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POCAHONTAS COUNTY, IOWA

2020-2021 VISITOR & AREA GUIDE

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Communities working together to increase economic opportunity through business formation, job creation and appropriate business and community development strategies for the citizens of Pocahontas County. Poky Trading Co. Adam & Eve Hairstyling Iowa State University Extension & Powers Funeral Home Ahlers Enterprises (G & O Logistics) Outreach- Pocahontas County Powhatan Travel Service Ann Beneke Jeffrey A. Johnson, L.P.A., P.C. Pro Cooperative Arlington Place at Pocahontas Jolliffe & Co. Quilting on Main Availa Bank L.A. Styles Rally Point Ayers Construction Laurens Care Center Reis Engines Ayers Storage Solutions Laurens Plumbing/Hwy 10 Hardware Rolfe Auto & Farm Supply/Carquest Bank Iowa Laurens State Bank Auto Parts Believe Boutique Northwest Communications Rolfe Flower Bin Bob & Connie Dallenbach Paintings in Oil & Acrylics Sale Barn Realty & Auction Bob Johnson Agency, Inc. Palmer Mutual Telephone Co. Seiler Appliance, Inc. Bob’s Car Care Haven Pengo Siepker Auto Repair Cuts to Dye For Pocahontas Abstract Company Siepker Insurance Agency Dallas Olson Electric Pocahontas Community Hospital Sindergard Excavating Dutchland Dairy Pocahontas County Soil & Water Silver Dollar Saloon Ekstrand Construction Conservation Stover Construction Evertek, Inc. Pocahontas Equipment Co., LLC The Bottom Line First Choice Financial Services Pocahontas Farm & Home Tom’s Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling First Community Bank Pocahontas Fiber Network United Bank of Iowa FIT Exercise Studio Pocahontas Inn & Suites Vonnahme Chiropractic Fonda Museum Pocahontas Mutual Insurance Webbink Insurance Food Pride Association Wells Ag Supply Grandpa’s Barn & Vineyard Pocahontas Record-Democrat & Wenell Insurance Heart ‘n Home Laurens Sun Wessels Oil Company Horsetech Pocahontas Sales & Service West Iowa Bank Hudson Realty Pocahontas State Bank Woodley Insurance & Real Estate Hwy 7 Cafe Pocahontas & Rolfe Veterinary Clinic Woods Super Market & Deli 11 W. Elm Ave. Pocahontas, IA 50574

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POCAHONTAS COUNTY, IOWA

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$95,126.86 $95,126.86Funded Funded 30 Projects in 2020

30 Projects in 2020 Through our unrestricted fund, grants are awarded annually to non-prowt organizations to complete charitable projects in Pocahontas County. Grants are awarded to non-prowt organizations who support the following areas:

Arts & Culture Community Betterment Education & Youth Development Health & Human Services Recreation / Environment

The Pocahontas County Foundation was established in 2005 to promote and enhance community based philanthropy in Pocahontas County. The Foundation receives funding to facilitate endowment-building and grant-making throughout the county. Seventy-wve percent of these funds will be awarded through grants to charitable organizations for educational, civic and public purposes in Pocahontas County.

LEAVE A LEGACY

The Pocahontas County Foundation appreciates your support to enhance Pocahontas County through your charitable gifts to the County Foundation’s Funds. PLEASE RETURN YOUR TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTION TO: PO Box 86 Pocahontas, IA 50574

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Parks & Areas .................................. 18 Shopping .......................................... 24 Dining ................................................ 30 Lodging............................................. 34 Regional Attractions ...................... 37 Welcome to Pocahontas County! We hope you’re as excited to experience all that our county has to offer as we are to tell you about the many places to go and things to do. By any reckoning, 2020 has been a strange and turbulent year. We think you can find places to experience the peace of nature and a slower pace of living, even if it’s just for a weekend while you camp at one of the many parks, take a dip in a lake or zip down a bike trail. We wanted to focus on the multitude of recreational opportunities here in Pocahontas County. Even those of us who grew up here learned about new places to visit as we crafted this updated version of the Pocahontas County Visitor Guide. We hope you have as much fun checking out every trail, park and recreation spot as we have, and while you are doing that, you can check out all of our businesses as well.

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OUTDOOR RECREATION

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HISTORY & LANDMARKS

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THINGS TO SEE & DO

Barn Quilts throughout the county 24 Fonda Arts Center 25 Freedom Quilts 26 Kaleidoscope Factory 27 Paintings in Oil & Acrylics

FUN & ENTERTAINMENT

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Cooper’s Cove Keystone Bridge Fonda Museum Freedom Rock Kalsow Prairie Last Indian Battle in Iowa (Site) Old Rolfe Pocahontas County Courthouse Pocahontas Co. Historical Society Museum Pocahontas Statue St. Peter & Paul Church Veteran’s Memorial Wiegert Prairie Farmstead & Virgin Prairie

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Grandpa’s Barn & Vineyard Laurens Lounge & Lanes Rialto Theatre The Zone


THE KALEIDOSCOPE FACTORY

Teleidoscopes and Kaleidoscopes at the Kaleidoscope Factory

FONDA MUSEUM

111 N Main St., Fonda | 712-288-6675 or 712-288-6175 Free Admission | Open by appointment Located in the restored Opera House, this hidden gem will keep you mesmerized for hours. Get lost in time as you visit the general store, barber shop, and print shop. Experience music of the past from restored player pianos and records in the 50’s room, and view restored vehicles and countless petromobilia.

PRINCESS PARK & STATUE

East Elm Ave./Highway 3, Pocahontas | www.visitpocahontas.com Located at the eastern edge of Pocahontas on Highway 3, the 25 feet tall statue of the Indian Princess Pocahontas welcomes visitors and residents to town. Stop at Princess Park to see the statue along with her new teepee, beautiful murals, and a historic cabin full of Pocahontas County stories and artifacts.

RIALTO THEATRE

324 N Main St., Pocahontas | 712-335-3434 www.pocahontasrialto.com This community owned theatre was originally built in 1939 and remains a staple in the community today. Stop by the renovated Rialto Theatre to see plays, band and chorus performances, and daily showings of movies at unbeatable prices.

