About Garner, IA

Garner is a proud community located in North Iowa, 12 miles west of Interstate 35 and the Avenue of the Saints. Garner has a long and distinguished history as a progressive and successful community. The town of Garner was platted in the summer of 1870 in conjunction with the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway. Garner was named after Col. W. W. Garner, a civil engineer on the Rock Island Railroad, and was incorporated in 1881. Garner was home to the Fred and August Duesenberg bicycle shop in the 1880’s. These brothers later went on to build the Duesenberg auto famous for its racing ability. Garner grew from its original incorporated population of 321 to nearly 2000 people by 1960 and then to its current level of nearly 3000 persons.

Garner is home to the Garner-Hayfield Community School District, a highly regarded district of nearly 1000 students with K-12 facilities located in Garner. The City government offers full services including police, fire protection, streets, snow removal, city water & sewer, parks and library. The City contracts for solid waste and recycling services. The City’s aquatic center, built in 2006-2007, serves as a vital summertime hub for the families of the community. The Swimming Pool Park is one of the major parks in Garner and serves one of the chief recreational needs in the community.

A vibrant downtown business district is anchored by The Goodnature Store, one of the few remaining independent department stores in the state, which serves as a major draw from the surrounding area. Garner has two fully-served industrial parks and is home to over 800 industrial jobs, with over 4000 industrial jobs available within the county. Hancock County is home to great employers such as Winnebago Industries, 3M, Iowa Mold Tooling and Stellar Industries. Additionally, Garner has developed into a prime “bedroom community” for the nearby communities of Mason City and Clear Lake. In 2007, eighteen new homes were constructed in the city limits, which compares very favorably with nearly all rural communities of its size in the state. Hancock County is also known for its prime agricultural land.

Sponsors of Garner, IA


Since the founding of our communities, organizations, businesses and citizens have stepped forward to build and serve their community. Click on any of the logos below to learn about those who made this website possible! If you would like to learn about becoming a sponsor CLICK HERE!

Businesses of Garner, IA


The businesses of our towns are truly the lifeblood of each community, click on any businesses below to learn about them, to learn how to add your business to your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Community Organizations of Garner, IA


Small towns and rural communities throughout the Midwest are looking for ways to strengthen their economies, provide better quality of life, and build on local assets. Here you will find the organizations that stabilize, preserve, and revitalize the small towns and rural areas alike. To submit your organization to be included on your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Events of Garner, IA


The small towns of the Midwest have long shared pride in their communities through festivals and events! Citizens from each community, working together, continue to offer entertainment options that not only appeal to their citizens, but visitors to their community! Below you will find festivals and events you are sure to want to attend! If you would like to have (DST) include an annual festival or event on your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Faith Communities of Garner, IA


Throughout the years faith organizations have not only been an essential part of a town's religious life, but its community life. Below you will find stories about these organizations, If you would like to induct a faith organization to be added to your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Points of Interest of Garner, IA


The communities of the Midwest have a lifestyle unique to their region — rich in history and points of interest like no other! Below you will find points of interest you are sure to want to visit! To nominate a landmark, historic location, museum, etc. as a point of interest on your county and region page CLICK HERE!

Hancock County, IA


Visit our county page and you will learn about the contributions made by the citizens from our town and county (founders, business people, volunteers, entrepreneurs and military veterans). Here you will find information about our town and county's points of interest, festivals/events and faith community. You also will learn about the community organizations that have built and continue to build strong communities (chambers, community groups, and departments, etc) and much more when you visit the Hancock County, IA page.

Citizens of Hancock County, IA


The citizens from our towns for generations have exhibited a pride in community and a enterprising spirit! Click on any of the citizens below to learn more about them. To nominate a citizen to be added to your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Veterans of Hancock County, IA


Veterans come from many walks of life and whether a veteran has severed two decades ago or two days ago, they have made our freedoms possible. Below you will find stories about many who have served. If you would like to nominate a veteran to be included on your town and county page CLICK HERE!