Elma, Iowa

Moving to Elma?

We hope you'll visit us virtually on this website as well as in person sometime soon!  We like to think of ourselves as the best little bedroom community in Iowa.  We offer all the peace and quiet of a small town, yet only a 20-30 minute drive to major employers, hospitals, and shopping venues in ALL directions.  We have many small town businesses including a bank, gas stations, convenience store, meat locker, groceries,  pre-school & early childhood center, churches, nursing home and assisted living facility, public library, restaurants, bars, car & truck wash, auto sales, cement plant, funeral home, feed stores, custom furniture craftsmen, hair stylists, grain elevator,  lumber yard, auto repair, plumbing/heating & air conditioning sales & service and post office. Added in 2013 is a new community wellness center. Additionally we have such Mennonite businesses as concrete & construction, hardware, furniture, woodworking,dry goods, bulk grocery, greenhouse, produce/flower auction house and retail stores. We have an annual town celebration the third weekend in July, Old Roundhouse Trail Days, and celebrated the town's 125th birthday in 2011 with expanded entertainment options for this Trail Days festival.  2017 dates for this festival are Friday-Saturday, July 14th & 15th.

The Elma community is a progressive one!  Partnerships among the Elma City Council, The BRIDGE Organization Inc., other charitable/non-profit entities, and local business owners keep the town thriving and expanding.  Plans are underway to revitalize Busti Avenue (the main business district), to re-purpose the former elementary school building & grounds as well as development of an Elma Industrial Park.  

Have you ever dreamed of owning your own business?  Entrepreneurial opportunities abound here! 
If you have an in-home business and are looking to expand to a store front, if you have a business idea but not sure how to begin, contact the Elma City Clerk (phone 641-393-2543 email elmacityclerk@gmail.com) or The BRIDGE Organization Inc. (phone 641-229-7063 or email elmaia@mchsi.com) and we'll put you in touch with the right people to bring your business dreams to fruition. Elma currently has a 5-mile recreational trail, Old Roundhouse Trail, which goes past Lylah's Marsh recreation area for fishing enthusiasts.  This trail is slated to connect to the Greater Wapsi Line going into Riceville IA,  Austin MN and beyond in just a few short years.  Needed in the Elma community will be lodging facilities (anything from a bed-n-breakfast to campgrounds), coffee shops/tea room/diners, a bike repair/sales shop, bakery, fishing/tackle/bait shop, antiques/gifts/knick-knacks or other touristy shops to meet the demand of tourists anticipated with this recreational trail expansion.

Housing

Realtors serving the Elma area

Aspenson Realty
1429 Main Street
Osage, IA 50461
Phone:  641-732-3337
http://www.aspensonrealty.com

Burke Real Estate
102 N. Elm Street
Cresco, IA 52136
Phone:   563-547-2554
http://www.burkecresco.com
 
Cedar Valley Iowa Realty
6 East Main Street
New Hampton, IA 50659
Phone:     641-394-3071 or 641-394-9018
http://www.cedarvalleyiowarealty.com

Country Life Realtors
Steve & Julie Linderbaum
201 2nd Avenue, SW
Cresco IA 52136
Phone:  641-330-8358
http://www.countryliferealtors.com

First Choice Realty
105 E. Main Street
New Hampton, IA 50659
Phone:  647-394-2500
http://www.FirstChoiceRealty1.com

Focus Real Estate
Joanne Heying, Realtor
2390 Odessa Avenue
New Hampton, IA 50659
Phone:  641-330-3859
email: focus.joanneh@gmail.com

Govern Farms & Homes
109 E. Main Street
Riceville, IA 50466
Phone:  641-985-4030
www.govern-farms-homes.com 

Kolbet Realtors
102 N. Elm Street
Cresco, IA 52136
Phone: 641-732-3337
http://www.kolbetrealtors.com 

Additionally, click on these links to housing programs, which may help you in your home purchase or re-model:

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Schools

Schools

Elma has a Preschool Program for 3-year-olds at  319 Oak Street.  The Director is Stacey O'Brien, who can be reached at  Phone: 641-393-2280.

The Elma community is part of the Howard Winneshiek Community School district, which provides elementary-high school education including bus transportation to these buildings:
Crestwood Elementary (K-6th grade center) 1000 4th Street, east   Cresco, IA Phone: 563-547-2340
Notre Dame Catholic School (1-6th grade center) 221 2nd Avenue, east   Cresco, IA Phone: 563-547-4513
Crestwood Middle School (7th-8th grade center) 1000 4th Street, east   Cresco, IA Phone: 563-547-2340
Crestwood Senior High (9th-12th grade center) 1000 Schroder Drive   Cresco, IA 52136 Phone: 563-547-2764

Additionally, private busing is available to neighboring Riceville Community School District:
Riceville Elementary, Middle & High School 912 Woodlawn Avenue (K-12th grade center)
Riceville, IA Phone: 641-985-2288

Also serving the area with busing coming near Elma is the New Hampton Community School District:
New Hampton Elementary & Middle School 206 W. Main Street (K-8th grade center) New Hampton IA Phone: 641-394-5858
New Hampton High School 710 W. Main Street (9-12 grade center) New Hampton, IA Phone: 641-394-2144
St. Joseph's Community Schools (1-8th grade center) 216 N. Broadway Avenue New Hampton, IA Phone: 641-394-2865

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Services

Churches, Libraries, Museums

Churches:

Elma United Methodist Church
Pastor Raelonna Patrick
207 Plum Street
Elma, IA 50628

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
Fr. Mark Murphy
207 7th Street/PO Box 38
Elma IA 50628
Phone: 641-393-2520
see cluster website link for this church below

St. Paul's Maple Leaf Lutheran Church
13431 Howard Avenue
Elma, IA 50628
Phone:  641-393-2527

St. Peter Lutheran Church
Pastor David Korth
107 Wood Street
Elma IA 50628
Phone:  641-393-2558                                                                                                                                                                  

Libraries:

Elma Public Library
710 Busti Avenue
Elma, IA 50628
Phone:  641-393-8100

Museums:    

Elma Railroad Museum
South Busti Avenue
Elma, IA 50628
Open by appointment, call 641-393-2539 or 641-393-2379

Elma Schoolhouse Museum
North Busti Avenue
Elma, IA 50628
Open by appointment, call 641-393-2539 or 641-393-2379                                                                    

Trailhead Welcome Center
(Public restrooms and tourism information inside) 
North Busti Avenue
Elma, IA 50628
Open 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., 7-days/week through-out the Spring/Summer

Holy Rosary Cluster

Utilities

City water, sewer & garbage service-contact the Elma City Clerk's office @ 641-393-2543

Electricity
-in town contact Alliant Energy @ 1-800-ALLIANT (255-4268)  (www.alliantenergy.com)
-rural
contact Hawkeye R.E.C. of Cresco @  563-547-3801

Internet Providers:
LTD Broadband @ 507-369-6669 
Mediacom @ 866-637-2225
Omnitel @ 877-666-4932
Windstream (formerly Iowa Telecom) 877-901-4692

LP-contact Innovative Ag Services in Elma @ 641-393-2260   (www.innovativeag.com)

Phone contact Windstream @ 877-901-4692   (www.windstream.com)

Television:
Mediacom Cable 866-637-2225
Direct TV Satellite @ 877-259-0476
Dish Satellite @ 877-901-4692

Telephone:
Mediacom @ 866-637-2225
Omnitel @ 641-749-2531
Windstream @ 877-901-4692     

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