214 N Main St., Pocahontas | 515-408-1269 www.kaleidoscopefactory.com FAMILY CARRIES ON KALEIDOSCOPE TRADITION Kaleidoscopes are still being made in Pocahontas. The Kaleidoscope Factory is back to holding regular hours — Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The shop will also open by appointment and is available for bus tours and other tour groups. Margaret Egli and Lois Hessenius are working hard to keep their brother’s love of kaleidoscopes alive through the shop, along with Patty Mefferd of Bugga Doo, a wooden puzzle making venture. “It was Leonard’s passion,” Egli said of the shop, which is located at 214 N. Main Street in Pocahontas. Olson reacted with excitement when he taught his sister to make the kaleidoscopes. He was so happy to know his legacy would carry on. “He enjoyed the people stopping by,” Egli said. Olson died in October of 2019. His sisters and Mefferd began fulfilling standing orders and then creating new stock for the shop. Egli said they’ve restocked other items Olson used to sell on a regular basis, as well as boxes for the kaleidoscopes, puzzle boxes for adults, books and wooden trucks and cars. Olson opened the shop first in Palmer in 2000 in the old Palmer school. “What began as some self imposed therapy following a heart attack became a passion for Leonard,” a Kaleidoscope Factory flyer said. “He found that kaleidoscopes provided a valuable metaphor on life. Just when you think you’ve encountered the most beautiful image possible in a kaleidoscope, a slight shift will change everything. At first, you may feel very disappointed as, theoretically, that image will never appear again. However, while different, the new image is also beautiful, and you discover that more changes will produce still more beautiful images. Soon you learn to let yourself go and just look forward to what will happen next.” In 2004, Olson moved the shop to Pomeroy. In 2006, the shop became Olson’s full-time occupation. He relocated again in 2014, this time to Pocahontas. As The Record-Democrat reported that year, when Olson announced the move to Pocahontas, “Over time, Olson’s reputation grew as visitors to his quaint shop grew fond of his storytelling, which more than his kaleidoscopes, though magnificent themselves, is the reason people found themselves coming back. More Importantly, the tale of the magical little shop in Pomeroy would spread one visitor at a time. Soon, Olson was featured in all sorts of regional and national publications, has been a frequent guest on Iowa Public Television programs, and local television stories.” His reputation didn’t stop growing after the move. Not long before his death, Olson was hosting visitors from California and foreign countries. A proponent of trying new things, Olson had introduced virtual reality outings to his shop. Egli said the sisters are committed to Olson’s vision. “There’s no way we’ll ever go anywhere,” Egli said. “That is very important too, that we stay here. This town has really embraced Leonard.”

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LABOR DAY CELEBRATION Going strong for over 56 years!

Fonda, Iowa

SATURDAY • SUNDAY • MONDAY Golf Tournament 5K Walk/Run Garage Sales Parade & Rodeo Food & Fun Fireworks Live Music Tractor Pull Demo Derby Camping & Cabins available with showers & bathrooms

Information and updates can be found on our website: www.fondaiowa.com/laborday.html All events support the Fonda Town & Country Boosters. The Boosters provide funding to local groups, youth scholarship and activities.

City Hall 712-288-4466

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This annual event brought to you by Fonda Town & Country Boosters


Enjoy the moment... knowing your local independent agent, and the company that stands behind them, has your family covered.

The Sale Barn Rick & Kendra Winegarden Owners

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MUSEUMS POCAHONTAS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM

271 N 3rd St., Laurens | Open by appointment www.pocahontascounty.wixsite.com/museum

Visitors to the Pocahontas County Museum get the chance to step into history and connect with the stories of the people who settled the county in the 19th century. Visitors have the opportunity to crank an old corn sheller, weave a few rows of a rag rug, pedal a treadle sewing machine, play a melodeon, experience 3D photos through a stereoscoptic viewer, just a few of the items on display at the museum, which is located in Laurens in the former Carnegie Library, at 271 N. 3rd Street, next to the current library. You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the opportunities to explore here. Step into local history, checking out a 1920s kitchen that brings you back in time, before electricity made our lives so much easier. An old cook stove dominates this display, just like it would have dominated a kitchen back then. Lots of little items in the kitchen area have their own stories. Take a seemingly random jar of canned cherries, located on a shelf in the museum’s basement. Inside, the whole cherries can still be seen. The jar came from the daughter of a couple who married in 1920. The mother had canned the cherries the first year the couple was married. The woman who canned it kept it as a memento. When the mother died, the daughter wasn’t sure what to do with the jar. But she couldn’t bring herself to throw them away. This seemingly nondescript glass jar comes with quite a bit of history. The item may be unique to the Pocahontas County Historical Museum — what other museum would have a glass jar with 100-year-old canned cherries? Visitors can also take a look at a a butter merger, used during the World War I butter shortage to stretch butter by watering it down. A rope bed serves as the centerpiece of a bedroom display. The boy who was born in this humble bed in the earliest settlement in the county went on to become a doctor. Some of the more important stories of the county are told in displays on the railroads and land drainage. Read about the little boy sent alone on a train to Pocahontas County, his name pinned to his jacket. He traveled by himself from Wisconsin to live with an uncle here in Pocahontas County. You can touch the wool suit worn by a farmer attending Railroad Days in Pocahontas in 1900, a celebration held when the train finally pulled into town.

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Pocahontas County Historical Society Museum

FONDA MUSEUM

111 N Main St., Fonda | Open by appointment | 712-288-6675 or 712-288-6175 for reservations When you enter the Fonda Museum, be prepared to step back in time. Gib and Jan Alpers have organized their museums to depict the small businesses and life of small town Iowa in the 1920s and 1930s. Discover the general store, barber shop, print shop, fire department, petromobilia, music of the past, ‘50s room, 5¢ popcorn, and more. Your stroll through the museum is like a Saturday night walk down main street of any small Iowa town during that era. This museum is a fantastic experience of yesteryear that you do not want to miss!

STRAIGHT STORY BUILDING

120 W Section Line Rd., Laurens Laurens, Iowa is the community where the movie The Straight Story was filmed in 1998. The streets, roads, and home where the picture was filmed are here for you to visit and enjoy. See where Richard Farnsworth and Sissy Spacek re-enacted Alvin Straight’s trip on a lawn mower to visit his ill brother in Wisconsin. Come tour the Laurens community and sit on the actual lawn mower that Alvin Straight drove on his odyssey. Let your journey begin in Laurens.


