The fundraising campaign took a major jump forward with the largest non-government donation ever for the Raccoon River Valley Trail, a $100,000 donation from the W.T. and Edna M. Dahl Trust in Des Moines.  Several other key donors in the metro area have contributed, too.  The $1.044-million goal to build "Waukee Railroad Pergola -- in the shadow of the rails" now seems reachable, particularly with applications just now going out for several major grants from state government and other charitable foundations. Meanwhile, local governments in most communities along the RRVT have endorsed having a "unified art theme" at their trailheads, they like the "in the shadow of the rails" idea, and are now supporting a strong regional approach to all this. The initiative's leader Jim Miller says the intent is "to have the entire trail become a destination."

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A major new building trailside in Adel?
Adel, 30 October, 2014

Dallas County voters next Tuesday, Nov. 4, will decide whether bonds should be issued to construct two new major facilities for county government. One is an administrative services headquarters that is proposed adjacent to the Raccoon River Valley Trail just west of the river near downtown Adel. In fact, drawings show the administration complex being built right on the RRVT right-of-way. But, whew! We've now been assured that will not happen. The building site will be moved just south. ...

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