Extension Projects in Northwest Iowa
in honor of the ISU Sesquicentennial

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.

Buena Vista County: A Taste of Storm Lake Celebration on the Buena Vista County Courthouse lawn on Thursday, June 14, provided an opportunity to celebrate ISU's Sesquicentennial.  ISU's mascot "Cy" was in attendance, ISU face tattoos were available, and activites included designing greeting cards for those serving our country, visits with ISU alumni, and gaming on a Nintendo Wii. Pork burgers and hots dogs also were available. See photos

Additionally, Extension reactivated the county ISU alumni group to:

  1. offer off campus and on campus opportunities for alumni, ( A summer "150th birthday picnic" is being planned with a special guest speaker from ISU) and
  2. serve as mentors for high school age youth who want hands-on experience with a particular career. Alums may also provide enrollment help to youth wanting to attend ISU,
  3. have a presence in the 4th of July parade in Storm Lake with Cy and other Extension partners.

Additionally, ISU Alumni and other partners are making plans to plant a cardinal and gold flowers in a public area. Signage will be made available to inform citizens of the 150th celebration. In select locations throughout the county, ISU Alumni and Extension partners are interested in planting ISU plant breeders varieties. (Rhonda Christensen)

Calhoun County: Trees were planted at Featherstone Park at Twin Lakes north of Rockwell City on June 2. The project included a lunch grill out at noon. ISU alumni, students, and friends were invited to take part in this spring activity. See photo (Jerry Chizek)

Carroll County: Carroll County Master Gardeners, Extension Council members, Carroll County staff, alumni, and Friends of Iowa State University installed a pondless waterfall in the landscape of the newly renovated Carroll Depot on Sept. 22.  See photos (Dennis Molitor)

Cherokee County: A Tree Workshop on Sept. 18 featured speaker Tivon Feely, forestry expert from Iowa State University Extension Forestry Department. Feely answered questions in a classroom setting along with field identification of specific topics. A tree planting also was part of our Open House ceremony to celebrate Iowa State University's 150th Birthday and also to answer any questions on correct tree planting methods. Cherokee County Extension also celebrated the 150th Birthday of Iowa State University at the Extension office. A special appearance was made by Cy, ISU's mascot. Free ISU tattoos were available for the kids and adults too!! Cake and refreshments were served, courtesy of the Cherokee County Extension Council. See photos (Don Avis)

Clay County: ISU Alumni and other partners planted cardinal and gold annual flowers in public gardens. Signage for the flower beds informs citizens of the 150th celebration. In select locations throughout the county, ISU Alumni and Extension partners planted flowers, shrubs and trees to honor three ISU plant breeders. Jack Weigle's Red Prince Wegelia, several varieties of Griffith Buck's Buck Roses, and Bill Graves' Seaside Alder September Sun. See photos (Rhonda Wemark)

Crawford County: 4-H members, 4-H leaders, Master Gardeners, ISU alumni and Crawford County ISU Extension staff met on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Crawford County Fairgrounds. Maple trees were delivered to Buck Grove, Charter Oak, Deloit, Dow City, Manilla, Ricketts, Schleswig and Vail and planted in designated areas. Four trees also were planted on the Crawford County Fairgrounds and one tree planted in Washington Park in Denison. See photos (Coletta Weeda)

Dickinson County: In celebration of Iowa State University’s 150th Anniversary, Dickinson County is celebrated the “Barns of Dickinson County” through a photo competition. There were two divisions, Amateur and Professional. Photos were judged and on display throughout the Dickinson County Fair July 29-Aug. 1. Photos of barns located on designated Dickinson county “Century Farms” were given special recognition. Ten photos were selected to appear on a poster showcasing the “Barns of Dickinson County.” A framed poster was donated to the Dickinson County Historical Museum. The commemoration ceremony and plaque placement were Wednesday, August 1, at the Dickinson County Expo Center, 1600 15th Street, Spirit Lake. ISU Extension staff, Council members, ISU Alum and 4-H youth and families were involved in the planning and carrying out the event. See photos (Cory Peterson)

Emmet County: ISU Family and Friends were invited to join Cy on the Iowa State University Sesquicentennial float in both the 4th of July parade in Armstrong and the Sweet Corn Day Parade in Estherville on August 4. Photo shoots with Cy followed the parades in the respective city parks. A golf outing for ISU alumni, family and friends to raise funds to establish a scholarship for Emmet County youth to attend Iowa Sate University was held July14. The 18 hole, 3 person Best Ball tourney at Armstrong included an appetizer bar and auction. Mile markers and benches were installed on Aug. 1 at the New Nature Center site. See photos (Holle Smith)

Ida County: Extension hosted a Sesquicentennial Celebration at each of the five public libraries during their summer youth reading programs in June, July and August. Three books were donated to each library: A Sesquicentennial History of Iowa State University; A 4-H Story, Helping Hands, Caring Hearts; and A Child's Garden of Flowers. A story time with the two children's titles included flower planting, an ABC overview of the history of 4-H, an ABC approach to the flower names, a quilt activity to go along with the themes of the books, and recognition given to Iowa 4-Hers and ISU alumni authoring and illustrating these books. ISU alumni, current ISU students, 4-Hers,club leaders, Extension Staff and community volunteers were involved with this project. See photos (Kathy Schmidt)

Kossuth County: To honor 150 years of Iowa State Education Iowa State Alumni, Kossuth 4-H members, volunteers, Extension Council members and county staff worked to generate funding for an outdoor classroom at the Waters Edge Nature Center three miles north of Algona at Smith Lake. This group also will provide assistance to prepare the ground for contruction of the lakeside classroom. Dedication ceremonies were held on June 23. See photos (Robert Behnkendorf)

