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Carbon pipeline developers, ethanol plant manager make pitch on value of project at IUB hearing

By Brad Hicks, Publisher

Note: Subscribers can click on the audio link and listen to the 1 hour, 45-minute meeting.

Suspect charged, officer named in incident at Super 8, subsequent chase

DES MOINES—A man has been charged with three felonies and two misdemeanors following an incident Thanksgiving morning at the Super 8 in Algona.

The Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation was asked to handle the matter after an Algona police officer discharged a weapon during the event. The DCI has now released the following information: 

Algona discusses big plans for Central Park, pickleball court work at South Park

By Brad Hicks, Publisher

ALGONA—City staff members have been given the go-ahead to get more detailed plans and cost estimates from the engineering firm Bolton and Menk for upgrades to Central Park and South Park – projects which could cost up to a million dollars.

POW camp finally gets a marker

By Amy Frankl-Brandt, Assistant Editor

ALGONA—The historical marker signifiing the location of Camp Algona, has been installed at the original site where the Algona airport is today. The project was completed in early November 2021.

UPDATED: Supervisors to oppose taking land for pipeline; county also looking into purchasing building in Algona

By Brad Hicks, Publisher

ALGONA—The Kossuth County supervisors plan to send correspondence to the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB), stating their opposing to the taking of land for construction of two carbon dioxide pipelines that are proposed to run through the county, and the county is also considering a purchase of a building in Algona for emergency management uses.


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Vaskes express gratitude to Ronald McDonald House

By Amy Frankl-Brandt, Assistant Editor

ALGONA— Jemma Vaske’s  family and Mandie Studer, founder of the non-profit organization, Pay it Forward Always, teamed up together to donate 62 Thirty -One bags filled with goodies for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Des Moines over Thanksgiving.

Renovated library  will  open Dec. 6

ALGONA—It’s been almost 17 months since the Algona Public Library staff and volunteers boxed up the entire operation and moved it to a temporary location so a massive renovation project could get underway. 

The interior renovations are complete, and at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6, the library will reopen at its permanent home at 210 N. Phillips St. 

The public is invited to stop and see the updated facility – and use its services.

KRHC working with employees on feds’ vax mandate

ALGONA—Kossuth Regional Health Center (KRHC) is reacting to the Biden Administration’s requirement that medical facilities receiving Medicare reimbursement meet requirements to have employees vaccinated against COVID-19 by early 2022.

The matter was reviewed at the Nov. 23 hospital board of trustees meeting, according to Dar Elbert, hospital administrator and chief nursing officer.

Merchant movie is ‘Sing’

ALGONA—This week’s free holiday merchant movie at the State 5 Theatre is “Sing.”

Showtimes for the free movie are Saturday at 11 a.m. and noon and then Sunday at noon.

Cocoa, carols, Santa Storytime at the Algona library

ALGONA—The renovated Algona Public Library will host Cocoa and Carols Thursday, Dec. 9, 4-6 p.m. There will be a hot cocoa bar, live holiday music, prize drawings and other activities in the reopened facility at 210 N. Phillips St.

The event will be followed by Santa Storytime from 6 to 8 p.m.

COVID claims another life, 43 new cases here

ALGONA—Another Kossuth County resident has died from the COVID-19 coronavirus, and the state’s website reported Monday that 43 more county residents have tested positive for the virus – a rate of 7 percent, which is below the statewide average of 10.8 percent.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 2,894 cases in the county and 77 deaths. 

Cantata ‘Carols of Christmas’ here Dec. 12

“Carols of Christmas,”  a cantata written by John W. Petersen, will be presented by the Algona Presbyterian Church Christmas choir Sunday, Dec. 12, at 3 p.m.  

Fire victims have Go Fund Me page set up

Jim and Teresa Baer lost their home on North Wooster Street in Algona to a fire Saturday, Nov. 20. Both have health problems. Their granddaughter has set up a Go Fund Me page for people to make donations to help them. The link is As of Tuesday, $960 of a $10,000 goal had been raised.


Blood drives here next week

Lifeserve Blood Center will host drives in Algona and Wesley next week. The Algona drives are Monday, Dec. 6, 12:30-5:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church. The Wesley drive is at the community center Thursday, Dec. 9, 2-6 p.m. Appointments are required at 800-287-4903 or


Fenton library changes hours

The Fenton Public Library has changed its hours. They are Monday and Thursday, 9-11 a.m. and 1-7 p.m.; Tuesday, 9-11 a.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The library is closed Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

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ACCIDENT: Rear ended when avoiding hitting deer

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