River Valley

Wed
07
Jul

UMC in Lansing host non-denominational Polar Expedition Vacation Bible School July 19-23

The United Methodist Church in Lansing is sponsoring a non-denominational summer Vacation Bible School starting July 19 and running through July 23.

Those attending will be taking a cool step back in time were they will see Jesus changing water into wine, and Jesus helping a Samaritan woman at a well. Hear how Jesus instructed adults to “let the children come to me” and after his death and resurrection how Philip teaches the Ethiopian that Christ came for each and every one. Enjoy Bible explorations, cool crafts, sing new songs and enjoy Chadder’s Snow Show. A light supper will be served and games will be played.

Registration will begin at 5 p.m. Monday, July 19. There is no registration fee, but all are encouraged to bring a gift or two to be sent to Operation Kid to Kid sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse.

Wed
07
Jul

Ferryville Tourism Council to host July 14 Chautauqua Program

The Ferryville Tourism Council will be hosting the second in its Summer Series of Chautauqua Programs in Ferryville, WI Wednesday, July 14 at the South Shelter at Sugar Creek Park along Hwy. 35, The Great River Road. Dan Jackson will present a program entitled “Dragonflies and Damselflies” at 6:30 p.m.

This program will be outside at the park shelter, and not in the Ferryville Village Hall.

Jackson is an avid birder, outdoorsman, naturalist, nature photographer and citizen scientist for dragonflies, damselflies and birds of Wisconsin. He helps with Fall Migration Day as well as birding hikes on Sugar Creek Bluff. For this presentation, he will provide an introduction to the insect order Odonata, which includes dragonflies and damselflies.

There are picnic tables under the shelter, but feel free to bring a lawn chair and bug spray to keep other insects away. Dragonflies and damselflies do not bite.

Wed
23
Jun

Harpers Ferry Fireflies finish as State of Iowa Runner-Up ...

The Harpers Ferry Fireflies took second place at the Iowa State Granny Basketball Games held June 11-12 in West Des Moines. The Fireflies were in Pool B and played the Oklahoma Rockers, winning by a score of 69-47 before also winning their second game vs. the Dubuque Cuties, 79-38. Their final game of the day was against the Wild Things and resulted in another win by a score of 59-37 to finish 3-0 for the pool play portion of the event. In Sunday’s championship round, the Fireflies first defeated the Center Point Model T’s, 55-42, advancing them to the championship game, where they ended up falling to the Cedar Rapids Sizzlers by a score of 56-43 to end up as the tournament runner-up.

Wed
23
Jun

Kerndt Brothers Bank to recognize First Responders at county fairs again this year

Kerndt Brothers Bank will recognize volunteer First Responders who serve in law enforcement, emergency services and as firefighters at county fairs in Allamakee, Fayette and Winneshiek again in 2021. Kerndt Brothers Bank and each county’s 4-H organization will partner this summer to provide a meal for First Responders at 4-H food stands. Tickets will be donated in advance to all First Responders through their organization leaders.

In making this announcement, James M. Kerndt, the bank’s CEO and a former first responder, said, “We are excited to be able to participate in what was such a success in 2018 and 2019. We would like to show our gratitude again. We are also happy to be teaming up with 4-H members and volunteers for a third year and leverage this opportunity to support the many 4-H programs and development of youth in northeast Iowa.

Wed
16
Jun

Kerndt Brothers Bank to partner with Humane Society of NEIA for “Adopt Where You Bank”

Kerndt Brothers Bank in Lansing has announced a unique partnership with the Humane Society of Northeast Iowa. The project is titled “Adopt Where You Bank” and furthers the work spearheaded by the Humane Society of Northeast Iowa (HSNEI), a 501(c)(3) no-kill humane society founded in 1995 in Decorah.

With branches in or near the five counties HSNEI serves (Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties), a partnership between the bank and the humane society seemed like destiny. The first “Adopt Where You Bank” adoption day will take place from 2-4:30 p.m. Friday, July 9 at the Kerndt Brothers Bank office located at 820 Eleventh Avenue SW in Waukon and rotate from branch to branch going forward.

With a goal of increasing the exposure of animals in need to as many potential adoptive families as possible, “Adopt Where You Bank” is sure to make a Friday trip to the bank a bit more interesting.

