River Valley

Wed
31
Mar

Bridge near Harpers Ferry to be closed into July ...

Allamakee County is planning to replace the Cota Creek Bridge on Lansing Harpers Road (County Road B25) on the western edge of the town of Harpers Ferry, beginning Monday, April 5. Lansing Harpers Road (B25) will be completely closed to traffic in the area of the Cota Creek Bridge (short red line with black X) as shown on the above map, with a quarter-mile gravel detour past the small electric station - marked with detour signs - allowing vehicles to connect Lansing Harpers Road (B25) with Great River Road (County Road X52/Highway 364) just south of Harpers Ferry, also as shown on the above map (longer red line). According to Allamakee County Engineer Brian Ridenour, the closure is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Monday, April 5 and estimated to be a 14-week closure, pending weather. Submitted image.
 

Wed
31
Mar

Lansing VFW Auxiliary seeking entries for Patriotic Art Contest

Lansing’s VFW Auxiliary #5981 is continuing to seek entries for 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 about the contest email vfwauxiliarylansing@gmail.com. Entries must then be submitted to vfwauxiliarylansing@gmail.com no later than midnight March 31.
 

Wed
24
Mar

President’s Paint Award recipient ...

Lansing Hardware & Service received the 2020 President’s Paint Award at United Hardware Distributing Co.’s Spring and Summer Virtual Buying Market, held January 11-17. The President’s Paint Award is given to the top 100 stores overall that excelled in paint sales and promotions during 2020. Pictured above displaying their award are Laurie and Dave Janzen of Lansing Hardware & Service. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
24
Mar

City of Lansing seeking public input on City Code Revision

The City of Lansing is requesting citizen participation in its upcoming Municipal Code Revision. City officials are working with Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission in conducting an overall update to the Lansing City Code to bring it more in line with modern day City operations and situations in order to provide greater clarity.

Those who have suggestions for updates to the City Code are asked to submit their proposals - in writing only -  via one of the following three ways: by email at lansingcodeupdate@gmail.com, by mail to Lansing City Hall, P.O. Box 307, Lansing, IA 52151, or by leaving them in the drop-box located outside the Lansing City Hall location at 201 John Street in Lansing. Proposals will be taken until April 16.
 

Wed
24
Mar

City of New Albin receives funding for trees through Branching Out program

The City of New Albin was one of the 37 Iowa communities that will soon be greener thanks to grants from Alliant Energy’s Branching Out program. Alliant Energy partners with Trees Forever to help communities develop, select and plant a diverse mix of trees. This year’s funds will help communities plant trees to replace those destroyed by the 2020 derecho, other storms or the emerald ash borer.

The City of New Albin received $1,797 in Branching Out grant funding. The funding will be used to diversify the city’s tree canopy and replace trees lost to storms or disease.

These grants provided a total of $206,000 in assistance this year. Derecho-affected communities applied for grants up to $10,000 to fund new trees that will save energy and improve the environment. Non-derecho communities were eligible for grants up to $5,000.

Wed
17
Mar

Lansing City Council holds public hearing on Fiscal Year 2022 budget during regular session

by Alexis Johnson

The Lansing City Council held its regular meeting Monday, March 15. The meeting centered around the consent agenda, a public hearing, PeopleService update, Parks Board update and the City Clerk’s update.

The consent agenda consisted of council meeting minutes from March 1, 2021 and Park and Recreation minutes from March 8, 2021. A motion was made and seconded to approve the consent agenda.

The public hearing regarding Resolution #948, adopting the Fiscal Year 2022 budget, started at 7:06 p.m. and ended at 7:33 p.m. After minimal discussion, a motion was made and seconded to approve Resolution #948.

PeopleService report included an update explaining that infrastructure and equipment held up well with the colder temperatures over the past month. In April, PeopleService plans to flush the City water pipes when warmer weather occurs.

Wed
10
Mar

Register now for TreeKeepers classes to learn about tree care and how to help communities

Nature lovers are needed to help maintain and plant trees throughout Iowa and Illinois; volunteers can sign up now for virtual training through Trees Forever’s TreeKeepers classes. The course is designed for people who want to become more knowledgeable about urban tree planting and care and will empower attendees to become effective environmental volunteers.

The next class series will be held Tuesday evenings in March. This three-class series will take place March 16, 23 and 30 from 6 - 8 p.m.

“Trees help our communities in so many ways - from cleaning our air, soil and water to providing beauty and a sense of home,” said Patty Reisinger, Trees Forever Field Coordinator. “When you take care of a tree, you’re also taking care of your community, and TreeKeepers gives you the knowledge and opportunity to do just that!”

Wed
03
Mar

Lansing City Council holds property tax levy public hearing

by Alexis Johnson

The regular meeting of the Lansing City Council was held Monday, March 1. The meeting discussion centered around the consent agenda, an open public hearing, citizens’ concerns and the City Clerk’s report.

The consent agenda consisted of council meeting minutes from February 15, payment of claims, Parks Board minutes from February 7, and liquor license renewal for Shep’s Riverside Bar & Grill. A motion was made and seconded to approve the consent agenda.

An open public hearing for maximum property tax dollars started at 7:03 p.m. and ended at 7:05 p.m. to review and consider Resolution #947 approving fiscal year 2022 maximum property tax dollars, with no public comments read or heard. A motion was made and seconded to approve the resolution.

Wed
03
Mar

Lansing VFW Auxiliary seeking contest entries for scholarship contest

Lansing’s VFW Auxiliary #5981 is continuing to seek entries for 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 about the contest email vfwauxiliarylansing@gmail.com. Entries must then be submitted to vfwauxiliarylansing@gmail.com no later than midnight March 31, 2021.
 

Wed
03
Mar

Domestic Abuse Survivor Chat Line

Helping Services for Youth & Families’ Domestic Abuse Resource Center has implemented a Domestic Abuse survivor chat line 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.

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