Meet a MAC Member: Iowa Arboretum

Iowa ArboretumThe Iowa Arboretum recently celebrated both its 50th anniversary and its achievement of
the Master Plan that was set in place in 2015. This resource was started by the Iowa State
Horticultural Society shortly after they purchased 40 acres in 1966. In 1968, the Iowa Arboretum
became an official nonprofit.

The purpose of the Iowa Arboretum, according to its mission statement, is “to be an inspiring
educational and recreational resource demonstrating the value and use of trees, shrubs, and
other plants in the Iowa landscape.” Since its beginnings, the Arboretum has grown in both size
and opportunities it provides.

In addition to being a space in which people can learn about native Iowa plants, the Arboretum
offers itself as a venue to celebrate life events, such as weddings and family reunions.
Mark Schneider, executive director, notes, “For Madrid to have a public garden is incredible.”

He invites the Madrid community to come and enjoy the large spectrum of opportunities
available at the arboretum. Eagle scout projects, partnerships, learning activities, and social
gatherings are some of the ways through which the Iowa Arboretum invites the community to be
involved. There are also volunteering opportunities, as the Arboretum is a nonprofit and there are
various services to fill.

Schneider explains that being a part of the growth of Madrid is a great opportunity for the
Arboretum. He says that those involved at the Arboretum are “Glad to be a part of the good things
going on in Madrid.” He recommends the community “Come out! It’s a wonderful resource.”
For more information on how to be involved with the various opportunities at the Iowa
Arboretum, access the website at IowaArboretum.org.

Special Election and Candidate Deadline

The City of Madrid will hold a Special Election in July. Residents will vote for mayor and 2nd ward council member. Individuals interested in running for either position must fill out an Affidavit of Candidacy Form and a Nomination Position Form containing 10 signatures. Note that signatures for the 2nd ward position must come from eligible electors in the 2nd ward area of Madrid, and it is recommended to acquire additional signatures in case some do not county. Forms are available in Madrid at the City Clerk’s Office, at the Auditor’s Office in Boone, and at the Iowa Secretary of State’s website. The deadline for candidate filing is July 6 at 5:00pm in the auditor’s office.
The Special Election will be held on July 31.
For more information, contact the City Clerk’s office in Madrid at (515) 795-3930 or the Auditor’s office at 515-433-0502.

Filling Station Ice Cream Fall Hours

The Filling Station is staying open past Labor Day! Stop by for your favorite ice cream on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 9pm. Keep up with the Filling Station on Facebook.

Share your Water Tower Design Ideas

How would you decorate the water tower? The City of Madrid would like to hear your ideas as it prepares to update the water tower so send your thoughts to [email protected].

Join the Labor Day Commission

The Labor Day Commission is looking for one more person who is willing to help prepare Madrid’s annual Labor Day Celebration. Plans for 2017 have already begun, and your help would be appreciated! E-mail the Commission at

2016 Madrid Water Quality Report

The 2016 Water Quality Report is available for Madrid, Iowa. Click the link to learn what is monitored and how our water scored.

Storm Damage Closes Madrid Post Office

The storm on Tuesday, May 17, 2017, caused extensive damage to the Madrid Post Office. According to the interview with USPS spokeswoman Stacy St. John by the Ames Tribune, high winds removed a portion of the roof, causing water damage to the interior. In addition, the glass front door shattered. The Madrid Post Office is closed until further notice.

Please be prepared for minor delays in mail delivery in Madrid. If you had a P.O. box in town, you have two choices:

  • you can still pick up your mail in town using the cluster box units that have been installed or
  •  you can continue using a P.O. box, but you will need to pick up your mail at the nearby post office in Woodward, located at 212 S. Main Street. It is open from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m, Monday through Friday and from 8:15 to 10:15 a.m. on Saturdays.

Girls on the Run Comes to Madrid

The spring season for Girls on the Run is starting so sign up before March 6! Girls on the Run is a positive youth development program for girls in 3rd to 6th grade to encourage them to participate in physical activity. This ten-week program, which begins March 20, supports personal development, team building, and community connection. Each week, girls will meet at Madrid Elementary on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:15 to 4:30 pm and will participate in lessons, discussions and running games. A 5K will finish the season, and participants will have earned a shirt and water bottle. A fee is charged, but scholarships are available. More information and registration is available on the Girls on the Run website.

Trestle Trail Runners Group Begins in Madrid

By Traci Havlik

Get moving and feel great! Join the Trestle Trail Runners at 8:00 am every Saturday at Jensen Park (location to change when weather improves). All levels of runners and walkers are welcome. If you’re looking for accountability, motivation, and fun, look no more! Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram @trestletrailrunners!

Madrid Selected for Iowa Small Town Poll

Madrid, Iowa, has been chosen as a participant in the Iowa Small Town Poll. In the past, this poll was administered every ten years, but distribution frequency has been increased to once every two years to better capture the ways rural life is changing.

250 Madrid households be invited to fill out the survey with 2016 topics ranging from population change, recession recovery, crime, to drinking water quality. The survey can be filled out online, and each participant is entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card (30 winners will be chosen). Paper surveys can be requested if needed.

David Peters, associate professor of sociology is coordinating this project at Iowa State. Learn more about the upcoming Iowa Small Town Poll here.

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