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

Meet the Candidates Public Forum

Residents of Madrid will have the opportunity to learn more about Madrid’s candidates for mayor and Ward 2 councilperson at a public forum on Monday, July 23 in the Madrid High School student center from 7-9 p.m.

This will be a moderator-led forum with questions being submitted prior to the event and by filling out a card at the forum. The moderator for the event will be Jim Turbes with KWBG radio in Boone.

Submit your questions to Don Lincoln with the Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce (MAC) at

This event is sponsored and organized by the Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce (MAC) and The Madrid Register-News.

or additional information contact Jennifer Williams at The Madrid Register-News at 515-795-2730 or email

Labor Day Queen Contest Applications

Incoming Madrid freshman through seniors are invited to participate in the 2018 Labor Day Queen Contest. Applications are now available at City Hall.

Return applications to City Hall by August 17th. Presentations will be on Monday, August 20 at 6:00pm, and crowning will be part of the Saturday morning Labor Day Celebration.

Meet a MAC Member: Modern Woodmen

Travis, MAC PresidentTravis Risvold is both the president of the Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce (MAC) and a financial representative for Modern Woodmen, one of many businesses that are a part of MAC.

Travis resides in Madrid with his wife, Lisa, and their son, Isaiah. While the Modern Woodmen office in Madrid did not open officially until November of 2015, the business is a fraternal society that has been operating for over one hundred years. Its mission is to improve quality of life for its members via support of family life, community impact, and financial security.

Since it is a fraternal society, Modern Woodmen is a nonprofit owned by members. Contrary to misconceptions, the business exists to aid in financial planning, not simply to take money. Modern Woodmen is set up in chapters, which are made up of groups of members in specific areas. Various chapter activities, such as events at nearby restaurants or volunteer opportunities, exist to provide opportunities to members to volunteer, socialize, and learn.

Modern Woodmen offers Madrid services that include life and health insurance, money management assistance, and family financial planning. College scholarships for young members are also available.

When asked what the best part of being a small business in Madrid is, Travis replied “Madrid has an atmosphere of people wanting to go somewhere.” He also expressed the benefits of a tight-knit community and its support of people, as well as what a safe and enjoyable community exists in Madrid.

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.

Madrid Police Hand out Tickets to Encourage Bike Safety

The Madrid Police Department is working with the Madrid Filling Station to encourage bike safety. Officers will watch for young bikers wearing helmets and protective gear, stopping at stop signs, using hand signals, and looking both ways at intersections. Selected individuals will be stopped for a photo and given a “ticket,” which will be redeemable for an ice cream reward at the Filling Station ice cream shop. Each individual will also be placed in a drawing for a new bike and safety gear to be presented at the Madrid Labor Day Celebration by the Chief of Police and the Madrid City Council’s Public Safety Chairperson, Lane Shaver.

Madrid Fall Soccer Registration

Forms are available at the Madrid Public Library or register online.

Mail forms to the address on the form. No fall registrations accepted after June 9. Direct questions to the Madrid Soccer Association Facebook Page.

Madrid Kids Summer Lunch Program

gazebo at parkMadrid Kids Summer Lunch program will serve free lunches in Jensen Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm starting June 12, 2018. Lunches will be held each Tuesday and Thursday through June and July, except for July 4th. All Madrid Kids are welcome! The rain/heat location is the Madrid Community Room.

Sign up to help or check out the menu on the Madrid Kids Summer Lunch Facebook page. Donations are also welcome and can be made through Greater Love Ministries of Madrid.

The lunches are sponsored by the Madrid Ministerial Association, City of Madrid and Greater Love Ministries. To sign up to help serve, click the button below. For more information, contact MAC at

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Pit Stop Smoothies Schedule

Stop by Pit Stop Smoothies along the High Trestle Trail near Hwy 17. Dr. Paul and Kim Peters purchased the building and prepared it to open as a smoothie shop because smoothies are a tradition in Kim’s family.

2018 Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:00pm to 7:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00am to 7:00pm


The Filling Station Schedule

The local ice cream shop, called the Filling Station, is open for the season!
129 S Water St.

Saturday and Sunday: 1-9 pm