River Valley

Wed
20
Oct

American Legion Post donates to Lansing Ambulance ...

Cheryl Garin (far right in photo), Commander of Lansing American Legion Post 0050, recently presented a check for $500 on behalf of the Legion to the Lansing Ambulance and Emergency Medical Service (EMS). Accepting the check on behalf of the Lansing Ambulance/EMS are Savanna Deering (far left) and Conrad Rosendahl (center). Submitted photo.
 

Wed
20
Oct

Lansing City Council asked to consider soliciting proposals to renovate Stone School for residential apartments

by Julie Berg-Raymond

Main Street Lansing Executive Director Andy Kelleher has asked the Lansing City Council to consider sending out a Request for Proposals to renovate the Stone School into apartments, using an Iowa Economic Development Association (IEDA) downtown housing grant.

“The grant is designed to create new housing opportunities in communities with populations under 30,000,” Kelleher noted during a presentation to the council Monday night, October 18, during its regular meeting. “On the surface, it’s a program to increase upper story housing in downtown buildings, and we don’t really have a strong need for that; most of our upper stories are activated. But the program also explicitly states that it can be utilized for vacant school buildings within the downtown vicinity.”

The Stone School is only two blocks from downtown, and it’s within Main Street Lansing program boundaries, so it is eligible for this funding, Kelleher explained.

Wed
20
Oct

Lansing City Council candidate forum planned for October 20

Main Street Lansing will be hosting a city council candidate forum Wednesday, October 20 at 6 p.m. at TJ Hunter’s Banquet Hall in Lansing. There are five registered candidates running for three council seats in the upcoming November 2 City/School Board election: Michael J. Manning, Steve Murray, Deb Volker, Lisa Welsh and Ian Zahren.

Questions will come from both the moderator and the audience. The moderator for the forum is Kraig Tweed, Regional Director for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Wed
13
Oct

New Driftless Integrative Psychiatry in Lansing offers in-person and video visits to help meet mental health care demand


Driftless Integrative Psychiatry opens in Lansing ... Dr. Erica Burger recently opened Driftless Integrative Psychiatry at 20 North 2nd Street in Lansing. Pictured above outside the clinic entrance are Dr. Burger and her husband, Ben. Submitted photo.
Dr. Erica Burger ...
Dr. Erica Burger ...

Driftless Integrative Psychiatry recently opened its clinic doors at 20 North 2nd Street in downtown Lansing in an historic limestone building that once was home to a real estate office and, back in the late 1800s, an implement dealership.

Dr. Erica Burger, psychiatrist and founder of the clinic, and her husband had contacted the current owners, Dave and Josh Bourassa of Cresco, last winter to see if they had any interest in renovating the building, as there were not many other commercial buildings in the area suitable for a medical clinic. The Cresco pair agreed and worked tirelessly to convert the vacant building into a modern clinic space that opened August 1 of this year.

Wed
13
Oct

Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center to host Driftless Birding Fest November 12-13

The Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center will host the Driftless Birding Fest November 12 and 13. The Driftless Birding Fest will include speakers, exhibits, and guided and self-guided field trips to area birding hotspots.

The self-guided field trips will include the Brownsville, MN overlook, Stoddard, WI overlook, New Albin’s Army Road, Red Oak Road near Harpers Ferry, and the Ferryville, WI overlook.

Friday, November 12 from 6-8 p.m. “Raptors of Iowa” will be presented at the Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center.  Following the presentation, from 8-10 p.m., there will be an “Owl Prowl” to find and hear owls on the bluffs surrounding the nature center.

Wed
13
Oct

VFW Auxiliary National Anthem Singing Contest

VFW Auxiliary Gustave F. Kerndt #5981 announces the kick-off of the VFW Auxiliary’s National Anthem Singing Contest, “Get Excited for the Red, White and Blue!” Local youth in grades K-12 can showcase their talent, display their patriotism and express their creativity while competing for their share of $2,000 in national awards.

