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Construction begins on hiking and biking trail in NW Iowa | News, Sports, Jobs – Marshalltown Times Republican

MERRILL, Iowa (AP) — Construction has begun on a 16-mile hiking and biking trail connecting the Iowa towns of Sioux City and Le Mars.

The Sioux City Journal reports that ground was broken Tuesday on the PlyWood Trail. The PlyWood Trail Foundation has raised more than $4 million from public and private sources, and is seeking state and federal grants.

Foundation chairman Ryan Meyer says “quality of life” amenities are important in attracting workforce and young families to the area. Mike Wells, president of Le Mars-based Wells Enterprises, says the new trail along with the mountain bike trail at Cone Park will create a “bicycle destination in Northwest Iowa.” The company is a major donor.

Source: https://www.timesrepublican.com/wire/?category=5180&ID=153398

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Mount St. Helens Hiking Club hikes open to the public – Longview Daily News

The Mount St. Helens Hiking Club typically holds several hikes each month. Anyone interested in the hikes is welcome.

Because of the uncertainty of the COVID pandemic, all activities will take place only if the leader feels it is safe to do so on the date of the hike and hiking groups may be limited at the discretion of the hike leader. Prospective hikers are asked to always be safe, protect themselves and be considerate of others during the pandemic.

For details and the meeting place for carpooling, contact the hike leader listed or visit www.mtsthelensclub.org. It always is necessary to call the activity leader to register for hikes. Return times are approximate.

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Woman Sunbathes on a Rock While Hiking, Helicopter Is Called to Rescue Her – Newsweek

A woman who decided to sunbathe on some rocks while out on a hike was shocked when a helicopter was called to rescue her.

KoKo, from North California, decided to take a walk along the Buttermilk trail, in Bridgeport, Nevada County, when she spotted a sunny rock about half a mile in.

In a series of TikTok videos on her account, @koko.sierra, she described the rescue effort which was launched, with her most popular clip amassing more than eight million views.

In the clip she films herself looking up at the chopper, with the on-screen text saying: “POV [point of view] you stop on a hike to sunbathe and the park rangers send a helicopter because they think you have passed ou…….