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The end of an era

A recent note from Guido in Belgium:
“Hello mom and dad, I tried to call you a few times, but no answer. I don't remember if you had traveling plans. I want to tell you some news. You know we like to travel, and we hope to do that for many years. But with the beast it is hard to do.
See Jim's Travel Diary on the Nov. 15 Kossuth County Advance Opinion page

Treasured family writings

One of the great things about living in a house built in the 1800s by my great-grandparents is that it’s full of old family stuff. Okay, you probably already knew that. However, the old stuff here that I treasure the most are the letters and notes from the distant, and not-so-distant past. 
Shortly after Bing and I moved in, I found three of my grandmother’s 5-year diaries.
See Molly's Ink Spots column on the Nov. 15 Kossuth County Advance Opinion page.

Building foundations for the future

During the week of November 12-18, the Kossuth County Community Foundation (KCCF) joins more than 795 other community foundations across the country for Community Foundation Week. to raise awareness ....
See the full story on the Nov. 15 Kossuth County Advance Opinion page.

Will of men v. rule of law

High school basketball season is less than
two months away, and with it will come
confused players, head-shaking coaches, and
upset fans. In the middle of it all will be some guys
wearing stripes and whistles. These under-appreciated
people will make quick decisions about whether
a player stepped out of bounds, traveled with the
ball, doubledribbled, took too long to throw a ball inbounds, and so on. These

Any day, a hero...

Next week is National Fire Prevention Week. Itís a time set aside for Americans to consider fire safety at home, at work and at school. Without a doubt, this attention on eradicating potential hazards is important. It is also important to recognize the people who serve our communities as firefighters. Many of these people receive nominal compensation for their work; in fact, many of them help pay for their own training and equipment.

(Un)lucky 7

When the number 7 pops up many think of the creation story when God made the world in six days and rested on the seventh day. Scholars have found that the number seven often represents perfection or completeness in the Bible.
Seven is also associated with gambling, as well as the following: There are seven planets. There are seven main colors in the rainbow. There are seven musical notes. The lunar phase continues for seven days. There are seven dwarfs that helped Snow White.

The invasion of you

Having your identity or even a credit card or debit card number stolen is unnerving. A family member who lived in Iowa had his identity stolen a few years ago and someone took out a $17,000 loan in his name and he didn’t even know about it for months. My debit card number was stolen a few years ago and someone used it to buy about $800 worth of furniture from some place in Florida while I was in Texas.

Curious? Caring? Communicator? We have something for you

Algona Publishing Company needs a writer-photographer for this publication. You can express your interest by emailing Alan Van Ormer at I cannot state it more succinctly than that.

A story with a ring to it...

There are times when going the extra mile at work causes stress.
And then there's real stress – such as losing an important piece of jewelry at the same time.
Last week, Algona Publishing had a situation develop that required staff in the building to do some extra work to help get the Reminder out the door. It involved removing a part of the paper and replacing it with another. All of the work had to be done by hand, and it was a long, arduous process.


Should the Iowa Legislature take steps to limit the purchase and/or use of assault rifles/machine guns? Yes or No
Cast your vote at, and post a comment on the Algona Publishing Company Facebook page. We will publish the results of the poll and may use some of the comments in the March 22 Advance.

Our Kossuth County

As I was thinking about the subject of this column, I was leaning toward talking about how important it is that we have community pride! 
And then on Jan. 21, the Des Moines Register hosted their RAGBRAI announcement party and WOW, Algona is an overnight host community. Totally impacts how we view community pride.  

Ed and Betty Wilcox PAC a reality

It took several years. It took many committed hours of coming up with the right plan. It took generous donations of money from Ed and Betty Wilcox and others. But the hard work and committed effort was worth it.
The Ed and Betty Wilcox Performing Arts Center has opened its doors. And by the numbers of people that toured the facility at the Jan. 13 Algona Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored ribbon cutting and the Jan. 15 open house, the hard work was all worth it.

Keeping on top of legislative issues that impact our children

With the legislative session just underway, it seemed appropriate to devote this column to educational issues that will be under consideration this year.  This year will be no different than any other legislative cycle; there will be legislation each of us support, and ideas with which we disagree.  

Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corp. looking forward to 2017

Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation is looking forward to 2017! 
We will be kicking off the year with our Quarterly Human Resources Committee Meeting. Hosted by K/PACEDC, Mike Koenecke will present, Arming Management to Manage Millennials, Preparing to Navigate through the Inevitable. 

What exactly is your Chamber of Commerce?

Happy New Year! 

2017 is here and we’re ready to roll

Ideas are just that - ideas until they come to fruition. For the past three months, we, at the Algona Upper Des Moines, have been discussing different ways we can improve the community’s newspaper.

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