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Friends discuss maintenance projects

March 21, 2014
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville News

The Friends of Fort Defiance planned a number of summer maintenance projects for the park at the monthly meeting Tuesday night at the Estherville Public Library.

President John Wittneben suggested that a trash barrel could be placed by the bench swing in the east side of the park. Members would empty the barrel regularly.

Members also discussed the trail dedication planned for 1 p.m., Saturday, May 3. A list of special guests was suggested and vice president Gary Phillips said his environmental studies students would still be around for the dedication.

Members also discussed

Fort Defiance Day 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. Wittneben said Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Lexie Ruter still wanted to do a fun run that morning. Wittneben suggested that any nonprofit organization that wanted to serve food as a fundraiser could do so. He noted that a price could not be charged but that freewill donations could be accepted.

Treasurer Laura Young suggested that a Native American theme might be appropriate and Phillips said Bob Moats could be invited to bring his artifact collection.

Wittneben said some members had toured the workshop and he suggested that the group ask permission to clean the office area up. He said the work could be completed in two or three work sessions and that it might make a good artifact museum.

Phillips said that the state historical museum be contacted about the workshop.

"This is a tremendously significant historical building that nobody knows about," Phillips said.

Wittneben said the group could give interpretive trail tours for the library Summer Shape-up program.

Wittneben said work sessions will be from 6-8 p.m. the first and third Tuesday each month this summer.



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