Posts by kiley

Easy pasta creatures

Photo of pasta turtle

The Great Lakes Mall in Spirit Lake hosts an annual Festival of Trees in which local businesses and non-profits can decorate a tree for a chance to be voted to win the top prize. This year, the theme is about our local food pantry through Upper Des Moines Opportunity, and each organization that decorates a…

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Ground sloths and mammoths once roamed Iowa

Graphic that says mammoth tusks were about 15 feet long

The Iowa Great Lakes were formed as a result of glacial activity in the area. West Lake Okoboji is thought to have been created by the Wisconsin Glacier about 14,000 years ago as it retreated to the north. The Des Moines Lobe of the glacier is what covered Iowa and is what outlines Clear Lake,…

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Stuck in the rut — 8 facts about whitetail deer rut

Photo of a doe

You’ve probably heard of the rut. And if you’re a deer hunter, then you most definitely have. However, there may be some facts about rut that you’re not overly familiar with. 1. Rut is a word for deer breeding season, not just the peak. It actually means all behaviors and activities associated with breeding season…

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Can you find them all? Try our indoor/outdoor fall scavenger hunt

Graphic of scavenger hunt

The weather is chilly, but that doesn’t mean that kids hibernate. Your kids are still as active as ever, and they want something to occupy their time. You want something to occupy their time too. Why not print off our fall scavenger hunt? There are indoor and outdoor items to find, and you can add…

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2018-19 Early winter weather predictions

Graphic about temperature predictions

With colder temperatures dominating this week, most of us are wondering what is in store for this winter. The consensus seems to be that the 2018-19 winter, at least through January, will be warmer than average, but the precipitation outlook varies. (Enjoy fall while it’s here by identifying some of the leaves in your yard.)…

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This turkey is unbe-leaf-ably cute

Photo of a leaf turkey

To go along with our blog about turkeys this week (read it here), we thought we might as well make a turkey-themed nature craft too. You will just need a few supplies: Turkey template printed on white paper (Find the template here) Leaves White computer paper Crayons Scissors Glue Begin with a trek outside. Pick…

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Why turkeys look so odd

Graphic about turkey body parts

Turkeys are odd-looking creatures. With their bumpy red heads, hanging flaps of skin around their faces and large tails, wild turkeys are quite a sight. The odd parts of their bodies also have interesting names and purposes. Let’s look at some of the body parts that make a turkey unique. What’s a snood? The snood…

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Recycling center begins winter hours

Photo of compost being moved

The Dickinson Recycling Center continues operation throughout the winter season, with altered hours. (Learn more about the recycling center here.) The Dickinson Recycling Center is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday Nov. 1-March 31 at 2260 220th St. in Milford. “We have the same services, just different hours,” said manager Charles Vigdal. The…

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