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Here's KCCI-TV's story update on "Waukee Railroad Pergola"

The huge artistic icon by acclaimed artist David Dahlquist and his colleagues at RDG Planning & Design is being constructed at the Raccoon River Valley Trail's southeast gateway in Waukee. And excitement is growing, too. More and more people are bicycling, walking and driving to the site on the west edge of Waukee to see what will be one of the largest public art installations in the world. Tommie Clark of TV8 News recently featured the project, and we have the link to her story.

Here come 2,700 bacon-eating bicyclists!

That's right -- the 4th annual "BACooN RIDE" happens Saturday on the loop of the Raccoon River Valley Trail. For the first time, the route has been reversed, and bicyclists will go counter-clockwise from Waukee. At all the stops, riders expect treats made with bacon -- some of them almost exotic -- and something cold to drink. The ride is sold out. But you're all invited to Friday night's opening party in Waukee, 5 to 11 p.m., featuring the rock band, "Fishheads."

Grants of $90,000 and $10,000 for the "connector" trail

The Wellmark Foundation, based in Des Moines, awards a $90,000 match grant -- and yes that means we have to raise another $90,000 to match it. Plus, major trail boosters Bob & Jane Sturgeon, of Urbandale, contribute $10,000. It's all going toward the proposed, 9-mile, $5-million trail that will connect the Raccoon River Valley Trail and the High Trestle Trail. About $1.7 million has now been raised for the total project, and trail officials continue to apply for significant grants.

South Dakota Coyotes run wild on Raccoon River Valley Trail

The team of former USD track athletes ran for the first time in a Market to Market Relay Iowa on Saturday, May 13, and they easily claimed the "Open" category championship. Among other category champs were "Women Run Nebraska," "H & B All Stars," "Run Like Hell," and "Pioneer Seed." The 5th annual event drew 2,500 runners from 23 states for the 75-mile relay from Jefferson to Des Moines, and the weather was nearly perfect.