Locally owned theater is open seven days a week, and offers video and DVD rental.
Ida County Courier
Weekly newspaper and shopper that is locally owned and has a circulation of more than 9,000 people. http://www.idacountycourier.com
Contains Experthies hair salon and Nautilus training center.
Oak Grove Plaza
A “mini” shopping center with Pamida, Bomgaars, Ida Grove Food Pride, a medical building, Lewis Family Drug, and the Skate Palace roller rink and convention center.
The worldwide leader in concrete construction equipment has its headquarters in Ida Grove (www.gomaco.com). There are also offices in England, Singapore, India and Austria, with a worldwide network of distributors who provide sales and support for the paving equipment. GOMACO has 300,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space, and is a major employer in the area with close to 350 employees. Other companies associated with GOMACO include: Godbersen Equipment Company (www.godbersen.com) – a used equipment dealer; Gomaco Trolley Company (www.gomacotrolley.com) – a manufacturer on authentic trolley cars; GOMACO University (www.gomaco.com/university) – a training center for GOMACO customers; and Bobalee (www.bobalee.com), a cylinder manufacturer located in Laurens, Iowa. Founded by Harold Godbersen. Learn more about Harold Godbersen’s legacy here.
Manufacturer of recreational equipment (www.shorelandr.com), including boat hoists, trailers and hydraulic equipment. A major employer in the area, with more than 300 employees. Founded by Byron Godbersen. Learn more about Byron Godbersen’s legacy and his castles here.
Manufacturer of recreational equipment. Parent company of Midwest Industries. www.byronfuels.com, www.leisurelocker.com
Lake LaJune Estates
Private residential development, lots available for residential housing. Design and architecture of the original houses was by Byron Godbersen.
Hard surface runway of 3,180 feet. Located one hour from commercial airlines. More information on the airport…
53 modern rooms with a restaurant (Boz-Wellz www.bozwellz.com) within walking distance. These rooms have air conditioning, cable, and one jacuzzi suite is available.
Lake LaJune Chalet
Byron Godbersen built Lake LaJune (named for his wife, LaJune) in 1969 to demonstrate recreational equipment for the customers of Midwest Industries. On the lake is a half-scale reproduction of the HMS Bounty, constructed by Midwest employees in 1970. Five miles of rope were used in the rigging, the masts and the yardarms. In 1973-74, he constructed a hangar with a huge banquet room with carpeted walls, mosaic tile floor, a fireplace and waterfalls with running water. The hanger also houses Byron Godbersen’s private plane, a working replica of a 1929 Mercedes constructed from a kit, a WACO bi-plane, and a display of several of Byron Original’s wooden model airplanes manufactured in Ida Grove. The hanger is utilized for banquets, entertaining and political functions. Before his inauguration in 1988, President George Bush spoke at the hangar.
Battle Creek-Ida Grove Community School Systems
The BCIG School District was formed in August 1994. The district currently serves approximately 800 students at four attendance centers. The elementary (K-4) and high school (9-12) are located in Ida Grove, with the middle school (5-8) located in Battle Creek (seven miles to the west). The fourth attendance center is the Early Childhood Center (ECC) in Ida Grove. In the ECC is the special needs preschool classroom, alternate kindergarten classroom, and the Sac-Ida Alternative High School. The ECC building also houses the Sealed With A Kid Daycare, Gingerbread Preschool, two Head Start classrooms, Western Hills AEA 12 offices, and the administrative offices and auditorium for the BCIG School District. www.bc-ig.k12.ia.us
Horn Memorial Hospital
Licensed for 42 beds, employs 140 people. Inpatient, outpatient, respite care, emergency, and hospice services. Other services offered include general surgery, anesthesia, cardiac, oncology, podiatry, orthopedics, EMT, ophthalmology, urology, audiology, OB/GYN, vascular and pulmonary. http://www.hornmemorialhospital.org
Ida Grove Golf & Country Club
Private, nine-hole watered fairways course. Provides adult and youth activities, including golf for the summer recreation program. The clubhouse facility is available for private parties and meetings.
