River Valley

Wed
30
Nov

RSVP seeking Income Tax Assistance volunteers

Northeast Iowa Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is seeking volunteers who are interested in becoming certified to provide free income tax assistance for the low- to mid-income and elderly. The services are provided at the Decorah, Cresco and Postville Public Libraries starting February 1 through April 15.

RSVP volunteers are age 55-plus and will receive in-depth training during the month of January in preparation for certification to provide the tax assistance. Potential volunteers should have moderate computer skills in order to take an online certification test and utilize the TaxSlayer program for completing returns.

They will join a group of 12 other volunteers with two volunteers working as a team on each return. Tax assistance volunteers usually serve four to eight hours a week during the tax season and choose where they would like to provide the services.

Wed
30
Nov

VFW Auxiliary to Post 5603 holds November meeting

The V.F.W. Auxiliary of the Kenneth Casey Post 5603 held its regular monthly meeting November 21 at the New Albin Community Center with a potluck dinner served at 12 p.m. followed by the regular meeting at 1 p.m. Eight members were present. Sherry Bechtel, 9th District President, was also present.

The meeting was called to order by President Anne Faulken. The secretary’s report was accepted as read. The treasurer’s report was accepted as read. General orders and other communications were read.

Sara Thomas gave a report on the spaghetti supper held November 10, noting there was very good attendance. Six Auxiliary members attended the Veteran’s Day program held at the school Veteran’s Day.

The 9th District meeting will be held at Elkader January 7, 2017. Waukon V.F.W. and the Auxiliary will be the hosts. President Anne Faulkner gave 9th District President Sherry Bechtel a gift. The 9th District President gave the Auxiliary an inspection report.

Wed
23
Nov

Lansing City Council approves snowmobile trail, membership into NEIA Drug Task Force

by B.J. Tomlinson

The Lansing City Council met in regular session Monday, November 21. After approving the Consent Agenda, the Council reviewed a proposal from the local snowmobile club to utilize Allamakee Alley for its trail this winter. The item had been discussed at the last meeting, but no decision was made.

Greg Stirn, representative of the club, said speed limit signs would be posted and encouraged the Lansing Police Department to issue citations to any violators. Stirn and the Council agreed that South Road is not an option for the trail because it is too narrow and has too many blind corners. After discussion, the Council approved the request. Stirn also announced that his tenure as “trail manager” is ending and that Wayne Weber will be taking over those duties.

Wed
23
Nov

Deadline to apply for SBA Disaster Loans is November 28 for August storm, flood damage

Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Disaster Field Operations Center - West reminds Iowa private nonprofit (PNP) organizations of the November 28 deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for property damage caused by the severe storms, straight line winds and flooding that occurred August 23-27, 2016. PNPs that provide essential services of a governmental nature are eligible for assistance.

According to Garfield, eligible PNPs of any size may apply for SBA federal disaster loans of up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to help with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

Wed
23
Nov

Great Rivers 2-1-1 assistance

Great Rivers 2-1-1 is positioned to help out in times of disaster by handling large numbers of phone calls, and providing information on where people can get helpful resources such as clean-up kits and well water test kits.  Great Rivers 2-1-1 keeps in close contact with emergency management departments and local media sources to provide callers with up-to-date information as the disaster unfolds and clean-up begins.

The 2-1-1 resource is available 24 hours a day/seven days a week, and is free and confidential. Great Rivers 2-1-1 serves 13 counties in southwestern Wisconsin, four counties in southeastern Minnesota and five counties in northeastern Iowa. Simply dial the three-digit telephone number 2-1-1 or 800-362-8255 to learn more.
 

Wed
16
Nov

Lansing man wins $500 in Drive the Great River Road Month Sweepstakes


Dan Fisher ...

Every September, as part of Drive the Great River Road Month, the National Mississippi River Parkway Commission hosts a sweepstakes. This year, $500 was up for grabs for one lucky traveler to use on his or her own trip along the national scenic byway.

Dan Fisher of Lansing was selected as this year’s Drive the Great River Road Month Sweepstakes lucky winner. Fisher entered the contest online and was chosen at random. Fisher and his wife, Tura, moved to the Lansing area from Wisconsin because they were drawn to the area’s unique geography. He plans to use the winnings to travel more of the Great River Road so he can write about it. His hobby is travel writing.

Wed
16
Nov

Main Street Madness punch card promotion underway in Lansing business community

Main Street Lansing is anticipating a record-breaking “Main Street Madness” promotion again this year with even more prizes. Last year, $157,500 was spent in downtown Lansing by “Main Street Madness” punch card participants.

To get started this year, look for a participating merchant poster and pick up a free punch card. The cards can then be validated with either punches or stamps in five-dollar increments for purchases made between November 16 and December 18. Double Punch Day and Small Business Saturday is November 26. Once a card is full ($100 in purchases), it can be turned in and another card started, with no limit on the number of cards that can be filled and entered for the “Main Street Madness” drawing.

Wed
16
Nov

Search warrant executed in New Albin results in arrest of four area residents on drug-related charges


Ashley Erickson ...

Thursday, November 10 at approximately 5:39 p.m., the Lansing/New Albin Police Department executed a search warrant at a residence located at 293 Third Street NE in New Albin. During the search, officers seized several marijuana plants and other items used in the manufacturing and distribution of drugs.

As a result of the search, Theron Gene Krambeer, age 55, of New Albin was arrested on charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Controlled Substance; Keri Ella Louise Strong, age 34, of New Albin was arrested and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Controlled Substance; Gary Sand, age 44, of Caledonia, MN was arrested and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Controlled Substance; and Ashley Erickson, age 32, of New Albin was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Interference with Official Acts, and Destruction of Evidence.

Wed
09
Nov

Lansing City Council discusses alternate snowmobile trail during regular Monday session

by B.J. Tomlinson

The Lansing City Council met in its regular session Monday night, November 7. After approving the Consent Agenda, the Council reviewed and approved two building permits, one from Michael Schweitzer for a garage at 460 Center Street. The other request was from Kayle and Linda Drape at 611 South Front Street; their request was approved contingent on placing the structure six feet from the retaining wall lot line.

Wed
09
Nov

Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library to host author Jon Steffes presentation on 1940 Armistice Day blizzard

Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library will be hosting area author Jon Steffes Thursday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m. for a presentation on the Armistice Day blizzard of 1940. The presentation will take place at the library’s 515 Main Street location in Lansing.

Steffes will share his book “Wings in the Wind: The Armistice Day Storm of 1940,” reflecting on that record-breaking storm that killed dozens of duck hunters in the Mississippi River bottoms. Those attending are invited to share their own experiences with the audience.
 

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