River Valley

Wed
23
Aug

Iowa Bicycle Map for 2017-18 now available

The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is now distributing the 2017-2018 Iowa Bicycle Map. This popular publication has been updated to show new four-foot or wider paved shoulders and recreational trails completed since the 2015-2016 version of the map was published.

As in past versions, the map highlights bike-friendly routes when traveling on two wheels through Iowa by identifying bike trails and traffic levels on all paved roads. The map also includes insets of Iowa's 16 largest cities.

Wed
23
Aug

Denise Becker continues her efforts to raise awareness and funds for PTSD and TDI by participating in her eighth consecutive half marathon


Left to right: Denise Becker and her daughter, Jessica Verdon, both of Lansing, competed in the Rock 'n Roll Half Marathon weekend in Chicago, IL July 14-16. This is the eighth consecutive year Becker has competed in the event with at least one of her children, raising awareness and $34,000 during that timeframe to help veterans who are experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Disorder. Submitted photo.

Denise Becker and her daughter, Jessica Verdon, both of Lansing, headed to Chicago, IL the weekend of July 14-16 for the annual Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon event. This is the eighth year in a row Becker and at least one of her children have completed the half marathon event to raise awareness and money to help veterans who are experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Together, the mother/daughter duo ran the 5K race Saturday and the J4 marathon Sunday, continuing with the belief that "If we send them, we must mend them." Although they run several races throughout the year to try and spread awareness, Becker says this run is when they ask the community to get involved and donate money to go to the local Veterans Administration and programs that help veterans get the help they need to overcome these disorders.

Wed
16
Aug

Finney has been found! ...

Finney, the wooden fish hidden somewhere within the Lansing community as part of The Standard newspaper’s promotion of this past weekend’s Lansing Fish Days celebration, has been found. Rylee Mudderman, eight-year-old daughter of Dustin and Kelli Mudderman of Lansing, found Finney near the Lansing sign that greets travelers arriving to Lansing from the west on Highway 9/Main Street. She is pictured above at the location of her discovery displaying her prizes for finding Finney, which include $50 in Downtown Dollars donated by Kerndt Brothers Bank, a gift bag with nutMeg’s items and a gift certificate donated by nutMeg’s, one large specialty pizza donated by Expresso, a $20 gift certificate donated by Studio K, a $20 gift certificate donated by Carquest, and a fishing pole with tackle donated by Village Farm & Home, Lansing. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
16
Aug

Effigy Mounds to offer Junior Night Explorer Program August 19

Local youth are invited to join Rangers at Effigy Mounds National Monument Saturday, August 19 at 8 p.m. for a Junior Ranger Night Explorer Program. Junior Rangers will have an opportunity to work on a special Night Explorer Junior Ranger activity book, listen to a Winnebago story about the origin of the Big and Little Dippers, and explore the night sky with Janet Finn, a retired science teacher and member of the Starsplitters of Wyalusing.

Upon completion, children will leave with a Night Explorer activity book and badge, solar eclipse viewing glasses, and a better understanding of the night sky. This program is designed for children ages five and over. Registration is required and space is limited. Call 563-873-3491, ext. 123 for reservations. No pets or unaccompanied minors will be allowed.

Wed
16
Aug

Vehicle driven into Mississippi River in Lansing, driver uninjured

Monday, August 14, at approximately 5:25 p.m., the Allamakee County Sheriff's Office received a report of a vehicle being driven into the Mississippi River off of Front Street in Lansing. Upon investigation, it was discovered that Michelle Rose Timmons, age 51, of McGregor had driven her car into the river but was able to escape and swim toward the shore, getting assistance from bystanders in the area.

Timmons then left the scene, but bystanders went to the nearby Lansing Fire Station and alerted firefighters that Timmons had driven her vehicle into the river. The vehicle was retrieved from the water at approximately 10:30 p.m. and a dog was located deceased inside the vehicle as a result of drowning.

Wed
09
Aug

Golden girls once again!!