Welcome to the Princess City Pocahontas is a community of 1,732 people located in Northwest Iowa. Our community minded city offers the amenities of a larger city with small town charm. We invite you to visit Pocahontas and see why we are so proud to call it home! • Safe Community/Low Crime

• Tennis & Basketball Courts ts

• 24/7 Police Patrol

• Low Cost Business Start Up & Doing Business

• Underground Utilities • Well Maintained, Wide Streets • Public Camp Ground

• Top Quality Healthcare & Emergency Facilities

• Municipal Swimming Pool • High Speed Fiber Network & Technology

Joan DeWall, City Administrator 23 West Elm Ave Ave., P P.O. O Box 69 69, Pocahontas Pocahontas, IA 50574 712-335-4841 • Fax: 712-335-4482 • email: pokyed@evertek.net

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FREEDOM ROCK

NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES POCAHONTAS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM 271 N 3rd St., Laurens www.pocahontascounty.wixsite.com/museum Built in 1970 | The museum in housed in the formed Carnegie Library building which is on the National Register of Historic Places. At the turn of the century, Andrew Carnegie, a wealthy industrialist, helped to fund libraries in communities throughout the county. Laurens was the smallest town to receive such a grant.

POCAHONTAS COUNTY COURTHOUSE

99 Court Square, Pocahontas | www.pocahontas-county.com Built in 1923 | The Pocahontas County Courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981 and still functions as the county courthouse today.

SAINTS PETER AND PAUL CATHOLIC CHURCH

16 2nd Ave. NW, Pocahontas Build in 1882 | As a former parish of the Diocese of Sioux City, Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church served the Bohemian community of Pocahontas. The church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.

803 Broad St., Rolfe The Pocahontas County Freedom Rock is located in Rolfe on Dan Allen’s property. In addition to the Freedom Rock, the Allen property has many interesting sites and oddities that you won’t want to miss including Iowa’s largest rocking horse, the Bud Barn, and the 11.5 feet tall Cy statue that previously stood at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa.

OLD ROLFE

Northeast of Rolfe “Old Rolfe”, two and a half miles north and two miles east of the present town of Rolfe, was the first town in Pocahontas County. Today, there remains a marker where the first courthouse in the county stood (1860-1876).

HISTORIC & NATURAL AREAS WIEGERT PRAIRIE FARMSTEAD & VIRGIN PRAIRIE

27061 615th St., Palmer Home to the Wiegert family for over a century, the farmstead stands today as a living museum and classroom. Adjoining the farmstead is Wiegert Prairie. Don’t miss out of Wiegert Fall Fest in August!

KALSOW VIRGIN PRAIRIE

MARKERS, MEMORIALS, & MONUMENTS

Intersection of 630th St. and 280th Ave. At 160 acres, Kalsow Prairie is one of Iowa’s largest remaining virgin prairies. This never-plowed prairie is also believed to be the epicenter of where the asteroid hit 74 millions years ago.

LAST BATTLE IN IOWA BETWEEN INDIAN TRIBES

COOPER’S COVE KEYSTONE BRIDGE

East of Rolfe The last battle between two Indian tribes in Iowa was fought in 1854 on Avery Hill between the Winnebago and the Sioux. Some eighteen Sioux warriors, under the leadership of Coustawa (Big Tree), surprised the tribe of Winnebago but were driven back after the death of Coustawa. Once of the Sioux warriors was reported to be Inkpaduta who later led a band of Sioux in the famed Spirit Massacre. The Pocahontas County Historical Society has marked the battle spot on the Clarence Stearns farm with a flag pole. Pocahontas County Freedom Rock

59715 330th Ave., Manson, IA 50563 This single-arch keystone bridge was originally built in the 1890s and was relocated to Cooper’s Cove Park in 1981.

Paintings In Oil & Acrylics Jerry Jerr ry Reiter, Artist 220 North Main, Pocahontas, IA 712-358-1404 paintingsinoil@redreiter.com

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Princess Park 23001-23019 520th St. (East Elm Ave.), Pocahontas

POCAHONTAS STATUE:

The Pocahontas statue, a project of the Shaw family, stands proudly welcoming travelers to the Princess City. Early homesteader P.J. Shaw conceived the idea of the Indian princess because of his association with the creator of Paul Bunyan and the Blue Ox in Bemiji, Minnesota. His son, Senator A.J. Shaw, and his grandson, Pocahontas attorney Frank W. Shaw, carried the idea forward, and had the Indian built according to the design of the creator of the World’s Largest Tiger, Muskie, in Nevis, Minnesota. Built of steel, wood, and cement, she stands 25 feet tall and 7.5 feet wide at her shoulders. The Indian is now owned by the great grandson of P.J. Shaw, William A. Shaw of Beverly Hills, California, who allows the Indian to be used by the County and City of Pocahontas. In the summer of 2014, a new teepee was constructed to replace a teepee/souvenir shop that previously accompanies the statue. This large work of art was designed and built by Dick Kolbaum, a local blacksmith. The project was financed through the Pocahontas Foundation and private donations.

PRINCESS PARK:

Located at the eastern edge of Pocahontas on Highway 3, Princess Park is the home of the Pocahontas statue, of 30 feet tall teepee, a historic log cabin full of Pocahontas County statue stories and artifacts, and beautiful murals painted by local students and volunteers. Stop by for a photo op with the statue, relax on the front porch of the cabin, and soak in the scenery as you decide where your next stop will be in Pocahontas County. For more information, go to www.visitpocahontas.com.

VETERANS’ MONUMENT

99 Court Square, Pocahontas Located in front of the south entrance of the courthouse, the Pocahontas County Veterans’ Monument was dedicated on June 23, 2007. It is an ongoing project in honor and memory of all Pocahontas County men and women who served our nation, protecting our freedom.

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Hudson Realty

Availa Bank

Sale Barn Realty & Auction

Laurens State Bank

Hopkins Insurance, Inc.

Pocahontas State Bank

Webbink Insurance

United Bank of Iowa

Real Estate Office - 216 N Main St., Pocahontas | 712-335-3817 www.hudsonrealtyiowa.com | info@hudsonrealtyiowa.com

Auctions and Real Estate - 401 1/2 E. Elm Ave., Pocahontas 712-335-3117 | www.iowaauction.net

Insurance Agency - 210 Front Ave., Pocahontas 712-335-9915 | www.hopkinsinsurance.com

Insurance Agency - 704 W Elm Ave., Pocahontas 712-335-4233 | www.powersinsuranceagency.com

200 N Main St., Pocahontas 712-335-3322 | www.availa.bank

102 S 3rd St., Laurens 712-845-2627

233 N Main St., Pocahontas 712-335-3567 | www.pocahontasstatebank.com

210 Front Ave., Pocahontas | 712-335-4277 316 Garfield St., Rolfe | 712-848-3480 www.unitedbk.bank

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PAINTINGS IN OIL AND ACRYLIC

FREEDOM QUILTS

13637 550th St., Fonda 712-288-5328 Freedom Quilts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to comforting mourning families and preserving the honor and memory of their loved ones through the gift of a quilt. Throughout the years, efforts have been dedicated to families who have lost a loved one in the 9/11 tragedy and to the families of our fallen soldiers. Since 2001, Freedom Quilts has grown from the five original quilts that were pieced together in Betty’s Nielsen’s living room to an organization that has given over 6,700 quilts to families across the country. Stop by the quilt shop for a friendly visit or to help quilt.

