New PR & Marketing Coordinator Joined Prairie Rivers Team

Aimee Burch joined Prairie Rivers of Iowa on August 15, 2016 as the Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator. Originally from Springfield, IL, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Illinois-Springfield. She graduated from Iowa State University in 2014 with a Master of Science degree in Journalism. Aimee previously worked as a communications graduate assistant with the Department of Agronomy and a communications specialist for the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, both at Iowa State. In her free time, Aimee enjoys running, reading, and watching TV. She is from a very active and sports-loving family and joins them in cheering for the Chicago White Sox, the St. Louis Cardinals, the St. Louis Blues, and of course, the Iowa State Cyclones. "I'm really excited to work at Prairie Rivers of Iowa and help promote the great work that the organization is doing!" -Aimee Burch...
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Meeting Space Cabin is Near Completion

Hamilton County Conservation Board (HCCB) now has some of the most beautiful cabins available to rent in the north central Iowa region. They started this journey over four years ago and continue to make progress by adding more cabins. Hamilton County Conservation Board will be done building their sixth cabin this summer. This cabin is at Briggs Woods Park by Webster City and has a different layout than its predecessors. This new cabin has a footprint of 25x36, with the loft being 18x46.  Whereas the Legacy and Lakeview cabins have a foot print of 25x32 and the loft is 16x30. Even just by looks the cabin seems much bigger. The purpose behind the different floor plan with an open layout concept on the first floor is to serve as a place the community and others can hold gatherings, parties, and classes in (I think I know where our next work meeting is being held!). The cabin will still serve its purpose...
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Local Firm Helps Farmers After Bird Flu

Our Board Member, Jan Sherwood works with Shekar Engineering, out of Des Moines Iowa. Below is about a project they received to help farmers recover and clean up after the effects of the Bird Flu. Shekar Engineering, from Des Moines Iowa, has been in business since the 1990’s performing environmental consulting and construction services. In September, Shekar Engineering was awarded a contract with the USDA to work on turkey farms affected by bird flu in Sac, Buena Vista, and Cherokee counties. Each of the farms, consisting of four to five barns, lost turkey flocks consisting of as many as 40,000 birds earlier this year. Altogether, the various farms we worked on lost in total over 500,000 turkeys due to the strain of bird flu that was particularly virulent this year. The USDA provided clean up services to remove the birds as well as clean and disinfect the barns while they were under quarantine. The birds were removed along with up to a...
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Local Food Cycle on KCWI Great Day Show

Prairie Rivers of Iowa is bringing back the Local Food Cycle again this year. The Local Food Cycle is a culinary bike ride that is a special event where bike riders tour local farms, meet farmers and eat delicious culinary delights prepared by area chefs. This year’s ride is through eastern Story County. We were fortune enough to be a guest on KCWI Channel 23 Great Day show on Friday August 14th. Jessica Johnson, Prairie Rivers of Iowa’s Marketing Coordinator and Emily Zimmerman, with the Sustainable Agriculture Student Association were the interviewees. To register and find out more about the stops visit www.prrcd.org/bike Listen to the interview below: ...
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Another cabin in the plans

Hamilton County Conservation Board (HCCB) now has some of the most beautiful cabins available to rent in the north central Iowa region. They started this journey over three years ago and continue to make progress. Hamilton County Conservation Board looks to purchase and build one last cabin, for a total of six. This cabin will be placed at Briggs Woods Park by Webster City and will have a different layout than its predecessors. This new cabin will be the large size of the Legacy and Lakeview but consist of an open layout on the main level. The purpose of this floor plan is to hold classes, larger gatherings, parties, etc in. Going through records, we that the cabins have been a staple for family outings. You can stay all year around making any gathering a breeze. They are spacious, not to mention gorgeous, and a money saver as they are reasonably priced and with a full kitchen you can enjoy a...
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ILHA launched new website

Working with the ILHA is not new to us as the Lincoln Heritage Byway is one of our programs. One new way we assisted the Association this summer was by hosting a Lincoln Highway Association Intern and assisting them on projects for the association. One major project that Paul, our intern, accomplished was the creation of a new website. It consists of the same information the old site had and then some! We are still gathering and updating information for each county and events as they are submitted. It truly is a very modern and nice looking website.  Check it out! http://www.iowalincolnhighway.org/ Another big project that is almost ready for print is the creation of a Greene County Brochure. Paul created a wonderful design with information about transportation and the history of Greene County provided by Bob and Joyce Ausberger. With only a few more edits we are hopeful that the brochure will be printed and distributed to the Greene County area...
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That Chautauqua Thing on October 3-4

For many older Iowans, Chautauqua is not a new word. But for non-natives, or if you are from a younger generation, you may have never heard of the word Chautauqua! In the late 1800's and early 1900's, each Chautauqua was a popular multi-county gathering, where folks would travel far and wide to attend the popular assembly. A Chautauqua brought education, culture, and entertainment for the whole community with speakers, teachers, musicians and entertainers. Legacy Learning Boone River Valley is putting a new spin on an old tradition with "That Chautauqua Thing" on October 3-4, 2015. It's about learning - a new skill, discovering a new hobby, the history of the region, or learning a heritage craft. This community-wide intergenerational learning weekend will feature events for the entire family with entertainment, tours, and both short and longer workshops. There's a range of prices - some are free! Individual workshops with their details and registration are on the website (see October 3-4 classes), so...
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Board Spotlight

This month we chose to feature one of our Board members and we thought what better place to start then our newly elected Board President. Learn more about him and why he has gotten involved with Prairie Rivers of Iowa. Reed Riskedahl, Chair of Prairie Rivers Board of Directors, has been a Marshalltown resident for over 28 years. A sales manager by trade, Reed has worked in retail, media, manufacturing, and construction. Volunteerism has been a hallmark of his experience, through in depth efforts with his church, Chambers of Commerce, political groups, gardening, ISU Extension, and conservation. Born and raised on a farm in southern Minnesota, Reed learned early the importance of hard work and faithful dedication to what needs to be done. Milking cows twice a day without fail beside his parents, helped instill these important attributes. The rhythm of the daily work, together with the rhythm of the seasons helped instill a long term understanding that life is a marathon,...
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Drake University Presents Plans

April 1st staff members and a few board members (Jim Richardson, Erv Klaas, Jan Sherwood, and Reed Riskedahl) ventured down to the capital city to listen to Drake University students present their comprehensive public relations campaigns for our organization. Four teams presented to our group followed by a question and answer session from us for each group. The result of these plans stem from a yearlong partnership with Drake University’s Public Relations Research Methods (JMC 136) and Public Relations Campaign Strategies (JMC 146) classes. First semester they focused on primary and secondary research. This time presentations were focused on giving Prairie Rivers of Iowa a variety of ways to strengthen our brand. Students communicated ideas on outreach opportunities, internal communication solutions, program building and materials are just a few of the subjects they tackled. The students were professional and very knowledgeable of their research they had conducted for their conclusions. With energy, imagination, catchy presentations and a few surprises to catch our attention,...
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