Miss Local Businesses? Find Open Ones Now!

We know you miss your favorite local businesses, and they miss your support, too! Stay up to date and check this list to find out if restaurants and other businesses have reopened or have special hours.  Note; only MAC business members are included.

Bicycle Advisory and Trail Survey

Snyder & Associates is conducting this survey to provide valuable information for signage on QF Avenue.  The proposal is to add advisory bicycle/pedestrian lanes on QF Avenue when it is paved later this year.  This will greatly enhance the safety for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists. Please fill out the survey and show your support!

June Election Approaches-Vote Now by Mail

Boone County residents are encouraged to vote by mail for the 2020 June 2 Primary election. Polling locations will be limited, but are described here. Glance over the sample ballot in advance, and make plans to vote with an absentee ballot. According to this article from the auditor’s office, you may also be able to vote in person prior to June 2, but please call ahead to confirm. Thank you to our local leaders, especially the Boone County Auditor Office,  for providing options for our community and helping us avoid unnecessary spread. Absentee ballot request forms will be in the Boone Shopping news this week, and you may also find forms on the Boone County website at www.boonecounty.iowa.gov (click on voting).

Face Masks Needed for Local Residents

Your community needs your help! The City of Madrid is fielding calls from elderly individuals looking for masks as they are in the highest risk age group. Donate your supply or sew new masks to donate, and call Mary Jo at City Hall to get started: 515-795-3377!


Iowa Department of Health Mask Spec recommendations

Step by Step mask creation (with sewing)

Face mask with bandana and rubber bands (no sew)

Local Updates on Coronavirus

We're better together image2You are showing your true colors again, Madrid, by coming together to support our vulnerable citizens and our local businesses! Meals are being provided for students in need, the Madrid Masons are organized to shop for those at risk, and you are supporting your local businesses. Please keep it up by following the MAC Facebook page to keep track of hours and open businesses. As you would expect, the MAC Banquet has been postponed. Here’s a list of resources that may be helpful during this challenging time:

Resources for Businesses

COVID-19 Restaurant Opening Guidance document

Iowa Retail Initiative helps businesses reopen.

Iowa Department of Public Health of Iowans Business and Organizations Guidance page.

Iowa Business Recovery Assistance details. Relief funds deadline is March 31 for businesses with employees; first come first served for businesses without employees.

MAC Facebook page: please tag us in your posts.

Announcements for Madrid Residents

Madrid Shop Local Quick Reference Guide (list of local MAC businesses with description of open/closed, limited hours, etc.)

Boone County Fair is on! July 16-19.

The Madrid Labor Day 2020 Car Show is canceled.

The 2020 Alumni Dinner is canceled.

IMPACT Boone County Resource Center Food Pantry is expanding hours to 10:30 am to 4:00pm Monday thru Friday. Call ahead for service.

City playgrounds equipment, shelters, and restrooms at Madrid City Parks and at Madrid Elementary School are back open starting June 6.

Iowa Arboretum is now open!

Snus Hill Winery events reopen with new restrictions.

Greater Love Ministries is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and the first Saturday of the month. Mask recommended. Hours are here. Call 515-795-3913 for details.

Food truck nights (temporary?) location change while parks are closed: in the parking lot of Madrid Automotive.

Main Street is one-way by the Elementary School between 11:15 am and 1:00pm daily. Travel north to south  to accommodate curb-side pick up. Be sure to use W 21st St (not Little Street) to enter Main Street, and line up single file on the left.

Madrid Public Library is offering curbside pick up. Call the Library (795-3846), and staff will check out items and put them outside. Online resources also available. The Library is beginning to increase services in June.

Congregate meals are temporarily available by delivery; call 515-432-1127 to make arrangements.

June Election details for Boone County residents

There’s a Little Lending Food Pantry in front of Sisters in Cheese!

COVID-19 Nurse Phone Line: Call with questions: 515-433-8989, Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Boone County Services: rather than making a trip to the Boone County Court House, please make every effort to handle business online or on the phone: www.boonecounty.iowa.gov.

