River Valley

Wed
20
Apr

Allamakee County Conservation to host Spring Wildflower Hike May 5

Join the Allamakee County Conservation Board (ACCB) for a Spring Wildflower Hike Thursday, May 5 starting at 6:30 p.m. The hike will take place on the Mississippi Trail of the Paint Rock Unit inside of Yellow River State Forest. The trailhead parking area is located across County Highway 364 from Lund’s Camp and the Harpers Slough Recreation Area; two miles south of Harpers Ferry on County Highway 364.

The hike is open to all who are interested but anyone under 16 years of age is asked to have adult supervision in order to participate. The hike is limited to the first 10 people. Preregistration is required.

The Mississippi Trail will offer views of a variety of spring wildflowers that can be found on the bluffs of the Driftless Area. Hikers are encouraged to wear sturdy hiking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.  The ACCB will have bug spray available, but hikers should feel free to bring their own.

Wed
20
Apr

Early spring paddlers need to take extra precautions to remain safe

With warmer temperatures of spring, restless paddlers are ready to put canoes and kayaks in the water. Early spring paddling can provide solitude, exercise and an opportunity to see amazing wildlife, but extra precautions are needed to stay safe.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recommends paddlers wait for warmer weather to allow water temperatures to rise slowly. It could be several weeks before water temperatures are ideal and safe as water and air temperatures continue to change.

“Air temperatures may feel warm in early spring,  but the water is still dangerously cold and can be deadly to boaters,” said Todd Robertson, Iowa DNR River Programs Water Trails Coordinator. “We have not had enough consistently warm days to raise water temperatures. Cold water shock and hypothermia can set in quickly if you are not dressed and fall into the cold water, so dress for a swim.”

Wed
13
Apr

Lansing City Council considers bridge lighting options and possible change to revised City Code, hears of funding options for City Hall improvements

by Julie Berg-Raymond

The Lansing City Council is considering several lighting design options for the bridge that will replace the Black Hawk Bridge.

Ken Taillon, manager of municipal lighting services with Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc., of Stillwater, MN, spoke to the council at its regular meeting Monday, April 4 and outlined a variety of bridge lighting designs - differing in type, design, function and expense. The council will consider the options and come up with two or three ideas for Taillon - at which point, he will construct partial designs and provide the council with cost estimates.

“We’ll need to narrow our choices, get his designs, and get them to the public,” Lansing Mayor Melissa Hammell said. “I’ll get in touch with (Taillon) when we’re ready to talk with him again.”

Wed
13
Apr

All are invited to a Prayer Pilgrimage for Justice and Peace in Lansing Good Friday

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Lansing invites community members of all ages, faith backgrounds and walks of life to join them for a Justice and Peace Stations of the Cross Good Friday, this Friday, April 15. This ancient devotion originated with pilgrims in Jerusalem retracing the traditional steps Jesus is believed to have followed on his way to the cross on Good Friday.

For centuries, Christians have made a spiritual pilgrimage known as the “Way of the Cross” or as the “Way of Sorrows” in order to relate to the suffering of their Lord. It is a profoundly meaningful and cathartic experience for many.

Wed
13
Apr

Spring Migration Day Hike set for May 7 in Ferryville

The annual Spring Migration Day Hike to celebrate the migrating birds returning to the Upper Mississippi Flyway region will begin at 7 a.m. Saturday, May 7 at the trailhead for Sugar Creek Bluff Natural Area just off North Buck Creek Road in Ferryville, WI. The earlier starting time this year should enable the group to hear and spot more of the migrating warblers.

This is a relatively gradual hike of 1.5 miles round-trip. The halfway point provides an overlook of the Mississippi River. Expert birders will guide hikers in spotting the returning birds.  Ferryville Tourism Council is hosting this hike, with Mississippi Valley Conservancy presenting this event as part of its Linked to the Land series.

Wed
30
Mar

Lansing City Council approves budget, conducts first reading of ordinance to approve adoption of revised city code

by Julie Berg-Raymond

During its regular meeting Monday, March 21, the Lansing City Council opened the public hearing for the proposed Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) Budget at 7:14 p.m. and closed the hearing at 7:15 p.m., with no comments or questions. The budget was approved and adopted.

