As read in an article in the Gazette from guest colonist, Bill Menner, USDA state director for rural development.
“A few weeks ago, a friend who knows I have traveled rural Iowa extensively asked if I had any recommendations in Ely. She was headed there. “You’ve got to go to Dan & Debbie’s Creamery!” I exclaimed. “They’ve got amazing ice cream and freshly-made cheese curds!”
In fact, that’s exactly where the friend was headed. Dan & Debbie’s was awarded the Iowa Farm Bureau’s “Renew Rural Iowa Leader Award” for its transformation of a former lumberyard into a destination business. Even better, it’s located adjacent to the Hoover Trail that runs from Cedar Rapids to Ely.