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‘Elf’ at the Iowa Theater benefits food bank

The Iowa Theater’s traditional free screening of the popular holiday movie “Elf” was well attended, filling the theater almost to capacity. Doors opened shortly after Santa circumnavigated the town square during the Festival of Lights the day after Thanksgiving. Moviegoers “paid for” the movie with food items for the local MATURA food bank north of town on Hwy. 169. Several […]

Community Band entertained all with seasonal favorites



Although Santa flicked the switch to illuminate the downtown square at the conclusion of the Festival of Lights festivities last Friday, the official start to the Christmas season wasn’t complete without the Darwin Dasher Christmas Concert performed by the Winterset Community Band. Under the direction of Sue Hansen, this was the nineteenth annual presentation of seasonal favorites. The community responded […]

City adopts comprehensive plan



The Winterset City Council met on Monday night in regular session at City Hall, and passed a resolution to approve and adopt a new comprehensive plan and parks master plan. This plan was presented to the council by Abbey Hebbert with Confluence Consulting. The comprehensive plan is comprised of ten chapters. These are the Introduction, Community Profile, Public Input Summary, […]

Winter Solstice Market is Dec. 10-11 at Winterset Livery

The Madison County Chamber of Commerce presents year two of the Winter Solstice Market, to take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10-11, at Winterset Livery, 116 S. First Ave. This holiday-centric shopping event will feature 25 curated food, beverage, arts and crafts vendors. The vendors are all local and are the owners/makers of the […]

Fiber Art Now exhibit to feature gallery walk

The Iowa Quilt Museum’s (IQM) current exhibit, Fiber Art Now – Excellence In Quilts 2022, features 27 juried quilts from Fiber Art Now’s call for quilts this past spring. Out of 400 submissions, 30 quilts were chosen, and 27 are now hanging in the museum’s gallery. “We were very excited to be the exclusive gallery to hang this exhibit of […]

Festival of Lights entertains the masses



Traditionally, the local Festival of Lights takes place on the day after Thanksgiving – and that is exactly what happened last Friday. Winterset’s courthouse district was filled to capacity. Families and friends traveled from near and far around 5 p.m. to participate in the annual event. Food, music, free horse-drawn carriage rides, shopping, and live and lighted window displays entertained […]

Public hearing on comprehensive plan

Winterset City Council will hold a public hearing to review and consider approval and adoption of a new Comprehensive Plan and Parks Master Plan for the City. This hearing will be held during the city council’s regularly scheduled meeting beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at City Hall, 124 W. Court Ave. in Winterset. Members of the public are […]

Christmas Open House this weekend at Winterset Public Library

One of Winterset’s traditional kick-off events to the holidays will take place Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Winterset Public Library. The Friends of the Winterset Public Library will hold their annual Christmas Open House from 10 a.m. to noon, providing refreshments and live music. This year’s line-up of musical talent will be a Musical Story Time with Miss Megan from […]

Holiday Hop delights shoppers of all ages



Residents hopped to eight different locations Saturday from early morning until early afternoon as many of Santa’s unofficial elves got a head start on Christmas gift ideas. For many years, the Holiday Hop has been a pre-Thanksgiving tradition in Winterset as local churches, the Winterset Library, and the Winterset Art Center opened their doors to welcome shoppers of all ages. […]

City council approves utilities budget, security upgrades at City Hall



The Winterset City Council met on Monday night in regular session, and discussed several resolutions and actions. The first item they looked at was the Winterset Utilities budget for 2023. Winterset Municipal Utilities General Manager Scott Wesselmann presented the budget to the council, noting that expenditures are expected to exceed revenue by about $400K for the electric department. The water […]


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