River Valley

Wed
01
Sep

Iowa DNR seeking public comment regarding finding of no significant impact on upgrade project for City of New Albin wastewater treatment system


Aerial view of wastewater treatment improvement locations in New Albin ... Image courtesy of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public comment in regard to an upgrade project for the City of New Albin wastewater treatment system. Public comment will be accepted through Wednesday, September 15 and can be done so by contacting Iowa DNR Environmental Specialist Jean Mayne at Jean.Mayne@dnr.iowa.gov or 515-725-0487.

An environmental review has been performed on the project based on the procedures for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). That review is available for public viewing at https://www.iowasrf.com/media/cms/New_AlbinFNSI_220DE9B29DAA7.pdf and offers the opportunity for public comment by the means and deadline listed above.

Wed
01
Sep

Iowa Hunters Education Field Day, Youth Pheasant Hunt set for October 23

The Allamakee County Conservation Board (ACCB) and the Mississippi Valley Sportsman Club will be hosting a Hunters Education Field day Saturday, October 23 at the Mississippi Valley Sportsman Club from 8:30 a.m.-11.30 a.m. This will be a field day course to complete online hunter’s education requirements for anyone 17 years of age or younger.

Attendees must bring with them a certificate of completion of the online Iowa Hunters Education Course to participate in the field day exercises. Participants can go to this link to register: https://license.gooutdoorsiowa.com/Event/ViewEvent.aspx?id=1975. Registration for the field day is limited to 20 students.  For more information on the Hunters Education Field Day contact the Allamakee County Conservation Board at 563-538-0403.

Wed
01
Sep

Hunters Education Course to be offered September 9, 11

The Allamakee County Conservation Board is hosting an Iowa Hunters Education Course September 9 and September 11 of this year at the Allamakee County Sportsman’s Club, located at 450 Highway 9, west of Waukon. Thursday, September 9 the course will be from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, September 11 the course will be from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Attendance both days is required to obtain hunters education certification.

Anyone who is born after January 1, 1972 and is at least 12 years of age or older is required to take an approved hunters education course before they may obtain a hunting license in the state of Iowa. The course will include firearm safety, basic preparation for hunting, wildlife identification, and live fire. All firearms and ammunition will be provided by the instructors.

Wed
25
Aug

Saturday’s Pat Sandry Memorial Fishing Derby will benefit Friends of Pool 9

Pat Sandry ...
Pat Sandry ...

Saturday, August 28, family and friends of lifelong resident and local “River Rat” Pat Sandry will be honoring his memory with the Fourth Annual Pat Sandry Memorial Fishing Derby and Friends of Pool 9 Fundraiser held on the Mississippi River. Sandry passed away in November of 2017 after a short, courageous battle with cancer. He thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors, had a great passion for fishing and hunting, and he truly treasured the beauty of Lansing and the surrounding area.

Entry fee is $50 per boat with 50% payback in prize money and 50% being donated to Friends of Pool 9. There is a limit of two adults and two children per boat.

Wed
25
Aug

Lansing churches celebrate unity at Lansing Fish Days


Ecumenical worship service part of Lansing Fish Days ... The Lansing Fish Days ecumenical worship service was held Sunday morning, August 15 under the large tent along the river on the festival grounds in Lansing, with more than a hundred area residents and visitors attending (as pictured above). Pictured at right, left to right, the Reverend Laura Gentry of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, the Reverend Sedar Wembonyama of the Lansing United Methodist Church, and Father Sean Smith of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church helped coordinate and celebrate the service. Submitted photos.

To commemorate the opening of the Black Hawk Bridge linking Iowa and Wisconsin in 1931, a three-state festival called Fish Days was organized. The family-friendly event was so successful that it has continued as an annual tradition ever since. In recent years, a Sunday morning ecumenical worship service led by local church leaders has become part of the celebration.

After Fish Days had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, festival-goers were ready to return to Lansing for the event this year. Likewise, area churches were eager to participate in the community worship, held under the big-top tent at the festival grounds.

Worship organizer Karen Galema gathered Lansing pastors to plan for the 2021 community service: the Reverend Laura Gentry of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Father Sean Smith of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Reverend Sedar Wembonyama of the Lansing United Methodist Church.

