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Catholic Schools Week

Bishop Garrigan students and staff will celebrate  Catholic Schools Week January 29-February 3 with a variety of activities planned featuring the theme, Faith. Excellence. and Service.

Photo: Katy Cink high fives Garrett Heying during a bingo game. Looking on are Lincoln Miller and Eva Snyder. Kim Wegener photo

Meet Children's Librarian Kristy Allison

By Kim Wegener

Features Writer


ALGONA—Kristy Allison has always been interested in working at a library. She loves reading, literature, books and working with kids so when the job as children’s librarian at the Algona Public Library became open she says it was “a perfect fit” for her.

Noon Kiwanis January students of the month



Bulldog Heroes



Kindergarten Bulldog Heroes at Bertha Godfrey from left: Brock Vaske, Jamison Fitzgerald, Kellan Kuecker, Everlee Brandt and Austin Gorham.


Fourth grade Lucia Wallace January Bulldog Heroes from left: Braxton Hager, Alana Jahnke, Trey Birkey, Liam Buchanan, Dax Elbert and Navan Geddings.

Annual chamber auction best ever



Spend A Day At The Fenton Public Library

The Fenton Public Library Book Club meets on the second and fourth Thursday of every month. Participants are invited to attend either the 2 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. sessions, as the same book is discussed at both sessions.

Deacon Black honored as 1440 Citizen


ALGONA—The Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office is honored to recognize Deacon Bill Black of Algona as the January 1440 Citizen of the Month. Deacon Bill was nominated by the 3rd floor nurses at Kossuth Regional Health Center for his volunteer efforts in visiting people in the hospital, community and schools.

Advance Award Winners

Kossuth County Advance publisher Brad Hicks presented plaques to the 2022 Advance Award winners during a ceremony held Thursday, January 12 at the Algona Publishing office. This is the third year the Advance has honored people who do a bit extra to help others and enrich their communities. Due to the pandemic, this was the first year the paper has been able to hold an awards ceremony. The Advance will begin taking nominations in the spring for 2023 winners.

Where are the storytellers ?


By Amy Frankl-Brandt

News Editor


ALGONA—Four of Algona’s finest storytellers were at the Algona Active Senior Center last Saturday, January 21.  Professional storyteller David Okerlund held a storytelling clinic that morning providing tips and tricks to improve public speaking and the stories were presented to a packed room that afternoon.

Fun planned for everyone during Frostbite Olympics

ALGONA—There will be fun activities for all ages during the Frostbite Olympics in Algona from Thursday, February 2 to Saturday, February 4.

Activities begin on Thursday evening with the Morwens Kiwanis Chili Cookoff from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Algona VFW. There is no fee and awards for People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice will be presented.

College Notes

Corey Rasch

named to

president’s list

MANCHESTER, N.H.—Corey Rasch of Bancroft has been named to the 2022 fall president’s list at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester.

Full-time undergraduate students who have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.700 and above for the reporting term are named to the president’s list.

Hospice of the Heartland offers grief support group

ALGONA—Hospice of the Heartland is again offering a grief support group for those struggling with the loss of a loved one. Beginning February 1, the grief support group will meet twice per month with the last meeting scheduled for April 12.

This group will meet at Kossuth Regional Health Center in the community health conference Room C every other Wednesday from 2 to 3 p.m.

DAR honors Veterans

ALGONA—The Algona Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Veteran Remembrance Project honors the military service of Veterans in Kossuth County. This list of Veteran funerals in November and December 2022 signifies a group of patriots who defended the country’s freedoms during their lifetime. DAR compiles this information as provided by funeral homes in Kossuth County. DAR extends gratitude to the families of these Veterans.

AMU Board approves loan application for business

By Kim Wegener

Features Writer


ALGONA—The Algona Municipal Utilities Board of Trustees has approved a recommendation from the AMU Revolving Loan Fund committee for an application for a loan for $31,250 to Amanda and Darren Arthur to assist with a portion of the financing for the purchase of a building at 107 East State Street in Algona.

The building will be the home for their new business, Cultivate Family Shop.

Annual KRHC audit report released


ALGONA—CliftonLarsonAllen LLP has released an audit report on Kossuth Regional Health Center. The health center’s revenues totaled $45,475,147 for the year ended June 30, 2022, an 8.25 percent decrease from the prior year.

The revenues included $38,155,810 in net patient service revenue, $5,306,124 of other operating revenue, $985,641 of noncapital contributions and grants, and $1,028,172 in other nonoperating revenues.

BGHS honor roll students

ALGONA—Bishop Garrigan High School has announced the students who qualified for the second quarter honor roll for the 2022-23 school year. Those with an asterisk (*) earned a 4.0 grade point average.

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