Ward II Council Vacancy

The City of Ida Grove announces a Ward II Council vacancy effective immediately.  City Council plans to hold a special council meeting Thursday, March 22 at noon.  If anyone within Ward II is interested in filling this position, please contact City Hall at 364-2428 before Thursday.  Ward II description is as follows:

Commencing at the intersection of the centerlines of Main Street and Fourth Street; thence South along the centerline of Main Street to the center of Seventh Street; thence West along the centerline of Seventh Street to the middle of the intersection of Seventh Street and Taylor Street; thence South along the centerline of Taylor Street extended to the centerline of Badger Creek; thence randomly South and East along the centerline of Badger Creek to the centerline of South Main Street; thence South along the centerline of South Main Street to the middle intersection of Center Lane and South Main Street; thence East along the centerline of Center Lane to the middle of the intersection of Center Lane and Park Lane; thence South along the centerline of Park Lane to the middle of the intersection of Park Lane and Zobel Lane; thence East along the centerline of Zobel Lane to the corporate limits.

Ward II map

Snow Removal Ordinance Letters

A number of people will be receiving a letter in the mail from the City of Ida Grove.  It is in regards to city ordinance #518, removing snow and ice from sidewalks.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact City Hall at 364-2428.

Property Tax Credit

Who is Eligible?

Iowa residents, if your total household income is less than $22,855 and one of the following applies:

  • 65 years of age or older as of December 31, 2017
  • Totally disabled and age 18 to 64, as of December 31, 2017

For assistance contact:

Ida County Treasurer’s Office


Ask for Traci Riessen the Ida County Treasurer

Pet Licensing

Reminder: Get your cats and dogs licensed at City Hall during the ‘early-bird registration period’. Any owner of a dog or cat within city limits is required by city ordinance to license the animal yearly. In order to license your pet you MUST provide proof of a current rabies vaccination. The licensing fees are as follows:

January 1-February 28 $10 per pet if spayed or neutered, $15 per pet if not spayed or neutered

March 1-December 31 $20 per pet if spayed or neutered, $25 per pet if not spayed or neutered


Sign up for Automatic Withdrawal

READY, SET, GO!!! The City of Ida Grove is pleased to announce we are ready to begin automatic withdrawal of monthly utility bills. Stop into City Hall today and ask for a “withdrawal authorization” form to have your utility bill automatically withdrawn from your checking or savings account. Once you have completed your authorization form, the City of Ida Grove will withdrawal your utility bill on the 10th of every month. Please note, if the 10th falls on a weekend or holiday, your bill will be deducted on the last business day previous to the 10th.


Sewer Backups

Sanitary sewer line blockages are typically caused by roots, grease, and improper disposal of items.  Tree roots can enter the sanitary sewer system at joints and cracks in the sewer service lines and mains.  Grease can solidify in the sewer lines and restrict other waste from flowing through.  The lines can be blocked by items like disposable diapers, paper towels, feminine hygiene products, washing machine lint, rags or other items improperly flushed down the drain or toilet.  Please refrain from flushing these items and keeping the sanitary sewer lines clear to provide you with good service without backups into your basement.

Snowmobile Ordinance

10.60.020 Place of Operation

The operators of snowmobiles shall observe the following limitations as to where snowmobiles may be operated:

  • Unplowed Streets.  Snowmobiles may be operated upon streets which have not been plowed during the snow season.
  • Other Streets.  Snowmobiles may not be operated on any other street within the city except the following designated streets and the alleys leading to and from Fifth Street:
    • Fifth Street – West Corporate Limits – Fairlane Street
    • Rohwer Street – South Corporate Limits – Second Street
  • Parks and Other Public Land.  Snowmobiles shall not be operated in any city park, playground or upon any other publicly owned property.
  • Private Property.  No snowmobile shall be operated upon private property without the express consent of the owner thereof.

City Council Meeting

The next City Council meeting will be moved to Tuesday February 20th at 5:30pm in the City Council chambers, so as not to conflict with the Presidents’ Day holiday.

Source Water Protection Plan


The City of Ida Grove is pleased to announce that we are in the beginning stages of a collaborative Source Water Protection effort between our city officials, community members, and members of our rural community.  We would like to welcome you to an open planning meeting regarding Source Water, our current protection efforts and how we can move forward together in developing a long term plan for keeping our drinking water clean.


March 13, 2018


Ida Grove Community Rec Center


For more information, contact Bridget Durst:



City of Ida Grove: 712-364-2428

Extendable Backwater Valves

Basement flooding can result in serious property damage.  Be mindful of your health and safety when cleaning up your flooded basement.  Floodwater may carry waterborne diseases, corrosive agents, irritants, and sharp objects.  Electrical accidents are possible because of contact between appliances and water.  Dress appropriately; wear overalls, gloves, protective eyewear, protective boots and a mask.  Open windows and stay away from electrical equipment and outlets or shut off the electrical power.

