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Exploring the prairie

Monday, December 11, 2006

On hand for the grand opening of the Prairie Heritage Center were the Little Sioux Valley Conservation Assn. and the O'Brien County Conservation Board. Pictured left to right in front are: Terry Boltjes, Clent Oldfield, Margaret Dau, Kathy Luedke, Arlene Roemmich. Back row: Bruce Morrison, Jim Norton, John Skaar, Charlene Elyea. Not pictured are: Jon Bang, Darin Johnson, Jack Wallinga, Few Brown. Photo by Mike Leckband
After over a decade of planning, the Grand Opening of the Prairie Heritage Center was held on Nov. 30. On hand for the event were the Little Sioux Valley Conservation Association and the O'Brien County Conservation Board. The two groups are the overseers of Prairie Heritage Center, located southeast of Sutherland.

The opening saw large crowds that were there to see what the center had to offer. The first and foremost of the attractions at the PHC has to be the large open center room with wall displays and interactive activities throughout the main room.

There also is an impressive view of the Little Sioux River valley that lies to the west of the Center. But most impressive of all is the life-size bison that greets you upon entering the center. The bison stands in the center of the room, along with other taxidermy animals that are spread throughout the center display.

Once you walk through the main hall, you can step out on to the observation deck, which is poised for bird watching. Binoculars are provided.

The learning center had many display booths on hand that featured local crafts and a display of the history of O'Brien County.

The PHC features tall grass prairie ecosystem, the Mill Creek Indian culture, early settlement of the county, wildlife area including upland forest all located on the old O'Brien Glacial Trail Scenic Byway.

The location of the PHC is 4 1/2 miles southeast of Sutherland on Hwy. 10 and one mile north on Yellow Ave. For more information call 712-295-7200

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