2016

September 9, 2016
๐—œ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ฎ ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น ๐—ฃ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—™๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ, ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ-๏ปฟ๐—˜๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ง๐˜†๐—ฒ ๐—™๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜
๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป, ๐—œ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ฎ
The TRAILS group has met the Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation challenge grant of $62,000. Donations came from local citizens and businesses, with $30,000 coming from the City of Marshalltown.This money is being used in the development of a trailhead and connecting the trail from Wilson Circle to the community YMCA-YWCA area. โ€œThe development of the Iowa River Trail is another example of the hometown Iowa quality of living that we are so proud to have in Marshalltown. Our community met the challenge grant with great enthusiasm!โ€ said Karn Gregoire, Executive Director for Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation.The Iowa River Trail will offer Marshalltown safe access to the existing recreation trail system, the YMCA-YWCA, Aquatic Center, Grimes Farm, Library, and many more. The trail helps Marshalltown expand outdoor amenities that foster physical activity, improved social, recreational, aesthetic, and transportation opportunities while also linking to surrounding communities. Once complete, the trail will connect to seven communities spanning a 34-mile trail system between Marshalltown and Steamboat Rock.Money raised earlier this year, including a matching grant from The Wellmark Foundation for $75,000 is helping to complete the first goal, which is to hard surface the 2.2-mile Iowa River Trail within Marshalltown at Wilson Circle by the 3rd Street bridge to the northwest end of Summit Street bridge. The group plans to have this portion of the trail completed by late 2017.With the challenge grant received, the group is now looking to raise money for the engineering and construction of the goal 3.For more information or to make a donation towards goals 3 and 4 of the new trail system, visit www.IowaRiverTrail.com.๐—š๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐Ÿญ: Hard Surface the 2.2-mile Iowa River Trail within MarshalltownLocation: Wilson Circle area by 3rd Street bridge to northwest end of Summit Street bridge Completion target: 2017๐—š๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐Ÿฎ: Construct trail, trailhead, and pave alleys to the community Y areaLocation: Wilson Circle area by 3rd Street bridge to community YMCA-YWCA area Completion target: 2017๐—š๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐Ÿฏ: Hard surface the 5-mile Iowa River Trail from the edge of Marshalltown to Albion. Completion target: 2019-2020๐—š๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐Ÿฐ: Hard surface the 8-mile Iowa River Trail from Albion to Hardin county line. Completion target: 2022-2023๐—ง๐—ฅ๐—”๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐—ฆ, ๐—œ๐—ป๐—ฐ. PO Box 1386 Marshalltown, IA 50158๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜: Donations@TrailsInc.net

