The 2014 harvest is nearing completion in west central Iowa, and mostly-mild fall weather has let many people on the Raccoon River Valley Trail get a close-up view of all the activity.  You could ride the trail while watching combines on your left and right in soybean and corn fields. And you could ride right next to busy grain elevators in Dawson (shown in this photograph), Minburn, Dallas Center, Redfield, Linden, Panora, Yale and Jefferson.  This was the view Sunday morning, Nov. 9, just east of the West Central Cooperative elevator in Dawson.

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Save the date: RRVT Association banquet is Feb. 21
Perry, 13 November, 2014

The 8th annual banquet -- the one fundraiser per year of the association that does all the marketing and promotion of the trail -- will return to the Marriott Hotel in West Des Moines. Special guest speaker will be Dr. Richard Deming, of Des Moines, the adventurer, bicyclist and cancer warrior who is the founder of Above + Beyond Cancer. ...

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