River Valley

Wed
18
Apr

Lansing City Council sets Interstate Power franchise fee at three percent, hires new police officer; Hydrant flushing will take place May 2

by Macie Hill

A regular Monday session of the Lansing City Council was held Monday, April 16. Discussion centered around the Interstate Power franchise fee percentage, flushing the fire hydrants for the spring season, payment number eight for the South Road Bridge project, considering Ordinance #197 for ATV usage, considering street sweeping for the City of De Soto, WI, reviewing and considering dust control bids, hiring a new Police Officer, and hiring a Lansing Pool manager along with two co-manager assistants.

Wed
18
Apr

Kee High School Prom/Post Prom scheduled to be held April 21-22

Volunteers, contributions needed to make Post Prom possible

Kee High School’s Post Prom has been scheduled for April 22 from midnight until 4 a.m. for Kee juniors and seniors and their guests, following their Prom Saturday, April 21. The Post Prom event is a substance free celebration providing table games, raffles and silent auctions, snacks and drinks and door prizes.

All Kee junior and senior students are welcome, even if not participating in Prom. There is no fee to attend. Hypnotist Blake Powers from Wand Enterprises has been booked and all guests will be entertained by his show.

The Post Prom Committee has been hosting Sunday Bingo events and worked the brat stand at Lansing Fish Days to raise funds for Post Prom. The group is very appreciative to all area businesses and individuals for their continued support.

Wed
11
Apr

Friends of Pool 9 schedule annual River Clean-Up Day for April 21


Results of their efforts ... Warren Coates surveys debris that had been dropped at the Brennan Landing in south Lansing during the 2017 Mississippi River Clean-Up. The debris was removed from the river corridor by volunteers, loaded by a tractor into dumpsters and hauled away by Allamakee County Waste Management. In 2017, 104 volunteers collected almost 10,000 pounds of trash. This year’s event is set for April 21. Submitted photo.

The annual Friends of Pool 9 (FOP9) River Clean-Up Day has been set and volunteers are needed. Saturday, April 21 marks the 14th year  this event has been scheduled. Last year alone, close to five tons of trash and debris were collected by 104 volunteers, making for a total of almost 140,000 pounds in the span of the previous 13 clean-up years. FOP9 River Clean-Up Day organizers are looking to try and better that volunteer number this year.

“Bring your outdoor friend or make it a family experience,” shared FOP9 Clean-Up Day organizers. “Help clean Pool 9 of the Mississippi River and take pride in the beauty of the great river valley.”

Wed
11
Apr

Area’s Karst Geology is April 19 topic for monthly speaker series at Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library

Thursday, April 19, the public is invited to celebrate Earth Day (a little early) by learning about the unique layers of rock that have formed over the past 500 years beneath the landscape of the local area. In a presentation entitled “Disappearing Streams: Karst Geology of the Driftless Area,” Dr. Kelvin Rudolfo will talk about the area’s karst geology, which is marked by sinkholes, springs and shallow soils, and also by a vulnerability to pollution. Dr. Rudolfo is Professor Emeritus of Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The free program is part of a monthly speaker series and will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library, located at 515 Main Street in Lansing. The program will be preceded by a light supper at 5:30 p.m. with freewill offering.

Wed
11
Apr

Conservation Board to host author Dick Stahl at Driftless Center Saturday

The Allamakee County Conservation Board will be hosting author Dick Stahl Saturday, April 14 at 2 p.m. in the Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center library in Lansing. The program is free of charge.

Stahl has compiled a book, entitled “Bluffing,” of poems and color photographs inspired by the mighty river.  His work has also appeared in three other books, including “After the Milk Route” and “Under the Green Tree Hotel,” published by Augustana College’s East Hall Press and “Mr. Farnam’s Guests” published by the Midwest Writing Center. For more information on this program or any other program that is offered by the Allamakee County Conservation Board and the Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center contact the office by phone at 563-538-0403 or by email at accb.naturalist@gmail.com.
 

Wed
04
Apr

Lansing City Council hears proposal to relocate City Hall, sets citywide clean-up for April 10 and fills summer positions at regular session; Public hearing on Alliant Energy electric franchise set for April 16

by Macie Hill

A regular session of the Lansing City Council was held Monday, April 2. Discussion centered around a public hearing date scheduled, information concerning moving City Hall to a different location, designating a day for citywide clean-up, hiring groundskeeping and maintenance positions for the City and hiring Lansing summer recreation baseball and softball coaches.

There will be an open public hearing Monday, April 16 at 7 p.m. to discuss the Alliant Energy electric franchise. Members of the public are invited to comment on the continuation of the City’s contracted services with Alliant (See Page 5B in this week’s issue of The Standard for further details on the public hearing).

Wed
04
Apr

Final week for public to comment on Compatibility Determinations for commercial uses of the Upper Mississippi Wildlife & Fish Refuge

Four Compatibility Determinations (CDs) which evaluate various economic and/or commercial uses of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are available for public comment through April 9 of this year. The draft CDs re-evaluate the following uses of the Refuge:

• Commercial Fishing Floats
• Commercially Guided Wildlife/lands Observation
• Guided Sport Fishing
• Guided Waterfowl Hunting.

Wed
04
Apr

Boating Safely Course to be offered April 21 by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has announced a Boating Safely Course to be held Saturday, April 21 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at City Hall in Prairie du Chien, WI, located at 214 East Blackhawk Avenue. This course qualifies for the Wisconsin or Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Boating Safety Certificate.

This eight-hour course provides basic training in the safe operation of watercraft including vessel familiarization, rules of the road, federal and state boating laws and safety on the water and is designed for all ages. Students must be at least 12 years of age to attend the class alone.

Boater education is required in Wisconsin for anyone born after January 1, 1989 to operate a vessel, including a personal watercraft (PWC). In Iowa, it is required of anyone age 12 to 17 years old to operate a boat of more than 10 horsepower or a PWC.

Wed
28
Mar

McMillan is Ambassador of Provider Excellence ...

Each year, Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, WI presents Ambassador of the Year awards to individuals who represent the organization’s core values of joy, unity, integrity, compassion and excellence, along with awards for Ambassador of Leadership and Ambassador of Provider Excellence. Nominations are submitted by employees and presented to the Senior Leadership Team for selection. For the year 2017, Susan “Sue” McMillan of Waukon, Family Nurse Practitioner at Crossing Rivers Health, was recognized as the organization’s Ambassador of Provider Excellence.

Wed
28
Mar

Conservation Board to host author Dick Stahl at Driftless Center April 14

The Allamakee County Conservation Board will be hosting author Dick Stahl Saturday, April 14 at 2 p.m. in the Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center library in Lansing. The program is free of charge.

Dick Stahl fell in love with the Mississippi River as a small child exploring and growing up in Davenport. His fascination with the river has led him to explore the Upper Mississippi River as well as many other rivers around the world including the Rhine River and the Nile River.

He has compiled a book, entitled “Bluffing,” of poems and color photographs inspired by the mighty river.  His work has also appeared in three other books, including “After the Milk Route” and “Under the Green Tree Hotel,” published by Augustana College’s East Hall Press and “Mr. Farnam’s Guests” published by the Midwest Writing Center. He served as Quad City Arts’ first Poet Laureate of the Quad Cities from September 2001 to September 2003.

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