Ida Grove Public Library
Open six days a week, the library offers many things for young and old, alike. At the library, you can read and check out books, use computers hooked up to the Internet, make copies on copy machine, enjoy listening to books on CD, and much, much more. The library has a beautiful meeting room for public use. More information on the library…
Ida Grove Outdoor Swimming Pool
Open during the summer, the outdoor pool provides a full program of Red Cross swimming lessons and water exercise classes.
Ida Grove Community Recreation Center
Facility includes an indoor lap swimming pool, weight room, aerobics room, golf room, gymnasium with walking track, racquetball, sauna, whirlpool, a community room available for rental and much, much more! http://www.idagroverec.com
Ida County Courthouse
A National Historical Landmark. Original building constructed in 1872. Addition was constructed in the 1980s.
Ida County Historical Society Museum. All preservations are accomplished through local donations and grants. It is open two days a week in the summer, and by special appointment at other times. The Historical Society hosts an open house every year during the Christmas season. A complete tour takes 1 1/2 hours. Contact Vi Witte at 712-364-2070 to set up your tours.
The Moorehead House was constructed in 1883 by the sons of one of the first settlers here. It was turned over to the Ida County Historical Society in 1982 with the stipulation that it would be restored in the form of a museum.
Morningside Rehab and Care Center
A 64 bed care facility that is dual certified by the State of Iowa for Medicare and Medicaid residents. Morningside is well known for their quality care of residents and for the low staff turnover.
Ida View Apartments
Apartments available for senior citizens.
Ida Grove Post Office
Located at the corner of Third and Main streets.
Ida Grove City Hall & Community Hall
Local government headquarters, plus meeting rooms and a large hall available for rent.
Cobb Memorial Park, Moorehead County Park and Ida Grove City Park
Recreation parks and camping areas. Includes tennis courts, canoeing, fishing, playground equipment for the kids and a wide variety of ducks, geese and swans. http://frontiernet.net/~idaccb/
Maple Vallee Villa
Senior citizen apartments with 33 one-bedroom and seven two-bedroom units.
The original village platted by Judge Moorehead, located on the north end of Ida Grove. The “Village of Ida” was built in 1871 and consisted of 12 blocks.
Ida Grove Volunteer Fire Department
Ida Grove’s Fire Department consists of a 30-man unit and is one of the very best volunteer fire departments in the state.
Ida Grove Ambulance Service
Ambulance service is headquartered at Horn Memorial Hospital.
One of the more unique Pizza Huts around. It is located on the banks of a man-made lake. Enjoy your meal on the patio and let the kids feed their scraps to the many ducks, geese and swans which call the area’s lakes home. http://www.pizzahut.com
Medical Arts Building
Contains doctors’ offices and dentistry services.
Western Iowa Tech Building
Houses various classes, including carpentry and Emergency Medical Services.
Northwest Iowa Area Activities:
Ida Grove is a short drive for numerous historical and fun destinations. See how much fun you can have by traveling….
About 30 miles:
Odebolt, Iowa: Odebolt Historical Museum, Second St., http://www.odebolt.net; and Prairie Pedlar, 1609 270th St.
Lake View, Iowa: Black Hawk Lake
Wall Lake, Iowa: Andy Williams Birthplace, 102 E. First St.
Denison, Iowa: Denison Aquatic Fun Center, 710 N. 16th, http://www.denisonia.com; Donna Reed Center of the Performing Arts, Broadway & Main, http://www.donnareed.org; W.A. McHenry House, 1428 First Ave
Cherokee, Iowa: Sanford Museum & Planetarium, 117 E. Willow St.
Washta, Iowa: Grand Meadow Heritage Center & Museum, 630th St. & D Ave.
