River Valley

Wed
06
Feb

Kee High School Speech advances nine acts to State, five receive perfect scores ...

The Kee High School Speech team competed in its District contest Wednesday, January 23 in Postville, advancing nine teams to the State competition held this past Saturday, February 2 at Waterloo West High School. Teams earning that advancement to State included the following:

Notice Mime (One rating): Jada Mitchell, Abby Wood, Maggy Weymiller, Ella Strong and Jaiden Berns.

Bedside Manor Radio News (One rating): Rachel Walleser, Macy Manning, Alexis Johnson, Chris Wagner and Nick Buege.

WRMZ Reader’s Theatre (One rating and perfect score): Jazmyne Pace, Maggy Weymiller, Abby Wood, Rebecca Kadera, Jennifer Mitchell, Allison Donley, Ella Strong, Owen Henkes, Peter Boland, Lydia Strong, Kylie Troendle, Allyvia Martin, Jada Mitchell and Daniel Wagner.

Film “The Very Last Laugh” (One rating and perfect score): Amanda Fahey, Sahreya Dodd, Jade Peterson, Alexis Johnson, Macy Manning, Laurel Scott, Chris Wagner, Kellen Maddox and Will Mooney.

Wed
06
Feb

Lansing City Council hears about local efforts regarding this summer’s Hwy. 82 project, receives committee assignments

by Macie Hill

The Lansing City Council meeting was held Monday, February 4. Discussion centered around the adoption of the consent agenda, welcoming a new council member, a Main Street Lansing report, raising jetter repair costs and assigning committees.
Mayor Mike Brennan opened the meeting welcoming the newest member of the council, Kyle Walleser.

Main Street Lansing Executive Director Andy Kelleher was at the meeting presenting the Main Street Matters report. He explained that the Main Street Madness punch card promotion recorded $220,100 in local holiday spending late last year.

Wed
06
Feb

Harpers Ferry Youth Ice Fisheree is this Sunday

Due to the extremely cold temperatures during its originally scheduled weekend, the Allamakee County Conservation Board and the Harpers Ferry Booster Club postponed the annual Harpers Ferry Youth Ice Fisheree originally scheduled for Sunday, January 27 at Nobles Island Boat Landing.  It will now be held Sunday, February 10 at Nobles Island Boat Landing from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Nobles Island Boat Landing is approximately five miles south of Harpers Ferry on County Road 364. Anyone 15 years of age and under is encouraged to attend with an adult. Ice fishing equipment, bait, food and hot chocolate will be provided. Entry to the fisheree is free of charge and prizes will be awarded to many of the participants.

Tue
29
Jan

Darling selected as District winner of Patriot’s Pen essay contest ...

Lansing Middle School eighth grade student Alyssa Darling was selected by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) 9th Iowa District as the winner of the VFW Patriot’s Pen essay contest. She is the daughter of Mark and Kris Darling of Lansing and was sponsored by Lansing VFW Post 5981. Pictured above, left to right, in the submitted photo is VFW 9th District Chairman of Patriot’s Pen Bernie Meiers, Don Peters of Lansing VFW Post 5981, Alyssa Darling and VFW 9th District Commander Virgil Thorstenson. Darling’s award-winning essay advanced on to the State level of competition. Her essay topic was “Why I Honor the American Flag,” and it is published below in its entirety:

Why I Honor the American Flag
by Alyssa Darling, 8th grade student at Lansing Middle School

Tue
29
Jan

DNR seeking public comment for proposed rules for State Parks and recreation areas

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is currently seeking public comment for the proposed rule making to implement Senate File 2389, passed by the Iowa Legislature in April 2018, allowing the DNR to establish rental fees at state parks and recreation areas. This change eliminates the need for the DNR to go through rule making under the authority of the Natural Resource Commission to establish, change and manage fees for camping, the use of rental facilities and other special privileges in state parks and recreation areas.

As part of the legislation, the DNR is required to establish and adopt rules for the purpose of setting forth the methodology to be used in establishing fees. To obtain a copy of the rule making documents, visit the Iowa DNR’s website at www.iowadnr.gov/parks.

Tue
29
Jan

Past weekend’s Harpers Ferry Youth Ice Fisheree rescheduled to Feb. 10

Due to the extremely cold temperatures forecasted for this weekend, the Allamakee County Conservation Board and the Harpers Ferry Booster Club have postponed the annual Harpers Ferry Youth Ice Fisheree originally scheduled for Sunday, January 27 at Nobles Island Boat Landing.  It will now be held Sunday, February 10 at Nobles Island Boat Landing from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Nobles Island Boat Landing is approximately five miles south of Harpers Ferry on County Road 364. Anyone 15 years of age and under is encouraged to attend with an adult. Ice fishing equipment, bait, food and hot chocolate will be provided. Entry to the fisheree is free of charge and prizes will be awarded to many of the participants.

Thu
24
Jan

This weekend’s Harpers Ferry Youth Ice Fisheree rescheduled to Feb. 10

Due to the extremely cold temperatures forecasted for this weekend, the Allamakee County Conservation Board and the Harpers Ferry Booster Club have postponed the annual Harpers Ferry Youth Ice Fisheree originally scheduled for Sunday, January 27 at Nobles Island Boat Landing. It will now be held Sunday, February 10 at Nobles Island Boat Landing from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Nobles Island Boat Landing is approximately five miles south of Harpers Ferry on County Road 364. Anyone 15 years of age and under is encouraged to attend with an adult. Ice fishing equipment, bait, food and hot chocolate will be provided. Entry to the fisheree is free of charge and prizes will be awarded to many of the participants.

Wed
23
Jan

Lansing City Council approves consideration of development proposal for Old Stone School and agreement with People Service

by Macie Hill

The regular meeting of the Lansing City Council was held Monday, January 21. Discussion centered around approval of the consent agenda, discussion of Stone School development and an agreement with People Service.

The adoption of the consent agenda was approved consisting of council meeting minutes from January 7 and the Treasurer’s Report for December 2018. A motion was made and seconded for approval to put together an exploration committee to look into a development proposal for the Old Stone School.

Approval was also given by the council to approve the Operation and Maintenance Agreement with People Service to continue to provide services within the City.
 

Wed
23
Jan

Safety message regarding gas meters and winter weather

Snow and ice buildup on natural gas meters can create a safety hazard and even cut off the flow of natural gas to heating equipment and other appliances. To avoid trouble, one can gently remove snow and ice from on and around the meter with their hands or a broom. Gas meters and regulators are durable and designed with the weather in mind, but a coating of ice or snow could cause a loss of service and become a critical safety issue. If at all possible, remove the snow before it has a chance to freeze.

Wed
23
Jan

Six applications received for vacant District 1A Judge seat; Public invited to express views regarding candidates

Six individuals have submitted applications to the Subdistrict 1A Judicial Nominating Commission for consideration for nomination to the District Court. The 1A Judicial Nominating Commission will meet Monday, January 28 to interview applicants to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Margaret Lingreen.

The applicants include John William Bernau, Shea Marie Chapin, Alan Thomas Heavens, Nathan Carl  Moonen, Stephanie Christine Rattenborg and Justin Michael Vorwald. Any citizen may communicate with any Commissioner listed below to express their views of a candidate prior to the January 28 interview date.

The Judicial Nominating Commission for State of Iowa Judicial District 1A includes the following Commissioners (listed with their email contact information):

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