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Danish Windmill Annual Report 2018


After more than two years, we looked forward to the major restoration project being complete in time for Tivoli Fest. In early May, the reconstruction began with the successful installation of the new wind shaft and brake wheel. The dome was going to be re-shingled before the new sails were installed. Once the shingles on the dome were removed, serious deterioration was uncovered in the principal structural members of the cap frame. Because they carry the weight of the sails, fantail and roof structure, a new cap frame had to be built and installed (Phase II) before further reconstruction could proceed.. read more about Danish Windmill Annual Report 2018

Danish Windmill Restoration Project Update


With national news showing the massive flooding along the Ohio River near Louisville, Kentucky, Mill Manager Lisa Riggs became concerned because that is where the Millwright and his warehouse are located and where the parts are being crafted for the 1848 Danish Windmill. She made a quick call to B.E. Hassett Millwrights, and was assured by Ben Hassett that our lumber is safe and dry. read more about Danish Windmill Restoration Project Update


The Windmill Got The Shaft - the Wind Shaft that is! It Arrived!


Late Christmas Eve, a visitor from afar left a package at the Danish Windmill in Elk Horn. Instead of Santa, it was historic millwright Ben Hassett from Louisville, Kentucky who delivered the Windmill's long-awaited new White Oak wind shaft! read more about The Windmill Got The Shaft - the Wind Shaft that is! It Arrived!


Danish Windmill Receives Award at 2014 Conference

10/24/2014 - Council Bluffs, IA

The Iowa Tourism Office and the Travel Federation of Iowa presented 24 awards recognizing excellence in the tourism industry last night in Council Bluffs during the 2014 Iowa Tourism Conference. The Danish Windmill received the Outstanding Tourism Attraction (Rural) of the Year Award at ... read more about Danish Windmill Tourism Award


Julefest 2014 - Celebrate the arrival of the Christmas Season


Getting into the holiday spirit is easy in the Danish Villages. Celebrated the weekend after Thanksgiving, Julefest offers visitors a way to kick start the Christmas season. For thirty six years, this magical festival has... read more about Julefest 2014


How Denmark saved a small Iowa town

9/28/2014 - The Local: Denmark's News in English

The town of Elk Horn, Iowa has always been proud of its Danish heritage but for most of its existence, the folks back in the motherland hardly knew it existed. The Local's Justin Cremer – himself an Iowa native – visited Elk Horn in summer 2014 for this video report on what happened when a pair of Danish documentaries put Elk Horn on the map.... read more and view video Elk Horn video


Denmark on the Prairie - back to elk Horn


A Danish TV station aired a 1 hour documentary last fall and the Elk Horn Danes became very surprised at the attention they were given. Even the Mayor Stan Jens and local citizen Jordan Hansen were flown over to do a media blitz before the film was released in Copenhagen.... read more about Denmark on the Prairie - back to Elk Horn


Denmark TV documentary highlighting the Danish Villages


Earlier this year, two Danish filmmakers Anders Birch and Jakob Vølver came to our Danish Village of Elk Horn, Iowa to find what all of Danishness was all about. After 150 hours of filming they painstaking put together... read more about Denmark TV Documentary about the Danish Villages


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