A backwater valve is a device that prevents sewage from backing up into your basement.  A valve will automatically prevent water from the sanitary sewer from coming back into your home’s plumbing system.  A properly installed backwater valve must be placed so that sewage backup will be stopped and not come out through plumbing fixtures or the floor drain in your basement.  A licensed plumber can look at your system and recommend the appropriate installation.  If you are going to install a backwater valve, a licensed plumbing contractor must install it properly.  These valves also require periodic inspection and maintenance to remove debris and reduce the risk of failure.  Ask a licensed plumbing contractor how to properly inspect and maintain the backwater valve that is installed for your home.

It is important to note that a backwater valve is designed to be closed during sewer surcharge conditions to keep water from the sanitary sewer system from flowing into your home.  When the backwater valve closes, water from inside of your home will not drain out.  When there is a risk of sewer surcharge, such as during a heavy rain storm, you should avoid using the toilet, sink, shower, washer, dishwasher or any other appliance that releases water to the sanitary sewer system.  The water will not be able to get past your backflow prevention device(s) and will have nowhere to go except back into your home.

If you are redoing the sewer line to your house, the City of Ida Grove suggests you include an extendable backwater valve.  This valve will help prevent sewer line backups into your basement.  If you have any questions, please contact City Hall at 364-2428 or the WWTP Operator Shannon Hazelton at 364-3252.


Due to the weather, the Ida Grove Recreation Center will be closed today.


Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program

The Western Iowa Community Improvement Regional Housing Trust Fund is working in partnership with SIMPCO to make available an Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program.  The mission of the program is to further the preservation and development of affordable housing and grow affordable housing opportunities for low-to-moderate income households in Ida County.

Eligible repairs include: repair or replacement of heating, electrical, and plumbing systems; roofs; windows; ADA accessibility and other repair work necessary to address substandard health or safety conditions.

Some program requirements are:

  • All households assisted shall have gross annual incomes under 80% of the county SHTF income limit.
  • The property must be a single family unit.
  • Applicants shall own and occupy the property to be assisted and shall be current on taxes, utilities, mortgage payments, and housing insurance.
  • The property must remain the principal residence of the homeowner for five years.

Funding is limited and will be distributed throughout the service area to the extent possible and approved on a “First Ready, First Served” basis.  Forms and additional program information is available by contacting Amanda Harper at SIMPCO (712)-279-6286 or by visiting simpco.org.

Ida Grove Economic Development Corporation

Ida Grove aspires to be a community defined by the creativity, diversity and innovation of its citizens and businesses. So if you or anyone you know enjoy economic development, have an undiscovered creative streak, love working with and interacting with equally committed people………  being on the Ida Grove Economic Development Corporation is definitely for YOU!

The Economic Development Corporation is created to advise the City of Ida Grove regarding local business retention and recruitment. The corporation is responsible for developing and recommending policies, procedures, organizations, and ordinances to the City Council for adoption that best suit the community for a healthy and diversified economy. The corporation provides businesses with an atmosphere to locate, innovate, grow, and prosper within our community.

The Economic Development Corporation’s areas of interest include developing plans and programs for the following:

  • Planning and Development
  • Support of projects and procedures that are in accordance with the purpose, spirit, and intent of the City Comprehensive Plan.
  • Promote redevelopment of business.
  • Take advantage of different local, state, and federal grant programs.
  • Work in conjunction with the Ida Grove Chamber of Commerce, the City of Ida Grove and Ida County Economic Development in the recruitment of new businesses to the area, as well as retaining established businesses.

City Council Meetings

The Ida Grove City Council meets on the first and third Mondays of the month, except when the meetings are shifted to the following Tuesdays to avoid conflicts with holidays. Meetings are held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, at 403 Third Street.

Online Utility Bill Pay

In an effort to provide you with ease and flexibility for your utility bill payments, the City of Ida Grove has implemented a new online payment service through Forte.  You can find the new service payment link at the bottom of the city’s main web page, or you may click on the Government dropdown box tab at the top right of the main page, click on the utilities option and click on the payment link located on this page.

  • Pay your bill via Forte’s secure website
  • Select payment options that work for you – credit card or debit card
  • Receive an electronic confirmation of your payment

Snow Removal from Sidewalks

It is the responsibility of the abutting property owners and tenants to remove snow, ice and accumulations promptly from sidewalks.  If a property owner or tenant does not remove snow, ice or accumulations within 24 hours of the last snowfall, the City may, remove the snow, ice or accumulation.  (The 24 hour timeline also applies to blowing or drifting snow as well.)  If the City does remove snow, ice or accumulations, the City will assess the cost against the property owner for collection in the same manner as a property tax.