September 13, 2016 The Barlow Challenge Eyes Several Local Initiatives
- by Rick Patrie Eldora Herald Ledger The Barlow Challenge Eyes Several Local Initiatives
HARDIN COUNTY โ€“ The Barlow Family Foundation is in the fourth-year of its matching funds challenge and three of the four projects standing to benefit in 2016 are addressed to this part of the county. The fundraising window will take place from October 3-17 and include four area groups that were recently chosen by the Barlow board. Featured this year will be the Hardin County Sheriffโ€™s Office, the Hardin County Trail Commission, the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and the Iowa Falls Alden FFA.
The Barlow Family Foundation is in the fourth-year of its matching funds challenge and three of the four projects standing to benefit in 2016 are addressed to this part of the county. The fundraising window will take place from October 3-17 and include four area groups that were recently chosen by the Barlow board. Featured this year will be the Hardin County Sheriffโ€™s Office, the Hardin County Trail Commission, the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and the Iowa
The Barlow Family Foundation is in the fourth-year of its matching funds challenge and three of the four projects standing to benefit in 2016 are addressed to this part of the county. The fundraising window will take place from October 3-17 and include four area groups that were recently chosen by the Barlow board. Featured this year will be the Hardin County Sheriffโ€™s Office, the Hardin County Trail Commission, the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and the Iowa Falls Alden FFA. Since 2002, the Foundation has given more than 1.1 million dollars to area groups. Right here in South Hardin country there are three focuses for the fundraising. The Hardin County Sheriffโ€™s Office is looking to finish up a fundraising effort it has had under way to help with the acquisition of an officer-assist dog. The Trails group is looking to launch the very first phase of work here in Hardin County on a project that will eventually see a recreational trail extending from Steamboat Rock to Marshalltown. That first phase to be funded would be from Steamboat to Eldora. A hard surfaced multipurpose trail is the goal, with bicycle traffic a key focus. And finally, the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation project also has an Eldora tag โ€“ the challenge to help support efforts to complete the Bob and Mary Lu Gunderson nature parkโ€™ on the northeast side of the community. The park is designed to be a getaway for local folks wanting a taste of the uncluttered outdoors right here in town, and also designed serve as a resource and teaching tool for the schools the in area, a living biology classroom. โ€œWe want to do whatever we can to help groups reach goals that they didnโ€™t think possible, to finish projects that they thought would never be realistic,โ€ said Pam Barlow Angstman, chair of the Foundation Board. โ€œWe are helping with great ideas that will have big impacts on our area.โ€ The Barlow Family Foundation was started by the children of Bob and Jerene Barlow after their father, president of the Iowa Falls State Bank from 1953 until 1995, passed away. The Barlow family still owns the bank today. Bob and Jereneโ€™s children wanted to continue the philanthropy that their parents had been doing for years, so they organized the Barlow Family Foundation as a means of granting funds for local projects. This yearโ€™s challenge will operate for two weeks, from Monday, October 3 until Monday, October. 17. The four groups will accept donations during that time but there are some limitations as to donations that qualify for match. Gifts must come from individuals, not families or groups, be โ€œnewโ€ money, not pledges, and should range from $25 to $100. That means, in a family of four people, each person is eligible to give up to $100 to each of the non-profits groups. If inclined, each person could give up to $100 to each group, but the maximum contribution is $100 per person. The Barlow Family Foundation will match up to the individual goal for each organization. It is up to each non-profit group to market its project and solicit donations. Each group must keep a log of those donations and deposit the donations in bank accounts at the Iowa Falls State Bank. โ€œOur goal is to expand each groupโ€™s base,โ€ Angstman said. โ€œThis will give them more people to draw from in the future. It will get more people involved and invigorate the organizations. Then more can be accomplished.โ€ Starting now, each group will let the community know about the Challenge and encourage people to donate when the Challenge officially starts on October 3. Last yearโ€™s total was more than $175,000.

The Iowa River Rail Trail (IRRT) is a 34 mile long multi-use recreation trail currently under development on the recently bandoned Iowa River Railroad right-of-way between Steamboat Rock and Marshalltown in Central Iowa. Once complete, the
trail will: As envisioned it would connect seven communities (Steamboat Rock, Eldora, Gifford, Union, Liscomb, Albion & Marshalltown) across two counties (Hardin & Marshall) with a linear park perfect for bicycling, running, walking, wildlife viewing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, equestrian usage and a host of other year-round outdoor recreational
activities. It would also directly link Hardin County into the backbone of the Central Iowa Trail Network currently stretching from Marshalltown to the Des Moines metro area and beyond. Promoters say they want to also protect prairie, woodland, wetland and other native wildlife habitat along its path. The project would also indirectly preserve a historically significant
railroad right-of-way that was central to the settlement of the area.

SHERIFFโ€™S K-9 The city of Ackley currently conducts K-9 aided operations and searches and just recently proposed an agreement to share the ogโ€™s services with the city police of Eldora. Meanwhile the Hardin County Sheriffโ€™s office has been
fundraising at several recent events to finance the employment of an officer-dog team as well. The program involves special
training for both dog and handler.
GUNDERSON NATURE PARKAnd finally, the Barlow Challenge is augmenting fundraising for the transformaton of the one-time nature preserve of the Bob and Mary Lu Gunderson family into a city park and nature area. The dozen acre parcel of combined woodland and native prairie is in the far northeast side of Eldora, and comes to the city already developed in many respects. The Gunderson family established the private area when they lived nearby and when they moved to Des Moines a number of years ago they gifted it to the city. The project emphasises maintaining a nature area, a natural park, as opposed to conventional playgrounds. Theidea is to provide it as a retreat for city residents and at the same time make it available to schools and other institutions that can draw on its educational possibilities. In the last couple of summers the park has been fitted out with concrete walksand designers have begun planning areas of emphasis throughout.


