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Charity Grant to Pickleball Project

Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in the US for the third year in a row. A local group of residents interested in playing pickleball has formed a committee to work with the City of Lake City and the Lake City Park and Recreation Board to raise funds to install two new pickleball courts near the swimming pool in Goins Park. It also serves as a step to enrich the recreation and beautification of Lake City in an effort to revitalize the park.

Members of the Pickleball Project are Stacy Corey, Renee Stauter, Elaine Lietz, Katie Macke, Lisa Anderson, Susi Schumacher, Kari Musselman and Derrick Henkenius.

On May 7, 2024 the committee hosted a ground breaking ceremony at Goins Park to celebrate the start of construction. They have raised $67,000 of the anticipated $104,000 needed for the full project.

Marcie Boerner, COO of Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association, presented the group with funds awarded from an Aureon Charity Grant to be used towards two new nets as part of the project. The committee continues to plan multiple fundraisers.

Local contractor Daniel Construction makes progress on the Lake City pickleball courts..

"It is wonderful to see a group of volunteers with so much passion and energy step up and make a difference in their community," said Boerner. "Their enthusiasm is contagious."

The Aureon Charity Grant Program was established to increase and support to rural independent telephone companies and the communities they serve. Applications are considered on a quarterly basis and available to organizations within the Webster-Calhoun service area.


Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association provides Landline Telephone, Digital TV and Internet service to 16 rural communities on a Fiber driven network just outside the Fort Dodge, Iowa area: Pilot Mound, Boxholm, Lanyon, Paton, Churdan, Farnhamville, Gowrie, Somers, Moorland, Knierim, Barnum, Clare, Thor, Badger, Vincent, Duncombe and in the towns of Lohrville, Manson, Rockwell City and Lake City.   

WCCTA is Gigabit Certified and designated a Smart Rural Community by NTCA: the Rural Broadband Association.

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