River Valley

Wed
10
Jun

Plans move forward for Lansing Fish Days

Following a June 3 committee meeting, the decision has been made to move forward with plans for the annual Lansing Fish Days celebration scheduled for August 7-9 this year. The Lansing Fish Days Committee released the following statement advising the public of its decision and course of action:

“Lansing Fish Days Committee, at this time, has chosen to go ahead with planning Fish Days 2020. We are working hard to take all precautions to keep everyone safe. In the coming weeks we will be informing you of new guidelines and changes that may take place this year to keep everyone safe and healthy during our event. Please be patient with us to get information out as we make these changes and updates.”

Wed
10
Jun

Kee High School Class of 2020 will have graduation ceremony outside June 27

With the COVID-19 pandemic initially modifying the graduation ceremony for the Kee High School Class of 2020 to just a virtual ceremony on the school’s originally scheduled graduation date of May 10, plans have recently been announced to hold an actual in-person graduation ceremony for the entire class Saturday, June 27 at 11 a.m. at the Kee High School football field. Attendance will be limited to family only and social distancing rules will be followed. Additional details will be made available by the school district.

Wed
03
Jun

Remembering in their own way ...

With traditional programs for Memorial Day either being canceled or modified this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, a few of the Lansing Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) members traveled up to Mt. Hosmer to symbolically recognize the day and the honor for which it stands. Pictured above is VFW member Dick Roeder playing Taps at noon from an overlook at Mount Hosmer. Submitted photo by Katie Dodge Hansen.
 

Wed
03
Jun

Lansing City Council approves recommendations by Parks Board for participation in summer recreation programs, discusses other projects

by Alexis Johnson

The Lansing City Council held its regular meeting Monday, June 1. The meeting centered around considering the consent agenda and Parks report, both of which were approved by the council.

The Parks Board is considering improvements to the sidewalks on Mount Hosmer to the flagpole. Discussion also took place regarding considerations for the summer recreation programs. In order for children to enter the Lansing Swimming Pool or the ball field to take part in the youth baseball or softball programs, they are not allowed to have a temperature any higher than 99.3 degrees. The summer recreation program is able to start practice Tuesday, June 2.

All certifications for the swimming pool, if expiring, are extended until August of this year. A motion was made and seconded to approve the Parks report.
 

Wed
03
Jun

River-N-Ridge Outdoors is semifinalist in Main Street Iowa’s Open 4 Business competition

River-N-Ridge Outdoors of Lansing has been announced as a semifinalist in Main Street Iowa’s Open 4 Business competition. The business is one of 12 businesses to advance to the next round, and the next step is an online interview with the judging panel. If River-N-Ridge Outdoors advances again, the business will receive $8,000 as a finalist, with the chance to win a further $20,000 as the overall winner.

River-N-Ridge Outdoors previously won the Lansing contest, Open 4 Business: Fish Tank Edition, which awarded $2,000 provided jointly by Kerndt Brothers Bank, Kerndt Brothers Insurance Agency, Lansing Fitness Center and Main Street Lansing.

Wed
27
May

LIFT continues to serve families who are food insecure with the help of community generosity


A little extra LIFT ... Monday, May 18, the Iowa National Guard helped distribute additional food from the Northeast Iowa Food Bank in the parking lot near the Lansing Iowa Food Trust (LIFT). This distribution served approximately 175 families and included frozen items, dry food, fresh produce, milk, eggs and bakery items, all in addition to LIFT’s usual weekly food distribution. Submitted photo.

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

Lansing Iowa Food Trust (LIFT), voted the Nicest Place in Iowa in a Reader’s Digest contest last year,  has been actively working to meet the needs of local families during the COVID-19 pandemic. On average each week, approximately 21-23 families had been using LIFT prior to the current pandemic, but during this stressful time the organization has seen an increase in the weekly distributions, serving as many as 35 families per week.

Families may pick up food every other week. LIFT, located at 220 South Third Street in Lansing, is open from 4-6 p.m. each Wednesday for that food distribution. Drop-off points for donated food and supplies are Village Farm & Home Store in Lansing and at the City Clerk’s office in Lansing. Donated items are quarantined for 72 hours to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

Wed
27
May

Kerndt Brothers Bank and Lansing Fitness Center host Joint Community Garden Project ...

Kerndt Brothers Bank and the Lansing Fitness Center in Lansing have joined together to provide a community garden space to benefit local residents seeking space to grow a vegetable garden. Four raised beds have been placed and outfitted behind the Fitness Center at 51 North Fifth Street in Lansing for the use of four individuals or families as vegetable gardens. An opportunity to reserve a vegetable garden was offered to residents beginning May 20 for either their own use, or for the benefit of those in need in the community. Those who claim a raised bed need to provide their own plants and gardening tools. Water will be available for irrigation from the Fitness Center.

“Ever since I took on the Fitness Center three years ago, I felt the space out back would be a perfect spot to grow vegetables with bright sunshine all day long,” said Maryann Baldwin, owner of the Fitness Center. “When Amy mentioned her desire for this project, it all came together quickly!”

Wed
27
May

Wisconsin DOT updates closure of Hwy. 82 east of the Black Hawk Bridge

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has provided an update on the upcoming nine-day closure scheduled for the section of Wisconsin Highway 82 (WIS 82) that crosses the Mississippi River between Wisconsin Highway 35 (WIS 35) and the Black Hawk Bridge at Lansing.

The WIS 82 nine-day closure is now scheduled to begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, June 6 and will be closed through Sunday, June 14. It is planned to reopen WIS 82 Monday, June 15. No other full closures are planned for this project, the remaining work will be completed with single-lane closures and flaggers, as it has been.

During the closure, traffic wanting to cross the Mississippi River between Iowa and Wisconsin will have to do so at Marquette and Prairie du Chien, WI or through La Crescent, MN. Motorists should also be reminded that there is currently single-lane traffic on the bridge at Marquette due to another bridge improvement project there.

Wed
20
May

Lansing City Council hires new Pool Operator, hydrant flushing will continue Wednesdays of this month

by Alexis Johnson

The regular meeting of the Lansing City Council was held Monday, May 18. The discussion centered around the consent agenda, Parks report and Clerk’s report.

The consent agenda consisted of council meeting minutes from May 4, liquor license renewal for the Red Barn Resort, Marina Board minutes from May 11, and Parks Board meeting minutes from May 11. A motion was made and seconded with minimal discussion.

Curtis Snitker was hired to become the Certified Pool Operator (CPO) for the Lansing Swimming Pool. New updates are happening at the swimming pool and are forecasted to be done by the end of the month.

The City of Lansing is looking to fill its Deputy City Clerk position. The position will be available to apply for at the end of this month.

Wed
20
May

May 16-22 observed as National Safe Boating Week

The U.S. Coast Guard/Coast Guard Auxiliary officially kicks off the boating season with National Safe Boating Week, observed May 16-22. According to the U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Division, each year more than 70 million Americans participate in recreational boating activities on the nation’s waters including lakes, rivers and coastal waters. The U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Division publishes some interesting statistics:

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