Sac City, Iowa: Chautauqua Building, Chautauqua Park, Park Ave., http://www.saccountyiowa.com; Sad City Museum, 13th St. & Main St.; Sac County Barn Quilts, rural Sac County, http://www.barnquilts.com; World’s Largest Popcorn Ball, 13th & Main, http://www.saccountyiowa.com
About 45 miles:
Alta, Iowa: Buena Vista County Raceway, Hwy 7 N., http://www.theracingworld.com/ws/buenavista/index
Storm Lake, Iowa: Buena Vista County Historical Museum, 214 W. Fifth St., http://www.stormlake-ia.com/bvchs; Buena Vista County Wind Farm, west of Storm Lake along Hwy. M27, http://www.stormlake.org; Harker House, 328 Lake Ave.; Living Heritage Tree Museum, Sunset Park on West Lakeshore Dr., http://www.stormlake.org; Prairie Log House and Country School, Sunrise Park Rd., http://www.stormlake-ia.com/bvchs; Witter Gallery, 609 Canyon St., http://www.wittergallery.org
Dow City, Iowa: Dow House Historical Site, S. Prince St.
Onawa, Iowa: Casino Omaha, 17214 210th St.; Kiwanis Museum Complex, 203 N. 12th St.; Lewis & Clark Keelboat Display, Hwy. 175 W., Lewis & Clark State Park; Monona County Arboretum, 318 E. Iowa Ave.; Monona County Historical Museum, 47 12th St.; Monona County Veterans Memorial Museum, 203 12th St.
Sloan, Iowa: WinnaVegas, three miles west of I-29, Exit 127, http://www.winnavegas-casino.com
Dunlap, Iowa: McLean Museum & Dougal House, 800 block of Iowa Ave.
Carroll, Iowa: Carroll County Historical Museum, 123 E. Sixth; Swan Lake Farmstead Museum, 22676 Swan Lake Dr.
Manning, Iowa: Hausbarn/Heritage Park, 12196 311th St., http://www.manningia.com
About 60 miles:
Sioux City, Iowa: Sergeant Floyd River Museum & Welcome Center, 1000 Larsen Park Dr., Exit 149 on I-29, http://www.siouxcitymuseum.org; Argosy Casino Sioux City, 100 Larsen Park Rd., http://www.argosy.com; Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, 4500 Sioux River Rd., http://www.woodburyparks.com; Lewis & Clark: An American Adventure, Southern Hills Mall, Hwy 20 E. to Lakeport Rd., http://www.southernhillsmall.com; Milwaukee Railroad Shops Historic District, 3400 Sioux River Rd, Hwy. 12; Orpheum Theatre, 528 Pierce St., http://www.orpheumlive.com; Sergeant Floyd Monument, 2601 S. Lewis Blvd., http://www.siouxcitymuseum.org; Sioux City Art Center, 225 Nebraska St., http://www.siouxcityartcenter.org; Sioux City Bandits Indoor Football, 401 Gordon Dr., http://www.siouxcitybandits.com; Sioux City Explorers Baseball Club, 3400 Line Dr., http://www.xsbaseball.com; Sioux City Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, 500 Larsen Park Rd., http://www.siouxcitylcic.com; Sioux City Musketeers Hockey Club, 401 Gordon Dr., http://www.musketeershockey.com; Sioux City Public Museum, 2901 Jackson St., http://www.siouxcitymuseum.org; Trinity Heights, 33rd and Floyd Blvd., http://www.sctrinityheights.org; Lamb Productions Theatre, http://www.lambtheatre.com; Sioux City Community Theater, http://www.tysoncenter.com
LeMars, Iowa: Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitor Center, Jct. of Hwys. 75 and 3, http://www.wellsdairy.com; Plymouth County Historical Museum, 335 First Ave. SW, http://www.plymouthcountymuseum.homestead.com/museum.html
