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Nativity scene is a team effort

The mask debate continues at the Irene and Lyle Kuyper residence on Minnesota Street. The three wise men in the Kuyper’s nativity are wearing masks – they aren’t taking any chances with baby Jesus. Irene thought the wise men should wear masks because, “They come from a different country you know.” 
Learn more about the Kuypers' nativity scene and the recent updates in the Dec. 10 Kossuth County Advance.

Algona council approves zoning change reading

The first reading of an ordinance amending the Algona Municipal Zoning Code and Map to rezone more than 55 acres of land from agricultural to heavy manufacturing was approved during Monday’s Algona City Council meeting.
The land is located south of Highway 18 and east of Snap-On Drive. The city plans to use the property that it annexed on June 15 for industrial purposes. 
Get the full report on the city council meeting in the Dec. 10 Kossuth County Advance.

Mssion: From Algona to Africa

Curtis and Alissa Trulson have accepted the call and made the commitment for a missionary trip to Botswana, Africa. Travel restrictions due to COVID have already postponed other mission trips the Trulsons had planned. If everything goes according to plan, the Trulsons should arrive in Botswana in January 2022.
Get the full story in the Dec. 10 Kossuth County Advance.

Lights of Life project provides comfort

Each time the Hospice of the Heartland Lights of Life is held Annette Ratigan has a feeling of being connected once more to those she has volunteered to help in the hospice program.
“It’s a wonderful ceremony we’ve had for years now,” she said. “I think it is a rewarding feeling to be able to do this. It is a mending process for the people who have used hospice. And a nice way to remember loved ones.”
See the full story in the Dec. 10 Kossuth County Advance.

Care packages prepared for military; give and you shall receive

Sending care packages to troops overseas in nothing new to Mandie Studer. Studer and her children had done this with the Clover Kids Club when her children were young.  At that time, Sgt. First Class Thomas J. Cunningham was deployed overseas and was a recipient of those packages that Studer and her children sent. Cunningham, currently the PSNCO (Personnel Non-Commissioned Officer) has been assisting Studer with this year’s shipment and Studer’s son, Cpl.

ACSD board board approves athletic field, calls for public hearing

The Algona Community School District Board of Education held a special meeting on Monday morning, Nov. 23, to approve the Phase 2 plans for a planned athletic facility project and to schedule a date for a public hearing on the proposed issuance of approximately $9,750,000 school infrastructure sales, services and use tax revenue refunding bonds.

City begins work on capital improvement plan

ALGONA—Work has started on a five-year capital improvement plan for the city of Algona.
Recently at a work session, the Algona City Council discussed capital improvements related to the airport, sewer and parks and recreation.
Get more details in the full story in the Dec. 3 Kossuth County Advance.

How to recruit more teachers?

ALGONA—Teacher recruitment and licensure continues to be an issue in rural school districts. Algona Community School District is no exception. When the legislative session starts in January, the Algona Community School District hopes the legislature will address teacher recruitment challenges.

Early retirement plan in the works at West Bend-Mallard; Mallard land sold

WEST BEND—An early retirement program is being discussed in the West Bend-Mallard School District. No decision has been made on what it would entail or if it would be adopted during the regular December school board meeting.
Get the full story in the Dec. 3 Kossuth County Advance.

Center’s exterior features unique U.S. flag

WHITTEMORE—A unique American flag is painted on the south side of the Whittemore Community Center. The 30-by-60-foot flag with 13 stars and 13 stripes anchors the community’s Veteran’s Memorial.

Kemna Auto Group purchases Motor Inn in Algona

Kemna Auto Group, the areas premier provider of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac Vehicles, announced today the acquisition of Motor Inn of Algona. Motor Inn of Algona has provided, Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram and Jeep products in the Algona area for over 20 years.

City hires public works director

The city of Algona has hired Barb Smith, current Forest City administrator, to replace Ron Covert as the city’s public works director. Smith will start her new role on Dec. 14.
Get more on this story in the Dec. 3 Kossuth County Advance.

Shriners cruise in style to help others

The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t stop a group of car enthusiasts cruise Kossuth County and other backroads during the summer.
“It’s fun. It’s just a blast,” said Tom Nugent, a member of the local Shriner’s organization. “When you’re leading you make sure you have the right turns. I enjoy looking in the rear-view mirror when I turn the corner and see all the cars following. It’s just a fun event.”
Read about the Shriners' work in the Nov. 26 Kossuth County Advance.

There's a new sheriff in the county

It was a dream come true for Roger Fisher when he found out he would be the next Kossuth County sheriff. His philosophy on law enforcement hasn’t changed over the decades and he said it won’t change now.

Wind project gets its permit

A wind energy conversion construction (WECS) permit was issued to Ledyard Windpower LLC after a public hearing in Bancroft of Tuesday, Nov. 17.
The Kossuth County Board of Supervisors issued the WECS permit at the Summit Center. It is estimated that 20 people participated in person and another 40 participated virtually.
Board Chair Jack Plathe said there were no negative comments. 

Operation Christmas Child – love in a shoebox

Janelle Moe is the missionary coordinator at Algona Faith Church and has been collecting boxes from parishioners in that church to deliver to Grace Church. From there, someone local takes them to Minneapolis where they have a main distribution center. This is the fourth year Moe has participated in Operation Christmas Child. 
Get the full story in the Nov. 26 Kossuth County Advance.

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