River Valley

Wed
26
Jul

South Front Street Playground equipment has been ordered; Volunteers needed for planned September 22-23 installation

After months of wondering when, or if, the playground enhancement project will happen, the work necessary for a safe, educational, handicap accessible playground in Lansing is underway, according to project leaders. Within the next three weeks, a sidewalk and concrete bench pads and colorful benches will be installed at the South Front Street Playground in Lansing.

Thanks to great support from the Lansing area community, the large, multi-activity playground equipment has been ordered and will arrive the week of September 18. Installation is expected to take place September 22-23. The Lansing Lions Club will need 25-30 volunteers each of those days to help install the playground equipment.

Wed
26
Jul

Sesquicentennial presentations continue at Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library with pair of historic programs in August

Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library is continuing its series of Sesquicentennial presentations with a pair of events scheduled for the first two weeks in August. A presentation entitled “Explosion of Steamboat James Malbon 1872 at North McGregor,” which is now Marquette, is scheduled for Thursday, August 3 and a Thursday, August 10 presentation is entitled “Ward Hill Lamon, Lincoln’s Body Guard.”

“Explosion of Steamboat James Malbon 1872 at North McGregor” is a PowerPoint program created by Robert Taunt with many photographs and visual effects. The program begins at 6:30 p.m., with hotdogs/brownies being served at 5:30 p.m.

Wed
19
Jul

Hike at Sugar Creek Bluff part of Saturday's River Bluff Daze to be held in Ferryville, WI


View from Goat Prairie on Sugar Creek Bluff ... Submitted photo.

The Ferryville Tourism Council is sponsoring a hike this Saturday, July 22 at Sugar Creek Bluff in Ferryville, WI as part of the annual River Bluff Daze celebration. Attendees are asked to meet at the Ferryville Boat Landing (north end of town behind the Cheapo Depot) at 8:30 a.m. for treats, sign-in and handouts. The group will carpool to the trailhead for the gradual hike to the summit.

Sugar Creek Natural Area is managed by the Mississippi Valley Conservancy. Attendees are asked to wear long pants and bring insect repellent. This will be a family-friendly hike to see the summer wildflowers, trees and the view from the top.

Dave Troester from the Crawford County Conservation Department will be the guide for this hike. He has been up on this bluff many times and is very knowledgeable about the plants and area.

Wed
19
Jul

Lansing City Council hears updates on RAGBRAI® and Main Street well, discusses State Forester assessing Mt. Hosmer trees

by Macie Hill

The regular meeting of the Lansing City Council was held Monday, July 17. Discussion circled around safety management for the upcoming RAGBRAI® visit to Allamakee County, a city tree removal at 230 Third Street, a Main Street well update, hiring extra certified officers and security for RAGBRAI, and having a State Forester come in to look at the trees at Mount Hosmer.

Wed
19
Jul

Lansing area residents need to be aware of road closures, detours during RAGBRAI®

Lansing RAGBRAI® officials have provided the maps at left and below to alert area residents of the road closures and detours that will be put in place during the RAGBRAI visit to Lansing scheduled for Saturday, July 29. RAGBRAI bicyclists will be entering Lansing on the south edge of town, traveling Great River Road (County Road X52) from Harpers Ferry, before making their way to one of the three final tire-dip locations along the Mississippi River.

The black bars located on the maps at left and below indicate where streets in Lansing will be blocked off to vehicle traffic. That blocking of traffic basically protects the Great River Road bicyclist entrance route, as well as the Main Street locations that will serve as the activity and entertainment center for Lansing's celebration as the final destination of RAGBRAI XLV.

Wed
12
Jul

Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission to meet July 17 in Lansing

The Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission (MRPC) will meet Monday, July 17 at the Kerndt Brothers Community Center on Main Street in Lansing, beginning at 10 a.m. The MRPC is a multi-state organization that works collectively to preserve, promote and enhance the scenic, historic and recreational resources of the Mississippi River; to foster the economic growth of the corridor; and to develop the national, scenic and historic parkway known as the Great River Road.

Wed
12
Jul

Sesquicentennial presentations at Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library continue July 13 with program on exploration, city government origins and history of Black Hawk Bridge

The Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library sesquicentennial presentations continue Thursday, July 13 in celebration of the 150th birthday of the town of Lansing being observed this year. The July 13 presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the library, with hot dogs and brownies being served at 5:30 p.m.

The subjects for the July 13 sesquicentennial presentation include pre-settlement exploration of the Upper Mississippi River and Lansing areas; origins of Lansing city government and court house location; and Black Hawk Bridge history. The discussion will be led by local author, historian and city planner Bill Burke.

Wed
12
Jul

Lansing City Council considers details of ordinance for ATV/UTV usage within city limits

by Macie Hill

The regular session of the Lansing City Council was held Monday, July 3. The following items were discussed: the Lansing Fire Department liquor license, a half hour parking sign in front of Kerndt Brothers Bank, hiring someone to paint the eagle signs in town, and discussing an ATV/UTV ordinance.

The meeting opened with a public hearing on a Proposal to Enter into a General Obligation Bridge Improvement Loan Agreement. No comments were heard or read, and the public hearing was closed and a resolution to enter into the loan agreement was approved.

The Lansing Fire Department received approval on a liquor license for RAGBRAI® and will not need to apply for a new one for Lansing Fish Days. A liquor license was also approved for the Lansing RAGBRAI Committee.

Wed
05
Jul

July 12 Ferryville, WI Bonfire Program to feature native prairie restoration presentation

Tim Eisele ...
Tim Eisele ...

Wednesday, July 12, the Ferryville Tourism Council is sponsoring the second of this summer’s evening bonfire programs in Ferryville’s Sugar Creek Park at 8 p.m. The event will be held under the pavilion at the south end of the park just off of Wisconsin Highway 35, the Great River Road.

The program is “From Weeds to Wild Flowers on Gobbler Ridge” and will be given by Tim Eisele, a writer from Madison, WI. He and his wife, Linda, have restored a large section of their land in Crawford County, WI from regular land to native prairie. The resulting prairie is an attraction for birds, insects and animals that are native to the area. Eisele will use multi-media to show the process he and his wife went through during this years long process.

Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs and bug spray.

Wed
28
Jun

Zarwell to speak on birdwatching at June 28 Bonfire Program

The Ferryville Tourism Council is sponsoring the first of three summer bonfire programs Wednesday, June 28 at 8 p.m. at the south end of Sugar Creek Park in Ferryville, WI. Ric Zarwell will be the speaker for a program entitled, “Birdwatching in the U.S., from an Expert like John James Audubon to an Active, Maybe Obsessed Local Man.”

Zarwell was born and raised in New Albin. He has been a lifelong birder and has created, along with his wife, Betty, the River and Bluffs Birding Festival in the Lansing area. They have traveled to 44 nations and all seven continents to view birds native to those areas. Zarwell has a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology and a Master of Science degree in Natural Resources, both from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He leads birding trips and conducts monitoring of bird species in various habitats.

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