Christmas on the Farm planned
The Emmet County Nature Center Foundation Thursday morning discussed plans for the annual Christmas on the Farm at the Peterson Point historical homestead.
Christmas on the Farm this year will be held 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14 with the live nativity at 5 p.m. The event includes sleigh rides, Christmas cookies, hot cider and hot chocolate. Grandview Baptist Church will conduct the program. The foundation board members also agreed that the nature center at Wolden Campground should also be open from 2-6 p.m.
In other business, the foundation board gratefully acknowledged and thanked Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative for a $500 donation from its Roundup program.
Board member Greg Matheson said the Ladies Evening Out Club of Ringsted had donated $135 to the nature center.
The foundation board adjourned and the Emmet County Conservation Board convened. Board Director Eric Anderson said landscaping work was done on the Nature Center for the season.
Anderson said the Tuttle Lake boat ramp was completed and the North Trailhead boat ramp just off the Emmet County A-17 bridge on the west fork of the Des Moines River was completed except for placing rock.
The board accepted a bid by Dave Enerson of $300 for a 1967 Chevrolet two-wheel-drive pickup. It was the only bid the board received.
The board extended the period for taking bids for snow removal at the nature center to 4 p.m. Dec. 4. Anyone interested in making a bid for snow removal should send bids to the Emmet County Nature Center Foundation at 2303 450th Ave., Wallingford, IA 51365.
Anderson said the Iowa attorney general had returned an opinion that the county could keep registered sex offenders from staying in county campgrounds. The board agreed to add an appropriate provision to the county ordinances. The prohibition includes anyone required by law to register as a sex offender.
The board also discussed plumbing at the house at Peterson Point. They agreed to pursue hooking up plumbing.
In camping reports, Anderson noted $43,508 received for the year. That included $22,784 for Wolden, $17,694 and $3,030 for Iowa Lake.
“I think a lot of people are staying closer to home” due to higher gas prices this past summer, Anderson said. He said many people are staying one to two weeks.
Anderson said 23 citations were sent to people for failure to pay for camping. The citations were sent after people failed to pay camping fees even after receiving written reminders that they had not paid.
Two subjects received two citations each for failure to pay camping fees.
Naturalist Anita Fisher offered an extensive report of her work activities, including writing news articles; conducting programs at county schools, libraries and the nature center; doing the foundation newsletter; making program contacts and inventorying items at the nature center.