River Valley

Wed
30
Sep

Lansing Middle School student Izzy Hammell builds successful business, one design at a time


The heart of Candy Heart Ink ... Izzy Hammell, 13-year-old daughter of Nick and Melissa Hammell of Lansing, has turned her love of art and design into a budding small business. Hammell markets and sells her work under the business name of Candy Heart, Ink. Photo by Julie-Berg Raymond.

Playful and productive ... Pictured above is the first image Lansing Middle School student Izzy Hammell has made into print reproductions and sold. “I was at the Children’s Museum in Seattle and I was in a happy, playful mood at the moment, and I just started splashing colors together - and this popped out. My mom saw it and thought it was cool,” Hammell said. Submitted photo.

Coaster creations ... Patrons of her parents’ restaurant, the Safe House Saloon in Lansing, will see examples of 13-year-old Izzy Hammell’s design work everywhere they look. The establishment’s new coasters, such as pictured above, are her design. Submitted photo.

by Julie Berg-Raymond

It’s not every 13 year-old who can already write a professional resumé that includes testimonials from satisfied clients.

Izzy Hammell, of Lansing, is among those who can. The young artist and designer - who markets and sells her work under the name, Candy Heart, Ink - has already had her designs commissioned and purchased for use on business logos and has sold print reproductions of her work. An eighth grader at Lansing Middle School, she has a seven year-old sister, Leona. Their parents are Nick and Melissa, owners of the Safe House Saloon and Simply Salon in Lansing.

Hammell says she doesn’t really remember a time when she didn’t like to draw; but, looking back, she does remember when she realized it might be more than that. “When I was about six my mom first taught me how to draw a person when I was really frustrated one night,” she recalls. “And then I just exploded into a million characters.”

Wed
30
Sep

Join Allamakee County for Give. Grow. Iowa 4-H Giving Day: 24 hours to grown Allamakee County 4-H

Help Allamakee County 4-H reach its fundraising goal so the program can continue to support local county youth. The Allamakee County 4-H Endowment Fund is a non-profit organization that provides financial resources to develop, deliver and enhance quality 4-H youth programs throughout Allamakee County.

These opportunities help young people enhance their ability to use critical thinking, leadership, communication and social skills - tools that will give them a competitive edge in their future endeavors. This money will be used to supply materials, offer innovative programs, provide scholarships and financial support.

Allamakee County 4-H and its programs empower youth to reach their full potential through caring youth-adult partnerships; hands on, skill building projects and meaningful leadership opportunities. ISU Extension and Outreach - Allamakee County offers research-based youth development programs aimed at preparing young people for the future.

Tue
29
Sep

Lansing City Council hears update on swimming pool

by Alexis Johnson

The regular meeting of the Lansing City Council was held Monday, September 21. The discussion centered around the consent agenda and the Street Department report.

The consent agenda consisted of council meeting minutes from September 8. A motion was made and seconded with minimal discussion to approve the consent agenda.

Dead trees were taken down at the city swimming pool, and the pool is being winterized now that the summer season is over. There is a low amount of water that has been left in the pool to help with keeping the cement structure stabilized. A motion was made and seconded to approve the Street Department report.
 

Wed
16
Sep

Baptized in Lansing ...


Laine Lapel baptized in Lansing ... Laine McKay Lapel of Cedar Rapids was baptized at a special service of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church at the Lansing City Park Sunday, September 6. Submitted photo.

Landon St. Mary baptized in Lansing ... Landon Tyler St. Mary of rural Churchtown was baptized at a special service of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church at the Lansing City Park Sunday, September 6. Submitted photo.

Laine Lapel baptized in Lansing ...
Laine McKay Lapel of Cedar Rapids was baptized at a special service of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church at the Lansing City Park Sunday, September 6. She is the daughter of Andrew and Chandran Lapel and granddaughter of Marlene Duffy, James Duffy, Todd Lapel and Cynthia Opperman. Her baptismal sponsors are Dustan Duffy and Angie Wagoner. Pictured left to right in the above photo are: Pastor Laura Gentry, Dustan Duffy, Janene Imhoff, Andrew Lapel and Chandran Lapel holding Laine Lapel. Submitted photo.

