Water Tower Update

Sandblasting for the water tower has been completed. The first of 3 coats have been applied. This is a corrosion barrier coat to protect the tank from rust. Unfortunately, due to the forecasted drop in temperatures, crews are unable to finish with painting for the year. The paint crew has Ida Grove listed as top priority as soon as temperatures allow in the spring of 2024.






Thunder From the Prairie: The Life of Harold Hughes

Jerry Harrington, the author of Thunder from the Prairie: The Life of Harold Hughes, will speak at the Ida Grove Public Library at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7.

A native of Ida Grove, Harold Hughes overcame severe alcoholism to become governor of Iowa from 1963 to 1968 and Iowa’s US senator from 1969 to 1974. He then stunned the political world by leaving office to enter the lay ministry and counsel alcoholics and drug addicts.

Hughes was known as a forceful, charismatic leader who renovated Iowa government during his time in Des Moines. The Iowa community college system was created during his administration. Hughes led a bipartisan effort to reorganize and equalize primary and secondary school funding and to modernize Iowa social services and revenue systems.

As senator, Hughes led the first national effort to aid alcoholics. He was also a national leader against the Vietnam War and American military deception. His office uncovered the secret bombing of North Vietnam in 1972.

More importantly, Hughes was a courageous leader unafraid to face difficult and controversial issues. Gifted with rugged good looks and a deep bass voice, his compelling intensity during speeches often brought people to tears when he talked of the downtrodden.

“Harold Hughes’ life story is one of ardent commitment to justice, compassion and sympathy for the underdog,” says Harrington. “I wrote this book to bring his vast accomplishments to the present day.”

Harrington will have copies of his book for sale and signing at the library.

City Amenities Closed For Season

With colder temperatures in the upcoming forecast, please note the following closures for City amenities.

City Park: Restrooms are closed and the tennis & pickleball nets are being taken down.

Kiwanis Ballfields: Restrooms and drinking fountains are closed.

Public Works will reopen these amenities in the spring of 2024.

Lost Dog

An older female dog (shepherd breed) was found near Harold Godbersen Drive today. She is very calm and friendly. If anyone has any information regarding this lost dog, please contact City Hall at 364-2428.


Milling & Overlaying

Blacktop Service Company will be in town today to begin milling streets. They will then begin to overlay the streets late Thursday and/or Friday. The following streets are:

  • 6th Street from Taylor to Burns
  • 2nd Street from Rohwer to Warren
  • 800 Block of Valley View Drive

Street Repairs

Beginning today, 10-2-2023, Blacktop Service Company will start crack sealing the following streets:

  • Circle Drive
  • Fairlane Street
  • Iowa Street
  • Washington Street from Highway to N. Main Street
  • Moorehead Avenue from Highway to N. Main Street
  • N. Main Street
  • Court Street from 5th to 7th
  • Moorehead Street from 5th to 7th

These repairs will continue throughout the week as weather permits.