River Valley

Wed
02
Oct

ITC conducting fall aerial patrols of transmission lines

Public advised of possible low-flying helicopters near area electrical lines

ITC will be conducting semi-annual aerial patrols of high-voltage transmission structures and lines throughout its service territory through October 14, weather permitting. Helicopter patrols provide an overall status of the overhead transmission system owned and operated by ITC’s Iowa-based operating entity, ITC Midwest LLC.

Wed
02
Oct

Final week to apply for grant funding through Arlin Falck Foundation

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 this Saturday, October 5 to be considered for funding.
 

Wed
25
Sep

Friends of Pool 9 hosts Mississippi River Adventure Day for Kee and De Soto, WI students


A day of adventure on and along the Mississippi River ... The 65 students from De Soto, WI and Kee Middle Schools gather outside the Genoa National Interpretive Center at the conclusion of morning activities for the Thursday, September 12 Mississippi River Adventure Day hosted by Friends of Pool 9. Students were bused to the Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center in Lansing for lunch and an afternoon with more activity and adventure. Submitted photo.

Kayak caravan ... A kayak armada with paddles raised approaches the Village Creek Landing with leader Russ Hagen during the Mississippi River Adventure Day river activity for Lansing and De Soto seventh grade students. Everyone wore a lifejacket and no one tipped over. Submitted photo.

Fish tagging ... Students huddle around the tagging machines in the Sturgeon Building at the Genoa National Fish Hatchery under the watchful eye of Kevin Quillin and Bruce ReVoir. Kee and De Soto students tagged over 1,200 sturgeon throughout the day as part of the Friends of Pool 9 Mississippi River Adventure Day. Submitted photo.

submitted by Friends of Pool 9

Thursday, September 12 turned out to be a great day for students of two schools bordering Pool 9 and the Mississippi River, one of those days that “legends are made of.” As part of that annual Mississippi River Adventure Day hosted by Friends of Pool 9, 65 seventh grade students from Kee and De Soto, WI Middle Schools embraced activities at the Genoa National Interpretive Center, the Genoa National Fish Hatchery, the Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center in Lansing, and other outdoor riverside activities at Village Creek Landing in rural Lansing, and they did it all while dodging raindrops and sweltering heat and humidity.

Wed
25
Sep

Baptism at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church ...

Greyson Robert Dahlstrom, son of Steve and Jessica Dahlstrom of Cedar Rapids, was baptized during worship at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Lansing Sunday, September 15. Greyson’s sponsors are Katie Connoly and Evan Tinderholt. Four generations are represented in this baptismal picture. Left to right: Steve Dahlstrom (father), Gwen Dahlstrom (sister), Tim Dahlstrom (uncle), Evan Tinderholt (sponsor), Jess Dahlstrom (mother), Greyson Dahlstrom, Rev. Laura Gentry (pastor), Ruby Rathbun (great-grandmother), Paula Rathbun (grandmother). Submitted photo.
 

Wed
25
Sep

Kee Post Prom to host Bingo Oct. 13

The Kee High School Post Prom Committee will host Bingo Sunday, October 13 in the Kee High School cafeteria in Lansing. Games will start at 4 p.m., with doors opening at 3:30 p.m.

Participants can bring a non-perishable food item or $1 donation and play an extra Bingo card free. All donations will be given to LIFT (Lansing Iowa Food Trust). All players will be eligible for a door prize drawing at intermission. Proceeds will be used to fund 2020 Post Prom prizes and entertainment.

Wed
18
Sep

Portion of South Front Street to be closed for resurfacing ...

Work was scheduled to begin this week on the resurfacing project taking place on South Front Street/Great River Road in Lansing from its intersection with Main Street south to the Clear Creek Bridge. That section of roadway will be milled down, graded and then have an asphalt overlay applied during the next week-plus, obviously dependent upon weather conditions. Residents and visiting motorists are reminded that South Front Street will be closed from Main Street down to Valley Street, with a detour in place utilizing South Fourth Street and Valley Street to circumvent the area for motorists looking to access Great River Road south out of Lansing from Main Street, and vice versa. No access to South Front Street will be available via John Street, and those wishing to visit the businesses and other locations on the riverfront along the closed section of roadway are urged by City officials to park in the ball diamond parking lot where John Street meets South Front Street.

Wed
18
Sep

Quilt show scheduled in October to benefit New Albin Public Library

October 11-13, over 200 quilted items will adorn the New Albin Community Center, located at 137 Railroad Avenue SW in New Albin. There will be an array of quilts, including antique  quilts, baby quilts, t-shirt quilts, wall hangings, table runners and wool work on display. Hours for the show will be Friday, October 11 from 4-7 p.m.; Saturday, October 12 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, October 13 from 12-4 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the New Albin Public Library.

Lisa Fruechte and Karen Darling of New Albin have been organizing this show since 2006 and have seen it grow each time. This year, they have some new helpers organizing the show, and it promises to be just as good as ever. It is not required to be part of a quilt guild to display an item in the New Albin show.

Wed
18
Sep

Program at library in Lansing will examine WWII homefront

Historian and author Michael Eckers will present the program “World War II: The Homefront” at Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 26. Eckers has written about America’s history and military for more than 50 years. He brings an engaging style of presentation, combining serious learning with enjoyable anecdotes.

This program will focus on the personal and nationwide fight against a common enemy through the resource rationing, recycling, scientific and industrial innovation and financial contributions made by Americans during WWII. Available at the presentation along with his other writings, Eckers’s latest book - the novel “Five for Freedom” - tells of a young war correspondent searching for his four high school basketball teammates. All are serving in different military branches during WWII, scattered around the world.

The library is located at 515 Main Street in Lansing. For more information contact 563-538-4693.
 

Wed
11
Sep

Fall Clean-Up scheduled for October 8 at Lansing City Council meeting

by Alexis Johnson

The Lansing City Council meeting was held Tuesday, September 3 due to the Labor Day holiday falling on the council’s usual Monday meeting date. The discussion centered around the adoption of the consent agenda, citizen’s action, People Service update, marina board and fall clean-up.

The consent agenda consisted of council minutes for August 19, payment claims, Marina Board minutes from August 26, considering the transfer of $4,534.40 from trust funds savings to general checking account to cover splash pad expenses, liquor license for the Lansing Fire Department event September 12, Library Board minutes from July 23 and the library director’s report from August 2019. A motion was made and seconded to approve the adoption of the consent agenda.

Wed
11
Sep

Update provided on Splash Pad project in Lansing

As part of its appreciation to thank the 100-plus contributions made to the Big Splash Project, the Lansing Park and Recreation Board reports that the donor recognition sign for the project is being created and will be sent to the manufacturer in the next couple weeks. Anyone who is still contemplating making a contribution to the project should send it to the City of Lansing, P.O. Box 470, Lansing, IA 52151 with the words “Splash Pad” in the memo section.

The splash pad equipment has arrived and the majority of the plumbing is complete for the project. Once the concrete is poured and a shelter for the controller and manifold is completed, the equipment will be installed. Park and Recreation Board officials know the season is getting late, so they have planned a ribbon cutting ceremony to take place next year when the weather begins to warm up.

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