BARN QUILTS

Visit www.DiscoverPoCo.com for a full map of barn quilts. The Barn Quilts of Pocahontas County formed in August 2005, and the committee is proud to share their progress throughout Pocahontas County. More than 50 different barn and farm buildings now display 8’ x 8’ and larger painted barn quilts.

220 N Main St., Pocahontas | 712-358-1404 Pocahontas resident Jerry Reiter offers original artwork on a variety of materials, from traditional canvas to saw blades, seashells, barn wood and repurposed glass windows. Reiter mans the shop from 9 to 11 a.m. most mornings and noon to 2 in the afternoons, and if he isn’t in, he’s usually not far away, ready to run up and meet with customers and visitors.

FONDA ARTS CENTER

401 N Main St., Fonda 712-288-6278 | www.fondaiowa.com/artcenter.html The Fonda Arts Center, formerly the Presbyterian Church of Fonda, was purchased in the spring of 2007 by a group of concerned citizens in hopes of preserving this 1887 landmark. The church building seemed the perfect setting for the Fonda Arts Center, with its charming stained glass windows, theater seating and staging area. Since then, it has been the venue for activities as varied as the wishes of the community. As a non-profit, the building is available for private use on a donation basis only. Art Center events are posted on the City of Fonda website.

KALEIDOSCOPE FACTORY

As seen on Iowa Public Television’s series Greetings from Iowa and Travel Iowa’s series Made in Iowa 214 N Main St., Pocahontas | 515-408-1269 Stop in and learn about the process behind making one-of-a-kind kaleidoscopes at this fixture in downtown Pocahontas. Leonard Olson’s family and friends are continuing his legacy, creating custom kaleidoscopes, as well as offering wooden toys, dibblers, puzzles and more. Come for the toys, stay for the atmosphere. Bus tours welcome.

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GOLF COURSES

POCAHONTAS GOLF COURSE

FONDA GOLF CLUB

13241 Highway 7, Fonda | 712-288-6419 www.facebook.com/fondagolfcourse The 9-hole Fonda Golf Course is located on the north side of Highway 7, on the western side of Fonda. The address is 13251 Highway 7 in Fonda. The course opens at 9 a.m. Men’s league is Monday nights. Couples league is Wednesday nights. There are carts available for renting. Green fees are $15 a day during the week and $20 for all-day golfing on the weekend. On Tuesdays, golfers pay $10 to golf all day.

310 NE 6th St., Pocahontas | 712-335-4375 www.pocahontasiowa.com/pocahontas_golf_club The Pocahontas Golf Club is a 9-hole course located at 310 NE 6th Street in Pocahontas. The club opens each morning at 8 a.m., staying open until the golfers go home, weather permitting. Senior league is Monday mornings, women’s league is Tuesday night and men’s league is Thursdays. Cart rentals are available. Green fees are $15, plus tax, for nine holes, $20, plus tax, for 18 holes and $25, plus tax, for all day play. This open golf course has watered fairways and a driving range.

ROLFE GOLF CLUB

LAURENS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

12582 Highway 10, Laurens | 712-450-2144 laurenscountryclub@gmail.com The 9-hole Laurens Golf Course and Country Club is located on Highway 10, on the west side of Laurens. Green fees are $16 per person for 9 holes or $22 per person all day. Cart rental for 9 holes is $13 and 18 holes is $21. Tuesday is ladies night, Wednesday is Men’s League, Friday is public night for the clubhouse and fun night on the course for couples, Saturday & Sunday the clubhouse is open 11-5.

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36 Grant St., Rolfe | 712-848-3662 www.rolfegolfclub.com The 9-hole Rolfe Golf Club is located on the south side of Rolfe at 36 Grant Street. The course opens at 1 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and 8:30 a.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays during the summer. Men’s league is on Tuesdays. The youth/adult league is on Wednesdays, mid-June through July 29. Cart rentals are available. Weekday green fees are $10 for nine holes and $15 for all day. Weekend green fees are $15 for nine holes and $20 all day. Specials include two people, 18 holes and a cart for $60, $10 green fees for all-day golf on Mondays and $5 green fees after 5 p.m. on Fridays.


FONDA SWIMMING POOL

302 N Clark St., Fonda | 712-288-5860

LAURENS SWIMMING POOL

250 Lake St., Laurens | 712-841-4772

POCAHONTAS SWIMMING POOL

30 Court Square, Pocahontas | 712-335-3424

FONDA DISC GOLF COURSE

Located at Straight Park Campground/Fonda Softball Fields A 9-hole disc golf course runs through the Straight Park Campground and Lake Marvin. The course is not quite complete.

LAURENS DISC GOLF COURSE

Located in Sportsman’s Park - S East St., Laurens 9-hole course with moderate hills, wooded areas, and water hazards.

LAURENS TRAILS

Prairie Preservation Trail Highway 10, Laurens Parking for the trail is on W. Veterans Road, by the Veterans Memorial. A second trail head can be found at the other end at 450th St. Prairie Park Trail Prairie Park Trail runs along Cedar Creek and the ball fields. It connects to Prairie Preservation trail, crossing Highway 10. This trail also connects to Sportsman’s Park Trail, crossing E. Veteran’s Road. Park at the Sportsman’s Park entrance along E. Veterans Road. Sportsman’s Park Trail East Street, Laurens The trail runs the course of the park, around the pond. A trailhead also located on east side of the park by shelter house – enter along Veteran’s Road.

