Located in northeast Iowa. Established in 1873 

Open Burning

burning leaves

The open burning dates for the City of Oelwein have been scheduled to begin Saturday, October 17 and continue through November 29, 2020. This time period is set aside for the open burning of natural yard waste, limbs, leaves, etc., on the property in which it grew. Care should always be taken that you have a hose set up by the fire. Windy days must be avoided. Also, remember it is never legal to burn furniture, garbage, building material and plastic.

Water Quality

The City is not experiencing any water related issues this morning.  Water is tested and monitored regularly.  Facebook posts are false.

Seeking Shelter Proposals

The City of Oelwien is seeking proposals for the construction of a new shelter at Redgate Park.  Please click here for the full details.

City of Oewlein Home Rehabilitation Program

The City of Oelwein’s Home Rehabilitation Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Program has been established to provide
resources to improve residential neighborhoods and livability of single-family homes through providing low
interest loans to low- and moderate-income residents to complete rehabilitation projects on their homes.
Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) is responsible for administering the program
on behalf of the City of Oelwein.


Applicants meeting the eligibility criteria may apply for funds to finance property improvements that
substantially improve the livability and/or protect the structural integrity of the home. The minimum loan
amount is $1,000 and the maximum amount is $15,000. The fully amortized loan term under the program
for all loans will equal 10 years. Loan interest rates will range from 1 to 4% and determined based on the
applicant’s family income as compared to the median family income for Fayette County.

**The application packet can be downloaded here.**

Applications will be accepted by UERPC on a continuous basis. Applications can be obtained at the Upper Explorerland Office at 134 West Greene Street, Postville, at City Hall, or by phone at 563-864-7551.

Interested parties should contact Lee Balik at UERPC at 563-864-7551 or email with any questions or to be sent an application packet.

Outer Road & 6th Street NE Project Scheduled to begin

Work on Outer Road and 6th Street NE is scheduled to begin Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Fayette County is the lead group on this project, and they have contracted with Mathy Construction for the work. A web page has been created to assist residents in keeping informed on the progress. https://www.fayettecountyiowa.org/EngineerConstructionPage.html

The project is expected to be completed in six weeks depending on weather, breakdowns and COVID-19. All of these will impact the schedule.

Should you have questions concerning the project, schedule, etc., please contact Fayette County Engineer Joel Frantz at 563.422.3552 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

History of Oelwein

The town of Oelwein was laid out in a corn field purchased from G.A. Oelwein on the coming of the Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Minnesota Railroad (later called the Rock Island) in 1872. Some years later... Read More

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 (319) 283-5440
 (319) 283-4032
 20 2nd Ave. S.W.