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RED OAK, Iowa – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Ranking Member of the Senate Small Business Committee, today announced her Small Business of the Week: Penn Drug Company of Fremont County. Throughout this Congress, Ranking Member Ernst plans to recognize a small business in every one of Iowa’s 99 counties. 

“Penn Drug combines the nostalgia of Iowa traditions with a dedication to providing essential rural health care services to create a renowned southwest Iowa business,” said Ranking Member Ernst. “There’s no doubt that Penn Drug has stood the test of time, and I’m excited to watch the business thrive in Sidney for years to come.”


As the oldest pharmacy in Iowa, Penn Drug has served the Fremont County community since 1863. The business takes pride in filling and delivering prescriptions for its customers, and also operates an old-fashioned soda fountain where customers can order drinks and food. Throughout its 161 years of history, Penn Drug has been led by generations of the Penn family and folks committed to maintaining this piece of Iowa history. Today, Penn Drug is owned by Angie and Leo Ettleman, and Mark Vogt, who purchased the store in 2015.

Stay tuned as Ranking Member Ernst recognizes more Iowa small businesses across the state with her Small Business of the Week award.