River Valley

Wed
14
Jun

Lansing Lions host groundbreaking for "Our Ship of Dreams" playground project


The Lansing Lions Club hosted a groundbreaking event Sunday, June 11 - celebrated as National Children's Day - for the new "Our Ship of Dreams" playground project being planned for the city park within the Lansing Sports Complex along the east edge of town. Local children (pictured above) were in attendance to turn some of the first shovels of dirt at the site where the riverboat-themed playground (artist's rendering of which is pictured below) will be constructed, including Oden, Ada and Easden Welsh, Andrew and Lilly Kolsrud, Carter Seitz and Lenna Rohrer. Also pictured observing the groundbreaking at far right in the above photo are, left to right, Msgr. Ed Lechtenberg, who offered a blessing and sang a rendition of "What a Wonderful World" during the ceremony, and Lansing Lions Club member Arlen Wonderlich, who has helped spearhead the project. Photos by Susan Cantine-Maxson.

Fundraising campaign within $15,000 of its goal

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The Lansing Lions Club hosted community members of all ages Sunday, June 11 for a groundbreaking ceremony for the new playground equipment to be placed in the city park just south of the ball diamond within the Lansing Sports Complex on the east edge of town. Sunday, June 11 had been designated as National Children's Day, a seemingly fitting time to break ground on a new playground project designed to benefit local children and those visiting the Lansing area.
Efforts have been underway since August of 2016 to raise almost $68,000 to fund the project, with $15,000 remaining to be raised. If funds are complete, the installation of the riverboat-themed playground equipment would take place right after Labor Day this year.

Wed
14
Jun

Crawford County Highway Department explains washout on Wisconsin Highway 82; Local residents, business owners react to impact of incident and brief closure

by B.J. Tomlinson and Susan Cantine-Maxson

Wisconsin and Iowa officials had initially estimated that the Wisconsin Highway 82 connection between Iowa and Wisconsin might be closed for several weeks for repairs after a portion of the highway near the Wisconsin side of the river washed out suddenly in the early morning hours of May 30, ultimately claiming the life of 59-year-old Lansing resident Jim Walleser. The washout happened just shy of two miles east of Lansing, creating a 70-foot long crater in the eastbound lane of the highway as it approached what is known as Henderson Bridge that spans Henderson Slough of the Mississippi River.

Stunned residents of the area have been asking how this tragic event occurred and wonder if it could happen again.

Wed
07
Jun

Groundbreaking ceremony for playground enhancement project in Lansing is Sunday, National Children's Day

Children will have opportunity to turn shovel of dirt at groundbreaking event

June 11, the second Sunday in June, is designated as National Children’s Day. The Lansing Lions are concerned about the health and development of the children in the local area and look at National Children's Day as "a day we revive our commitment to our children and the children of our community. We, as adults, are responsible for their future."

With that mission in mind, the Lansing Lions thought National Children's Day would be the ideal time to host a dedication and groundbreaking ceremony for its playground enhancement project. The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Lions Shelter on South Front Street in Lansing.

Wed
07
Jun

Sign up now for Mississippi River Adventure Day July 11

New registrations accepted until June 11

Friends of Pool 9 volunteers will once again be offering a day of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn-like adventures when they host their annual Mississippi River Adventure Day Tuesday, July 11 at the Blackhawk Park Pavilion near De Soto, WI. The event is open to youth ages eight to 16 and will take place from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Those age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult, with no more than two students per adult.

Participants will learn to log roll, kayak or canoe the backwaters, bass fish, swim, fly fish and enjoy a picnic lunch on the scenic Mississippi River. All activities are free of charge.

Wed
07
Jun

Lansing City Council holds brief regular session; Pool hopes to open in two to three weeks

by Macie Hill

Monday, June 5 the Lansing City Council met in its regular session. Discussion circled around an ATV ordinance, hiring new city lawn mowers, dust control, cutting down a tree at Mount Hosmer, and information about the Lansing Swimming Pool.

The Allamakee ATV Club attended the meeting inquiring as to whether or not the City of Lansing will be getting a new ATV ordinance. All council members present agreed that the council needs more time to discuss all of the options in order to make a decision. The ATV club will be back for the July 3 meeting for an answer.

Discussion was held in regard to the need to hire an individual to mow lawn for the City. Four new applications were received and a decision to hire someone will be made in the near future.

Wed
31
May

Sesquicentennial programs continue at Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library


Don Borcherding as Capt. Andrew Talcott ...

June 15 program will feature presentation on Captain Andrew Talcott and surveying of the Iowa-Minnesota border in 1852

Don Borcherding of Rochester, MN will be reenacting surveyor Captain Andrew Talcott (1797-1883) at the June 15 session of the Sesquicentennial programming being held at Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library throughout this year. Captain Talcott  surveyed the Iowa-Minnesota boarder in 1852.

In his reenactment as Captain Talcott, Borcherding will be answering the following questions:

Wed
31
May

June 6 is final deadline to apply for SBA Disaster Loans for August 2016 flooding

District Director Jayne Armstrong of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Iowa District Office is reminding Iowa small businesses of the June 6 deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury caused by severe weather and flash flooding in Winneshiek County that occurred August 23-24, 2016.

According to Armstrong, small non-farm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. “Economic Injury Disaster Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the applicant suffered any property damage,” Armstrong said.

Wed
31
May

New Albin residents, travelers advised of road closures and boil alert due to sewer/water repairs

Repairs being made June 5-9 will impact local travel, as well as water quality and availability

In a letter from Mayor Josh Dreps, residents of the City of New Albin were advised that Monday, June 5 through Friday, June 9 the City of New Albin will be performing sewer main line repairs and replacing two main water valves at the intersection of Highway 26 and Ross Avenue. The letter advised residents on street closures as well as alerts in both water quality and availability at times during the weeklong project.

The letter stated both lanes of traffic on Highway 26 will be closed during excavation and repairs, and that the City of New Albin has been working with the Department of Transportation in preparing for the Highway 26 closure to provide detoured routes around the project.

Wed
24
May

Supervisors approve both the RAGBRAI® Ordinance and updated ATV Ordinance on split votes; Public hearing on ATV Ordinance scheduled for June 5

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, May 22 to address a full agenda of items, including a Public Hearing for the Des Moines Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI®) Ordinance, consideration of bids for paving a portion of Breezy Corners Road and the consideration of language for the updated ATV ordinance. Chairperson Larry Schellhammer called the meeting to order with the current agenda and the meeting minutes of May 15 being approved.

During Public Comments, Executive Director Val Reinke with Allamakee County Economic Development advised that CBS 2/Fox 48 will be doing a "Road Trippin'" television segment on Allamakee County that will include Yellow River Forest, Effigy Mounds, Lansing, WW Homestead Dairy and other locations.

Wed
24
May

Denial of lawsuit against City of Lansing reversed by Iowa Court of Appeals

by B.J. Tomlinson

The Iowa Court of Appeals has overturned a March 26, 2015 ruling regarding a suit filed against the City of Lansing by former Lansing City Councilman Bill Burke. The suit centered around a 2012 incident regarding an open meetings law violation and a suit filed against the City of Lansing and its Council members by Allamakee County Attorney Jill Kistler.

Burke was removed from the Council in 2013 for "willful misconduct and maladministration in office" and a trial contesting that dismissal was held in December of 2014. District Court Judge Richard Stochl ruled against Burke and ordered him to pay court costs of $240.80. At the time, Lansing's mayor was Mike Verdon and the Council members, in addition to Burke,  included Deb Volker, Jeff Bechtel, Rebecca Conway and Ross Kolsrud.

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