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County asked for donation

Friends in drive to build three cabins at Lake Darling State Park
By Linda Wenger | Apr 15, 2014

Dr. Fay Vittetoe of the Friends of Lake Darling asked the Washington County Board of Supervisors for a $15,000 to $20,000 donation, Tuesday morning, during the supervisors’ weekly meeting. Two other members of the group, Don Kline and Bob Shepherd, also attended the meeting.
Vittetoe said the Friends are in the midst of a $256,000 fundraising drive that would be used to build three four-season cabins in Lake Darling State Park. Funds have already been raised for three cabins, and the current fundraising would add three more to the park. If the goal is met, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) would contribute $200,000.
A man named Jerry B. Robinson of Colorado will match donations up to a total of $50,000 toward the cabins, Vittetoe said.
Vittetoe said that according to the Iowa State University Center for Agriculture and Rural Development, the park contributes $1 to $2 million annually to the local economy. When the improvements to the park are complete, the economic benefit is estimated at $8.5 million a year.
The DNR plans to let bids for the at least three cabins this summer with construction to begin this fall, Vittetoe said, so the Friends group wants to raise the funds before the bids go out. She also said the DNR would be willing to have the donation spread over two fiscal years.
Supervisor Jack Seward Jr. said that he would like to take a week or two before making a decision.
The cost to build one cabin is about $152,000, Vittetoe said, and the cost to rent a cabin is $100 a day. The cabins will be the property of the state and the DNR, which will maintain and manage them.
Auditor Dan Widmer said he would contact the Friends group when the supervisors are ready to take action on the request.
In other business, the board approved the quote from TNT Tuckpointing and Building Restoration for making repairs to the clock tower on the county courthouse. The quote was for $56,000, plus an additional $3,000 to pay for applying a water repellent that would last 20 years.
Public Health administrator Danielle Pettit-Majewski reported that the county board of health accepted the resignations of board of health members Ron Bennett and Lori Bauer. The supervisors approved the appointments of Jack Seward Jr. and Virginia Bordwell to the board of health to complete the unfinished terms of Bennett and Bauer. She also said that Bordwell will likely become chairman of the board, a position she has held previously.
In his closing remarks, Seward said that he hasn’t met with a Habitat for Humanity representative due to the person’s illness. Seward said there is a “distinct possibility” Habitat for Humanity would accept donations from private donors to help six homeowners who cannot obtain loans for private septic systems in Richmond and Rubio. He said the county is not going to be involved in doing so.
Tom Duwa of Richmond asked if Seward received a report from the county attorney about the county’s authority to compel homeowners to install the required septic systems in Richmond and Rubio.
Seward said he has not heard back from the county attorney.

Comments (9)
Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Apr 24, 2014 11:24

Sport Center Lanes at the Lake Casino

Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Apr 23, 2014 11:49

"Night Moves"  Club & Entertainment Center
The Lodge & Casino Resort at Lake Darling


Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Apr 23, 2014 01:59

"the best Italian casual dining restaurant"

Located at the Lodge Casino & Resort Lake Darling

"Fisherman's Wharf" restaurant at the Lodge

Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Apr 22, 2014 12:19

Dan's Irish Pub at the Lake Lodge

I wonder if the Riverside Casino license would be valid at a second Washington County location. Can you imagine how livid Cedar Rapids would be if Dan built a second casino in Washington County at Lake Darling?

Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Apr 22, 2014 03:50

Could be Lodge at Lake Darling

Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Apr 21, 2014 12:51

Small Town Friendly! . . . Big City Fun!

Five Island Lake – Emmetsburg, Iowa One thousand acre lake near Emmetsburg used both summer and winter for recreational purposes. After extensive investment by the community the lake has become a wonderful entertainment opportunity in northwestern Iowa.


Kearny State Park is located on its western shore and offers a camp ground, boat dock, swimming, and fishing. Next door to the Park is an excellent public golf course and a restaurant and lounge. Winter offers opportunities for snowmobiling, cross country skiing, ice fishing, hockey, and recreational skating. The new Wild Rose Casino in Emmetsburg opened in 2006 as one of the premier gaming facilities in the Midwest, where visitors come for a good time. The hotel boasts a 70-rooms, a convention center and ballroom, and an RV Travel Park. 

Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Apr 18, 2014 04:37

Who ever said that good guys finish last did not know Bob Kehl.

"Bob was one of the most generous people I know. He was such a man of trust, energy.

Talk about pulling yourself from the boots up. He came up the hard way, and he knew what it was to have needs. He's done a lot to help people make their way.

He and Ruth gave Clarke a major gift and we named a center after them.

He was a man of great talent and intellect. He was a street-smart guy who knew how to make things happen. He was a man of solid, solid, solid citizenship. He was a dear man, a gentle soul. I will forever love him."

Sister Catherine Dunn, former president emerita, Clarke University

Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Apr 16, 2014 21:43

DeGray Lake Resort is a privately-operated resort including a 96-room lodge with restaurant and convention center, 18-hole championship public golf course, driving range, tennis courts, visitor center with gift shop, laundry and ice. I wonder if Dan Kehl would be interested in building and operating a similar facility at Lake Darling with some State of Iowa incentives or partnership. 

Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Apr 15, 2014 15:57

It would be great if Iowa could make the investment in Lake Darling to make it a destination like DeGray Lake in Arkansas.

DeGray - Arkansas Lakes - Arkansas Resorts - Arkansas

DeGray Lake Resort State Park is Arkansas’s only resort state park. Set in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains and nestled along the north shore of 13,800-acre DeGray Lake, one of the region’s five Diamond Lakes known for their crystal clear waters.  DeGray is a fishing and water sports paradise, a golf resort, the ideal camping spot and the perfect location for family vacations, getaways, reunions, weddings, business meetings and retreats. The park’s dominant facility, DeGray Lake Resort State Park Lodge, offers guests spectacular views of the distant mountains and DeGray Lake itself. The 94 room lodge is centrally located within the park and includes convention and meeting facilities that can accommodate groups of 10 to 300 attendees.
The DeGray Lake area is rich in birdlife and wildlife which are protected within the park. The rustic natural beauty and pristine setting are ideal for a wide variety of outdoor pastimes. Bicycle through the park, go bird watching, enjoy the hiking trails or lounge on the beach. Have a family picnic or a group gathering and cookout at one of the park pavilions. Park interpreters offer guided lake tours, snorkeling adventures, guided hikes, nature programs, outdoor workshops and more. DeGray Lake Resort State Park is proud to partner with Arkansas Riding Stables to offer our guests a unique horseback riding experience along DeGray Lake’s scenic shore and through towering pines.

Guided rides leave from the horse stables and take approximately one hour. Guests of all ages are welcome and no experience is necessary. Boots and jeans are not required. DeGray is one of the most popular Arkansas golf resorts featuring DeGray Lake Golf Course, a challenging, 18-hole championship public course that stretches over 7,100 yards. The course offers views of DeGray Lake and opportunities to view the birds and other wildlife that abound here. The front nine offers wide, expansive fairways with elevated, undulating and sloping greens, and hidden water hazards. In order to maximize visitor enjoyment and activities on the lake, DeGray Lake Resort State Park offers a full-service marina complete with dock space, watercraft rentals, fuel station and a bait & tackle shop. Drinks and snacks are also available. A wide variety of boat rentals are available, including flat bottom boats and motors, party barges, canoes, kayaks and water bikes.


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