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Nature Center debt paid down to a third

By Staff | Sep 4, 2009

The Emmet County Nature Center debt has been paid down to a third of the cost of the building – within just two years.

The Emmet County Nature Center Foundation heard the good news at its regular meeting Thursday at the Emmet County Nature Center at Wolden Campground.

Conservation Board Director Eric Anderson said after paying down an additional $5,000 payment on the principal Aug. 7 the total payoff of the building is $141,000.

In other business Thursday, foundation members discussed having wood sculptor Jeff Klatt of Storm Lake do demonstration woodcarvings during Sweet Corn Days. Another eight to nine donors were noted on the donor wall.

Foundation members also discussed Pioneer Day 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 at Peterson Point and Emmet County Fall Youth Day 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13 at the Emmet County Izaak Walton League grounds on the southwest edge of Estherville.

Following the foundation meeting, the Emmet County Conservation Board met. Anderson updated the board on work on the west ramp at the Nature Center which will be fixed at no additional cost. He said the Jim Hall west bridge will be fixed this fall. Other updates included planning for the dump station and parking pads at Wolden.

In the camping report, Anderson noted $30,797 in camping receipts for July and August. That includes $17,025 for Wolden, $11,942 for Tuttle Lake and $1,830 for Iowa Lake. Anderson said most Iowa Lake campers are from Minnesota.

The board also discussed possibly building rental cabins at the east end of Tuttle Lake.

Naturalist Anita Fisher noted a very business month of August for visitors and educational programs.