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Smell the memories


If you have not been in a school building for a few decades, you may not realize how the scents of schools have changed. Not “sense,” like common sense, but “scents,” like smells or odors or aromas. See if any of these ring a bell.

Families of Faith

Created with a purpose


Chris Burtnett

Pastor, First
Congregational United
Church of Christ

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

I am writing to thank Algona​​​-area residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season.

Throwback: Be a Boy Scout

Clippings from the 1948 Algona Upper Des Moines newspaper archives

Part of being a Boy Scout is being prepared for any situation. This helps with managing life’s challenges.

Out of the Past

County hit hard by blizzard

150 Years Ago

For Sale -- Mr. August Gustafson offers for sale his house and lot on McGregor street, Algona, Iowa. The main building is 16x24 with 12 feet posts. The wing is 10x17 with 8 feet posts, good bricked cellar, and good well. Lot is 4x8 rods. Terms, cash or trade. A good team with part cash. Also a house and lot on the west side of town, house 16x22, with 12 foot posts. Terms, cash. Inquire of August Gustafson.

The Daily Umbrella

I am not upset


I realize I am supposed to be upset over our government’s classified documents the Department of Justice seized from President Joe Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware, home.

I am not.

I realize I am also supposed to be upset over the classified documents that former president Donald Trump stored in his personal property at his Mar-a-Lago, Florida, home.

I am not.

Families of Faith

Caught by the Gospel

By Rev. Thomas Cowell - Pastor, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Burt; Partnership Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church

The Gospel lesson which we heard at Trinity, Algona and St. John’s, Burt this Sunday was the account of Jesus calling four disciples to be fishers of men. Here is that text for your reference:

Throwback: A better future



Who remembers this from the Jan. 22, 1976 Algona Upper Des Moines newspaper ...

Tuesday morning management was waiting on the issuance of the court injunction to limit the number of pickets at the gate and to permit entry. They had an ex-school bus at the National Guard Armory, where highway patrol cars had gathered, waiting to transport management and supervisory personnel to the plant after the injunction was served.


Out of the Past - Algona girls may get varsity sports

By Gene Miller

150 Years Ago

Wanted, A Leader -- Much as we dislike to admit it, a love for truth coupled with a hope that some good may come from this admission, compels us to state that Algona is sadly in need of a leader. By a leader we mean some one in the community to whom all others instinctively look to take charge of the advance guard in all matters of public importance. Such a man is a leader and cannot be otherwise. Where can such a one be found?

Holocaust biography harrowing and inspiring


By Michael Tidemann


For years, Celina Karp Biniaz lived a quiet life in Iowa. Little did those around her realize the horrors she had experienced in the Nazi Holocaust.

On the arrival of Vincent, his Nana’s newest grandchild

By Molly MacDonald

The many lives of pizza

By Shane Goodman


I like pizza. Thin. Thick. Doesn’t matter. I prefer it mostly with meat and cheese, but you can throw in some veggies if you really want to. I can’t eat pizza like I used to, but that goes for a lot of foods these days. Meanwhile, I find it quite challenging to resist a slice of hot, gooey pizza.

Our Kossuth County - Improve your digital skills at the Algona Public Library

By Lori Walton

Library Director


Last fall the Algona Public Library began offering basic computer classes and the feedback we received from participants was overwhelmingly positive. People liked the small group sizes, as it was easy to ask questions. They also enjoyed the hands-on approach that allowed participants to use a computer during the classes. Most of all, they encouraged us to keep offering these basic computer sessions.

Families of Faith

Quality Friends


Friends can come in all shapes and sizes, but it seems that we have quality categories for many of them. We have family friends, close friends, distant friends, loyal friends, fast friends and, since 1978, we may have a BFF (Best Friend Forever).  It is popularly expected notion to say, “I married my best friend,” but we may also have bad or disloyal friends to whom the saying goes, “With friends like you, who needs enemies?”

The price of a wife has gone up

150 Years Ago

Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor:


Dear Representative Stone,

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