River Valley

Wed
09
Dec

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train may not be stopping locally this year, but is still raising funds to benefit food pantries with December 12 virtual concert

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced Canadian Pacific (CP) to forego its annual Holiday Train journey this year that has made stops in both Lansing and New Albin in Allamakee County the past several years. Not wanting to completely cancel the event and all its beneficial good will, Canadian Pacific has, instead, opted to pursue a more virtual avenue with both its musical performances and its fundraising that have been part of the Holiday Train’s annual trek during the holiday season.

Musical performers ​Serena Ryder and The Trews will headline CP’s 2020 “Holiday Train at Home” concert, which will stream on CP’s Facebook page this Saturday, December 12. The event will raise money and awareness and help local food banks collect much-needed donations this year.

Wed
09
Dec

Lansing VFW Auxiliary seeking entries for Patriotic Art Contest

Lansing’s VFW Auxiliary #5981 announces its scholarship contest for local art students  in ninth through 12th grades. Patriotic students in ninth through 12th grades with a passion for art are encouraged to enter the 2020-2021 VFW Auxiliary Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest.

Students will compete with other student artists from across the nation for a chance to win one of 10 national scholarships. The first-place winner receives a $15,000 scholarship.

To request entry forms or for additional information email vfwauxiliarylansing@gmail.com. Entries must then be submitted to vfwauxiliarylansing@gmail.com no later than midnight March 31, 2021.
 

Wed
09
Dec

Domestic Abuse Survivor Chat Line is still available

Helping Services for Youth & Families’ Domestic Abuse Resource Center has implemented a Domestic Abuse survivor chat line, which can be reached at HelpingServices.org/chat. There is also the option to call a 24/7 resource phone line at 800-383-2988. Whether chatting or calling, a trained Advocate will respond 24 hours a day.
 

Wed
02
Dec

Lansing VFW Auxiliary seeking entries for Patriotic Art Contest

Lansing’s VFW Auxiliary #5981 announces its scholarship contest for local art students  in ninth through 12th grades. Patriotic students in ninth through 12th grades with a passion for art are encouraged to enter the 2020-2021 VFW Auxiliary Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest.

Students will compete with other student artists from across the nation for a chance to win one of 10 national scholarships. The first-place winner receives a $15,000 scholarship.

To request entry forms or for additional information email vfwauxiliarylansing@gmail.com. Entries must then be submitted to vfwauxiliarylansing@gmail.com no later than midnight March 31, 2021.
 

Wed
18
Nov

VFW meeting hall painted with volunteer help and grant funding ...

A group of volunteers painted the inside of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #5981 meeting hall this past month in Lansing. With the fiscal help of a mini grant from the Allamakee County Community Foundation (ACCF), the volunteers were able to accomplish their goal to be done before Veterans Day, November 11 of this year.

Pictured above following completion of the project are, left to right, Krista Rasque of the Allamakee County Community Foundation (ACCF) Board of Directors, volunteers Bruce ReVoir of Friends of Pool 9, Dick Roeder of VFW Post #5981, Mary Roeder of VFW Post #5981 Ladies Auxiliary, VFW Post #5981 Commander Dan Hanson, Mary Morarend of VFW Post #5981 Ladies Auxiliary, VFW Post #5981 Ladies Auxiliary President Barbara Fore, Kim Timmerman of Lansing Girl Scouts and Jerry Aperans of Lansing Boy Scouts. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
18
Nov

Lansing City Council imposes nuisance violation regarding fence on South Front Street

by Alexis Johnson

The regular meeting of the Lansing City Council was held Monday, November 16. Discussion centered around the Askelson/Peters complaint, consent agenda, citizen concern, Parks report, Police report and Clerk’s report.

The Askelson/Peters complaint consisted of considering council action on legal claims made by property owner Les Askelson against the City regarding 691 South Front Street and 661 South Front Street. The council entered into closed session pursuant to Iowa Code Chapter 21.5(l)(c) to discuss strategy with counsel in matters that are presently in litigation. The closed session took place from 7:04-8:35 p.m. Upon entering the open session, the council decided to impose the nuisance violation regarding a fence at 661 South Front Street, requiring removal of six fence panels.

Wed
18
Nov

Wisconsin Highway 35 now open from Genoa to Stoddard

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced that the Highway 35 project between Genoa and Stoddard has now been completed, and within its scheduled timeframe. The 6.8-mile segment of that highway was closed beginning in April of this year.

The DOT said the $14.4 million project involved resurfacing the highway, replacing four bridges, and extensive road work within the community of Stoddard, resulting in lengthy detours. While the road is now open to traffic, Wisconsin DOT officials say there are still a few days left of clean-up work and equipment removal by workers. Drivers are urged to be aware of their presence around the highway and to travel the roadway safely.
 

Wed
11
Nov

Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center to host Driftless Birding Fest

The Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center in Lansing will host the Driftless Birding Fest Friday and Saturday, November 13 and 14. The Driftless Birding Fest will include speakers, exhibits, and guided and self-guided field trips to area birding hotspots. The self-guided field trips will include the Brownsville, MN overlook, Stoddard, WI overlook, New Albin’s Army Road, Red Oak Road near Harpers Ferry and the Ferryville, WI overlook.

Friday, November 13 from 6-8 p.m. “Raptors of Iowa” will be presented at the Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center. Following the presentation there will be an Owl prowl to find and hear owls on the bluffs surrounding the nature center.

Saturday, November 14 a guided field trip will leave the Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center at 6 a.m. to travel to the Brownsville Shady Maple Overlook and return around 11 a.m. Binoculars, spotting scopes and bird identification will be provided during the guided field trip.

Wed
11
Nov

Saturday Clover Kids holds first session...

Homemade chia cups and catching spiders made for a great kick-off meeting for the Saturday Clover Kids October 17. The group is hosted by Allamakee County Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and meets monthly for hands-on, educational activities. Youth learned the difference between their own ecosystem and that of different animals such as spiders, birds and whales. All life requires three things to survive: air, water and soil, but every ecosystem can look very different.

Youth pretended they were one inch tall and went outside to check out what they could find. Due to the cold, many bugs and insects were hard to find but the Clover Kids were able to move a spider from its inside ecosystem to an outside one. They also made their own funny face chia seed cups, such as the one pictured at right being displayed by Brinnly Rea of Lansing, and Cheerios bird feeders.

Wed
11
Nov

Blood drive scheduled at Kee High School November 25

The Kee High School Student Council will be hosting a community blood drive Wednesday, November 25 in the Kee High School gymnasium in Lansing. The blood drive will take place from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For an appointment, call 563-538-4201 or visit redcrossblood.org.
 

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