Music and Monarchs Festival 2017


Monarch_In_MaySaturday, May 13th, 2017
Founder’s Park, Elkader, IA
Time: 11:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


    Kid’s craft activities and conservation demonstrations/talks from local experts will begin at Noon and run until 3:00 p.m. Food will be available. Free-Will Donation.
    Make plans to come celebrate with us on the banks of the Turkey River in Elkader, Iowa May 13th, 2017. A free concert Saturday afternoon in Founders Park performances by: TBA


Hosted by the Clayton County Conservation Awareness Network. The event will draw attention to the habitat needs of the rapidly declining monarch butterfly population and what each of us can do to help this and other species by restoring critical habitat.
Free milkweed plants, the host plant of the monarch, will be available.

More Music & Monarchs Info

Main Street LogoMusic & Monarchs is
co-sponsored by Main St. Elkader.

Music & Monarchs is not possible without the support of our GENEROUS Sponsors


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Join Clayton County CAN – It’s Free and Easy

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Dead Horses & The Last Revel at the Historic Volga City Opera House


Two of the biggest bands in the Midwest are coming to the historic Volga City Opera House stage this spring! Join us on Friday May 12th in Volga City, IA for a fundraising concert featuring the Dead Horses and The Last Revel. Doors open at 6:30pm and the music starts at 7:30pm . Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Drinks will be available for purchase at the Opera House. Proceeds benefit Clayton County Conservation Awareness Network and the historic Volga CityOpera House renovation efforts. Camping is available at the Volga City Campground; for reservations, call 563-767-3511.

Milwaukee-based band Dead Horses craft a timeless sound, informed as much by modern folk as it is by traditional roots music. Known for high energy performances, as well as intimate listening room experiences, Dead Horses tour tirelessly with heavy pickers and players in tow. From ballrooms to festivals Dead Horses have performed with Trampled by Turtles, Mandolin Orange, and Elephant Revival, as well as on mainstages at Bristol Rhythm and Roots, WinterWonderGrass, Americana Music Festival, and Red Ants Pants. Preview their music here.

From the budding music scene of the Upper Midwest comes the cutting edge Front Porch Americana soundscapes of The Last Revel. This powerfully talented trio of multi-instrumentalists from Minneapolis, Minnesota so naturally blends the genres of Folk, Rockabilly, Old Time String-Band and Rock to create a sound that is as equally original as it is timeless. Preview their music here.

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Agenda: Clayton County Conservation Awareness Network Board Meeting

Clayton County Conservation Awareness Network Board Meeting
January 26, 2017  Agenda

  1. Appoint any new Board Members in accordance with the bylaws

Discussion of future board members that provide a broader representation of Clayton County

  1. Nomination of officers
  2. Election of 2017 officers (2 year terms)
  3.  Committee structure of CAN operations

Communications – to include website and social media


Outreach/Network/Coalition Building



  1. Board and CAN member recruitment/assignments to committees and subcommittees
  2. Discuss a retreat date and topics to be discussed

Lora Friest has agreed to facilitate this

  1. Modification of advocacy to our organization’s objectives/bylaws (example, frac sand mining and IWILL)
  2. Adding programs/speakers to monthly meetings – for example local small farming, Practical Farmers of Iowa.
  3. Treasurer Report (Staci)
  4. Board approval of budget for 2017 Music and Monarch Festival ($5,000 recommended budget)
  5. Other Topics
  1. Adjourn

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We Are Co-hosting a Rob Hogg Listening Post

The Clayton County Conservation Awareness Network in cooperation with the Clayton County Democrats and The Clayton County Energy District is enthusiastic to welcome,
Iowa State Senator and Minority Leader Rob Hogg on February 2nd at 7pm at Johnson’s Restaurant in Elkader

 Johnson’s pie, coffee and tea will be served.

We will hear Sen. Hogg’s optimistic vision and strategy for the upcoming legislative session. Senator Hogg will speak about and hear our thoughts and concerns regarding the following issues:

• Iowa water quality issues
• locally grown efforts
• CAFO regulations
• funding the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust fund
• frac sand mining in Clayton County and destruction of Mississippi river bluff
• privatization of Medicaid and insufficient Mental Health program funding
• local, clean energy solutions
• school funding
This is an opportunity for many to meet a clear minded leader and to voice ideas and concerns. Be sure to spread the word and recruit attendees!

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County Comprehensive Plan Visioning

Clayton County residents are invited to  attend a public visioning meeting for the comprehensive plan to be held on Thursday December 8th at 7:00 pm in the Clayton County Building, located at 600 Gunder Rd, Elkader, IA 52043.  We will conduct exercises to explore resident’s visions for housing, economic development, transportation, agriculture and natural resources, among other things.  Please take the time to stop by the upcoming meeting to share your vision for the future of Clayton County.

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Public Hearing: Rezoning of Proposed Mine Reserve Expansion

Clayton County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing for the rezoning request to rezone land from A-1 to M-2. Pattison Sand Company on Monday, August 15th at 1pm at the County Office Building on Gunder Road.

Read the Clayton County Mine Reserve Expansion Study Committee Final Report

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Raising and Saving Monarchs Seminar

Monarch_In_May A landowner’s perspective on raising and saving the monarch butterfly. This seminar will include tips on finding and raising monarchs as well as how to preserve habitat.
Presented by: The Werheim Family
Sunday, August 28th, 2016
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Hope Lutheran Church
32513 Dinan Rd. LittlePort, IA
Snacks and Drinks Provided

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Clayton County Planning and Zoning Commission to meet 8/9

The Clayton County Planning and Zoning Commission meets Tuesday, 8/9/2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Clayton County Office Building.
The agenda will consist of the following items:


1. Call to Order

2. Approval of Minutes

3. Presentation of Mine Reserve Committee Report – Mike Finnegan and Anne Osmundson

4. Old Business –
a. Pattison Sand Company and landowner’s request to rezone land from A-1 to M-2 to mine underground, process, store and ship silica sand and it’s by product all underground

5. Public Comment Period for items not on the agenda. Please limit comments to 3 minutes

6. Other Business

7. Board Comments

8. Staff Comments

9. Adjourn

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NRCS Rainfall Simulator Video

Watch this video for an excellent demonstration of how valuable rooted vegetation is for preserving our precious topsoil.

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