Any violation of the ordinance by a property owner or tenant is a municipal infraction, subjecting the property owner and/or tenant to a civil penalty of $25.  A second violation shall be subject to a municipal infraction of $50, with the cost increasing by $25 for each subsequent infraction, up to a maximum of $500 for each infraction.  Each day the snow, ice or accumulation are not removed is a separate municipal infraction.


Mike Collins Presented With Service Award

The City of Ida Grove and the Ida Grove Fire Department would like to thank Mike Collins for his many years of service to the community.  Mike served as Fire Chief for 10 years within his total of 32 years of service in the Fire Department.  Mike is presented with his service award by Mayor and Assistant Fire Chief Devlun Whiteing.  Thank you Mike for your service, it is very much appreciated by everyone in the community.

Thank You to our Local Emergency Responders

The Ida Grove City Hall and City Council would like to extend our deepest gratitude to our local Law Enforcement, EMT’s, and Firefighters for the services they provide to our community. Thank you all for protecting and serving our community, keeping it safe, and THANK YOU for volunteering your time and caring hearts to our community. On behalf of the city, we appreciate each and every one of you.


Comprehensive Plan Meeting

Survey Flyer

A Steering Committee Meeting will be held Monday January 22nd from 5pm to 6pm at the Ida Grove Council Chambers. The meeting will begin at 5pm with a presentation from SIMPCO representative, Nicole Peterson. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend!


The 2017-2018 Comprehensive Plan of the City of Ida Grove is intended to serve as an advisory document that outlines the city’s vision. The purpose of this comprehensive plan is to provide a current inventory of community resources and a thoughtful statement of the community’s vision and goals for the future. This comprehensive plan includes analysis of the following topics: Housing, Economic Development, Transportation, Community Facilities and Services, Land Use, and Natural Resources. The comprehensive plan document provides legal justification for community decisions and ensures that local policies are in step with those of state, regional, and federal planning best practices. The plan can inform grant applications and leverage funding for community projects. The plan process incorporated public participation and facilitates intergovernmental collaboration through review and consideration of neighboring jurisdictions policy and plans.


Mayor and Business Leaders Meet with Governor


Mayor Whiteing recently met with Governor Reynolds and Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg in Ida Grove to discuss current and future employer needs as well as economic development. This event was coordinated by Ida County Economic Development.  The meeting included representatives from GOMACO, Midwest Industries, United Bank of Iowa, First State Bank, Horn Memorial Hospital, OABCIG Schools, and other professional organizations.  “It was great to have the Governor Reynold’s attention locally,” said Whiteing.  “Both the governor and lieutenant governor gave us examples of similar sized towns that are working with their schools and industry to keep their youth workforce local.  It is also nice to see that some of her suggestions, like applying for DNR grants and tourism awards, are things we are already doing to keep our community a great place to live.”  “It was a great experience for all involved.  It is not everyday that we have our governor in our own backyard.”

New Meal Opportunities for Home Bound 60+ Population

Connections Area Agency on Aging is pleased to announce the expansion of our frozen meal program in Ida Grove.  To be eligible for meals, the client must be 60 or older and homebound.  Those under the age of 60 may qualify if they are on a Medicaid waiver program or purchase meals at full price.

Please contact Connections Area Agency on Aging for more information 1-800-432-9209 extension 8226 or 8225.

Ida Grove Library joins NASA and other organizations in celebrating the celestial event of the century

The Ida Grove Library has joined more than 1,000 libraries across the country to participate in the celestial event of the century, the August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse. During this national event, the shadow of the moon will sweep across the United States in a narrow band from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean in a spectacle that hasn’t occurred in decades. In fact, the last total solar eclipse for the United States was nearly 40 years ago. The rest of the U.S. and North America will see a partial eclipse, with the Moon covering up only part of the Sun. It is aptly named the Great American Eclipse.

This will be a great opportunity for our community to celebrate science with fun, hands-on activities, culminating in the eclipse event on August 21, 2017.

On Monday August 21st, the library will host an Eclipse viewing party from 11am-1pm. During the viewing party, the library will be distributing solar viewing glasses along with information on safe eclipse viewing. The Grout Museum will be in attendance during the viewing with a special hands-on “Outreach to Space” exhibit for all ages, and there will be a live stream of the total eclipse from NASA.   NASA’s live stream will include a wealth of images captured before, during, and after the eclipse by 11 spacecraft, at least three NASA aircraft, more than 50 high-altitude balloons, and the astronauts aboard the International Space Station – each offering a unique vantage point for the celestial event.

