River Valley

Wed
22
Jul

Main Street Lansing releases results and analysis from COVID-19 Recovery Survey

For a two-week period in early July, Main Street Lansing offered Lansing area residents and visitors the opportunity to complete a COVID-19 Recovery Survey. In partnership with Main Street Iowa, Main Street Lansing offered the survey as an opportunity to assess the impacts of COVID-19 on Lansing as the community has entered and progressed through the reopening and recovery phases.

The survey received 229 responses, and Main Street Lansing appreciates the input from everyone who took the time to complete the survey. Main Street Lansing’s Board of Directors has offered the following analysis of the survey results:

Wed
22
Jul

Superintendent Dr. Dale Crozier clarifies the true relationship between Alliant Energy and Eastern Allamakee Community School District

With recent announcements of job cuts at the Alliant Energy Lansing Generating Station due to the facility currently operating at lower capacity and unofficial stories circulating about pending closure of the facility, Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) Superintendent Dr. Dale Crozier outlined some facts clarifying what the impact of such a closure would be on the school district. Alliant Energy officials have previously stated that they regularly review their generation resources in order to operate their facilities in the best interests of their customers, but no decision has been made regarding the future of the Lansing Generating Station at this point in time.
Dr. Crozier’s released statement follows:

Eastern Allamakee Community Schools will not be affected at all if Alliant Energy would close; and there are facts that people should know about this:

Wed
15
Jul

Allamakee County Conservation Board acquires Celia Sander-Garrett Green-Belt ...

The Allamakee County Conservation Board (ACCB) has announced the donation of 25 acres of land from the Francis Garrett family to  Allamakee County in memory of his late wife, Celia Sander-Garrett.

The property is located on the west side of Lansing and has Clear Creek running the length of the property. Clear Creek is a trout stream which holds both Brown and Rainbow trout. The property contains a high quality wetland which provides a location to view various species  of waterfowl and migratory birds.

Wed
15
Jul

Free online support groups available through COVID Recovery Iowa

COVID Recovery Iowa has begun offering virtual support groups for parents, teens and pre-teens. Mandy Gesme, Child and Family Team Lead for COVID Recovery Iowa, said the organization has been getting many requests from parents for activities they can do with their children, and advice for how to help their teenagers through the pandemic.

“We thought it would be great to give them the chance to talk to each other with their ideas and strategies,” Gesme said. “It’s just one more resource we can provide.”

COVID Recovery Iowa is for all Iowans who have been affected in any way by COVID-19. In addition to support groups, activities and resources, COVID Recovery Iowa offers free, confidential virtual counseling to all Iowans. Activities include cooking classes, yoga and meditation and more to help Iowans through this stressful time.

Wed
15
Jul

Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund now accepting applications

The Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund (NEIRHTF) is accepting applications for first-time homebuyer down payment assistance and housing rehabilitation\improvement projects. Applicants must be low-moderate-income first-time homebuyers, homeowners, landlord/for-profit organizations or non-profit organizations to promote and create affordable housing activities.

All applicants must be in one of the following counties of Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek. Eligible projects include rehabilitation and repair of existing housing, including, but not limited to roofs, windows, siding, plumbing, electrical, energy efficiency, lead paint issues and handicap accessibility.

Tue
07
Jul

LIFT receives $1,000 donation from KBIA and IMT...

IMT Insurance, a provider of personal and commercial insurance products in the Midwest, recently collaborated with its Independent Insurance Agents to support COVID-19 relief efforts in their communities. Agencies made donations, across six states, ranging from $250 - $1,000. Through IMT’s Month of Giving program, Agency donations were matched by IMT, dollar-for-dollar, totaling more than $37,000.

Lansing Iowa Food Trust (LIFT), submitted by Gary DeVilbiss of Kerndt Brothers Insurance Agency (KBIA), was chosen as one of the 2020 IMT Month of Giving recipients. Pictured above at the presentation of a combined $1,000 donation are, left to right, Steve Sopha from IMT Insurance, Lansing Iowa Food Trust (LIFT) Board of Directors Vice President Chris McKee and Kerndt Brothers Insurance Agency President Gary DeVilbiss. The donation was made possible by a $500 grant from IMT Insurance and a matching donation of $500 from Kerndt Brothers Insurance.

Tue
07
Jul

Wisconsin Hwy. 82 between Iowa and Wisconsin now open to single-lane traffic

Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) officials opened Hwy. 82 (more locally known as the Dike Road) connecting Iowa and Wisconsin via the Black Hawk Bridge at Lansing to single-lane traffic as of Thursday, July 2 after several weeks of having the road closed for repair work on some of the smaller slough bridges along that route.

Officials advise that construction work that is part of the overall original project to maintain and upgrade those smaller slough bridges was scheduled to resume Monday, July 6 and will continue until the project’s completion date, which had originally been scheduled for July 31 and will likely need to be extended beyond that original date due to the unanticipated repair work on those bridges that resulted in the road’s complete closure these last several weeks. The remainder of the project will allow for single-lane traffic with a flagger system controlling that traffic until the project is completed.

Tue
07
Jul

City of Lansing still looking to fill deputy city clerk position

by Alexis Johnson

The regular meeting of the Lansing City Council was held Monday, July 6, 2020. The meeting centered around the consent agenda and the city clerk’s report.

The consent agenda consisted of council meeting minutes from June 15 and June 17, payments of claims, and Expresso liquor license. A motion was made and seconded to approve the consent agenda with minimal discussion.

The City of Lansing is still looking to fill the deputy city clerk position. Interested applicants should email deputyclerklansing52151@yahoo.com or contact Lansing City Hall at 563-538-4757 to have an application mailed. Applications will be accepted until Noon this Friday, July 10.
 

Wed
01
Jul

Lansing Splash Pad now open for use


The Big Splash Project already making a splash with local youth ... The Lansing Splash Pad is now open to the public for use, as of June 22, with many children taking advantage of its cooling and refreshing features already this past week. Among the splash pad’s features are several ground-based attractions that squirt water up in the air, along with a series of overhead fish that dump water from up above. The splash pad will be open daily from 1 p.m. to dusk through mid-September. Submitted photo.

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The Lansing Splash Pad, also locally known as the Big Splash Project, officially opened for public use Monday, June 22 at the Lansing City Park behind the ball diamond along South Front Street.

Arlen Wonderlich, along with Steve Casterton, on behalf of the City of Lansing and its Park and Recreation organization, spent the past two years raising money for the construction of the splash pad, adjacent to the new “Our Ship of Dreams” playground made possible by the Lansing Lions Club three years ago.

While the splash pad team will be making a few more tweaks to fine tune the water pressure on the splash pad, it is now open from 1 p.m. to dusk daily from now until mid-September. Those using the splash pad can hit a giant red button that sits atop a white post (pictured at far right in the photo at right) to start the water flow. The water will run for three minutes, when it can then be reactivated for continued use.

Wed
01
Jul

Sign up now to take part in Allamakee County Bible Reading Marathon taking place through July 14

Public reading event scheduled to be held July 11 in Lansing

The 2020 Allamakee Bible Reading Marathon is ongoing now through Tuesday, July 14. Residents of Allamakee County can participate by requesting one or more 30-minute segment(s) of scripture by using one of the following measures:

1. The SignUpGenius website: Visit https://tinyurl.com/2020AllamakeeBibleMarathon
OR
2. Text or call this number: 563-217-9814. This phone number is operational from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday through July 14.

Participants can start reading their chosen segment(s) immediately, completing them at their convenience, wherever and with whomever they wish. The goal of the marathon each year is to read the entire bible throughout Allamakee County from Genesis through Revelation.

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