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Come be our guest for a day The American Legion Country Club was built in 1925 in the southern part of Shenandoah among rolling hills. This is an 18 hole course that water comes into play on 7 holes, has several native grass areas and large tree lined fairways. The contour of the course is gently rolling and seems to be fairly open despite the number of trees that line the fairways. A mix of large and small greens, with some rather undulating terrain makes for a nice challenge. Playing to 5,803 yards from the men’s tees, and

5,200 yards for the women, it’s not very long but can still be quite a challenge. A large brick clubhouse recently remodeled makes for a wonderful facility to host any of your special occasions. There is also a quiet lounge on the lower floor to enjoy a refreshment after your round and catch a little golf on the big screens. Come be our guest at The American Legion Country Club. Play a round of golf and enjoy our town. Call with any questions or to check our open tournament schedules.

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Maurice McNeilly came to Shenandoah to work for Henry Field’s Nursery in the hybrid seed corn business. His family in Mt. Vernon Iowa was growing hybrid corn at the time and Henry Field’s needed someone that knew agronomy. Maurice’s brother, John, also came to town, and they became partners in a business that sold and built Quonset Buildings, and later Eaton Grin bins – they named the business McNeilly Steel Building. “The Inland Steel Buildings was added around that same time frame,� explained current McNeilly owner Kim Gee. “It was the 60’s when the on-farm grain bin business grew and grew. The all-steel building exploded as well. Maurice told us that there are, or were, 90 McNeilly Steel Building buildings in Shenandoah alone.� In it’s same location on Highway 59 since 1963, McNeilly added the Raynor Garage Door line when the farm crisis hit the country in the mid 80’s. “Farmers were not buying buildings or grain bins, so the residential and commercial line of Raynor Doors was a great addition,� said Gee. “In 1998, Gil Gee purchased McNeilly Garage Door & Steel Building Service. With three full-time and one part-time employee, the Gee’s have infused new life into the business. The customer base and customer service area has grown and grown each year.

“We take pride in all of the workers and the excellent customer service they give each and every day.â€? McNeilly Garage Door is the only full-time garage door sales and service business in a large area. “Customers are not only residential but large and small commercial business. It does not matter what brand of door or operator a customer has in the garage‌they will service and make it work. The tag line for the business is: The Garage Door Specialists.â€? In 2004, the Gee’s brought on the Wick Post-Frame Building line, which is a very well-recognized postframe building name. “Gee Building Systems has consistently won awards from not only Wick Post Frame but from the National Frame Builders Association, as well. They have been recognized for sales, crew foreman award and the Extra Mile Award for excellence in customer service.â€? A few years ago, Sentinel All-Steel Building line was added to round out a full product line of buildings for not only agriculture but for commercial as well. “The Gee’s believe in giving back to the community in many ways; from post prom parties to daycares to high school yearbooks and booster clubs, not to mention any fundraiser for local charities. Lastly, the Gee’s are always looking at product lines that will meet the customer’s needs.

SHOWCASEShenandoah J&R Furniture and Carpet

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FAMILY BUSINESS... J&R Furniture has been a Shenandoah business for 60 years.

J&R has been in Shen for 60 years J&R Furniture and Carpets was opened in 1953 by Elmer Johnson and Bob Richardson, hence the name J&R Furniture. Bob previously had been employed at Cooper Furniture in Shenandoah, and actually met his future wife, Dorothy Johnson, when delivering furniture to her parents’ home in the 1940s. When Dorothy’s father, Elmer Johnson, retired from farming in the early 1950s, they opened the business. Until her death last year, the store was predominately run by Dorothy and she was known as the lifeline of the store. She was the resident interior decorator, accountant, master saleswoman, and much more, however, the store is still family-owned and operated. Almost every member of the Richardson family has worked at the store in one capacity or another, including Dorothy’s mother, Edna, who helped make drapes and Bob’s father, Fred, who helped with carpet installation. Also, the four Richardson sons, Mike, Chuck, Steve, and Jim, and three of the Richardson grandchildren, Charles, Nicki, and Patrick, have all helped with the business over the years. The business has been a member of the Shenandoah Chamber of Commerce since its inception and the Richardson’s are longtime native residents of Shenandoah. Many family members have been active participants in community and commerce in Southwest Iowa. Additionally, the store has provided employment for at least 30 or more individuals over the years. The longest running vendor is probably Mohawk carpet, Nicki explained, which

