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Calling all Chairs, Quilts, Gift Baskets and Baked Goods for the 2020 Danish Windmill Chair-ity Auction!

The Danish Windmill is inviting donations of fun-themed chairs, quilts, gift baskets and baked goods for its 11th Annual Chair-ity Auction. This year the auction will be virtual to protect the health and safety of our loyal supporters due to COVID-19. Funds raised will go toward the Windmill’s new security system and fire suppression equipment.

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11th Annual Chair-ity Auction & Drive-thru Frikadeller Meal will be during Julefest!

Due to COVID this year’s Danish Windmill Chair-ity Auction and dinner gala will have a new twist! The auction will be held online and dinner will be an authentic Danish frikadeller meal-to-go during Julefest! Funds raised will go toward the Windmill’s new security system and fire suppression equipment. Online Auction | 11 am November 1

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2020 Iowa Tourism “Outstanding Marketing Collaboration” Award presented to Danish Villages

A collaborative project designed to raise brand awareness for the Danish Villages as a travel destination received the 2020 Iowa Tourism “Outstanding Marketing Collaboration” Award for a rural area at the ceremony held March 3, 2020 at the Iowa Tourism Conference in Des Moines.  Lisa Steen Riggs, manager of the Danish Windmill, accepted the award. 

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10 ways to experience Danish culture in Elk Horn, Iowa

I have a thing for small towns that lean hard into their European heritage, like German-tinged New Ulm, Minnesota, and New Glarus, Wisconsin (a.k.a. America’s Little Switzerland).  There’s something touching and very American about preserving bits and pieces of the Old Country while settling wholeheartedly in the new one.  So when I had the opportunity to visit Elk

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