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Lansing Lions host groundbreaking for "Our Ship of Dreams" playground project


The Lansing Lions Club hosted a groundbreaking event Sunday, June 11 - celebrated as National Children's Day - for the new "Our Ship of Dreams" playground project being planned for the city park within the Lansing Sports Complex along the east edge of town. Local children (pictured above) were in attendance to turn some of the first shovels of dirt at the site where the riverboat-themed playground (artist's rendering of which is pictured below) will be constructed, including Oden, Ada and Easden Welsh, Andrew and Lilly Kolsrud, Carter Seitz and Lenna Rohrer. Also pictured observing the groundbreaking at far right in the above photo are, left to right, Msgr. Ed Lechtenberg, who offered a blessing and sang a rendition of "What a Wonderful World" during the ceremony, and Lansing Lions Club member Arlen Wonderlich, who has helped spearhead the project. Photos by Susan Cantine-Maxson.

Fundraising campaign within $15,000 of its goal

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The Lansing Lions Club hosted community members of all ages Sunday, June 11 for a groundbreaking ceremony for the new playground equipment to be placed in the city park just south of the ball diamond within the Lansing Sports Complex on the east edge of town. Sunday, June 11 had been designated as National Children's Day, a seemingly fitting time to break ground on a new playground project designed to benefit local children and those visiting the Lansing area.
Efforts have been underway since August of 2016 to raise almost $68,000 to fund the project, with $15,000 remaining to be raised. If funds are complete, the installation of the riverboat-themed playground equipment would take place right after Labor Day this year.

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Jun

Crawford County Highway Department explains washout on Wisconsin Highway 82; Local residents, business owners react to impact of incident and brief closure

by B.J. Tomlinson and Susan Cantine-Maxson

Wisconsin and Iowa officials had initially estimated that the Wisconsin Highway 82 connection between Iowa and Wisconsin might be closed for several weeks for repairs after a portion of the highway near the Wisconsin side of the river washed out suddenly in the early morning hours of May 30, ultimately claiming the life of 59-year-old Lansing resident Jim Walleser. The washout happened just shy of two miles east of Lansing, creating a 70-foot long crater in the eastbound lane of the highway as it approached what is known as Henderson Bridge that spans Henderson Slough of the Mississippi River.

Stunned residents of the area have been asking how this tragic event occurred and wonder if it could happen again.

Wed
14
Jun

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... that a couple recent articles served to remind me how lucky I am to have been born in northeast Iowa and lived here most of my life.

One was in the most recent issue of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation’s magazine, and dealt with an area under its control in extreme northern Allamakee County, along the Upper Iowa River.

The other was by outdoor writer Orlan Love, in the Cedar Rapids Gazette, and concerned the karst topography we enjoy.

Love described the clear trout streams of the area, and how freshwater springs and groundwater seepage contribute immensely to the clean water. He notes that 22 of the 32 streams in Iowa declared outstanding waters are in this three-county northeast Iowa area of Allamakee, Winneshiek and Clayton. He notes that trout in those streams in many cases swim in water that just moments before had been underground, unsilted and unpolluted.

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Jun

Word for Word 6/14/17

Robin and Steve Oden
Robin and Steve Oden

Do you have peace?

Peace is something most people desire, but few really experience the peace God desires for us. The dictionary defines peace as: freedom from war, a treaty to end war, freedom from public disturbance, law and order, freedom from disagreement or quarrels, undisturbed state of mind, absence of mental conflict, serenity and calm. So, the realm of peace covers the gamut from peace in our own hearts and minds, to peace in our homes and relationships, to peace in our neighborhoods and cities, to peace among nations.

Most people are searching for peace, vainly attempting to find it in diverse ways and places. With everything going on in the world today, one may wonder if a person can even experience peace within themselves to wondering if there will ever be a realistic roadmap to peace in the Middle East.

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Jun

Wexford Wanderings

by Hugh E. Conway

Games Three
Circle games with song and verse were some of the favorite for the children and teachers at the rural Wexford Schools. Two games that were normally played by the younger children are London Bridge and a Hunting We will go. Often, the youngest children will be afraid when starting to play the game and may not want to go under the bridge.

There are two versions of London Bridge game. In the first version of London Bridge, two children who are to be the bridge each choose a word for the caught children to make a choice. For example, one chooses apple and the other pear. The two children then form a bridge by facing each other, joining their outstretched hands, and locking their fingers. The rest of the players go round and round under the bridge one by one stooping low as the children sing:

Wed
14
Jun

Letter to the Editor: What are the 47%ers?

