Weekend in Winterset, April 16 – 19, 2020

Great People doing Great Things

This year’s seniors raised $528 for the Legion Hall renovations through their t-shirt purchases! Thanks to Jones Creek, parent organizers and all who bought them! Great idea!


Groth’s Gardens & Greenhouses

Monday thru Saturday • 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sundays • Noon – 4:00 pm

Groth’s has a few important changes to share about how they are planning to protect the health and safety of their customers and employees while maintaining compliance with state guidelines for business during this time.

  • Social distancing will be observed. With four freestanding, well ventilated greenhouses and additional outdoor display areas there will be plenty of space for safe and comfortable shopping. They will attempt to maintain a limit of 10 people per greenhouse and request that wagons be left on the boardwalk to limit congestion in the greenhouses.
  • Wagon handles will be wiped down and sanitized before and after usage.
  • If you are not feeling 100% healthy, please stay at home for your own well being and the health and safety of others.
  • Curbside pickup in their parking area will be available on a pre-order basis only and be provided Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m. Orders must be placed the day before pickup by calling 515-462-4445, texting 515-371-0689 or emailing.

Community Updates

It’s STILL Spirit Week

April 13-17
Winterset Parks & Recreation

Winterset Parks & Recreation Department is really doing a great job of providing fun, community-building activities for us during this strange time. Next week, they’ve organized a Spirit Week! Don’t forget to post your pictures or videos on the Facebook event page. Come on mom and dad join in the fun by playing along!! If you are brave enough, let your child/children dress you in the theme for the day!!! Include the hash tags #WPRDSpiritWeek #InItTogether when you post on Facebook.

Here are the themes for today and tomorrow:

Thankful Thursday
Not a dress up day but a day to post pictures and videos of what you are thankful for!

Farm Friday
Dress like a farmer or your favorite farm animal

Welcome to Winterset, Sky!

Sky Smothers begins tenure as Director of Winterset Parks & Recreation Department

Last week, John Pletchette retired after serving 37 years as the director for the WPRD. This week, we’re happy to welcome the new director, Sky Smothers.

Sky is originally from Newton, IA. Sky formerly served as the Recreation Manager for Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation in South Dakota and is excited to carry on enhancing the quality of life for those who reside and visit the Winterset area. Sky, wife Erica, and sons Brock (3) and Blake (1) are excited to be closer to family and friends. He can be reached at ssmothers@cwmu.net or 515-462-3258.

Welcome to Winterset, Sky!

Grab & Go Lunches

Mon, Wed & Fridays • 10:30 am – noon
Winterset Elementary


Grab & Go Lunches at Winterset Elementary will continue through the school shutdown—every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:30 am – noon!

Spring Scavenger Hunt

Madison County Conservation Board

Take the kids to your favorite Madison County Park this week to see how many signs of spring they can find. Can’t get to a park? No problem. Your kids can find most of these things in their own backyard!

For a printable version of the scavenger hunt, click on this link!

Take the kids to your favorite Madison County Park this week to see how many signs of spring they can find. Can’t get to a park? No problem. Your kids can find most of these things in their own backyard!For a printable version of the scavenger hunt, click on this link: YES, all of our parks are open for public use. The Governor’s proclamation yesterday specifically addressed campgrounds, cabins and playgrounds. In addition to the Governor’s proclamation, Madison County Park system has also closed all of our bathrooms. All public and private campgrounds are closed in Iowa, but the State Parks, County Parks and Municipal parks remain open. With that said, in order for us to keep our parks open PLEASE adhere to the physical distancing requirements and group size limitation of 10. ALL of our Madison County Parks are enjoying the busiest use we have ever seen. Not in total numbers, but in the fact that EVERY PARK is seeing public activity – not just our normally high use areas. Also most folks using our parks are enjoying the simple pleasures of passive recreation such as hiking, small picnic lunches and sometimes just “sitting on a log”. We are literally seeing our society re-discover the therapeutic value of nature and the outdoors – something we’ve been preaching for years. Hopefully this is a habit that sticks around long after COVID-19 runs its course.

In case you’re not familiar with some of the ‘lesser known’ of the county parks, here’s a map locating them all. (Click on it for a larger view.) Check out the Madison County Conservation Website for more information about each park.

WCSD Virtual Spirit Week

April 20 – 24
Winterset Community School District

If the first Spirit Week caught you unprepared, try again next week! Starting Monday, April 20th, the Winterset Community School District will be hosting a virtual dress up week! This is a time for all of our students, staff and families to get creative and have some fun!