Hiking and biking on the Three Rivers Trail

THREE RIVERS TRAIL

Begins at the corner of 300th Ave and Railroad St., Rolfe www.traillink.com/trail/three-rivers-trail The Three Rivers Trail is a straight path to an enjoyable afternoon. Starting on the east side of Rolfe, at the intersection of 300th and Railroad Ave., the 34-mile corridor cuts through three counties before ending just west of Eagle Grove. The trail derives its name from its splendid crossings of the East and West Forks of the Des Moines River, as well as the Boone River near the trail’s end. Three Rivers Trail is steeped in history. Its use dates back more than 500 years, as Indian paths allowed early residents easy access to water and hunting grounds. Pilot Rock, located just inside Pocahontas County’s eastern border, designates what is believed to be the last battle between Native American tribes in the state, in 1854. In 1882, the Chicago and North Western Railway completed tracks along the path, establishing an expedient commerce route between Eagle Grove and Rolfe. Over a century later, in 1987. the railway abandoned its right-of-way. The recreational history of the area took hold shortly thereafter. In 1989 the Pocahontas, Humboldt, and Wright County Conservation Boards purchased the right-of-way. On June 5, 1993 the mixed-use recreational trail was formally christened. In 2007, Three Rivers Trail was designated as a National Recreation Trail by the U.S. Department of Interior. Though Pocahontas County’s portion of the route accounts for only about the five western most miles, its length is far outsized by its tranquility. Beginning at Wilcox Park in Rolfe, the trail traverses due east to the Des Moines River. Traveling through the tree-lined valley, Pilot Creek meanders across the trail several times in its final miles. Thirty-six rebuilt railroad bridges span the trail. Including a historic 1906 keystone bridge less than a quarter-mile from Wilcox Park. The trail features Melson Park, located four miles into the trail at the site of Pilot Rock. The park features a shelter house several picnic tables, parking, and is the perfect place for a brief reprieve or quick access to the trail’s interior. The Pocahontas County portion of Three Rivers Trail is allocated for various uses. The finely crushed gravel trail is well maintained, making for easy accommodation for bicyclists and walkers of all ages. Strap on a pair of snowshoes or skis for a glistening winter recreational experience. Distance can easily be measured by the many markers that line the trail’s entirety.

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Laurens City Park Community Trails Disc Golf Earl Mackie Memorial Swimming Pool Laurens Golf & Country Club

The Busiest Little Town in Iowa!

Laurens Public Library Memory Lane Park Pocahontas Co. Historical Museum Shopping Sportsman’s Park Straight Story Museum

www.lmpc-ia.com

Time to Spare RV Campground Variety of Industries Veteran’s Memorial Fabulous Citizens and much, much more!

ELECTRIC Safe, Reliable & Affordable WATER Reverse Osmosis Purified INTERNET Broadband & Fiber CABLE TV All Digital TELEPHONE Reliable & Affordable

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LAURENS STATE BANK

FEATURED LISTINGS GRANDPA’S BARN AND VINEYARD

104 Main St., Varina | 309-373-0208 A big red barn welcomes visitors to Varina. Once there, they’ll find a vegetable stand, occasional omelet breakfasts and a venue perfect for any kind of celebration. Nancy Kelly inherited the property on which the barn now sits from her father several years ago. Not long after, the barn, which really did belong to her grandfather, was brought to the site. Right now, visitors can grab a cup of coffee, pop or water, as well as buy vegetables as they become seasonally available.

102 South Third Street, Laurens, IA 712-845-2627 www.laurensstatebank.com Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday (Drive-Up) 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Other Locations: Emmetsburg, 2407 Main Street, 712-852-2201 Mallard, 602 Inman, 712-425-3436

RIALTO THEATRE

324 N Main St., Pocahontas | 712-335-3434 Open daily | www.pocahontasrialto.com The Rialto Theatre is a community-owned, multipurpose movie and live entertainment theatre in downtown Pocahontas. Current movies are shown nightly at 7:00 pm. and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.

THE ZONE

230 N Main St., Pocahontas | 712-335-3500 Open Monday-Saturday Head to The Zone in Pocahontas for bowling, beverages, burgers, and more. The Zone offers a six-lane bowling alley plus a fully stocked bar and fresh cooked food. Enjoy live music, karaoke, arcade games, menu and game specials, and more. Find more entertainment at www.DiscoverPoCo.com and by contacting local chamber/booster organizations.

Six Lanes Arcade Games

Downtown Pocahontas • 712-335-3434 • rialto@ncn.net

www.pocahontasrialto.com

SHOWTIMES: 7PM NIGHTLY • 2PM SUNDAY MATINEE $ 5- Adults • $ 3 - Children 3-12 • $3 - Sunday Matinees HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE - Wheel Chair Available

Live Music BOWLING • BEVERAGES • BURGERS

Regular Menu & Specials

Monday - Dine In $1 Tacos Tuesday - Dine In and bowl 1 game free Wednesday Dine In 50¢ Wings

Karaoke Celebrating a special occasion? We do birthday parties, showers, and rehearsal dinners

230 N. Main, Pocahontas, IA • 712-335-3500 Hours: Monday-Saturday Open at 4 p.m. • Kitchen: Mon.-Thurs. 5-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 5-10 p.m.

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Cooper’s Cove & Keystone Bridge Feldman Park Kalsow Prairie Little Clear Lake & Parks Lizard Lake Melson Park Meredith Park (Plover Pit) Moore Recreation Area Rosenberger Park Sunken Grove Swan Lake Three Rivers Trail Wiegert Prairie Farmstead Whitetail Ridge

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Central Park, Fonda Straight Park Campground & Marvin Lake, Fonda North Park, Fonda Gilmore City City Park Sunset Park, Gilmore City Havelock City Park Veterans’ Memorial Park, Havelock Laurens City Park Memory Lane, Laurens Sportsman’s Park & Campground, Laurens Panther Park, Palmer City Park, Plover Elbert Park, Pocahontas Gateway Park, Pocahontas Princess Park, Pocahontas Heritage Park, Rolfe Streit Park, Rolfe Sunset Ridge Park, Rolfe Varina City Park

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Little Clear Lake

CAMPSITES AND PARKS ELBERT PARK

North of Courthouse in Pocahontas (42.73914 -94.66692) Tent & Camper Sites with Nearby Amenities Sites with full hookups, modern toilets, shelter house and tables, playground, amenities in walking distance (restaurants, bowling, movie theater, ball fields and courts, swimming pool, fairgrounds)

SPORTSMAN’S PARK

S East St., Laurens Tent & Camper Sites with Nearby Amenities Full hookups, modern toilets, shelter house and tables, disc golf course, playground, walking trails, near ball fields, restaurants in walking distance

LITTLE CLEAR LAKE

10 miles west of Pocahontas on Highway 3 This park features seven campsites with electric and water hookups. New bathroom shower house with four individual unisex pods, each featuring a shower sink and toilet. Playground equipment with seesaw, swings, and monkey bars. Two shelter houses and grills and picnic tables for day use. The campground over looks a 186 acre shallow lake reaching 3-4 foot max depth.

