River Valley

Wed
19
Apr

Lansing City Council seeking swimming pool employees, updated on RAGBRAI®

by B.J. Tomlinson

The Lansing City Council met in its regular session Monday night, April 17. De Soto, WI resident Lynn David, a water aerobics instructor, addressed the Council regarding the Lansing Swimming Pool. David said 284 people attended the water aerobics program last year and drew participants from several surrounding communities. Lansing Mayor Mike Brennan said that the City is still hopeful that employees can be found so that the pool will open again this year. "So far," Brennan said, "no applications have been received."   Lansing City Clerk Katie Becker said that wages didn't seem to be the issue, as Lansing pays the highest wages for lifeguards in the area.

Wed
12
Apr

Spring Migration Day Hike set for May 13 in Ferryville, WI

The Ferryville Tourism Council and the Mississippi Valley Conservancy are hosting the annual International Spring Migration Day Hike at Sugar Creek Bluff Natural Area Saturday, May 13. Hikers are invited to gather at the Ferryville Village Hall, along the Great River Road, Hwy. 35, at the south end of the Village of Ferryville between 7:30 and 8 a.m. Treats, handouts and a sign-in will be available at the village hall, and then the group will carpool to the trailhead for the 8 a.m. hike.

Wed
12
Apr

Kee High School Post Prom set for April 23; Volunteers and contributions are still welcome

Kee High School's Post Prom has been scheduled for April 23 from midnight until 4 a.m. for Kee High School juniors and seniors and their guests following the school's April 22 Prom. This event is a substance free celebration providing table games, raffles and silent auctions, snacks and drinks, and door prizes.

Hypnotist Blake Powers from Wand Enterprises has been booked and all guests will be entertained by his show. The committee is also providing a photo booth from Absolute Music Photo Booths at Prom so all guests will have souvenir pictures of their night.

The Post Prom Committee has been hosting Sunday Bingo events and has worked the brat stand at Lansing Fish Days to raise funds for Post Prom. The Committee is very appreciative to all area businesses and individuals for their continued support.  Adult volunteers are needed to help with games and activities, serve food and general supervision.

Wed
05
Apr

Lansing City Council reviews FEMA funds determination for Clear Creek Project, advised that hydrant flushing will begin April 12

by B.J. Tomlinson

The Lansing City Council met in its regular session Monday night, April 3, addressing a variety of agenda items. Most of the meeting discussion centered around a pair of larger projects within the city.

People Service Representative Heath Draeger first advised that water hydrant flushing would commence Wednesday, April 12, and will continue each Wednesday for several weeks. Residents are reminded that rust may be detected in their water those days. There is an MSA meeting for radium treatment Thursday, April 6 at 10 a.m. for a tour of the water distribution system, and a formal meeting at 1:15 p.m. to determine options.

Wed
05
Apr

Execution of search warrant in New Albin results in pair of arrests on drug charges

Joseph Mahl ...
Joseph Mahl ...
Skyler Mahl ...
Skyler Mahl ...

Wednesday, March 29 at approximately 10:25 p.m., the Lansing/New Albin Police Department executed a search warrant at a residence located at 280 Third Street NE in New Albin. During the search, officers seized several items of drug paraphernalia and marijuana.

As a result of the search the following people were arrested:

Joseph N. Mahl, age 38, of New Albin was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Skyler J. Mahl, age 19, of New Albin was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

The investigation into the case is ongoing and other arrests and criminal charges are likely to be filed in this case. A criminal charge is merely an accusation and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

The Lansing/New Albin Police Department was assisted by the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office and the Waukon Police Department.
 

Wed
29
Mar

Ferryville Tourism to celebrate six years of Rummage Along the River with help from tourism grant


Rummage Along the River receives JEM Grant ... Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett presented the Village of Ferryville with a $1,500 Joint Effort Marketing Grant for its annual Rummage Along the River. Submitted photo.

The Village of Ferryville, WI is gearing up for another successful year of “Rummage Along the River” with help from a $1,500 Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. The 70-mile garage sale winds through multiple communities along the Great River Road. This year’s Rummage Along the River will take place May 19-20.

The Village of Ferryville aims to increase the number of shoppers and overnight stays for this year’s event. Participating communities in Wisconsin include Stoddard, Genoa, the Bad Axe Neighborhood, De Soto, Ferryville, Lynxville, Seneca and Mt. Sterling. The event is expected to attract over 1,900 visitors to the area, generating an estimated $82,000 in visitor spending. Grant funds will go toward online, print and radio advertising leading up to Rummage Along the River.

Wed
29
Mar

Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library to host presentation on "Ecology and History of the Mississippi River" April 6

Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library has invited Richard King to speak at its monthly Public Issues program Thursday, April 6. King is an expert on many facets of the Mississippi River and will be speaking on "Ecology and History of the River." His presentation is based primarily on the book "Great River: An Environmental History of the Upper Mississippi, 1890-1950" by Philip Scarpino.

King is with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Great Lakes-Big Rivers Region (3) based in La Crosse, WI, and is the former manager of Pool 9 Fish and Wildlife District.  He is well versed and has a great love for the subject - the Mississippi River.

Wed
29
Mar

Kee High School Post Prom set for April 23; Volunteers and contributions welcome

Kee High School's Post Prom has been scheduled for April 23 from midnight until 4 a.m. for Kee High School juniors and seniors and their guests following the school's April 22 Prom. This event is a substance free celebration providing table games, raffles and silent auctions, snacks and drinks, and door prizes.

Hypnotist Blake Powers from Wand Enterprises has been booked and all guests will be entertained by his show. The committee is also providing a photo booth from Absolute Music Photo Booths at Prom so all guests will have souvenir pictures of their night.
The Post Prom Committee has been hosting Sunday Bingo events and has worked the brat stand at Lansing Fish Days to raise funds for Post Prom. The Committee is very appreciative to all area businesses and individuals for their continued support.  Adult volunteers are needed to help with games and activities, serve food and general supervision.

Wed
22
Mar

Lansing VFW donates to playground...

Lansing VFW Post 5981 recently presented a check for $1,000 to the Lansing Lions Club in support of the Playground Enhancement Project at the Sports Complex in Lansing. Pictured above, left to right, is VFW Commander Glen Reed presenting the donation check to Lansing Lions Club Treasurer Kelly Welsh. To donate a tax free gift for the playground project, write a check to the City of Lansing Park and Recreation Board earmarked for the Playground Enhancement Project. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
22
Mar

Lansing City Council approves final South Road Bridge Replacement Project plans

by B.J. Tomlinson

At the regular meeting of the Lansing City Council Monday night, March 20, Mayor Pro-tem Rebecca Conway opened the meeting. At 7:03 p.m., after approving the Consent Agenda, Conway opened a public hearing related to the Bridge Replacement Project on South Road.

Julie Neebel, representing iiW Engineering from Dubuque, reviewed and summarized the project. She said bids would be opened tomorrow (Tuesday) through the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT). "The road will be closed during construction," she explained. "The existing bridge will be replaced with a new 130-foot bridge, a 30-foot wide roadway and a five-foot sidewalk on the west side of the bridge. The bridge will be three spans so there will be a pier on each side of the stream with room between the pier and the abutment so that people can walk or fish along the stream."

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