How YOU Can Help (and who)

Donations appreciated at Care Center North

Our community’s most vulnerable citizens at Winterset Care Center North continue to be cared for by devoted health care professionals. Any member of the Madison County community who wishes to assist staff and residents of the facility is encouraged to donate any of the following:
  • Gloves, gowns, hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes and safety-style protective eye wear.
  • Homemade masks per CDC guidelines which can be found on Google with patterns.
  • Outside entertainment the residents can view or hear through room windows such as singers, musicians, mimes, gymnasts, etc.
  • In-room entertainment: VHS, DVD players and movies, remote control cars, Wii and Wii games (as well as xbox, play station, etc), CD players and CD’s, Boomboxes with cassettes
  • Adult coloring books with colored pencils or gel pens
  • Stationery and plain paper
  • Paint-by-number, watercolors with paper, pencils and sketch pads
  • Craft items for individual crafts
  • Lego kits
  • Old magazines
  • Hanging flowers or birdhouses on shepherd hooks
  • Unwanted electronic tablets-especially for video chat with loved ones (they can connect through WiFi) or unwanted laptops
  • Offers to reminisce with residents by video chat; especially for those who do not have family members.
A note from Rae Tucker, Administrator: Please remember our staff by thanking them on Facebook, texting them a message, etc. as they are still working everyday and taking on extra duties implementing precautions. They will appreciate knowing our community is thinking of them at this time.
The state has made some changes for people being able to be a certified nursing assistant. If you have ever considered doing this or would like to during this pandemic to help, review the rules online. There is also certification for assisting with dining for individuals who cannot do it independently. Nurses with inactive license can return to work without the standard procedures. Again, please contact the state licensing divisions for specifics. We will appreciate everybody’s effort in the upcoming month or more.

Shopping Bags to Support Friends of the Library

Each month, Hy-Vee selects a local non-profit to receive $1.00 from the $2.50 purchase price of their study, plastic reusable bags. In order to continue to support the necessary and important work that non-profits are doing in our community, their “Bags for a Cause” program will continue, despite the coronavirus outbreak. They have chosen the Friends of the Winterset Public Library as that non-profit for the month of April.

The Friends of the Winterset Public Library organization’s mission is to support the collections and outreach of the Winterset Public Library. Their activities include the purchase of the lot east of the Library so a parking lot could be built, funding the Book Nook shelters between the Library and Monumental Park, the annual Summer Reading Program for children and adults, plus the Friend’s semi-annual Book Sales (see you in the fall, maybe.)

Hy-Vee recognizes non-profit organizations are more important than ever to help strengthen our community. Even though reusable bags from home are currently banned for reuse while shopping at Hy-Vee, red “My Heart” Bags are still available for purchase in the store. If you visit the Winterset Hy-Vee, buying a red “My Heart” Bag supports our local community and the environment. Your “Friends” thank you!

What’s happening with local businesses

Every week (or every few days!), more closures are put in place. Refer to the information put together by the Madison County Chamber of Commerce for the most up-to-date information available regarding local businesses, their hours and offerings.

Stay Safe and Shop Local

They also created this food & dining guide to help Madison County residents. This was updated on April 14th. Remember, information is changing very rapidly these days so it’s always a good idea to call ahead.

Latest Information & Guidelines

This update was shared by the Madison County Public Health Department last week. Madison County has an additional case of COVID-19.  At this time there is still no evidence of community spread! Continue to practice social distancing, staying home when ill, staying home unless going out for essentials, and cleaning often used surfaces frequently.

Here are links to the Madison County and Iowa Departments of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Madison County Public Health

Iowa Department of Public Health

Thank you for reading The Winterset Citizen. All community announcements are provided at no charge, courtesy of the following sponsors:

American State Bank
Anchored Walls
Ben Franklin
Blanchard Family Dentistry
Covered Bridge Realty
Farmers & Merchants State Bank
Farm Bureau FS, Scot Clark
Groth’s Gardens & Greenhouses
Homefront Real Estate
The Iowa Theater
Johnson Insurance
John Wayne Birthplace Museum
Lowe Chiropractic Clinic
Madison County Health Care System
Madison County Historical Society
McGowen Hurst Clark Smith
Medicap Pharmacy
Midwest Heritage Bank
Montross Pharmacy
Pine Creek Ltd.
State Farm, Charlotte Speer
Union State Bank
Winterset Ballet & Dance Studio
Winterset Optimist Club
Winterset Parks & Recreation Department

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