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Ending the school chapter; beginning another journey

Seniors at Algona High School celebrated the end of one journey and beginning of another during the graduation ceremony held Sunday, May 20, at the Algona High School gym.
The graduates entered their high school gym to the tune of, “Pomp and Circumstance,” in their school colors of red and black. The high school concert band performed, “Korean Folk Song,” followed by speeches given by senior class president Kali Garman and school board member Rodney Davis.


Julian Henry Lentsch


Liv Austen Zadow


Gracelyn Jean Metzger
Tory and Jadeyn (Pender) Metzger are the proud parents of a baby girl, Gracelyn Jean, born Saturday, May 19 at Kossuth Regional Health Center. She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 18 inches long at birth. Maternal grandparents are Sallie and John Fitzpatrick of Peterson. Paternal grandparents are Kathy and Leland Metzger of Whittemore. Great grandparents are Della Metzger of West Bend and Ann Pender of Cherokee.


Bennett Allen Rodgers


Hurley James Kutschara


Cheyann Lee Kern-Householder
Desiree Kern and Devin Householder of Burt are the proud parents of a baby girl, Cheyann Lee, born Tuesday, May 15 at Kossuth Regional Health Center. She weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and was 19.3 inches long at birth. Maternal grandparents are Mitch Kern and Carolyn Fisher of West Bend. Paternal grandparents are Wayne Householder and Angie Isebrand of Fenton. Desiree and Devin both work at Aluma. Welcoming baby Cheyann home is older sister Analicia.

93rd Birthday

Dolores Roethler of Algona will be 93 on Wednesday, May 23. Her family, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren gathered Saturday night at Emeralds in Algona to celebrate this beautiful milestone.  

90th Birthday

Dolores Mertz was born May 30, 1928 and will celebrate her 90th birthday this year. Family and friends are invited to an open house in her honor, which will take place Saturday, June 2 from 1:30 – 4 p.m. at the West Bend Country Club in West Bend. Loved ones may also send her cards. Cards and well wishes will reach her at 203 4th Street NW, West Bend, IA 50597.

60th Anniversary

Ray and Marilyn Nielsen are celebrating 60 years of marriage this year! Please help them celebrate by attending an open house in their honor. The open house will take place Saturday, June 2 from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Water’s Edge Nature Center located at 1010 250th Street, Algona, IA 50511. The couple is requesting no gifts.

50th Anniversary

Richard and Arlene (Goetz) Reising were married June 1, 1968 and will be celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. The couple was married in Wesley, but now resides in Algona. They have three children, Lynn (Brent) Weringa of Algona, John Reising of Sioux City, and Cyndi Hanna of Soldotna, Alaska. They also have eight grandchildren. The family encourages friends and loved one to shower the couple with cards to help them celebrate.

65th Anniversary

Ed and Betty (Pedersen) Wilcox were married May 31, 1953 in Rolfe and will celebrate their 65th anniversary this year. They reside out at Oak Lake and are members of Trinity Lutheran Church. They were previously the owners of Ernie Williams John Deere in Algona.


Harrison Dean Hemrick
Tal and Rachelle Hemrick of Fort Dodge are the proud parents of a baby boy, Harrison Dean born Tuesday, May 8 at Kossuth Regional Health Center. Welcoming baby Harrison home are older siblings Claire and Penny.

80th Birthday

Jerry Yocum will be celebrating his 80th birthday on May 24th. His wife and family would like friends to help him celebrate by sending him cards. Cards and well wishes will reach him at 1815 East Lucas Street, Algona, IA 50511.

50th Anniversary

Paul and Sherry (Reard) Goetz were married May 21, 1968 in Omaha and will celebrate their 50th anniversary this year. Paul was born and raised in Wesley, but the couple has resided in Omaha their entire married life. Paul is a retired mailman, and they are members of the Florence Christian Church.

Paintings ‘jumping off the walls’ at the library

Visitors at Jaclyn Garlock’s art show said the pieces were jumping off the walls.
“The faces are so real. The clothing depicts the era. I can relate to it,” said Shirley Eisenbarth, a community member who came to the showing.
On Thursday, May 10, there was a reception at the Algona Public Library and community members had an opportunity to meet Garlock for a few hours.

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