River Valley

Wed
29
Jun

Thornton Manor donates raffle proceeds and quilt to Lansing EMS ...

Thornton Manor in Lansing sold raffle tickets for an Emergency Medical Services (EMS)-themed quilt (pictured above) at various local events throughout the fall of 2021. The original winner of the raffle, who wanted to remain anonymous, donated the quilt back to the Lansing EMS. Thornton Manor was able to raise $1,500 through the raffle and donated those proceeds to Lansing EMS. Pictured above presenting the quilt and check to Lansing EMS Coordinator Conrad Rosendahl (far right) are (left to right) Thornton Manor Administrator Sam Kuhn, Environmental Services Coordinator Diane DeLong, Volunteer Cindy Callahan, Office Manager Nancy Rethwisch and Director of Nursing Bonnie Weymiller. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
29
Jun

Thornton Manor hosts car show as part of Father’s Day events ...

Thornton Manor in Lansing celebrated Father’s Day with its first annual car show where people in the community brought a total of 14 vintage cars or motorcycles to participate in a parade outside the front doors of Thornton Manor, such as those pictured in the surrounding photos. In the afternoon, Thornton Manor hosted a Father’s Day party with both men and women invited, with entertainment provided by Tim Bohenkamp. Submitted photos.
 

Wed
29
Jun

New project, new business, and raises for City employees among topics addressed at June 20 Lansing City Council meeting

by Julie Berg-Raymond

Mayor Melissa Hammell told the Lansing City Council during its regular meeting Monday, June 20 that Sunshine Thomas Bear - cultural preservation director/tribal historic preservation officer at the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska - will visit Lansing June 30 to meet with Mayor Hammell and members of the Lansing City Council about a new project, set to be completed next spring. Part of the Native American Interpretive Project, a kiosk will be installed on Front Street by the park and will offer information about Native Americans who once lived in this area. Sunshine Thomas Bear will look at and consider that location during her visit. The kiosk is being funded by a $25,000 grant through Northeast Iowa RC&D (Resource Conservation & Development), at no cost to the City.

Wed
22
Jun

Lansing RAGBRAI holds public forum seeking volunteers and offering logistical information about the late July event

by Julie Berg-Raymond

RAGBRAI - the oldest, largest and longest multi-day bicycle touring event in the world - is coming to northeast Iowa in late July this year, and Lansing has been selected as the final tire-dip destination.

Ian Zahren, Lansing RAGBRAI executive chair, led a public forum at Kee High School Wednesday, June 15 to provide the community with details about the logistics of being the final stop on the ride, and to encourage area residents to volunteer for the event. Allamakee County Emergency Management Coordinator Corey Snitker also spoke at the forum and advised attendees that his department is working with local fire and police departments and the railroad to ensure a safe and pleasant experience for everyone involved.

“The aim is to make this efficient for residents and the police department, and safe for bicyclists,” Zahren told forum attendees.

Wed
15
Jun

Ribbon cutting and First Dollar presentation for Arla’s Sewing Room ...

Main Street Lansing held a ribbon cutting and First Dollar certificate presentation for Arla’s Sewing Room, located at 253 Main Street in Lansing. Owned by Arla and Paul Wagner of rural Lansing, Arla’s Sewing Room offers sewing machine service and sewing/quilting classes, and patrons can also purchase fabric, thread and Elna sewing machines. The business plans to offer a larger selection in the future, so customers should continue to stop in and see what’s new. While Arla’s Sewing Room will provide service for any brand of sewing machine, the business will only sell Elna machines. In fact, Arla’s Sewing Room is the only business within 100 miles of Lansing that sells Elna machines.

“I have sewn my whole life, and this store has been a dream for years,” said Arla Wagner. “I love to sew. I appreciate all of the support and well wishes. It’s terrific. When life gives you scraps, quilt.”

Wed
15
Jun

New bridge project is main topic of Lansing City Council meeting

by Julie Berg-Raymond

The Lansing City Council received some encouraging new information about the new bridge project from a representative of the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) during its regular meeting Monday, June 6.

While estimates of a road closure while the new bridge at Lansing is being constructed had earlier been in the three- to five-month range, Brennan Dolan, cultural resources and team lead/tribal liaison with the Iowa DOT, told the council at its June 6 meeting the three- to five-month estimate is being considered a “worst-case scenario.”

Wed
15
Jun

Celebrate more than a century of the Dunlevy newspaper legacy June 25 at Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library

Friends of the Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library invite everyone to come celebrate the 107 years of the Dunlevy newspaper legacy and the life of John Dunlevy, past editor of The Allamakee Journal, Saturday, June 25 from 1-4 p.m. at Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library, located at 515 Main Street. A short program will be held at 2 p.m.

John J. Dunlevy, 83, a lifelong resident of Lansing, died Saturday, December 4, 2021. John Dunlevy was the third generation of his family’s operation of the newspaper in Lansing. He held this position until 1988 when The Allamakee Journal was sold. This concluded 107 years of the Dunlevy legacy with The Allamakee Journal.

For additional information, contact Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library at 563-538-4693.
 

Wed
08
Jun

Lansing seeks RAGBRAI volunteers, meeting set for June 15

Lansing is looking for volunteers to help welcome RAGBRAI cyclists from across the nation and around the world. More than 10,000 riders are expected to wrap up an entire week of peddling by dipping their tires in the Mississippi River at Lansing July 30, and everyone is invited to be an ambassador to paradise as part of the town’s “Pedal to Paradise” welcoming event.

Help is needed now through RAGBRAI week, July 21-July 31. Sign up in person at a volunteer meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 15 at Kee High School in Lansing or click on the volunteer tab at lansingragbrai.com.

Interested individuals can choose from many volunteering needs, such as food and vending, parking supervision, set-up and clean-up, transportation, beautification, information center, traffic management, greeting and picture taking, entertainment, housing, hospitality, or campground hosting. Volunteers can work just the day of arrival or help out longer term.

Wed
08
Jun

LIFT (Lansing Iowa Food Trust) resumes in-person distribution in June

Street repair currently limiting access from north

Beginning Wednesday, June 1 and taking place each Wednesday after that, LIFT (Lansing Iowa Food Trust) will resume pre-COVID food distribution protocols from 4-6 p.m. each Wednesday at its 220 South 3rd Street location in Lansing. Clients will work with a volunteer at the facility  as they select their own food items, following the posted guidelines.

Clients are encouraged to bring their own boxes and bags to carry items. Special needs will be accommodated if items are available. LIFT will no longer have prepackaged boxes or drive-through service.

LIFT allows one shopper per household to select food. Children will not be allowed in the building while clients are shopping. Clients will be limited to four people at a time in the store during the distribution hours.

Wed
01
Jun

Thornton Manor seeking participants in Father’s Day Parade of vehicles

Thornton Manor would like to invite anyone who has (or who knows of someone who has) an old-fashioned car or fun motorcycle to participate in Thornton Manor’s First Annual Father’s Day Fun Parade scheduled for Friday, June 17. Participants can call Karen at Thornton Manor to confirm they are going to participate, or for more information, at 563-538-4236.

Parade will start at 10 a.m. Friday, June 17. Staff will be outside Thornton Manor to direct the traffic and set up the parade line.

All residents and staff who want to watch the parade will be seated safely outside the front of Thornton Manor. In the case of a rainy day, the parade will be canceled and rescheduled for a later date, which will be announced.
 

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