Lead or Lose


As we look to the future of Iowa’s small-town communities, Keep Iowa Beautiful is encouraged by Governor Reynolds’ statement in the Condition of the State Address – Segment on Small Towns and Rural Iowa. “I believe the heart, soul, and … Continued

Iowa’s Treasure Chest

Iowa Volunteers!

Every day, every hour and every minute we help ourselves to Iowa’s treasure chest. No, it is not a chest filled with gold coins – it is even better! This is one of Iowa’s greatest treasures. It is important for … Continued

Being Thankful for Iowa Communities

My experience with over 14 years of orchestrating vintage automobile tours passing through or with stops in almost every town in Iowa makes me thankful for the wide variety of small towns and the special and unique appeal they each … Continued

This State Needs You to Adopt Iowa | August 2017

You’ve been there. It’s those moments where you walk along a stream, down a city trail or even motor along a highway and the sight of litter disrupts your view. I’m the first to grumble about tossed aside water bottles, … Continued

Bring Back the Threshing Ring | July 2017

Threshing Machine

The cereal grain known as oats was once a common small farm crop in Iowa. In the sun, a field of mature oats looks like a golden sea. A beautiful part of our landscape. July is normally the month for … Continued

We need Professor Harold Hill | June 2017

Do you know the name?  Professor Harold Hill was the traveling salesman that sold the small fictitious Iowa town of River City, Iowa, musical instruments and band uniforms.  The marketing idea by “Professor” (questionable title) Hill was the promise to … Continued

Resolving to Include Youth in Green Initiatives

Recently, we heard from a young lady, Tina Elwinson, who is a champion for green initiatives. She shared this great resource with Keep Iowa Beautiful that offers loads of super ways to get kids involved in keeping our world beautiful. … Continued

The Older Americans’ Legacy | May 2017

Older Americans Volunteering

There are great examples of older Iowan’s leading the way in community enhancement / improvement efforts. Best known to Keep Iowa Beautiful is a group of older Fort Dodge residents known as the PICA group or Pride In Community Appearance. … Continued