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DNR to Host Public Meetings on Good Earth at Blood Run Master Plan

The DNR will hold two public meetings Wednesday, Sept. 23 and Thursday, Sept. 24 to provide information to and gather input from the public on the Good Earth at Blood Run cultural landscape master plan. 

The Blood Run National Historic Landmark is located in Lyon County and encompasses a culturally significant landscape, providing links to the people and traditions associated with the past use of the site. This area between the Big Sioux River and Blood Run Creek was home to the Oneota people between 1300 and 1720 AD and later the Prairie Sioux. The area will eventually be part of Good Earth State Park complex, a first-of-its-kind state park shared between South Dakota and Iowa.

The Wednesday meeting will be held in an open house format from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Grand Falls Casino in Larchwood, Iowa. Project materials will be on display and project team members will be on hand to answer questions and listen to comments from the public.

The Thursday meeting will be held 10:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the same location. This day-long workshop will include a formal presentation of background information and key points of the Good Earth at Blood Run project in Iowa. The facilitated workshop will focus on project goals and guiding principles using input from the public. A one-hour lunch break will be available between noon and 1:00 p.m.

“We hope to have a good number of people take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about this undertaking and provide input on the project,” says Todd Coffelt, DNR State Parks Bureau chief. “This is an Iowa treasure and we need to know Iowans thoughts on how best to showcase it.”

More information about the Good Earth at Blood Run project visit www.goodearthbloodrun.com

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