they’ve carried since the 1950s. They’ve also carried Sealy mattresses since the 1960s and LaZBoy since the 1970s. “We sell an array of living room, bedroom, and dining room furniture. We also sell and install residential and commercial flooring,� said Nicki. “We carry big name brands like Sealy, Tempurpedic, La-ZBoy, Chromcraft Revington, Mohawk, and Congoleum. We pride ourselves on carrying high quality products and an extensive amount of American-made items.� On top of that, Nicki said they strive to keep up with current trends in home furnishings and make available to their customers not only items they can find in the big box stores in the cities, but also unique items they might not find in those stores. “One of our favorite local vendors is Oakwood Industries, makers of beautifully handcrafted hardwood bedroom and dining room furniture located in Memphis, Mo. Some new items we’re excited to start carrying: Klaussner upholstered furniture; Tempur-Choice line by Tempurpedic, mattresses featuring gel memory foam with adjustable air support; and a high-quality, doit-yourself, luxury vinyl interlocking plank flooring that we’ll be offering free installation seminars about in the Spring.� This year marks their 60th year in business. In celebration, Nicki said they are having a 60-day sale that concludes on Nov. 29. Come in to the store to register for their grand prize drawing of a La-Z-Boy Sofa, Chair, & Ottoman and for discount pricing of up to 30 percent.


Making the Case for quality and service

Maintaining the standards for certification as a Case International Harvester dealer, Madsen International of Shenandoah has proven that in 48 years of service. A long-existing and established business in Shenandoah, Madsen International moved into a new building at 1308 West Ferguson Road in 1972. Owned and managed by the Madsen family since 1964, Madsen International was originally managed by Joe A. Madsen, who remained active in the operation of the dealership until his death in 1991. Tom Madsen was made President and general manager of the company in 1975, after graduating from UNI in 1970. Bob Madsen started in the business in 1969 and is currently the parts manager and vice President. Their sister, Carol Sue McEnaney, joined them in 1993 as office manager and is Secretary/ Treasurer of the corporation. Dealing not only in new and used Case International agricultural equipment,

Madsen International also is a dealer of Cub Cadet outdoor power equipment, Parker grain carts and wagons, and Yamaha ATVs along with parts and service on most makes and models of other agricultural related equipment. With the ever increasing number of farmers buying their own truck and semis to haul their crops from the fields, this brings Madsen a lot of business in the realm of parts and service, allotting for about half of the service orders they complete in the truck line, with the other half being in the servicing of agricultural equipment. “We’re very appreciative of the accounts we have,� Tom Madsen explains. “We really appreciate everybody’s business and we try to treat everyone with respect and courtesy.� Madsen International is open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. until noon on Saturday. Seasonally, Madsen International is open 7 days a week, remaining open on Saturday until 4 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Largest supplier of in-stock parts in Southwest Iowa. Ag Foreman - over 21 Years of Experience. Service Department - 82 Years Combined Experience. 1308 W Ferguson Rd, P.O. Box 9 Shenandoah, IA 712-246-1187

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Shenandoah’s Miller Building Supply has everything the big chain stores offer without having to leave town, according to co-owner Amy Miller. She and her husband, Jeff, started the business 17 years ago in April of 1995. “We offer a full line of plumbing, electrical, tools, hardware, nuts, bolts, screws, and nails for the professional or the do-it-yourselfer,� Miller said. “We offer great service and what items we don’t have on hand we are able to order for someone if they just give us their specific need.� Miller Building can order kitchen cabinets, windows, and doors. They also offer window glass and screen repairs. “We are a dealer for Pella windows so we can get anything they have,� said Miller. “We are also able to get custom windows, from the plant right here in Shenandoah. This is a unique service we are able to offer

