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Studer is 1440 Citizen of the Month

The Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office is honored to recognize Mandie Studer of Wesley as the April 1440 Citizen of the Month. Studer is employed at the post office in Wesley and is very active within her communities and the Algona School District.

North Union activities

Photo above and at right: North Union Elementary in Fenton staff and students as well as members of the community celebrated with three retirees who had served in the building for more than a combined total of 85 years at a event hosted by members of the fifth grade class on Monday, April 19.

Throwing the distance

By Olivia Hanig

AHS Journalism


Special Olympics is an amazing sports organization that holds competitions for special needs athletes to compete in and have fun. Five million Special Olympics athletes, aged 8 and up, train and participate year round in different sporting events.

Mental Health Concert

By Brooklyn Helmers

AHS Journalism


The third annual Mental Health Concert will be held on Thursday, April 27 at 6 p.m. The concert was originally supposed to be held on Thursday, March 9; however, due to the weather, the concert was postponed.

Caitlin Louscher, with the help of other Student Senate members, organized the concert this year. Caitlin Louscher states, “Spend time with people who are good for your mental health.”

Local businesses give to Head Start

Kids at the Algona Head Start Preschool classroom received  some gifts from three local businesses recently.

Sign Works gave them a cash donation which they have put toward art supplies and new border paper for the bulletin boards for the next school year.

Algona Head Start also received Hormel pepperoni for all of the families to take home and enjoy.

Bulldog Heroes

Top photo: Kindergarten April Bulldog Heroes from Bertha Godfrey  are from left: Avery Wolter, Ashlynn Schaffer,  Elijah Leners,  Charlie Jones and  Eyler Ginger. Middle photo: Fourth grade April Bulldog Heroes from Lucia Wallace are from left: Natalie Bierstedt, Sam Brinkley, Isaiah Rickets and Mason Sewick. Bottom photo: Third grade April Bulldog Heroes from Lucia Wallace are from left: Max Olmstead, Caleb Fuerstenau, Cadence Muller, Gemma Lentsch and Tabby Fairbanks.

Algona FFA Hosts Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Naig

As part of his annual 99 county tour, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig was in Algona and paid a visit to the Algona FFA Chapter’s meeting on April 11 in the AHS commons.  Naig shared thoughts about the incredible value of the FFA experience as well as shared a few updates about Iowa agriculture and his recent trade missions.

Springtime optimism

By Iowa Secretary of

Agriculture Mike Naig


Spring is an exciting time of year. As the days get longer and warmer, we feel a sense of renewal and revitalization. Our students are anticipating the end of the school year, outdoor activities are in full swing, the smell of freshly mowed grass and backyard grills begin to permeate the air, and our communities will soon gather for annual celebrations.

ten percent of expected corn crop planted

DES MOINES— Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig has commented on the Iowa Crop Progress and Condition Report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.

“Wetter conditions and cooler temperatures over the past week slowed down planters across much of Iowa,” said Secretary Naig. “As farmers look for a window to resume planting, other fieldwork activities including fertilizer application and cover crop termination continues.”

Algona Aquatic Center to offer lifeguard classes

ALGONA—The Algona Aquatic Center has set the dates for lifeguard classes, water safety instructor classes and lifeguard instructor classes.

American Red Cross lifeguard classes will be held at the Algona Aquatics Center from May 30 through June 2. This four day class is held from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day. The cost for the class is $175.

City of Algona to reduce property tax levy

Total tax collections to remain steady

ALGONA—The Algona City Council approved a resolution adopting the annual city budget for fiscal year 2024 (July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024) following a public hearing on April 17.

The council approved a reduction of the city’s total property tax levy to $15.641 per $1,000 taxable valuation. However, some residents will see an increase in their taxes due to an increase in their property valuations.

Community Calendar

Thursday, April 27

Coffee and Chat, 9-10 a.m., Fenton Public Library.

LifeServe Wesley Community Blood Drive, 2-6 p.m. at Wesley Community Center, schedule an appointment online at or call 800-287-4903.


Plant swap in Whittemore

A plant swap will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 29 at the Whittemore Public Library. The event will be held in partnership with the library,  Iowa State Extension and Master Gardeners.

Izaak Walton breakfast

KRHC Auxiliary fundraiser planned for therapy program

ALGONA—Kossuth Regional Health Center offers a pediatric therapy program designed to help children improve function and promote development to become more independent.


Oliver Randall Kuecker

Justin and Erin (Eisenman) Kuecker of Algona announce the birth of their son, Oliver Randall, on April 13, 2023, at the Kossuth Regional Health Center. He weighed 8 pounds, 1.3 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.

Oliver is welcomed home by brothers, Maxton and Leo and a sister, Ella.

Maternal grandparents are Mark and Darcy Eisenman of Britt. Paternal grandparents are Randy and Theresa Kuecker of Algona.

Emerald Ash Borer mitigation plan is underway in Algona

ALGONA—Oak Street in Algona was closed from Diagonal Street to Roan Street on Tuesday, April 25 for tree removal. The street will remain closed until the work is completed.

The City of Algona is working through a proactive, large-scale ash tree removal project this spring to mitigate the Emerald Ash Borer. Approximately 100 trees are anticipated to be removed this year, and additional trees may be treated.

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