Kalona creek naming rights to sell on eBay

A creek in Iowa. Photo by iowa_spirit_walker, Flickr.

The Kalona City Council will attempt to sell the naming rights of a local creek on eBay this week.

The creek, currently known as the West Drainage Ditch, had it’s naming rights auctioned off once before, but the winning bidder’s suggestion of “Baniki Kinshi” – Japanese for “horse meat prohibited” – led the council to try the auction again.

“The name just wasn’t appropriate,” Schlabaugh said. “That was our biggest fear, that it meant (something else), so we’re going to decline it.”

The second auction is planned to start on Thursday, Dec. 29, and is expected to run for ten days. Bidding is open to anyone – not just Kalona residents, and funds from the winning bid will be used to replace sidewalks throughout the city.

For more information, read the full article at The Gazette.

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