River Valley

Wed
06
Dec

Donor wall to be updated at Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center ...

Due to additional donations to the Allamakee County Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center on the south edge of Lansing since its opening in August of this year, the Allamakee County Conservation Foundation will be updating the donor wall located within the facility and pictured at right, along with its adjacent listing (pictured below) of the different donor levels and what they represent. Donations to the Center are tax deductible, and donations of $1,000 or more will be noted on the donor wall. Donations will be accepted until January 31, 2018 for the first updating of the donor wall. Anyone wanting to make a tax deductible donation for 2017 should make the donation before the end of December.

Wed
22
Nov

EACSD Board of Directors hears variety of updates on student activities and other school matters

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) Board of Directors met Monday, November 20 with board member Bobbi Goetzinger and board president Heather Schulte the only members present initially, in addition to Superintendent Dr.  Dale Crozier, New Albin Elementary School Principal Chad Steckel, Kee High School Principal Mary Hogan and board secretary Marian Verdon. Absent, initially, were board members Bruce Palmborg, Kelli Mudderman and Melanie Mauss.

Because one board member would be arriving later, the board members present chose to hear the presentations by Allamakee County Emergency Management Director Corey Snitker, teacher Debra Masek on the fourth, fifth and sixth grade social studies curriculum and the Kee High School FFA chapter before officially starting the business portion of the meeting.

Wed
22
Nov

Lansing City Council holds brief regular session involving pair of police department items

by Macie Hill

The Lansing City Council met in a brief regular session Monday, November 20. Discussion centered around interviewing for a new city police officer, discussing the choosing of a financial institution for a vehicle loan for the police department, and local Iowa House of Representatives candidate Andy Kelleher asking the council about issues that need to be addressed in Lansing.

The council discussed the choice of New Albin Savings Bank as the financial institution regarding a loan for a new vehicle for the police department. This decision will be finalized during the next regular council session.

The City will be interviewing three potential officers to fill the position for the new city police officer by the end of December.

Wed
22
Nov

"Main Street Madness" underway

“Main Street Madness”, Lansing Main Street’s holiday punch card shopping promotion, runs through December 20. Look for a participating merchant poster and pick up a free punch card to be validated with either punches or stamps in five-dollar increments for purchases made between November 15 and December 20. Once a card is full ($100 in purchases), turn it in and start another.

Completed cards will then be entered into a drawing for one of four Downtown Dollar prizes of $150, $100, $75 and $25. Completed cards can be dropped off at any participating Main Street business or the Main Street Lansing office by noon December 20.
 

Wed
15
Nov

Becker awarded by Iowa Municipal Finance Officers Association

Lansing City Clerk Katie Becker has been awarded the designation of "Iowa Certified Municipal Finance Officer" from the Iowa Municipal Finance Officers Association (IMFOA) for achieving its high educational, experience and service requirements. Becker joins a number of Municipal Officers in the state of Iowa who currently hold the designation through the program first launched by IMFOA in 2005.

The program aids Municipal Clerks, Deputy Clerks and Finance Officers in improving job performance and recognizes the professionalization of the Municipal Professionals Office. Completion of the Iowa State University Institute on Basic Government and Professional Curriculum or a baccalaureate degree in public administration or related field, responsible experience in local government, and participation in conferences, meetings and educational seminars are required to earn this prestigious Iowa Certified Municipal Clerk designation.

Wed
15
Nov

Kee High School Post Prom to host Bingo December 3

The Kee High School Post Prom Committee will host Bingo Sunday, December 3 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 food item to be donated to the Allamakee County Food Shelf and play an extra Bingo card free. All players will be eligible for door prizes.  Proceeds will be used to fund Post Prom prizes and entertainment in the spring.
 

Wed
15
Nov

American Red Cross Blood Drive at Kee High School scheduled for November 22

Many people want to give back to the community but may not have a lot of time to volunteer. In only about an hour, volunteer blood donors can help save lives and feel instant gratification.

The community is invited to give back and help save lives by donating blood Wednesday, November 22 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Kee High School, located at 569 Center Street, Lansing.

Blood is a perishable product that can only come from generous volunteers. By donating blood, individuals can make a difference in the lives of patients in their community and throughout the nation.

To make an appointment or to learn more, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire found at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass is encouraged to help speed up the donation process.

Wed
08
Nov

A new kind of wastewater idea coming closer to reality in New Albin


Plans for Algaewheel wastewater treatment system continue to move forward ... The Algaewheel wastewater treatment system being pursued as a solution for the community of New Albin is pictured above with its system of rollers in a "greenhouse" setting. The photo above was gleaned from the website of OneWater Group from Indianapolis, IN, the company responsible for the system that describes the process as "the photosynthetic algal biofilm which forms on the algaewheels (pictured above) cultivates an algal/bacterial ecosystem that provides enhanced wastewater treatment performance."

by Anne Falken,
Correspondent

It’s going to happen. After two plus years of work by the New Albin City Council, NAIL (New Albin Improvement League) and other concerned citizens, enough progress has been made on the proposed wastewater treatment plant to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The light shows a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment idea, Algaewheel, that mimics nature’s own biological processes by utilizing the symbiotic relationship between algae and bacteria.

OneWater Group, based in Indianapolis, IN, is demonstrating global foresight in its product, Algaewheel, which promotes decentralized water treatment and water reuse, and addresses water pollution and water security. In today's world of declining fresh water supply from booming populations and over-consumption, ensuing droughts, and perhaps terrorism, a decentralized water treatment plant gives more dependability and protection for a city’s water supply.

Wed
08
Nov

Lansing City Council discusses no parking signs, hears plan for additional boat docks at City Marina

by Macie Hill

The regular meeting of the Lansing City Council was held Monday, November 6. Discussion centered around no parking signs being put in near Fourth Street and Platt Street, approval of the renewal of the Marina Contract, payment for the South Road Bridge project, a grant for sign replacements and hiring a new police officer.

City officials are considering putting no parking signs in front of some of the spaces near Fourth Street and Platt Street due to parked cars in those locations being in the way of semi tractor-trailers trying to turn the corner. The council decided to notify the residents near the locations where the signs would need to be placed, get their feedback on the decision, and make a decision at a future meeting.

Wed
08
Nov

United Methodist Church in Lansing donates portion of chicken supper proceeds to help hurricane victims

After Hurricane Harvey struck Texas in late August of this year, Lansing resident Harold Marks, a member of United Methodist Church in Lansing (UMC Lansing), felt inspired to help out in some way. He and his wife, Denise, decided to approach their fellow congregation members at UMC Lansing to suggest sending a portion of the proceeds from the church's approaching chicken supper to a fellow United Methodist Church in Texas.

After doing some research, a small United Methodist Church in Baytown, TX was chosen. St. Emily's United Methodist Church is led by Pastor Bill Russell and his wife, Debra, serving a small congregation of about 60 people. Although the church, itself, did not suffer a lot of damage from the hurricane, members of the church's congregation did experience flooding, vehicle and even home losses.

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