River Valley

Wed
10
Aug

City Council hears presentation seeking support of bringing fiber-optic to Lansing

by Julie Berg-Raymond

Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative (ACEC) and Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) are offering a solution for Lansing residents and businesses who are unsatisfied with their Internet service - a fiber-optic build-out in the city.

The build-out would be funded by a grant from the State of Iowa Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO); but first an appeal must be made challenging Lansing’s eligibility status, followed by the writing of an Invitation to Qualify (ITQ) plan. At its meeting Monday, August 1, the Lansing City Council voted to approve ACEC’s and UERPC’s request to support the appeal and ITQ work.

UERPC Executive Director Rachelle Howe estimated the cost to the City of the appeal and ITQ plan to be no more than $5,000 and added that UERPC would contribute $1,000 toward the effort. In attendance at the meeting, as well, was ACEC General Manager Hollee McCormick.

Wed
10
Aug

Allamakee County Conservation to host Mississippi River Backwater Paddling Series - Big Slough Landing

Join the Allamakee County Conservation Board for a guided Mississippi River backwater paddling adventure August 18, starting at 6:30 p.m. and returning to the landing by sunset at the Big Slough Boat Landing. 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 (ACCB), 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
10
Aug

Ferryville, WI to host final Chautauqua Summer Series program August 10

The final Chautauqua program for the Summer Series in Ferryville, WI will be held Wednesday, August 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Ferryville Village Hall along Hwy. 35. The featured presenters will be Tim and Linda Eisele speaking about “Native Species Planting” on their Crawford County property of 100 acres that they have owned since 1990.

They will show photos of native vegetation they have found on their property and talk about some of the efforts they have made to try to improve the land for wildlife and increase their bio-diversity. This will be their third time doing a presentation for the Chautauqua summer series, and many are looking forward to learning more about prairie restoration.

Wed
27
Jul

Fiber optics, rural energy pilot program discussed at Lansing City Council meeting

by Julie Berg-Raymond

At its regular meeting Monday, July 18, the Lansing City Council discussed an upcoming grant opportunity for a fiber optic build-out in the city. Rachelle Howe, executive director of Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC), will speak to the council at its next regular meeting Monday, August 1, along with Brenda Hackman and Hollee McCormick, representatives from Allamakee Clayton Electric Cooperative, about the grant opportunity.

“Fiber to small communities unleashes a host of great advantages,” Howe said in an email after the meeting. “The economic benefits of fiber for business sustainability and growth will entice residents to relocate to our region and will be beneficial for years to come.”

Wed
27
Jul

De Soto Public Library presents “Be a Bookaneer!” August 1

The De Soto Public Library will present “Be a Bookaneer! A Library Adventure Series” at Prairie View Elementary School in De Soto, WI Monday, August 1 at 10 a.m. Everyone is invited. Admission is free.

“Be a Bookaneer! A Library Adventure Series” is a live comedy and magic show appropriate for all ages and features Capt. KID – Toby KID Klauenberg, a Master Clown whose career spans 30-plus years. Attendees can earn their official Library Pirate names, while Capt. KID encourages them to plunder their library’s treasure chest of riches.

For more information call the library at 608-648-3593; email desotopl@wrlsweb.org; visit its website at https://desotolibrary.wrlsweb.org/ or look for De Soto Public Library on Facebook.
 

Wed
20
Jul

Joins Kerndt Brothers Bank as Chief Financial Officer

Jonathon Beers ...
Jonathon Beers ...

Kerndt Brothers Bank has announced that Jonathon Beers has joined the bank as Chief Financial Officer. In this role, he will ensure that the bank’s financial risks are prudently managed and oversee overall financial performance.

Beers served as a Senior Bank Examiner with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) since 2013, where he was responsible for leading examinations of community banks across the Midwest to evaluate their financial performance and risk management practices. He brings over 14 years of experience in financial services, including banking and retirement services industries.

In making the announcement, James Kerndt, CEO of Kerndt Brothers Bank, stated, “Jonathon brings significant experience in financial risk management and is a perfect fit as we strive to provide a safe place for your funds.”

Wed
20
Jul

Allamakee County Conservation to host July 21 leg of Mississippi River Backwater Paddling Series

Join the Allamakee County Conservation Board for a guided Mississippi River backwater paddling adventure this Thursday, July 21, starting at 6:30 p.m. and returning to the landing by sunset at the New Albin Army Road Boat Landing.

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 (ACCB) 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
20
Jul

Ferryville, WI River Bluff Daze this Saturday

The annual River Bluff Daze event is scheduled to be held in Ferryville, WI Saturday, July 23. Further details can be found at www.visitferryville.com, in the ad on Page 4 this week, or on Facebook at ferryvillewi.

At 8:30 a.m. a nature hike will take place at Sugar Creek Bluff Natural Area.  Participants are asked to meet at the Ferryville Boat Landing at 8:30 a.m. and carpool to the trailhead of Sugar Creek Bluff. Hikers will see birds, wildlife and wildflowers while hiking to the overview that includes a panoramic view of the Mississippi River Valley. It’s a one-and-a-half-mile walk with a gradual climb.

A Farmers Market will begin at 9 a.m. in Sugar Creek Park, offering a variety of products plus free coffee while it lasts. Transportation between Sugar Creek Park and the Ferryville Community Center for the Tractor Pull will be by tractor and wagon.

Wed
13
Jul

Program at Lansing Library

Intimate Strangers: The Amazing Hidden World of Microorganisms is the July program at Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Steve Knabel  worked 10 years at the Dubuque packing plant as their microbiologist and went on to get his masters and PHD from Iowa State in food science and microbiology. Steve spent 30 years at Penn State as a professor working in the area of food born pathogens. He also has knowledge of viruses, like COVID-19 and hospital acquired infections. He is an expert in safe food handing and home food preservation. Bring your questions and ask the expert. Contact the library at 563-538-4693 for further information.
 

Wed
13
Jul

Lansing City Council to write letter of support for Upper Explorerland proposal to complete Vision Plan for Highway 9-Main Street corridor; UERPC to be fiscal agent on project

by Julie Berg-Raymond

The Lansing City Council has agreed to write a letter of support for Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission’s (UERPC) proposal to complete a Highway 9/Main Street Vision Plan for the City of Lansing, and to allow UERPC to be fiscal agent for the project.

The project/vision plan will be funded with a $20,000 grant, for which the City Council approved a $5,000 match earlier this year. The estimated total project cost is $25,325. The City of Lansing will not be billed over the maximum local match of $5,000.

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