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Fort Defiance State Park: Ready for visitors

Friends get big hand with camp upgrades

April 29, 2009
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer

The Friends of Fort Defiance had a huge hand with upgrading the electrical service at the campground at Fort Defiance State Park Saturday.

Inman Electric and Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative were on site bright and early at 6:30 a.m. Saturday to upgrade eight 20-amp service sites to 50 amps. The work was completed by 2 p.m.

The upgrade included all new underground wiring to the eight sites as well as to the light next to the latrine. The upgrade also included a new service panel and eight new risers for camper hookups.

Article Photos

Judy Grethen, John Wittneben and Laddie Kozak review progress in laying the new line for the upgraded 50-amp service.
EDN photos by Michael Tidemann

Those taking part from Inman Electric included Tom Inman, Scott Montgomery and Barry Paulson.

The Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative crew included Larry Walthart, Aaron Ruschy, Matt Kilgore and Rick Johnson. Iowa Lakes provided all the major equipment and did the boring, trenching and provided a backhoe.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources Ranger Steve Reighard was on site on his own time and volunteers from the Friends group rounded out the workers. Friends assisting included Tom Ulrich, Judy Grethen, Roger Grethen, Norma Beaver, Laddie Kozak, Dave Seylar and John Wittneben.

Friends members also cleaned the lodge Saturday in anticipation of the upcoming season. Those assisting with that endeavor included the Grethens, Beaver and Ulrich.

Wittneben underscored the contribution made by Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative and Inman Electric.

"It's just a cooperative effort for a lot of people," he said.

 
 
 

 

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