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Families in Faith

Rev. Chris Burtnett

Pastor, First Congregational United
Church of Christ

Throwback: Telephone operators and kittenball

From the archives of the Algona Upper Des Moines newspaper from March 5, 1981. Telephone operators were sometimes referred to as “The Hello Girls.”

Our Kossuth County

K/PACEDC County Wide Breakfast

By Maureen Elbert



“It’s Christmas in July” which is the theme for this year’s County Wide Breakfast. K/PACEDC is excited to announce that Debi Durham, State Director for Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Finance Authority, will be the keynote speaker.

Out of the Past

Gambling squabble ends in court

150 Years Ago

A man named Nixon, formerly a street beggar in Mobile, has just died in Oregon, leaving a fortune estimated at half a million.


125 Years Ago

Cheap ranges come and go, but this Majestic is indestructible. Sold at Otto Falkenhainer’s Hardware Store.


100 Years Ago

The Daily Umbrella

Test your memory


One of my most responded to columns was on the topic of iconic cars from TV and movies. I assumed it would be a hit, as when I broached the topic with a group of friends, the conversation went on for an hour. Let’s see if this one hits home, too.

Families of Faith

Happy Fourth of July, Christians!

Rev. Thomas Cowell

Pastor, St. John’s  Lutheran Church, Burt

Partnership Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church

Of roadsters, silk frocks and Seamus

My trip to grandson Connor’s high school graduation in Minneapolis (Prior Lake, to be specific) went oh-so-smoothly. As I wrote in my last column, I went by motor car, though not in a roadster wearing a silk frock, ala Nancy Drew. That item on my bucket list has yet to be fulfilled, since there are a few details still to be worked out. Like, where does one procure a roadster, preferably in a lovely scarlet color.

Writers and writings

Book calls for humanity to downsize

An Inconvenient Apocalypse

Wes Jackson and Robert Jensen

Notre Dame Press

$24 (paperback)

ISBN 978-0-268-20366-5


Writers and Writing

By Michael Tidemann



Out of the past

Three businesses apply for Sunday liquor licenses

150 Years Ago

The Daily Umbrella

The farm kids superbowl


County fairs are just around the corner in many parts of Iowa. These are times when people of all ages show their livestock, fruits, vegetables, and their projects of all kinds, and they are judged on their accomplishments. Great life lessons are learned by seeing a project through from beginning to end and being responsible for the day-to-day tasks in making that happen. This is ever apparent in our county fairs.

To the Editor

Due process in question  at the Iowa Utilities Board

To the Editor:

Much to the dismay of Summit Carbon Solutions, easements for over 1,000 parcels on its hazardous CO2 pipeline route remain unsigned. The clock is ticking, and time is running out. Construction is behind schedule, and the project is over budget. The company needs speedy approval to use eminent domain to take this property, and recent events signal the IUB is willing to oblige.

Families of faith

Rev. Al Foote

Pastor, Evangelical

Free Church, Algona

Throwback: Burt Mural
Out of the past

1873 - Local farmer breaks leg while harrowing

150 Years Ago

Mr. Oliver Bumpus, living six miles north of Algona, had his leg broken last Thursday. He was harrowing at the time and had stepped in front of the harrow when the horses started up quickly and caught his leg. Mr. B. is getting along very finely, all things considered.


125 Years Ago

Our Kossuth County

EMS to become a county-owned service in July


By Rick Murphy

Mayor of Algona


When the calendar flips from June to July, a big change will occur with our local emergency medical services. On July 2, Algona EMS will transition from being a city-owned service to a Kossuth County service.

The Daily Umbrella

“If it’s too loud, you’re too old”


Several rock musicians have screamed this phrase through the years, and I have seen it on plenty of black concert T-shirts, but it seems to have roots with the Motor City Madman and modern-day gun rights promoter himself, Ted Nugent.

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