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AHS Jazz Band invited to Iowa Jazz Championships at ISU

The Algona High School Jazz Band earned a first place finish at the North Central IBA District Jazz Festival at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake on Monday, Feb. 20. The jazz band was one of six bands competing in Class 3A.

Their first place finish earned them an invitation to perform at the Iowa Jazz Championships at Iowa State University in Ames on April 2. The band last performed at the IJC in 2023.

Bulldog Heroes

Kindergarten Bulldog Heroes are from left: Rylan Albert, Carter Rasmussen, Kaden Duckert and Julia Wind. Submitted photo

Kiwanis students of the month

Photos from top to bottom: From Algona Middle School,  Lainey Steuk, daughter of JJ and Kelly Steuk. Pictured with Pete Waltz, teacher; JJ, Lainey, Kelly and Greg Stewart. From Bishop Garrigan Junior High, Cate Birkey, daughter of Tim and Kara Birkey. Pictured with Greg Stewart, Kiwanis; Rob Meister, AD at Bishop Garrigan; Kara, Cate and Tim. From BGHS, Addison Kuper, daughter of Andy and Jean Kuper. Pictured with Rob Meister, Addison, Jean and Greg Stewart. Submitted photos

Algona Comm. School Foundation promotes professional growth

Joe Taylor, a high school special education teacher, has been awarded the 2024 Dorothy Laird Professional Development Award.

Council approves Urban Forest Utility fee

ALGONA—At its regular meeting on Feb. 19, the Algona City Council voted to adopt a new ordinance establishing an Urban Forest Utility to support the cost of managing and maintaining public trees.

The ordinance (City Code Chapter 13.28) restricts the use of funds generated by the fee for only costs associated with:

Planting, maintaining, and removing trees on city property, such as parks, cemeteries, green spaces and right of ways.

1440 citizen hails from Wesley

The Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office is honored to recognize Jerry Reding of Wesley as the February 1440 Citizen of the Month. Reding is a business owner and an active member of his community and church. He was nominated because of his unwavering commitment to helping others whenever needed. He has also served as a volunteer firefighter in Wesley since 1985.

Algona FFA advances to district event

By Devin Larsen

AHS Journalism

FOREST CITY—The Algona FFA Chapter has been hard at work this year. On February 13, 14 Algona FFA members competed at the 2024 FFA sub-district competition in Forest City. The Algona FFA Chapter had great success at this event.

The chapter program works actively to implement the strategies of the organization. Morgan Kelly and Ace Studer competed for Algona in this category and brought home silver.

Jessie McClure honored

Algona McDonald’s employee Jessie McClure was presented a congeniality award for her friendly customer service above and beyond at the Algona Area Chamber of Commerce coffee on Friday, Feb. 23.

BGHS students advance to state contest

Students from Bishop Garrigan High School earned nine division one (or “excellent”) and three division two (or “good”) ratings at the Iowa High School Speech Association district individual contest on Saturday, Feb. 24, at Sioux Central High School in Sioux Rapids.



Taylor Petersen and Keifer Brandt will marry on June 8 at the Roof Garden Ballroom in Arnolds Park.

Taylor is originally from Kimballton. She is the daughter of  Curt and Cindy Petersen of Kimballton. Her grandparents are Marlene Hupp of Audubon, Cloid and Faye Farley of Elk Horn; and Joy Petersen of Blair, Neb.


White 105th

Irene White will celebrate her 105th birthday on March 6. Irene is a native of Crawfordsville, IA.

Cards will reach her if sent to Irene White, c/o Good Samaritan, 412 West Kennedy, Room 311, Algona, IA 50511.

Registration is open for spring recreation programs

Sign up now for youth soccer, softball and baseball

Registration is now open for youth soccer, softball and baseball available through the Algona Recreation Department.

Co-Ed Youth Spring Soccer

Free program on Lincoln Highway planned

WEST BEND—The public is invited to enjoy the ultimate Iowa road trip on the Lincoln Highway on March 5 beginning at 1:30 p.m. at Prairie Creek Assisted Living in West Bend.

Darcy Maulsby, who is known as Iowa’s storyteller, will bring the stories from her new book to life during a free interactive program “Adventures Along Iowa’s Historic Lincoln Highway—the Ultimate Iowa Road Trip.”

College Notes

Dylan Drahota honored for academics

INDIANOLA—Dylan Drahota of West Bend has been named to the 2023 fall dean’s list at Simpson College in Indianola.

Drahota qualified for the academic honor by earning a grade point average between 3.70 and 3.99 during the semester.

Get into the spring spirit at seed exchange on March 4 in Burt

BURT—Spend time getting in the “spring spirit” at the 4th annual seed exchange being held in Kossuth County.

The free seed exchange will take place on Monday, March 4 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Burt Public Library. The event is being hosted by the Burt Public Library, ISU Extension and Outreach of Kossuth County, and Kossuth County Master Gardeners.

Euchre results

ALGONA—Results from euchre play at Pep’s on Feb. 20 were first - David McPeak and Kevin McPeak, 72; second place - Wayne and Elaine Patterson, 71; third place - Jerry and Mary Buscher, 65; and most loners - Joe Courtney and Mark Wolf, tied with five.

Door prize was won by Joe Courtney.

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