River Valley

Wed
10
May

More than 100 volunteers assist with Friends of Pool 9 Mississippi River Clean-Up


The Highway 82 "dike walkers" crew from De Soto, WI completed another difficult but successful cleaning of the rock embankments along the highway. This portion of the Wisconsin highway has been adopted by Friends of Pool 9 and is cleaned every year by the group. Submitted photo.

Jerry Boardman (a.k.a. the "buoy man") pulls four buoys at once to a Coast Guard Day Marker for pick-up during the annual Friends of Pool 9 2017 river clean-up held Saturday, April 29. on the Mississippi River. He and Don Lathrop pulled out a record 18 buoys during this year's clean-up effort. Submitted photo.

submitted by Friends of Pool 9

More than 100 volunteers gathered to clean the Mississippi River during the annual Friends of Pool 9 River Clean-Up Day Saturday, April 29. It proved to be a somewhat cooler and more uncomfortable day (especially compared to the previous weekend) with temperatures on the river around 40 degrees and a brisk east wind blowing.

Volunteers had begun work on the river the week before with the Heytman crew gathering their debris and vacated docks at the landing. Jerry Boardman and Don Lathrop pulled a record 18 red and green buoys from the backwater, and others had also dropped off river debris at the Lansing location on the Brennan riverfront property in preparation.

Wed
03
May

Conway, Mooney selected to attend Boys State in June


Kee High School juniors Caleb Conway (left) and Jack Mooney (right) have been selected to attend Boys State June 11-16 this year in Johnston. They were selected by and are sponsored by the Lansing VFW Post 5981 and Lansing American Legion Post 50. Submitted photo.

Two Kee High School junior students, Jack Mooney and Caleb Conway, have been selected to attend the annual Boys State event being held at Fort Dodge in Johnston June 11-16 this year. Local selection of attendees is being sponsored by the Lansing Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5981 and Lansing American Legion Post 50.

Jack Mooney is the son of Dan and Renee Mooney of rural New Albin. Caleb Conway is the son of Greg and Jenny Conway of rural Lansing.

Begun in 1938, Boys State is a six-day course in self government, consistently taught with a hands-on approach. The young men of 2017 Boys State, all of whom will have finished their junior year of high school, will be divided into 32 cities. Four cities constitute a county and eight counties make up Boys State. The cities are composed of members of the Nationalist and Federalist parties. The citizens within these cities hold party caucus meetings, conventions, campaigns and general elections.

Wed
03
May

Knights of Columbus Council members complete roadside clean-up ...

Members of the Knights of Columbus Council 12244 in Lansing conducted their bi-annual roadside clean-up Saturday, April 22. The job was accomplished with the help of members John Colsch, Sam Kuhn, Marty Brennan, Lornie Mitchell, Jim Hosch, John Delong, Mike Quillin, Tony Monat, Bob Teff and Earl Hammell. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
03
May

Lansing swimming pool still in need of lifeguards; Decisions by FEMA causing issues for projects

by B.J. Tomlinson

The Lansing City Council met in its regular session Monday night, May 1. After approving the Consent Agenda, the Council discussed the problem with hiring lifeguards and other personnel for the City swimming pool this season. It was reported that only three lifeguard applications have been received and it was felt that 10 lifeguards would be needed in order to make the pool operational at optimal safety. Those involved say time is running short, but they remain hopeful that more applications will be received prior to the swimming season.

Wed
26
Apr

Friends of Pool 9 River Clean-Up is this Saturday; Volunteers welcome

Mother River is ready to start spring cleaning and Friends of Pool 9 (FOP9) will be there to help, but they can’t do it alone.

Since 2004, FOP9 has sponsored a spring river clean-up day. Since that year, over 130,000 pounds of debris has been collected. This wasn’t done by just a few volunteers.  Over 7,000 volunteer hours, including 890 last year, have gone into this project saving approximately $140,000 in work related costs. Last year alone, 13,000 pounds of accumulated garbage was harvested.

