May 2024 Trails Talk

SPIRIT LAKE 4TH GRADE BRAWL Spirit Lake 4th graders, along with several volunteers, spent the last day of school on May 17 participating in the 10th annual BRAWL (Bike Ride Along West Lake). Spirit Lake PE teacher and ride organizer Tim O’Hagan shares that every year it takes a dedicated group of people to make…

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April 2024 Trails Talk

HOPE ROLLS DONATES GIFT OF OUTDOOR RECREATION Founded in 2019, Hope Rolls – Dickinson County provides adaptive tricycles to children who are unable to ride traditional bikes. The DCTB collaborates with the nonprofit during our summer fundraiser and recently we were delighted to be a part of presenting new wheels to Bennett at Spirit Lake…

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March 2024 Trails Talk

TRAIL DEVELOPMENT & PLANNING Along with showcasing the previous years trail projects and activities, the 2023 Dickinson Country Trails Annual Report features development and maintenance projects that are going into construction in the new year as well as projects in planning for the near future. Several exciting projects are on the docket that include completing…

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February 2024 Trails Talk

2023 YEAR IN REVIEW At the beginning of each year, the DCTB takes time to visit our partner cities and provide updates on what the previous year’s trail activities involved. We are fortunate to be a part of a very supportive community of donors and local foundations along with the cities and county that make…

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January 2024 Trails Talk

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TATANKA SKA TRACE AWARDED CAT GRANT On January 11, the Enhance Iowa Board awarded a Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) grant of $200,000  to Phase IV(b) of Tatanka Ska Trace. The grant adds an additional funding source for the remaining segment that will connect Lake Park to the Iowa Great Lakes Trails system. This phase…

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November 2023 Trails Talk

A TRAIL BENCH WITH TRAIL HISTORY Roy & Phyllis Rohlin started Rohlin Construction in 1963 in Estherville and were in business for 41 years. Roy handled construction operations; Phyllis took care of the books and ran the office as the secretary and treasurer. In the late 1980’s Joan Schneider, an early advocate and member of…

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October 2023 Trails Talk

GIRL SCOUT CREATES MONARCH WAYSTATION ALONG SPINE TRAIL Sophia Hawn with Spirit Lake Girl Scout Troop #10157 spent much of the summer tending to the monarch waystation she created in June for her Girl Scout Gold Award. The project was supported through assistance from Sue Boettcher at ISU Extension, Dickinson County Conservation and Sophia’s grandmother,…

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Dickinson County Trails Board Seeking City of Spirit Lake Representative

Click ‘READ MORE’ for link to application. Dickinson County Trails Board is seeking applicants to consider for appointment to represent the City of Spirit Lake on the trails board.  The Mission of the DCTB is to acquire, develop, preserve and improve multi-purpose recreational trails in Dickinson County and to cooperate with adjoining counties in the…

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September 2023 Trails Talk

 TRAIL PROJECTS UPDATE The Iowa Great Lakes Trails system continues to see significant growth with two major projects that are adding over 6 miles of new trail development on Tatanka Ska Trace. In late July, finishing touches were completed on the first project that starts at Market Street in Lake Park and travels east 3.7…

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August 2023 Trails Talk

 2023 SPORTSMAN’S TIKI RIDE A HUGE SUCCESS Left: Dan, Dave and Donnie Tryon from Sportsman’s Pub present DCTB representatives Erin Reed and Yvonne Taylor with a check from the 2023 Tiki Ride. The Tiki Ride keeps growing and the 9th annual ride proved that as the most successful yet. The event, held on August 5,…

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