing initiated work on the project last month. Main Street Lansing, the local non-profit group spearheading downtown Lansing revitalization efforts, is performing the study to fine-tune and enhance downtown business development and marketing strategies. Kelleher said the study will include an in-depth analysis of input collected from local business and consumer surveys to be conducted throughout the month of August.

Wed
21
Aug

Lansing Fire Department and the community it serves help to raise funds for veteran firefighter’s battle with cancer once again


A display of brotherhood ... Bill Bartels of Lansing holds a plaque with his helmet and name placard from his firefighting coat as fellow Lansing Fire Department members (left to right) Troy Hill, Joe Manning and Tony Becker present him with the commemorative display along with the funds raised from their second “Bald for Bill” benefit held during Lansing Fish Days weekend August 9-11. This is the second time during the past three Fish Days celebrations department members have offered to have their heads shaved in an effort to raise funds to help the Bartels family defray expenses from Bill’s treatment of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, being first diagnosed in 2017 and having the cancer return this year. Submitted photo.

Losing their locks for a fellow firefighter ... Lansing Fire Department member Keith Schwartzhoff (above photo, having his head shaved by Heather Darling, daughter of fellow fireman Jeff Darling), was just one of the nearly dozen members of the volunteer department to have their head shaved in a fund raising effort for fellow firefighter Bill Bartels, who is battling non-Hodgkins lymphoma for the second time in two years. This is the second time the Lansing Fire volunteers have helped the Bartels family with such a fund raiser in support of defraying medical and other expenses related to Bill’s cancer treatment, collecting nearly $5,000 between the department’s two head shaving benefits held during Fish Days weekends in 2017 and again this year. Submitted photo.

Losing their locks for a fellow firefighter ... Lansing Fire Department member Joe Manning (above photo). Submitted photo.

Losing their locks for a fellow firefighter ... Lansing Fire Department member Tony Becker (above photo, having his head shaved by his own daughter, Payton). Submitted photo.

Having proven time and time again that they are dedicated to coming to the aid of their community, it is certainly no surprise that members of the Lansing Fire Department have also been more than willing to step up to help out one of their own during a challenging time.

When Bill Bartels, a 31-year veteran of the Lansing Fire Department, recently received word that his non-Hodgkins lymphoma had returned, his fellow firefighting volunteers once again answered their call to duty, volunteering to have their heads shaved in an effort to raise funds for the Bartels family to help with expenses related to Bill’s most recent treatment. It was two years ago, when Bill was first diagnosed, that his fellow volunteers did the same thing.

Wed
21
Aug

Event at Driftless Area Education & Visitor Center celebrates Capturing the Beauty of Iowa’s Natural Areas Through Art Project


Nature and art celebrated at Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center ... As part of an August 6 event held at the Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center in Lansing celebrating the Capturing the Beauty of Iowa’s Natural Areas Through Art Project, the Allamakee County Conservation Board (ACCB) accepted a painting entitled “Lansing from the Driftless Center” from Decorah artist Mary Ann Gloe. Pictured in the photo above at the painting presentation are, left to right: Front row - ACCB Board Member Jeanie Carroll, artist Mary Ann Gloe, ACCB Board Member Jesse Delaney, ACCB Board Member Bill Moody, Allamakee County Conservation Office Manager Erin Cubbon and Director of Allamakee County Conservation Jim Janett; Back row - Driftless Area Scenic Byway Coordinator Jared Nielsen, ACCB Board Member Bruce Palmborg, Allamakee County Conservation Naturalist Ross Geerdes and Allamakee County Conservation Assistant Director Jarrod Olson. Submitted photo.

Over two dozen people gathered Tuesday, August 6 at the Driftless Area Education & Visitor Center in Lansing to celebrate the development of a new original water color painting that depicts the view from the Visitor Center, as well as the release of new posters and postcards that were developed by Northeast Iowa RC&D from the painting. The painting is the artwork of Decorah artist Mary Ann Gloe, and the posters and postcards based on that painting are available at the Driftless Area Education & Visitor Center Gift Shop.

Wed
14
Aug

Second Annual Pat Sandry Memorial Fishing Derby to take place August 17


Pat Sandry ...

Saturday, August 17, family and friends of lifelong resident and local “River Rat” Pat Sandry will be honoring his memory with the Second Annual Pat Sandry Memorial Fishing Derby and Friends of Pool 9 Fundraiser held on the Mississippi River. Sandry passed away in November of 2017 after a short, courageous battle with cancer. He enjoyed the outdoors, had a passion for fishing and hunting, and he truly treasured the beauty of the Lansing area.

Entry fee is $50 per boat with 50% payback in prize money and 50% being donated to Friends of Pool 9. There is a limit of two adults and two children per boat.

