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Putting on the finishing touches

By Staff | Oct 3, 2008

Kieth Hildreth, Viola West, Kim Swanson and Emmet County Conservation Board Director Eric Anderson stand by the new sign that Swanson made for the Emmet County Nature Center at Wolden Campground. EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

The Emmet County Nature Center Foundation and Emmet County Conservation Board Thursday discussed finishing touches on the nature center and set project bids.

The conservation board will take bids for snow removal for the 2008-09 year. Sealed bids should be postmarked by Oct. 31 and sent to: Emmet County Conservation Board, 2303 450th Ave., Wallingford, IA 51365. Bids for snow removal should be per snow event which will be done in agreement with Emmet County Conservation Board Director Eric Anderson. Call the nature center at 867-4422 for more information.

The board will also be taking bids for a 1987 Chevrolet three-quarter-ton, two-wheel-drive pickup which can be viewed at the nature center. Pickup bids should also be postmarked by Oct. 31.

The nature center will sponsor a Creatures of the Night Night Hike 6-8 p.m. Oct. 14 at the nature center at 2303 450th Ave., Wallingford. The nature center is located east of Wallingford on County Roads A34 and N40. The public is invited to come for a night hike at the park and learn about some nocturnal animals along the way. There will be four stations in which bats, owls, raccoons and deer will be discussed. It is not intended to be a scary hike. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served when each hike concludes.

Preregistration is appreciated but not required. For more information or to register call Emmet County Conservation at 867-4422.

Foundation and conservation board members also viewed photos of a mountain lion taken east of Ceylon, Minn.

Other topics discussed included:

n The recycling project.

n The 2009 annual Emmet County Nature Center Foundation banquet.

n Road signs to the nature center. Anderson said he will meet with Emmet County Engineer Roger Patocka about installing the signs.

n Weekend hours ended last weekend. The nature center will reopen weekends the first weekend of May.

n Boat ramps at Tuttle Lake and the North Trailhead on the west fork of the Upper Des Moines River. Anderson said the Tuttle Lake ramp is 90 percent completed and the North Trailhead ramp 50 percent completed with the rest of the work to be done next week.

n Pioneer Day. Naturalist Anita Fisher said about $500 was netted from the event.

n Fall Youth Day. Anderson said 25 youths participated.

n Park closure Oct. 24. Anderson said an extended season will be run for pheasant hunters if necessary.

n A student intern from Iowa Lakes Community College. Anderson said the intern is helping with park maintenance and programs.

n The Wolden dump station which Anderson said needs to be replaced.

n The Soil and Water Conservation donated a used computer to the nature center.

n Fisher gave the naturalist report.