River Valley

Wed
27
Jul

Community effort results in upgraded community ballfield at Lansing Sports Complex


The ballfield at the Lansing Sports Complex has undergone a series of renovation measures over the last two years, resulting in a much more player-friendly and viewer-friendly facility. Contributions of time, talents and funding from a variety of community sources made the renovation possible. Photo by Marlene Duffy.

Thanks to a helpful community, the Sports Complex ballfield in Lansing has received a needed facelift. A series of projects has been completed over a two-year period at the sports facility.
Improvements during that renovation process cost approximately $50,000 and were funded by a diverse group of public and private entities. What began with complaints of a “rock-hard” infield to Lansing Parks Board members has now come to completion with a safer and a more fan-friendly venue for local sports events.

Improvements started with funding from the R.J. McElroy Foundation to aid in the purchase of a new scoreboard. With the assistance of Brennan Construction, Big River Companies, Mauss Electric and City of Lansing employees, the new scoreboard was installed. Tumbleweed Welding next installed a flag pole adjacent to the new scoreboard.

Wed
27
Jul

Lansing City Council appoints Curtis Snitker to fill vacant council seat

by B.J. Tomlinson

The Lansing City Council met Monday night, July 25 in a delayed regular session, a week later than normal due to scheduling conflicts last week. After approving the Consent Agenda, the Council reviewed letters from three candidates - Curtis Snitker, Joe Strobel and Deb Volker - who expressed interest in filling the council seat vacated by John Rethwisch earlier this year. After discussion, the Council appointed Snitker to fill that open seat. Snitker was immediately sworn in by Mayor Mike Brennan and joined the other Council members at the table. Snitker will hold the position until the next general election in November of this year.

Wed
20
Jul

Bug Olympics coming to New Albin Friday

The Bug Olympics are coming to New Albin this Friday, July 22. Iowa State University’s Insect Zoo will be presenting its Bug Olympics at the New Albin Community Center this Friday, beginning at 5 p.m.

Attendees will witness the speed of cockroaches in the Roach Races, the power of the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach in the Roach Pulls, and the agility of the crickets in the Cricket Jump. After the Olympic events, those attending can get up close and personal with the bug athletes and many of their friends.
 

Wed
20
Jul

Lansing City Council meeting moved to July 25

The regular meeting of the Lansing City Council scheduled for its typical Monday, July 18 date has been postponed until Monday, July 25 due to the first-round State Tournament game of the Kee softball team played that same Monday evening.
 

Wed
20
Jul

River Bluff Daze includes variety of activities in Ferryville, WI this Saturday


An Antique Tractor Pull is just part of the many events taking place at Ferryville Bluff Daze this Saturday, July 23. Farmers Market, food, kids games and fireworks at dusk also make up some of the day’s events. Submitted photo.

A busy day is in store for everyone in Ferryville, WI Saturday, July 23 for the annual River Bluff Daze event. At 8:30 a.m., a Nature Hike at Sugar Creek Bluff starts with participants gathering at the Ferryville Boat Landing to carpool up to Sugar Creek Bluff. An expert guide will accompany those who are on the hike to see birds, wildlife, wildflowers and experience the panoramic view of the Mississippi River Valley. This is co-sponsored by the Ferryville Tourism Council and the Mississippi Valley Conservancy. Call Joanne White for additional information needed at 608-734-9018.

Wed
13
Jul

Lansing City Council approves loan agreement for Clear Creek project

by B.J. Tomlinson

The Lansing City Council met in regular session Tuesday, July 5. The Council’s regular meeting was delayed a day due to the Fourth of July holiday falling on the Council’s typical Monday meeting day.

Mayor Mike Brennan opened a public hearing to start the July 5 meeting, the hearing regarding a proposal  to enter into a General Obligation Corporate Purpose Loan Agreement. The “not-to-exceed” $300,000 loan will be used to complete the Clear Creek water/sewer project. There were no comments from the public and Mayor Brennan closed the hearing.

The Council then approved Resolution #873 to move forward with the agreement. Bids will be accepted from Kerndt Brothers Savings Bank and New Albin Savings Bank. Brennan noted that water/sewer rates have already been adjusted so there will not be any additional increases in water bills for Lansing residents in regard to the loan agreement.

