River Valley

Wed
15
Nov

Sunday fire at Kee High/Lansing Middle School will impact second floor access

Sunday afternoon, November 12, shortly after 3 p.m., fire alarms in the Kee High/Lansing Middle School building detected smoke in the second story of the building, and first responders from the Lansing Rural Fire Protection District and Lansing Emergency Medical Services (EMS) were quickly dispatched to the scene. A small electrical fire in the second floor boys restroom was quickly extinguished, preventing it from spreading any further but causing some damage to the bathroom area and some smoke damage within the building.

Tue
31
Oct

Quilting group donates even more to New Albin Public Library ...

At the conclusion of the ninth New Albin Public Library Quilt Show held October 13-15, New Albin Public Library head librarian Brittany Wallace was presented with a $100 donation by members of the Loose Threads Quilting Group, an amount in addition to the proceeds raised and donated to the library from the quilt show. Pictured above, left to right, are Library Board President and Quilt Show Chairperson Robin Harmon, head librarian Brittany Wallace, and Loose Threads Quilting Group members Peggy Landsom, Arlis Myhre, Joan Weymiller and Eileen Smith, all of whom worked at the quilt show. The proceeds raised from the quilt show are used by the library to fund special projects, such as additional shelving and other needs within the library. Submitted photo.
 

Tue
31
Oct

Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library to host monthly information sessions regarding Black Hawk Bridge project

Beginning Thursday, November 9, from 5-6 p.m., Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library will be hosting monthly learning and informational sessions with the lead engineering staff working on the Black Hawk Bridge replacement project. Everyone is invited to bring questions and curiosity. The engineers plan to have hands-on activities and this is a unique opportunity for the local community to learn a lot about the bridge building process.

Sessions will be held monthly the second Thursday each month and are for all ages. Questions about this program can be sent to libary@lansing.lib.ia.us.
 

Tue
31
Oct

NEIA Community Connectors to host “Building Bridges” event in Lansing November 4

The Northeast Iowa Community Connectors, Main Street Lansing and Lansing Office Works are hosting a “Building Bridges” afternoon Saturday, November 4 from 1-4 p.m. in Lansing. The event is open to the public, with “pay your own way” shopping and dining experiences in Lansing. Adults of all ages are welcome.

The afternoon will kick off at Coffee on The River at 1 p.m. and the group will visit a variety of businesses in downtown Lansing before a group photo will be taken by the new mural, painted by Erik Burke. At 2:45 p.m., the group will visit the Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center before the event concludes with food and drinks at Shep’s Riverside Bar and Grill.

The Community Connectors are a newly formed group with a goal of “connecting” northeast Iowa community members through social gatherings to form friendships, make professional connections and create mentorships. There is no cost to join or participate.

Wed
25
Oct

Lansing City Council hears about local speed study and schedules October 30 special meeting to decide on an employee health insurance plan

by Julie Berg-Raymond

During the regular meeting of the Lansing City Council Monday, October 16, Kinon O’Neil - regional sales manager in Waterloo for Altumint, based in Maryland - spoke to the council about a speed study the company conducted in Lansing this summer.

According to the company’s website, Altumint engineers, manufactures, and supports “a visual technology system and citation process using artificial intelligence to capture data on vehicles and people who break the law” (altumint.com). If the system registers a vehicle in violation, a picture is taken of the back of the vehicle (no pictures are taken of faces), and appropriate citations are sent through the mail.

Wed
25
Oct

Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library to host monthly information sessions regarding Black Hawk Bridge project

Beginning Thursday, November 9, from 5-6 p.m., Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library will be hosting monthly learning and informational sessions with the lead engineering staff working on the Black Hawk Bridge replacement project. Everyone is invited to bring questions and curiosity. The engineers plan to have hands-on activities and this is a unique opportunity for the local community to learn a lot about the bridge building process.

Sessions will be held monthly the second Thursday each month and are for all ages. Questions about this program can be sent to libary@lansing.lib.ia.us.

Wed
25
Oct

Final week to provide input: Lansing Main Street Vision Plan community survey and interactive mapping tools will remain open through the end of October

The City of Lansing has partnered with Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) to create a community vision for the future of Main Street. The overall goal of the planning and visioning process is to identify needs, desires and concerns that residents, business owners and visitors have for the Main Street/Highway 9 corridor through Lansing. The end product will be a community-derived vision that considers things like traffic safety, environmental impacts, historic preservation, lighting, streetscape amenities, and more.

The project kicked off at the beginning of this year and has included two Lansing City Council work sessions, a focus group with Main Street business owners, an in-person community input meeting, and options for providing feedback online. There are still opportunities for community members to participate in the planning process.

Wed
18
Oct

Learning Tree Childcare Center in Lansing is helping to increase affordable childcare offerings in Allamakee County


Learning Tree Care Center Board members ... Left to right: Sierra Colsch, Paige Brennan (with her daughter, Rowan Brennan, a student in the Learning Tree three-year-old program), Taylor Crane, Alberto Whitlatch and Center Director Jenny Cole. Not pictured is Board President Lisa Welsh. Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

Library Board visits Learning Tree Childcare Center ... Members of the board of directors of the Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library paid a visit to Learning Tree Childcare Center, which is housed in the lower level of the library in Lansing. The adults pictured in the photo above during the visit include, left to right, Learning Tree Assistant Teacher Abby Nuehring, Library Board members Deb Dietzenbach, Sara Majewski, Joan Hennessy, Lenny Emerich, Janice Rea and Library Director Derva Burke, and Learning Tree Director and Teacher Jenny Cole. Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

by Julie Berg-Raymond

“Childcare,” according to the Center for American Progress (CAP), “is at the core of U.S. society.”

By way of explanation, CAP’s website offers this: “Children rely on childcare services for safe, enriching early learning environments; parents rely on the services of childcare providers so that they can pursue work or school and build financial stability to provide for their families; and businesses rely on the childcare sector to ensure a stable workforce and consumer base” (americanprogress.org).

Thanks to the combined and committed efforts of many people - all building on one woman’s idea - Lansing is helping to increase affordable childcare offerings in Allamakee County.

Wed
11
Oct

Town Hall Meeting in Lansing addresses tax abatement ordinance, local housing needs, future of Old Stone School


Public input at Town Hall Meeting... About 30 people attended a Town Hall Meeting organized by Main Street Lansing at the request of the Lansing City Council Monday, October 2 in Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library. In order to help people visualize open lots and to situate themselves with the city limits, maps of the city were set out throughout the library. Notepads and pencils were also made available, in case attendees wished to take notes during the meeting. Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

by Julie Berg-Raymond

With several significant developments either happening now or being on the near horizon in Lansing, Main Street Lansing (MSL), at the request of the city council, recently held a town hall meeting to open a public conversation about some of these developments.

Wed
11
Oct

Debi Durham, director of Iowa Economic Development Authority, to tour Lansing and meet with some local leaders this Wednesday

by Julie Berg-Raymond

Debi Durham, who heads the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA), will be visiting Lansing this Wednesday, October 11, to tour the city and engage in conversation with local leaders about recent developments and efforts to improve the city through infrastructure and business development. Main Street Lansing (MSL) Executive Director Andrew Boddicker informed the Lansing City Council about Durham’s visit during the council’s regular meeting held Monday, October 2.

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