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5th Grade Name the Island Contest

Marlys Oldenburg’s 5 th grade students had the opportunity to enter the “Name the Islands” contest sponsored by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service to name the Capoli Slough Islands. The 2,000 acre Capoli Slough Island project is located in the lower Pool 9 of the Upper Mississippi River near Lansing, Iowa. This habitat project was completed as a cooperative effort of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Wisconsin and Iowa Departments of Natural Resources, and the public.

We were recently notified that Bridget Hagensick, daughter of Jim and Kari Hagensick, was one of the students whose original name she thought of was 
chosen to name one of the islands. Along with submitting a name, the students had to write an explanation of why they chose the name they did taking into consideration the plant and animal habitats of the local area.

On Friday, May 13 th , Bridget will be one of the students honored at the Capoli Slough Islands Dedication held at the public boat launch in Ferryville, WI. The winning island names will be revealed then. Speakers include Congressman Ron Kind, representatives of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Iowa and Wisconsin DNR, Ferryville Village President, Friends of Pool 9, and contractors for the project.