Track Iowa cases of the virus

Madrid Elementary School online resource link

MAC Facebook page: track local open businesses and hours

Boone County Chamber of Commerce: list of businesses open for carryout dining

City of Madrid: https://madridiowa.org/

If you are at high risk from the coronavirus, contact the Madrid Masons for home delivery of groceries or prescriptions: 515.three60.593four

Feeling different lately? Read these tips from the experts to help avoid negative emotions stemming from the virus outbreak.

Local Announcements:

Check the City of Madrid website for additional details.

Join the Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce (MAC)

Support Madrid’s growth and development by joining the Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce (MAC). Supporter and business memberships are available, and your business’ contact information can be included in Madrid’s Business Directory.

Join MAC — an investment in MAC is an investment in our community!

Each year, MAC organizes and funds the following:

  • Marketing and promotion of Madrid businesses
  • Madrid City-Wide Garage Sale
  • Madrid Christmas Extravaganza

Recently, MAC has coordinated the creation and installation of welcome signs along Highway 17 and has offered a Social Media Workshop. Additional 2017 goals include the following:

  • Partner with the City to provide welcome packets for new residents
  • Promote businesses with large map signage on the High Trestle Trail
  • Provide incentives for downtown building improvements
  • Work with the City to increase beauty and safety of downtown
  • Increase attendance at meetings and events sponsored by MAC

Share your feedback on these projects and more by attending a MAC meeting or contacting MAC at mac@madridiachamber.com.

Join the Friends of the High Trestle Trail Group

Join efforts to support the trail and improve the Madrid community by joining the Friends of the High Trestle Trail! The group meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Madrid Social Center (237 South State St).

Madrid volunteers formed Friends of the Trail over 12 years ago to support the development of the trail. Since then, projects have included

  • Creation of the Johnson Family Trailhead and Dalander Park
  • Construction of trail entrances in Madrid
  • Addition of trail signage
  • Placement of lighting, benches, observation binoculars, donation boxes
  • Addition of Lighthouse project with flashlights

Future projects include a replica coal mine entrance on the trail by Jensen park, relocation of the coal miner statue and history display to Dalander Park, addition of picnic table canopies, additional trail markers to show distance to the bridge, and addition of wildlife observation platforms for the Bird Friendly Iowa project.

Contact mailto:boonecountytrailfriends@gmail.com for more details.

Sign up for Kindergarten Round Up

Parents of children who will be five years old or older before September 15, 2020, are requested to contact Madrid Elementary to place your child’s name on the kindergarten list for the 2020-2021 school year.  It is important that students be listed as soon as possible for planning.  The telephone number to the elementary office is 795-3240 option 1.
Kindergarten Round-Up is scheduled for Friday,  April 3 from 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.  This event is for children only and gives them a chance to visit the school, visit kindergarten classrooms, and meet kindergarten teachers.

First in the Nation Caucus Details

Madrid Precincts 1, 2, 3, Rural Precinct 1 (Colfax, Garden Townships, Sheldahl), Rural Precinct 2 (Cass, Douglas and Worth Townships) and Luther
Find your precinct
Where: Madrid Elementary School, 212 W 1st St. Enter through west entrance.
When: Sign in at 5:30 pm; Caucus begins at 7:00 pm


Find your precinct

Madrid Precinct 1: Luther Community Center, 7 Luther St. Luther

Madrid Precinct 2: Madrid High School Music Room, 599 N Kennedy Ave, Madrid

Madrid Precinct 3: Madrid High School Library, 599 N Kennedy Ave, Madrid

Rural 1: (Colfax, Garden Townships, Sheldahl): Madrid High School Student Center, 599 N Kennedy Ave, Madrid

Rural 2: (Cass, Douglas and Worth Townships and Luther): Madrid High School Gym, 599 N Kennedy Ave, Madrid

Rural 3: Myers Hall Gym (Woodward Resource Center)

When: Register at 6:00 pm; Caucus begins at 7:00 pm

2019 Lighting Contest Winners

Congratulations to our 2019 Lighting Contest Winners! First place wins receives $70 in MAC money, second place receives $50 in MAC money, and third place receives $30 in MAC money. Winners may stop by the Madrid Register News office to pick up prizes.

Lighting 1st place 2019
First Place: Lynda Vaughn
Lighting 2nd Place 2019
2nd Place: Bill Gadbow
Lighting Contest 3rd 2019
3rd Place: Jamie Ridenour
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