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Recycling center begins winter hours

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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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Five differences between coyotes and wolves

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I still remember the first time I heard a coyote pack howl as dusk began to settle on the Iowa Great Lakes area. On a walk at Kettleson Hogsback, the sun started to set above the calm shallow lakes, and a high-pitched howl began in the distance. Another answered it. And another. And another. My…

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Danielle Clouse Gast gives a new spin on the landscape

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Danielle Clouse Gast’s art gives just a twist to the Iowa Great Lakes landscapes we all know and love. She describes her landscape oil paintings as “a modern, fresh approach to the landscape we are familiar with.” See what that means in her art exhibit running October-December at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji,…

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Dispose of household hazardous materials at the recycling center

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Cleaners, pesticides, oil-based paints — how do you dispose of these items when you’re done with them? The Dickinson Recycling Center in Milford accepts household hazardous materials such as these and disposes of them responsibly. HHMs, or household hazardous materials, are chemicals that are reactive, flammable, corrosive or poisonous. “Basically, it’s something you’re not supposed…

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Pollinator Paradise exhibit concepts released

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The human-sized honeycomb crawler has been a hit inside Pollinator Paradise at the Dickinson County Nature Center. But this new interactive exhibit is only the beginning in the brand new addition to the Okoboji center. As fundraising continues, plans are moving forward for more children’s museum-quality exhibits that kids of all ages are sure to…

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Okoboji-themed paintings displayed by young artist

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Hannah Haberecht is a well-rounded 21 year old. From participating in insect identification competitions with Science Olympiad to majoring in biomedical sciences at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, to painting in her spare time — Haberecht’s interests seem to span the gamut. (Learn about the butterflies found in Dickinson County.) She is sharing…

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Explore the Night with your family during new program series

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Raccoons come out of a sleepy daze. Coyotes begin to search for food. Owls begin calling, “Whooo. Whooo.” Explore the Night in Kenue Park during the first Nature at Night program with the Dickinson County Conservation Board. “We’re going to encourage the use of no flashlights and use our night vision,” said Bryanna Kuhlman, environmental…

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Youth programming is FREE this summer!

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Standing amidst the prairie, pre-teens held up their abstract art. Giant smiles graced their faces as they showed off the creations they made using squirt guns to shoot paint onto hanging canvases during a Young Naturalists program at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. “You don’t have to camp or fish to enjoy the…

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Weed commissioner announces noxious weed policy

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It’s the time of year for home and land owners to take inventory of the plants on their properties. The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors approved the 2018 noxious weed policy for the county at its meeting Tuesday, May 8. “The state-listed noxious weeds are economic threats to agriculture and ecological threats to native plants…

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Abbie Gardner Cabin opens for the season

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At Pillsbury Point, people enjoy the beautiful view of West Lake Okoboji, the sun glistening off the water, the cool breeze. However, the scene was anything but peaceful at that same location 161 years ago when the Spirit Lake Massacre occurred in March 1857. Misunderstandings between settlers and American Indians sparked an atrocity that is…

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