Contestants must submit a video of their solo vocal performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Video must be saved to a DVD or flash drive, or uploaded to an online video platform (e.g., YouTube or Vimeo) and submitted to a local Auxiliary for judging.  The video must be recorded between July 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022. Entries will be judged on vocal ability, mastery of lyrics, originality or interpretation and entertainment value.

Wed
06
Oct

Retired dentist Bruce Carlson is hosting “Celebrate Lansing” as a thank you to the community for years of loyal support


Thanking the community ... Dr. Bruce Carlson, who retired this past year from his long-time dentistry practice in Lansing, is pictured above with a patient from “quite some time ago.” As a way of showing his appreciation to Lansing and the surrounding community for supporting him for his 42-year career in the little river town, Dr. Carlson is hosting a “Celebrate Lansing” event this Saturday, October 9. Submitted photo.

Free event scheduled for this Saturday to feature food and live music

by Julie Berg-Raymond

Long-time Lansing dentist Bruce Carlson, who retired last year, is throwing a party - and everyone is invited.

As a way of saying “thank you” for 42 years of patronage - “I’m thanking the community for kind of putting up with me,” he says - Carlson is hosting “Celebrate Lansing” this Saturday, October 9, from 1-6 p.m., at the Lansing Sports Complex. There is no admission charge for the event, which includes live music (Freaks of Nature performs at 1 p.m., followed by Joe and Vicki Price) and on-site food vendors. Attendees are invited to bring their own beverages; all alcohol must stay within the Sports Complex fence.

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
Carlson says he fell in love with this area the first time he drove into Lansing, in 1977.

Wed
06
Oct

City of Lansing reminds residents that hydrants will be flushed in October; Childcare survey available to fill out

by Julie Berg-Raymond

Allamakee County residents who use, or are planning to use, childcare - specifically in Lansing and New Albin - are being asked to complete a survey aimed at investigating childcare needs in the county.

By request of Allamakee Economic Development Executive Director Val Reinke, notes containing a link to the online survey will be sent out with residential water bills this month, Lansing City Clerk Katie Becker announced Monday evening, October 4 during the regular meeting of the Lansing City Council.

Wed
06
Oct

Lansing native publishes book ...

Martha Dunlevy Peters, a native of Lansing, has recently published a book, “Extracting Wisdom”. This book is about supporting a culture of excellence in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and is infused with wisdom from young, seasoned and retired surgeons. All dental and medical teams will benefit from the messages of compassionate patient care and leadership. The author also shares her own story as an oral surgery patient and as a seasoned surgical assistant, providing a unique perspective from both sides of the dental chair. Her surgical journey as an oral surgery patient many years ago was followed throughout her native surrounding communities. Her book can be found on Amazon. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
29
Sep

Quilt show to benefit New Albin Public Library


Friendship Quilts on display ... Pictured above is one version of the Friendship Quilt that was this year’s challenge for the “Loose Threads” quilting group in the New Albin area. The Christmas quilt blocks pictured in the quilt above were distributed individually to 16 participating members of the group and they were then challenged to create their own Friendship Quilt which will now be displayed at the quilt show being held October 8-10 at the New Albin Community Center to benefit the New Albin Public Library. Submitted photo.

October 8-10, over 200 quilted items will adorn the New Albin Community Center, located at 137 Railroad Avenue SW in New Albin. There will be an array of quilts, including antique  quilts, baby quilts, t-shirt quilts, wall hangings, table runners and wool work on display. Hours for the show will be Friday, October 8 from 4-7 p.m.; Saturday, October 9 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, October 10 from 12-4 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the New Albin Public Library.

New this year will be a variety of quilts for sale. A portion of the proceeds from those quilts sold will also benefit the New Albin Public Library.

“Loose Threads,” the local quilting group, has created a challenge for its group members for this year’s show. Sixteen participating quilters were challenged to each create a Friendship Quilt using Christmas quilt blocks that were shared with each of the quilting group members. All of those quilts will be on display throughout the event.

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