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AUGUST TRAILS TALK

“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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JULY TRAILS TALK

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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JUNE TRAIL TALK

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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MAY TRAIL TALK

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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APRIL TRAIL TALK

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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MARCH TRAIL TALK

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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January Trail Talk

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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November Trail Talk

MILFORD BOY SCOUT BUILDS TRAIL KIOSKS FOR EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT Nathan Kollasch with Milford Boy Scout Troop #170 spent Saturday November 10 installing two new trail kiosks at Kenue Park and the Nature Trails trailhead.  The project is part of the work he is doing to earn his Eagle Scout Rank.  Several other scouts from…

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October Trail Talk

DCTB SEEKS GRANT FUNDING FOR TRAIL PROJECTS Dickinson County Trails Board submitted two grants in October through Iowa’s 2018 Federal Recreational Trails Program.  One grant was for the rail trail, Tatonka Ska Trace, from Hudson Avenue in Spirit Lake and continuing west for another mile to 219th Street.  In 2019, DCTB will be constructing a…

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September Trail Talk

HIGHWAY 71 PLAC TRAIL RIBBON CUTTING Dickinson County Trails Board celebrated the opening of the area’s newest trail segment on September 5th. The Highway 71 PLAC Trail involved removal and replacement of the existing trail pavement from Pearson Lakes Art Center (PLAC) to the trailhead along Highway 71.  A new trail segment was added from…

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