River Valley

Wed
22
Jun

Former Lansing Feed Service catches fire Monday afternoon ...

Former Lansing Feed Service catches fire Monday afternoon ...
Former Lansing Feed Service catches fire Monday afternoon ...

The former Lansing Feed Service owned by the Bolson family for many years and located along Main Street/State Highway 9 on the west end of Lansing caught fire late Monday afternoon, June 20. There were no injuries reported from the blaze, but some of the firefighters were treated for heat ailments on scene due to the high temperatures and humidity. It was further reported that a pontoon boat being stored in the facility was saved from damage, although other odds and ends also stored within the facility were not as fortunate. The Lansing Fire Department was on the scene of the blaze for most of the late afternoon. The Lansing Police Department and the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Department worked to shut down and/or reroute vehicle traffic along Main Street/Highway 9 while the building was burning. The building is currently owned by Kirk Kious, and the cause of the fire is initially thought to be a spark from welding taking place within the building.

Wed
22
Jun

Rethwisch resigns from Lansing City Council

by B.J. Tomlinson

The Lansing City Council met in regular session Monday night, June 20 and reluctantly accepted the resignation, effective immediately, of Councilman John Rethwisch. In an e-mail message to the Council, Rethwisch cited conflicts with others and a belief that his involvement was disruptive to the Council as the reasons for his decision.

The Council discussed options for replacing Rethwisch and voted to appoint a new member until the next general election, which will be in November of this year. At that time, the newly-elected member will serve the three years remaining on Rethwisch’s original four-year term; the Council will also officially post the open position.

Wed
15
Jun

Friends of Pool 9 sponsoring bus trip to National Eagle Center July 11 for its 2016 River Adventure Day

The 2016 River Adventure Day sponsored by Friends of Pool 9 (FOP9) will feature a day at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN Monday, July 11. Children entering fifth grade and up to those entering eighth grade in the fall are eligible to attend.

The FOP9 has chartered a motor coach which will leave the Lansing baseball field at 8:30 a.m. and return between 3:30 and 4 p.m. that Monday. Chaperons will be provided, or one parent can accompany their child. The day will include seeing many exhibits and a special program will be provided to the group by the center staff featuring live eagles and other birds.

The FOP9 will have a catered box lunch provided to each participant at the center along with beverages. All costs for the bus, the entrance fee, the lunch and exhibits will be provided by the Friends of Pool 9. There will be no costs for a child and/or parent to attend this event.

Wed
15
Jun

ISU Extension hosts Diggin’ Up Dinosaurs day camp in Lansing ...


Diggin' Up Dinosaurs day camp

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach hosted Diggin’ Up Dinosaurs day camp at the Lansing Community Center. A total of 21 Kindergarteners through third graders traveled back in time when the dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Together they learned about fossils, including making their own fossils to take home, and they got to hold dinosaur eggs, participate in a cookie dip and enjoyed caveman ice cream. The youth learned how big or small dinosaur eggs could be and made their own eggs with a dinosaur inside. They also learned exactly how tall dinosaurs were by using helium balloons and plenty of string. For more information about 4-H and upcoming activities contact Becky Rea, 4-H K-12 Program Coordinator, at the Allamakee County Extension and Outreach Office at 563-568-6345 or http://www.extension.iastate.edu/allamakee/. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
15
Jun

Harpers Ferry American Legion Post 722 sponsors Waukon High School pair for 2016 Boys State

Two Waukon High School juniors, Austyn Ede and Adam Gruman from Harpers Ferry, have been selected to attend Hawkeye Boys State being held this week, June 12-17, at Fort Dodge in Johnston. Ede is the son of Hillary and Tom Ede, and Gruman is the son of Marcia and Bernie Gruman, all of Harpers Ferry. Both young men are sponsored by Scenic Post 722 American Legion of Harpers Ferry.

Iowa conducted its first “Hawkeye Boys State” in 1938 and has held one every year since, with the exception of 1945, when World War II gasoline rationing made it impossible. Hawkeye Boys State is a six-day course in self-government. Participants will learn more about the functioning of city, county and state government in the state of Iowa than 75% of the population of Iowa.