The Ida Grove Library will also offer a range of public programs during the week of August 14, 2017 to bring the excitement of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to children, teens and adults.   Our schedule of events includes daily craft activities (while supplies last) as well as two special movie viewings. Scheduled activities the week of August 14th include:

Monday August 14th 1-2pm: Sun Catchers

Tuesday August 15th 1-2pm: Solar Art Prints

Wednesday August 16th 1-3pm: Eclipse Coloring

Thursday August 17th 1-2pm: Sundials

Thursday August 17th @ 5:30pm: Movie Night showing Apollo 13

Friday August 18th @10:30am: Children’s movie showing E.T. & a special solar s’mores making session after the movie

“We are excited that the Ida Grove Library will have the opportunity to participate in this national program,” said Angela Scales, library director.  “We have received tremendous support from the Shopko Foundation to help our community prepare for and enjoy this amazing astronomy event. We think people of all ages and backgrounds will find the solar eclipse to be an experience they will remember the rest of their lives.” More information on the scheduled events and safe eclipse viewing can be found on the library’s website at www.idagrove.lib.ia.us.

Ida Grove Library is located at 100 East 2nd Street.  All of the scheduled eclipse programs are free and open to the public during library hours. Solar viewing glasses will be available free of charge as well during the eclipse viewing event.

Ida Grove Library has joined the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) and its NASA@ My Library initiative, which is providing resources and STEM activities to libraries across the nation related to the eclipse. Partners include NASA, the American Library Association, and many other organizations. This project was made possible through support from the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Google, and the National Science Foundation.

July 13th Ida Area Farmer’s Market

Eggs from Lori will be at the Ida Area Farmer’s Market

AFTER PROM will be grilling hamburgers, pork burgers or hot dogs this Thursday, July 13th. Included is a bag of chips and a drink. Don’t have a garden? Head to the Ida Area Farmers’ Market and let our four produce vendors give you fresh produce (not shipped from miles away). Look for blueberries, carrots, green beans, melons, onions, peas, peppers, cucumbers, potatoes, sweet corn, squash, and tomatoes. Some will be ready!! And don’t forget home decor, jewelry, and more from Genevieve, fresh flowers from Faith, wine from the Sinnotts, and eggs from Lori. So enjoy an evening at the park with great food, friends, and products from the market. 4:30 to 6:30 PM on Thursday in downtown Ida Grove.


King Theatre Renovation Board’s 2nd Annual Garden Party & Art Walk

Enjoy a walk through the Harskamps’ Oasis…

Come walk the gardens and enjoy artwork by local artist Ken Harskamp – treats provided by Darts Harskamp! The weather is looking PERFECT for our second annual garden party and art walk hosted by the Harskamps. Enjoy a leisurely garden tour – self-guided or with our hosts – and then take a walk through Ken’s art gallery.

$15 per person or $25 for two – all proceeds go to our King Theatre Renovation. See you tomorrow, Saturday, July 8th, from 10 am to 2 pm, at the Harskamp residence, 609 Moorehead Street in Ida Grove.

Handicap accessibility at the alley behind the residence.

King Theatre Stabilized by Talented Local Team

Thanks to a team assembled by Ida Grove’s Dan Gosch, the King Theatre’s south side has been stabilized, allowing the theatre board to move forward with this important project. West Central Construction, owned and operated by Jim and Pat Redenius, was on hand at the building today to hoist a 10″ H-beam in place under the roof’s joists and supported by cribbing on both sides.

In addition to West Central Construction, the King Theatre Board thanks Kevin Nulle for the use of his forklift, Dan Roeder for the use of his forklift and payloader; the City of Ida Grove for the use of the city’s payloader; and Godbersen-Smith for the use of the 10″ H-beam. If it was not for this team of talented people, the project would not advance as it now most certainly, and passionately, will. Long live the King.


Mark Nielsen retires with nearly 31 years on city maintenance staff

After nearly 31 years as a city staffer, Mark Nielsen has retired. From left to right is daughter, Heather Nielsen; future son-in-law Jake Apple; wife Lanette Nielsen; Mark Nielsen; and Mayor Devlun Whiteing.

In our modern world, we thank our lucky stars that there are people like Mark Nielsen. He has worked for the City of Ida Grove for nearly 31 years before retiring today. Nielsen has his license to manage a municipal sewer system. Nielsen has been through re-licensure 15 times. Nielsen came on board November 17th, 1986. Ivan O’Tool was mayor and the council included Earl Pfleeger, Herman Jensen, Lowell Bloenker, Earl Muckey, and Ronnie Powell.

