River Valley

Wed
27
Mar

Lansing City Council approves Parks and Rec hires for 2024 season

by Julie Berg-Raymond

During its regular meeting Monday, March 18, the Lansing City Council approved the recommendation from Lansing Parks and Recreation to hire Patty Olson as the pool manager for the 2024 season at $14.25/hour.
The council also approved the following hiring recommendations from Parks and Recreation for the 2024 season: lifeguards at their respective hourly rates - Violet Nehman ($11.50), Addison Winters ($11.25), Rylee Mudderman ($11), Riley Troendle ($11.25) and Adam Wheeler ($11); and summer recreation coaches at their respective hourly wages (all hires are based on passing background and substance testing for all new employees 18 and over) - Claire Chandler as head baseball coach ($14.25), Jacob Rolfs as assistant baseball coach ($11), Allison Wagner as head softball coach ($14), Harvey Ekern as assistant softball coach ($12), and Payton Becker as assistant softball coach ($11.25).

Wed
27
Mar

A day of art and fun scheduled at Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library for this Friday

Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library will host a day of art and fun Friday, March 29 from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. This is a drop-in event with stations for make-and-take art such as watercolor painting, make a bookmark, collage-making and crafts from old books. Additional on-site activities include Lego building, puzzle table and STEM station.

Children ages 3-8 are welcome with their caregivers and older youth can come on their own. Teens are also welcome. There will be light snacks served all day. Check the “Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library” Facebook page for any further updates.
 

Wed
27
Mar

Final week to enter VFW Auxiliary to Post #5981 National Anthem Singing Contest

VFW Auxiliary Gustave F. Kerndt #5981 has announced the VFW Auxiliary’s National Anthem Singing Contest, “Get Excited for the Red, White and Blue!” Local youth in Kindergarten through 12th grades can showcase their talent, display their patriotism and express their creativity while competing for their share of $2,000 in national awards.

Contestants must submit a recorded live unedited video of their solo vocal performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The video must be recorded between July 1, 2023 and March 31, 2024. The student shall state name, age and grade level prior to the vocal performance. The student may sing acapella, with backing tracks or instruments, and in the arrangement and genre of their choice.

Wed
20
Mar

Main Street Lansing Annual Meeting March 26

Main Street Lansing will be hosting its Annual Meeting Tuesday, March 26 at 6 p.m. at Shep’s Riverside Bar and Grill in Lansing. All are invited to attend and hear about Main Street Lansing’s efforts over the past year and plans for the future. For a meeting agenda or any questions, email Main Street Lansing Executive Director Andrew Boddicker at director@lansingmatters.com.
 

Wed
20
Mar

DNR seeking public input on latest draft of Impaired Waters List; Some Allamakee County waterways continue to be included on the list

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public comment on the newly released draft impaired waters list (303(d) list). Data recently released by the Iowa DNR shows a reduction in 96 impairments relative to the 2022 303(d) impairment list, once the 2024 list is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Iowa’s 2024 303(d) list includes waterbody segments that are not meeting all applicable state water quality standards for their designated uses. A water on the 303(d) list is referred to as an impaired water. Once the DNR creates a water quality improvement plan for the segment (called Total Maximum Daily Loads, or TMDLs), the segment does not need to be included on future 303(d) lists.

Wed
20
Mar

Upper Iowa Audubon Society to host program on Bluebirds April 6 at Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center

Join Upper Iowa Audubon Saturday, April 6 at 1 p.m. for a program on Bluebirds. The program will be held at the Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center, Lansing. Brian Preston, director of Dubuque County Conservation, will be the presenter.

The program will include life history, house placement, management and general information about Bluebirds. Everyone is invited to come and learn how to bring Bluebirds to their own backyard. There will also be Bluebird house kits available.
 

Wed
13
Mar

Lansing City Council sets public hearing for FY 2024-2025 property tax levy, and approves grant application for Platt Street water/sewer project

by Julie Berg-Raymond

During the regular meeting of the Lansing City Council Monday, March 4, the council set a public hearing for Monday, April 1 in regard to the proposed Fiscal Year 2024-2025 property tax levy. The proposed levy rate is $18.20, down from last year’s rate of $18.86.

PUBLIC HEARING: CDBG GRANT APPLICATION
After a public hearing on Resolution #1003 authorizing submission of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) water/sewer improvement project application held during the regular meeting of the Lansing City Council Monday, March 4, the council approved the resolution. The project for which funding is being sought involves replacement/upgrade of existing water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer utilities along Platt Street, North Street and 4th Street.

Wed
13
Mar

A day of art and fun scheduled at Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library for March 29

Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library will host a day of art and fun Friday, March 29 from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. This is a drop-in event with stations for make-and-take art such as watercolor painting, make a bookmark, collage-making and crafts from old books. Additional on-site activities include Lego building, puzzle table and STEM station.

Children ages 3-8 are welcome with their caregivers and older youth can come on their own. Teens are also welcome. There will be light snacks served all day. Check the “Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library” Facebook page for any further updates.
 

Wed
13
Mar

Share Black Hawk Bridge stories and memories

With construction underway of the new bridge replacing the historic Black Hawk Bridge at Lansing, The Standard invites anyone to share their stories, sentiments and memories of the Black Hawk Bridge for printing. Email those items to news@waukonstandard.com or mail them to The Standard, P.O. Box 286, Waukon, IA 52172 to be considered for publication. Include name and town of current residence for publication, and telephone number for possible further contact.
 

Wed
06
Mar

VFW Auxiliary to Post #5981 National Anthem Singing Contest open to youth

VFW Auxiliary Gustave F. Kerndt #5981 has announced the VFW Auxiliary’s National Anthem Singing Contest, “Get Excited for the Red, White and Blue!” Local youth in Kindergarten through 12th grades can showcase their talent, display their patriotism and express their creativity while competing for their share of $2,000 in national awards.

Contestants must submit a recorded live unedited video of their solo vocal performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The video must be recorded between July 1, 2023 and March 31, 2024. The student shall state name, age and grade level prior to the vocal performance. The student may sing acapella, with backing tracks or instruments, and in the arrangement and genre of their choice.

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