Young and old, fathers, mothers, grandparents and kids are urged to join Friends of Pool 9 Saturday, April 29 in this clean-up endeavor.  Both people and boats are needed. Participants gather at the Lansing VFW building on Front Street in Lansing at 7:30 a.m. for registration, orientation, clean-up assignments and to collect clean-up supplies.  Canvas gloves, garbage bags and water are provided.

Wed
26
Apr

Winners at Kee High School Post Prom ...

Kee High School’s Post Prom was held Sunday, April 23 from midnight until 4 a.m. Guests played table games and other challenging activities using play money. The raffle and silent auction prize packages were also popular with the guests. Special entertainment was provided by hypnotist Blake Powers from Wand Enterprises. Door prizes were awarded throughout the evening and everyone drew a number to win a prize package at the end of the event. A special drawing was held and the Guest grand prize (Garmin Vivofit) was won by Drew Gaunitz (pictured at left above). The Kee junior student grand prize (Sylvania DVD player) was won by Ian Sickles (pictured in center above) and the Kee senior student grand prize (Samsung TV) was won by Clayton Eubanks (pictured at right above). Everyone attending was given an opportunity to guess the number of candies in a jar and Allison Colsch (pictured at right) won $100 for guessing closest to the actual number.

Wed
26
Apr

Presentation on Prohibition and Civilian Conservation Corps taking place at Meehan Memorial Library

Prohibition and Civilian Conservation Corps in Northeast Iowa will be the next subject  for the monthly Sesquicentennial program at Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library. The program will be presented by author Linda Betzinger McCann Tuesday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m.  A soup supper will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a donation jar available for free-will donations. McCann will be talking about two books she has authored, "Prohibition in Eastern Iowa" and "Civilian Conservation Corp in Northeast Iowa."

Prohibition was the 13-year period when it was illegal to manufacture, sell or transport any sort of liquor in the U.S. So, why did residents choose to break the law? According to McCann, Al Capone did business in Iowa and there were murders in Iowa over liquor. Whatever went on nationwide seemed to happen in Iowa also.

Wed
19
Apr

Providing access to local history ...

Contributions from local businesses and individuals have provided a big step forward, and a pathway, literally, for many steps, in preparing the Stone Schoolhouse in Lansing to host visitors this spring in celebration of Lansing's Sesquicentennial. Brennan Construction, Croell Redi-Mix Concrete and Wally Mahr contributed a combination of labor and materials for building a sidewalk and ramp to the main entrance of the schoolhouse to provide for easier access this spring. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
19
Apr

Donation to playground project in memory of their mother ...

The children of former Lansing resident Lynn Lange recently made a $2,500 donation in memory of their mother to the Lansing Lions Club Playground Enhancement Project at the Sports Complex in Lansing. Pictured, left to right, are Travis Meyers, Lansing Playground Honorary Campaign Chairman Msgr. Ed Lechtenberg, Sarah Lange and Cole Lange. Ground breaking for the playground project is anticipated to be taking place in the middle of May. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
19
Apr

Friends of Pool 9 schedules annual River Clean-Up for April 29; Volunteers welcome to take part in annual event


Friends of Pool 9 River Clean-Up Day set for April 29 ... The David and Betty Smith family of New Albin helped clean the Hwy. 82 dike during the Friends of Pool 9 river clean-up in April 2016. The event has come to be an especially valuable, and teachable, moment when families take part in it, according to reactions shared with event organizers. Submitted photo.

Mother River is ready to start spring cleaning and Friends of Pool 9 (FOP9) will be there to help, but they can’t do it alone.

Since 2004, FOP9 has sponsored a spring river clean-up day. Since that year, over 130,000 pounds of debris has been collected. This wasn’t done by just a few volunteers.  Over 7,000 volunteer hours, including 890 last year, have gone into this project saving approximately $140,000 in work related costs. Last year alone, 13,000 pounds of accumulated garbage was harvested.

Young and old, fathers, mothers, grandparents and kids are urged to join Friends of Pool 9 Saturday, April 29 in this clean-up endeavor.  Both people and boats are needed. Participants gather at the Lansing VFW building on Front Street in Lansing at 7:30 a.m. for registration, orientation, clean-up assignments and to collect clean-up supplies.  Canvas gloves, garbage bags and water are provided.

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