TRAIL MAINTENANCE WORK CONTINUES Maintenance continues on several segments of the trail system in Okoboji, Spirit Lake and Orleans. In mid-May, new asphalt overlays were completed on the Nature Center Trail and the Spine Trail by Kiwanis Park. The asphalt crew will return at the beginning of June to continue paving the Spine Trail from…

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DCTB MAKES PLANS FOR TATONKA SKA TRAILHEAD The site of the former Deja Blues Diner in Spirit Lake became available after the building was sold and hauled away.  DCTB was fortunate to receive a grant for purchasing the property and is now in the process of looking at a design for the trailhead.  The parking…

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DCTB 2020 TRAIL DEVELOPMENT PLANS The Dickinson County Trails Board has substantial plans to expand trail development this coming season.  Through a number of foundation, state and federal grants along with donations to the DCTB development fund, the board is working on goals to add nearly 8 miles of new trail this year.  A key…

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GRANT SECURED FOR SPINE TRAIL MAINTENANCE In January, DCTB was awarded a Federal Recreational Trails grant for a significant maintenance project on the Spine Trail.  The grant for $313,300 will provide for a 2-inch asphalt overlay of the trail starting at 15th Street in Spirit Lake and going north to 125th Street in Orleans for…

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“Converting an abandoned rail corridor into a trail is not always an easy task, but it is one whose rewards to your community and region will continue far into the future.” ~ Peter Harnick, Converting Rails to Trails, 1989 ~   2020 TRAIL PLANNING At the end of each year, DCTB goes through strategic planning…

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“The dream is to spiderweb this entire nation with so many green threads, principally along streams and ridges, that every citizen would be only minutes away from one.” ~ NOEL GROVE, Land & People, 1994 ~   COUPLE TREKS THE IOWA GREAT LAKES TRAILS EACH YEAR Every year Bob and Delna Mulhair spend their time…

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“Everything’s possible when you’re seeing the world from a bike seat – even changing your life.” ~ DOUG DONALDSON, Bicycling Magazine’s Guide to Bike Touring, 2005 ~ IOWA GREAT LAKES BIKE RIDES SUPPORT TRAILS There are many great bike rides and trail events every year in the Iowa Great Lakes and a number of them…

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“A trail in good repair after a hundred years has obviously been greatly valued by humans as a much needed route for trade, transportation, recreation, or pilgrimage.” ~ STEPHEN ALTSCHULER, The Mindful Hiker: On the Trail to Find a Path, 2004 ~ BIKES – BREWS – BITES FUNDRAISER The 2019 trails fundraiser was a big…

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MEMORIAL TRAIL BENCHES Seven new trail benches were placed earlier this summer and there are couple more on order to be installed later this year.  DCTB also continues to replace old wood benches that are beyond repair due to maintenance and safety concerns.  The bench program is a fundraiser for the trails and offers an…

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OKOBOJI FOUNDATION $5,000 JULY NONPROFIT CHALLENGE The Okoboji Foundation is inviting everyone to participate in the $5,000 July Nonprofit Challenge at GiveOkoboji.com.  The fund with the highest giving total over $5,000 in July receives an additional $5,000 from the Okoboji Foundation.  Please consider giving to the Dickinson County Trails Endowment Fund during July to help…

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