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 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

MAC Sponsors Christmas Lights Contest

The Annual Outdoor Lighting Contest in Madrid is coming soon! The Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce (MAC) sponsors the contest for the community. Prizes include $70 in MAC money for 1st place, $50 in MAC money for 2nd, and $30 in MAC money for 3rd. Judging will occur on the evenings of Friday, December 20 and Saturday, December 21. Winners will be announced in the Madrid Register News on December 26. You can recommend a property for consideration by calling 515-709-0281.

9th Annual Animated and Musical Holiday Lights Display

Check out 611 South Market Street to see a beautiful display of Christmas lights that coordinate to over 15 songs. Tune in to 102.9 FM to listen to music accompanying the light show. The display lights are lit from 6 to 10 pm each night until January 1, 2020. Nick Snider and Sarah Carr create the display each year, and they have over 13,000 lights this year!

McCarty Purchases Madrid Automotive

Aaron McCarty purchased Madrid Automotive from Roger Peterson in October of 2019. McCarty has always been interested in cars and has been working for Peterson since 1999.

While Madrid Automotive started in the 1970s, it had a different name: K-L Auto Parts. Peterson has owned the business since 1986. For a portion of these years, Madrid Automotive offered small engine repair in addition to parts sales.  MCarty is eager to carry on the tradition of excellent customer service, focusing on selling the right part for the right repair. Since he has been mentored by Peterson in the business for two decades, McCarty has the experience to help you determine what you need. If the part must be ordered, it’s available the next day. Peterson will continue to work at the store as well.

When your car breaks, it’s helpful to continue to have access to parts in town. Be sure to stop by Madrid Automotive and congratulate McCarty!

Market of Madrid Owner Ivan Thede Named Retailer of the Year

The Iowa Grocery Industry Association recognized the Market of Madrid as the 2019 Retailer of the Year! The award recognizes a retail professional for outstanding work ethic and commitment to his or her store, employees and community.

Thede started helping his father with his job deliveries when he was 9 years old, which instilled a strong work ethic. He has continued to build success and improve business at every store he has worked in, and he is always looking for ways to improve the Market of Madrid. He enjoys building relationships with customers and is willing to carry products that are requested. His children and granchildren have worked in the store, allowing the entire family to bond with the Madrid community.

Recent changes to the Market of Madrid include new refrigerator cases, which are more energy efficient. Ivan says that other changes may be coming soon, such as “food to go” options like deli sandwiches and wonder roast chickens, which have both suggested by local patrons.

Be sure to stop in and congratulate Ivan on the “Retailer of the Year” award!

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation to Purchase 4-H Camp Land near Madrid

The Clover Woods 4-H Camp, including over 1,000 acres, went up for public auction in September. The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF) made an offer on the entire property, which was accepted by the 4-H Foundation Board. The property includes many outdoor educational and recreational opportunities and  wildlife habitat that is already established. The 4-H Foundation was happy to sell the land to the INHF, whose mission and goals will help continue the legacy of the Camp.

The Iowa 4-H Foundation sold the property to grow other aspects of the 4-H Program in Iowa. The funds will be permanently endowed to allow the funding to support 4-H in perpetuity.

For more information, visit the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation website.

Remember to Vote: City and School Election

Bring your id and come vote: –
Mayor: Choose Thomas W. Brown
Council person At Large: Denise L. Moore and Chuck Rigby
2nd Ward: Kurt Kruse abd Steve F, Burich

Madrid Community School District (vote for 3): Lauren Clark, Ben Murry, Marvin Ostrander, Jessica Smith, and Tyler Simmons

Candidate bios are available in the Oct. 17, 2019, issue of the Madrid Register News, and the Library has a subscription if you do not.

The map of wards can be found here. 

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