River Valley

Wed
26
Jun

Lansing City Council accepts resignations of police chief and council member, approves wage increases for union and non-union employees

by Julie Berg-Raymond

During its regular meeting Monday, June 17, the Lansing City Council approved the resignations of Chief of Police Conrad Rosendahl and of council member Lisa Welsh. Chief Rosendahl’s last day is Wednesday, June 26, and he will begin his new position as Chief of Police for the community of New Hampton Monday, July 1; Welsh’s resignation was effective immediately.

The council approved the appointment of Officer Darby Stone as interim Chief of Police starting June 27, 2024. Welsh’s council seat will be filled by appointment (see the Notice of Vacancy public notice printed on Page 25 in this week’s edition of The Standard for additional information on that appointment process).

Wed
26
Jun

Friends of Pool 9 celebrated 100th Anniversary of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge

What better way to kick-off the 100th Anniversary of the nearby and often misunderstood Refuge than to introduce the public to the reasoning behind the creation of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge in 1924, and then to offer excellent opportunities to experience the Refuge by a number of special boat tours?

The following describes actions that were organized and implemented by the not-for-profit Friends of Pool 9 during spring 2024; and expresses sincere gratitude to those who supported, in some way, the activities which helped accomplish the Friends mission.

Tue
18
Jun

Fiber optic internet coming to Harpers Ferry through AcenTek


Be aware of work along the highway ... Working immediately beside the highway comes with some challenges as part of the AcenTek fiber build between Lansing and Harpers Ferry. Traffic is urged to take caution when entering these areas of construction. Submitted image.

Running conduit under the gravel road ... A boring machine places conduit under the gravel road where Dry Ridge Drive meets the Lansing Harpers Road highway. AcenTek is working on the fiber optic project between Lansing and Harpers Ferry, with a completion date anticipated by the end of this current year. Submitted image.

Project in progress ... Large spools of tubing, equipment and caution signs mark the areas where work is being done on the Harpers Ferry fiber project. AcenTek is working on completing the fiber build with completion anticipated by the end of this year. Submitted image.

Anyone who has traveled between Lansing and Harpers Ferry lately may have noticed a construction project in process. AcenTek, the Internet, Voice and Video provider, is bringing the option of fiber internet to over 750 addresses in the Harpers Ferry area. Phase 2 of AcenTek’s fiber project began in May, with an expected completion date of December 1 of this year.

Central Cable vehicles are easily spotted south of Lansing where the project work began. Central Cable is the contractor for AcenTek. Large spools of orange tubing, called conduit, can be seen in various spots where work is being done. The conduit is what holds and protects the fiber strands, once inserted.

Mainline construction is the first step of a fiber build. Construction signs and cones are set out to warn drivers of this construction work, as it often takes place right next to primary roadways. Motorists are asked to use caution when approaching these work areas.

Tue
18
Jun

Allamakee County Conservation to host Paint Rock Goat Prairie Hike

Join Allamakee County Conservation Naturalist Erin Cubbon for a hike up to the Paint Rock Overlook the morning of Saturday, June 29. The hike will be departing from the parking area at the Paint Rock trailhead at 8 a.m.

Participants can expect to see a variety of flowers in bloom typical of the unique “goat prairie” ecosystems found on area bluffs. There is also the possibility of seeing timber rattlesnakes in their native habitat.

No preregistration is required. The hike will be approximately 2.5 miles round-trip, with an elevation gain of around 400 feet. As this is a fairly steep hike during a hot time of the year, bringing adequate water, snacks and sun protection is highly recommended. The trailhead is located off of Paint Rock Road, roughly 3.4 miles south of Harpers Ferry. Dogs must be leashed at all times.

Wed
12
Jun

Heavy rains result in landslides and road closure ...

A portion of Valley Street on the southwest edge of Lansing, between Hickory Lane and South Road Drive, was closed Monday, June 3 through Wednesday, June 5 after heavy rains rolled through the Lansing area that Monday. Local reports of two to three inches of rain in a short period of time that Monday forced City of Lansing crews to shut down that portion of Valley Street (as pictured above), with crews working a quick clean-up of the mud and debris that had slid down on to the roadway by the time this photo was taken but remnants of the impact of the heavy rain still noticeable (in the middle of the above photo) on the road at the east end of that closure. The road was able to be opened back up Wednesday, June 5. There were also some additional local reports of small land slides on other properties located south of Lansing. Photo by Bob Modersohn.
 

Wed
12
Jun

Informational session for Upper and Lower Dam mitigation next Tuesday

The public is invited to an informational session related to potential mitigation alternatives for the Upper and Lower Dams on the Upper Iowa River. The session will be held Tuesday, June 18 from 5:30-7 p.m. in Room 102 of Olin Hall at Luther College in Decorah. Parking is available in the Library Lot at Luther College.

Project partners will present potential mitigation alternatives for the Upper and Lower Dams, as well as the results of studies conducted throughout the planning process. There will be time reserved for audience questions. Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity to view and comment on the various proposals.

Wed
12
Jun

Lansing City Council votes to re-submit CDBG grant, discusses possible project to provide public fishing access by marina dike

by Julie Berg-Raymond

After a public hearing on Resolution #1003 authorizing submission of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) water/sewer improvement project application held during its regular meeting Monday, June 3, the Lansing City Council approved both a community development and housing needs assessment and re-submission of the CDBG Water/Sewer application.

An earlier submission of the application, prepared on behalf of the city by Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC), was signed by the city clerk and subsequently was deemed incomplete by the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) - by which the CDBG program is administered - because it is supposed to be signed by the mayor.

Wed
05
Jun

Variety of activities, events available at Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library this summer, including free lunch available for local children

The Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library is hosting a Summer Reading Program themed “Read, Renew, Repeat!” and all about conservation and nature. Readers of all ages are invited to participate by logging their reading and attending some of the library’s Earth-friendly events.

The family friendly kick-off event will be held Wednesday, June 5 at Mount Hosmer Veterans Memorial Park beginning at 10:45 a.m. There will be a flag tribute, a short nature walk and light lunch.

Friday, June 7 at noon will be the first Lego® Club meeting of the summer which runs through July 12 each Friday. Friday, June 21 USDA Tree Specialist (retired) Linda Haugen will be at the library at 10:30 a.m. to do a talk and activity for all ages about “Trees! Why are they so important?”

Additionally, each weekday over the summer starting May 28, free lunch is available from 11a.m.-1 p.m. at the library for all children. Follow the library Facebook page for additional summer events.

Wed
05
Jun

Ferryville Tourism Council’s June Chautauqua Program will share story of WWII POW

The Ferryville Tourism Council has announced its June 12 Chautauqua Program will be John Armbruster speaking on the survival story of Gene Moran, who was a Crawford County, WI resident whose WWII experience led to his survival after falling four miles from his airplane without a parachute. He subsequently also survived being a Prisoner of War and being forced to walk on a 600-mile death march.

Attendees will be intrigued by the story as told by Armbruster in his best-selling book, Tailspin.  This book was written by John Armbruster after many evenings spent listening to Gene Moran carefully and cautiously tell his story to the author. Armbruster will have his book for sale at the conclusion of his presentation.

Wed
05
Jun

Water Safety Program in Harpers Ferry will be Saturday

Allamakee County Conservation and the Harpers Ferry American Legion Auxiliary are co-sponsoring a Water Safety Program scheduled for Saturday, June 8 at 11 a.m. at the Legion Hall in Harpers Ferry. The event is free to the public, and is open to all adults and children.
 

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