River Valley

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29
Apr

Unusual trash discovered during annual Mississippi River clean-up


The Galema boat carried sons Neil and Alex and parents Gary and Karen Galema. This is the tenth year the group has joined together to clean the backwater north of Lansing. Their boat was loaded with metal and plastic barrels, as well as other metal and styrofoam debris. Submitted photo.

Friends of Pool 9 volunteers gathered at the VFW building in Lansing (and other sites around the Pool) for the group’s eleventh Annual River Clean-Up Saturday, April 18. Registration data shows the group numbered about 115, slightly above last year’s total of 112. Area youth again were able to clean both sides of the three-mile long Hwy. 82 dike. This has been one of the most difficult areas in the entire Pool to clean because of the rocky slopes on both sides of the highway down to the river’s edge. Quart beer bottles in brown paper bags were common, as were auto and truck tires. With the effort of two young men from Waukon the group was able to remove a couch from the river, as well as a television set, a desk and hoards of beer cans and plastic water bottles.  Don Thran, FOP9 coordinator for the Hwy. 82 dike clean-up commented that it was “probably the worst it has been for years” for that area.

Wed
29
Apr

Boland, Walleser selected to attend Boys State this June


Nick Boland (left) and Ethan Walleser (right)

Two Lansing Kee High juniors, Ethan Walleser and Nick Boland, have been selected to attend the June 14-19 Boys State at Fort Dodge in Johnston. Ethan is the son of Fred and the late Dora Walleser of Lansing. Nick is the son of Steven and Dolly Boland of New Albin.                 
Local selection of attendees is being sponsored by the Lansing Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5981 and Lansing American Legion Post 50.  
Begun in 1938, Boys State is a six-day course in self government, consistently taught with a hands-on approach. The young men of 2015 Boys State, all of whom will have finished their junior year of high school, will be divided into 32 cities. Four cities constitute a county and eight counties make up Boys State. The cities are composed of members of the Nationalist and Federalist parties. The citizens within these cities hold party caucus meetings, conventions, campaigns and general elections.

Wed
22
Apr

Lansing City Council votes down ordinance to allow golf cart use on city streets

by B.J. Tomlinson

The Lansing City Council met in regular session Monday, April 20, first discussing a proposed golf cart ordinance. Mayor Mike Brennan admitted he is not in favor of the measure, citing safety issues and opposition by the Police Department and citizens in the community. Councilman Dick Roeder was concerned about underage drivers, racing, etc. After further discussion, the Council voted to deny approval of the ordinance. Mayor Brennan said that individuals who want to drive a golf cart in Lansing would have to get it licensed by the State Department of Transportation as a registered vehicle with license plates and other required equipment.

Wed
22
Apr

“Taste of Lansing” April 30

Downtown Lansing businesses will host the annual “Taste of Lansing” event Thursday, April 30 from 5 to 8 p.m.
The “Taste of Lansing” is a social event in which participants take a tour of downtown businesses, sampling dishes from around the world at each stop. Door prizes will be awarded at some of the locations.
“Passports” can be purchased at Main Street Lansing’s office, the Red Geranium, and Eagle’s Nest Gallery. Participants who get their “passports” stamped at every location on the tour will be eligible to enter a drawing for $25 Downtown Dollars.

Wed
08
Apr

Harpers Ferry/Vision for Our Future to host "community conversation" sessions

A community-wide planning initiative is scheduled to kick off its visioning project to establish a baseline of Harpers Ferry residents' dreams and needs. Harpers Ferry/Vision for Our Future will host six “community conversation” sessions in April and May to address key issues related to strengths and weaknesses, goals and achievements for the community.
Those "community conversations" will begin Wednesday, April 8 at 10 a.m. in the Harpers Ferry City Hall, with the remainder of the meetings scheduled as follows:
• Monday, April 20 at 7 p.m. at the Legion Hall
• Monday, April 27 at 7 p.m. at the Legion Hall
• Wednesday, April 29 at 7 p.m. at the Legion Hall
• Monday, May 11 at 5:30 p.m. at Tillinghast Memorial Library
• Monday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Harpers Ferry City Hall.

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Lansing library to host workshop for beginning gardeners April 16

A workshop for beginning gardeners will be presented by the Allamakee County Master Gardeners at Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library Thursday, April 16 from 5-7 p.m. Some of the topics discussed during the workshop will include: garden site, soil preparation, compost and mulch,  seed starting, vegetables and flowers, tomatoes and peppers, straw bale gardening, and how to become a Master Gardener. Contact the library at 563-538-4693 for more information.

Wed
01
Apr

Lansing library to host informational meeting on emerald ash borer

Meehan Memorial Lansing Public library will host an informational meeting regarding the effect of the emerald ash borer on the ash trees in local woods, yards, parks and boulevards. According to state authorities, all ash trees will be dead or infected within the next five years. Neighborhoods and city beauty will be in jeopardy.
Learn about the effect of the ash borer and preventative action plans that can be taken. Program presenters include Tom Burke, Arborist, and Pat Short, Certified Applicator for Pest Control. The meeting will be held at the library in Lansing Thursday, April 9 at 7 p.m.

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