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Getting back to nature

By Staff | Apr 1, 2008

Emmet County Conservation Board Member Kim Swanson holds a print of the Old Rivals series as artist Larry Zach talked about his work. More than $20,000 was raised in Saturday night’s banquet fundraiser for the Nature Center. Photos by Michael Tidemann

It was a great turnout and people had a great time too at the first-ever Emmet County Nature Center Banquet held at the Elks Lodge in Estherville Saturday night.

Emmet County Conservation Board Director Eric Anderson said the banquet netted over $20,000 toward helping defray costs for the new Nature Center at Wolden Park.

Wildlife artist Larry Zach, who discounted or donated a number of items to the silent auction, raffle, and board raffle, thanked the several hundred guests who turned out for the event.

“We were so impressed by the determination and enthusiasm,” Zach said, recalling that he first found his love for the outdoors when he began hunting and fishing when he was young.

The evening’s highlight came when Old Rivalries I, a conservation edition by Zach, was auctioned.

Emmet County Conservation Board chairman Steve Weisman thanks the audience for its support of the nature center.

Larry Howell and Jack Rooney volunteered their auctioneering services.

To become a member of the Emmet County Nature Center Foundation, call 712-867-4422.