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Silly Sally headlines the Bee & Butterfly Festival

Ventriloquism, magic, music and storytelling — Silly Sally’s show is sure to be a hit at the Bee & Butterfly Festival Friday, Sept. 6, at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. “I have a few new things just for this,” said Sally Shaver DuBois, also known as Silly Sally. “I have a monarch puppet…

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Family Nature Night focuses on Amazing Monarchs

Monarch butterflies are many people’s favorite pollinator. “They’re beautiful at every phase of their life,” said Bryanna Kuhlman, environmental education coordinator for the Dickinson County Conservation Board. “Their caterpillars are very showy and their chrysalises are very showy. It’s green with beautiful gold around it, and when they come out, they have a beautiful, intricate…

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Fall photography contest open for submissions

Summertime is always a beautiful time to take photos. Sunsets over the lake, birds flitting about, wildflowers blooming in bright colors — photography opportunities are endless. This season, the Dickinson County Nature Center is looking for more nature-related photos for its bi-annual photography contest, whether it be a picture of a pollinator, a bird, a…

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Westport Schoolhouse No. 5: A brief history

Photo of Westport Rural Schoolhouse sign

The first school in Dickinson County was an in-home private school that began around 1860, with a teacher employed to teach the children of Dr. J.S. Prescott and a few other local youth. The following years saw more private schools that soon expanded into small public education institutions throughout the county. Westport Schoolhouse history Westport…

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Check out Okoboji’s premier disc golf course

Pink, bright yellow, red — the colors in Kenue Park aren’t just from wildflowers. Disc golfers toss discs in all kinds of fluorescent shades through the 18-hole Okoboji Gold Disc Golf Course that winds through the 75-acre park in Okoboji. “We’ve had disc golfers come from as far away as Canada and Texas to play…

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Brooks Golf will remain a golf course

Aerial photo of wetland

Brooks Golf will remain a golf course. The Dickinson County Conservation Board voted to keep Brooks Golf as a golf course and to send out a request for proposals to lease the course to a management company beginning in 2020. The current lease contract with Brooks Management LLC runs through 2019. Dickinson County Conservation Board…

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View live trumpeter swans in Kenue Park

Photo of a swan in front of the Dickinson County Nature Center

An eight-foot wingspan, long legs and a graceful neck — the trumpeter swans in Kenue Park are a lovely sight. The two rehabilitated trumpeter swans live year-round on the wetland viewable from the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. “We have both a male and female trumpeter swan on our wetland, and they are flightless…

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Thank you for the Brooks Golf public input

The Dickinson County Conservation Board would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all who attended the public meeting regarding Brooks Golf on Wednesday and to those who have submitted written comments. No decision will be made regarding the future of the 230 acres until at least the conservation board’s July meeting. We will…

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Test your prehistoric hunting abilities during Family Nature Night

Photo of youth throwing spear with atlatl

Atlatl is an odd word. This ancient spear-throwing tool was used by prehistoric peoples in Iowa to achieve greater velocity when hunting with spears. It’s probably not something you’ve seen, or even heard of, but you can try your hand at using one during Family Nature Night 7 p.m. Friday, June 28, at the Dickinson…

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Westport Schoolhouse opens for 2019 season

Slates, kerosene lamps, desks arranged by grade — step inside the Westport Schoolhouse and step back in time. The Westport Schoolhouse opens for the season Tuesday, June 11, in Kenue Park in Okoboji. Tour the last remaining one-room schoolhouse in Dickinson County 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through August. “Volunteers love getting to show families…

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