Currently, there are four people on the city maintenance crew: 30-year water works manager, Lon Schluter; 24-year roads manager Gerrod Sholty; 5-year parks manager, Bob Lorenzen, parks manager; and 15-year Kris Taylor, who assists in areas as needed. The city is currently viewing applicants to fill the big hole left by veteran Nielsen.

“Jerry Frahm was the foreman at the time who hired me,” said Nielsen. “I started off with helping with water chores getting my water license in 1987 and then my sewer license in August of 1988.”

Nielsen has been no stranger to trials in his field. “In the sewage processor, the plastic sheets to separate the different forms of sewage will sometimes come off,” noted Nielsen. “Those sheets are used for rotating biological contact. When those sheets come off, they are full of slime. You have to handle them with vice-grips to control them.”

Nielsen has had the duty a time or two of turning off the water of a customer who ignored a nonpayment disconnect notice. “I knocked on the door to inform the resident that she could pay her bill to continue service,” stated Nielsen. “She didn’t answer the door, so I shut off the water. I was about a block away when I heard someone yelling for me. She was on her doorsteps, suds running from her hair to her face, waving her payment at me and hoping I’d turn the water back on.”

Overall, Nielsen – who has worked with four city clerks and five different mayors – agree that it’s been a memorable 30-plus years. “We have a good crew,” said Nielsen of the self-managed team. “Sure, we get complaints now and again, but one compliment wipes out a dozen complaints.”


King Theatre Alley Wall Collapses

Theatre alley wall collapse

Last night, the back of the theater collapsed at approximately 6:20 p.m. No one was in the building when it happened. Volunteers left early due to the storms moving through the area. Volunteer Fire and Ambulance departments were on hand to secure the area.

Doug Clough, King Theatre Board Chair, said, “We thank the firemen and ambulance crews for their quick action. We are beyond blessed to have had no volunteers hurt during this incident; if someone would have been hurt, this would be far more tragic than a delay in opening our theater. God is good.”

The board’s project coordinator is coordinating efforts to shore up the back of the roof to make the building structurally safe. The group will then put up some kind of screening to keep people, animals and rain out until the wall is repaired.

“This is just one hurdle out of many that that our King Theatre Renovation Board has faced for this important Ida Grove landmark.” said Clough. “Our board would like to assure citizens that when the King is up and running and people comment how great it is, we will affirm their faithful support by saying, LONG LIVE THE KING.”


2017 City Hall Closing Dates

2017 City Hall Closure Dates

Ida Grove City Hall will be closed the following dates through January 1, 2018:

• Tuesday July 4th – Independence Day

• Monday September 4th – Labor Day

• Friday November 10th – Veterans Day

• Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th for the Thanksgiving Holiday

• Monday December 25th – Christmas Day

• Monday January 1st – New Years Day


Brush Pile Closed through July 4th

City and volunteer fire fighting crews oversee the burning of the brush pile

Our brush pile is closed through July 4th. Our tree pile reached new heights with our latest round of removing dead or decaying trees on city property. Starting this morning, city crews – with the assistance of our volunteer fire department – began burning this pile. Over the course of the next few days, the city will monitor the progress and turn the pile to make sure all becomes ash which requires no special disposal.


Donate $20 to the city’s King Theatre Project and Receive a Shirt fit for a King!

All this for your support and a $20 donation – LONG LIVE THE KING!

King Theatre Board members will be under the King Marquee from 12:30 p.m. until Heritage Days Parade traffic subsides with this fantastic offer. A $20 donation gets you a shirt and your chance to display your love for this endeavor! Thanks for supporting OUR King Theatre!


Complete Heritage Days Schedule

Our Heritage Days schedule for Friday, June 23rd, Saturday, June 24th, and Sunday, June 25th. Enjoy!


Heritage Days’ Farmer’s Market

Farmer’s Market TODAY downtown at 2nd and Main.

IT’S HERITAGE DAYS!! Start your celebration by visiting the Farmers’ Market on 2nd Street in downtown Ida Grove. We have four produce vendors, a fresh flower vendor, wine and wine tasting, an organic meat vendor, a baked goods vendor, and a vendor who sells brown, blue, green, and buff eggs! Rita Pierson will be available with her artisan chocolates.

And grilling to raise funds for the King Theater Renovation will feature beef ribeye sandwich meals for $5 and shirts for a $20 donation.

So get in on the action and join your friends and neighbors from 4:30 to 6:30 PM on Thursday.


