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Tom Vipond named as Division General Manager of PFI

Vipond will be responsible for all PFI Operations in his new role


ALGONA—PFI, a manufacturer of sanitary conveying equipment, has named Tom Vipond as Division General Manager of PFI, a manufacturer of sanitary conveying equipment. Vipond will oversee all PFI locations and operations and will continue to report to Bob Grote, chief executive officer of Grote Company,

Fratco celebrates 100 years of business

ALGONA—In 2023, Fratco—a leading manufacturer of corrugated drainage pipe operating in Algona, Iowa—is celebrating 100 years of business.

This centennial celebration is an especially significant milestone for this locally operated and family-owned business serving thousands of customers throughout the Midwest right from the heart of Algona.

Northwest Bank named a Top Mortgage Lender in 2022

Northwest Bank is named a Top Mortgage Lender in 2022. The Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) recently announced its 2022 top mortgage lenders. The awards were given to the lending institutions and loan originators who assisted the most homebuyers through IFA programs in 2022.

College News

AMES—Four area students are ranked among the Top 2 percent of students in their college at Iowa State University in Ames.

Algona: Ava Eisenbarth, sophomore, College of Design.

Burt: Jack Snyder, junior, Ivy College of Business and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Fenton: Meredith Tigges, sophomore, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Wesley: Kylie Skow, sophomore, Ivy College of Business.

Union Slough NWR to conduct controlled burns this spring

KOSSUTH COUNTY—The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be conducting controlled burns this spring on Union Slough National Wildlife Refuge and Waterfowl Production Areas in Kossuth County. Controlled burns are used to improve wildlife habitat, control invasive species, restore and maintain native plant communities and reduce wildfire potential.

Senior Center

Thursday, March 16

Ham and potato soup, breadstick, carrot, mixed fruit, dessert

11 a.m. – Exercise

1 p.m. – Cribbage/Canasta


Friday,  March 17

Pizza, breadstick, lettuce salad, dessert

10:30 a.m. – Bingo

1:30 p.m. – Tai Chi


Monday, March 20

Ground beef stroganoff, egg noodles, green beans, mandarin oranges

10:30 a.m. – Bingo


Tuesday,  March 21

Nominations open for Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year

DES MOINES—Nominations are now open for the 2023 Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year. This annual honor is given to an Iowa farmer who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to environmental stewardship and leadership.

The statewide award and nine regional awards are co-sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF). The grand prize winner will receive the use of a new John Deere 6E utility tractor for one year.

All local vendors, growers invited to March 18 market vendor meeting in Algona

ALGONA—A meeting for potential vendors at the Kossuth County Farmers’ market will be held on Saturday, March 18 at 10 a.m. at the First Congregational Church in Algona.

The market is held seasonally in Algona on the corner of Dodge and Nebraska Streets on the Carnegie lawn. The market is open on Saturday mornings from the first weekend in June through early October and Wednesday afternoons from July through September.

Community Calendar

Thursday, March 16

Book Club, 3 p.m., Algona Public Library, book is Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro.

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

STEM Time For Homeschool Students, 1:30-3 p.m., ages 5-12, Fenton Public Library.

Conversations Connect: Practice English and Spanish, 10-11 a.m., 5:30-6:30 p.m., Algona Public Library, adults and older students.


Seed exchange in Burt

The 3rd Annual Seed Exchange will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Burt Activity Complex on Monday, March 20. The free event will be hosted by the Burt Public Library, ISU Extension and Outreach of Kossuth County and Kossuth County Master Gardeners.

Persons can register at or by calling the office at (515) 295-2469.

Law Enforcement


Monday, March 6

5:07 a.m. Report of stray dog, Whittemore.

9:05 a.m. Request for a deputy, Swea City.

11:46 a.m. Report of 911 hang up, Titonka.

2:42 p.m. Search warrant and arrested Felipe Garza, 25, Swea City, for possession of short barreled weapon, control of firearm as a felon, child endangerment, possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to affix drug stamp, Swea City.

AMU Programming

Monday, March 20

9 a.m.: Presbyterian Church

6 p.m.: ACSD Jazz Concert

8 p.m.: NHS Induction Ceremony


Tuesday, March 21

9 a.m.: Trinity Lutheran Church

10 a.m.: Grace Church

7 p.m.: City Council

9 p.m.: ACSD Jazz Concert


Wednesday, March 22

9 a.m.: Faith Assembly of God

10:30 a.m.: Divine Mercy

Catholic Church

11:30 a.m.: City Council

The Daily Umbrella

Replant the seed and always bleed purple

Iinvested countless hours in the sport of wrestling over my lifetime, and I use the word “invested,” as it provided many paybacks. I competed for more than a decade on the mat, and I coached for more than 25 years. Through the blood, sweat and tears, I learned to appreciate it all.

Bill would eliminate requirement to publish public notices in Iowa newspapers

Copyright, Iowa Capital Dispatch, 3-8-2023

A bill approved Wednesday by an Iowa Senate committee would create a new state website to publish public notices and eliminate a long-standing requirement for cities, schools and other entities to publish the notices in newspapers.

Terry McGuire will lead St. Pat’s parade

John T. “Terry” McGuire II of Algona will serve as the grand marshal for the St. Patrick’s Day parade in downtown Algona on Friday, March 17.

A descendant of Irish heritage, his parents were John and Zelda McGuire. Terry rode in the parade with his sister, Marilyn “Midge” Andreasen, when she was the grand marshal. McGuire has owned and operated McGuire Cleaning Services in Algona for decades.

BGHS drama department presents Angel in the Night on March 17-18

By Kim Wegener

Features Writer


ALGONA—Bishop Garrigan High School Drama Department will present the play, Angel in the Night, on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18 at 7 p.m.  in the Friedmann Auditorium at BGHS.

Tickets can be purchased at the door and Garrigan students will be admitted free of charge. There will be bleachers and floor seats available.

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