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Families of Faith

Joy in Christ is Anxiety’s Salve, Isaiah 26:3

By Rev. Peter Talbot, Pastor at Grace Church, Algona

Throwback: Model planes hobby for anyone

From the June 7, 1951 issue of the Algona Upper Des Moines newspaper

Building model airplanes can be quite a hobby, and it can interest anyone, from six to sixty -says H. T. (Tip) Smiley, who has been at it for the last 18 years.

Ink Spots

Of church ceremonies and an errant veil


I’d have another trip to write about here, except that I haven’t taken it yet, even though by the time you read this, I will have been to Los Angeles and back, once again navigating the friendly skies. With no glitches. I hope.

Writers and Writing

The Girl in the Thistles recounts 1862 Dakota War



The Girl in the Thistles

S.K. Sandvig

Paper Raven Books LLC

ISBN 979-8987402221

$21.99 on Amazon

(Also available in paperback and Kindle)


By Michael Tidemann

While America was embroiled in the midst of a great civil war, yet another war was taking place in Minnesota.

Our Kossuth County

Programs available for tree planting and treatment

By Barb Smith, City of Algona

The spring weather has a lot of people thinking about yard work, gardens and trees. The City of Algona offers programs to assist with the cost of planting and treating trees, and services to help clean up your home and yard.

Tree Programs

Out of the Past

New Trinity Lutheran church to be built

150 Years Ago

The Daily Umbrella

Meet George Jetson

By Shane Goodman

I marvel at many of today’s technological advances. Who would have imagined that Al Gore could have invented this thing called the Internet? And only Dick Tracy could have thought we would have phones on our wrist watches. Mark my word, our cars will be flying soon. Meet George Jetson.

Families of Faith

Lord, Remember Me

By Rev. John Koopman, Pastor of Peace Lutheran in West Bend

Luke 23:43: And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

Throwback: New Convent like a little city
Ink Spots

I’m not writing about pneumonia again. I promise.

Okay, here’s what I’m not going to write about today:

Pneumonia. I won’t bore you with the fact that it came back for an encore just one week after its first engagement. I won’t write about that because reading about other people’s illnesses is about as fascinating as reading about - oh, I don’t know - your cousin’s neighbor’s hangnail. Besides, I wrote all about my first round a few weeks ago.

The Daily Umbrella

Gloom, despair and agony on me

If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all.” Those are the words from a song in an ongoing skit from the TV variety show “Hee Haw” that I recall from my youth. “Gloom, despair and agony on me.” If you remember the show, you are singing along. If not, be patient.

Out of the Past

Convent to be built next to St. Cecelia’s

150 Years Ago

BURKE’S EUROPEAN HOTEL -- We desire to call to attention the card of the above house in another column.  The hotel is centrally located and is the favorite resort of business men.  The appointments are first-class and everything is done to conduce to the comfort of guests.  We advise those visiting Chicago to put up at Burke’s European Hotel.


125 Years Ago

Families of Faith

By Rev. Chris Burtnett

Pastor, First Congregational United Church of Christ


A little denomination information

Throwback: History of Lajos Kossuth and the statue honoring him on the Kossuth County courthouse lawn

This article from the Aug. 16, 2001 Algona Upper Des Moines tells a good history of Louis Kossuth and the dedication of his statue at the Kossuth County courthouse.

By Shari Hegland, Managing Editor

Out of the Past

Possible football field at the county fair grandstand

150 Years Ago

From Mr. W. F. Ranney we have learned that the name of the Darien Postoffice has been changed to Fenton, to date from April first.  This change is made in accordance with a petition circulated by Mr. Ranney, the Postmaster.


125 Years Ago

Families of Faith

Rules and games

By Rev. Briton Nelson, Associate Pastor of St. John's Lutheran, Burt & Trinity Lutheran, Algona

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