Howard County Living Out Loud!
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Welcome to Howard County!

Welcome to Howard County!

Howard County - Where Community Pride Was Invented!
Located along the Upper Iowa River in Northeast Iowa, less than an hour from the Mississippi River.

Visit the boyhood home and farm of Dr. Norman Borlaug and stop in at the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Canoe the Upper Iowa River, explore Lake Hendricks in Riceville and the Nature Center at Vernon Springs.

Miles of bike trails, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, off-road trails, and hiking. We have dirt track racing, 3 distinct golf courses, and excellent hunting & fishing areas.

Our outdoor Fitness Trail possesses outdoor equipment strategically placed along the Prairie Springs Recreation Trail. Enjoy your run/walk and work-out along the trail because this scenic experience now adds a challenge to all fitness levels!

Visit the largest fitness center in the region (indoor pool, track and basketball court, hot tub, weights, virtual golf).

Find out why we are so proud of Ellen Church!

Every city has a summer festival and we celebrate Snowfest in January.

Howard County is home to Featherlite, Inc. as well as many innovative and unique businesses. Visit the largest flower and produce market in the region (Cedar Valley), the Amish and Mennonite greenhouses and shops, the first county-wide Farmers Market in the state of Iowa - EVERY city has a market. We have art galleries, bike shop, quilt shop and other specialty shops.

Contact our office to find out more about Howard County
101 2nd Ave SW, Cresco, Iowa 52136, 563.547.3434

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HCED Spotlight

Main St
Protivin, IA 52163
Contact: Audrey Snow
Phone: 563.380.3015
Saturday, February 25th is Masopust 2017 - a Czech Mardi Gras in Protivin! Doors open at 12:00pm Noon and serving dinner at 6:00pm. Tickets are $35 - Advance sales only. Program begins at 1:00pm featuring Barefoot Becky and CHP Skit. There will be a live and silent auction, scholarship award, and everyone is encouraged to wear their ethnic Czech costumes! Contact Audrey 563.380.3015,, Ken/Lois 563.379.4100,, or Gene/Rita 563.569.8463 for tickets and more information.

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