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Foundation makes $10,000 payment on Nature Center

By Staff | Jun 5, 2009

Megan Brunskill and Jordan Stille experiment to see if they can flap their arms as fast as a bird during Emmet County Naturalist Anita Fisher’s presentation at Wolden Park on Thursday. EDN photo by David Swartz

The Emmet County Nature Center Foundation board approved a $10,000 payment on its loan Thursday.

With an original cost of $450,000, the principal on the nature center is now approximately $100,000. The foundation board made a $25,000 in April following its fundraiser banquet.

Emmet County Conservation Director Eric Anderson said he was informed the foundation will receive a $3,000 grant from Pioneer. Board member Kim Swanson said the money was an original pledge for the nature center.

Emmet County Conservation Director Eric Anderson also said the group received $150 from Wal-Mart.

The foundation board also discussed the ramp on the west side of the building. The ramp is settling making it uneven. Anderson was directed to find out what can be done to fix it.

The board welcomed new member Jon Jensen to the group. Jensen works at NorthStar Bank and moved to Emmet County after living 18 years in Laurens. He and his wife, Jean, have four children.

The Nature Center Foundation Board adjourned and the Emmet County Conservation Board began its meeting.

Anderson reported high revenues for the Memorial Day weekend at the Tuttle and Wolden campsites. However Iowa Lake brought in only $120.

Reviewing the budget, Anderson said the conservation board is in the black for fiscal year 2009.

Camping receipts for the year have exceeded $54,000.

County dollars that go toward the conservation are $135,000.

The projected budget for the year is $188,554.98.

Anderson also reported a grant from Iowa Workforce program will pay for one full-time summer position.

In naturalist Anita Fisher’s report, she stated the spring has been the busiest for educating students about conservation at the nature center.

Anderson noted the conservation programs have been nearly non-stop for the past six weeks.