River Valley

Wed
21
Jun

Switchback to host live show July 21 in Lansing

Event will mark band’s first local performance since 2019

Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack, collectively known as Switchback, will perform Friday, July 21 at TJ Hunters, Lansing. Joining the event is percussionist Nick Hirka of Decorah.

Advance online tickets are at www.waygoodmusic.com; advance printed tickets are at Carquest Auto Parts and Riverland Expressions, Lansing; Village Farm & Home, Waukon; and Oneota Community Co-op, Decorah. The first 200 sales include a free collector’s t-shirt and entry into an event drawing for what the duo has termed “Serious Switchback Swag.” T-shirts will be available for pick-up at the event.

Wed
21
Jun

Area youth participate in “Dino’s Rock!” ...

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach recently hosted “Dino’s Rock!” day camp. Kindergarteners through third graders traveled back in time when the dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Together they learned about fossils, including making their own, held dinosaur eggs, participated in a cookie dig (as seen in photo below) and enjoyed caveman ice cream. The youth learned how tall dinosaurs can be and how “ginormous” their foot prints were. For more information about 4-H and upcoming activities contact Becky Rea, 4-H K-12 Program Coordinator, at the Allamakee County Extension and Outreach Office at 563-568-6345 or http://www.extension.iastate.edu/allamakee/. Submitted photos.
 

Wed
21
Jun

Dry conditions delay campground opening at Pikes Peak State Park

An excessively dry start to the recreation season is delaying the opening of the newly renovated campground at Pikes Peak State Park near McGregor.

According to Detra Dettmann, supervisor for state parks in northeast Iowa for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the campground at Pikes Peak has been closed since January for updates including electrical systems, campsite pads, road paving and re-seeding of grass.

“While much of Iowa has been seeing some rain this past week, Pikes Peak State Park continues to miss out,” says Dettmann. “Everything is seeded but we need rain to get the grass growing and established.”

The DNR will announce dates for the campground opening once they are determined. For those interested in receiving an email when the campground opens, a link can be found on the Pikes Peak State Park webpage to register.
 

Wed
14
Jun

Still time to sign up to help paint community mural in Lansing


Volunteers needed to help paint a community mural ... The public restrooms on Front Street in Lansing will be transformed June 15-18 by a community mural painting project. Volunteers are being sought to help complete the project and can sign up at LansingLutherans.org. Submitted photo.

The Great Blue Heron Mural is a public art project wrapping around the public restrooms next to the fire station on Front Street in Lansing. The Lansing City Council approved a plan by local minister Laura Gentry to create a mural featuring wildlife of the Mississippi River valley. Set up in simplified blocks, volunteers will be able to fill in the design like a color-by-number painting.

The team of organizers invites businesses, nonprofit organizations, churches, clubs, sports teams, families and individuals to take part in the creation of this art work between Thursday, June 15 and Sunday, June 18. A variety of volunteer duties will be available for people of all ages.

“We encourage everyone to get involved!” explains Laura Gentry. “It will be a fast-moving and fun process. Stop by for an hour, do some work on the mural and you’ll always be able to say: ‘I helped paint that!’”

Wed
14
Jun

Lansing City Council approves budget for Fiscal Year 2024 among other matters

by Julie Berg-Raymond

After a public hearing during its regular meeting Monday, June 5, the Lansing City Council approved Resolution No. 988 regarding the budget for Fiscal Year 2024. No written or verbal comments were made to City Hall regarding the budget.

Other actions taken by the council included: approving the Iowa Department of Transportation Bridge Pre-Construction Agreement; approving Scouts/Aperans to run the concession stand for the 2023 Summer Recreation Season; and approving the hiring of Fehr Graham Engineering for the Platt Street Project.

The council also approved the following Department of Parks and Recreation hires for the 2023 summer recreation season, pending prerequisites: Mallory Mohn at $11.50 per hour; Cadan Evanson at $11.50 per hour; Maya Draka at $11.25 per hour; Mia Kurth at $11 per hour; and Nathan Boardman at $11 per hour.

Wed
14
Jun

Ferryville, WI Tourism Council’s Chautauqua Summer Series scheduled begins June 14, continues through the summer

Ferryville Tourism Council is announcing the first of its Chautauqua Summer Series for 2023. “Country School Days” will be presented Wednesday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ferryville Village Hall.