September 16, 2016 -by Sara Konrad Baranowski Times Citizen
After many months of quiet work, the Hardin County Trails Commission is ready to ask the public for help. The group has been working diligently on planning and raising money for the Iowa River Trail Hardin project. Now, the group and the first phase of the trail will be one of four working to raise money as part of the fourth annual Barlow Family Foundation Community Challenge next month. Setpember 16, 2016
-by Sara Konrad Baranowski Times Citizen
The challenge is held every October, and it presents local organizations with a unique fundraising opportunity. Each group has two weeks โ€“ Oct. 3-17 โ€“ to raise enough money to reach their fundraising goal (for the Hardin County Trails Commission thatโ€™s $50,000). Money is raised through donations of $25 to $100 from individuals. All qualifying donations up to the groupโ€™s fundraising goal will be matched by the Foundation.
Commission Chairman Chris Wieting said the first phase of the Iowa River Trail Hardin project encompasses the portion of the future trail from Steamboat Rock to Eldora. Much of the projectโ€™s funding is already in place, so the Commission is hopeful that the Barlow Challenge will help complete that fundraising.
To boost fundraising during the two weeks of the Barlow Challenge, the Hardin County Trails Commission is planning a few outreaches and events, starting with a mail and email campaign to Hardin County residents and members of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, which is partnering with the Commission on its trail work.
The first event will be a fat bike/mountain bike ride on Saturday, Oct. 15. Bicyclists will meet at the shelter at the schoolhouse in Steamboat Rock for breakfast and registration. The Commission is requesting $25 as a registration fee, but it will accept donations beyond that to help with the fundraiser. The breakfast and ride will last from 8 a.m. to noon, and walkers are welcome as well as bicyclists. There will be three routes open to those participating.The last event will be two days of motorized tours of the trail โ€“ on Oct. 9 and 16 (both Sundays). Jeeps, UTVs or trucks will be used to take participants on a ride along the portion of the trail thatโ€™s scheduled to be built next year โ€“ between Eldora and Steamboat Rock. Tours will leave from the Thrivent Financial office in Eldora at 12, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. each day, and will last about an hour. The suggested donation price for tickets is $25 per person, but larger donations will be accepted. Tickets should be purchased in advance. Theyโ€™re available Thrivent Financial in Eldora.Wieting said the Barlow Challenge is happening at the right time for the Commission. Not only does it need to raise the remaining money so it can begin construction next spring, but the Iowa River greenbeltโ€™s fall colors will be in peak form for the bike ride and motorized tours.โ€œUntil youโ€™re out there, you donโ€™t know what itโ€™s like,โ€ Wieting said. โ€œOnce youโ€™re out there, everybody weโ€™ve taken on it, they come back with the comments of โ€˜That was so much different than I ever imagined or expected it to be.โ€™ That stretch is our most scenic stretch of the whole trail.โ€During the Challenge (Oct. 3-17), donations can be dropped off at Iowa Falls State Bank, or at the Thrivent Financial office in Eldora. Donations can also be made online by going to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation website. Find more information about the Iowa River Trail at the Commission's website.

October 10, 2016On Friday and over the weekend if you were out and about, you may have noticed something new along the Iowa River Trail. Paving has started from 3rd Street to 12th Street in Marshalltown! We are very excited, it should be completed this week๏ปฟ.

October 18, 2016
A BIG Thank You to everyone that helped support us during the Barlow Foundation Community Challenge. It was a huge success for us and so much fun to meet some of you during our fundraising events.This trail is closer to getting a Great start because of you. We'd love to have you continue to support this wonderful asset for all of our communities. Please continue to watch our page here or our Facebook page for updates and volunteer opportunities. We would love to have You help us in making this real.THE BARLOW FOUNDATION COMMUNITY CHALLENGE 2016FINAL TOTALS IOWA RIVER TRAIL - HARDIN DONATED $22,440 MATCHED $21,720 TOTAL RAISED $44,160

November 21, 2016 ๏ปฟ Once Again...WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!We need "YOUR" written Letter of Support by Thanksgiving or shortly after. This will help tremendously with the $325,000 Federal Rec Trails grant that is due by December 1st. If you don't know what to say...here is a template for you. Just Click Here.Please take a few minutes and continue supporting such a great cause! If you have any questions, please feel free to shoot us a note at explore@iowarivertrail.com. Thank you!!!

