Transportation, Utilities and Communications
Moving goods and services from Palo Alto County to major markets is easily achievable with air, rail, highway & high-speed internet service. Local utilities and cooperatives serve the area with gas, electricity and communications.
Highway Access — With 569 square miles of roadway in Palo Alto County, moving goods and services to market is easy. There is 174 miles of paved roadways and 768 miles of granular surfaced roadways. U.S. Hwy 18 and State Highways 4 and 15 crisscross the county.
Alternative Transportation — A unique program supported by RIDES provides low-cost bus service within the county. RIDES transit buses operate throughout Northwest Iowa. In addition, a weekday ride service in Emmetsburg offers subsidized fares for all riders.
Rail — Two rail lines service Palo Alto County:
- Union Pacific — Rail extends north/south through Palo Alto County and allows freight to travel to all major Midwestern trade centers.
- Canadian Pacific – Provides provide freight service to metropolitan trade centers. Services Mason City, Dubuque, Davenport, Ottumwa, Kansas City, MO and Chicago, IL.
- Primary air access is available at the Emmetsburg Municipal Airport. It has Fuel-100LL, Rotating Beacon, pcc surfaced runway – 13/31 20’ wide x 3,401’ length, turf runway – 17/35 150’ wide x 2,170’ length, Unicom-122.8, NBD-410.00 (EGQ), vor-110.00 (SPW).
- Commercial air service is provided within one-two hours to the south at Fort Dodge Regional Airport (FOD) and to the east at Mason City Municipal Airport (MCW). Connecting flights are offered to Minneapolis at these airports.
Five municipal utilities and two rural electric cooperatives are advantageous to Palo Alto County residents. Publicly-owned electric service providers offer rates often below those of a private utility and offer local service for repairs with quick response times.
Emmetsburg, Graettinger, and West Bend operate municipal utilities with service territories extending beyond city limits.
Other utility providers include Alliant Energy, Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative, and MidAmerican Energy.
Rural living in Palo Alto County means that you are well-connected to the world. Each community has a fiber optics line available for telephone communications and Internet access with high-speed capabilities. Local service providers include Northwest Communications and River Valley Telecommunications Cooperative.
Utilities in Palo Alto County Iowa
|Alliant Energy||Electric | Gas||Electric: Ledyard, Swea City, Lakota, Titonka, Fenton, Lone Rock, Wesley, Seneca, Sexton, St. Benedict|
Gas: Ledyard, Swea City, Lakota, Bancroft
|719 N 18th Street|
Centerville, IA 52544
|Ayrshire Farmers Mutual Telephone Co||Telephone | Cable TV | Internet||Telephone: Ayrshire|
Cable: Ayrshire & Cylinder
Internet: Ayrshire & Cylinder
|1405 Sliver Lake Ave|
P.O. Box 248
Ayrshire, IA 50515
|Ayrshire Water Department||Water||Ayrshire||1204 Campbell|
PO Box 355
Ayrshrie, IA 50515
|Bolten & Menk||Sewer||Cylinder||1609 Hwy 18 E|
Algona, IA 50511
|City of Mallard||Water | Sewer | Garbage | Recycling||Mallard||Becky Larson|
Mallard, IA 50562
|Iowa Lakes Electric Coop||Electric||Northern Kossuth County||Rick Olesen|
President & CEO
702 South 1st Street
Estherville, IA 51334
|ITC Midwest LLC||Electric||Troy Weary|
100 E. Grand Avenue, Ste 230
Des Moines, IA 50309
|MidAmerican Energy Company||Electric | Gas||Electric: Emmetsburg, Cylinder, Ruthven, Ayrshire|
Gas: Ruthven, Cylinder
|666 Grand Ave.|
Des Moines, IA 50309
|Northwest Telephone Co-Op Assn||Communications||Don Miller, CEO|
844 Wood Street
P.O. Box 186
Havelock, IA 50546
|Ruthven Municipal Utility||Water | Sewer | Garbage||Ruthven||Margaret Tatman|
1305 Gowrie St
Ruthven, IA 51358