River Valley

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.
 

Wed
25
May

Congressman Rod Blum's staff to host local office hours in Lansing this Friday

Congressman Rod Blum's staff will be hosting local office hours in Lansing this  Friday, May 27. Staff will be on hand at the Lansing City Clerk’s Office, located at 201 John Street in Lansing, from 1-2:30 p.m. Friday.

The staff office hours provide local residents an opportunity to have their voice heard in person, especially for those who cannot make it to Congressman Blum's permanent offices, or for those who would rather interact face-to-face with congressional staff. Residents who are unable to attend Friday's local office hours but who have a concern to share with the Congressman are invited to contact district staff at 563-580-6959 or at Jonathan.VanNorman@mail.house.gov.
 

Wed
18
May

Winters-Steiber wins $30,000 prize in new scratch game ...

Winters-Steiber wins $30,000 prize in new scratch game ...
Winters-Steiber wins $30,000 prize in new scratch game ...

The first of 10 top prizes of $30,000 available in the Iowa Lottery’s new “Cash Carnival” scratch game was claimed by a northeast Iowa woman. Terisa Winters-Steiber of Lansing bought her winning ticket Sunday, May 8 at her local Kwik Star, located at 301 Main Street in Lansing, and said she knew right away that she’d won. “I had suspected that I did, but I had to look at it a few times and then I told my husband that we should probably go to town and make sure,” Winters-Steiber told lottery employees Monday, May 9 as she claimed her prize at the lottery’s regional office in Mason City.

Wed
18
May

City Council approves request for support of new firearm shop proposed in Lansing

by B.J. Tomlinson

The Lansing City Council met in its regular session Monday night, May 16.

Local resident Mark Peterson addressed the Council requesting approval to open a firearm shop at 60 South Front Street in Lansing, asking the Council to issue a letter of support to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) as part of the application process. Peterson said he would be selling all types of firearms and ammunition, and that he understands and will follow all regulations. The Council approved the request.

Wed
18
May

Emily Benzing selected for Iowa Girls State

Emily Benzing ...
Emily Benzing ...

Emily Benzing, who just completed her junior year at Kee High School in Lansing, has been selected a 2016 Iowa Girls State participant by the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Unit 722 of Harpers Ferry. She is the daughter of Brian and Debra Benzing of Lansing.

Girls State is being held this year from June 12-17 at Drake University in Des Moines. Iowa Girls State is one of the premier programs sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. It was all started by a dream of four women over 70 years ago in hopes of teaching young women about the political process.

Wed
11
May

Main Street Lansing honored at 30th Anniversary Celebration ...

Main Street Lansing honored at 30th Anniversary Celebration ...
Main Street Lansing honored at 30th Anniversary Celebration ...

The Main Street Lansing program was honored Friday, April 29 by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Iowa Economic Development Director Debi Durham with a Main Street Leadership Award bestowed upon Bruce and Mary Palmborg of Lansing. Main Street Lansing Director Craig White introduced the Palmborgs to the audience of more than 450 people attending the 30th Anniversary Celebration of Main Street Iowa held at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines. Pictured above, left to right, are Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, Bruce and Mary Palmborg of Main Street Lansing, Main Street Lansing Director Craig White and Iowa Economic Development Director Debi Durham. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
11
May

More than 140 volunteers take part in Friends of Pool 9 Clean-Up


Volunteers unload the McGregor District U.S. Fish & Wildlife barge and the Maison Schoh flat boat at Black Hawk Landing, with 25 barrels and other debris having been collected by small boats and transferred to the barge from the area immediately below Lock & Dam #8. Submitted photo.

Residents from all over the tri-state area joined the clean up of the 90 square miles of the Mississippi River know as Pool 9 Saturday, April 30, from Genoa, WI to Lynxville, WI and Lock & Dam 10. Men and women of all ages, and whole families as well descended on the VFW building in Lansing willing to be assigned an area on the river to clean. In all, approximately 140 volunteers walked along the shorelines and searched the backwaters in boats to assist in the 2016 Friends of Pool 9 (FOP9) Clean-Up.

Volunteers came from Waukon, Decorah, Calmar, Caledonia, MN and New Albin. They also came from Genoa, De Soto, Ferryville and Lynxville in Wisconsin, as well as other unknown areas, all to take part in the event.

Everyone received a free bright green 2016 FOP9 Clean Up t-shirt, water, gloves, garbage bags, and a noon lunch in appreciation for their efforts. Turn-out this year was so great that the group ran out of t-shirts.

Wed
04
May

City Council renews Main Street Lansing agreement

by B.J. Tomlinson

The Lansing City Council met in regular session Monday night, May 2. Mayor pro tem Rebecca Conway presided.

Craig White, Executive Director of Main Street Lansing (MSL), addressed the Council, requesting permission to erect six history podiums along Main Street. White said the MSL History Committee, consisting of Shirley Darling, Joanne Kehr, Karen Galema and Rick Welsh, has received $5,000 from the Allamakee County Community Foundation and Willard and Arlene Kerndt to fund the project. The first podium will be erected this year at the boat landing park at Main Street and North Front Street near Shep’s. The other podiums will be added in the Spring of 2017. The podiums will be similar to those in Decorah, are of high quality and are guaranteed for 20 years.

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