River Valley

Wed
12
Oct

Contest to find the biggest trees at Yellow River State Forest is taking place during October

Friends of Yellow River State Forest has a fun new contest this fall. The organization wants visitors to explore the forest and help locate the largest White Pine, Maple, Oak (any variety), Cottonwood and Cedar trees in Yellow River State Forest.

To enter the contest, include:
1) the type of tree;
2) the circumference of the tree measured three feet off the ground;
3) An accurate location of the tree, either by GPS coordinates or a concise description (for example, 20 yards west/northwest from post #5 in Luster Heights unit);
4) A photo of the tree (not required but recommended).

The person who finds the largest tree of each variety will win a Friends of Yellow River T-shirt, two free nights camping and bragging rights. Entries will be accepted via email or Facebook Messenger from October 1 to October 30. Winners will be announced mid-November.

Wed
05
Oct

Inaugural “Faith & Blue” event scheduled for this Saturday in Lansing

The Lansing/New Albin Police Department will be hosting an inaugural Faith & Blue event this Saturday, October 8 at the Lansing City Park on South Front Street. The event is being held as part of the National Faith & Blue Weekend taking place across the United States this weekend, October 7-10, and will feature a picnic lunch and live musical entertainment from 12:30-2 p.m. Saturday. A free will donation will be accepted, and all proceeds from the event will be divided equally between L.I.F.T (Lansing Iowa Food Trust) and The Way Station in New Albin.

Wed
05
Oct

Results from 5th Annual Pat Sandry Memorial Fishing Derby

Saturday, September 10, the 5th Annual Pat Sandry Memorial Fishing Derby was held, benefiting Friends of Pool 9. There were 11 boats that participated in the tournament with two fishermen allowed per boat.

The results of the tournament are as follows:

Danny Sickles/Greg Gage: Largest catch of three catfish - 19.68 pounds;
Jim Sickles/Dallas Sickles: Largest Walleye - 2.42 pounds;
Mark Dehli/Jeff Cota: Largest Crappie - 1.80 pounds and Largest Blue Gill - 0.59 pounds;
Dan Halverson/Zac Halverson: Largest Northern - 1.56 pounds and Largest Bass - 5.65 pounds;
Andi Evanson and Dan Bakewell: Largest Catfish - 7.34 pounds;
Jason Halverson and Brian Hilsabeck: Largest Roughfish - 3.55 pounds and Largest Walleye - 2.03 pounds;
Travis Herman/Colin Steiber: Largest Bass - 3.05 pounds and Largest Blue Gill - 0.94 pounds.
 

Wed
05
Oct

Decorah Genealogy Society presentation on Huguenot ancestors set for October 24

A break-away Protestant group that originated in France will be the topic of a talk sponsored by the Decorah Genealogy Society at 7 p.m. Monday, October 24 at the Decorah Senior Center, 806 River Street. Decorah Genealogy Society Vice President Mike Coffey will speak about his Huguenot ancestors, who came to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 1600s from the Channel Islands, off the coast of Normandy.

His presentation will go into more depth about the Huguenots and he will also engage the audience about any of their ancestors who may have been Huguenots. The program is free and open to the public.
 

Wed
28
Sep

State Preserve Advisory Board to tour Yellow River State Forest this Thursday

The State Preserve Advisory Board will tour Yellow River State Forest and Turkey River Mounds State Preserve to prepare for review of issues that will be discussed at an upcoming business meeting (to be determined and announced later).

The board will tour Yellow River State Forest in Harpers Ferry (Allamakee County) September 29, beginning at 1 p.m., at the headquarters office (729 State Forest Road). The tour will feature options to manage oak woodlands.

The board will then tour Turkey River Mounds State Preserve, near Millville (Clayton County) September 30, beginning at 8:30 a.m., at the parking lot of the former Bootleggers Tavern, in Millville (36835 Noble Road). The tour will examine options for forest management in the archaeological mounds area and recent hill prairie restoration work.
 

Wed
28
Sep

Developer addresses Lansing City Council about his interest in renovating Old Stone School; Council considers public art piece installed for RAGBRAI

by Julie Berg-Raymond

The Lansing City Council heard from Larry Schellhammer about his interest in renovating the Old Stone School at its regular meeting Monday, September 19. Schellhammer, of rural Lansing, told the council that he was interested in hearing the direction the City wants to go with the property.

Schellhammer - who currently serves as chairman of the Allamakee County Board of Supervisors - told the council, “there’s a lot of space, a lot of potential; but it also needs a lot of work. I don’t know that without some sort of grant it would be economically feasible to make apartments.”

He told the council that he is working on a building of a similar age in Waukon. “I have a passion for old buildings,” Schellhammer said. “This one intrigues me.”

Wed
21
Sep

Lansing man pleads not guilty in First Degree Murder case; Trial scheduled for November 2

Andrew Karvel ...
Andrew Karvel ...

A Lansing man charged in the May 9, 2022 strangulation death of another Lansing man has pleaded not guilty to the charge of First Degree Murder, according to Allamakee County court documents. Andrew Karvel, age 66, entered a written plea of not guilty at his arraignment hearing in early September.

May 9 of this year, the Lansing/New Albin Police Department responded to a medical call of an elderly man unconscious and not breathing. When officers arrived on scene, it was determined that 83-year-old Daniel William Lundy was deceased, and a death investigation was initiated.

Wed
21
Sep

Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library to host Remembering Civil War Veterans of Lansing program

“Remembering Civil War Veterans Of Lansing, Iowa and How They Helped Form What Lansing Is Today” is the topic of a program being held Thursday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library. The public is invited to attend, or to share a story of Civil War ancestors.

There are around 50 Civil War Veterans buried in Oak Hill Cemetery and at Gethsemane Cemetery in Lansing about which nothing was known, until now.  Through researching old newspapers on http://lansing.advantage-preservation.com/, library staff was able to put together some of their stories. The public is welcome to help celebrate the lives of these men and Lansing’s heritage.

Wed
14
Sep

Lansing farmers market adds dates into October ...

Lansing’s farmers market had a successful summer and has added three more dates to keep the market going into the fall, including September 15 and 29 and October 13. New hours will be 4-6 p.m. each of those additional days. The market will be located in the same place, Clear Creek Park in Lansing. The five-dollar farmers market tokens that were distributed in Lansing and New Albin earlier this year - sponsored by Kerndt Brothers Bank and New Albin Savings Bank - will still be accepted as cash at the fall markets. Photo by Bob Modersohn.
 

Wed
14
Sep

Lansing City Council amends City Code regarding off-road vehicle use within city limits

by Julie Berg-Raymond

During its holiday-delayed regular meeting  Tuesday, September 6 due to the Labor Day holiday falling on its usual Monday meeting day, the Lansing City Council voted to approve Ordinance No. 23 - an amendment to the recently revised City Code involving the use of off-road vehicles within city limits.

Ordinance No. 203 reflects changes the State of Iowa recently made pertaining to UTVs and ATVs (utility terrain vehicles and all-terrain vehicles) and brings the City Code into agreement with what the State has mandated regarding use of these vehicles. Among the changes is the raising of the age requirement for operation from 16 to 18 years of age. The changes may be reviewed in full at the Office of the City Clerk in Lansing City Hall.

The council approved waiving of the second and third readings of the ordinance; it will go into effect the day after it is published in The Standard newspaper.

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