Extension Projects in Northeast Iowa
in honor of the ISU Sesquicentennial

Extension Projects


University Celebration
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Click on individual counties to view Sesquicentennial projects planned or completed in those counties. 

Contact your local county extension office for information on how you can participate in the celebration nearest you. Contact information is linked from the county name in the list below.

Allamakee County: Local volunteers including 4-H and FFA students will help the Allamakee County Historic Preservation Commission complete a Barn Survey in the county. Barns will be assessed and photographed in an effort to record this disappearing part of the agricultural landscape. A commemorative ceremony was held Saturday, July 14, at the 4-H Building on the Allamakee County Fairgrounds. See photo (Teresa Wiemerslage)

Black Hawk County: The 150th Birthday Bash in Black Hawk County was a “dinner in a greenhouse - for a greenhouse.” The dinner was at Peterson and Tietz Greenhouse (Heidi Tietz DeSilva is an ISU grad – and was all enthused about help with this!) on Friday, September 28. It was a fundraising event to help furnish the new greenhouse at Logan Intermediate School – Waterloo Community School District. The dinner included Black Hawk County foods, with some Iowa wine to enjoy as well. The event included a silent auction. See photos (Allen Ricks)

Bremer County: A drive was conducted Aug. 4 to provide essentials for Cedar Valley Friends of the Family. Cedar Valley Friends of the Family is a non-profit victim advocacy agency serving Bremer County. Ceremonies were held at the Bremer County Fairgrounds. See photos (Rod Hamer)

Buchanan County: Extension conducted a Food Drive for our local food pantry April 2-6. A sesquicentennial commemoration plaque will stay with food pantry. See photo (Rosemary Brimmer)

Butler County: The Butler County Extension Council and Master Gardeners planted Buck Roses (developed by the late ISU Professor of Horticulture, Dr. Griffith Buck) at the Butler County Courthouse in Allison, next to the ISU Extension/Butler County demonstration garden on the north side of the courthouse. See photos. (Patrick Derdzinsky)

Cerro Gordo County: Cerro Gordo Extension with Central Gardens of North Iowa will plant two theme gardens in Central Gardens at Clear Lake--The Alumni Garden and the Plant of the Year Garden. We will use students, alumni and friends of Iowa State, past and present 4-H members and leaders, Extension staff (county, field and state), Master Gardeners, and Extension retirees to do the planting. In May we planted more than 600 perennials and shrubs in the Alumni Garden, as well as the specimens in the Plant of the Year Garden (highlighting 10 years of All-American Selections). See photos (Paul Fitzgerald)

Chickasaw County: Extension donated a copy of the 150th anniversary book to each library in the county in ceremonies featuring ISU. See photos (Fred Hall)

Clayton County: The Clayton County Green Team (4-H Junior County Council) and County Council (4-H Senior Council) planted a special ISU 150th Birthday Tree at the Clayton County Fairgrounds at National, Iowa, at 11 a.m. on May 5. ISU Alumni and Extension Council members participated. See photos. (Rita Severson)

Delaware County: Extension donated trees that were planted by Extension volunteers and ISU alumni at Schram Park, a new park under development on the south edge of Manchester along U.S. Highway 20. Decorative trees were planted on each side of a new boat ramp that provides access to the Maquoketa River. See Photo (Darrell Hanson)

Dubuque County: Held during the Dubuque County Fair Style and Clothing Selection on July 28 along with the second annual cookie fest, the commemoration of the sesquicentennial included dedication of benches built before the fair by 4-H'ers and a tree planting commemorating this event. See photos (Nancy Everman)

Fayette County: Extension and the 4-H program have been participating in a county wide Tourism/Barn Quilt Project. Work was completed in half the county in 2006 and the team worked on the last half last summer. As a kickoff to the final half, we dedicated a special 4-H Clover Quilt on our 4-H Exhibit building on June 12 at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in West Union. It coincided with the WMT-TV (Cedar Rapids) Tractorcade that spent the night on the fairgrounds. See photos. (Dan Burkhart)

Floyd County: Extension Council members, staff, Master Gardeners, 4-Hers and others joined together this spring to plant flowers at the Floyd County Fairgrounds, Charles City. See photos (Neil Wubben)

Franklin County: A grounds improvement project at the Harriman Nielsen Historic Farm located on Highway 3 West, Hampton, was conducted during the annual spring clean up day on May 5. Participants included 4-H members and leaders, Extension council members, Master Gardeners, alumni, and community volunteers. See photos. (Bev Peters)

Grundy County: We focused our efforts on sprucing up the fairgrounds. That involved primarily painting the beef barn and repainting the signs on the livestock buildings. We also repaired some of the benches on the fairgrounds. Participants included 4-H members, leaders and other community groups or individuals interested in being involved. Commemorative ceremonies were held July 24 at the Grundy County fairgrounds in Grundy Center.  See photos (Bill Arndorfer)

Hancock County: An educational prairie plant display was constructed along the south side of the Hancock County Ag Museum at the Hancock County Fairgrounds, Britt. The native prairie plants are identified with ceramic name plates made by a 4-H member. The planting took place on May 26 and involved Ag Museum board members, Extension Council members, 4-H club and teen council members. A $250 Iowa’s Promise Youth Grant was awarded to defray project costs. Commemorative ceremonies were held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21 with Mike Anderson presenting the plaque to John Fangman (Ag Museum), Darrell Schaper (Ag Museum) and Willy Klein (Extension Council member, project coordinator). See photos (James Hil.)

Howard County: Construction of a stone flower planter in front of the Exposition building at the Howard County fairgrounds in Cresco was started on May 26. The project included staff, 4-H youth, and alumni. See photos (Charlie Baier)

Mitchell County: Landscaping was installed at the new County Services building with the support of the Master Gardeners. Commemorative ceremonies were held July 13 during the Mitchell County Fair. We gave away cake and ice cream. Tom Shih, Department Chair of ISU Aerospace Engineering, presented the 150th plaque. See photos. (Neil Wubben)

Winnebago County: The Winnebago ISU Alumni committee is  brainstorming possible service projects at the Winnebago County Fairgrounds in Thompson this summer. See photos (Carol Peterson)

Winneshiek County: To celebrate Iowa State University's 150th birthday, three trees were planted in front of the Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation building, representing the partnership in education between Iowa State University Extension, the Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation and Northeast Iowa Community College. The Decorah and North Winneshiek Schools third graders helped staff from ISU Extension, the Dairy Foundation and NICC dedicate the trees as part of their day participating in the Iowa Dairy Story, an educational "hands-on" program that teaches youth about the past, present and future of Iowa's dairy industry. Cake and homemade ice cream also was part of the celebration event. See photo (Brenda Ranum)

Worth County: Extension, the Worth County Fair board and Worth County 4-H jointly sponsored and constructed a new main gate archway at the Worth County Fairgrounds in Northwood. The $9,000 project was part of the Worth County County Fair Beautification project that was initiated more than three years ago by ISU Worth County Extension. The community dedication ceremony took place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening, June 20. See photo (Dennis Johnson)



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