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150 Years Ago

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Dear Readers: The following is column written by a fellow named Bob Thompson, who was a teacher and coach in my hometown. It is reprinted with permission.


Here’s the story about a young man who was engaged to be married. He was in love and his life was infected with that special pride and that vibrant joy that is peculiar to lovers.

Our Kossuth County

Reflect and revisit Algona’s history

By Rick Murphy



The Daily Umbrella

“Get a load of this!”


That was the marketing slogan for a concrete company in my hometown when I was a kid. Those five words were painted on the rotating mixer tank of the truck that my friends and I were so fascinated with. It helped that the truck drivers would almost always respond to our arm-pump requests by honking their horns. They smiled as much as we did.

Families in Faith

Rev. John Koopman

Pastor, Peace Lutheran  Church, West Bend

“When All Was Still and It Was Midnight


......Continued from Dec. 7, 2023


By Dana Clapsaddle


The salary of one employee at the city hall who handles the meter fund is deducted from the fund. The rest of the money is then invested with interest until it is needed for another property parking purchase. 


Of angels we have heard on high . . .

I have written before about my childhood Christmas tree angel, Georgie. I even ran a picture of her. However, that was so long ago I’m sure nobody remembers, and if you do, pretend you don’t. That way you won’t say, “Ho Hum, I’ve already read about Georgie, let’s move on.” If you did say that, you would be very rude and my feelings would be hurt. So don’t say it.

Out of the Past

Don’t drive a Buick in Bancroft

150 Years Ago

BLACKLEG IN CATTLE. -- We regret to learn that this disease has made its appearance in Kossuth County. Mr. Whitehorn of the western part of the County has recently lost five head of cattle from the disease. This is the only case of which we have been informed, and we hope that it will be the last.


125 Years Ago

Our Kossuth County

Homemade gifts on a budget

By Liz Adams


Are you trying to find a Christmas gift last minute, but you don’t have a lot of money to spend? Take a look around your house for the solution! There are many things you can turn into a quality, thoughtful gift for someone you love.

“I used to hurry a lot. I used to worry a lot.”

Those words are part of the lyrics of “The Long Run,” written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey and released by the Eagles in November 1979. A lot of people can relate to those words.

Families in faith

Rev. Chris Burtnett

Pastor, First Congregational United Church of Christ

Make a Christmas (and beyond) fashion statement

What happened to the $300,000 collected from Algona parking meters?

By Dana Clapsaddle


Headline from the 8 January 1973 Kossuth County Advance

Out of the Past

150 Years Ago

The Daily Umbrella

How predictable are you?

Habits. Rituals. Routines. We all have them, whether we want to or not. Some of these can be quite good and even healthy. Others, not so much. But are there differences between habits, rituals and routines? The American Psychological Association says yes.

Families of Faith

Christian holiday

season traditions


Many adjectives can be used to describe the holiday season, including festive, jolly and religious. Another word that may come to mind is tradition. Traditions factor heavily into holiday celebrations of faith and family.

Our Kossuth County - Shopping local for health benefits all

By Dar Elbert - KRHC CEO


Have you started holiday shopping? Have you stocked up on baking supplies for the Christmas cookies? Gift-buying season is in full swing, as we prepare for the holidays. We all know that shopping locally, whenever possible, helps support our neighborhood retailers and businesses.  

Did you know that shopping locally for your healthcare also makes a difference?

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