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Bishop Garrigan Gala with CornerStone theme is March 25

By Kim Wegener

Features Writer


ALGONA—It was a record breaking year for the Bishop Garrigan School’s Gala event in 2022 with $413,000 raised for updating classrooms, technology, teacher needs and the general fund, which supports teacher’s salaries, general operating expenses and keeping tuition at a reasonable cost to families.

All Iowa Honor Dance Team

A total of 13 dance team members from the four area schools in the Kossuth County Advance coverage area were selected as members of 2023 All-Iowa Honor Dance Team that performed at the state girls’ basketball tournament in Des Moines on Saturday, March 4.

Chamber ribbon cutting at Cultivate Family Shop

A ribbon cutting and coffee hosted by the Algona Area Chamber of Commerce was held at the new Cultivate Family Shop in downtown Algona on Friday, March 10. Mandy Arthur is the store owner and manager. The store features clothing for ages newborn to toddler and women’s clothing and accessories.

Mandy and her husband, Darren’s daughter, Letty, helped her mom cut the ribbon. Next to them is Darren holding their son, Brigham.

Learn about screenings during March: Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

By Dr. Harry Condoleon - General Surgeon

Kossuth Regional

Health Center

Screenings for cancer make a difference. Nearly 60 percent of deaths caused by colorectal cancer (colon cancer) could be prevented with a screening.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month - a good time to talk with your health care provider about important wellness screenings if it’s time for you to schedule one.

Acupuncture: A point in the right direction

By Rauchelle Meschke

and Alyse Kern, licensed



ave you always wanted to try acupuncture? Maybe you haven’t been feeling like yourself? The team at Essential Health Acupuncture is here to help you feel your very best, helping to re-awaken and energize the self-healing capacity of your body.

Read Across America Day

Students at Corwith-Wesley-Lu Verne, (CWL) Elementary School celebrated Read Across America Day recently. Three librarians from Corwith, Wesley and Lu Verne came to school and read to the students and created a craft with them.

Bottom photos:Corwith Librarian Denise Group in the background reading to students. CWL students show off the special shirts made for them. Submitted photos


Fish fry volunteers

Photo above: Jim Grandgenett (left) was one of the 400 people that enjoyed a fish dinner at the  Knights of Columbus Council #952 Fish Fry on March 10. Greeting people and collecting money for the dinners were Joe Bradley (center) and Tom Ulses.

Photo at left: Adam Sullivan was among those frying fish.

Hunting with Heroes honors companies

Snap-on has been a partner with the Salute To Veterans race program Summer Series since it started in 2017. They have provided the second place trophies in the series at all three tracks. Bernie Becker with Hunting with Heroes said Hunting with Heroes is proud that Snap-on helps support the Veterans in Northern Iowa and southern Minnesota area.

Ingalls honored at chamber coffee

Chamber Ambassador President Sarah Mayer presented Dana Ingalls with the Congeniality award at a chamber coffee held at Iowa State Bank’s newly renovated drive-up-office on Friday, Feb. 24. The next chamber coffee will be held Friday, March 17 at 9:30 a.m., at the Welcome Center, downtown Algona, hosted by Kossuth County Shrine Club. Amy Frankl-Brandt photo

Thuls named Iowa Master Pork Producers

AMES—Steve and Lisa Thul of rural Bode were named Iowa Master Pork Producers for 2022 by the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) and Iowa State University Extension, who co-sponsor the program.

The Thuls were honored at the Iowa Pork Congress banquet in January at the Iowa Event Center in Des Moines. The couple resides in Delana Township and has a small row crop operation as well as a wean to finish hog site contract feeding with Smithfield Foods.

Kiwanis Students of the month

The Noon Kiwanis March Students of the month were honored at a recent Kiwanis meeting. Pictured from top to bottom are: from Garrigan  is Schyler Morse with his mom April, Rob Meister and Bob Ketchum.

From Garrigan, Shiloh Trainer pictured with his parents Cheryl and Tony, Rob Meister and Bob Ketchum.

From Algona High School, Lauren McLaughlin pictured with her parents Noel and Amy, Julie Stein and Bob Ketchum

Herb gardening class set for April 1

Displays at the Algona Public Library during March are focused on gardening, including herb gardening this month. Staff says libraries everywhere are extending their focus from just books to include libraries of things.

Algona Public Library staff have created a seed library where people can check out seed packets for their planting needs.

Author comes to Titonka

In the topphoto you can barely see author Mary Beth Sartor Obermeyer behind the crowd of people gathered at the Titonka Public Library to hear about her book featuring her grandfather, Dr. Sartor who lived and worked in Bancroft, Titonka and the surrounding communities in the early 1900s. Top right: Titonka Librarian Damien Strecker poses with Obermeyer and her book. Bottom left: Obermeyer addresses the crowd. Submitted photos


Droessler 80th


Robert “Bob” Droessler will celebrate his 80th birthday on March 20.

A card shower is planned in his honor. Cards will reach him if sent to 1109 390th Street, Bancroft, IA 50517.

Bulldog Heroes

Clockwise from left: February kindergarten Bulldog Heroes are from left: Charlie Olsen, Atheena Norland, Mathyaus Norland and Henry O’Leary.

February third grade Bulldog Heroes are from left: Carson Broesder, Brennan Sudol, Bailey Merkel and Amelia Reutzel. Not pictured: Easton Bishop.

Raising awareness and spirits

By Brooklyn Helmers

AHS Journalism


ALGONA—The third annual Mental Health Concert was supposed to be held on Thursday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. However, due to the weather, the concert is postponed until April 27.

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.”

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