Wed
16
Sep

Lansing Splash Pad scheduled to close October 1

by Alexis Johnson

The regular meeting of the Lansing City Council was held Tuesday, September 8 due to the Labor Day holiday falling on the council’s usual meeting date of Monday, September 7. Meeting discussion centered around the consent agenda, People Service update, clerk’s report, marina report, and splash pad report.

The consent agenda consisted of council meeting minutes from August 17, payment of claims, Marina Board minutes from August 31, Parks minutes from August 2 and a liquor license for the Lansing Fire Department. A motion was made and seconded to approve the consent agenda.

A motion was made and seconded to approve the removal of four dead trees located near the City swimming pool. Approval was also given to schedule a public hearing for the October 5 city council meeting at 7 p.m. to discuss an amendment to the fiscal year 2021 city budget.

Wed
16
Sep

Hunters Education Course hosted by ACCB postponed

The Allamakee County Conservation Board (ACCB) is postponing the Fall Hunters Education Course that is held annually at the Allamakee County Sportsman Club for 2020. Safety is the ACCB’s top priority - for hunters and for instructors. The board wants everyone to be safe and healthy while attending a hunters education course. The ACCB will reschedule a traditional hunters education course for the Spring of 2021, if possible.

Those who were hoping to take a hunters education course this fall and now will not be able to do that are urged to remember that:

Wed
09
Sep

Help available for filling out U.S. Census in Lansing, Harpers Ferry

Help with the U.S. Census will be available to all Allamakee County residents throughout the month of September in both Lansing and Harpers Ferry. U.S. Census Regional Assistants Tom and Linda Stovall will be sharing time at two different locations within each community in an effort to help local residents complete their 2020 U.S. Census or answer any additional questions they may have. Collection of U.S. Census data is scheduled to come to a close at the end of September.

The Stovalls will be in Lansing every Wednesday during the month of September from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to provide that census assistance. One will be located at the Lansing IGA and the other will be at nutMeg’s Café & Bakery during those days and times.

Wed
09
Sep

Availability of trapping permits for the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge

In consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge will be issuing Special Use Permits and trap tags remotely only. No Special Use Permits or trap tags will be issued in person at Refuge offices. All permits will be issued through the mail.

Special Use Permit applications and Special Use Permits are available online at https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Upper_Mississippi_River/trapping.html.

Those who are interested in trapping on the Refuge in 2020/2021 should:

Wed
02
Sep

Arlin Falck Foundation grants

Notice is hereby given that the Arlin Falck Foundation will accept applications for grants for community development, community promotions, community education and similar matters.  The grants shall be for the benefit of persons residing in Fillmore County and Houston County in Minnesota and Allamakee County and Winneshiek County in Iowa.

Entities that have a 501(c)3 designation by the Internal Revenue Service or municipalities are eligible to apply for these grants.  To obtain an application for grants or other information, contact Kathleen V. Nelson at 12743 Buckley Road, Caledonia, MN 55921, phone 507-724-3348 during regular business hours or email arlinfalckfoundation@yahoo.com.  Grant applications must be received by October 5 of this year.

 

Wed
26
Aug

Iowa DNR seeking public comment regarding categorical exclusion decision on upgrade project for City of Harpers Ferry wastewater treatment system


Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade project location ... Image courtesy of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Lift station upgrade project location ... Image courtesy of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public comment in regard to an upgrade project for the City of Harpers Ferry wastewater treatment system. The project involves an upgrade to the City’s wastewater infrastructure. Application has been made for financial assistance through the State of Iowa Revolving Fund (SRF) loan program, which is authorized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and administered by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in partnership with the Iowa Finance Authority.

ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW
An environmental review has been performed based on the procedures for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The proposed project was reviewed for eligibility for a categorical exclusion from NEPA review and was determined to be eligible for a categorical exclusion and, consequently, a preliminary decision that a Finding of No Significant Impact (FNSI) will not be prepared.

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