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County Conservation Board discusses archery program

By Staff | Feb 14, 2014

WALLINGFORD – The Emmet County Nature Center Foundation and the Emmet County Conservation Board discussed the success of the NASP archery program and other issues at their monthly meeting Monday at the Emmet County Nature Center.

Natural Jenna Pollock said Estherville Lincoln Central will host teams Saturday, Feb. 15 at the high-school gym from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Spencer and North Union will also participate.

Pollock said it will be the last tournament this season and the last practice was Wednesday. She said coaches were still needed for the program, with Estherville having two at this point.

Pollock said next year it will cost $20 for youth to join the program and they will receive a shirt and a dozen arrows.

Nature Center Foundation members praised Pollock for the program’s success.

“We didn’t expect the overwhelming amount of people,” said board member Kim Swanson.

Pollock said the Signs of Love: Animal Courtship program will be held at the Nature Center from 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 followed by the Owl Moon program to celebrate the February full moon. Youth winter survival day will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22.

Board members also planned for the 7th annual Friends of the Emmet County Nature Center banquet Saturday, March 29 at the Elks Lodge. Doors will open with the social hour at 5:30 with dinner starting at 6 and the program and auction at 7. Tickets are $25.

Members agreed on a two-meat buffet of roast beef and chicken, corn and green beans for vegetables, mashed and cheesy hashbrowns, salad, drink and dessert.

They also discussed items up for auction and raffle at the banquet.

A large doll house will be on the live auction with a half hog and processing, Woody’s Pizza for a year and a weather vane by Morris Jorgensen on the bonus raffle.

For tickets, call the Nature Center at 712-867-4422.

Members also discussed the youth activities trailer. Pollock said she had been making contacts with people who might be interested in sponsoring the program. They would get their name on team shirts and on the trailer.

Conservation Board chair Eric Anderson said Iowa Lakes Community College graphic design students were working on a new logo and the winner will be unveiled at the Nature Center banquet.

Pollock said she was in the process of making an application for a grant from the Emmet County Community Foundation for signs, a defibrillator, snowshoes and cross-country skis.

In the Conservation Board meeting that followed, Anderson said he will request $170,000 from the supervisors for fiscal 2015.

Pollock gave an update on the Emmet County Water Trail Association, of which she is president. She said a landowners meeting will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Sleep Inn & Suites breakfast room.

Anderson said a total of $745 in various banquet tickets had been sold at the Ikes gun show Feb. 1-2.

He said he will apply to the Emmet County Community Foundation for money for picnic tables and grills.

Pollock said she had done at least 32 programs in January and will meet with the Estherville Lincoln Central Board of Education at its March meeting.