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that partners with another local business here in town.’’ Miller Building also offers free estimates on any building project and also offers free local delivery. One of their gems is a customized paint mixture. “If a customer has a particular color they want to match, we can put that in our computer and get a formula. We can match to wallpaper, bed spreads, pillows, or anything.� All these services, along with other things, set Miller Building apart. “We have a knowledgeable staff about the various products we offer and about building projects in general. We are able to give people that one-on-one service. We like to greet people when they enter the door of our store and find out what they want and if we can be of any service.�

SHOWCASEShenandoah Jay Drug & Health Mart 125 years of community service

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125 Years of Commitment to the Health of our Community



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Jay Drug has always been locally owned and still is today, even after being in business for 125-years. The owners take pride in this and when they considered selling, they would only sell to someone that was going to keep it locally owned. This was a decision that was not taken lightly. The history and tradition of Jay Drug has been too important to sell to just anyone. Jay Drug is community oriented and supports Shenandoah as much as they can. Jill Gilbert, Jay’s office manager said they get involved in everyway possible whether it is supporting the school system for sports, academically, or for activities. They also support other local organizations. “That is what a small town business does,� Gilbert said. Jay’s still remains a Hallmark Gold Crown after 35 years, which you don’t see a lot of Gold Crown stores around anymore. “It is hard to compete in this area when your local Hy-Vee and Wal-Mart sell Hallmark cards too, but our loyal dedication is what sets up apart, and the fact they we can offer the Gold Crown exclusive merchandise that they can along with great friendly

customer service,� Gilbert remarked. Gilbert said they continue to maintain their Old Time Soda Fountain because they know how important it is to preserve history. “It is a great atmosphere for people of all ages, plus it still serves the best malts around. People will tell you Jay Drug has been making the best malts for years.� Lastly, even though they are locally owned, they have teamed up with Healthmart, which allows them to compete with the chain pharmacies. “Healthmart helps keep the staff educated and on top of all the demanding changes of a pharmacy. It also helps us offer good products and helps us with providing all the latest and greatest technology programs such as order prescriptions online or from your phone,� Gilbert said. “But the best part about being a Healthmart pharmacy is that we are still independent and make our own decisions. We don’t have a big corporation telling us what we can and can’t do. We understand local rural people and their situations. We know the local doctors personally. We then can use all this to make good decisions for our customers.�


BIRDS EYE VIEW... An aerial photo of downtown Shenandoah.

FAMILY FUN... Shenandoah’s annual Shenfest is held in late September.

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SHOWCASEShenandoah Shenandoah is Full of Unique Attractions

Shopping is always the highlight in Shenandoah, the Retail Hub of Southwest Iowa. It’s beautiful downtown streetscape, large variety of shops and large retailers make it first rate, but there are many unique features that add to the recreation, dining, and entertainment experience in Shenandoah. Shenandoah’s irreplaceable favorite dining spots include the Donut Stop, the Depot Restaurant, The Sanctuary, George Jay Drug soda fountain, and M’s Fine Dining all downtown. The glazed donuts at the Donut Stop are dubbed the best in the world. The old train Depot converted into a microbrewery and restaurant is a favorite stop for a hamburger, tenderloin or one of many brewed beer choices. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner in a Shenandoah museum atmosphere. The choice for lunch by visiting shoppers is The Sanctuary with homemade cuisine and pies. The building was once a church and the beautiful stained glass windows are still part of the décor. The days of old fashioned soda fountain can be experienced at George Jay Drug Co. Stopping by for a malt or shake is essential for alumni who return for visits to Shenandoah. And finally M’s Fine Dining is the place for an elegant evening out for steak or seafood. It’s located in a beautifully restored building with tin ceilings and exposed brick at the east end of Sheridan Avenue. Wabash Winery on Ferguson Road is fast become a new favorite spot with locally grown grapes and award winning wines. Recreation in Shenandoah is effortless. The Wabash Trace Nature Trail runs through Shenandoah on a 60 mile scenic trail stretch from Council Bluffs to Missouri, perfect for hiking, running or bicycling. Shenandoah has 18 parks and recreation centers including an 18-hole golf course, disc golf course, aquatic center with a zero-depth entry pool featuring several slides, a Sportsplex with go cart track, miniature golf course, driving range, batting cages and more. Just north of town is a great outdoor

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COOL... Shenandoah’s Wilson Aquatic Center is a fantastic place to cool off in the summer.

