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Classroom added for 2022-2023 school year at West Bend-Mallard

By Kim Wegener

Features Writer


WEST BEND—The 13 students enrolled in the PreK program in the West Bend-Mallard Community School District will attend classes this year in a newly remodeled classroom. Staff were busy last week moving books, chairs and everything else needed for the classroom into the former storage area space that has been completely renovated–new walls, paint and carpet–for the students.

Classroom renovations, more parking at BGS

By Kim Wegener

Features Writer


ALGONA—During the summer school break, many technology updates were completed as well as the renovation of some of the classrooms at Bishop Garrigan Schools. 

Students will see the addition of more large touch screen tvs in the classrooms and there will be more parking spaces available for visitors of the Bishop Garrigan Schools complex in the school year. 


More parking

Sharing a unique zucchini recipe

By Joanne Roepke Bode

Kossuth Farmers Market


Back when I was running competitively, I often raced the half mile (800 meters). There was always a point in the race, if there were runners ahead of me, where I had to make a decision. 

Do I gut it out, stick with the group and hope for an opportunity to end up as the victor? Or, do I ease up my pace and just let the group go?  

Valero's Lakota plant gives to C.A.R.E. Team


 C.A.R.E. Team director Ally Klee is shown at left accepting a donation from Valero Office Coordinator Erica Klukow and Production Manager Dominic Whitmore.

Valero's volunteer committee reached out to employees and raised more than $480 worth of school supplies for children.

Mental health liaison introduced at chamber coffee


Chief of Police Bo Miller introduced Haley Keihn, the new community liaison heading a new program to combat mental health in Kossuth County. Keihn is an alcohol and drug counselor originally from Eagan, Minn. She and her husband moved to Algona in April. 

New backdrop at the fair


ALGONA-—Thanks to the East Fork 4-H Club the Kossuth County Fairgrounds has a new backdrop. Fair goers and 4-H kids took advantage of the sharp new backdrop for photo opportunities. 

Lots to celebrate in Bancroft



At left: The Bancroft Dance Academy was awarded the Bancroft Area Rotary Club’s Business of the Year for 2021-2022. At right: Hager Foods celebrated their 10th anniversary with an indoor produce tent sale and served root beer floats.

Don’t miss the Car Cruise on Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Ramsey St. There is no entry fee. Contact Crysti Neuman 262-358-3432. Submitted photos

Wesley public school class of 1958 reunites

Twenty students were in the last class to graduate from Wesley Public School when it closed in 1958. A 64 year class reunion was held during Wesley’s 150th celebration during the Fourth of July weekend.

Classmates met for dinner at Hillside Golf and Dining on Friday evening. Attending were front, from left: Carol Frideres Ludwig, Marilyn Harr Leninger and Elaine Neuroth Hoffman.


Studer 90th

An open house in honor of Chuck Studer’s 90th birthday will be held on Sunday, August 28 from 2-4 p.m. at the Britt Event Center. 

Cards will reach him if sent to 840  240th Street, Britt, IA 50423.Chuck will mark his birthday on August 30.

Engstrom 90th

A card shower is planned in honor of Louise Engstrom’s 90th birthday on September 2.

Truck and tractor pulls at the Kossuth County fair
Go-Kart races at the Kossuth County fair
Brown celebrates 40 years at ISB



Laurie Vitzthum, President and CEO of Iowa State Bank at left, with Kristie A. Brown, Executive Vice President, Trust and Human Resources Development, at right. Brown celebrated 40 years at Iowa State Bank on May 3, 2022. Submitted photo

All State Park, Car Tour, coming to Algona 



ALGONA—Jump in your favorite car, fire up the engine, roll down the windows, turn up the radio, and put on your biggest smile. It is time to hit the road to show your support for state parks in Iowa.

Surprise - free popcorn



Iowa State Bank employees surprised their customers recently with a free popcorn give-away one summer afternoon. Pictured are: Travis White, Dana Ingalls, Theo Herbst-Ulmer, Shannon Goche and Jaime Hall. Submitted photo 

Louschers host gathering for Senate hopeful Mike Franken


Northern Iowa Woman Wins $10,000 Lottery Prize



CLIVE—A northern Iowa woman scratched off a $10,000 lottery prize while out for dinner with friends.

Sara Abbas, 44, of Algona, won the big prize in the Iowa Lottery’s “Super 20s” scratch game. She bought her winning ticket at Billie Jo’s Bar & Grill, 4 E. State St. in Algona. She redeemed a $20 prize on a different ticket and decided to use her winnings to buy an additional ticket in the $20 scratch game.

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