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Register for the Run the Bend 5K

Photo of runners in the snow

Welcome autumn with a beautiful cross country race through Horseshoe Bend Wildlife Area during the second annual Run the Bend 5K. “Last year, it snowed during our November date, so we decided to move the hike earlier so we could embrace autumn a little more,” said Kiley Roth, community relations coordinator. “Horseshoe Bend Wildlife Area…

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Lodge and shelter under construction in Kenue Park

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Construction is progressing quickly on the new lodge and open-air shelter in Kenue Park in Okoboji. Asbestos was removed from the former County Home building previously on the site, and it was demolished in 2018. “We researched renovating the former County Home building, but it wasn’t financially responsible, so the Dickinson County Conservation Board decided…

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Going Bonkers for Bats at Family Nature Night

Photo of a silver-haired bat

The Dickinson County Nature Center is Bonkers for Bats. So it’s a fitting theme for the next Family Nature Night 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at its Okoboji location. “I like bats,” said environmental education coordinator Bryanna Kuhlman. “I think it’s important to inform people about the ecosystem services they perform, because they’re all insectivores…

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Nature center now open Saturdays

The Dickinson County Nature Center is now open Saturdays, year-round. Instead of returning to its previous schedule of 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, Labor Day-Memorial Day, the Dickinson County Nature Center will now remain open to the public 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday year-round. “We have had requests from visitors to have a weekend day open to…

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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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