River Valley

Wed
22
Mar

Lansing VFW Auxiliary to honor Vietnam Veterans and surviving spouses at Soup & Sandwich Supper

Lansing VFW Auxiliary #5981 is holding a Soup & Sandwich Supper to honor Vietnam Veterans and their surviving spouses Thursday, March 30 from 3-7 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church Hall, located at 648 Main Street, Lansing. A special ceremony to commemorate National Vietnam Veterans Day, which is March 29, and to honor the Veterans and surviving spouses of Vietnam Veterans, will begin at 5 p.m.

Featured in that honoring will be Lansing’s own Don Peters, the one surviving brother of five brothers in the Clem and Helen Peters family who served as Marines in Vietnam. All Veterans are invited to attend.
 

Wed
22
Mar

Island restoration project continues near Marquette

Island restoration continues on the McGregor Lake Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Project located in Pool 10 between Marquette and Prairie du Chien, WI. Stage two of this project will be completed by Newt Marine Service of Dubuque and is approximately a $12.8 million project located within the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, McGregor District.

Construction for this stage is scheduled to be completed in 2025. The project is funded through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Upper Mississippi River Restoration Program and was planned and designed cooperatively with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and Iowa and Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources.

Wed
22
Mar

Friends of the Refuge Headwaters hosting Refuge Centennial Photo Contest

The Friends of the Refuge Headwaters (FORH) group is encouraging all amateur photographers to get outside and capture the beauty of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) for a Centennial photo contest.

The Refuge, which was established in 1924 through the efforts of Will Dilg, founder of the Izaak Walton League of America, includes much of the lands and waters of the Mississippi River from Wabasha, MN to Rock Island, IL. Photos taken on the Refuge will be accepted for entry into the contest until October 27 of this year. Winning entries will become part of a traveling display at events being held up and down the Mississippi River in 2024.

Photographers may enter a total of three photos in the following categories; Scenic Views of the Refuge, Wildlife and Plants of the Refuge, and Connecting People with Nature on the Refuge. There is a fourth category, Young Nature Photographers, for youth ages 16 and under.

Wed
15
Mar

Sewing retreat weekend in De Soto, WI and Lansing keeps participants in stitches, provides them with so much more


Bonded together by more than just needles and thread ... Taking a photo-break in the sewing room at a recent weekend retreat at The Cottage in De Soto, WI are, left to right: Sandy Radtke of Wisconsin Dells, WI, Lori Iseli of Waukon, Pam Rick of Wonewoc, WI, Becky Gilbertson of Mankato, MN and Joan Boice of Ridgeway. On the fabric board behind them are works-in-progress being created by Iseli (left) and Rick (right). Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

An educational aspect of the retreat ... Part of the recent weekend sewing retreat at The Cottage in De Soto, WI involved a Sunday morning sewing machine maintenance class taught by Arla Wagner at Arla’s Sewing Room in Lansing. Arla’s Sewing Room is owned and operated by retired Eastern Allamakee Community School District teacher Arla Wagner and her husband, Paul, of rural Lansing. Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

A Place to Sew... Pamela Cotant of Madison, WI owns A Place to Sew housed in The Cottage in De Soto, WI. Among other events, sewing retreats such as one held during the first week of March, are offered at The Cottage. Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

by Julie Berg-Raymond

According to the Wikipedia entry for the historic Black Hawk Bridge, it “spans the Mississippi River, joining the town of Lansing, in Allamakee County, Iowa, to rural Crawford County, Wisconsin … Named for Chief Black Hawk, it is popularly referred to as the ‘Lansing bridge.’ It carries Iowa Highway 9 and Wisconsin Highway 82.” As anyone who crosses that bridge on a regular basis knows, though, it carries more than those roadways; it carries people - as they pursue their livelihoods, do their shopping, gather with their friends and family. In the case of this story, the bridge was the conduit by which two area businesses - one on each side of the Mississippi River - came together to offer five women who came from elsewhere an opportunity to get together over a shared passion for sewing, and to enjoy amenities offered by two Upper Mississippi River towns – Lansing, Iowa and De Soto, Wisconsin.

