River Valley

Wed
28
Jun

Zarwell to speak on birdwatching at June 28 Bonfire Program

The Ferryville Tourism Council is sponsoring the first of three summer bonfire programs Wednesday, June 28 at 8 p.m. at the south end of Sugar Creek Park in Ferryville, WI. Ric Zarwell will be the speaker for a program entitled, “Birdwatching in the U.S., from an Expert like John James Audubon to an Active, Maybe Obsessed Local Man.”

Zarwell was born and raised in New Albin. He has been a lifelong birder and has created, along with his wife, Betty, the River and Bluffs Birding Festival in the Lansing area. They have traveled to 44 nations and all seven continents to view birds native to those areas. Zarwell has a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology and a Master of Science degree in Natural Resources, both from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He leads birding trips and conducts monitoring of bird species in various habitats.

Wed
28
Jun

Allamakee County Conservation Board to host Summer Day Camps

The Allamakee County Conservation Board (ACCB) will be hosting a series of summer day camps for the youth of Allamakee County throughout the month of July. The camps will be held at parks throughout Allamakee County. The series will feature camps for all age levels from three to 15 years of age. All camps will be free of charge, however, participants must be pre-registered.

Children ages seven to 10 will be able to participate in Birds Camp July 27. Birds Camp will be from 9:30-11 a.m. at County Home Park.  Participants will learn about kinds of birds in Iowa, what calls they make, and why they have different colors.

Wed
21
Jun

Lansing native Ethan Halverson and his family working through his diagnosis and treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma; Benefit event this Saturday


Cousins Ethan Halverson (left) and Zach Halverson (right) display the Benefit Gun that has now seemingly come "full circle" in helping raise funds to defray medical expenses incurred with the treatment of cancer for both young men. The gun, a Remington 721 rifle, was originally gifted by the pair's grandfather, Harvey Halverson, to a benefit event for Zach in 2005. Now, after circulating through a number of other benefit events, the Benefit Gun will return to Lansing at the June 24 benefit event for Ethan, who has also been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Submitted photo.

by B.J. Tomlinson

Last August, in the fall of 2016, while in Iowa City attending the University of Iowa, Ethan Halverson didn’t feel well. Ethan is a 2012 graduate of Kee High School in Lansing and the son of Marty and Faye Halverson of Lansing.
"Not really sick, just not like himself,” said his mother, Faye. Ethan then noticed swollen lymph glands that became lumps in his neck and upper chest.

On first examination, the doctors adopted a wait-and-see treatment plan, thinking perhaps the symptoms indicated a virus. But when the condition did not improve they ratcheted up their diagnostic options to include CT scans, ultrasounds and lab work. As a result of that further testing, in November of last year Ethan was diagnosed with stage three Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a malignant cancerous growth of cells in the body's lymphatic system.

Wed
21
Jun

Lansing City Council hears proposal in regard to radium issue in water supply, discusses train track safety and other matters during RAGBRAI® events

by Macie Hill

The regular meeting of the Lansing City Council was held Monday, June 19. Discussion circled around MSA representatives addressing the City's radium issue in its water supply, Main Street well inspection, a new hiring for a city lawn mower position, fencing put up in front of the train tracks for RAGBRAI®, an ATV ordinance update, and a public hearing scheduled for the July 3 meeting.

MSA Professional Service representatives attended the meeting to meet all of the council members and let them know that they are interested in preparing the city's radium preliminary engineering report. The town of Farley in Iowa is one of MSA's clients which is having a similar situation that Lansing is having with radium. The project that MSA is proposing to take on would be about a three-year process with three parts, including design, bidding and construction.

Wed
21
Jun

Zarwell to speak on birdwatching at June 28 Bonfire Program

The Ferryville Tourism Council is sponsoring the first of three summer bonfire programs Wednesday, June 28 at 8 p.m. at the south end of Sugar Creek Park in Ferryville, WI. Ric Zarwell will be the speaker for a program entitled, “Birdwatching in the U.S., from an Expert like John James Audubon to an Active, Maybe Obsessed Local Man.”

Zarwell was born and raised in New Albin. He has been a lifelong birder and has created, along with his wife, Betty, the River and Bluffs Birding Festival in the Lansing area. They have traveled to 44 nations and all seven continents to view birds native to those areas. Zarwell has a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology and a Master of Science degree in Natural Resources, both from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He leads birding trips and conducts monitoring of bird species in various habitats.

Wed
14
Jun

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.

Wed
14
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
07
Jun

Groundbreaking ceremony for playground enhancement project in Lansing is Sunday, National Children's Day

Children will have opportunity to turn shovel of dirt at groundbreaking event

June 11, the second Sunday in June, is designated as National Children’s Day. The Lansing Lions are concerned about the health and development of the children in the local area and look at National Children's Day as "a day we revive our commitment to our children and the children of our community. We, as adults, are responsible for their future."

With that mission in mind, the Lansing Lions thought National Children's Day would be the ideal time to host a dedication and groundbreaking ceremony for its playground enhancement project. The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Lions Shelter on South Front Street in Lansing.

Wed
07
Jun

Sign up now for Mississippi River Adventure Day July 11

New registrations accepted until June 11

Friends of Pool 9 volunteers will once again be offering a day of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn-like adventures when they host their annual Mississippi River Adventure Day Tuesday, July 11 at the Blackhawk Park Pavilion near De Soto, WI. The event is open to youth ages eight to 16 and will take place from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Those age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult, with no more than two students per adult.

Participants will learn to log roll, kayak or canoe the backwaters, bass fish, swim, fly fish and enjoy a picnic lunch on the scenic Mississippi River. All activities are free of charge.

Wed
07
Jun

Lansing City Council holds brief regular session; Pool hopes to open in two to three weeks

by Macie Hill

Monday, June 5 the Lansing City Council met in its regular session. Discussion circled around an ATV ordinance, hiring new city lawn mowers, dust control, cutting down a tree at Mount Hosmer, and information about the Lansing Swimming Pool.

The Allamakee ATV Club attended the meeting inquiring as to whether or not the City of Lansing will be getting a new ATV ordinance. All council members present agreed that the council needs more time to discuss all of the options in order to make a decision. The ATV club will be back for the July 3 meeting for an answer.

Discussion was held in regard to the need to hire an individual to mow lawn for the City. Four new applications were received and a decision to hire someone will be made in the near future.

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