River Valley

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May

May 16-22 is National Safe Boating Week

The U.S. Coast Guard/Coast Guard Auxiliary officially kicks off the boating season with National Safe Boating Week, which is being observed May 16-22 this year. While starting off under the burden of the COVID-19 virus, at least this year the river is below flood stage, so far. The lower water levels do not mean boaters can relax their attention to safety on the water. The normal year-round hazards still remain.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Division, each year more than 70 million Americans participate in recreational boating activities on the nation’s waters including lakes, rivers and coastal waters. The U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Division publishes some interesting statistics:

Wed
13
May

Mobile pantry to distribute additional food at LIFT in Lansing this coming Monday

Under the auspices of the Northeast Iowa Food Bank of Waterloo, the Northeast Iowa Mobile Pantry will be at the Lansing Iowa Food Trust (LIFT) facility, located at 220 South Third Street in Lansing, Monday, May 18 from 1:30-3 p.m. The mobile pantry will be handing out additional food items to those in need, this distribution being in addition to LIFT’s weekly food distributions.

Those additional food items being handed out will include 30-35 pounds of frozen items, 25-30 pounds of dry food, in addition to fresh produce, milk, eggs and bakery items. All who are food insecure are welcome and will need to supply their name, zip code and size of household.
 

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13
May

Lansing residents 60 years of age and older can have groceries delivered by IGA through NEI3A

Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) provides services and supports for older individuals and caregivers to help them remain in their homes and independent as they age.  During the COVID-19 crisis, the emphasis has been placed on remaining at home and reducing the possibility of being exposed to this disease through limiting social interactions or going to public places.

To help older individuals and caregivers remain at home and get the nutrition they need to stay healthy, NEI3A has partnered with a dozen grocery stores in northeast Iowa for the delivery of food to senior citizens. Lansing IGA is the only grocery store in Allamakee County that is currently taking part in this program through NEI3A.

Wed
06
May

Lansing City Council transfers funds for payment of splash pad expenses, schedules budget amendment public hearing

by Alexis Johnson

The regular meeting of the Lansing City Council was held Monday, May 4 via web or teleconferencing to stay within distancing guidelines. The discussion centered around the consent agenda, transferring of funds and the scheduling of a public hearing for a budget amendment.

The consent agenda consisted of council meeting minutes from April 20, 2020 and payment of claims. A motion was made and seconded to approve the consent agenda.

Resolution 940 approving the transfer of funds from the restricted gifts special fund to the general fund for splash pad expenses was presented. A motion was made and seconded to approve the transfer of funds.

A public hearing for an amendment to the fiscal year 2020 budget was scheduled to be held May 26 at 7 p.m. A motion was made and seconded to schedule the hearing.
 

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06
May

Kerndt Brothers Bank donates $5,000 to New Albin Splash Pad ...

Kerndt Brothers Bank in Lansing recently announced its financial commitment in the amount of $5,000 to support the New Albin Improvement League’s Splash Pad Project at the New Albin City Park. Pictured, left to right, are New Albin Improvement League Project Coordinators Betsy Whitlatch and Jessica Meyer and Kerndt Brothers Bank Branch Manager Connie Brown at the donation presentation.

Project coordinators hope to begin installation of a new wheelchair accessible splash pad along with many needed park improvements this summer. Their goal is to provide families in and around New Albin with a place for fun, healthy and interactive activities, giving families contemplating a move to New Albin the idea that their community is invested in families and their future.

Wed
06
May

Earns Leadership Award from Main Street Lansing ...

Main Street Lansing awarded its annual Leadership Award to Ellen Modersohn for her numerous efforts during 2019. The Leadership Award is a way to recognize a volunteer who makes significant contributions to Main Street Lansing’s downtown revitalization mission. Modersohn has been instrumental in creating Main Street Lansing’s regular newsletter, as well as informational and fundraising pieces. She provides assistance with the lansingiowa.com website, and if she is unable to do something with the website, she always points the organization to someone who can. She has been one of the key people behind the increased visibility of Main Street Lansing in 2019, and Main Street Lansing is extremely grateful to have someone as resourceful as Modersohn involved in the program and the community.

Wed
29
Apr

Kee recognizing track teams

Friday, May 1 at 6 p.m. there will be a parade honoring the boys and girls track teams from Kee High and Middle Schools. An empty bus will be decorated and driven from the Red Barn down Main Street and up Center Street to Kee High School and back to the bus garage. All social distancing rules apply. Contact Kenny Johnson for more details.

Wed
29
Apr

Lansing residents 60 years of age and older can have groceries delivered by IGA through NEI3A

Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) provides services and supports for older individuals and caregivers to help them remain in their homes and independent as they age.  During the COVID-19 crisis, the emphasis has been placed on remaining at home and reducing the possibility of being exposed to this disease through limiting social interactions or going to public places.

Wed
22
Apr

Bittersweet ending for wandering boathouse tale in Lansing ...

The boathouse discovered by Bill FitzGerald of Lansing after it had floated into his riverside property last fall - first reported about in the April 8 edition of The Standard after a months-long search process of trying to find its owner - finally had its rightful owner found recently. However, the structure also fell victim to the wrath of Mother Nature in the meantime, as strong winds that blew through the area Sunday, April 12 grabbed hold of the tied-up boathouse structure and left it as pictured in the accompanying photos. The family that owned the boathouse, however, was able to salvage much of the structure for different purposes, doing so within the past week.
FitzGerald had been trying to find the owner of the boathouse ever since it had drifted into his dock property on the banks of the Mississippi River along the north end of Front Street, Lansing during high water levels on the river late last fall.

Wed
22
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.

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