STRAIGHT PARK & MARVIN LAKE

S Main St., Fonda Tent & Camper Sites & Cabins by Pond Sites with full hookups, 3 sleeping cabins, modern toilets and shower house, dump station, shelter house, playground, fishing, walking trail, near ball fields, restaurants and entertainment minutes away

SUNSET RIDGE PARK

C1 4th St., Rolfe Tent & Camper Sites & Cabin by Pond Non-electric camping sites, modern toilets and showers, shelter house with electricity and fireplace, outdoor grills and tables, basketball and volleyball courts, walking trail, stocked fishing pond

COOPER’S COVE & KEYSTONE BRIDGE

59715 330th Ave., Manson, IA Cooper’s Cove is home to many recent projects – upgraded campsites, new shower house, and new pond overview. The oak savanna, keystone bridge, pond, and woodland trails along Lizard Creek remain the same. Features: 12 electric sites (50 Amps) with various water hookups, modern toilets, modern showers, septic dump station, shelter house with electricity, playground, fishing.

Keystone Bridge at Cooper’s Cove

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CAMPSITES AND PARKS LIZARD LAKE

56250 320th Ave., Gilmore City (1/2 mile north of C-49) Tent & Camper Sites by Lake This beautiful lake is presently being restored as a DNR shallow lake restoration project. Drained in June of 2011, the lake bed was covered with vegetation. From brown to black to green to blue, Lizard Lake remains a special place with its old Indian Mounds and new shower house and fishing opportunities. Features: 67 acres, 6 - 50 amp electric campsites, $20/night, 1 nonelectric site, modern restrooms/shower house, shelter house, septic dump station. Reserve for $20, call office Forest, upland and wetland hunting

MOORE RECREATION PIT

51487 330th Ave., Gilmore City Moore Recreation Area, located one mile west of Gilmore City, just north of Highway 3. Features: Old quarry pit, fishing canoe/kayaking, walking trail around outside of pond

SWAN LAKE

MEREDITH PARK (a.k.a. Plover Pit)

40273 250th Ave., Mallard (1 1/2 miles north of Plover) Tent & Camper Sites & Cabin by Lake Meredith Park, also known as Plover Pit, is a popular place for fishing, swimming, picnicking, and camping. Special features include an excellent 5 l/2 acre natural lake, a new playground created from 15,000 recycled milk jugs, and a new sleeping cabin added in 2007. Features: 17 electric 50 amp camping sites with water, $20/night, 1 six person camping cabin, 5 1/2 acre natural swimming and fishing lake, beach, modern toilets, showers, septic dump station, modern playground, shelter house with electricity.

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42460 Potato Farm Rd., Laurens Formed as glaciers receded thousands of years ago, Swan Lake served as a focal point for the lives Native Americans who lived in this part of northwestern Iowa. Native hunters, gatherers, and farmers lived off abundant natural resources found here in the Prairie Pothole Region for thousands of years. They used The Point, the tree covered northwest corner of Rat Lake, for a buffalo run. Indians would hide behind the oak trees and shoot the buffalo as they came to the water’s edge to drink. Early Europeans also hunted, fished, and camped along the banks of Swan and Rat Lakes. The 1875 Census listed 36 settlers living in the area. Swan Lake soon became a popular recreational spot. Picnickers enjoyed swimming, fishing, or going for a steamboat ride on Fred Post’s “The City of Laurens.” A typical tour might depart from Atkinson’s Inlet with stops at Hays Point, Dead Man’s Retreat, Bullhead Sound, Siren Island, Shady Nook, Stemmin’s Beach, Hog Island, Loon Lake, Troxel’s Outlet, and Cape Atkinson. Everyone went to Swan Lake. In the 1890s, Swan Lake dried up during a lengthy drought. Attempts to save the lake failed and, in the early 1900s, the area was drained for farming. Native grasses and forbs thrive on the dry uplands and wetlands. Be sure to visit in September when purple coneflowers and Maximillian sunflowers once again color the landscape. Many species of wildlife fill the air, land, and water throughout the year. Spring and fall migrations bring songbirds and waterfowl to the area such as this trio swimming among the cattails. — Courtesy Pocahontas County Conservation


CAMPSITES AND PARKS WIEGERT PRAIRIE

27061 615th St., Palmer The Wiegert Prairie Farmstead endures as a living museum and classroom. The Wiegert family lived here for more than a century, practicing the old ways of farming and living. Electric lines were never run to the farm and the house was never remodeled with indoor plumbing. The Wiegerts farmed with horses, pumped water with a windmill and heated the house with cobs and wood.

603 Hwy. 10 West Laurens, IA 50554 (712) 845-2634

fisherhydraulics.com

Pocahontas Golf Club 310 NE 6th Street, Pocahontas, Iowa • 712-335-4375 www.pocahontasiowa.com/pocahontas_golf_club

Beautiful Watered Fairways Reserve carts by calling the club house.

Driving Range Available and Open to the Public GREEN FEES 9 Holes ................................................$15.00 + tax 18 Holes ..............................................$20.00 + tax All Day .................................................$25.00 + tax

CART RENTAL 9 Holes ................................................$12.00 + tax 18 Holes ..............................................$20.00 + tax All Day .................................................$30.00 + tax

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Hometown Pride The nine cities of Pocahontas County and their Hometown Pride committees have been working diligently to improve and beautify parks and spaces across the county since 2012. Playground equipment has been installed in many parks, new signage has been placed in communities, beautiful murals have been painted, colorful flower gardens have been planted, partnerships have been formed with local schools, new project tasks forces have been developed, special events and fundraisers have been hosted, and new leaders have emerged.

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HOMETOWN PRIDE IN POCAHONTAS COUNTY Keep Iowa Beautiful’s Hometown Pride program was established in 2012 as an effort to assist and improve communities. The program works alongside qualifying Iowa communities and coaches them to a more vibrant future. This effort enhances community cultural and economic vitality – strengthening the community and increasing its chance for not simply survival, but growth with increased pride. Hometown Pride empowers citizens and improves the quality of life in Iowa’s communities. It is a long-term program of consistent technical and leadership assistance for citizens to build stronger and more sustainable places to live. As a result, citizen leadership grows and the stage is set for increased and sustainable economic and cultural vitality. Pocahontas County was the first county in Iowa to be selected for the brilliant idea of enhancing the beauty of each community through a combination of foundation funding, private and public resources, and volunteer community service participation. Local partners for the Hometown Pride Program are Pocahontas County Economic Development Commission, nine Pocahontas Communities, Pocahontas County and the Pocahontas County Foundation During the past eight years of the Hometown Pride Program, major achievements have been accomplished: - Six Hometown Pride communities have completed the Community Visioning Program to identify major goals to implement in their communities - The First Impressions Exchange Program was initiated in five of the nine Hometown Pride communities - Hometown Pride Committees received the Governor’s Volunteer Award - County Trails and Art Committees were formed with plans to develop special projects for implementation in the County - County-wide County Trails Project and the County Art Project were formed with plans to deploy special projects - Committees have received over $1,275,000 in grant funding to implement their community projects “Hometown Pride Committee members are building pride in their communities one project at a time. They are wonderful, committed volunteers, leading by example with a positive ‘can do’ attitude. Hometown Pride continues to expand across community boundaries and throughout the county. There is a greater vision now, shared by residents throughout Pocahontas County. It’s been a very productive and successful eight-year program. We’re looking forward to the next chapter of Hometown Pride in Pocahontas County.” - Margo Underwood, Pocahontas County Hometown Pride Community Coach

