SPIRIT LAKE J-TERM STUDENT INTERNS WITH DCTB: Karson Rodriguez, a senior at Spirit Lake High School, did his work-study with DCTB during J-Term in January. Karson worked on developing a web page for Tatonka Ska Trace and creating a logo for the developing trail. He plans to attend Iowa State and pursue a degree in business marketing. Karson said he really enjoyed working with the trails because it felt like he was doing something good for the community and making Dickinson County more active. He can’t wait to get out on the trails for a jog this summer.
FUN FALL TRAIL EVENTS
26TH ANNUAL U of O OKTOBERFEST BIKE RIDE: Saturday, September 30, 2017 – Enjoy this fun 24-mile bike ride around West Lake Okoboji. You will be treated to scenic trails and lakeside roads as you take in the beauty of the Iowa Great Lakes on your bicycle. West O Brewery will greet you with free beer at the end of the ride where they will be serving their special Oktoberfest brew. Throughout and after the ride there will be drink and food deals all around the Lakes area. Visit www.okobojichamber.com to register and see the rest of the Oktoberfest fun happening all weekend. Proceeds from the ride go to Dickinson County Trails.
$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 the trails win. Gifts of any size and form are accepted online or through the Foundation. For additional information contact Okoboji Foundation, call 712-332-7177, visit www.okobojifoundation.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RAIL TRAIL RALLY
DCTB’s 2017 fundraiser event is coming up this weekend on Saturday, June 24 at the Arnolds Park Pavilion. This year’s event will highlight the Rail Trail and kickoff the effort to raise local matching funds for its construction. Get your Steampunk gear on and come celebrate 37 miles of Rail Trail. There will be music and fabulous food provided by Chef Suzanne Bicknese along with some great auction items. You can find more information on sponsorships and tickets at www.dickinsoncountytrails.com . Tickets are also available at The Three Sons and Okoboji Expedition Company. Thank you for your support!
TREE PLANTING ALONG RAIL TRAIL
The City of Spirit Lake received grants through Black Hills Energy Power of Trees and Alliant Energy Branching Out programs through Trees Forever to plant trees along the section of trail connecting Peoria Avenue to 15th Street. Nearly 30 volunteers from Spirit Lake High School, Dickinson County Conservation, Black Hills Energy, Alliant Energy, Trees Forever, DCTB and City of Spirit Lake worked together to plant 52 trees along the trail segment. Thanks to everyone for their help and Ferguson’s Garden Center for the wonderful stock of trees!
DICKINSON COUNTY TRAILS BOARD TO BEGIN MAINTENANCE PROJECTS
The Dickinson County Trails Board will start its first maintenance project of the season on April 19 with the trail along 175th Street in the area of The Ranch Okoboji mini-golf park. Anyone familiar with this area knows that it has been in rough shape for a few years due to water undermining the trail and sediment collecting at the bottom of the hill.
DICKINSON COUNTY TRAILS BOARD FINALIZES RAILROAD PURCHASE
The Dickinson County Trails Board has finalized the purchase of the remaining railroad right of way from Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. The future Rail Trail begins west of Superior and will traverse 37 miles through both Dickinson and Osceola Counties, then join the Ed Winkel Trail at Allendorf and continue to Sibley for a total of 43 miles.
NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT DCTB
I am very excited to introduce myself as the new Dickinson County Trails Board Executive Director following Jean Martin’s retirement. I can be reached at email@example.com or (712) 330-7776 and through our website www.dickinsoncountytrails.com. I have been a member of the Trails Board for over ten years, serving as president for many of them. My passion for trails began the first day I stepped foot on the Iowa Great Lakes Spine Trail.