Grants would aid trail development

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December 21, 2011 - 12:00 AM

Someday, Prairie Spirit Trail users may be able to start a southward trek at Iola and end up in Wichita.

The positive “spike” for the rail trail came about Tuesday when Allen County commissioners gave their OK for Thrive Allen County to pursue two $30,000 grants. The money would help develop the trail between the south city limit of Iola to where the railbed intersects K-224 at the northeast edge of Humboldt.

The grants, sought from Sunflower Foundation and Health Care Foundation of Greater of Kansas City, will be written on behalf of Allen County, said David Toland, Thrive executive director. No county funds would be involved.

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