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LE MARS, Iowa | Three community meetings will be held next week for people to hear details of a proposed recreation trail connecting Plymouth and Woodbury Counties

The PlyWood Trail Committee are inviting people interested in learning about the trail to hear information about the route options and to give input about the possible project. Each meeting will last one hour.

On Monday, a 5 p.m. meeting will be held at Willow Creek Golf Course, 935 Park Lane, in Le Mars, and a 7 p.m. session will be held at the Hinton Community Center, 205 W. Main St, in Hinton.

A Tuesday meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Kissinger Community Center, 608 Main St., in Merrill.

The trail will run through those three Plymouth County towns and connect to the north edge of Sioux City in Woodbury County. Dozens of people attended a prior round of meetings in August.

In Plymouth County, the trail would run for six miles in an abandoned railway, as verbally approved by the Iowa Department of Transportation, contingent upon final engineering plans. The other 10 miles would cross about 30 private landowners' parcels, where easements would be needed. It would also tie into an existing trail in Hinton, on the west side of Highway 75.

The Sioux City Council voted in favor of claiming ownership, sponsorship, and maintenance for a portion of the trail. The city of Le Mars has agreed to be the contracting authority for development and construction and both Merrill and Hinton city officials have indicated favor as well.

Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed the meeting days.

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