The Madelia Mobile Village Story


Madelia Mobile Village originally opened in the 1970s and is now a 60-site, resident-owned manufactured home community.

But that transition didn’t happen overnight. We formed the Madelia Mobile Village Cooperative, Inc., and started on the path to resident-ownership in 2008. That’s when, with the help of Northcountry Cooperative Foundation and ROC USA, LLC, we purchased and took control of our community on Dec. 22, 2008.

Now, the resident-owned community (ROC) is not only a successful business, but also a thriving neighborhood.

The process of the resident-owned community buying the land beneath our neighborhood brought this community closer together. Not only do we know far more of our neighbors than ever before, but we look out for one another, too. And with no outside landlord to report to, we’re the envy of other nearby manufactured home communities.

Our Member households elect our Board of Directors, which works with a property management firm and also appoints various volunteer committees to help with special projects, celebrations, community improvements and more. The Board submits a budget every year, and the entire Membership votes on it and any changes to the rent before the budget becomes official. We’re running the business that is our community on our terms, by our rules, for the betterment of ourselves and our neighbors.

Madelia Mobile Village is a well-established community in Madelia, Minn., for people who enjoy convenient access to the city, and also want to be close to an abundance of outdoor activities. Madelia is a small community with lots of small businesses. The local businesses cater to potential job seekers while meeting the community’s needs. We have grocery stores, restaurants and specialty food markets. For a small town, there are an abundance of activities. We have a town pool, theater, excellent public schools, shopping and a variety of congregations to choose from. Madelia is known for its beautiful nature and the Watonwan River. The Watonwan River flows for more than 100 miles before meeting the Blue Earth River.

Watonwan County Historical Center is a is a three-minute drive from Madelia Mobile Village and offers visitors a historical look at Madelia. Fifteen minutes from a dog park, we are a family and pet-friendly community with an ideal location. Highway 60 is nearby, along with Highway 169 and you can be in Minneapolis in less than two hours. Watona Park is a four-minute drive from Madelia Village. This beautiful park is close to the Watonwan River and features a golf course, playground and soccer and baseball fields.

Madelia Mobile Village is a well-established community for people who enjoy a welcoming neighborhood in an ideal location.

Ask anyone who lives in Madelia Village, and we’re sure they’ll tell you it’s a little slice of heaven.