Nature

James C Schaap

We were standing atop a miniature mountain, looking out over the Big Sioux River from a statuesque bluff not all that far from the confluence of the Missouri and the Big Sioux, over the prairie land of Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve, 3000 acres of sheer beauty.  No one else was there.

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It took me 31 years of Iowa living to take my first steps on real native prairie, the kind my great-grandparents must have set upon when they arrived in northwest Iowa in the 1880s. Thirty-one years. Seems like a lifetime.

But then, real native prairie goes at a premium in this corner of the state. You can stumble on a few sloped patches of original grasses along the bluffs of the Big Sioux River, but for decades already the land has been drawn-and-quartered by the endless row crops of a gigantic garden. 

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When, 4 inches below the soil surface, the temperature rises to 55, the morels begin to emerge. Dawn Snyder from the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center is here to tell us about foraging for these seasonal delights as well as other things that spring brings. 

The Story of the Land at Dickinson County Nature Center

Jun 18, 2015
Travel Iowa

The Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji has something to offer everyone, from year-round residents to weekend visitors. Duane Kraayenbrink recently visited with Kiley Roth, community relations coordinator.  

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LAMB Arts Regional Theatre presents "Love, Loss, and What I Wore," this weekend only. The show explores the memories evoked by clothing and accessories to tell often poignant, often funny stories with which most women can relate. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinee at 1:30 p.m.

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