The community of Ida Grove rallied together in 2015 to work on renovating and restoring their historic theater, and has now received a shot in the arm from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The city has received an $8,750 grant from the DNR’s Derelict Building Grant program to help complete the final stages of the restoration of the 1914 King Theatre. Unable to keep pace with the upgrades necessary for digital films, the previous owner closed the business in 2010. At a community meeting in 2015, county residents banded together and began the fundraising needed to restore the building and install the necessary equipment. It is anticipated the newly refurbished theater will reopen in November of this year. The Derelict Building Grant program awarded grants to 12 small rural Iowa communities in 2018 to assist with the deconstruction or renovation of abandoned structures. They will help with the removal of asbestos and limit construction and demolition materials from going into area landfills. Since the first round of awards in 2011, the program has diverted more than 48,000 tons of construction and demolition materials and removed more than 1,000 tons of asbestos-containing materials. Just short of $400,000 will be awarded this year.