Bicyclists were keeping the Raccoon River Valley Trail busy on Memorial Day weekend, as in this photo from the south side of Perry.

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We are launching a new survey of users of our Raccoon River Valley Trail, and would sure appreciate your participation. The survey is being conducted by Iowa State University's "CyBIZ Lab" in collaboration with the Dallas County Conservation Board. This information will be used to gain a better understanding of current and future trail usage and the needs and expectations of visitors on our full 89-mile trail. The survey will take approximately 3 to 5 minutes to complete. We hope you will share your information. It will help us make everybody's visits to the RRVT even better experiences than they are now. Thanks for participating! Here's the survey:

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What's new on the RRVT in this 2016 trail season?
Dawson, Iowa, 13 May, 2016

Well, let's start by celebrating with little Dawson, where this weekend the "Coal Mine Café" opens. The town of 139 hasn't had a café in at least 16 years, maybe a lot longer. That's just one of many new amenities along our Raccoon River Valley Trail as the 2016 season gets fully-opened now. In this story we're doing a round-up of them -- and reminding you of some excellent continuing amenities -- and if we've forgotten or overlooked something, let us know! ...

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Popular stops along the trail you shouldn’t pass.

Perry - Hotell Pattee

Lodging | Restaurant

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Follow Team Bat as they ride the full length of the Raccoon River Valley Trail and visit all 14 communities

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