December 27, 2016 County gets update on trail project
By: Rob Maharry Eldora Herald Ledger
ELDORA - Local spokesman Chris Wieting addressed the Hardin County Board of Supervisors about some year end business and overall progress related to the Iowa River Trail running from Steamboat Rock to Marshalltown during the boardโ€™s regular meeting on Wednesday morning.One noticeable difference in 2017 will be the name of the trails group: Wieting announced that it will be changed from the Hardin County Trail Commission to the Iowa River Trail- Hardin Commission (IRTH), primarily to avoid confusion with a group in Iowa Falls named Hardin County Trails. Also, supervisor Ronn Rickels, who previously served as the liaison between the board and the trails group, was not re-elected, so Renee McClellan will take over his position at the start of the new year. According to Wieting, the groupโ€™s expenditures in 2016 were $3,561.44, mostly for maintenance and small advertising costs, and the commission applied for five grants but only received one, a $22,000 Barlow Family Foundation Challenge grant. They also received $25,000 in private donations from 270 different donors, and the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation received $31,000 that will be shared with Marshall County, where the trail ends. The commission also plans to use grant money to repair seven bridges along the trail between Steamboat Rock and Gifford, and they are hoping for a rough opening next year (it is still technically closed to the public) while gradually paving more of it in the future. โ€œGoing into 2017, we feel that weโ€™re in good shape,โ€ Wieting said. โ€œGetting this as a usable trail in the near future (is our goal).โ€ Scott Kosanke, Eric Nielsen, Lynnette Miller and Emily Herring will be departing from the commission board at the end of theyear, and new members joining are Mona Bleeker of Steamboat Rock, Adam Nederhoff of Iowa Falls and Joe Herring of Eldora. Wieting commented that paving the trail will be a long-term, 15 to 20 year project, but he hopes to have the trail paved from Steamboat Rock to Pine Lake State Park in the next five years, which would create a loop for riders and travelers along the trail.

December 28, 2016 - by Justin Ites Times Citizen

As the Hardin County Trails Commission looks toward 2017, the group will do so under a new name.At Wednesday's County Supervisor meeting, trails commission chairman Chris Wieting informed the board the group's name is changing to Iowa River Trail Hardin Commission. The decision was made due to another existing trails group - Hardin County Trails - which operates in Iowa Falls.As the Hardin County Trails Commission looks toward 2017, the group will do so under a new name.At Wednesday's County Supervisor meeting, trails commission chairman Chris Wieting informed the board the group's name is changing to Iowa River Trail Hardin Commission. The decision was made due to another existing trails group - Hardin County Trails - which operates in Iowa Falls.Next week, the Supervisors are scheduled to alter a county resolution that will allow for the name change to become official."We've been the Hardin County Trails Commission since our beginning. That has caused some confusion, as there is another trails group in Iowa Falls called Hardin County Trails. We thought it would be wise to set ourselves apart," Wieting said.Also during Wednesday's meeting, Wieting provided an update of a successful 2016 regarding fundraising/work on the 35-mile Iowa River Trail that will be constructed from the city of Marshalltown through Hardin County.The Iowa River Trail Hardin Commission applied for five different grants through Hardin County during the recent 12-month cycle, but only received positive word on one of those - a $21,820 amount through the Barlow Family Foundation Challenge. That challenge became the group's biggest fundraiser of the year. Through the project, $22,540 was raised for the Iowa River Trail."Outside of that, we received an additional $25,000 in donations aside from the Barlow Challenge. Our partner Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation also received from outside folks, an added $31,000. That $31,000 doesn't just go to Hardin County, but is part of a joint effort used for matching dollars and future grants/projects," Wieting said. "We did put in for a 2016 Iowa State Rec Trails Grant in Hardin County. Marshalltown did their own. Of the two we sent in, Marshalltown was awarded theirs. That was an added $650,000. So when we talk about the project as a whole, we feel we had a really great year."Wieting added that expenditures (for the year) tallied $3,561.44, with the majority of those expenses due to maintenance costs and advertising/marketing for the Barlow Family Foundation Challenge.As the calendar turns to 2017, Wieting said the Iowa River Trail Hardin Commission has one outstanding grant they have yet to hear word on, that news will likely come in March. The group applied for a 2016 Federal Rec Trails grant in the amount of $247,000. If received, the grant would help the Commission complete work on seven bridges and a culvert that would effectively open the trail all the way to the Southfork Bridge (just north of Gifford).Change is also coming on the Iowa River Trail Hardin Commission Board, as member terms ending include: Scott Kosanke (Eldora), Eric Nielson (Steamboat Rock) and Lynette Miller (Gifford). Also leaving is board member Emily Herring (Eldora), who had scheduling conflicts due to a new job.New board members are: Mona Bleeker of Steamboat Rock, Adam Nederhoff of Iowa Falls, and Joe Herring of Eldora.One other notable change is due to Supervisor Ronn Rickels departure from the board in January. Fellow Supervisor Renee McClellan has been "unofficially" moving into Rickels role as a Supervisor liaison on that board.