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Throwback: Bellringers

From the Kossuth County Advance archives is this gem from 1969 that shows many signs of the time. Ringing for the Boys Chorus and Bellringers on downtown Algona streets last Saturday were left to right: JoAnn Taylor, Liz  Ambrose, Jane Skogstrom and Becky Thoreson.

Letter to the Editor

Show up - Time is running short


To the editor:

Letter to the Editor

Show up - Time is running short


To the editor:

Out of the Past

Nebraska Street will not be vacated


150 Years Ago

Spring Term of Algona College opens March 26th. No school in the west offers better facilities for acquiring a thorough Classical and Scientific Education.


125 Years Ago

On the Side

Transparency is best public policy


Of all the policies government agencies must abide, there is none greater than transparency.

This is “Sunshine Week,” seven days which celebrate the great American – and Iowan – principle that government belongs to the people, and thus, its actions, records, deliberations, considerations, and decisions are to be taken and recorded in view of the public eye.

Change is in the air at West Bend-Mallard

By Amanda Schmidt

West Bend/Mallard


As we head into March, we begin to look forward to planning for a new year and reflecting on the past year. This year has brought many good things and has also brought some changes for the upcoming year. There is one constant in life and that is change. Change means we are moving forward and not standing still, which seems to be the case at West Bend-Mallard.

Families of Faith

Being ridiculous will get God’s attention


Throwback: St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is approaching fast and leprechauns, fairies and clans of Irish decent are preparing a parade and feast to celebrate. Of course it is widely known that ‘Everyone is Irish on March 17. St. Patrick’s Day’. The earliest recorded St. Patrick’s Day observance took place in 1737 in Boston.

Twenty-three U.S. presidents, including President Biden, have Irish roots. Andrew Jackson is the only president whose parents were both born in Ireland.

Out of the Past

50 years ago River Road  golf course planned

150 Years Ago

S. B. CALIFF, Agent for the FAIRBAULT (Minn.) NURSERY, Is now taking orders for FRUIT TREES and Shrubbery of all kinds, including every variety of HOUSE PLANTS & FLOWERS. His orders are for the Spring delivery of 1873. These trees and shrubs are propagated 150 miles north of us, and must for that reason be hardy enough for this climate. S. B. CALIFF.



An ode to my new best friend, Siri

Like so many of you, I just finished filling out the worksheet for my tax return. Unlike so many of you, I have dreaded that task for many years. Until I discovered my new best friend, Siri.

Every hour of every day, awesome things are happening

By Joe Carter



Letter to the Editor

Open letter to Elizabeth Burns – Thompson

Dear Elizabeth,

Save daylight... Save time...



Welcome to March. It’s about time. No, really. This month is about time — daylight saving time.

First, how many of you refer to it as daylight savings time, rather than the singular version? I often slip up on this, and I don’t seem to be alone. So what’s up with that extra “s”?

Families of Faith

By Rev. Kent Madison - Pastor, First Presbyterian - Lakota

An acceptable sacrifice

Throwback: Pharmacist Mutual and Kossuth County


From the July 18, 1984, Algona Upper Des Moines Newspaper. When Pharmacist Mutual celebrated its 75th year and Kossuth County celebrated its 130 year.

Novel celebrates ‘50s paperback culture


Paperback Jack, a crime noir novel by Ann Arbor, Mich., author Loren D. Estleman, based on extensive research of the mass market paperback industry of the ‘50s.

By Michael Tidemann

When was the last time you read a crime noir novel that glued you to your chair?

If it’s been a while, you might try Paperback Jack by Ann Arbor, Mich., writer Loren D. Estleman, prolific author of dozens of novels ranging from crime thrillers to Westerns.

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