Wed
08
Jun

The Clover Cookie Factory comes to New Albin ...


The Clover Cookie Factory comes to New Albin ...

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, along with New Albin Community Education, recently hosted Cooking Up Science: The Clover Cookie Factory at the New Albin Townhouse. Seven third through fifth graders (pictured above) explored the ins and outs of sugar cookies and other cooking techniques while examining some cookie “flops”. At the camp, all-purpose flour and gluten-free flour were used to show gluten formation, salt was added to hamburger bringing out proteins important for cooking, their tongues were used to make a flavor taste map, and many more fun activities. Everyone was able to sample the cookie “flops” along with the correct cookie after deciding what ingredients were forgotten in the “flops”. The youth also took home the secret Clover Cookie recipe. They won’t be sharing, but they might be willing to use their new skills for a taste testing.

Wed
08
Jun

Annual New Albin Days celebration to take place this Friday and Saturday

The annual New Albin Days celebration is scheduled to take place in the community of New Albin this weekend, Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11. A wide variety of activity is being planned, with a schedule of events available on Page 14A of this week's issue of The Standard.

This year's New Albin Days button (pictured with this article) required for admission is available for purchase at most New Albin businesses and will be available on the festgrounds at this year's event.

Once again this year there will be a crowning of both a Little Miss New Albin and Little Mr. New Albin to kick the event off Friday at 5 p.m. Entry forms are available at New Albin Savings Bank for boys and girls ages 8-13 living within the 52160 zip code. Along with the registration form, each entry is required to write an “I love New Albin because ..." essay and a judge will determine the winner of each crown.

Wed
08
Jun

Lansing City Council approves employee wage increases and amendment to City budget during regular Monday session

by B.J. Tomlinson

The Lansing City Council met in regular session Monday night, June 6. After Council approval of the consent agenda, Mayor Mike Brennan opened a public hearing to consider adoption of a Budget Amendment for the current City Budget. After questions and comments from the Council, the hearing was closed and the Amendment was approved. The Council also set July 5 as the date for a proposal to enter into a General Obligation Corporate Purpose Loan Agreement for borrowing money to complete the Clear Creek Water/Sewer Project.

Wed
25
May

Clear Creek Project nears completion


Workers continue their work on Valley Street in Lansing as part of the Clear Creek water line project nearing completion. The project is intended to fix issues with freezing water lines and other water issues for residents in the area and was partially funded by a Community Development Block Grant. Submitted photo.

by B.J. Tomlinson

Under the watchful eye of a University of Iowa archaeologist and after months of delay, the Clear Creek Project is nearing completion. Residents on South Front and Valley Streets in Lansing have endured frozen water lines for several years, and completion of this project hopes to bring an end to those troubles.

Donna Troendle, who lives on South Main Street, said she has had frozen water pipes for the last three or four winters and has had to stay with family and friends until the pipes thaw. “The water has been rusty. We have tried running the water longer, but that hasn’t helped. I have to buy bottled water to drink and to cook with,” Troendle said. She is hopeful that the new pipes will correct the problem, but said that no one has told her what to expect.

Wed
25
May

NAIL receives $1,000 donation from NASB and Shazam ...

NAIL receives $1,000 donation from NASB and Shazam ...
NAIL receives $1,000 donation from NASB and Shazam ...

In mid-April, New Albin Savings Bank employees Kelli Mudderman and Jill Luttchens attended the 2016 Shazam Forum Conference in Des Moines, an annual event displaying current products and services offered to the financial industry by the Shazam network. At each booth at the conference, a bar code could be scanned with a cell phone to be entered into a random drawing for prizes. Mudderman’s name was drawn for the event’s grand prize, $1,000 to be donated to a charity of her choice. New Albin Savings Bank chose to donate that $1,000 prize to the New Albin Improvement League (NAIL), with Mudderman also receiving a Fitbit Surge fitness super watch. Pictured above at the $1,000 donate presentation from Tuesday, May 17 are, left to right, Shazam Account Executive Catherine Cluney, NAIL Co-President Alexie Grotegut, Kelli Mudderman of New Albin Savings Bank, and Shazam Senior Public Relations Manager Patrick Dix. Photo courtesy of Lori Darling.
 

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