Downtown Street Closure Starts Monday, July 10

Beginning Monday, August 7, 2017, 2nd Street will be closed between Water and State Street for repairs. The project is expected to last until Friday, August 25.

MAC Seeks Iowa State Fair Volunteers

Come help promote Madrid and Boone County at the Iowa State Fair! Your admission to the Fair is provided, and three different shifts are available:

The Iowa State Fair will be held from August 10 until August 20, 2017. Sign up at the Larson Agency or at Madrid City Hall. For more information, contact Don Lincoln at 515-795-2775.

Training is available to help you prepare to volunteer at the booth on July 26th at Snus Hill Winery, beginning at 5:30pm. Both experienced and new volunteers should plan to attend training. Refreshments will be served. The Boone County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce (MAC) are cooperating to coordinate volunteer efforts and training for the booth.

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

Cool Down at Community Room

Come cool off at the Community Room! Due to the expected high heat indexes Tuesday, July 18 through Saturday, July 22nd, 2017, the City of Madrid will be opening the Community Room at 303 S. Water St as a cooling center between the hours of 8:30 AM and 10:00 PM.

School Registration Materials Available Online

It’s time to register for the 2017/2018 school year! Instructions, documents, and supply lists are available on the Madrid Community School website.

Questions may be directed to Peggy Nardini, or the admin office at 515-795-1400.

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.

Avoiding Mosquito Misery

Have you seen any mosquitoes yet this year? The recent rains are creating ideal conditions for mosquitoes to flourish this summer, but it is also the perfect time to stop them. Mosquitoes need standing water to breed so you can have a significant influence on preventing outbreaks in your yard. Take a quick walk around your yard and look for places where water has pooled since the rain. Check yard décor and look for trash that may have blown in or been dropped in your yard. If you have any items you are storing, check them for water. Tires especially allow water to pool and also tend to conceal the water. Yard toys like shovels or trucks have lots of spaces that can collect water so tip them over to learn which ones store water, and plan to empty toy buckets or pools regularly. If you see a puddle in your yard, keep an eye on it a couple days to see if it drains completely, and consider filling it in. Bird baths with standing water, watering cans, or even a rain gauge can produce mosquitos, but you can easily avoid this if you empty them regularly because it takes several days for the larvae to grow, pupate, and then emerge as an adult. Up to 400 eggs can be laid by a female at one time so preventing them from reaching the adult, biting stage and denying them a place to lay eggs pays off.

What about mosquito spraying?

Madrid does pay for mosquito spraying in city limits in June, July, and August, but working together to avoid puddling water will help more than spraying because spraying only kills adult, airborne mosquitos. If water is available, they have already laid several clutches of eggs so spraying provides a few days of reprieve before the next hatch of bloodthirsty monsters are unleashed to torment the town. Essentially, spraying is most helpful when breeding areas are also removed.

Spraying is done when weather conditions are favorable so dates are not set far in advance. You can sign up for the Madrid app to be notified when spraying will occur so you can keep your windows shut and ensure your family is inside

Donate Old Eyeglasses

The Madrid Lions are collecting eyeglasses to be refurbished and distributed to those in need. This program is called, “RECYCLE for Sight,” and you can donate by putting old glasses in dropboxes located at the Library, City Hall, City State Bank, Madrid Historical Museum, and the Madrid Home.

If you are interested in joining the Lions, learn more at the website:

Madrid Kids Summer Lunch Program

gazebo at parkMadrid Kids Summer Lunch program will serve free lunches in Jensen Park on Tuesdays and Thursday this summer from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 pm starting June 13, 2017. All Madrid Kids are welcome! Dates are: June 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 & July 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27. 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 Mary Swalla Holmes at 515-681-5525 or email

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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.