Fireworks Use in the City Limits

The Battle Creek 4th of July Show is one of the best ways to enjoy fireworks

While fireworks are nothing new to Iowa small towns around the 4th of July holiday, capitol hill legislation has made sales and use of certain fireworks legal this year. Here are some tidbits of information for all Ida Grovians to consider this inaugural year:

– The legislated fireworks can only be displayed/set off on the user’s property or another private citizen’s property who has agreed to the use.

– Our city’s noise ordinance is still in effect and applies to fireworks use; no noise-oriented fireworks after 10pm per our noise ordinance.

– Fireworks cannot be used in city parks or other public areas unless allowed by city council decision.

Safety is also a key factor in using fireworks; local hospitals see a rise in burn victims during this time of year. Use common sense and caution.


Ida County Sanitation’s New Pick-up System Under Way

Ida County Sanitations New Trash Cans

All Ida Grovians should have received new garbage cans from Ida County Sanitation (ICS) during the past two weeks. The new system is designed to allow citizens to use one waste receptacle and to roll it to their curb for ICS to mechanically pick and dump the trash into their truck.

Recycling practices have not changed.

“We’ve had good reception to the change and a few bumps in the road,” said Justin Georg, ICS owner and operator. George has had a few questions from customers, and – in an effort to make the transition as easy as possible – offers the answers to all citizens in an FAQ here:

Q. Can I get a smaller can?

A. Yes! We had 50 smaller cans and they have all been used. New cans should be available in 2 – 3 weeks.

Q. Do I have to fill up the can before it will be picked up?

A. No. If you have any amount of trash in the can, it can be set out for collection.

Q. If I damage my can, do I have to buy a new one?

A. If you are responsible for damaging your can and it cannot be used as designed for pick up, then you must buy a can that can be picked up by our trucks. Our can cost $70 at this time. Some hardware stores do sell similar cans. Cans can also be rented through ICS… call Justin Georg at 369.1677. If you need more than one can, you may also buy another.

Q. If I have large items that need to be picked up, what do I do?

A. Call ICS at 369.1677 to schedule pickup; please give ICS a full day’s notice.

Q. If I have further questions about this service, who do I call?

A. Justin Georg, 369.1677. If you have a billing question, please call Ida Grove City Hall at 364.2428.


Ida Area Farmer’s Market – TONIGHT!

Farmer’s Market vendors are working for your enjoyment…

The Ida Area Farmers’ Market will be a 2nd & Main with its produce vendors, winemaker, fresh flower lady, organic meat producer, and baked goods vendors. Genevieve Voss and Rita Pierson will again be at the market with jewelry, home decor, artisan chocolates, and much more. Lori Loehr, a new vendor, will join us to sell brown and blue eggs! The After Prom Committee will be serving smoked turkey sandwiches, baked beans, chips, and a beverage for $6. Carryouts will be available. So join your friends and neighbors and support the kids and their parents. 4:30 to 6:30 pm in downtown Ida Grove.


“The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.” – Mark Twain

Like Twain, we are dog lovers in Ida Grove. We want you to keep your dog safe by keeping him or her from running at large If you love your dog as much as we think you do, license him or her with our city. If your animal is picked up, we can easily track down the owner if licensed.

Fines are assessed for dogs at large. The first fine is $20.00 with a daily boarding fee added. The second offense doubles and the third offense triples.

Be considerate of your neighbors as well; man’s best friend is known to poop on walks, so bring a scoop and a bag to clean up the ‘business.’


Chamber of Commerce Summer Golf Outing set for July 12

The Ida Grove Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual four-person best ball tournament and steak fry this summer on Wednesday, July 12. There will be a shotgun start at 10 AM. The cost is $200 per team, and this entry fee garners the participants a round of golf, a noon lunch, entry into the putting contest, and an evening steak fry. Mulligans and other contests will be available for purchase at the time of registration. Teams may register online at http://www.idagrovechamber.org/golf_outing.html. For more information about our Chamber of Commerce, please log on to www.idagrovechamber.org.

The Ida Grove Golf & Country Club is home of this annual event

Relay Iowa Is Coming to Ida Grove!

Relay Iowa Comes through Ida Grove

Runners and support staff participating in Relay Iowa will be in Ida Grove on Friday, June 9th, 2017.

Relay Iowa is the World’s Longest Relay Run! Teams of up to 12 participants run 339 miles to cross Iowa over a long weekend. Runners build their own team and then work together to break down the distance into segments of their choice.

There will be many people and extra vehicles in and around Ida Grove for this event. The route from Anthon to Ida Grove can be seen at http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/859820157. The route from Ida Grove to Lake City is shown at http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/859995567. Please watch for the runners and their support on your way to and from work to help keep them and yourselves safe.