Wed
13
Jul

Hike at Sugar Creek Bluff part of River Bluff Daze in Ferryville, WI

The Ferryville Tourism Council and the Mississippi Valley Conservancy are co-sponsoring a hike Saturday, July 23 at Sugar Creek Bluff in Ferryville, WI as part of the annual River Bluff Daze celebration. Participants are asked to meet at the Ferryville Boat Landing (north end of town behind the Cheapo Depot) at 8:30 a.m. for treats, sign-in and handouts. The group will then carpool to the trailhead for the gradual hike to the summit.

Those participating are reminded to wear long pants and bring insect repellent. The hike is intended to be a family friendly venture to see the summer wild flowers, trees and the view from the top of Sugar Creek Bluff.

Dave Troester from the Crawford County Conservation Department will be the guide for this hike. He has been up on this bluff many times and is very knowledgeable about the plants and the area.

Wed
06
Jul

Job Fair being held this Thursday in Lansing for employees of closing Blumenthal facility

Allamakee County Economic Development is partnering with Iowa Workforce Development to host a Job Fair for employees of the closing Blumenthal facility in Lansing. The Job Fair is open to the public and it is scheduled to be held this Thursday, July 7 from 3-7 p.m. at Kee High School in Lansing. See the advertisements on Pages 7B and 3A in this week's edition of The Standard for additional information.

A number of employers are scheduled to be on hand to talk with jobseekers. Any employer who wishes to be represented at the Job Fair is asked to contact Amy Chicos at Amy.chicos@iwd.iowa.gov or call 563-379-9638.

Anyone seeking employment, whether currently a Blumenthal employee or not, is welcome to attend and reminded to bring their resumé. Additional information can also be found by calling the Allamakee County Economic Development Office at 563-568-2624 or e-mailing aced@mchsi.com.

Wed
06
Jul

Hasek attends P.E.O. State Convention

Jane Hasek of Harpers Ferry, a delegate from P.E.O. Chapter EK of Waukon, attended the 124th annual Convention of Iowa State Chapter P.E.O. Sisterhood held June 4-5 in Des Moines.  With the theme “Wild About P.E.O.”, Kathy Wilke, Chapter DS from Odebolt, presided over 700 delegates and visitors.

Twenty-four chapters from north central Iowa served as the hostess group for the convention. This committee was headed by Carole Nelson, AR, of Grundy Center; Becky Meyer, JQ, of Charles City; and Joy Frank, CY, of Charles City.

Attendees participated in workshops and heard from recipients of P.E.O.’s six philanthropies and the Iowa P.E.O. Project Fund, Inc.  The convention concluded with the installation of the 2016-2017 executive board officers headed by president Cathi Fouts, AO, of Newton; vice president Pat Shipley, CH, of Villisca; organizer Kate Raun, OR, of Norwalk; treasurer Bev Templeton, FN, of Garner; and secretary Sue Aanes, EV of New London.

Wed
29
Jun

Friends of Pool 9 sponsoring bus trip to National Eagle Center July 11 for 2016 River Adventure Day


A total of 43 area youth and chaperones (pictured above) enjoyed the Friends of Pool 9 (FOP9)-sponsored trip to the Dubuque River History Museum in July of 2014. All expenses were paid by Friends of Pool 9, and that group is sponsoring a similar Mississippi River Adventure Day trip to the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN July 11 of this year. Submitted photo.

The 2016 River Adventure Day sponsored by Friends of Pool 9 (FOP9) will feature a day at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN Monday, July 11. Children entering fifth grade and up to those entering eighth grade in the fall are eligible to attend.

The FOP9 has chartered a motor coach which will leave the Lansing baseball field at 8:30 a.m. and return between 3:30 and 4 p.m. that Monday. Chaperons will be provided, or one parent can accompany their child. The day will include seeing many exhibits and a special program will be provided to the group by the center staff featuring live eagles and other birds.

The FOP9 will have a catered box lunch provided to each participant at the center along with beverages. All costs for the bus, the entrance fee, the lunch and exhibits will be provided by the Friends of Pool 9 organization. There will be no costs for a child and/or parent to attend this event.

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