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Capital campaign to upgrade much needed research and extension facility

Worth County Family Pledges a $50,000 Challenge Grant for the Construction of New Facilities at the Northern Research and Demonstration Farm

Bilsborough honored by DAR

The Algona Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution meeting was called to order on May 14 by Regent Teri Miller. Following the opening ceremony, these reports were made.

Farmers market season opener is a sunny success

By Joanne Roepke Bode

Thanks to all who came out to join us for opening day of the Kossuth County Farmers Market! It was wonderful to see a lot of familiar faces, new customers and vendor tables full of locally produced items. It was especially nice to have a lovely day without any sprinkles of rain during the market. The season is off to a good start!

Annual memorial butterfly release set for June 27

ALGONA—Hospice of the Heartland will host its annual memorial service and butterfly release on Thursday, June 27 in the outdoor courtyard of Kossuth Regional Health Center at 5 p.m.

All are welcome to attend this memorial ceremony to honor and remember loved ones. At the conclusion of the memorial service, attendees will be able to release a butterfly in the KRHC courtyard in memory of a special loved one.

Contestants being sought for Kossuth County Fair Pageant

The 2024 Kossuth County Fair Pageant is seeking contestants to vie for five titles that will be determined on Tuesday, July 30. Personal interviews will be held on Sunday, July 28. Queen contestants will take part in a group interview.

Age divisions are as follows:

Queen - 17-21 years old

Jr. Miss - 14-16 years old

Princess - 11-13 years old

Lil’ Miss - 8-10 years old

Lil’ Princess - 5-7 years old

Red-White & Blue 2024 Whittemore Ribfest Winners

Judge’s Choice

     #1: Sean Lenners, Rodman, photo below

     #2: Shawn Sikora, Algona

     #3: Brad Culbertson, Whittemore

People’s Choice

     Team Elbert, Algona, photo above

Smithfield Foods of Algona supplied the ribs. Submitted photos

West Bend Public Library’s “Library Of Things” for visually impaired ready for loan

Thanks to grant funding for Small and Rural Libraries from the American Library Association


WEST BEND—The West Bend Public Library was selected as one of the libraries to participate in Libraries Transforming Communities: Accessible Small and Rural Communities, an American Library Association (ALA) initiative that provides community engagement and accessibility resources to small and rural libraries to help them better serve people with disabilities.

Sunflower challenge

The West Bend Public Library to host “Earth to Air Environmental Workshops”

Iowa Ag News – Monthly Prices

The average price received by farmers for corn during April 2024 in Iowa was $4.50 per bushel according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Agricultural Prices report. This was 7 cents above the March price but $2.25 below April 2023.

The April 2024 average price received by farmers for soybeans, at $12.10 per bushel, was 40 cents above the March price but $2.70 below the April 2023 price.

Noon Kiwanis celebrate 100 years

The Noon Kiwanis Club commemmorated their 100 year anniversary last Friday with a chamber coffee. The Noon Kiwanis are well known for their numerous community projects for children. The Kiwanis’ motto is “Serving the Children of the World.” They are a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.

Garrigan Class of 1964

The Garrigan Class of 1964 gathered at the Water's Edge Nature Center on Friday, evening May 24, 2024,  for their 60th class reunion.

Christy Peterson President of Garrigan gave an interesting tour of Garrigan and Chapel at 3:30 p.m.

Pictured in back row from left: Robert Thilges, Doreen (Thilges) Koepke, Michael Studer, Sylvia (Downs) Baker, Richard Reising, Paul Goetz, Dwight Frideres, Joyce (Becker) Wagner, Lew Elbert and Norman Klein.

Appliance Plus receives Algona Advantage award

Downtown store to offer cell phones, appliances and furniture

ALGONA—Appliance Plus will expand into a renovated downtown location, with the help of a $5,000 forgivable loan from the Algona Area Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC).

Dolores Mertz scholarship recipients

The Kossuth County Democrats awarded four graduating seniors from Kossuth County a $500 scholarship in the name of Dolores Mertz. Mertz was a long-time democrat that honorably served at the local and state level. She accomplished many things that continue to benefit the citizens of Kossuth County by working in a positive, bipartisan manner.

Recipients include:

Algona Aquatic Center open for summer

The Algona Aquatic Center opened for the season on Monday, May 27. Pool hours are 1 to 8 p.m. daily with lap swimming from noon to 1 p.m.

The Algona Aquatic Center is available to provide summer fun, swimming lessons and much more.


Purchase your season pool pass online at

Daily Admission is $5 per person (Ages 3 and under free with paid adult)

National Agricultural Marketing Summit

We are excited to announce that the 2024 National Agricultural Marketing Summit will be held November 13-15 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The conference theme is Food with Purpose.

Submit presentation proposals now through July 15, 2024 at

Amid sewage-logged basements, Algona Seeks Answers

By Molly Montag, News Correspondent

Frustrated residents of an Algona neighborhood who say their basements were flooded with sewage water after storms last month want action from city officials. Several affected homeowners addressed the council during a June 3 Algona City Council meeting and work session.

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