River Valley

Wed
29
Aug

ACCF announces September Mini-Grants available; August 31 is application deadline

Grants up to $500 available for eligible non-profit organizations

The Allamakee County Community Foundation (ACCF) is now accepting applications for its mini-grant program. The ACCF “Emerging Needs” Mini-Grant Fund was created to address funding needs for community projects outside of the regular grant cycle. The deadline for applications is August 31.

Grants up to $500 are available for eligible non-profits. The ACCF accepts applications for grants for community development, community promotions, community education and similar matters. The grant shall be for the benefit of persons residing in Allamakee County in Iowa. Entities that have a 501(c)3 designation by the Internal Revenue Service or schools or municipalities are eligible to apply for these funds. Non-profit groups may apply for up to $500 for their projects.

Wed
22
Aug

New Albin native Allie Colsch balancing cancer treatment with pursuit of physician’s assistant career goal; Benefit event planned for this Saturday


Some of her second family ... Allie Colsch (center) of New Albin is pictured with two of the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center nurses, Alex (left) and Alyse (right), who have been part of the nursing staff she has come to consider as her “second family” during her recent cancer treatment. Colsch says, “They offer so much more than just nursing care.” Submitted photo.

Generations of courage and support ... Allie Colsch (far right) of New Albin is pictured with her mother, Angie Colsch (far left) of New Albin, and her grandmother, Karen Galema (center) of Lansing. Allie Colsch says her family has been an instrumental part of her being able to undergo cancer treatment since the spring of this year while continuing to pursue her education and career goals of becoming a physician’s assistant. Submitted photo.

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

Twenty-four-year-old New Albin native Allie Colsch had an odd feeling in her chest one day earlier this spring.

She was very busy at the time, studying to be a physician’s assistant at the University of Dubuque. She attributed her  pain to issues like bad posture, indigestion or possibly inflammation of the ribs. Nothing seemed to fit, but she was in the middle of graduate school in an intensive program and she didn’t want to take the time to go to the doctor.

Finally, she decided it wasn’t going away and no amount of over-the-counter medication was making the pain better. Then she started running a fever.

She stated, “The fever made me see a doctor. I had pain for six to eight weeks before I had it checked out.”

Her diagnosis was a large tumor in the middle of her chest, more specifically diagnosed as a form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma called primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma.

Wed
22
Aug

Inaugural Pat Sandry Memorial Fishing Derby planned for this Saturday to benefit Friends of Pool 9

Pat Sandry ...
Pat Sandry ...

This Saturday, August 25, family and friends of lifelong resident and local “River Rat” Pat Sandry will be honoring his memory with the First Annual Pat Sandry Memorial Fishing Derby and Friends of Pool 9 Fundraiser held on the Mississippi River. Sandry passed away in November of last year after a short, courageous battle with cancer. He thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors, had a great passion for fishing and hunting, and he truly treasured the beauty of the Lansing area.

Entry fee is $50 per boat with 50% payback in prize money and 50% being donated to Friends of Pool 9. There is a limit of two adults and two children per boat.

Wed
22
Aug

Joins staff of Kerndt Brothers Bank

Tony Smith ...
Tony Smith ...

Kerndt Brothers Bank has announced that Tony Smith has joined the bank as Vice President, Senior Business Banker. He will be responsible for providing lending and deposit services to agricultural and commercial customers throughout Allamakee County in Iowa and Vernon County in Wisconsin. His responsibilities also include business development and creating new relationships for the bank.

Smith joins Kerndt Brothers Bank from the First National Bank of Barry in Pittsfield, IL, where he focused on building relationships with existing customers while developing new business. He brings over 20 years of experience in various business positions, including 13 years in banking with progressive responsibilities related to lending and bank management.

Wed
15
Aug

Harpers Ferry artist receives Merit Award; work on display at State Fair ...


