River Valley

Wed
05
Aug

US Coast Guard Auxiliary adds new facility

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Prairie du Chien Flotilla now has a new facility ready to respond to missions on the Mississippi River. The Kaylee-Annie (pictured above), a 22-foot pontoon boat owned by Steve Gress of McGregor, was placed into service in July. Docked at the Winneshiek Marina north of Prairie du Chien, WI the Kaylee-Annie is available for routine patrol and search and rescue missions as a facility of the US Coast Guard. Auxiliary members provide their own boats, which must meet stringent requirements to be accepted by the US Coast Guard as a Coast Guard facility. When acting in an official capacity these vessels become US Coast Guard vessels (facilities) acting under orders from the United States Coast Guard and display the orange and white US Coast Guard Auxiliary patrol flag and signs. Auxiliary members serving on these facilities as crew and coxswain must also meet the same training and qualification requirements as their counterparts in the US Coast Guard.

Wed
29
Jul

Finney has been found!

Finney, the wooden fish hidden somewhere within the Lansing community as part of The Standard Newspaper’s promotion of the upcoming Lansing Fish Days celebration, has been found. Neighbors Dalton Mudderman, age 7, son of Dustin and Kelli Mudderman, and Brooklyn Moline, age 1, daughter of Ross and Beth Moline, found Finney Friday afternoon near the Kee High School football field after following the clues available at each of the contest’s local sponsors.
Watch future editions of The Standard for a photo of Dalton and Brooklyn along with their prizewinnings made possible by contest sponsors Lansing Auto Parts, Milty’s, Studio K and Expresso.

Wed
29
Jul

Kerndt Brothers Bank announces acquisitions of Fidelity Bank locations in Waukon and Decorah

Kerndt Brothers Bank has announced that the organization will be acquiring two new locations in northeast Iowa. Fidelity Bank & Trust locations in Waukon and Decorah will become the newest locations added to the Kerndt Brothers Bank line-up.
“We are very excited about these two particular locations,” stated Kerndt Brothers Bank President and Chief Executive Officer James Kerndt. “Our company has been a very active community partner in Waukon for over 30 years, contributing to numerous capital campaigns in that area. I also have personal ties in the Decorah community and have a deep-rooted love of that community as well. This seems to be a natural next step for our organization and fits well with our long-term strategic direction.”

Wed
29
Jul

Local youth participate in Lansing Summer Theatre Camp

The Lansing Summer Theatre Camp was held at Kee High School July 7 and July 9-11, culminating in a camp performance July 12. There were 32 campers ranging from third through eighth grades and 10 high school drama members serving as camp leaders. Each day of the camp revolved around a theme, such as Tearin’ It Up With Some Drama Day, CSI Investigation Day, Fiesta Day, Wipe Out Day, etc., with related activities of team building and theater skills. The campers were also grouped into performance categories of acting, mime, readers theatre, TV news and improvisational acting. High school camp leaders were in charge of directing each group’s performance for the Sunday, July 12 camp showcase for family and friends.

Wed
22
Jul

Mississippi River Adventure Day event a huge success


Pictured above, kids from the Foxes group assist with the minnow seine at the fishing station during the this year’s MRAD event.

While the sun gave the sand dune walkers scorching heat during the GPS treasure hunts, it also raised the water temperature of the Mississippi River to a comfortable and cooling 78 degrees, and that made it even more inviting to the swimmers. Friends of Pool 9 organizers and volunteers staged their annual river adventure day for kids on the beach area north of Lansing Tuesday, July 14. The gathering included 180 kids, parents, presenters, and FOP9 volunteers.
Children were separated into age groups and identified as Tadpoles, Crawdads, Muskrats, Foxes, Otters and Eagles. The younger four groups (5-8 year-olds) rotated through five activity stations (many designed to get the kids in the water), while the older kids (9-13) went on a two-hour backwater canoe trip and an electronic (GPS) treasure search on the dune.

Wed
22
Jul

Ferryville to host River Bluff Daze July 25

A summer hike to Sugar Creek Bluff will once again be part of the annual River Bluff Daze celebration in Ferryville, WI Saturday, July 25.  This hike will be co-sponsored with Mississippi Valley Conservancy as part of the Linked to the Land series and is sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System-Fransciscan Healthcare of LaCrosse, WI. Participants should meet at the Ferryville Boat Landing on the north end of town. Access is from Market Street at the south end of the Cheapo Depot building. Treats and instructions will be available starting at 8:30 a.m. and then everyone will carpool to the trailhead off North Buck Creek Road.

Wed
15
Jul

One of Lansing’s landmark dining establishments, Clancy’s, torn down


The former Clancy’s building overlooking the Mississippi River at the corner of Main and North Front Streets in Lansing underwent demolition Tuesday, July 7. The building had fallen into progressive disrepair and current owners, Scott Berg and Wally Mahr, say they don’t have any immediate plans for the newly-created lot. Submitted photo.

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

Fri
10
Jul

California artist seeking stories of river history, lifestyles


This shantyboat is making its way down the Upper Mississippi River and is expected to be approaching the Lansing area this Sunday, July 12. On board are Santa Cruz, CA artist Wes Modes and his crew, who are working to compile a project entitled "A Secret History of American River People" and are seeking to talk to area residents about their history, experiences and lifestyle in a river community. Submitted photo.

A rustic recreated 1940s shantyboat, a daring river voyage, and a meticulous archive of river stories are all part of a multi-year art and history project being undertaken by artist Wes Modes of Santa Cruz, CA and entitled "A Secret History of American River People." Modes set sail last summer on the Mississippi River to collect the stories of people who live and work on the river from the deck of his homemade houseboat (seen in the photo accompanying this article). This year, he and his crew (and dog) have started near La Crosse, WI, where he left off last September and are slowly making their way downriver. The artist is looking for residents who recall the history of river communities to tell their stories in interviews for the project. Also, residents are invited to come see the shantyboat. He plans to be in the Lansing area this Sunday, July 12 through the following Wednesday, depending upon weather and river conditions.

Wed
08
Jul

Paddling for Prevention braves Mississippi River for a worthy cause


Decorah natives Corey Smock and Lance Loney (front to back in foreground canoe in the above photo) navigate their way into the riverfront docking area near Shep’s Riverside Bar & Grill in Lansing Friday, June 26 for a fundraising event to aid the cause supported by their journey. Through their efforts labeled “Paddling for Prevention,” Smock and Loney are canoeing the entire length of the Mississippi River in an attempt to raise financial support and awareness for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, making this stop in Lansing on Day 23 of what is expected to be a 60- to 70-day venture covering the Mississippi’s 2,552-mile length. Photo by Paddling for Prevention.

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

A crazy dream? A worthy goal? A willing friend? All of these components create the perfect opportunity for two young men to take the trip of a lifetime: to paddle the entire length of the Mississippi River to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
When Corey Smock of Decorah first told his mom, Waukon native and current Decorah resident Renee (Thune) Smock, that he wanted to canoe down the Mississippi, she was not enthusiastic. She said she might feel better about it if he found someone to go with him. The first friend that Corey asked, fellow Decorah High School graduate Lance Loney, said, “Sure, let’s do it!” Thus the planning began and Mom’s worries had to turn to support for her son’s adventure.

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