Wed
25
Aug

Lansing Fish Days Run/Walk features over 100 participants, nearly 70 runners

The 2021 Lansing Fish Days 5K/8K Walk/Run, held Saturday, August 14 had over 100 runners and walkers participating, with 67 runners in total. Top finishers in each race received gift cards donated by Milty’s, Shep’s, Fajita’s Grill and the Safe House Saloon.

This year’s 5K course featured a loop around Lansing from the Fire Department west to South Avenue, then east on Valley to Front Street and back to the Fire Department. The 8K course took runners straight up Sixth Street into Mt. Hosmer Park, with two loops around the hilltop roadway, and then back down the hill to reconnect to Main Street.

Local runner Mark Johnson helped direct 8K runners to Mt. Hosmer Park and then roamed the course with his GoPro camera, capturing scenic video views from the course. Post-race refreshments were donated by Lansing’s IGA and KwikStar. The race coordinators and Lansing Lions Club appreciate these generous businesses for helping to make the event a success.

Wed
18
Aug

Ribbon cutting at Backwater Suites in Lansing ...

Main Street Lansing held a ribbon cutting event for Backwater Suites, a new lodging facility located at 10 South Second Street in Lansing. Co-owned by two local couples, Alex and Shelly Galema and Scott and Jana Schoh, Backwater Suites just completed the renovation of its third lodging unit, with two more in the works. Backwater Suites is located one block away from the Mississippi River and is within walking distance to many local restaurants and retail stores. Additionally, it is one of the few lodging units in Lansing that offers ground-level access. All rooms have access to a shared patio space, and pets are welcome. If a larger group is interested in visiting, adjoining rooms are available. Pictured above at the ribbon cutting are, left to right, Main Street Lansing representative Maryann Baldwin, Backwater Suites co-owners Alex Galema, Shelly Galema, Jana Schoh and Scott Schoh, and Main Street Lansing representative Mary Palmborg. Photo courtesy of Main Street Lansing.

Wed
18
Aug

Fourth Annual Pat Sandry Memorial Fishing Derby set for August 28 will benefit Friends of Pool 9 organization

Pat Sandry ...
Pat Sandry ...

Saturday, August 28, family and friends of lifelong resident and local “River Rat” Pat Sandry will be honoring his memory with the Fourth Annual Pat Sandry Memorial Fishing Derby and Friends of Pool 9 Fundraiser held on the Mississippi River. Sandry passed away in November of 2017 after a short, courageous battle with cancer. He thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors, had a great passion for fishing and hunting, and he truly treasured the beauty of Lansing and the surrounding area.

Entry fee is $50 per boat with 50% payback in prize money and 50% being donated to Friends of Pool 9. There is a limit of two adults and two children per boat.

Wed
18
Aug

Lansing City Council acts on citizen requests; No papers of nomination yet filed for September 14 mayor special election

by Julie Berg-Raymond

In its regular meeting Monday, August 16, the Lansing City Council acted on three citizen requests for their respective properties - a temporary driveway permit at 294 Wall Street on a City platted street, a retaining wall at 691 South Front Street, and a fence variance at 190 Iowa Street.

Lansing City Clerk Katie Becker also spoke later in the meeting on the September 14 special election scheduled to fill the vacant mayor seat, noting that no papers of nomination have yet been filed by any candidates. Deadline for filing papers is this Friday, August 20 by 5 p.m.

Speaking on the request for a temporary driveway permit at 294 Wall Street, councilman Curtis Snitker said, “I think it’s a logical step to take and I think the area will be better off with (the resident) using that approach than the really steep incline on the left side of his property.”

Wed
11
Aug

Raffle of quilt to benefit Lansing EMS ...

The staff members of Thornton Manor and Thornton Heights Assisted Living in Lansing are hosting a quilt raffle to benefit the Lansing Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Ambulance Fund. The EMS-themed quilt  (pictured above) was pieced and stitched by Eileen Smith and Arlis Myhre, and it will be on display at this weekend’s Lansing Fish Days in the Lansing Fire Station. All raffle donations will go toward the purchase of the new Lansing EMS ambulance, with the raffle drawing scheduled to be held December 17 of this year. Multiple opportunities to view the quilt and purchase tickets will be made over the next five months. For more information on raffle tickets, call Thornton Manor at 563-538-4236.
 

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