River Valley

Wed
23
Aug

Flotsam River Circus performs at Lansing ...

The Flotsam River Circus performed along the bank of the Mississippi River at Lansing, next to Coffee on the River, Tuesday evening, August 15. Flotsam is a troupe of musicians, circus artists and puppeteers traveling on a handmade raft (as pictured in the surrounding photos), giving free performances in riverfront towns along the way. The troupe’s stop in Lansing was part of its 2023 Mississippi River Tour, a 650-river mile journey over a six-week time frame. The performances are scheduled to take place in 33 different riverfront communities in five different states during that tour, starting in Minneapolis, MN several weeks ago, August 4 and being scheduled to wrap up with three shows in St. Louis, MO September 8-10, including two shows in La Crosse, WI prior to floating into Lansing and one show in Prairie du Chien, WI the following night. Photos courtesy of Laura Gentry.

Wed
16
Aug

Lansing hosts “Triking Tubadour” Jon Hodkin


InnerTuba pays a visit to Thornton Manor ... United Kingdom native Jon Hodkin (far right in the above photo) brought his cycling musical tour that he calls InnerTuba to Lansing Monday, August 7. As part of his stop in Lansing, Hodkin brought his custom-made recumbent tricycle and trailer, along with his tuba, to Thornton Manor, where he played some music and presented a program for residents of the care facility (some of whom are pictured above with him) about his InnerTuba venture that currently includes cycling the length of the Mississippi River. Submitted photo.

InnerTuba provides “inner”tainment ... Jon Hodkin, creator of InnerTuba and a native of the United Kingdom, paid a visit to Lansing Monday, August 7 as part of his 2023 Mississippi River Tour that currently has him traveling the entire length of the Mississippi River, a journey of 3,000 miles in 150 days, from a starting point in Louisiana that began April 18 of this year to a planned finish at Lake Itasca in Minnesota scheduled for mid-September. As part of his travels on his custom-made recumbent tricycle that pulls a trailer housing his tuba, Hodkin’s visit to Lansing included a photo opportunity with the iconic Black Hawk Bridge (photo above) and a musical and educational program he presented at Lansing Office Works that Monday evening (photo below). Photos by Julie Berg-Raymond.

by Julie Berg-Raymond

Even in a place that has seen tens of thousands of bicycle riders come through town - having served twice in the past six years as the destinated “dip-site” for RAGBRAI - residents of Lansing still took notice when Jon Hodkin, a self-described “Triking Tubadour,” passed through town a little over a week ago.

The “triking” in the moniker refers to a custom-made recumbent tricycle; the “tubadour” is, of course, a play on “troubadour” - the French singer-poets of medieval Europe - indicating this traveling musician’s choice of instrument: the tuba. Born in the Midlands region of England, Hodkin lives now in Thurso, Scotland - the northernmost town on the mainland of the United Kingdom.

Wed
16
Aug

Lansing City Council adopts new draft of Allamakee County Hazard Mitigation Plan, holds first reading of new utility rates ordinance

by Julie Berg-Raymond

During its regular meeting Monday, August 7, the Lansing City Council adopted Resolution No. 992, a new draft of the Allamakee County Hazard Mitigation Plan. Included in the plan are all six cities, the three public school districts and the county. The plan is waiting for final approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“I will do a follow-up visit with each participating jurisdiction each year to see what actions are being taken on the plan or if there needs to be any additions,” Allamakee County Emergency Management Coordinator Corey Snitker said. “In three and a half years we will start this process over again as the plan is required to be reviewed and updated every five years.”

Wed
16
Aug

Corps of Engineers dredging project near Brownsville, MN gets underway

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, began dredging the Mississippi River navigation channel near Brownsville, MN in Pool 8 this week to ensure the channel remains open for commercial navigation. Dredging is expected to continue in this area through Labor Day. The Above Brownsville Placement Site, known locally as Crater Island, will be closed during this time when needed for dredging operations.

Wed
09
Aug

Lansing residents and visitors still have opportunities to help shape the vision for the future of its Main Street

by Julie Berg-Raymond

A little over a dozen people attended an in-person community meeting Tuesday, July 25 at the Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center in Lansing, aimed at identifying needs, desires and concerns that residents and visitors have for the Main Street/Highway 9 corridor through Lansing. The meeting was the fourth in a series of work sessions led by Aaron Detter, senior transportation planner with Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) in Decorah, on the Main Street/Highway 9 Corridor Visioning Plan. Two earlier work sessions involved the Lansing City Council, and one involved business and property owners along the Main Street corridor.

Wed
09
Aug

Allamakee County Conservation Board to host Mississippi River Backwater Paddling Series - Army Road, New Albin August 17

Join the Allamakee County Conservation Board for a guided Mississippi River backwater paddling adventure August 17, starting at 6 p.m. and returning to the landing by sunset at the New Albin Army Road Boat Landing.

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 (ACCB) 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 Allamakee County Conservation Board  equipment.

Wed
02
Aug

InnerTuba to perform in Lansing August 7 ...

The community of Lansing will welcome a rather unique visitor Monday, August 7, as InnerTuba will make Lansing a performance stop on its current 2023 Mississippi River Tour. United Kingdom native Jon Hodkin is a cyclist and a tuba player who loves to travel, and in 2000 he created the idea of combining all of those loves into a cycling musical tour he calls InnerTuba. Hodkin travels on his custom-made recumbent tricycle pulling a trailer that hauls his tuba (all pictured in the contributed photo above) that he will bring out to play for audiences at various stops along his tour route. According to Hodkin’s website, “InnerTuba is all about extensive travel, playing music and mingling with lots of people”.

Wed
02
Aug

Corps of Engineers seeks public comment on cultural resources protection project at Sny Magill Unit focused on damage control for burial mounds

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is seeking comment on a bank stabilization study at the Sny Magill unit of Effigy Mounds National Monument, near Harpers Ferry. The purpose of this project is to stabilize the shoreline of the Sny Magill unit and reduce damage to the integrity of the Native American burial and ceremonial mounds at Effigy Mounds National Monument (Park).

Opportunities to improve aquatic and floodplain forest habitat are also being investigated. This study will inform future management of areas within the Mississippi River.

The mounds preserved within the Park are a unique and significant cultural resource considered sacred by many Americans, especially the culturally associated tribal nations. Shoreline erosion caused by more frequent and prolonged high-water events uniquely threaten the Sny Magill unit’s mounds.

Wed
02
Aug

August 9 Chautauqua Program in Ferryville, WI to feature “Driftless Prairie, Savanna and Woodlands: A Journey of Discovery”

The Ferryville Tourism Council has announced its third Summer Chautauqua Series program to be held in the Ferryville Village Hall Wednesday, August 9, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The presenter will be Armund Bartz, the Driftless Area ecologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Natural Heritage Conservation Program. Treats are provided.

Bartz will be speaking on “Driftless Prairie, Savanna, and Woodlands: A Journey of Discovery”. His talk will take attendees on a journey though southwest Wisconsin, and he will discuss and share what a remnant prairie and associated savanna/woodland habitats really are. His talk will involve plants, reptiles, butterflies, moths and birds that inhabit these areas. Also included will be ways individuals can not only appreciate these specifically diverse areas, but also how they can continue to protect them.

Wed
02
Aug

Allamakee County Conservation Board to host Mississippi River Backwater Paddling Series - Army Road, New Albin August 17

Join the Allamakee County Conservation Board for a guided Mississippi River backwater paddling adventure August 17, starting at 6 p.m. and returning to the landing by sunset at the New Albin Army Road Boat Landing.

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 (ACCB) 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 Allamakee County Conservation Board  equipment.

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