Harlan, Iowa: Shelby County Historical Museum, 1805 Morse Ave, http://www.schmuseum.org/prairietrails.asp; Shelby County Speedway, Shelby County Fairgrounds, http://www.shelbycountyrace.com
Elk Horn, Iowa: Danish Windmill, 40038 Main St., http://www.danishwindmill.com; Bedstemor’s Hus (Grandmother’s House), 2015 College St., http://www.dkmuseum.org; The Danish Immigrant Museum, 2212 Washington St., http://www.dkmuseum.org; Little Mermaid/Danish Attractions, Hwys. 44 and 173
Orange City, Iowa: Dutch Windmill Visitors Center/Chamber of Commerce, 509 Eighth St. SE, Hwy. 10, http://www.orangecityiowa.com; The Old Factory, 110 Fourth St. SW, http://www.theoldfactory.com; The Old Mill – Vogel Windmill, 1020 Albany Pl. SE
Spencer, Iowa: Arts on Grand, 408 N. Grand Ave., http://www.artsongrand.com; Parker Historical Museum of Clay County, 300 E. Third St., http://www.parkermuseum.org
Walnut, Iowa: Antique City Welcome Center, 607 Highland St., http://www.walnutiowa.com; Monroe #8 One-Room Country Schoolhouse, 601 Highland St.; Walnut Creek Historical Museum, 304 Antique City Dr.
Missouri Valley, Iowa: Harrison County Historical Village & Welcome Center, 2931 Monroe Ave., http://www.harrisoncountyparks.org; DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, 1434 316th Lane, http://midwest.fws.gov/desoto; Western Skies Scenic Byway (West End), Follow the signs from Missouri Valley through Woodbine, Harlan, Elk Horn, Guthrie Center, Panora and Stuart.
About 90 miles:
Okoboji, Iowa: Okoboji Spirit Center, 243 W. Broadway Ave., Arnolds Park, http://www.vacationokoboji.com; Abbie Gardner State Historic Site, 34 Monument Dr., Arnolds Park; Arnolds Park Amusement Park, Hwy 17 and Lake St., http://www.arnoldspark.com; Clark Museum of Area History/Clark’s Antique Acres, 2151 213th Ave., Milford; The Higgins Museum, 1507 Sanborn Ave.; Iowa Rock ‘N’ Roll Music Museum, 91 Lake St., http://www.iowarocknroll.com; Lakes Art Center, 2201 Hwy. 71, http://www.lakesart.org; Okoboji Queen II Excursions, 243 W. Broadway; http://www.arnoldspark.com; The Ranch Amusement Park, Hwy. 71 N; Spirit of the Lake Excursions, Spirit Lake and Orleans to Lake Park; Treasure Village, 2023 Hwy. 86, Milford, http://www.treasurevillage.org; Okoboji Summer Theater/Boji Bantam Theater; Treasure Village Theatre
Council Bluffs, Iowa: Western Historic Trails Center, 3434 Richard Downing Ave., I-80/I-29, Exit 1B, http://www.iowahistory.org/sites/; Ameristar Casino Hotel, 2200 River Rd., http://www.ameristarcasinos.com; Horseshoe Casino, I-80/I-29, Exit 1B; Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino and Hotel, One Harrah’s Blvd., http://www.harrahs.com; Historic General Dodge House, 605 Third St., http://www.councilbluffsiowa.com; Kanesville Tabernacle, 222 E. Broadway; Lewis & Clark Monument & Scenic Overlookk, N. Eighth St., Monument Dr., http://www.cbparksandrec.org; Mid-America Center, One Arena Way, http://www.midamericacenter.com; RailsWest Railroad Museum and HO Model Railroad, 1512 S. Main St., http://www.thehistoricalsociety.org; Squirrel Cage Jail, 226 Pearl St., http://www.thehistoricalsociety.org; Union Pacific Railroad Museum, 200 Pearl St., http://www.up.com
West Bend, Iowa: Grotto of the Redemption, 300 N. Broadway, http://www.westbendgrotto.com
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