The council also opened and closed a public hearing for the proposed 2022 Municipal Code adoption. No comments or questions were offered. Mayor Melissa Hammell conducted the first of three readings of Ordinance No. 202, approving the Code adoption. A copy of the 2022 Municipal Code is available for public review in the Lansing City Clerk’s office.

The council reviewed and considered the use of City property for long-term and VIP (closer to town) parking and camping for RAGBRAI riders. Details, including amount of compensation to the City via a percentage of VIP parking funds raised, will be discussed at a later date.

Wed
30
Mar

Wisconsin Hwy. 35 to be closed to through-traffic between De Soto and Genoa

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has announced that WIS Hwy. 35 is scheduled to be completely closed to through-traffic between De Soto and Genoa, beginning Monday, April 4, for a road replacement project. Road closure on that nearly 12-mile stretch is expected to continue through August of this year, with some preliminary work already being performed this week that may impact traffic as well.

Through-traffic (traveling north to La Crosse or south from La Crosse) will be detoured using WIS 82, WIS 27 and WIS 56 through Viroqua, WI, adding 55 miles and more than an hour on to any venture to or from La Crosse via WIS 35. The project will replace deteriorating pavement and resurface 11.8 miles of the highway, along with replacing 21 pipe culverts, one box culvert and guard rails, and rehabilitating two bridge structures.

Wed
30
Mar

Allamakee County Conservation Board to host Iowa Hunter Education Online Field Day

The Allamakee County Conservation Board (ACCB), in partnership with the Mississippi Valley Sportsman’s Club, will be offering two Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Hunter Education Online Field Days Saturday, April 9 at the Mississippi Valley Sportsman’s Club.

The first field day will be from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and the second field day will be from 1-4 p.m. The Mississippi Valley Sportsman’s Club is located at 1797 Columbus Road, Lansing.

Hunter Education is required for anyone 12 years of age or older in the state of Iowa to purchase a hunting license. In order to participate in the online field day, students must complete the online course work at  https://www.hunter-ed.com/iowa/. Completion of the online portion of the program is not needed to register for the class, but must be completed by the day of the class.

Wed
23
Mar

Amy Stracener named Volunteer of the Year at first Main Street Lansing Annual Meeting held since 2019


Main Street Lansing 2022 Volunteer of the Year ... Amy Stracener was selected as Main Street Lansing’s Volunteer of the Year at the organization’s annual meeting Wednesday, March 16. Pictured above at the award presentation are, left to right, previous Volunteer of the Year award winner Maryann Baldwin, 2022 Volunteer of the Year Amy Stracener and Main Street Lansing Executive Director Andy Kelleher. Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

by Julie Berg-Raymond

Amy Stracener was named Volunteer of the Year during Main Street Lansing’s (MSL) 2022 annual meeting held Wednesday, March 16 at the Safehouse Saloon in Lansing. MSL held three annual meetingsin one that night, because COVID shutdowns across the state went into effect four days before the 2020 meeting was to be held.

Describing Stracener’s volunteer work in the organization, MSL Executive Director Andy Kelleher said she “has played a major role in creating successful outreach and marketing materials for Main Street Lansing. Her marketing experience has allowed her to provide numerous methods to improve the program’s communications, and her work to draft MSL’s physical PR material has enhanced the program’s visibility. As a member of the promotions committee, she has provided valuable insight that resulted in very successful promotions. Her effective fundraising efforts ensure the continued sustainability of Main Street Lansing.”

Wed
23
Mar

Lansing Police Chief Rosendahl calls public meeting to address rumors and open lines of communication

by Julie Berg-Raymond

More than two dozen community members filled Lansing City Hall Friday, March 18 for a public meeting called by Lansing Chief of Police Conrad Rosendahl.

Rosendahl called the meeting to address a rumor circulating within the community, initiated by a person or persons unknown, and to correct misinformation and answer any questions from members of the public. The rumor involved the suggestion that, earlier this year, Rosendahl had hit a parked car; that alcohol might have been involved; that the damaged car had been towed without the owner’s knowledge; and that no police report had been filed.

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