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Crayfish, shells and driftwood become beautiful in Mary Jo Daniels’ hands

June 23, 2017
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Photo of a crayfish framed

It’s not often that you see a crayfish pictured in a work of art, let alone an actual crayfish shell. Yet, Mary Jo Daniels makes it beautiful. The Spirit Lake artist is a master at taking simple objects from nature and turning them into something creative and intriguing. See her mixed media art ...

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Plan an indoor scavenger hunt

June 22, 2017
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Photo of the osprey nest exhibit

We’re now a month into summer vacation, and every morning is similar. The kids wake up way too early. You feed them breakfast. You have play time, and you look at the clock. It’s 9:30 a.m. Plus, if you’re in northwest Iowa this morning, it’s pouring rain. What’s a mom to do in ...

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Noxious weed announcement

June 16, 2017
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Graphic of purple loosestrife

YOU ARE REQUIRED TO DESTROY NOXIOUS WEEDS ON YOUR PROPERTY TO ALL LANDOWNERS IN DICKINSON COUNTY: Each person in possession or control of any lands in Dickinson County with noxious weeds shall immediately or at the proper time destroy and keep under control such noxious weeds, according to the following tables: Group ...

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The legacy of Wilder, Spohn and Holroyd

June 14, 2017
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Photo of interior of country school

C. H. Wilder. Clara Holroyd. Eva Spohn. Each day, they woke up, ate a hearty breakfast and walked to the little white schoolhouse in the center of Westport Township in the southwest corner of Dickinson County. With the light of day still young, they started a fire in the potbelly stove to ...

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Boji Blowout Tournament returns in June

June 9, 2017
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Photo of disc golfers

Colorful discs filled the air last June as amateur and professional disc golfers competed in the annual Boji Blowout tournament. Baskets will clang again as players score when the PDGA B-tier tournament returns Saturday-Sunday, June 24-25, at the Okoboji Gold Disc Golf Course in Kenue Park in Okoboji. “I really enjoy the ...

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Westport Schoolhouse and Pollinator Paradise open June 13

June 9, 2017
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Photo of interior of country school

Beautiful script shows the names of students enrolled at Westport No. 5, and rows of Xs represent when they attended class. One’s mind wanders at the dates that don’t have an X. What were the kids doing that day? Were they sick? Did they have to stay home and help with ...

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Osprey Diary: Transition time

June 7, 2017
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Photo of osprey in a nest

I was sitting on the nest like any other day when I felt it. Tap, tap, tap. A soft rhythm was coming from inside one of my brown speckled eggs. Tap, tap, tap. It was time. I had done my job and the babies were ready to break out of their shells and meet ...

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Fishing fun at Family Nature Night

June 2, 2017
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Photo of kids tying lures

Summer is all about family time. The Dickinson County Conservation Board is offering three great opportunities to create outdoor family memories during its monthly Family Nature Nights 6 p.m. June 12, July 10 and Aug. 14. “This is the second year of Family Nature Night programs, and we’re excited to offer some ...

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Take a walk through Jahn Wildlife Area

May 31, 2017
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Photo of the Little Sioux River

I laced up my new gray and teal hiking boots, hoping to start breaking them in on my first trek to the Jahn Wildlife Area just south of Lake Park. Although the Dickinson County Conservation Board maintains the area in an agreement with the engineer’s office, I have only been to ...

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Stretching out into outdoor yoga programming

May 26, 2017
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Photo of seagulls flying above water at sunrise

A warm breeze, the quiet lapping of the waves, the chirping of shorebirds searching for breakfast — one of the most peaceful ways possible to start a summer day would be on the shore Big Spirit Lake. The Dickinson County Conservation Board is offering the opportunity to gently wake up with ...

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