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PLACES TO SHOP

II Unique 90Ten Athletics The Art Barn Believe Boutique Cuts to Dye For Denise’s Flowers & Gifts Dollar General, Laurens Dollar General, Pocahontas Embrace Boutique Freedom Designs by Jergens Gather on 3rd Gilmore Garden Center Grandpa’s Barn & Vineyard Heart ’n Home Hy-Vee Drugstore The Kaleidoscope Factory Lizziedoodle, LLC McMullen Antiques Napa Auto Sales New Impressions Paintings in Oil Pocahontas Ford Lincoln Pocahontas Sales & Service Quilting on Main ReDécor Rhythm & Blooms Rolfe Auto (Carquest) Rube & Sons S & S Auto Sales Seiler Appliance Thrifty Boutique Thrifty White Pharmacy TMC Tack & Supplies True Value Farm & Home Visual Designs William & Wesley

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SHOPPING

FEATURED LISTINGS

DENISE’S FLOWERS & GIFTS

Floral Arrangements | Home Interiors | Gifts 207 N Main St., Pocahontas | 712-335-4433 www.denisesflowersandgifts.com

HEART ‘N HOME

Floral Arrangements | Home Interiors | Gifts 140 N 3rd St., Laurens | 712-841-2546 www.heartnhomeonline.com | www.facebook.com/heartnhome

THE KALEIDOSCOPE FACTORY

Kaleidoscopes | Teleidoscopes | Puzzles | Dibbers | Wooden Toys ys 214 N Main St., Pocahontas | 515-408-1269 www.kaleidoscopefactory.com

90TEN ATHLETICS

Baseball & Softball Equipment | Clothing 49471 180th Ave., Pocahontas | www.90tenathletics.com

TRUE VALUE FARM & HOME

Home Improvement | Farm Supply 224 Front Ave., Pocahontas | 712-335-3571

CUTS TO DYE FOR

Clothing & Accessories | Hair Salon 204 S 3rd St., Laurens | 712-841-4247 www.facebook.com/cuts.to.dye.for

NEW IMPRESSIONS SALON, SPA & BOUTIQUE

Clothing & Accessories | Full Service Salon & Spa | Gifts 205 N Main St., Pocahontas | 712-335-4528

PAINTINGS IN OIL & ACRYLICS

Art Gallery 220 N Main St., Pocahontas | 712-358-1404

QUILTING ON MAIN

Quilt Shop 229 N Main St., Pocahontas | 712-335-3969 www.facebook.com/quiltingonmain

POCAHONTAS FORD LINCOLN

Automotive Dealership 115 N Main St., Pocahontas | 712-335-3363 www.pocahontasford.net

WILLIAM & WESLEY

Clothing | Custom Designs | Home Décor 132 South 3rd St., Laurens | (515) 443-3712 www.williamandwesley.com

NEED FASHION ADVICE? Contact Cuts to Dye For for all your beauty and fashion needs! “where your beauty is our business”

( 7 12 ) 8 41 - H A I R 204 S 3RD STREET - LAURENS FIND US ON FACEBOOK

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140 N, Third St., Laurens, IA | 712-841-2546 Providing flowers for all the events in your life

Fresh Flowers • Silk Flowers Custom Creations • Home Decor & Gifts

www.HeartnHomeOnline.com

SALON, SPA & BOUTIQUE 205 N. Main Street, Pocahontas • 712-335-4528 Massages • Facials • Lash Lift and Tint Family Hair Care • Manicures • Pedicures • Shellac Clothing • ScarveS • Purses • Jewelry

Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful

49471 180th Avenue, Pocahontas, IA At 90Ten athletics we believe that physical talent is important but the key to success is in between the ears. Mental toughness is a huge thing in achieving success. We offer baseball and softball lessons, as well as, volleyball, football, and basketball. We are an authorized distributor for Powernet, a company that makes different training equipment for sports.

www.90tenathletics.com

61 Years of Serving Pocahontas County …and the surrounding area Paint • Tools • Electrical • Plumbing • Clothing • Boots • Housewares • Lawn & Garden

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Hwy. 3 east, Pocahontas, IA • 712-335-3571 Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Fisher Hydraulics

Manufacturing - 603 Hwy. 10 West, Laurens 712-845-2634 | www.fisherhydraulics.com

Laurens Plumbing & Hwy. 10 Hardware Service & Retail - 114 Hwy. 10, Laurens 712-450-3425 | plumber@ncn.net

FONDA TOWN & COUNTRY BOOSTERS www.facebook.com/fondaboosters

POCAHONTAS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE www.pocahontaschamber.com | 712-358-1621

LAURENS CHAMBER & COMMUNITY BOOSTERS

https://www.williamandwesley.com https://etsy.com/shop/WilliamandWesley https://www.facebook.com/WilliamandWesley

www.laurenschamber.com | www.facebook.com/LaurensBoosters

132 S. 3rd Street Laurens, Iowa 50554

LARGEST GROTTO IN THE WORLD

Witness a Miracle in Stone AN OLSON FAMILY LEGACY

Online at http://kaleidoscope.store/’ email: kaleidoscopeguy@hotmail.com 2 4 N. Main Str 214 Street, trreet eet,, Poca ee P Pocahontas, ocahontas, oca ahon ho tas ta , IA A • 51 515-408515-408-1269

Bugga Doo Puzzles

THE SHRINE OF THE

Handcrafted Handcr Han Ha dcraft afft fted d by by Nan Nana Nana

GIFT SHOP • MUSEUM • CAMPGROUND WE ST B E N D,

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LAURENS HOUSE OF PRINT Printing Company 117 S 3rd St., Laurens | 712-841-4373 devans@laurenshouseofprint.com

POCAHONTAS COUNTY FOUNDATION Nonprofit P.O. Box 86, Pocahontas www.pocahontas-county.com/foundation pocofoundation@pocahontas-county.com

LAURENS CARE CENTER

Care Facility 304 E Veterans Rd., Laurens | 712-841-4595 www.laurenscarecenter.com

Quilting on Main Bonnie Wood

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• 2000+ bolts of batik & cotton fabrics with one of the largest selections of Áannels around! • Kits & fat quarters always available • Books & Patterns • Hundreds of samples! • Discounted books & fabrics!