Lyon County: The Lyon County Extension Office is having several events this year to celebrate. They include planting a children's garden at our fairgrounds with help from an Afterschool program/daycare and Master Gardeners, our home demonstration garden tour in July at the Lyon County Fairgrounds, a harvest day from both gardens in August, and a food drive conducted by our county 4-H clubs for the county food pantry in October during National 4-H week. Commemorative ceremonies were held during the Lyon County Fairgrounds Demonstration Garden Tour on July 24. See photos (Katie Metzger)

Monona County: Staff, volunteers, Extension Council members and ISU alumni worked together with the Monona County Museum Board to plan for the display of the history of agriculture for the new ag history building which is an addition to the Monona County Museum, Onawa. ISUE provided a display of ag history from the College of Ag at ISU. The ISU Sesquicentennial was celebrated along with an open house for the ag museum in May 2007. Commemoration ceremonies were held on July 14. See photos. Monona County Extension also participated in the Sioux City Rivercade Parade on July 18 as part of the ISU Sesquicentennial observance. (Cheri Hardison)

O'Brien County: On Saturday, June 30, more than 40 O'Brien County 4-H'ers and their families, 4-H alumni, ISU alumni, Primghar Jaycees and community members joined the O'Brien County Extension staff in a service project to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the founding of Iowa State University. These 40 plus volunteers spent more than 200 man-hours in helping to clean up Sneakers Run. This two-mile hiking and biking path, which was established nearly 10 years ago with the help of the Primghar Jaycees, had become overrun with weeds and trees. On Saturday, the workers spent their time cutting trees, trimming branches and loading and hauling out nearly 20 loads of brush from the trail. The Center Farmers 4-H club, under the direction of youth leader Aphton Roberts, spearheaded the project with a grant, which they received from the Iowa Youth Promise Foundation. Matching funds were provided from the Primghar Jaycees. Additional funds were also provided by Thrivent 's Joining Hands project. It was a perfect June day for joining youth and adults in a project that will have a major recreational impact on the community of Primghar and O'Brien County. A barbecue, fun run and grand opening of the trail was planned for Sept. 15, with Iowa State University representatives on hand to join in the celebration. Thanks to all of the hard working volunteers that joined in this great project! See photos (Terry Janssen)

Osceola County: We provided a birthday cake at our 4-H sponsored county carnival to celebrate ISU's 150th Birthday in the Ocheyedan Town Hall on March 24. We also buried a time capsule and planted a tree on the east side of the 4-H building at the Osceola County Fairgrounds in Sibley on June 4. Those participating included Extension Council, Extension Staff, Youth Committee, County Council and ISU Alumni. We also used the 150th Birthday theme for the planters at our County Fair in July. See photos (Kristin Pedley)

Palo Alto County: Palo Alto County formed a Cyclone Club that will conduct community service projects during 2007 and for years to come. Projects for 2007 included a river clean up with the Palo Alto Conservation Board (See photo) and construction of a shelter at the Palo Alto Fair grounds with the Palo Alto Fair Board. Participants will include ISU Alumni, Extension Council, volunteers and county 4-H members. The club's kickoff meeting was July 19 at the Extension Barbecue at the Fairgrounds in Emmetsburg. (Robert Behnkendorf)

Plymouth County: A project to plant trees at seven schools in Plymouth County in honor of the seven original colleges at Iowa State and national 4-H week recognized the education they provide young people. Local nurseries, Boy Scouts, and Vo-Ag classrooms helped carry out the actual planting of the trees. The bronze plaque commemorating this county wide community service project was presented at the Le Mars Area Chamber of Coffee on Oct. 31 at the Plymouth County Extension Office in Le Mars. Birthday cake was served. The planting schedule included Remsen St. Mary's School (Oyens site), Oct. 2; Remsen-Union Community School, Oct. 3; Hinton Community School (ball complex), Oct. 3; Gehlen Catholic School, Oct. 5; Akron Westfield School, Oct. 8; Le Mars Community School (Kluckhohn Building), Oct. 12; and Kingsley Pierson Community School, Oct. 15. See photos (Carol Schneider)

Pocahontas County: The Pocahontas County Extension Council painted a barn quilt in a design with "Cyclone inspiration." The barn quilt was dedicated to commemorate ISU's Sesquicentennial during Pocahontas Heritage Days on June 23.  A midday commemoration ceremony at the barn east of Pocahontas followed the Heritage Days parade. See photo (Nancy Jenson)

Sac County: Sac County, the unofficial Barn Quilt Capital of the World, celebrated ISU's 150th by designing, constructing, and erecting several ISU and 4-H themed barn quilts on the Sac County Fairgrounds. Extension staff, 4-H members and leaders, Master Gardeners, ISU Alumni, and other supporters of ISU Extension all participated in various stages. A recognition ceremony was held during the Sac County Fair on July 27, and delicious birthday cake was had by all. See photos (Tom Duncan)

Sioux County: Sioux County dedicated a marker on Aug. 1 in Hull, the "birthplace of an idea" and the beginning of the Extension service, commemorating the 1903 demonstration farm agreement that was the first set up by Iowa State College and a local organization. A free barbecue served at the memorial park from 5:30 to 7 p.m. was attended by nearly 500 people. See photos (Cheryl Heronemus)

Woodbury County: Two community service projects were planned involving ISU alumni, current ISU students, 4-H members, Master Gardeners, staff, Extension retirees and other friends of Extension. The first project was to paint the Sadler House in Old Town on the Woodbury County Fairgrounds June 9 and June 10. See photos We will be a part of a playground build day at Chris Larsen Park in Sioux City on Saturday, September 15. This will be in partnership with the Sioux City Parks and Recreation Department. Woodbury County Extension also participated in the Sioux City Rivercade Parade on July 18 as part of the ISU Sesquicentennial observance. (Sherry McGill)



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