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recreation spot. Rapp Park is a Page County Conservation project converting sand pits into a 200-acre wetland for fishing, camping, canoeing, and picnicking. The city and hospital both have fitness centers filled with exercise equipment and classes. Attractions in Shenandoah include the Iowa Walk of Fame, an established feature of our picturesque downtown shopping district. The Iowa Walk of Fame books are available at Shenandoah Chamber & Industry Association and the museum. It explains the 125 plaques highlighting famous Iowans from around the state adorning the sidewalks in our streetscape. Everly Brother’s Childhood Home and Shenandoah Historical Museum are must see attractions. The restoration of the Everly Brothers House now situated next the Historical Museum downtown on Sheridan Avenue features memorabilia, photos, and furnishings from their childhood and career. The Everly Brothers got there start in Shenandoah performing with their parents on Shenandoah’s radio pioneer stations KMA and KFNF. Both stations were started by the nursery industry giants Earl May and Henry Field, both Shenandoah garden companies. Many music greats got there start on live radio in Shenandoah. The Everlys went on to become multi Grammy winning singers with TV shows and world concert tours. A Military Museum is housed in the Memorial Armory building at 423 W. Thomas Avenue. It displays military art, uniforms, photos, and other memorabilia of those locally who have served. Shenandoah is the home of the longest running community theatre play house in the state of Iowa. The Southwest Iowa Theatre Group performs five or six live plays per year, comedies, musicals, and occasionally drama. Performances are held in the Park Playhouse in Sportsman’s Park. Downtown you can see first run movies on the three-screen Legacy 3 Theater, upgraded with Digital Light Projection Technology for state of the art resolution and sound. 3-D movies can be shown there and headphones for hearing impaired are available as well as being handicap accessible.

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McIntyre business still thriving

McIntyre Real Estate will be glad to help you with all your real estate needs.

1607 Maple St., Shenandoah 3 bedroom, 2 ½ bath. Large living room with fireplace & formal dining room. Lovely back yard patio.

1101 Nebraska Ave., 43 West Ridge Dr., Essex Shenandoah 3 bedroom, 2 ½ bath Beautiful 4 bedroom, ranch home with 3.5 bath home with laundry on main level, 3 car garage attached 2 car garage adjacent to golf and many updates. course.

604 Seventh Ave., Shenandoah 4 bedroom, 2 bath home with lots of charm! Open living room & dining room. Landscaped yard.

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“Mclntyre Real Estate prides itself on being a full-service destination for all matters dealing with real estate,” Janell said. In fact, Janell joined her dad in the business in 1985 and purchased the business in 2000. She said her dad gave her much advice from his vast stores of knowledge not only in real estate but farming too. Born and raised on a farm, Janell said the family business has always been a part of her life. “I enjoy the opportunity to work with the community and continue my dad’s legacy,” she said. Although the real estate business has changed over the years, Janell said Mclntyre Real Estate strives to keep up to date with all the new tools. “You can catch us on the Mclntyre Real Estate facebook page, our websites,, and the MLS website

LOVE... Shenandoah offers numerous recreational activities, as well as more than 20 parks and greenspaces.

of,” said Janell. “Agent Kim Walker even has a real estate blog on the internet. Specifically, she said the internet has changed the real estate world, with people coming to town that have already been on the internet and viewed homes available through their business. There are eight agents at McIntyre Real Estate that are ready to help you with all of your real estate needs, and they each often hold open houses and are always willing to do after-hour showings. “Just give them a call and set it up to match your schedule. Our experienced agents make the process of buying and selling real estate run smoothly,” Janell said. You can contact Mclntyre Real Estate at 246-1072, email Janell at, or view us at

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