River Valley

Wed
21
Feb

Ferryville, WI planning to host 14th Annual Bald Eagle Day March 2


Live eagle presentation ... A trainer and staff member from the University of Minnesota Raptor Center and Maxim, an American Bald Eagle, delight the Ferryville Bald Eagle Day audience. The Raptor Center will be in attendance again at this year’s Bald Eagle Day event with another live eagle presentation. Photo by Sherry Quamme.

Plan now to attend the free 14th Annual Bald Eagle Day Saturday, March 2 in Ferryville, WI at the Village Community Center located on State Highway 35, “The Great River Road”. This program is sponsored by the Ferryville Tourism Council, co-sponsored by Friends of Pool 9, and is free to the public.

Friends of Pool 9 is an organization that does so much in the local area to preserve and protect the environment and the Pool 9 Region of the Mississippi River.

Free refreshments and children’s craft activities will be available throughout the event. There are many eagle nests in the area, including a new one just south of Ferryville and another new nest on Hwy. 82 crossing the river into Lansing. The Pool 9 section has more nests than in any other part of the Mississippi River.

Wed
21
Feb

Portion of North Front Street in Lansing now closed for bridge pier construction

According to the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT), those who travel on North Front Street in Lansing will need to be aware of an ongoing road closure that may impact their trip for the next several months.

Beginning Friday, February 16, crews have now closed the segment of  North Front Street between Henry Street and Hale Street to start work on Pier 1 for the Mississippi River Bridge at Lansing replacement project. That closure will take place in the one-block segment that lies directly beneath the existing Black Hawk Bridge.

DOT officials say that portion of North Front Street will be closed through the fall of 2024. Another anticipated closure of North Front Street will be from the fall of 2025 through the summer of 2027 as the bridge construction project continues.

Wed
14
Feb

Gundersen Lansing Clinic to care for bridge workers

by Ryan Henry
Gundersen Health System

Over the next three years, the Black Hawk Bridge, an iconic steel span that links Lansing and Crawford County, WI over the Mississippi River, will slowly be replaced by a wider, more modern structure that will improve traveler safety on the bridge and in Lansing.

As construction ramps up, workers from around the Midwest will settle into the area, calling this part of northeast Iowa their home away from home for an extended period. With this influx of temporary residents, Gundersen Lansing Clinic was called upon to partner with the Iowa and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation (DOT) to provide for the medical needs - both those related to the job and otherwise - of the crews.

Wed
14
Feb

Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library to host Luther College professor emeritus for book reading, discussion

Thursday, February 22 David Faldet will be at the Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library to talk about and read from his book Oneota Flow: The Upper Iowa River and Its People. Faldet will be presenting his program at the library at 6 p.m. that Thursday.

The book, a natural history of the Upper Iowa River basin, is a nonfiction blend of history, environmental research, and personal experience that argues taking care of the rivers in the surrounding area is a necessary way to protect future. It was published by the University of Iowa Press as part of its American Land and Life series.

Oneota Flow is organized into chapters that follow the story of the river from its geological beginnings to the present. In each chapter Faldet surveys persons who are currently involved with resources of the river basin in ways that connect to that chapter of its history.

Wed
14
Feb

Lansing City Council approves speed camera contract with Altumint Services in split vote

by Julie Berg-Raymond

During its regular meeting Monday, February 5, the Lansing City Council approved entering into a contract with Altumint Services for the installation of four monitoring systems, commonly referred to as “speed cameras,” at two locations (each location will have two systems, one facing each direction on the roadway) in Lansing.

The vote to approve the contract with Altumint Services was split, with council members Steve Murray, Benjamin Ghelf and Lisa Welsh voting to approve; Council members Corey Richards and Mike Manning voted against the motion to approve.

Wed
07
Feb

VFW Auxiliary to Post #5981 announces National Anthem Singing Contest open to youth

VFW Auxiliary Gustave F. Kerndt #5981 has announced the VFW Auxiliary’s National Anthem Singing Contest, “Get Excited for the Red, White and Blue!” Local youth in Kindergarten through 12th grades can showcase their talent, display their patriotism and express their creativity while competing for their share of $2,000 in national awards.

Contestants must submit a recorded live unedited video of their solo vocal performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The video must be recorded between July 1, 2023 and March 31, 2024. The student shall state name, age and grade level prior to the vocal performance. The student may sing acapella, with backing tracks or instruments, and in the arrangement and genre of their choice.

Wed
07
Feb

Public invited to NEIA Community Connectors “Flannel Friday” Feb. 9

The Northeast Iowa Community Connectors group is hosting a “Flannel Friday” event this Friday, February 9 from 5-7:30 p.m. at The Landing located at 211 College Drive in Decorah. The event is open to the public, and it is “a pay on your own” evening to connect with people in the local region.

No flannel to wear, no problem; participants can come as they are. Adults of all ages are welcome.

Community Connectors is a newly formed group with a goal of “connecting” northeast Iowa community members through social gatherings to form friendships, make professional connections, and create mentorships. There is no cost to join.

For more information on the NEIA Community Connectors and their upcoming events, follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/NEIACommunityConnectors. To receive updates on future events, email neiacommunityconnectors@gmail.com.
 

Wed
31
Jan

Share stories and memories about the Black Hawk Bridge

With construction underway of the new bridge replacing the historic Black Hawk Bridge at Lansing, The Standard newspaper invites anyone to share their stories, sentiments and memories of the Black Hawk Bridge for printing under the “Span of Memories” column header above. Email those items to news@waukonstandard.com, mail them to The Standard, P.O. Box 286, Waukon, IA 52172, or bring them into The Standard newspaper office located at 15 First Street in Waukon to be considered for publication. Submissions should include the name of the individual submitting the item and their town of current residence for publication, and a telephone number for possible further contact.

Wed
31
Jan

Concrete poured for first bridge footing ...

According to the latest update from the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT), concrete was poured for the first footing of the new Mississippi River bridge at Lansing late last week, as pictured in the surrounding photos from the Iowa DOT. The crew poured 98 cubic yards of concrete for the pier 5 footing. The concrete was poured one, two-cubic yard bucket dump at a time. When the pouring of the concrete was complete, the footing was covered and heated to make sure it cured correctly. The Iowa DOT says that work is also continuing on the east abutment including tying rebar and setting forms to get ready for its concrete. For more information about the bridge project and to sign up to receive project updates via email, visit the website for the project at iowadot.gov/lansingbridge/Home. The project’s Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/LansingBridge/.

Wed
31
Jan

State of Iowa Treasurer encourages Allamakee County residents to search for missing money on Unclaimed Property Day this Thursday

State of Iowa Treasurer Roby Smith is joining the National Unclaimed Property Day celebration February 1. “Returning money to rightful owners and heirs is what Great Iowa Treasure Hunt is all about,” said Smith. “National Unclaimed Property Day is the perfect opportunity to raise awareness and encourage Iowans to search for their unclaimed treasure. Allamakee County residents have more than $739,000 waiting to be claimed in Great Iowa Treasure Hunt!”

For the celebration, Smith’s office will be announcing names of individuals, businesses and non-profits around Iowa who had unclaimed property reported to Great Iowa Treasure Hunt in 2023. “Join us on Facebook, Instagram and X on February 1 as we highlight names recently reported to the State,” Smith continued. “Even if you’ve checked for your name in the past, check our website again. You never know what might be waiting for you or someone you know!”

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