River Valley

Wed
09
Nov

Blood drive at Kee High School November 23

Kee High School in Lansing will be hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive Wednesday, November 23. The donation opportunity is scheduled from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the high school’s 569 Center Street location in Lansing.

Those interested in donating blood can download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to schedule an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements in order to donate.

Wed
26
Oct

Fall Migration Day in Ferryville scheduled for November 5

For anyone who enjoys seeing the migrating ducks, geese, pelicans and tundra swans along the Mississippi River, or who would like to learn more about identifying them and finding out where they are going, the Ferryville Tourism Council is sponsoring a birding morning with these goals in mind. The purpose of this event will be to see which migratory birds are using the Mississippi Flyway at this particular time of year. The event is for both experienced and beginning birders.

Saturday, November 5, Dan Jackson, president of the Coulee Region Audubon Society, will join Ferryville Tourism Council member Joanne White at the River View Park in downtown Ferryville, WI. They will be available from 9-11 a.m. that day to assist interested birders. A telescope is permanently mounted at the park for continuous viewing, and four additional spotting scopes will be set up for viewing. Treats and handouts will also be available.

Wed
26
Oct

Kee High Post Prom to host Bingo Nov. 6

The Kee High Post Prom Committee will host Bingo Sunday, November 6 in the Kee High School cafeteria. Games will start at 4 p.m., with doors opening at 3:30 p.m.

Participants can bring a food item to be donated to the Allamakee County Food Shelf and play an extra Bingo card free. All players will be eligible for door prizes. Proceeds will be used to fund Post Prom prizes and entertainment.
 

Wed
26
Oct

October is Physical Therapy Month: Pathways to mobility and improved lifestyle


Pictured above with therapy patient John Verdon of Lansing at Thornton Manor Outpatient Rehabilitation are, standing left to right, Doctor of Physical Therapy Jessica Verdon, Physical Therapy Assistant Jessica Wilkins and Occupational Therapist Tarynne Carlson. Photo by Susan Cantine-Maxson.

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

For many who have experienced illness or accident, physical therapy can be the pathway to health.  October is Physical Therapy Month, when many physical therapy offices hold special events to emphasize the importance of the practice. Physical therapists assist individuals who have illnesses or injuries that limit their daily life functions and/or mobility so that they can have an improved quality of life. Occupational Therapists work to improve self-care, activities of daily living, home management and cognitive abilities.

Thu
20
Oct

Noise concerns among many topics discussed by Lansing City Council

by B.J. Tomlinson

In its regular meeting Monday night, October 17, the Lansing City Council heard a report from resident Deb Volker of “cherry bombs” being set off around 2 a.m. In addition to the cherry bombs, Volker also reported that an automobile without baffles or mufflers races around and creates considerable noise. Council members stated they have heard and felt the cherry bomb blasts as well.

In addition, Volker said that dump trucks don’t stop at the four-way stop sign, more juveniles are out late at night and that her windshield has been broken. Because of all these incidences, she suggested that more policing is warranted in Lansing and less in New Albin. She said she didn’t always call the police to report incidences because the dispatcher doesn’t seem to take them seriously.

Thu
20
Oct

Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation Family Service offices taking applications for energy assistance through LIHEAP

Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation (NEICAC) Family Service Offices have begun taking applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) as of October 3. Any household that applied for LIHEAP in the 2015-2016 LIHEAP program year can complete their applications online at http://www.neicac.org/energy.html.

The current application period is only for households with individuals age 60 or older, or who are disabled, or who have a written disconnection notice or are currently disconnected from their heating or electricity provider. All other households may apply starting November 1.

Again this year, the household income eligibility has been raised from 150% of federal poverty level to 175%.

Wed
05
Oct

New Albin native Clyde Cremer to speak at New Albin Public Library


New Albin native Clyde Cremer will speak at the New Albin Public Library Monday, October 17 about his book pictured above. Cremer is a 1960 graduate of New Albin High School. Submitted photo.

New Albin native and published author Clyde Cremer will be making a presentation on his book “The Life and Times of a World War I Soldier: The Julius Holthaus Story” Monday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the New Albin Public Library. Cremer’s book is described as being about “a humble farm lad, Julius Holthaus, not trained in the art of war but who went to France to shore up the depleted ranks of the Allies in America’s largest battle of World War One, the Meuse-Argonne.”

Six years of research that included access to Holthaus’ diary resulted in the story Cremer tells about one soldier. The book follows Holthaus from his rural Idaho and Iowa origins through to his enlistment, training and final trauma in the forest of the Argonne. Cremer says that with so few World War I soldiers remaining, he felt it was imperative to tell the story of Holthaus and his experience as a World War I soldier.

Wed
05
Oct

Program on Laura Ingalls Wilder to be presented in New Albin October 12

Retired teacher Joanne White of Ferryville, WI will be presenting a program about pioneer girl and author Laura Ingalls Wilder. The presentation will take place Wednesday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Stone Quarry in New Albin, which is located on Main Street next to New Albin Savings Bank.

Learning about Wilder has been White’s lifelong hobby. Anyone interested in Wilder’s life and the places where she lived will enjoy this presentation. This a free presentation open to the public, and all are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
 

Wed
05
Oct

Lansing City Council hears update on water and sewer project funding and flood repairs; Citywide clean-up is October 11

by B.J. Tomlinson

The Lansing City Council met in its regular session Monday night, October 3. At 7:03 p.m. Mayor Mike Brennan opened a Public Hearing on the status of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for Water and Sewer Improvement Projects within the city. Diana Johnson from Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission presented a description of accomplishments to date, remaining work and performance targets within the project series.

Wed
28
Sep

Driftless Area Biggest Pumpkin Contest held in Lansing Saturday...

The first annual Driftless Area Biggest Pumpkin Contest was held in Lansing Saturday, September 24. The contest is a continuation of the initial contest first started in Waukon several years ago and most recently continued at TASC, Inc. in Waukon before being assumed this year by Main Street Lansing as part of Lansing's new Harvest Fest celebration. Twelve pumpkins were entered, and the top three placewinning pumpkins are pictured in the center of the top photo above and include, left to right beginning with the third pumpkin from left: Third place - Duane Estebo, 420 pounds and winner of $50; Second place - Becki Estebo, 560 pounds and winner of $100; and First place - Marshall Kruse, 758 pounds and winner of $500. Kruse said he will donate his prizewinnings to the Allamakee County Food Shelf and Northeast Iowa Food Bank.

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