229 North Main • Pocahontas, IA 50574 712-335-3969

Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. • Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

ARLINGTON PLACE AT POCAHONTAS Assisted Living and Memory Care Facility 101 NE 5th St., Pocahontas | 712-335-3020 www.arlingtonplaceretirement.com

POCAHONTAS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL Medical Hospital 606 NW 7th St., Pocahontas | 712-335-3501 www.pocahontashospital.org

PRO COOPERATIVE

Ag Cooperative 17 3rd Ave. NE, Pocahontas | 712-335-3060 www.procooperative.com

CITY OF LAURENS

Local Government Office 272 N 3rd St., Laurens | 712-841-4526 or 7112-841-4610 www.laurens-ia.com

CITY OF POCAHONTAS

Local Government Office 23 W Elm Ave., Pocahontas | 712-335-4841 www.pocahontasiowa.com

POCAHONTAS COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

County Government Office 11 W Elm Ave., Pocahontas | 712-335-3935 or 712-335-4636 www.pocahontas-county.com/economic-development

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304 E. Veterans Road, Laurens, IA 712-845-4915


Assisted Living

Memory Care

• Three chef-inspired meals per day

• Therapeutic spa room

• Personal housekeeping & laundry service

• Private dining room for family & guests

• Personal emergency call system

• On-site beauty & barber salon

• Registered Nurse available 24 hrs/day

• Individual apartment climate controls

• Caring staff at your service 24 hrs/day

• Indoor personal mailboxes

• Daily Social and recreational programs

• Valet parking

• Wellness programs

• Secure building • Scheduled group transportation

Arlington Place is committed to providing our residents with quality living that maintains high family values and services tailored to individual needs through a caring friendly and team-oriented staff.

Serving Pocahontas County since 1916

5 Time Presidential Award Winner

HEATING & COOLING 114 Hwy. 10, Laurens • 712-841-2495 115 N. Main St., Pocahontas, IA • 800-879-6481 • 712-335-3363

HWY. 10 HARDWARE

www.pocahontasford.com

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Aspen Leaf Cafe & Coffee House Casey’s Pizza (in Fonda, Gilmore City, Laurens, and Pocahontas) Family Table Grandpa’s Barn & Vineyard Highway 7 Café Jonny B’s Pub & Grub Hoolio’s Pub & Grub Laurens Food Pride Laurens Golf & Country Club Laurens Lounge & Lanes Limestone Café & Lounge Palmer House Pizza Ranch, Pocahontas Rally Point Silver Dollar Saloon Subway Sunny Brook on Main Weinzetl’s Bar & Grill Wood’s Super Market The Zone

PLACES TO EAT & DRINK

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FEATURED ESTABLISHMENTS ASPEN LEAF CAFE & COFFEE HOUSE

PIZZA RANCH

GRANDPA’S BARN & VINEYARD

WOOD’S SUPER MARKET

LAURENS FOOD PRIDE

THE ZONE

Coffeeshop | Ice Cream Parlor | Bakery | Sandwiches 210 N Main St., Pocahontas | 712-335-1777 www.aspenleafcafe.com Coffee | Pop | Water | Produce Stand 104 Main St., Varina | 309-373-0208 www.facebook.com/Grandpas-Barn-and-Vineyard-5475510632247929 Groceries 410 W Main St., Laurens | 712-841-4513

Noon and Evening Buffets | Pizza & Crispy Ranch Chicken 211 N Main St., Pocahontas | 712-335-4555 www.facebook.com/PizzaRanchPocahontas

Daily Deli Specials | Groceries 310 N Main St., Pocahontas | 712-335-4823 www.woodssupermkt.com American Food | Burgers, Beers, and Bar Food 230 N Main St., Pocahontas | 712-335-3500

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2020

Chamber & Community Boosters www.laurenschamber.com

Summer Celebration ~ July 10, 11, 12 City Wide Garage Sales ~ August 8 Fall Open Houses ~ September 17 Christmas Open House ~ November 19 Annual Soup Supper ~ December 2

2021

Easter Carnival ~ April 3 Summer Celebration ~ July 9, 10, 11 City Wide Garage Sales ~ August 14 Christmas Open House ~ November 18 Annual Soup Supper ~ December 1

CHAMBER MEMBERS

Amanda’s Childcare Beneke Law Of¿ce Bethany Lutheran Church Bobalee Hydraulics The Bottom Line C & O Dental Charger Pride City of Laurens Chad & Brenda Cleveland Household Conrad & Lemmenes Cuts To Dye For Dallenbach Family Gerald Depew & Dorothy Lamberti Embrace Boutique First Christian Church First Cooperative Association

FIT Exercise Studio Four Seasons Car Wash Gather on 3rd Evelyn Hakes Household Handeland Chiropratic Hawley Household Heart ‘n Home Hwy 10 Hardware Hy-Vee Pharmacy Jolliffe & Co KC Nielsen Ltd Kids Korner Laurens Care Center Laurens Food Pride Laurens Golf & Country Club Laurens House of Print Laurens Municipal Power & Communications

Laurens Plumbing Laurens Public Library Laurens Sportsman’s Club Laurens State Bank Laurens Sun Lizziedoodle, LLC Lodge Inn Laurens Joe & Sue Pedersen Pengo Pocahontas County Economic Development Commission Pocahontas Mutual Insurance Association John Pohlman Household Positech Powers Funeral Home Rally Point

Rhi’s Real Beauty Richardson’s Service Salon Primp Siepker Auto Repair Silver Dollar Saloon Sue’s Tastefully Simple II Unique United Methodist Church UnityPoint Dwight & Kaye VanGenderen Doug & Sue Wenell Household Wenell Insurance West Iowa Bank William and Wesley Woodley Insurance & Real Estate

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Largest Grotto in the World 300 N Broadway Ave., West Bend | 800-868-3641 www.westbendgrotto.com The Grotto is frequently considered the “Eighth Wonder of the World” and The Iowan magazine has described the Grotto as a “Miracle in Stone.” The location was placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 2001 and has been included in such features as Roadside America and Disney’s The Straight Story. A composite of nine separate grottos, each portrays a scene in the life of Christ. The largest man-made Grotto in the world, the Grotto contains the largest collection of precious stones and gems found anywhere in one location. Find more at VisitWesternIowa.com and TravelIowa.com

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