"Reaching Providence" by Andrew Wroble

"Yellow River Advantage" by Andrew Wroble

Allamakee County artist Andrew Wroble of Harpers Ferry received a 2018 Iowa State Fair Merit Award in the Fine Art Gallery Exhibition that coincides with this year’s State Fair in Des Moines. Wroble’s work is inspired by landscape in northeast Iowa and, in particular, his time spent in the Yellow River State Forest near Harpers Ferry. Two of Wroble’s works were juried in for the show which highlights over 200 compositions of original art. “Reaching Provence”, a large ink wash painting which the artist says “reflects daydreams on a slow fishing day,” was awarded third-place honors in the watercolor category at the Exhibition’s August 5 reception and awards ceremony.

Wed
15
Aug

Dolores Tillinghast Memorial Library hosting “Allamakee Libraries Rock” events

As part of the “Allamakee Libraries Rock” program this summer, Dolores Tillinghast Memorial Library in Harpers Ferry is hosting a series of events as part of its Kids Summer Reading Program. The next event is scheduled to take place at the library:

• Friday, August 24: Rockin’ and Reading from 2-3 p.m.

Wed
15
Aug

Kerndt Brothers Banks accepting donations to American Red Cross following recent tornadoes in Iowa

Thursday, July 19, central Iowa experienced multiple tornadoes causing destruction in Pella, Bondurant and Marshalltown. More than 625 homes were either totally destroyed or heavily damaged. These people had little to no warning as these storms quickly developed.

One of the local agencies that responded immediately is the American Red Cross.  As of July 23, the Red Cross had served 30,570 meals and snacks, distributed 16,007 relief items and surveyed the amount of damaged homes.  The organization plans to continue to serve at least 1,000 hot meals twice a day until there is no longer a need.

Kerndt Brothers Bank is teaming up with the American Red Cross by accepting contributions which will be sent to the Red Cross to continue to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. People turn to the Red Cross in their darkest hours looking for relief and help during their time of recovery.

Wed
08
Aug

Finishing touches put on Lansing Lions Club Playground Enhancement Project; Donors honored


For the community, by the community ... The final touches were recently put on the Lansing Lions Club Playground Enhancement Project near the ball diamond and South Front Street in Lansing, bringing the project to a celebratory completion just prior to this weekend’s Lansing Fish Days activities that will be taking place in that area and throughout the community. The Lansing Lions Club acknowledges with great appreciation all the contributions made to the project by members of the community in so many different facets, with donations to the project being commemorated on the two “Big Catch” signs pictured below and located near the playground. Photos by Susan Cantine-Maxson.

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The Lansing Lions Club recently completed the finishing touches on its Playground Enhancement Project featuring the new playground equipment replicating a steamboat on the Mississippi River.

The Lions Club wants to acknowledge all who provided financial support for the project. The new  donor recognition signs erected at the playground site capture the names of those who responded to the “Big Catch” funding campaign for the project.

The project goals included the enhancement of the playground by making it safe, educational and handicap-accessible by adding such amenities as a multi-activity commercial structure for children ages five to 12, benches for those watching the children play, a bicycle rack, a handicap-accessible picnic table,  trees which will eventually  protect the children from the sun, and educational signage about boating and water safety.

Wed
08
Aug

Be aware of bicycle traffic Saturday ...

The annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Ride to Cure Diabetes charitable bicycle ride will be taking place this Saturday, August 11, starting in La Crosse, WI and riding through Minnesota and into Allamakee County along the Mississippi River and then back to La Crosse, WI. JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research and sponsors six 2018 JDRF Rides across the country, including the one beginning in La Crosse, WI.

Wed
08
Aug

Doornink joins staff of Kerndt Brothers Bank

Ronald Doornink ...
Ronald Doornink ...

James Kerndt, President and CEO of Kerndt Brothers Savings Bank, has announced that Ronald Doornink has accepted the position of Vice President/ Business Banker in the Lansing office. Doornink is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and has worked in a variety of ag lender positions for the last 27 years, most recently serving as Ag Lender/Commercial Banker at First National Bank in Waupaca, WI.

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