River Valley

Wed
16
Sep

Lansing Splash Pad scheduled to close October 1

by Alexis Johnson

The regular meeting of the Lansing City Council was held Tuesday, September 8 due to the Labor Day holiday falling on the council’s usual meeting date of Monday, September 7. Meeting discussion centered around the consent agenda, People Service update, clerk’s report, marina report, and splash pad report.

The consent agenda consisted of council meeting minutes from August 17, payment of claims, Marina Board minutes from August 31, Parks minutes from August 2 and a liquor license for the Lansing Fire Department. A motion was made and seconded to approve the consent agenda.

A motion was made and seconded to approve the removal of four dead trees located near the City swimming pool. Approval was also given to schedule a public hearing for the October 5 city council meeting at 7 p.m. to discuss an amendment to the fiscal year 2021 city budget.

Wed
16
Sep

Hunters Education Course hosted by ACCB postponed

The Allamakee County Conservation Board (ACCB) is postponing the Fall Hunters Education Course that is held annually at the Allamakee County Sportsman Club for 2020. Safety is the ACCB’s top priority - for hunters and for instructors. The board wants everyone to be safe and healthy while attending a hunters education course. The ACCB will reschedule a traditional hunters education course for the Spring of 2021, if possible.

Those who were hoping to take a hunters education course this fall and now will not be able to do that are urged to remember that:

Wed
09
Sep

Help available for filling out U.S. Census in Lansing, Harpers Ferry

Help with the U.S. Census will be available to all Allamakee County residents throughout the month of September in both Lansing and Harpers Ferry. U.S. Census Regional Assistants Tom and Linda Stovall will be sharing time at two different locations within each community in an effort to help local residents complete their 2020 U.S. Census or answer any additional questions they may have. Collection of U.S. Census data is scheduled to come to a close at the end of September.

The Stovalls will be in Lansing every Wednesday during the month of September from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to provide that census assistance. One will be located at the Lansing IGA and the other will be at nutMeg’s Café & Bakery during those days and times.

Wed
09
Sep

Availability of trapping permits for the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge

In consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge will be issuing Special Use Permits and trap tags remotely only. No Special Use Permits or trap tags will be issued in person at Refuge offices. All permits will be issued through the mail.

Special Use Permit applications and Special Use Permits are available online at https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Upper_Mississippi_River/trapping.html.

Those who are interested in trapping on the Refuge in 2020/2021 should:

Wed
02
Sep

Arlin Falck Foundation grants

Notice is hereby given that the Arlin Falck Foundation will accept applications for grants for community development, community promotions, community education and similar matters.  The grants shall be for the benefit of persons residing in Fillmore County and Houston County in Minnesota and Allamakee County and Winneshiek County in Iowa.

Entities that have a 501(c)3 designation by the Internal Revenue Service or municipalities are eligible to apply for these grants.  To obtain an application for grants or other information, contact Kathleen V. Nelson at 12743 Buckley Road, Caledonia, MN 55921, phone 507-724-3348 during regular business hours or email arlinfalckfoundation@yahoo.com.  Grant applications must be received by October 5 of this year.

 

Wed
26
Aug

Iowa DNR seeking public comment regarding categorical exclusion decision on upgrade project for City of Harpers Ferry wastewater treatment system


Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade project location ... Image courtesy of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Lift station upgrade project location ... Image courtesy of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public comment in regard to an upgrade project for the City of Harpers Ferry wastewater treatment system. The project involves an upgrade to the City’s wastewater infrastructure. Application has been made for financial assistance through the State of Iowa Revolving Fund (SRF) loan program, which is authorized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and administered by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in partnership with the Iowa Finance Authority.

ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW
An environmental review has been performed based on the procedures for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The proposed project was reviewed for eligibility for a categorical exclusion from NEPA review and was determined to be eligible for a categorical exclusion and, consequently, a preliminary decision that a Finding of No Significant Impact (FNSI) will not be prepared.

Wed
26
Aug

Help available for filling out the U.S. Census in Lansing and Harpers Ferry throughout September

Help with the U.S. Census will be available to all Allamakee County residents throughout the month of September in both Lansing and Harpers Ferry. U.S. Census Regional Assistants Tom and Linda Stovall will be sharing time at two different locations within each community in an effort to help local residents complete their 2020 U.S. Census or answer any additional questions they may have. Collection of U.S. Census data is scheduled to come to a close at the end of September.

The Stovalls will be in Lansing every Wednesday during the month of September from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to provide that census assistance. One will be located at the Lansing IGA and the other will be at nutMeg’s Café & Bakery during those days and times.

Wed
26
Aug

Coronavirus and fishing in Iowa survey now underway through LSU

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) advises that anglers who bought a 2020 Iowa fishing license may receive an email from Louisiana State University (LSU) encouraging them to participate in a survey to share their fishing experiences in Iowa during the coronavirus pandemic. The five-minute survey is part of a nationwide study currently underway.

Wed
19
Aug

Lansing Fire Department receives proceeds from local ATV/UTV Road Rally ...

Roxanne Hawkins and Chip Lamb held an ATV/UTV Road Rally Saturday, August 1. This ride covered about 70 miles of Allamakee County and included more than 50 machines. Proceeds from participation in the ride were equally divided between the Allamakee County ATV/UTV Club and a fire department from within Allamakee County that the participants voted on. The Lansing Fire Department was voted as the recipient of the proceeds from this ride, and the club and the Lansing Fire Department each received a check for $720. Pictured above, left to right, at the check presentation are Roxanne Hawkins of the Allamakee County ATV/UTV Club and Lansing Fire Department Chief Steve Darling. This road rally event was held at Green Valley Getaway and was supported by Green Valley Getaway, Kious Kountry, Allamakee County ATV/UTV Club, Cunningham Hardware, Empty Nest Winery and club members. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
19
Aug

U.S. Census Mobile to be at Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library one final Tuesday next week

The U.S. Census Mobile has been at Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library in Lansing every Tuesday in August answering questions about completing the Census and also assisting people in completing it. One final date will be available for this month, Tuesday, August 25 between the hours of 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

This operation, known as the Mobile Questionnaire Assistance (MQA) program, is a separate activity from census takers going door to door to count households that have not yet responded. The local census response representatives will help people complete the census on a 2020 Census tablet or on their own device, while practicing state and local social distancing protocols.

Lansing is currently at 49.5% response rate to the 2020 U.S. Census. Allamakee County is currently at a 55.8% response rate, the second lowest response rate in the entire state of Iowa, according to U.S. Census information.
 

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