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Calhoun County, Iowa

Local Ownership Helps Lake City Hardware Thrive

There are some structures that have stood the test of time in Lake City’s downtown business district, including Lake City Hardware. The Lake City Graphic described the structure as a “magnificent building” when it was completed in 1898.

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posted Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Welcome Home: Lohrville Showcases Homes for Iowa

       Many rural communities across Iowa are struggling with housing shortages, but Lohrville is embracing a creative approach to this challenge. From the outside, their solution looks like a modern, ranch-style home on the north side of Highway 175. There’s so much more to this remarkable story, though.

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posted Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Jolley Good: Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast Serves Up Community Pride

    Plenty of Iowa’s rural communities support pancake days or soup suppers, but there’s nothing quite like Jolley’s Famous Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast. Comfort-food aficionados willing to brave Iowa’s icy winter mornings swell the population of this tiny Calhoun County town (approximate population 28) by at least five to six times when breakfast is served. 

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posted Monday, April 3, 2023

Beat the Winter Blues with TWINterfest

    Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean we can’t play outside here in Calhoun County. If you think there’s nothing exciting to do here in the winter, you haven’t been to TWINterfest at Twin Lakes, which offers everything from thrilling ice oval races (with motorcycles, ATVs and UTVs) to relaxing snow yoga (“snowga”) to the polar plunge, where you can literally jump in the lake!

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posted Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Shining Bright: J&J Candles Offers Array of Popular Products

Walking into the J&J Candles shop south of Manson is a total sensory experience, from the vibrant rows of colorful candles on the display shelves to the enticing aromas near the work area where new candles take shape. Overseeing it all is Janis Miller, the self-proclaimed “Crazy Candle Lady.” 

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posted Thursday, December 15, 2022

Pomeroy Park Honors Veterans in a Big Way

While it might seem like a simple memorial, there are powerful stories in the stones in the Pomeroy Veteran’s Park. This remarkable tribute proves how a small Calhoun County town can achieve big things.

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posted Friday, November 11, 2022

Traditions Offers Food, Fun at Twin Lakes

When you’re near Twin Lakes, be sure to cruise over to Traditions by car, truck, motorcycle, bike or boat for an ice cream treat, a beverage or a meal with modern flair and a side of nostalgia. (Yes, there’s a dock for your convenience!)

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posted Monday, October 24, 2022

Cruisin’ Calhoun County by Classic Car

Everything looks and feels different than it would in a new car, especially when you’re cruising Calhoun County.

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posted Tuesday, March 23, 2021

5 Reasons to “Cruise” Calhoun County by Trail

Whether you prefer walking, jogging or bicycling, either by yourself or with friends and family, it’s time to explore the trails in Calhoun County.

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posted Thursday, March 18, 2021

Snowmobiling in Calhoun County

Ready to hit the trails?

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posted Tuesday, March 2, 2021