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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach: Palo Alto County

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9:00AM-4:30PM Monday thru Friday

Dates to Remember:

  • Sept 26th National Family Day at the Smith Wellness Center from 5 to 7pm
  •  Oct. 2-8 National 4-H Week
  • Oct. 2 Penny Carnival @ fairgrounds (Exhibits Building) – 3:00-4:30 PM – Club Food Challenge 1:30-2:00 PM –Shooting Sports Club mtg. following carnival

County News

September 22, 2016

Are you experiencing Flooding? If so here are some resources to help you. If you have any questions please call Palo Alto County Extension Office 712-852-2865 :

September 12, 2016

Join Us on Monday, September 26 at the Smith Wellness Center for a Family Fun event. This will take plapce in the gym from 5 to 7pm. It is a free event which includes supper. They will be businesses and organizations that will have booths set up with activities for families to do. Then you are invited to eat as a family. The whole event is free!! If you plan to atten please call 852-2865 to pre-reigster for meal count.

August 24, 2016

Palo Alto 4-H clubs help stock the Upper Des Moines Food Pantry with our food challenge. Each club is challenged to collect 75lbs of food!! All food we will turned in on Sunday, Oct 2 at the Penny Carnival from 1:30pm to 2pm. Start Collecting today!!!

August 16, 2016

4-H members in grades 7-12 won't want to miss out on this exciting trip to Sioux City, IA.  The adventure will begin at The Greatest Escape and the Palmer's Old Tyme Candy Shoppe.  Then it is off to the Southern Hills Mall for shopping and the food court.  Last stop will be an exciting night of hockey where the Sioux City Musketeers will take on the Dubuque Fighting Saints.  The trip will take place on Saturday, October 15th.  Space is limited - will accept on a first come, first served basis with paid registration.  Deadline is Sept. 28th.

June 24, 2016

Are you looking for upcoming Serv Safe Trainings? See the attached flyer If you want to attend the Sept 19th training in Estherville then you must register by August 29th!! You register online at:

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