River Valley

Wed
08
Apr

River-N-Ridge Outdoors wins close battle for Open 4 Business: Fish Tank Edition through Main Street Lansing

Two Lansing businesses, River-N-Ridge Outdoors and Lansing Housing Products, competed for the $2,000 grant award offered to the winner of the local Open 4 Business: Fish Tank Edition competition, as well as the chance to compete for up to $28,000 at the state level through Main Street Iowa. The competition was originally set to take place during the Main Street Lansing Annual Meeting and Dinner scheduled for March 21 and would have featured live pitches on stage to the panel of judges. After the COVID-19 pandemic led to the postponement of that event, Main Street Lansing decided to continue with the competition remotely.

Wed
01
Apr

Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library seeking stories about “Life without the Black Hawk Bridge” for May program

Saturday, March 17, 1945, traffic drove across the Black Hawk Bridge at Lansing and the nearly three-mile dike between Iowa and Wisconsin much like it had done for the previous dozen years for jobs, school, shopping, entertainment, dating and all the other pastimes of busy lives. The next day that vital link over the Mississippi River would close for a decade.

Helping to break up ice on the river, the Coast Guard cutter Fern had passed Lansing on its way up the river the previous Thursday. The highest water in 25 years was predicted for that weekend, and by Sunday, March 18, the high water had arrived, pushing the broken, foot-thick chunks of ice under - and into - the dike bridges. The Big Slough and Winneshiek Slough bridges along the dike gave way that day, cutting off that traffic route between Wisconsin and Iowa.

Wed
01
Apr

Friends of Pool 9 postpones plans for annual River Clean-Up

After making plans for its 2020 River Clean-Up, the Board of Directors of Friends of Pool 9 (FOP9) has voted to cancel the clean-up for the present time, based on the coronavirus danger to all participants. It may take place at a later date this spring, if the opportunity is available.

The board had selected Saturday, April 18 for the annual FOP9 clean-up of the 90 square miles of Pool 9 of the Mississippi River. Volunteers were to meet at the VFW building adjacent to the ball diamond in Lansing at 7:15 a.m. to sign the Release of Liability form and receive instructions to collection sites, with collecting to take place from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

Wed
25
Mar

Effigy Mounds Monument closes Visitor Center, but park and trails remain open

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in alignment with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations for public health and safety, Effigy Mounds National Monument has closed the Visitor Center and all indoor facilities to the public, effective immediately.

Park trails will remain open, including the North Unit trail system to Fire Point and Hanging Rock, and the South Unit trail system to the Marching Bear Group. All trails are open daily from dawn to dusk.

Rangers will be present at various times during the day to answer questions, weather and staffing permitting. Visitors can also call the Visitor Center at 563-873-3491 for additional information.

Wed
18
Mar

Lansing City Council hires coaching personnel for summer recreation softball and baseball

by Alexis Johnson

The regular meeting of the Lansing City Council was held Monday, March 16. The discussion centered around the consent agenda, budgets for the 2021 year and the Parks report. A motion was made and seconded to approve the consent agenda consisting of several items.

An open public hearing for budget FY21 started at 7:03 p.m. and closed at 7:40 p.m. Following discussion, a motion was made and seconded to approve the budget hearing.

Former Kee High School softball players Makayla Walleser and Katie Brennan will be hired to be the assistant coaches for the summer recreation softball program. Harvey Ekern will be hired as the summer recreation baseball coach. A motion was made and seconded to approve the Parks report.

Wed
18
Mar

Main Street Lansing Annual Banquet has been postponed

Open 4 Business contest will still happen

The Main Street Lansing Annual Meeting and Dinner scheduled for this Saturday, March 21 at TJ Hunter’s Banquet Hall in Lansing has been postponed, according to a statement released by Main Street Lansing Executive Director Andy Kelleher. The released statement reads, in part:
“A number of people have reached out to ask us about the status of our upcoming events in light of COVID-19. We have been in communication with our county public health officials, and we’ve been monitoring the Iowa Department of Public Health information.

Wed
18
Mar

City of Lansing outlines guidelines in response to COVID-19 concerns

The City of Lansing is taking all steps necessary to ensure the continuation of public services during this potential health concern. Effective immediately, all City departments are closed to walk-in traffic.

The Public Restrooms have not been opened for the season and will remain closed until further notice. Library activities are canceled and hours have been reduced. The Lansing City Council and Administration will evaluate risk and appropriate action as the days follow.

The City is working in cooperation with and following the direction of the Iowa Department of Public Health and Allamakee County Emergency Management in taking all necessary steps to provide for public safety and the continuation of essential, critical City services. Staff shall follow specific procedures to help limit the exposure or spread of COVID19 within their respective departments and the City overall.

Wed
11
Mar

Chili Cook-Off winners ...

The Seventh Annual Official Allamakee County Chili Cook-Off, sponsored by Main Street Lansing, KNEI Radio and The Copy Shoppe/JaDecc’S, was held Saturday, February 29 at TJ Hunter’s Banquet Hall in Lansing. Over 60 people came to taste the chili, listen to live music by JR Brink and select the winners.

For the business division, first place went to Kerndt Brothers Bank. Representing the bank, Julie Papp (left in above photo) received the business trophy to display for the next year. In the individual division, first place ($200) went to Owen Buckmaster (right in above photo), second place ($75) went to Kevin Hall and third place ($25) went to Monica and Jennifer Davis. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
11
Mar

Marketing for Small Business class offered March 16

Monday, March 16 at 5:30 p.m., Main Street Lansing, in partnership with Main Street Iowa, will be offering a Marketing for Small Business class at the Kerndt Brothers Community Center on Main Street in Lansing. This class is free to the public and will be taught by Robin Bostrom, Business Specialist with Main Street Iowa.

Everything done as a small business owner helps build a unique brand and markets that business to the public. Attend this class to learn about all the ways a small business can market itself without spending a great deal of money. Attendees will hear about the current trends affecting small business and be exposed to a considerable number of examples on what they can do to better market their business in 2020.

Contact Main Street Lansing Executive Director Andy Kelleher for more information at 563-538-9229 or email director@lansingmatters.com.
 

Wed
11
Mar

Lansing City Council approves rate increases at City Marina; Spring Clean-Up Day is April 14

by Alexis Johnson

The Lansing City Council met in special session Wednesday, March 4. The meeting discussion centered around a Main Street Matters update and reports from the Parks Board and City Clerk.

Main Street Matters is working on updating the Lansing website, which should be completed soon. The hope is to provide more information about Lansing and what is happening in the community.

Angel Walleser was appointed to the Parks Board. That board is still in need of one more person to be completely filled. It was also reported that the local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops will continue operating the concession stands during the summer youth recreation season and Lansing Fish Days. A motion was made and seconded to approve the Parks Board report.

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