The presenter will be Larry Scheckel, a retired secondary science teacher from Tomah, WI. He grew up one of nine children in southwest Wisconsin, and he attended Oak Grove School for eight years. This one-room school led to his 2021 book on daily life in this long-gone school community.

Attendees will learn about the importance of this school to the rural community and what memories he holds of the educational foundation he received there. The number of one-room school houses is definitely fading, so this will be a special program of important recollections from Larry Scheckel. He has presented once before on his book about the Clara Olson murder of 1926. He and his wife, Ann, will bring some of his books to sell as well.

Wed
07
Jun

Volunteers being sought to help paint community mural in Lansing


Volunteers needed to help paint a community mural ... The public restrooms on Front Street in Lansing will be transformed June 15-18 by a community mural painting project. Volunteers are being sought to help complete the project and can sign up at LansingLutherans.org. Submitted photo.

The Great Blue Heron Mural is a public art project wrapping around the public restrooms next to the fire station on Front Street in Lansing. The Lansing City Council approved a plan by local minister Laura Gentry to create a mural featuring wildlife of the Mississippi River valley. Set up in simplified blocks, volunteers will be able to fill in the design like a color-by-number painting.

The team of organizers invites businesses, nonprofit organizations, churches, clubs, sports teams, families and individuals to take part in the creation of this art work between Thursday, June 15 and Sunday, June 18. A variety of volunteer duties will be available for people of all ages.

“We encourage everyone to get involved!” explains Laura Gentry. “It will be a fast-moving and fun process. Stop by for an hour, do some work on the mural and you’ll always be able to say: ‘I helped paint that!’”

Wed
07
Jun

Ferryville, WI Tourism Council’s Chautauqua Summer Series scheduled to take place in June, July, August

Ferryville Tourism Council is announcing the first of its Chautauqua Summer Series for 2023. “Country School Days” will be presented Wednesday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ferryville Village Hall.

The presenter will be Larry Scheckel, a retired secondary science teacher from Tomah, WI. He grew up one of nine children in southwest Wisconsin, and he attended Oak Grove School for eight years. This one-room school led to his 2021 book on daily life in this long-gone school community.

Attendees will learn about the importance of this school to the rural community and what memories he holds of the educational foundation he received there. The number of one-room school houses is definitely fading, so this will be a special program of important recollections from Larry Scheckel. He has presented once before on his book about the Clara Olson murder of 1926. He and his wife, Ann, will bring some of his books to sell as well.

Wed
07
Jun

Allamakee County Community Foundation mini-grants now available to help assist with funding of local project needs

Letters of interest are now being accepted for the Allamakee County Community Foundation’s emerging needs grant program. “Mini-grants” will support programs that help improve local quality of life and the well-being of county residents outside of the Foundation’s regular grant cycle.

Emerging Needs Mini Grants are available in June, August and October. Grants up to $500 are available for organizations with a 501(c)3 designation, along with schools and municipalities. As part of the Foundation’s broad efforts to partner with local organizations to address pressing needs and help residents thrive, grants are awarded in the areas of health and human services; education; neighborhoods and community development; environment; children, youth and families; and arts and culture (including historic preservation). Organizations should visit dbqfoundation.org/accf for more information.

Wed
31
May

Volunteers being sought to help paint community mural in Lansing


Volunteers needed to help paint a community mural ... The public restrooms on Front Street in Lansing will be transformed June 15-18 by a community mural painting project. Volunteers are being sought to help complete the project and can sign up at LansingLutherans.org. Submitted photo.

The Great Blue Heron Mural is a public art project wrapping around the public restrooms next to the fire station on Front Street in Lansing. The Lansing City Council approved a plan by local minister Laura Gentry to create a mural featuring wildlife of the Mississippi River valley. Set up in simplified blocks, volunteers will be able to fill in the design like a color-by-number painting.

The team of organizers invites businesses, nonprofit organizations, churches, clubs, sports teams, families and individuals to take part in the creation of this art work between Thursday, June 15 and Sunday, June 18. A variety of volunteer duties will be available for people of all ages.

“We encourage everyone to get involved!” explains Laura Gentry. “It will be a fast-moving and fun process. Stop by for an hour, do some work on the mural and you’ll always be able to say: ‘I helped paint that!’”

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