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June 2018

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Linn County Auditor’s Office Adopts PSC Planters 

The Auditor’s Office adopted the planters in front of the Public Service Center to create an inviting entrance for both employees and customers to enjoy. Employees purchased the plants, with their own money, from Sherbon’s Market in Walker.

Jane Meisheid of Sherbon’s Market designed the layout for the planters and selected the best plants that would grow in this particular location, which tends to be very hot during the summer.

After the Facilities staff removed the yucca’s and replaced the soil in the planters, the Auditor’s Office staff replanted them and now maintain them with frequent watering and fertilizer application.

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Wickiup's Wandering Woods Now Open

Wickiup’s Wandering Woods Now Open

After two years of planning, Wickiup’s Wandering Woods is now open at Wickiup Hill! Nestled along the woodlands and a wetland, this new outdoor natural playscape allows children of all ages to use their imagination and creativity in experiencing a greater appreciation for the outdoors and the environment.  

This new and unique playscape is nearly in acre in size, featuring an abundance of natural elements for unstructured play and healthy activities. Play features include natural building materials, water play, zip-line, music and dramatic play, climb and balance, messy materials, and ADA accessible features. This area is located adjacent to the Wickiup Hill Learning Center, and is open all year long, from dawn to dusk. Although the site opened to the public late last fall, the final elements were added this spring, including a new deck overlooking the wetland, a zip-line, and sitting benches.

32nd Annual Roadside Conference September 13

Make Plans to Attend  the 32nd Annual Roadside Conference 

Join the Linn County Secondary Road department's Roadside Vegetation Management Program, and other local organizations, for the 32nd Annual Roadside Conference being held September 12 – 14, 2018.
The conference is open to anyone interested in native vegetation in road rights-of-way, those who enjoy networking and practitioners interested in the latest trends, products and equipment on the market for Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management.
Tickets for the full conference are $75 and tickets to the banquet are $25. To see the full schedule, pricing options and to register, visit the Tallgrass Prairie Center website. Registration deadline is August 31, 2018. 

2018 ADA Celebration July 28

28th Anniversary Celebration of the ADA Planned for July 28

A community celebration of the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 is planned for Saturday, July 28, 2018, at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The event will feature a pre-game picnic at 3:30 p.m. with entertainment provided by magician, David Casas. 

Following the picnic, proclamations will be read by local leaders and dignitaries will be recognized on the field, prior to the Kernels baseball game, which begins at 6:35 p.m. Fireworks follow the game.

Persons with disabilities and others interested in attending should contact Ashley Balius at (319) 892-5609 by July 1, 2018. A limited number of free Kernels game tickets are available until that date. Accessible transportation for people with disabilities will be provided within the metro area on a limited basis. Registration forms can also be found on the PADS website:

For more information, contact Tom Hardecopf at (319) 892-5171 or Ashley Balius at (319) 892-5609, or visit our website.

Linn County Awards Historic Preservation Grants

The Linn County Board of Supervisors has awarded $28,800 from the Linn County Historic Preservation Grant Program to 10 non-profit organizations in Linn County. The recipients were selected through an annual competitive process.

The Linn County Historic Preservation Commission reviews the grant applications and makes funding recommendations to the Board of Supervisors.
Visit our website for the full list of recipients and their projects. 

Native Grass Plantings Along Roadside

Secondary Road Department to use Native Grass and Wildflower Seeds to Improve Roadway Function

Linn County has received native grass and native forb seed for roadway plantings that will help improve roadway safety and habitats, thanks to partnerships with the Federal Highway Administration Transportation Alternatives Program and the University of Northern Iowa Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management Program (IRVM). The seed for 1,300 acres was purchased and distributed to 39 counties in Iowa for roadway plantings in 2018. Linn County's share will plant 140 roadside acres with 37 species of Iowa native grasses, grass-like plants, and flowering native broad-leaf species.

The plantings will create a sustainable right-of-way and provide erosion control, weed control, as well as habitat for a variety of species. The flowering plants provide a nectar source for pollinators, and the milkweed species that are included provide a food source for the Monarch butterfly.

For more information about native plantings in roadsides, visit or  Linn County has been planting roadways with diverse native mixes since 1991.

Linn County Offices Closed July 4

Linn County Offices to Close in Observance of Independence Day

Linn County governmental offices will be closed Wednesday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday. Regular business hours resume July 5.

The following services will continue to operate:

  • Juvenile Detention and Diversion Services
  • The Sheriff’s Office will be closed; however, continuous operations will be available for routine and emergency responses, including the Patrol Division, Communications Division and the Correctional Center. In an emergency, always dial 911.

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