To the Editor:

I guess I really don’t know where to start. Our country, the USA, is so divided and so many problems that need attention and fixing.

Remember when Mitt Romney said, “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what.”? That group is being led by the devil and they want to ruin America. They want the Bible and the Ten Commandments out of everything, especially our schools. They want the people to depend on the government.

The government is taking over 16% of our economy by taking over healthcare. Did you ever think it could come to this? Pay and join the government healthcare or be fined. The worst thing that ever happened to our country is Obamacare. Our Congress is having one hell of a time figuring out how to replace the 2,700-page Obamacare.

Wed
14
Jun

Waukon High School junior Laynee Benson selected to attend Girls State through St. Olaf Legion Auxiliary


Laynee Benson ...

The St. Olaf American Legion Auxiliary has selected Allie Crogan and Laynee Benson - both Jr. Auxiliary members - to represent the unit at the 2017 Iowa Girls State to be held June 18-23 at the Drake University Campus in Des Moines. During the week, the girls will experience this nation's democratic form of government by assuming the roles of city, county and state officials or legislators. They will be using social and academic skills they have already acquired and learn new skills essential for responsible citizenship, as well as making and establishing lifelong friendships.

Laynee Benson is the daughter of Mary and Darrel Miller of Waukon and Donald Benson of Wisconsin. She just completed her junior year at Waukon High School, where she is vice president of the local Food & Fitness Initiative and is currently taking general education classes through the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Waukon Center to get a headstart with college.

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14
Jun

WHS Construction Class busy throughout the school year with variety of projects ...

This past school year, the Construction classes at Waukon High School have been busy with a large variety of projects, allowing the students to get hands-on experience in a “real world” setting. Projects completed this year around the Waukon High School campus included putting a new roof on the concession stand at the high school football field, adding a cold storage area underneath the football field press box, developing a new shot put area for the track and field teams, remodeling and adding an office to the high school wrestling room and constructing a new desk in the Waukon High School office. In addition to projects within the school setting, the students also offered their services to help the Waukon community, including fixing up various buildings for the Waukon Park and Recreation Department and putting a roof on the new concession stand/bathrooms building at the Waukon City Park.

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Jun

Area students explore science and technology at NICC Waukon's STEAM Creations: Makerspace Camp ...

Twenty-four students in fifth through seventh grades from all throughout northeast Iowa participated in STEAM Creations: Makerspace Camp from June 5-7 at Northeast Iowa Community College’s (NICC) Waukon Center. Many of those students are pictured in the top photo with NICC Waukon Center Director Erica Nosbisch (far right) explaining to parents and other community members what students participated in at STEAM Camp during a final public presentation at the end of the Camp. At the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Camp students learned about 3D printing, video creation using green screen and stop-motion technology, interactive virtual reality, Oculus Rift, coding, robots and engineering. The camp is designed to allow participants to create and share ideas, equipment and knowledge while applying their discoveries to help make their community a better place.

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Jun

Kee softball team allows just one run in another undefeated week


Kee softball senior right fielder Sydney Strong takes a swing at a pitch in the Hawks’ home doubleheader sweep of Starmont Monday, June 5 by mercy-rule scores of 12-0 in four innings and 10-0 in six frames. Strong was two-for-six with three runs scored and two runs driven in to aid Kee’s cause in the twinbill sweep. Photo by Jordyn Burroughs. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The Kee softball team continued its undefeated season with five more victories to its credit this past week, allowing just one run to score in the process. Improving to 13-0 overall, 6-0 in the Upper Iowa Conference (UIC), the Lady Hawks played Class 3A Crestwood to just a 2-1 victory Tuesday, June 6 in between a pair of UIC doubleheader sweeps. Those sweeps both came in mercy-rule fashion, Kee blasting Starmont at home Monday, June 5, 12-0 in four innings and 10-0 in six frames, and doing likewise at West Central Thursday, June 8 by scores of 10-0 in five innings and 12-0 in four periods.

The Hawks were scheduled to next play doubleheaders at North Fayette Valley Monday, June 12 and at Edgewood-Colesburg Wednesday, June 14 before playing in the West Delaware Tournament both Friday and Saturday, June 16-17. Kee’s diamond dwellers will then play at Central Elkader Monday, June 19 before competing in the Decorah Tournament Saturday, June 24.

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