Ripple Effect Helps Connect Danish Villages

Marne Elk Horn Telephone Company led the Danish Villages Great Place application for the cities of Elk Horn and Kimballton, Iowa; and in 2011, the two towns were named an Iowa Great Place. 

Marne Elk Horn partnered with Ripple Effect for assistance in funding the design and geotechnical design of the Little Mermaid Trail project. Each contributed $5,000 which was part of the Iowa Great Place application process. The plan detailed the project for a trail beginning at the bronze sculpture of the Little Mermaid in Kimballton and ending at the Iowa Welcome Center on the Danish Windmill grounds in Elk Horn; with stops at The Museum of Danish America, new Conference Center, city parks and ballparks.

Work on Phase I of the trail, hard surfacing of the .06 mile “Friends Walk” connecting The Danish Immigrant Museum and Bedstemor’s House, in the Jens Jensen Prairie Landscape Park, has been completed. Plus, an additional 65 feet of hard surface trail connects the trail to the council ring on the east lawn of the museum. 

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