River Valley

Wed
09
Mar

Writer’s Workshop this Thursday at Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library

Two writing professors from Luther College in Decorah, Keith Lesmeister, who is a heavily published author of short stories, and Brett Steelan, who is fresh out of Luther College, will be at the Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library on Main Street in Lansing this Thursday, March 10 to conduct a writer’s workshop at 7 p.m. All writers, and those who have a desire to write, are encouraged to attend.
Topics for the workshop include Writer’s technology; Information for the first-timer to the established writer - where to go, what to do; Tips on publishing and self-publishing, along with pros and cons; Finding your niche in your genre; Information on the writing world of today; along with an open question and answer session.

 

Wed
02
Mar

Denise Becker Attends Grinnell Mutual Farm Academy

Denise Becker of Kerndt Brothers Insurance Agency in Lansing participated in Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company’s annual Farm Academy February 16-19. Becker joined 26 other agents from throughout the Midwest to learn more about farm insurance coverages, services and Grinnell Mutual’s operations in Grinnell. Academy participants also toured a local farm cooperative and implement dealership to reinforce concepts learned in the classroom. Becker is pictured at right, receiving a certificate from Vice President of Direct Underwriting and Production Kurt Eaves for completing the Farm Academy. “The Farm Academy was designed to offer comprehensive training to agents committed to serving farm customers. It covers all aspects of writing farm insurance,” said Eaves.

Wed
24
Feb

Bald Eagle Watching Day has been scheduled for March 5 in Ferryville


Laura Freeman of the University of Minnesota Raptor Center displays Maxim, an American Bald Eagle, at the Ferryville Bald Eagle Day. Photo by Michael White.

The 8th Annual Bald Eagle Watching Day is being scheduled for Saturday, March 5 in Ferryville, WI at the Village Community Center located on State Highway 35, Wisconsin’s “Great River Road.” This program is sponsored by the Ferryville Tourism Council and is free to the public. The event is co-sponsored this year by the Friends of Pool 9, an organization that does so much in the local area to preserve and protect the environment and the Mississippi Region of Pool 9.
Event activities take place from 10:15 a.m.-3 p.m., with doors opening at 10 a.m. There will be opportunities to see and learn about Bald Eagles plus enjoy refreshments. In addition, there will be free children’s craft activities throughout the event.

Wed
24
Feb

Valentine Royalty at Thornton Manor

Marge Ewing and Delbert Timmerman were crowned Valentine Queen and King for 2016 at Thornton Manor Care Center in Lansing. Valentine games and trivia, along with sweet treats, were enjoyed by many during the holiday festivities. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
24
Feb

Wexford Wanderings

by Hugh E. Conway

Children in Wexford
Cemetery - Part III

Wed
17
Feb

Ice harvest tradition returns as part of WinterFest


Annual tradition returns after two-decade absence ... Pictured above are individuals from 1994 who participated in an ice harvest activity on the Mississippi River at Lansing. The year 1997 was the last year the Gary Galema family of Lansing demonstrated this 100-year-old family endeavor, but a crew of family members and others will once again be harvesting ice from the river as part of Lansing's WinterFest celebration this Saturday, February 20. Just like the one pictured on top, an ice saw created from a Model A engine and salvaged parts will be used to cut ice from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Village Creek Boat Landing south of Lansing Saturday. Retrieval of the ice, such as what is also pictured in the bottom photo from 1994, was a labor intensive job and will also be part of Saturday's demonstration. This activity, as well as an ice carving demonstration, sleigh rides and many other family activities will highlight Lansing’s WinterFest celebration. Photos courtesy of the Gary Galema family.

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

Wed
17
Feb

Rep. Patti Ruff holds legislative forum in Lansing


Representative Patti Ruff of Iowa House District 56 met with just over a dozen area residents at the Meehan Memorial Public Library in Lansing Saturday morning, February 13. Among the issues discussed were education, a bottle bill, eminent domain, medical marijuana use and broadband internet for rural areas. Photo by B.J. Tomlinson.

by B.J. Tomlinson

Wed
10
Feb

Lansing’s WinterFest celebration offers abundance of family fun February 20

Main Street Lansing will be offering Lansing’s Second Annual  WinterFest celebration Saturday, February 20 within the Lansing community. After last year’s inaugural success, the day of family fun is intended to bring families together to embrace Iowa’s winter weather.
Sue Stirn, chair of the Organization Committee of Main Street Lansing, elaborates, “We wanted an event for all ages to come together and have fun. Our committee has worked hard to provide a variety of events that will appeal to those who want to have fun outdoors or indoors.  This year we’ve added a few things like the sleigh ride and the wildlife displays. Even if there’s no snow, we’ll have lots to do. It’s a February day full of family-friendly fun!”

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