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The Emmet County Nature Center Foundation Board of Directors is gearing up for the 12th annual Emmet County Nature Center banquet 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at the Estherville Elk Lodge. Front row, left to right, are Lori Felkey, Phyllis McKean, Deb Zoellner, Curt Larson, Dave Enerson, Jody Schroeder and Emmet County Nature Center Naturalist Ashley Reed. Back row are Emmet County Conservation Board Director Eric Anderson and Greg Matheson.

Banquet tops ECCB discussion

Plans for the 12th annual Emmet County Nature Center banquet were the focus of discussion at the monthly Emmet County Conservation Board meeting Thursday, March 7. The banquet will be 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at the Estherville Elks Lodge.
Doors open with a social hour at 5:30 followed by dinner at 6 and the program and auction at 7. Banquet proceeds help pay for educational programs at the Emmet County Nature Center just south of Wolden Campground east of Wallingford.
In other business at the board meeting, Director Eric Anderson said he was looking for $220,000 in tax askings from the county. The Conservation Board is still waiting on delivery of a 2019 pickup.
Anderson said owners of property just west of the old Riverview Golf Course are interested in selling a portion of a property for the river trail. Anderson said grants will cover the cost of developing the site. He said the deed to the land will revert to the Emmet County Conservation Board and that the site will be similar to that at the Neppl bridge on A17. Anderson said the Wolden Campground septic system at the shelter house will be replaced this spring.
Naturalist Ashley Reed said 10 of 12 programs were canceled due to inclement weather in February. Reed had programs at Demoney Elementary and Head Start and she held one archery practice.
Reed said she had 12 contact hours with 169 people. However, that would have been almost 400 without weather interruptions.

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