Wed
16
Jun

Allamakee County Conservation to host 2021 Mississippi River Backwater Paddling Series

Canoe/kayak series set to begin Thursday, June 17 at Harpers Ferry Public Boat Landing

Join the Allamakee County Conservation Board (ACCB) for a guided Mississippi River backwater paddling adventure Thursday, June 17 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Harpers Ferry Public Boat Landing and returning to the landing by sunset. Participants are welcome to use their own canoe or kayak but must follow all rules and regulations in accordance with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR). A limited number of solo and tandem kayaks will be available to use from the Allamakee County Conservation Board provided with paddles and life jackets.

Advanced registration is required for this series of programs. To register or reserve a kayak, call 563-538-0403. Solo participants are encouraged to register, but may be paired with other paddlers in a tandem kayak if using ACCB equipment.

Wed
16
Jun

Paddlers encouraged to brush up on safety before hitting the water with canoes, kayaks this season

Iowa lakes and streams are starting to become busy with paddlers eager to get on the water as summer is finally here. For many, it will be their first time out for the year, and experts advise they go through their equipment and review safety tips before heading to the water.

“The number-one hazard on the river is strainers,” said Todd Robertson, river programs outreach coordinator with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Strainers are piles of wood or trees that can appear anywhere on a river, especially after it rains.

“These wood piles can trap a boat and paddler with little chance of escape if sucked under,” Robertson said. “The best way to avoid these strainers is to know how to properly navigate your boat or by portaging around them.”

Wed
09
Jun

Lansing’s newest shop, the Gourmet Traveler offers a wide variety of culinary items and gifts


Sisters open a second business in Lansing ... Wendi Wilson-Eiden, left, and her sister, Diana Wilson-Thompson, right, opened the Gourmet Traveler in Lansing May 20. They also own Coffee on the River, which opened September 26, 2019. Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

Some of the many products available ... Pictured above are just some of the cooking and specialty food items available at The Gourmet Traveler opened by sisters Wendi Wilson-Eiden and Diana Wilson-Thompson in Lansing May 20. The new store also has a variety of gift items that are eco-friendly and made from sustainable material, as well as locally crafted and custom gift items. Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

by Julie Berg-Raymond

“People who love to eat are always the best people.”
 - Julia Child

Evoking the charm and unpretentious beauty of an open-air market in the French countryside, Lansing’s newest retail addition to its Main Street is a dream-come-true for lovers of food and cooking - and for their gift-buying friends.

The Gourmet Traveler (located in the historic McGarrity’s building, next door to Red Geranium Floral and Gifts) opened May 20, and features a wide variety of cooking items from pots and pans, mixing bowls and tableware to salt cellars, utensils, handmade cutting boards - and measuring cups so pretty they could be mistaken for decorative counter pieces.

Wed
09
Jun

Lansing City Council accepts resignations of mayor and deputy city clerk

by Alexis Johnson

The regular meeting of the Lansing City Council was held Monday, June 7. Discussion centered around the consent agenda, acceptance of the resignation of the mayor, acceptance of the resignation of the deputy city clerk, considering placing of a police support flag and the Parks report.

A motion was made and seconded to approve the resignation of Mayor Kyle Walleser due to his recent change in employment status not allowing him to fulfill the duties of mayor. The council considered whether to appoint someone to the office or hold a special mayor election. A motion was made and seconded with minimal discussion to appoint a mayor to fill out the current term of office.

The council also accepted the resignation of Deputy City Clerk Julie Rethwisch. An advertisement for the position of deputy city clerk will be placed in the newspaper (see Page 34 of the June 9, 2021 print edition and e-edition of The Standard).

Wed
02
Jun

Rogers will lead all branches of Kerndt Brothers Bank as President

Duane Rogers ...
Duane Rogers ...

Kerndt Brothers Bank has announced that Duane Rogers has joined the bank as President. Rogers will be actively involved with Bank CEO James Kerndt in directing and leading strategic initiatives to support bank growth and profitability.

Rogers joins Kerndt Brothers Savings Bank from People’s State Bank in Prairie du Chien, WI where he was Vice President of Business Development. He brings with him over 29 years of experience in the financial services industry.

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