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Out of the Past: What happened 150, 125, 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago in our area

100 years ago: For the first time in many years Algona has a salaried baseball team. President J. Clyde Smith announces that a “going” nine of Dubuque college boys has been secured for the season, and will come to Algona next Sunday, ready for a schedule of games. The local management does not want to represent the collegians as world beaters, but they have built up a good team, and will represent Algona in a creditable manner.

On the Side: A meeting?

There are many ways to skirt the law. You’ve probably driven somewhere and just held your seatbelt with your hand, making it look like you were actually wearing it to travelers and perhaps law enforcement. Over the years, I’ve witnessed or heard of efforts of local elected officials finding ways to skirt Iowa’s open meetings and open records laws. There are always reasons – some call them excuses – for doing that.

Review: Poignant and inspiring read

Despite an abundance of World War II novels and nonfiction over the past several years, one novel stands out in its depiction of soldiers and civilians. 

Herding cows on a bicycle

... The program in full Bavarian dress, lederhosen and all, at the hotel included a five-piece German band, Bavarian folk singers and a dance group containing eight year olds to adults. They told a few jokes (people laughed) along with the other entertainment. Children danced around the MayPole and the group ended with a clever wood chopper’s dance, all very different from anything we had ever seen.

Kossuth County Historical Society celebrating Iowa Museum Week with activities

The week of June 7-13 is Iowa Museum Week, an initiative of the Iowa Museum Association, of which Kossuth County Historical Society is a member. Iowa’s 400 museums range from arboretums to zoos, all educational collecting organizations, providing careful stewardship for future generations. The Historical Museum has a few special items on the agenda for this week.

Advance Editorial: Time to gauge interest in community theater

Algona has a pretty incredible and growing arts infrastructure.
Missing from Algona’s portfolio, however, are stage productions.
See the full editorial in the June 10 print edition of the Advance. Subscribe by calling 515-295-3535 or get single copies for $1.50 on newsstands starting June 9.


Families of Faith column: Doing Good

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. Matt. 5: 16
Last week I was reminded that even today in our world there are still a lot of good people doing good things. I was also reminded how good God is to me. To prove my point, I want to share three incidents of how people touched and enriched my life because they were doing good. 

Wild weather swings and the Farmers Market

... Many plants will grow accustomed to the hot weather, also. But in the meantime, some may show signs of stress. 
In cool favoring crops, like spinach, lettuce, and broccoli, watch for physical changes in your plants in response to the heat. 
Besides adding shade and water, there isn’t much you can do to combat the heat other than pick these items sooner than usual. Spinach may “bolt” or begin to flower and go to seed in response to the extreme heat. ...

On the Side: Censorship

For some time, I’ve been trying to put into words my thoughts on wokeness and the cancel culture that has infiltrated the American discourse. I’ve started columns and chucked them because they were too wordy, too cautious, too harsh, too whatever. 
I’m for people being able to express themselves and their opinions so long as the effort doesn’t outright destroy others. But, that’s what is happening in our society, and it’s a shame. 

Want to start an Algona theater group?

... To start a theater, it takes people willing to work together to form a type of synergy that carries their creation to a final production. We are looking for people from the Algona and surrounding communities willing to share ideas and brainstorm theater concepts. We welcome every age group with any level of experience to join in an initial theater discussion at the Art Council’s monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 15, at 7 p.m. at the Algona Country Club.

Of my beloved, mostly hapless, first-place Chicago White Sox

You’re probably wondering why I’ve reproduced the American League baseball standings today. Actually, the standings are not from today, or even from a few days ago. They are the standings on May 20, two weeks ago. By now, I’m sure the rankings have changed. Specifically, I’m sure the Chicago White Sox are no longer in first place. 
Read all of Molly MacDonald's Inkspots in the June 3 Advance.

President Hoover loved baseball

...President Hoover once made the comment, “Next to religion, baseball has a greater impact on our American way of life than any other institution.”
Read more about Herbert Hoover, Iowa's only president, in Out of the Past in the June 3 Advance.

We are hungry

35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”  John 6:35

It's time to enjoy asparagus

I’m starting to think that Mother Nature has her holidays confused. The temperature seemed much warmer back on Easter than it did on Memorial Day. Brr!

ADVANCE EDITORIAL: Getting ahead of solar plans is lesson learned

There was one constant during the hubbub in Kossuth County a couple of years ago about a proposed wind farm development. That constant was a complaint from some parts that the county wound up relying too much on input from the wind farm developers in terms of the language and regulations that were used. 
Read the full editorial in the May 13 Advance.

ON THE SIDE: The Blues

It would be easy for a law enforcement officer who has pretty much seen it all to say the changing times are enough of a reason to hang it up. Cops across this country are resigning and retiring in droves because of the dangers of serving. In some cities, officers are targets of all types of verbal and physical attacks. Their profession is being marginalized and their departments defunded.

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