River Valley

Wed
29
Mar

Ferryville Tourism to celebrate six years of Rummage Along the River with help from tourism grant


Rummage Along the River receives JEM Grant ... Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett presented the Village of Ferryville with a $1,500 Joint Effort Marketing Grant for its annual Rummage Along the River. Submitted photo.

The Village of Ferryville, WI is gearing up for another successful year of “Rummage Along the River” with help from a $1,500 Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. The 70-mile garage sale winds through multiple communities along the Great River Road. This year’s Rummage Along the River will take place May 19-20.

The Village of Ferryville aims to increase the number of shoppers and overnight stays for this year’s event. Participating communities in Wisconsin include Stoddard, Genoa, the Bad Axe Neighborhood, De Soto, Ferryville, Lynxville, Seneca and Mt. Sterling. The event is expected to attract over 1,900 visitors to the area, generating an estimated $82,000 in visitor spending. Grant funds will go toward online, print and radio advertising leading up to Rummage Along the River.

Wed
29
Mar

Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library to host presentation on "Ecology and History of the Mississippi River" April 6

Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library has invited Richard King to speak at its monthly Public Issues program Thursday, April 6. King is an expert on many facets of the Mississippi River and will be speaking on "Ecology and History of the River." His presentation is based primarily on the book "Great River: An Environmental History of the Upper Mississippi, 1890-1950" by Philip Scarpino.

King is with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Great Lakes-Big Rivers Region (3) based in La Crosse, WI, and is the former manager of Pool 9 Fish and Wildlife District.  He is well versed and has a great love for the subject - the Mississippi River.

Wed
29
Mar

Kee High School Post Prom set for April 23; Volunteers and contributions welcome

Kee High School's Post Prom has been scheduled for April 23 from midnight until 4 a.m. for Kee High School juniors and seniors and their guests following the school's April 22 Prom. This event is a substance free celebration providing table games, raffles and silent auctions, snacks and drinks, and door prizes.

Hypnotist Blake Powers from Wand Enterprises has been booked and all guests will be entertained by his show. The committee is also providing a photo booth from Absolute Music Photo Booths at Prom so all guests will have souvenir pictures of their night.
The Post Prom Committee has been hosting Sunday Bingo events and has worked the brat stand at Lansing Fish Days to raise funds for Post Prom. The Committee is very appreciative to all area businesses and individuals for their continued support.  Adult volunteers are needed to help with games and activities, serve food and general supervision.

Wed
22
Mar

Lansing VFW donates to playground...

Lansing VFW Post 5981 recently presented a check for $1,000 to the Lansing Lions Club in support of the Playground Enhancement Project at the Sports Complex in Lansing. Pictured above, left to right, is VFW Commander Glen Reed presenting the donation check to Lansing Lions Club Treasurer Kelly Welsh. To donate a tax free gift for the playground project, write a check to the City of Lansing Park and Recreation Board earmarked for the Playground Enhancement Project. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
22
Mar

Lansing City Council approves final South Road Bridge Replacement Project plans

by B.J. Tomlinson

At the regular meeting of the Lansing City Council Monday night, March 20, Mayor Pro-tem Rebecca Conway opened the meeting. At 7:03 p.m., after approving the Consent Agenda, Conway opened a public hearing related to the Bridge Replacement Project on South Road.

Julie Neebel, representing iiW Engineering from Dubuque, reviewed and summarized the project. She said bids would be opened tomorrow (Tuesday) through the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT). "The road will be closed during construction," she explained. "The existing bridge will be replaced with a new 130-foot bridge, a 30-foot wide roadway and a five-foot sidewalk on the west side of the bridge. The bridge will be three spans so there will be a pier on each side of the stream with room between the pier and the abutment so that people can walk or fish along the stream."

Wed
08
Mar

Lansing City Council sets March 20 as public hearing date for Clear Creek bridge replacement

by B.J. Tomlinson

After meeting in a closed session at 7 p.m. to discuss strategy in matters currently in litigation, the Lansing City Council began its regular session at 7:20 p.m. Monday, March 6.

City Clerk Katie Becker presented information related to an investment policy,  proposed Resolution No. 890. In compliance with Iowa statutes, the Resolution establishes processes and procedures related to investments. The Council approved the Resolution.

Wed
08
Mar

Tax preparation services available through RSVP

Northeast Iowa RSVP volunteers will be providing electronic income tax filing for low to middle income taxpayers (any age) and those over age 60. The service will be offered at the Waukon Extension Office through the VITA program. Call 563-568-6345 for an appointment in Waukon.

In Postville, the services will be provided through the AARP program at the Postville Public Library. To schedule an appointment in Postville, call 563-277-5186.

For more information about the RSVP volunteer program, contact Kathy or Kim at 563-277-5181 or toll free at 1-877-806-0623.
 

Wed
08
Mar

Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library celebrating Lansing’s Sesquicentennial with history programs and other weekly events

In observance of the community of Lansing’s Sesquicentennial 150th birthday being celebrated this year, Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library has put together monthly programs, and more, regarding the history and exploration of Lansing. Some of those programs will address the fur trade, the river, mining, how the community grew from the lumber mills, to grain elevators, to mercantile, manufacturing, tourism, along with the people, their heritage and their livelihood.

To start the year off, “Coffees with Lansing’s Elders: Talking about how we got to where we are” will be held Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. in March (March 11, 18 and 25) at the library. Everyone is welcome to come join the roundtable, participate or just listen in.

Wed
01
Mar

Ferryville to host Bald Eagle Watching Day with variety of events Saturday

The Ninth Annual Bald Eagle Watching Day is scheduled to take place this Saturday, March 4 in Ferryville, WI at the Village Community Center located on State Highway 35, “The Great River Road”. This program is sponsored by the Ferryville Tourism Council, co-sponsored by Friends of Pool 9 and free to the public.

Event activities are scheduled to take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Doors will open at 9:45 a.m. New to the program is the Decorah Raptor Rearch Project Eagle Cam organization presenting at 12:30 p.m. on “What we learned from an Eagle’s Nest”. John Howe of the Raptor Resource Project and his team will be in attendance for the first time.

Free refreshments and children’s craft activities will be available throughout the event. There are many eagle nests in the Ferryville, WI area, including a new one just south of Ferryville. The Pool 9 section has more nests than in any other part of the Mississippi River.

Wed
01
Mar

Lansing City Council sets March 13 for budget hearing, discusses Clear Creek project

by B.J. Tomlinson

Because of scheduling conflicts, the Lansing City Council could not meet Monday, February 20 and, instead, met in a delayed regular session Tuesday, February 21. After approving the Consent Agenda, the Council adopted the Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2017 and set Monday, March 13 at 7 p.m. for the Public Hearing. Those residents interested in discussing the proposed budget are invited to attend.

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