River Valley

Wed
31
Aug

Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center offering donation plan to Lansing area business community


A recent photo of the Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center showing progress in the construction of the building. A donation plan to help fund three distinct displays within the Center will be offered to the Lansing business community. Submitted photo.

At a recent meeting of the Allamakee County Conservation Board and Foundation, a plan was suggested to include the Lansing area business community in raising money to support the Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center.

Under the plan, area businesses will be contacted and asked to donate toward three exhibits that are being reserved for the group. These three exhibits will carry the designation of being sponsored by the Lansing Area Business Community.  The three exhibits include:

Wed
17
Aug

Moving forward, reflecting back as Blumenthal Lansing Company brings operations to an end

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

“It’s like losing your family,” Dawn Schobert, long-time employee of the Blumenthal Lansing plant, expressed in regard to the plant's closing as the long-time Lansing facility has now ceased operations. “Many of us have worked together for as long as we can remember. I’ve worked there 42 years. We’ve seen each other get married, have kids, see those kids graduate, lose family members. Now we won’t see those people every day. It’s going to be hard.”

Wed
17
Aug

Denise Becker family raises $3,450 with help from local community in annual “Run for the Cause” efforts


Denise Becker (center) of Lansing and her two daughters, Jessica Verdon (left) and Jennifer Becker (right), participated in the annual Chicago Rock and Roll Half-Marathon July 17. With local community support, Becker and her family raised $3,450 through the event to help promote awareness of how Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury affect returning military service members. Submitted photo.

For the past seven years, Denise Becker of Lansing and her daughters, Jessica Verdon and Jennifer Becker, have run in the annual Chicago Rock and Roll Half-Marathon, which took place Sunday, July 17 this year. In addition to Sunday’s half-marathon, they also ran a 5K race the previous day, Saturday July, 16.

Every year Becker and her daughters run in the event to raise awareness of how Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) affect returning service members, helping to spread the message of “if we send them, we must mend them." Becker cites that, on average, 22 veterans take their own lives on a daily basis due to PTSD/TBI.

Wed
17
Aug

Lansing City Council discusses upcoming ATV ride, bid to become final 2017 RAGBRAI stop

by B.J. Tomlinson

The Lansing City Council met in its regular session Monday night, August 15 addressing two issues that were postponed from the Council’s previous meeting. One was a request from organizers of the upcoming Bluff Country ATV ride to utilize Mt. Hosmer Park October 1 as part of an organized one-day event. Main Street Lansing Director Craig White said the group would be arriving in groups of 20-25 via South Road to Fourth Street, Center Street and Sixth Street, and that volunteers will be posted there for crossings. After discussion, the Council agreed to issue a one-day permit.

Wed
10
Aug

Finney has been found! ...


Finney has been found! ...

Finney, the wooden fish hidden somewhere within the Lansing community as part of The Standard newspaper’s promotion of this weekend’s Lansing Fish Days celebration, has been found. The nephew/uncle tandem of Jasper Peters, age two, of Lansing, son of Emmaline Peters, and Ezekiel (Zeke) Greenley, age eight, of La Crosse, WI, son of Kim Greenley, found Finney Wednesday, August 3 near the can collection cage by Lansing City Hall after following the clues available at each of the contest’s local sponsors. The two are pictured above displaying their prizes for finding Finney, which include $50 in Downtown Dollars donated by Kerndt Brothers Bank and Main Street Lansing, 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, pizza coupons donated by Kwik Star, and a $20 gift certificate donated by Carquest.
 

Wed
10
Aug

Replicas of the Niña and Pinta make their way past Lansing ...


Replicas of the Niña and Pinta make their way past Lansing ...

The Niña, a replica of the caravel sailing ship that was part of the famous trio of ships used by Christopher Columbus in his journey across the Atlantic Ocean in 1492, is pictured above sailing south past Lansing on the Mississippi River about mid-morning Tuesday, August 2. The ship was accompanied by another replica from the original triad of vessels, the Pinta, on its recent Mississippi voyage, as both set sail from Riverside Park in La Crosse, WI, where they had been docked for public touring over the previous weekend. The third vessel of that famous threesome, the Santa Maria, has never been reconstructed because it would be far too large of a vessel to navigate the river waters the other two ships currently sail on as floating maritime museums. Both replicas were constructed in Valencia, Brazil, the Niña being built from 1988 until she set sail in 1991, and the Pinta being completed 16 years later.

Wed
10
Aug

Ferryville Tourism Summer Heritage Campfire programs

The Ferryville Tourism Council’s second annual Summer Heritage Campfire Program is winding down. Presentations are taking place at the south end of Sugar Creek Park in Ferryville, WI and all begin at 8 p.m. with a talk followed by s’mores over the campfire. Attendees need only to bring lawnchairs.

Mary Antoine, the director of the Fort Crawford Museum in Prairie du Chien, WI, will be the guest speaker August 10. Her topic will be the Winnebago Uprising from a woman’s point of view. Antoine has researched this topic extensively and will present an interesting perspective on this historical event.

All of the programs are offered free of charge at Sugar Creek Park in Ferryville, WI. For more information, contact Sherry Quamme at 608-734-9077 or Joanne White at 608-734-9018.
 

Wed
03
Aug

De Soto Public Library to host August 9 presentation on climate solutions Climate 911 to present “Dozens of Good Solutions”

Doctors and medical students from the group Climate 911 are touring the Mississippi River valley in August with a puppet show about climate solutions. They will do a free show at the Community Center in De Soto, WI Tuesday, August 9 at 6 p.m.  The physicians and their puppets will perform in 14 river towns between Minneapolis, MN and St. Louis, MO. In order to practice what they preach, the doctors are traveling by bicycle.

The show’s title is “D.O.G.S.”, which stands for “Dozens of Good Solutions”. The main characters are two dogs who train their humans to cut climate pollution in half in “a dog’s life” (14 years). This aligns with scientific consensus on what must be done to keep global warming below 2º C.

Wed
03
Aug

Lansing City Council approves South Road Bridge project proposal during regular session

by B.J. Tomlinson

The Lansing City Council met in regular session Monday, August 1. After approving the Consent Agenda, the Council reviewed and approved two proposals related to street repairs. One proposal was for paving a portion of Valley Street which will become a part of the Clear Creek Project; the Council approved the Strub bid of (up to) $8,000, which will be considered a contingency cost covered by grant funds. The second was a proposal from IIW Engineers (Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin) for the South Road Bridge over the Clear Creek Project.

Wed
03
Aug

Queen of the Mississippi sails by Lansing ...


Queen of the Mississippi sails by Lansing ...

The Queen of the Mississippi riverboat sailed south past Lansing on the Mississippi River during the late afternoon of Monday, July 25 as part of an eight-day Upper Mississippi River Cruise from St. Paul, MN to St. Louis, MO. The Queen of the Mississippi is part of the American Cruise Lines fleet and it was built in 2015 to offer an authentic paddlewheel experience with all the modern comforts. Photo courtesy of Sue Stirn.
 

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