“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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DCTB AWARDED GRANTS FOR TRAIL DEVELOPMENT   DCTB received two grant awards in May for trail development in the Iowa Great Lakes.  The first is a Wellmark Large MATCH Grant in the amount of $100,000 for construction of the Jones Pasture Trail that will be completed this summer.  The Wellmark Foundation offers these grant opportunities…

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2019 DICKINSON COUNTY TRAILS FUNDRAISER You will not want to miss this year’s Dickinson County Trails benefit.  The Bikes, Brews & Bites celebration will be Saturday, July 27 at the Okoboji Brewing Company.  We are working with the brewery to create a great new outdoor event space and there will be a variety of brews…

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2019 DICKINSON COUNTY TRAIL PROJECTS  DCTB has two new trail segments planned for this summer.  First is the Jones Pasture Trail that will extend the Spine Trail one mile north along the east side of Big Spirit Lake. This project has been a development priority for several years and DCTB has now secured $250,000 from…

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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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