River Valley

Wed
13
Jan

Lansing City Council holds first regular session of 2021

The Lansing City Council met in its first regular session of the new year Monday, January 4. The meeting took approximately 20 minutes and addressed two main decisions as agenda items to start the new year.

The council voted to approve a 1.2% increase in the amount paid to People’s Service for the company’s contracted operations and maintenance in regard to the City’s water/wastewaster systems. The council also approved a wage increase for seasonal snowplow help from the current rate of $11 per hour to a new rate of $16.50 per hour for the current winter season.
 

Wed
13
Jan

Lansing Fire Department holds officer elections for new year

The Lansing Volunteer Fire Department met Thursday, January 7 and held its annual election of officers for the new year. Those election results for each particular office are as follows:
Chief - Stephen Darling
Assistant Chief - Troy Hill
Second Assistant Chief - Keith Schwartzhoff
Secretary - Ben Verdon
Treasurer - Jamie Rasque
President - Chubby Mohn
Vice President - Ben Ghelf
Training Officer - Joe Manning
Safety Officer - Kenny Johnson
Trustees - Nick Hammell, Tony Becker and Eric Rowan.
 

Wed
13
Jan

ACCB to host Fullmoon Snowshoe January 28

Join the Allamakee County Conservation Board (ACCB) for a Fullmoon Snowshoe Hike January 28 at 7 p.m.  The hike will take place on County Road 527, a level B dead end road that travels along the Mississippi River for approximately two miles. Participants should meet at the Allamakee County rural recycling drop-off location near the Alliant Lansing power plant.

The Fullmoon Snowshoe will be a guided trail hike taking place after dark to enable the participants to see the stars and full moon like they have never seen before. The event requires preregistration for those wishing to use snowshoes provided by the ACCB and is open to all ages. However, anyone under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. In the case of inclement weather or poor snow conditions, the Fullmoon Snowshoe may be postponed or canceled and will be announced on ACCB’s Facebook page.

Wed
06
Jan

Adopt-A-Pot holiday competition ...

The Lansing FFA Chapter at Kee High School partnered with Carquest/Lansing Auto Parts and owner Dave Moritz to win the first-ever Adopt-a-Pot holiday competition in Lansing. The Adopt-a-Pot program, sponsored by Main Street Lansing, involved local businesses partnering with community organizations to decorate a total of 18 flower pots along Main Street with holiday decorations. Main Street Lansing provided each participant a four-foot pine tree and solar-powered holiday lights, and each group let their imaginations design the rest of the tree’s decorated theme.

Wed
06
Jan

New Albin City Council accepts resignation of Mayor Josh Dreps, appoints councilman Alberto Whitlatch to finish term

The New Albin City Council met in a special session Monday, December 29 to discuss a change in the office of Mayor of New Albin. Current mayor Josh Dreps has recently moved outside of the city limits of the City of New Albin, and therefore can no longer serve as Mayor of New Albin.

Dreps submitted his resignation to the New Albin City Council at that Monday evening meeting, effective immediately. The council unanimously accepted the resignation, and following that acceptance, Mayor-Pro Tem George Blair assumed leadership of the meeting.

Wed
06
Jan

Lansing VFW Auxiliary seeking entries for Patriotic Art Contest

Lansing’s VFW Auxiliary #5981 is continuing to seek entries for its scholarship contest for local art students in ninth through 12th grades. Patriotic students in ninth through 12th grades with a passion for art are encouraged to enter the 2020-2021 VFW Auxiliary Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest.

Students will compete with other student artists from across the nation for a chance to win one of 10 national scholarships. The first-place winner receives a $15,000 scholarship.

To request entry forms or for additional information about the contest email vfwauxiliarylansing@gmail.com. Entries must then be submitted to vfwauxiliarylansing@gmail.com no later than midnight March 31, 2021.
 

Wed
30
Dec

Allamakee County Conservation awarded Fish Habitat Grant


Land donated by Garrett family will now benefit from Fish Habitat Grant... Members of the family of Celia Sander Garrett and the Allamakee County Conservation Board (ACCB) gathered earlier this summer at the Celia Sander Garrett Green Belt near Lansing after the family donated the 25-acre property to ACCB. A Fish Habitat Grant recently awarded to the Allamakee County Conservation Board by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will be used within the donated land parcel to address erosion and maximize trout habitat in an effort to increase natural trout reproduction in Clear Creek. Submitted photo.

Members of the Allamakee County Conservation Board (ACCB) have announced the board has been awarded a Fish Habitat Grant in the amount of $39,000 through the Iowa Department of Natural Resource’s (DNR) Fish Habitat Program. These funds will go toward streambank stabilization and the placement of in-stream trout habitat in the Celia Sander Garrett Green Belt along Clear Creek, which was donated to ACCB in July by the family of Celia Sander Garrett.

The newly acquired Celia Sander Garrett Green Belt is a 25-acre property near Lansing with Clear Creek running its entire length. Clear Creek is a prime example of one of the many cold-water trout streams that make northeast Iowa a fishing destination for people across the Midwest and beyond.

Wed
30
Dec

Funds available for home repair in five northeast Iowa counties

Housing doesn’t just affect those who live in it. The availability of quality housing options is a critical part of economic competitiveness. A recent study by the Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commision (UERPC) found that nearly 40% of area homes are over 80 years old.

With so many older homes, there’s a substantial need for rehabilitation that goes beyond simple maintenance. Unfortunately, many of these needed repairs are beyond the financial means of some homeowners.

Wed
23
Dec

Local entities form partnership ...

The Allamakee County Conservation Board has announced a partnership with River-N-Ridge Outdoors in Lansing to provide food for the educational animals at the Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center in Lansing. The Driftless Center currently has five aquatic turtles and 10 freshwater fish that consume minnows. Pictured above, left to right, are Allamakee County Conservation Naturalist Ross Geerdes and River-N-Ridge Outdoors owner Mark Peterson. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
23
Dec

Lansing City Council holds final regular session of 2020

by Alexis Johnson

The final 2020 regular meeting of the Lansing City Council was held Monday, December 21. PeopleService reported that some water meters were shut off for citizens who are not around during the winter.

Discussion took place regarding the parcel of land located near Shaw Street and Cross Street. Questions were asked as to where lot lines are as well as sewer and water connections.

The Parks Board submitted a rough draft for renovation of the guard house at the Lansing swimming pool. A motion was made and seconded to table this draft until further notice. The purchase of a camera to be installed at the City Park/ Splash Pad was approved. This will be paid for by the City until reimbursed from donations made by citizens.
 

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