Elk Horn, IA

Incorporated in 1910 • population 649





Velkommen to Elk Horn one of the two largest rural Danish settlements in the United States.  Boasting an authentic windmill from Nørre Snede and home to the Museum of Danish America, we invite you to visit our Denmark on the Prairie.  Located in Shelby County, Iowa, at the intersection of County Road F58 and Hwy 173 – only six miles north of I80.


Utility & Telecommunication Providers


Gas & Electric
MidAmerican Energy


Internet Service: Marne-Elk Horn Telephone Co. has a robust Fiber network serving customers with “Fiber-to-the-Home” in Elk Horn, Kimballton, Marne & Brayton.

Telephone service: Marne-Elk Horn Telephone Co. provides local telephone service to Elk Horn, Exira, Kimballton, Marne, and Brayton. 

Cable TV: Marne-Elk Horn Telephone Co. provides digital TV over fiber to customers both in town and in rural areas, and analog TV over coax to customers in town where available.

Municipal Services

-Council/Mayor Governments
-Comprehensive City Plans
-City Zoning Ordinances
-County Zoning Ordinances
-Subdivision Ordinances with Design Standards
-Volunteer Fire Departments
-Shelby and Audubon County Sheriff's Department Police Protection
-Industrial Waste Pickup Services
-100% of City Streets Hard Surfaced


Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton Community Schools
We welcome you to our school district. Our schools are located in Elk Horn and Exira, Iowa; small communities in Shelby and Audubon Counties. We enjoy a strong sense of community and benefit from a high level of parent and community involvement. Our schools offer many amenities including a one-to-one laptop computer program, as well as strong academic and extra-curricular programs. Our two schools, Preschool, Kindergarten and grades 4-8 in Exira, and Preschool-3rd grade and grades 9-12 in Elk-Horn, serve over three hundred students total. We know you’ll love our communities as much as we do.

Salem Lutheran Homes
A 156-bed group home with 56 beds devoted to residential, 10 devoted to skilled care, 10 devoted to Alzheimer care and 80 nursing beds. This facility provides a continuum of care for the elderly of The Danish Villages and the surrounding area. Salem offers residential, intermediate and skilled care, along with a specialized Alzheimer's unit. Salem Lutheran Homes is also the city's second largest employer, offering an excellent benefit package for employees and the community.

Elk Horn Lutheran Church

Elk Horn City Park
Elk Horn has a beautiful City Park with a pool. Enjoy a picnic, playground and swimming. Try your hand at some putt-putt golf, play basketball, tennis or volleyball. There is fun for everyone!

Elk Horn Public Library
More than just a building full of books, Elk Horn's library is impressive for a town of our size, with a large video and DVD selection, several research computers and a kids section including Ayzlee's Castle for story time and activities. Our librarians put on Mardi Gras parties, tea parties and puppet shows for all neighborhood kids.


Shelby County State Bank
ATM available 24-7.

G.E. Larsen Medical Clinic
Services offered by Dr. Marquardt, PA-C, five days a week and by Dr. Anderson and Dr. Davidson 1/2 day per week.

Elk Horn Pharmacy
Retail pharmacy with greeting cards.

Elk Horn Branch Carroll Area Nursing
Medicare certified home health agency. Services include: skilled nursing, home care aide, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, dietitian consultations and enterostomal nursing. Also providing services through the various waiver programs: MR Waiver, I11 and Handicapped Waiver and Elderly Waiver.

Elk Horn Fire & Rescue

Wayne Hansen Real Estate

Danish Mutual Insurance
Danish Mutual has offered farm and home insurance since 1886.

Insurance Services, Inc.
An independent insurance agent providing insurance for all of your home, auto, farm and business needs.

Petersen Insurance Agency
Petersen Agency is a family owned and operated insurance agency dedicated to providing quality insurance solutions to clients near Elk Horn and Exira, Iowa.





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