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Friends of Ft. Defiance set work night for June 11

June 5, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

Rained out Tuesday night, the Friends of Fort Defiance have set a time of 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 11 to lay fabric and spread gravel on the Whitetail Ridge Interpretive Trail which extends from just east of the west parking lot to west of the former ranger's cabin.

In their meeting Tuesday night, president Dave Seylar said 88.96 tons of crushed limestone had been delivered to cover the trail.

John Wittneben said the top three inches of the entire trail has been cleared off and a 21-foot 15-inch culvert was installed where a spring previously crossed the trail. He estimated a total trail length of a half mile.

The group also discussed bringing in the Ecology Bus, a traveling educational exhibit, to the park. Members decided to offer refreshments. A date is yet to be set.

Members also laid plans for Fort Defiance Day Sept. 28. Laura Young said she had contacted the state archaeologist but had not received a response.

Gary Phillips said similar exhibit stations as last year would probably work. Members also discussed the possibility of offering horse-drawn wagon rides.

Anyone is welcome to join in work nights. Memberships in the Friends of Fort Defiance are $10 for individuals and $10 for families and may be sent to: Friends of Fort Defiance, P.O. Box 314, Estherville, IA 51334.



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