Wed
15
Mar

Lansing City Council approves Iowa Great Places designation application and begins discussion about hiring a city manager

by Julie Berg-Raymond

During its regular meeting Monday, March 6, the Lansing City Council approved Andrew Boddicker’s presentation of the final version of the objectives and projects that will be listed as part of Lansing’s application for an Iowa Great Places designation through the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. The vote for approval was unanimous, with two changes: 1) removing the objective for a rec center and indoor pool and 2) adding an annual town hall for keeping the citizens more informed, involved and providing opportunities for outreach by the City.

“Now we wait,” Boddicker said in an email following the meeting. “We may be asked to provide more information or be visited by the review committee in April. We will find out if we get the designation by June 30, but likely before that.”

Wed
08
Mar

Ukrainian Experience attracts large gathering as Ukrainian Village in Lansing prepares to begin carry-out meal venture this Sunday


February 26 Ukrainian Experience kicks off Ukrainian Village venture ... Family and friends of Lesya Ryzhenkova are pictured above with her during the Ukrainian Experience open house event they offered Sunday, February 26 at Lansing Office Works. The event provided an introduction to the carry-out meal venture Ryzhenkova and her family are beginning this Sunday, March 12, called Ukrainian Village, which allow local residents to experience traditional Ukrainian meals. Submitted photo.

Ukrainian Village in Lansing, a new carry-out restaurant starting up March 12, presented a Ukrainian Open House and Experience, serving over 150 visitors Sunday, February 26. The experience included a variety of Ukrainian food specialties, such as Varenyky, Borscht, Milyntsi and Holubtsi, Ukrainian songs and dance, and information about Ukraine, all taking place at Lansing Office Works.

Owner Lesya Ryzhenkova, along with her sisters, mother and partner, as well as friends from the Twin Cities, provided a variety of folk songs, accordion music by Michael Petelin and performances by Natalia Scoville. Also helping with the event were Iryna Fink and her mom, Luba. Her team also prepared 10 different food items for a buffet style meal throughout the weekend for the event.

Wed
08
Mar

Lansing VFW Auxiliary sponsoring local level of contests for youth

Grades K-8 Illustrating America Art Contest

Wed
08
Mar

Lansing VFW Auxiliary to honor Vietnam Veterans at Soup & Sandwich Supper

Lansing VFW Auxiliary #5981 is holding a Soup & Sandwich Supper to honor Vietnam Veterans Thursday, March 30 from 3-7 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church Hall, located at 648 Main Street, Lansing. A special ceremony to commemorate National Vietnam Veterans Day, which is March 29, and to honor the Veterans and Widows of Vietnam Veterans, will begin at 5 p.m. Featured in that honoring will be Lansing’s own Don Peters, the one surviving brother of five brothers in the Clem and Helen Peters family who served as Marines in Vietnam. All Veterans are invited to attend.
 

Wed
01
Mar

Lansing City Council sets public hearing, approves mayoral letter of support for Iowa Great Places designation application

by Julie Berg-Raymond

During its regular meeting Monday, February 20, the Lansing City Council set a public hearing date for the Maximum Property Levy. That public hearing will be held Monday, March 6 at 7 p.m. in Lansing City Hall.

IOWA GREAT PLACES
Andrew Boddicker presented the first full draft of the objectives and projects that will be listed as part of Lansing’s application for an Iowa Great Places designation through the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. After a brief discussion, the council approved having Mayor Melissa Hammell write a letter of support for the City’s application. The final vote on the Vision Plan is scheduled for March 6.

Wed
01
Mar

Soup and Salad Supper supports upgrades at Ferryville Village Hall

Ferryville Vision and Promotion Board is hosting its monthly Soup and Salad Supper at Ferryville Village Hall Thursday, March 9. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the meal will be served until 7 p.m. or until food runs out.

All of the freewill donation proceeds will help fund upgrades to the bathrooms at the Village Hall. For more information, watch for advertisements in The Standard and Northeast Iowa Extra.
 

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