River Valley

Wed
06
Jun

Visitors Center to host June 9 Flint Knapping Demonstration

The Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center in Lansing will be hosting Gary Eldred of The Prairie Enthusiasts for an interactive flint knapping demonstration Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Along with Eldred will be other Driftless Area residents who share a passion for flint knapping and bow making in traditional Native American styles.

Flint knapping is the art of making arrowheads, knives and other tools using chipped rock and stones in the same manner Native Americans have done for thousands of years. The demonstration will be free of charge and will be ongoing throughout the day. Visitors to the Driftless Center are encouraged to ask questions and interact with the demonstrators while they are working.

The Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center is located at 1944 Columbus Road, Lansing and is an interpretive center highlighting the Driftless Area of Allamakee County. The building is open seven days a week and is free for all visitors.

Wed
06
Jun

Blood Drive scheduled for June 8 in Lansing

The community is invited to give back and help save lives by donating blood this Friday, June 8 from 1-6 p.m. at the Kerndt Brothers Community Center located on Main Street in Lansing. To make an appointment or to learn more about blood donation, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements in order to donate blood.
 

Wed
06
Jun

Dolores Tillinghast Memorial Library in Harpers Ferry to host series of “Allamakee Libraries Rock” events this summer

As part of the “Allamakee Libraries Rock” program, Dolores Tillinghast Memorial Library in Harpers Ferry is hosting a series of events as part of its Kids Summer Reading Program. The following events are scheduled to take place at the library, unless otherwise indicated:

Wed
30
May

Blood Drive scheduled for June 8 in Lansing

The community is invited to give back and help save lives by donating blood Friday, June 8 from 1-6 p.m. at the Kerndt Brothers Community Center located on Main Street in Lansing. To make an appointment or to learn more, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767.
 

Wed
30
May

Dolores Tillinghast Memorial Library in Harpers Ferry to host series of “Allamakee Libraries Rock” events this summer

As part of the “Allamakee Libraries Rock” program, Dolores Tillinghast Memorial Library in Harpers Ferry is hosting a series of events as part of its Kids Summer Reading Program. The following events are scheduled to take place at the library, unless otherwise indicated:

Wed
23
May

Iowa DOT hosts second public forum on future considerations for Black Hawk Bridge; Comment deadline is May 29


Second open house forum held in regard to future of Black Hawk Bridge ... Officials from the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) discuss several plans of action regarding the future of the Black Hawk Bridge crossing the Mississippi River at Lansing at a Tuesday, May 15 open forum meeting with area residents held at Kee High School in Lansing. Public comment is being accepted on the plan proposals until Tuesday, May 29, but DOT officials say that all correspondence received after that deadline date will be included in the project files and reviewed as the project is developed. Comments can be submitted online at http://bit.ly/iowadot2065. Photo by Susan Cantine-Maxson.

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

Tuesday, May 15 at Kee High School in Lansing, area residents attended a second open forum meeting hosted by the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) in regard to the potential replacement of the Black Hawk Bridge at Lansing. The first meeting held last August collected opinions about potential designs.

This May 15 meeting had more details about the alternatives under consideration and the issues which need to be addressed in selecting the best alternative. In addition, the DOT wants to be transparent as to what the next steps in this process are.

Wed
23
May

Lansing City Council gives final considerations to agreements

by Macie Hill

The Lansing City Council held its regular meeting Monday, May 21. Discussion centered around the final reading of the franchise agreement with Alliant Energy, approval of the Municipal Tool and Pipe Contract, reviewing seal coating bids and setting annual salaries and wages for union and non-union employees.

The third and final reading of Ordinance #199 repealing Ordinance #124 and starting a 25-year franchise agreement with Interstate Power was read at the meeting. The council made and seconded a motion to approve the Municipal Tool and Pipe Contract to lock in pricing for manhole rehabilitation throughout City street areas.

After reviewing and considering chip seal bids, the council approved Scott Construction Inc. to asphalt chip seal several streets in the city. Center Street, Seventh Street, Shaw Street and Cross Street are scheduled to receive the chip seal coating this summer.

Wed
23
May

DNR and Alliant Energy partnering to provide trees

Alliant Energy residential customers can purchase landscaping trees for their homes at a deep discount this spring. Customers may reserve up to two trees and pick them up at Operation ReLeaf events in Allamakee, Benton, Clarke, Dickinson, Dubuque, Greene, Linn, Muscatine and Wayne counties through May.

For maximum energy efficiency, trees should be planted within 30 feet of the east and west sides of the house. Evergreens should be planted as a windbreak on the north and west sides. Operation ReLeaf is an Alliant Energy program administered by the Iowa DNR with assistance from partners. Order forms and tree species are available at alliantenergy.com/releaf.
 

Wed
16
May

Lansing City Council approves hirings for summer help, hears swimming pool update

by Macie Hill

The regular meeting of the Lansing City Council was held Tuesday, May 8, a day later than usual due to a scheduling conflict. Discussion centered around the second reading of Ordinance #199, a part-time groundskeeping and maintenance position being filled, hiring lifeguards for the Lansing Swimming Pool, and a public hearing date scheduled to discuss the city budget.

The second reading of Ordinance #199, which repeals Ordinance #124 and starts a new 25-year franchise agreement with Interstate Power, was read at the meeting. The council also approved the hiring of Terry Hennessy as a part-time grounds and maintenance worker for up to 10 hours a week, if needed.

Wed
16
May

American Red Cross Blood Drive scheduled for June 8 in Lansing

Many people want to give back to the community but may not have a lot of time to volunteer. In only about an hour, volunteer blood donors can help save lives and feel instant gratification.

The community is invited to give back and help save lives by donating blood Friday, June 8 from 1-6 p.m. at the Kerndt Brothers Community Center located on Main Street in Lansing.

Blood is a perishable product that can only come from generous volunteers. By donating blood, individuals can make a difference in the lives of patients in their community and throughout the nation.

To make an appointment or to learn more, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire found at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass is encouraged to help speed up the donation process.

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