River Valley

Wed
16
Jun

Allamakee County Conservation to host 2021 Mississippi River Backwater Paddling Series

Canoe/kayak series set to begin Thursday, June 17 at Harpers Ferry Public Boat Landing

Join the Allamakee County Conservation Board (ACCB) for a guided Mississippi River backwater paddling adventure Thursday, June 17 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Harpers Ferry Public Boat Landing and returning to the landing by sunset. Participants are welcome to use their own canoe or kayak but must follow all rules and regulations in accordance with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR). A limited number of solo and tandem kayaks will be available to use from the Allamakee County Conservation Board provided with paddles and life jackets.

Advanced registration is required for this series of programs. To register or reserve a kayak, call 563-538-0403. Solo participants are encouraged to register, but may be paired with other paddlers in a tandem kayak if using ACCB equipment.

Wed
16
Jun

Paddlers encouraged to brush up on safety before hitting the water with canoes, kayaks this season

Iowa lakes and streams are starting to become busy with paddlers eager to get on the water as summer is finally here. For many, it will be their first time out for the year, and experts advise they go through their equipment and review safety tips before heading to the water.

“The number-one hazard on the river is strainers,” said Todd Robertson, river programs outreach coordinator with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Strainers are piles of wood or trees that can appear anywhere on a river, especially after it rains.

“These wood piles can trap a boat and paddler with little chance of escape if sucked under,” Robertson said. “The best way to avoid these strainers is to know how to properly navigate your boat or by portaging around them.”

Wed
09
Jun

Lansing’s newest shop, the Gourmet Traveler offers a wide variety of culinary items and gifts


Sisters open a second business in Lansing ... Wendi Wilson-Eiden, left, and her sister, Diana Wilson-Thompson, right, opened the Gourmet Traveler in Lansing May 20. They also own Coffee on the River, which opened September 26, 2019. Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

Some of the many products available ... Pictured above are just some of the cooking and specialty food items available at The Gourmet Traveler opened by sisters Wendi Wilson-Eiden and Diana Wilson-Thompson in Lansing May 20. The new store also has a variety of gift items that are eco-friendly and made from sustainable material, as well as locally crafted and custom gift items. Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

by Julie Berg-Raymond

“People who love to eat are always the best people.”
 - Julia Child

Evoking the charm and unpretentious beauty of an open-air market in the French countryside, Lansing’s newest retail addition to its Main Street is a dream-come-true for lovers of food and cooking - and for their gift-buying friends.

The Gourmet Traveler (located in the historic McGarrity’s building, next door to Red Geranium Floral and Gifts) opened May 20, and features a wide variety of cooking items from pots and pans, mixing bowls and tableware to salt cellars, utensils, handmade cutting boards - and measuring cups so pretty they could be mistaken for decorative counter pieces.

Wed
09
Jun

Lansing City Council accepts resignations of mayor and deputy city clerk

by Alexis Johnson

The regular meeting of the Lansing City Council was held Monday, June 7. Discussion centered around the consent agenda, acceptance of the resignation of the mayor, acceptance of the resignation of the deputy city clerk, considering placing of a police support flag and the Parks report.

A motion was made and seconded to approve the resignation of Mayor Kyle Walleser due to his recent change in employment status not allowing him to fulfill the duties of mayor. The council considered whether to appoint someone to the office or hold a special mayor election. A motion was made and seconded with minimal discussion to appoint a mayor to fill out the current term of office.

The council also accepted the resignation of Deputy City Clerk Julie Rethwisch. An advertisement for the position of deputy city clerk will be placed in the newspaper (see Page 34 of the June 9, 2021 print edition and e-edition of The Standard).

Wed
02
Jun

Rogers will lead all branches of Kerndt Brothers Bank as President

Duane Rogers ...
Duane Rogers ...

Kerndt Brothers Bank has announced that Duane Rogers has joined the bank as President. Rogers will be actively involved with Bank CEO James Kerndt in directing and leading strategic initiatives to support bank growth and profitability.

Rogers joins Kerndt Brothers Savings Bank from People’s State Bank in Prairie du Chien, WI where he was Vice President of Business Development. He brings with him over 29 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Wed
02
Jun

Kooiker joins Kerndt Brothers Bank

Evan Kooiker ...
Evan Kooiker ...

Kerndt Brothers Bank has announced that Evan Kooiker has joined the bank as Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer. Kooiker is responsible for the bank’s accounting functions, policies and funds management activities. Kooiker joins Kerndt Brothers Bank from Prime Bank in LeMars, where he focused on accounting, investments and asset liability management. He brings over 12 years of experience in banking.

Wed
02
Jun

WWII Veteran Jim Rossi to share from his diary June 3 at Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library

Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library will be hosting a “Conversation with Jim Rossi” Thursday, June 3, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event is open to the public and will be held inside the library.

Rossi is a resident of Lansing and one of the last remaining World War II Veterans in the local area. When he was just 18 years of age serving under General Patton’s Army leadership, his tank battalion came upon a horrific place called Buchenwald, a Nazi concentration camp located near Weimar, Germany.

One of the first and largest such camps, Buchenwald was created in 1937, and many of its first internees were Communists.

Rossi’s service helped liberate Europe during World War II. He will be sharing some of his stories from the diary he kept. For additional information, contact the library at 563-538-4693.
 

Wed
26
May

Iowa DOT to host public hearing, is seeking other public input regarding Black Hawk Bridge project

The Iowa and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation (DOT) are holding a public hearing and requesting public input for a proposed replacement of the Iowa 9/Wisconsin 82 (Black Hawk) bridge in Lansing over the Mississippi River.

In order to accommodate the new bridge, approximately 5.9 acres of easement and fee title is needed from the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, which is owned and managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. The Iowa Division of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) intends to make a de minimis impact finding in accordance with 23 CFR 774 as the project is not expected to adversely affect the activities, features and attributes of the refuge. The Iowa DOT would like to gather public feedback on the environmental documentation, preferred alternative and potential impacts related to the planned improvements.

Wed
26
May

Boaters encouraged to avoid Village Creek boat ramp at Lansing due to low water

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has issued an alert to boaters to use caution at the Lansing Village Creek boat access with lower water predicted through this next week. Boats could run aground as river levels drop due to a partial closure of the boat channel at the mouth of the creek and the channel going under the bridge.

Boaters are encouraged to seek other ramps in the area, including New Albin’s Army Road north of Lansing and at Heytman’s Landing, south of Lansing. There are many ramps on the Wisconsin side of the river as well. The Big Slough and Winneshiek Slough Landings are just beyond the Iowa/Wisconsin border after crossing the Black Hawk Bridge at Lansing. Blackhawk Park near the De Soto, WI area has multiple ramps and Dairyland Power access south of Genoa, WI also has plenty of parking.

Wed
12
May

Main Street Lansing participating in Great Give Day this Thursday

Main Street Lansing will be participating in Great Give Day with the Allamakee County Community Foundation. Scheduled for Thursday, May 13, Great Give Day is a 24-hour online giving event established by the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque to celebrate and support local nonprofits and build a stronger community. Since 2014, Great Give Day has raised more than $2,000,000 for regional nonprofits; last year alone saw $340,000 in donations.

Community members are invited to visit GreatGiveDay.org online to support Main Street Lansing (and other area nonprofit organizations) with online donations of $10 or more. Gifts can be made May 13 or scheduled beginning May 10.

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