Wed
14
Aug

Is this a typical teenager’s bedroom? Find out August 20 in New Albin ...

The New Albin Public Library will be hosting a “Hidden in Plain Sight” event Tuesday, August 20 for the general public to attend anytime from 6-8 p.m. at the New Albin Community Center. Made possible by Allamakee Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) in cooperation with the Clayton County Community Collaboration Council (5C), the interactive exhibit is intended to serve as a drug indicator exhibit, providing an example of what most would call a typical bedroom for a teenager but also offering insight into what may also be some areas that are easily overlooked by parents/guardians and may provide evidence of teen substance use or abuse. The exhibit is open to everyone. In addition to the exhibit on display similar to the one pictured above, knowledgeable hosts will be available to guide those attending through the exhibit and answer any questions they may have. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
14
Aug

Presentation on “Brother Against Brother” in the Civil War this Thursday at Meehan Memorial Library


Bob O’Connor ...

Historian and author Bob O’Connor will present a program, “The American Civil War, Brother Against Brother,” at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, August 15 at Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library. His presentation will be about the Culp brothers of Gettysburg who fought on opposite sides in the Civil War.

O’Connor, of Charles Town, WV, has written 15 books and visits the Driftless Area frequently. He writes historical fiction and non-fiction about the American Civil War and hosts a weekly podcast, “The Chronicles of the American Civil War.”

The program is free and open to the public. The library is located at 515 Main Street in Lansing and can be reached at 563-538-4693. A light lunch will be available at 5:30 p.m., prior to the program.

Wed
14
Aug

Finney has been found! ...

Finney, the wooden fish hidden somewhere within the Lansing community as part of The Standard newspaper’s promotion of this past weekend’s Lansing Fish Days celebration, has been found. Summer Walleser, 12-year-old daughter of Ted and Stacy Walleser of Lansing, found Finney hidden in the tree located at the back of the Main Street Plaza in Lansing. She is pictured above at the location of her discovery displaying her prizes for finding Finney, which include $50 in Downtown Dollars donated by Kerndt Brothers Bank, a gift bag with nutMeg’s items and a gift certificate donated by nutMeg’s, one large specialty pizza donated by Expresso, a $20 gift certificate donated by Studio K, a $20 gift certificate donated by Carquest/Lansing Auto Parts, a $20 gift certificate donated by Milty’s/Skinny Dip, a $20 gift certificate donated by Main Channel Grill, and a fishing pole with tackle donated by Village Farm & Home, Lansing.
 

Wed
07
Aug

First Dollar Visit and Ribbon Cutting for Polished on Main ...

Main Street Lansing held a ribbon cutting and First Dollar presentation for Polished on Main, located at 353 Main Street in Lansing. Polished on Main is the area’s newest full service nail spa, featuring services such as spa pedicures, gel manicures, acrylic nails, acrylic dip nails and gel builder overlay. “I am looking forward to taking care of all your nail needs!” said owner Michelle Stiehl. Pictured above at the First Dollar presentation and ribbon cutting event are, left to right, Main Street Lansing representatives Andy Kelleher and Jana Schoh, Polished on Main owner Michelle Stiehl, and Main Street Lansing representatives Mary Palmborg and Maryann Baldwin. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
07
Aug

Relay of Voices visiting Lansing and Harpers Ferry this week


Tom Styrbicki and Victoria Bradford Styrbicki ... Submitted photo.

The Relay of Voices relay team will be coming into Lansing August 7 from La Crosse, WI and leaving August 8, and entering Harpers Ferry August 8 and leaving August 9 to move on to Guttenberg, and the public is invited to greet and meet the Relay of Voices relay team as they enter and leave each community. Lansing and Harpers Ferry will each host the relay team and its crew with a community potluck, local entertainment and an opportunity to gather along the Mississippi River and share local stories.

Wed
07
Aug

Second Annual Pat Sandry Memorial Fishing Derby to take place August 17

Pat Sandry ...
Pat Sandry ...

Saturday, August 17, family and friends of lifelong resident and local “River Rat” Pat Sandry will be honoring his memory with the Second Annual Pat Sandry Memorial Fishing Derby and Friends of Pool 9 Fundraiser held on the Mississippi River. Sandry passed away in November of 2017 after a short, courageous battle with cancer. He thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors, had a great passion for fishing and hunting, and he truly treasured the beauty of the Lansing area.

Entry fee is $50 per boat with 50% payback in prize money and 50% being donated to Friends of Pool 9. There is a limit of two adults and two children per boat.

Hours of the tournament will be from 6 a.m.-12 noon with weigh-in at Shipwrecked, Shep’s Riverside Patio Bar, starting at 10 a.m. Categories of fish include Bass, Walleye, Bluegill, Crappie, Northern, Perch, Catfish and Roughfish. Only one fish from each category per boat can be weighed.

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