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Canoe safety program June 22

Don’t be up a creak without a paddle

June 6, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

Paddle Craft: 101, a water safety and paddling workshop, will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, June 22 at the Emmet County Nature Center on High Lake.

The session is sponsored by the Emmet County Water Trails Association, Emmet County Conservation Board, Kilpatrick Marsh & Field, Avera Holy Family Hospital, Emmet County Public Health and the Emmet County Wellness Coalition.

Emmet County naturalist Jenna Pollock told Emmet County Wellness Coalition members about the session at the coalition's monthly meeting Wednesday at the Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative board room.

Pollock said the workshop will cover use of life jackets, boating safety rules and kayaking and canoe safety. She asked wellness coalition members if they would like to hold any activities in conjunction with the workshop. Pollock suggested programs in sun safety and food preparation and preservation. Kilpatrick Marsh & Field and Scott Montgomery will provide the canoes for the workshop.

Those 15 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and limited canoes are available. Call (712) 867-4422 for more information.

Pollock, president of the Emmet County Water Trails Association, also said plans are afoot for a paddle to Wallingford as part of the Wallingford Centennial.

In another matter, Jen Hough, Avera Holy Family Hospital community relations manager, said the hospital had received the distinction of being named one of the Top 100

Critical Access Hospitals in the nation for a second year in a row.

Kathy Preston, Wellness Coalition president, said the coalition needed another project to come up with and suggested as one possibility the 1,000 Mile Challenge that an area hospital is doing. Hough said the Challenge includes all types of exercise, including walking, hiking, biking, swimming and skiing. Hough said people who reach 50 miles get a free T-shirt.

Coalition members also discussed a bike helmet program and the possibility of a city ordinance requiring persons under a certain age to wear a helmet. City of Estherville administrator Penny Clayton said she and police chief Eric Milburn and she need to review ordinances which must then be approved by the city council.

Clayton said the tentative pool opening date is June 10.

In other activities, Regional Wellness Center director Bob Grems said the RWC just finished the Swim Safe program and the triathlon was held May 25. Grems said 66 youth are in T-ball which started Tuesday night and that 50 youth will participate in Four Star Camp starting next week.

Preston asked for volunteers for the next car seat safety program at Motor Inn.

The next meeting will be July 10.



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