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Welcome from the Mayor

Mayor Matt Kutzli

Welcome to Stanton, Iowa if you are visiting us either in person or virtually; and to Stanton residents present, past, or yet to be… welcome home!

Stanton is a rural community in an agricultural setting with a rich historical tradition well balanced with a future-facing outlook.That is all made possible by actively involved, caring community members that are focused on small-town community and family values. Set among the rolling hills of southwest Iowa, Stanton has natural beauty to explore and enjoy. The Greenbelt Trail is a three-mile walking trail that connects multiple parks, playgrounds, and athletic facilities. We are also located just a few miles from Viking Lake State Park.

Residents and visitors alike can enjoy a traditional Swedish staple of a cup of coffee and baked treat during the day, or an evening dinner out in our newly renovated downtown. You may also find yourself visiting for a hosted special event one of our indoor venues or outdoor parks available for a wide range of uses. Stanton also holds traditional cultural events at various times of the year, from Baseball Day, and Midsummer celebrations, to Santa Lucia day during the Christmas season in December. These events and others are associated with cultural groups, such as our local Swedish Heritage and Cultural Center, our school, various organizations, social clubs, as well as Mamrelund Lutheran Church, and the Evangelical Covenant Church, both of which have been central to our town since it’s founding.

For those looking to stay, and consider making Stanton your home, we also have much for a small-town to offer. Affordable housing, both existing, and lots available for new construction are available. New housing development is a current focus of the community’s ongoing development.  For families with young children, childcare and education are a vital priority, and Stanton offers an accredited local Stanton Community School district (K-12), a 5-star awarded Stanton Child Resource Center daycare, which is opening a brand new expanded facility, and the Good Shepherd Christian Preschool, located along with the Stanton Public Library in the Viking Center, adjacent to the school. Our Viking Center also offers year-round indoor athletic, fitness, and meeting facilities for all ages. As part of a comprehensive effort to offer a high quality of living at all stages, we have a local senior care center facility for elderly care. General healthcare facilities and hospital, are nearby, as well.

Communities can’t thrive without vital and growing businesses. Locally-headquartered FMTC is a leader in providing high-speed fiber optic telecommunication services to home and businesses in Stanton and the surrounding southwest Iowa area, which facilitates wider remote and de-centralized working opportunities. Stanton is also home to many locally-owned small businesses and is surrounded by family farms. Our blend of community values, high speed internet, and easy access to US Highway 34 promotes an attractive commercial environment. With that in mind, we are in the process of constructing a new Technology Park to provide opportunities for businesses to locate here.

I am grateful to call Stanton my home not just once, but twice. My family moved here and have made Stanton our home since 1987 and I graduated with Stanton High School’s class of 1996. After graduating from Iowa State University, and also working at ISU, I took the opportunity to move back to Stanton in 2016 to work for FMTC. I am very glad to be back in my home-town, and honored to be elected to serve as Stanton’s Mayor.

Please peruse our website for even more about our community and history. Or, better yet, come and visit us! Again, and in the community’s historically Swedish tradition, Välkommen till Stanton!