Saturday, July 29, the Harpers Ferry Fireflies Granny Basketball team struck gold for the second year in a row. Coached by Bill Nation of Harpers Ferry, the Fireflies traveled to Norman, OK to compete in the Granny Basketball National Championship and won all three games they played to reign once again as National Tournament Champions. Nine teams from Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Texas and Iowa played a double elimination tournament to decide who would come home with the gold medals. The Fireflies first defeated the Gray Tornadoes from Kansas, 45-27, before defeating the Fire Ants from Texas, 50-14. In the championship game, the Fireflies played a familiar foe, but continued to take care of business, leading the Late Bloomers of Cedar Rapids by 18 to 20 points for most of the game before winning by a final score of 48-35. The state of Iowa actually had three teams in attendance at the tournament and each came home with medals to sweep the top three spots in the tournament.

Wed
09
Aug

Friends of Pool 9 to receive unique donation ...

The non-profit Friends of Pool 9 environmental and educational organization will be presented a one-of-a-kind, hand-constructed hanging quilt created by Karlene Wonderlich (pictured at right in the above photo) of Lansing. Wonderlich, an experienced quilter and career Family & Consumer Science (previously known as Home Economics) teacher, has historically provided strong support to a variety of non-profit organizations, often with her husband, Arlen Wonderlich (pictured at left). She has wanted to quilt the Black Hawk Bridge ever since they purchased a river home in 2007, so she developed a plan which started with Arlen’s photo of the bridge and had it enlarged several times to create an accurate template. She then began the painstaking process to cut and stitch the puzzle together, often spending a full day just to complete one small portion.

Wed
09
Aug

Lansing City Council awaits advice from State Forester visiting Mt. Hosmer this week, considers pair of proposals for treatment of radium issue in City’s water supply

by Macie Hill

The Lansing City Council meeting was held Monday, August 7. Discussion centered around a State Forester coming to take a look at trees on Mount Hosmer, fixing street lights around the city, dealing with the radium issue in the City’s water supply, and an update on the South Road bridge project.

Wed
09
Aug

Honored for 40 years of employment ...

Thornton Manor employees Nancy Rethwisch (left) and Janice Pfiffner (right) were recognized at a recent in-service for their 40th anniversaries of employment at Thornton Manor in Lansing. Nancy Rethwisch began her career June 15, 1977 as the Office Manager and Janice Pfiffner began her LPN career April 20, 1977, one day before Thornton Manor opened. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
26
Jul

Area native Sammi Manning brings the Oscar Mayer "Wienermobile" to Lansing for brief visit


Waukon High School 2013 graduate Sammi Manning (right) is pictured with her fellow Oscar Mayer brand ambassador, Haley Rohe of Green Bay, WI, beside the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile they are traveling the Midwest in conducting promotional events for Oscar Mayer as part of a one-year internship position. The pair make up the brand ambassador team for the Midwest and made a brief unofficial stop at nutMeg's Bakery & Cafe in Lansing Monday, July 17 for a visit with Manning's relatives and friends from her native area on their way to Indianapolis, IN. Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile drew a considerable crowd when it made its way into Lansing Monday, July 17 for an unofficial stop at nutMeg's on Main Street in Lansing. Waukon High School 2013 graduate Sammi Manning is serving as an Oscar Mayer brand ambassador conducting promotional events throughout the Midwest and stopped briefly at her cousin and aunt's business in Lansing on her way to Indianapolis, IN. Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

by Julie Berg-Raymond

The Oscar Mayer “Wienermobile” made an unofficial stop in Lansing last week, driven by 2013 Waukon High School graduate Sammi Manning.

Manning is a brand ambassador for Oscar Mayer (a Kraft Heinz company). She and her co-driver, Haley Rohe of Green Bay, WI, pulled up in front of nutMeg’s Bakery & Cafe on Lansing's Main Street Monday, July 17 to a crowd of several dozen people.
“I’m shocked,” Manning said while handing out Wienermobile stickers to the crowd. “I didn’t expect this big of a turnout, but it’s awesome.”

NutMeg’s is owned by Manning’s aunt and cousin, Patty and Megan Manning of Lansing. Sammi Manning said she wanted to stop there so she could show off the Wienermobile to her friends and family in Lansing.

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