Keep your eyes peeled for runners during this special event

Week two at our Ida Area Farmer’s Market

Verdean Kruse is a regular at the Ida Area Farmer’s Market

WEEK TWO at the market Thursday 4:30pm to 6:30pm in downtown Ida Grove. Genevieve Voss will be in attendance with her home decor, jewelry, and much more. Also Rita Pierson (Cocoa Bellissimo) will be offering her artisan chocolates. Some of our produce vendors will be available as well as our new vendor, Cherri Sloan, who will be selling baked goods. Cherri has been baking for the Farmers’ Market in Jefferson for 5 years. Come and check her out!! And Faith will be in the park with fresh flowers. The Junior Competition Dancers will be grilling burgers, and offering chips, beans, pop or water, and desserts for $6 to raise money for their future competitions. So join the your friends and neighbors for the fun!


King Theatre Renovation Board Meetings

The King Theatre Board meets the first and third Wednesday of every month. The public is welcome to attend board meetings. These occur at United Bank of Iowa’s main headquarters at Main and 2nd beginning at 5:15 pm. The board also has volunteer labor nights 5:15 – 7 pm on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings. The public is welcome to come help or just view the progress of this important community project.


Ida Area Farmer’s Market Makes 2017 Debut Thursday, June 1st!

It’s starting again this upcoming Thursday, June 1st! Come to the Ida Area Farmers’ Market, located east of our downtown Main and 2nd Street intersection. Fresh produce Thursdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. June 1 through September 28, 2017. It’s local, it’s fresh, it supports our community members. Vendors and their wares include Cherri Sloan, baked goods; Cocoa Bellissimo, artisan chocolates (part time); K & S Produce (Kenny Tietsort & Doug VanHouten), produce; Lakefront Gardens & Gifts (Genevieve Voss), home decor, jewelry, misc.; Faith Johnson, fresh flowers; Shettler’s Gardens, produce; Old Town Vineyard & Winery (John & Lenee Sinnott), wine & wine tasting; Thankful Harvest (Tom & Grace German), organic meat, produce, & baked goods; Quimby Street Creations (Gloria Sykes), knitted items (part time); Susan Spotts, produce; and Golden Horizons will be there the last Thursday of every month selling handmade crafts. Some of the produce available the first day will be asparagus and rhubarb. The Heritage Days Board will also be on hand to grill out as a fundraiser for our hometown celebration occurring the final week of June.

It’s fresh. It’s local. It benefits our community!

OABCIG FFA Members Beautify Downtown

The City of Ida Grove would like to thank the members of the OABCIG Future Farmers of America (FFA) for taking the time to beautify the downtown area of Ida Grove. The group, under the tutelage of Dan Remer, Shelley Malcom and Byron Peters, planted flowers in the pots along 2nd and Main Streets. The City of Ida Grove would also like to thank the Chamber of Commerce for their generous donation of time and materials to this wonderful project. If you know of or see a member of the FFA, please thank them for a job well done. Thanks to everyone involved!

Byron Peters and Shelley Malcom plan out the location of the flowers

OABCIG Future Farmers of America recently spent time beautifying our downtown area

Citizens of Ida Grove… start your mowers!

Spring is in the air, Ida Grovians, and that means that yards are green and growing fast (especially with recent rains). Keeping a lawn properly mown not only makes for great looking properties and neighborhoods, it keeps the pollen-causing allergies at bay as well! All properties, whether vacated or non-vacated, are required to be mowed any time the vegetation reaches a height of more than 12 inches in the months of April, May, June, July, August, September and October. Any property which is not mowed after the vegetation reaches a height of 12 inches may be mowed by the City or their agents and a charge of $75 per hour for such mowing, plus a surcharge of $100, will be charged to the property owner (that’s about the same amount most residents spend for mower gas in an entire summer!). You may request a full copy of Ordinance Number 528 by calling City Hall at 364-2428.


Scheduled Longlines Internet Outage

Longlines Announces Service Interuption

Longlines Internet has a scheduled cable outage beginning tonight at midnight through 3 am. Longlines will issue any updates to this outage that may occur. Longlines appreciates your understanding of this important time to upgrade their system.


The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Home Repair Loan and Grant Program

The USDA has announced a housing program for low income individuals

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development administers a home repair program for very low income individuals. The goal of the program is to make sure homeowners have safe and sanitary living conditions. An added benefit of this program for the community is an improvement to the current housing. Another benefit is the ability to allow elderly residents to stay in their homes longer by making improvements. Details of the program can be found at Ida Grove City Hall or the following website: http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/single-family-housing-repair-loans-grants


Airport Closure

Airport Closure Announced

The City is closing the airport from 7:30am on May 15th to 4pm on May 22nd. Only the hospital helicopter will be allowed to access the area for severe emergencies. This is scheduled maintenance for the runway.

