River Valley

Wed
08
Mar

Lansing City Council sets March 20 as public hearing date for Clear Creek bridge replacement

by B.J. Tomlinson

After meeting in a closed session at 7 p.m. to discuss strategy in matters currently in litigation, the Lansing City Council began its regular session at 7:20 p.m. Monday, March 6.

City Clerk Katie Becker presented information related to an investment policy,  proposed Resolution No. 890. In compliance with Iowa statutes, the Resolution establishes processes and procedures related to investments. The Council approved the Resolution.

Wed
08
Mar

Tax preparation services available through RSVP

Northeast Iowa RSVP volunteers will be providing electronic income tax filing for low to middle income taxpayers (any age) and those over age 60. The service will be offered at the Waukon Extension Office through the VITA program. Call 563-568-6345 for an appointment in Waukon.

In Postville, the services will be provided through the AARP program at the Postville Public Library. To schedule an appointment in Postville, call 563-277-5186.

For more information about the RSVP volunteer program, contact Kathy or Kim at 563-277-5181 or toll free at 1-877-806-0623.
 

Wed
08
Mar

Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library celebrating Lansing’s Sesquicentennial with history programs and other weekly events

In observance of the community of Lansing’s Sesquicentennial 150th birthday being celebrated this year, Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library has put together monthly programs, and more, regarding the history and exploration of Lansing. Some of those programs will address the fur trade, the river, mining, how the community grew from the lumber mills, to grain elevators, to mercantile, manufacturing, tourism, along with the people, their heritage and their livelihood.

To start the year off, “Coffees with Lansing’s Elders: Talking about how we got to where we are” will be held Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. in March (March 11, 18 and 25) at the library. Everyone is welcome to come join the roundtable, participate or just listen in.

Wed
01
Mar

Ferryville to host Bald Eagle Watching Day with variety of events Saturday

The Ninth Annual Bald Eagle Watching Day is scheduled to take place this Saturday, March 4 in Ferryville, WI at the Village Community Center located on State Highway 35, “The Great River Road”. This program is sponsored by the Ferryville Tourism Council, co-sponsored by Friends of Pool 9 and free to the public.

Event activities are scheduled to take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Doors will open at 9:45 a.m. New to the program is the Decorah Raptor Rearch Project Eagle Cam organization presenting at 12:30 p.m. on “What we learned from an Eagle’s Nest”. John Howe of the Raptor Resource Project and his team will be in attendance for the first time.

Free refreshments and children’s craft activities will be available throughout the event. There are many eagle nests in the Ferryville, WI area, including a new one just south of Ferryville. The Pool 9 section has more nests than in any other part of the Mississippi River.

Wed
01
Mar

Lansing City Council sets March 13 for budget hearing, discusses Clear Creek project

by B.J. Tomlinson

Because of scheduling conflicts, the Lansing City Council could not meet Monday, February 20 and, instead, met in a delayed regular session Tuesday, February 21. After approving the Consent Agenda, the Council adopted the Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2017 and set Monday, March 13 at 7 p.m. for the Public Hearing. Those residents interested in discussing the proposed budget are invited to attend.

Wed
01
Mar

Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library celebrating Lansing’s Sesquicentennial with history programs and other weekly events

In observance of the community of Lansing’s Sesquicentennial 150th birthday being celebrated this year, Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library has put together monthly programs, and more, regarding the history and exploration of Lansing. Some of those programs will address the fur trade, the river, mining, how the community grew from the lumber mills, to grain elevators, to mercantile, manufacturing, tourism, along with the people, their heritage and their livelihood.

To start the year off, “Coffees with Lansing’s Elders: Talking about how got to where we are” will be held Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. in March (March 4, 11, 18 and 25) at the library. Everyone is welcome to come join the roundtable, participate or just listen in.
Additional history programs will be held Thursdays, with exceptions, at 6:30 p.m., with a soup supper beginning at 5:30 p.m. Current scheduled history programs include the following:

Wed
15
Feb

Lansing Hardware receives President's Paint Award ...

Lansing Hardware, owned and operated by Dave and Laurie Janzen in Lansing, received the 2016 President’s Paint Award at United Hardware Distributing Company’s Spring and Summer Buying Market, which was held January 6-8 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, MN. The President’s Paint Award is given to the top 100 stores overall that excelled in paint sales and promotions for United Hardware Distributing Company during 2016. Pictured above, left to right, Dave and Laurie Janzen accept the award from Steve Draeger, President and CEO of United Hardware Distributing Co., which is the parent company of Hardware Hank and Trustworthy Hardware stores and is located in Plymouth, MN. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
15
Feb

New Albin wastewater treatment plant progress awaiting Algaewheel data; NAIL looking to become catalyst for this and future projects

by Anne Falken

A year has come and gone since the last report on the New Albin wastewater treatment plant proposal, but the New Albin City Council has been working diligently with Fehr Graham Engineers out of West Union and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to gain a Letter of Consent, which would set out a timeline toward the permit needed to implement a new wastewater treatment system within the community of New Albin.

The City of New Albin wants to incorporate the Algaewheel system, an innovative wastewater treatment system invented at the OneWater Company out of Indianapolis, IN. The present New Albin treatment plant was built in the late 1960s and is currently not compliant with regulations.

Wed
15
Feb

Compatibility Determinations released for the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge following review

In August 2016, the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) released 23 revised draft Compatibility Determinations (CDs) which re-evaluated uses of the Refuge that were determined to be compatible with the Refuge mission. The original Compatibility Determinations were completed in 2006 as part of the Refuge’s Comprehensive Conservation Plan and are required to be re-evaluated.

Wed
08
Feb

Donation made to Veterans Memorial patio on Mt. Hosmer…

The Lansing Veterans Memorial Association has donated $3,000 to the Lansing Parks Board to develop a Veterans Memorial patio adjacent to the south side of the existing park shelter on Mt Hosmer in Lansing. Pictured at right, Veterans Memorial Association President Bill Burke (right) recently presented the Association's check to Lansing City Parks Board Chairman Dave Pleasants (left), the funds of which will be placed into a City fund for the memorial patio.
 

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