We apologize for this inconvenience.


Firemen, King Theatre Board among Ida County Betterment Grant recipients

Scott Van Dusen, Ida Grove Fire Department Fire Chief, and Devlun Whiteing, Assistant Fire Chief, accept their Ida County Betterment Grant Award

Fire Chief Scott Van Dusen and Assistant Chief Devlun Whiteing were on hand Sunday, May 7th, to accept an Ida County Betterment Grant at the Arthur Community Hall. The Ida Grove Fire Department received $10,000 dollars. “We will use these funds toward the replacement of 10+ year old bunker gear – coats and pants,” stated Whiteing. “The fire department itself will put $4000 towards the project which will replace seven sets of bunker gear.”

Traci Van Houten, Doug Clough, and Ryan Goodman of the King Theatre Renovation Board also attended the 2 pm event. The board also received the top dollar amount of $10,000 which will be used to bring the building rear door above alley level to prevent rain from entering the building. “We’re grateful for this monetary injection afforded to us by the Ida County Betterment Foundation,” said Goodman. “We will put it to good use for our community!”


Planning and Zoning Committee and Board of Adjustment Vacancees

Ida Grove’s Planning & Zoning Committee and Board of Adjustment Vacancies

Both the Planning & Zoning Committee and the Board of adjustment need five members to be fully functioning. If you have an interest to serve for the good our our Ida Grove community, please contact City Hall at 364-2428.

Planning & Zoning Commission, 3-Year Terms (NEEDS ONE ADDITIONAL MEMBER)

The Planning & Zoning Commission meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Ida Grove Council Chambers at 403 Third Street.

The Planning & Zoning Commission are appointed by the legislative body and have three basic advisory responsibilities. They prepare zoning ordinances, recommend upon proposed changes in zoning, and review and update ordinances. The Zoning Commission has only the power of recommendation. All decisions require approval of the legislative body before they have any effect.

Board of Adjustment, 5-Year Terms (NEEDS TWO ADDITIONAL MEMBERS)

The Board of Adjustment meets the call of the chairperson at the Ida Grove Council Chambers at 403 Third Street.

Board of Adjustment meets at an on-call basis, and has three basic responsibilities. They do not have the power to change zoning, but have the power to adjust the law as it applies to a specific piece of property. The board has sole and exclusive power to act and the board’s decision does not require approval of the legislative body. Recourse to a decision of the board is through the District Court. The board’s powers include: the power of interpretation, the power to grant exceptions and the power to grant a variance.


Gregor Ernst Appointed for Ward I Seat

Gregor Ernst has been appointed by the city council to fill the Ward I seat vacated by Jeff Buehler. The appointment – which runs through the end of 2017 – occurred at the city’s regular meeting on April 17th.

Ernst has been an Ida Grove resident for four years with his wife Jess. The couple has two daughters, Avery and Brynn. “My grandparents moved here in 1943, and my father was raised here, so I spent many summers in Ida Grove,” said Ernst.

Ernst serves as Vice President, Product Development for Peerless Network, a nationwide provider of telecommunications services. “I have nearly 20 years of management experience in a high pressure industry,” stated Ernst. “While I have a technology background, I’m passionate about the continued revitalization and beautification of our city.” He has a BA in German/International Business from the University of Iowa and an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

Ernst has also served as organizer of the Ida Grove Kiwanis Soccer program for the past two years. He also currently coaches three youth soccer teams.

“I’m proud of the sustainability of Ida Grove and want to help foster an environment where our industries and population can grow. This is our home and we should be proud of it.”


Meet Ida Grove’s New City Administrator

Marc Dennison of Waunakee, WI has accepted the position of Ida Grove City Administrator.

Marc Dennison of Waunakee, WI, has accepted the position of Ida Grove City Administrator. Dennison will start no later than May 1st. The City Council approved a $65,000/year salary, 3 weeks a year in vacation and $3,000 in net moving expenses. Dennison has previously been Economic Development Director and Village Administrator in two Villages in Wisconsin. He has Bachelor degrees in Political Science and Public Administration and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. City Councilmen Scott Tomlinson and Doug Clough abstained from the vote. Councilman Clough was a candidate for the position who withdrew from consideration last week. Clough commented that it would be in the best interest of the City if he remain with Midwest Industries and stay on the Council and work with an experienced City Administrator. The City Council would like to thank the members of the Ida Grove public who took part in the meet and greet of the candidates and provided public feedback. Citizens are encouraged to introduce themselves to Dennison and make him feel welcome in Ida Grove.