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Fatal shooting outside Armstrong

EMMET COUNTY-—At 6:20 a.m. on May 31, 2024, the Emmet County Communications Center received a 911 call reporting shots fired incident in the 5400 block of 120th Avenue outside Armstrong.

The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office responded and discovered a male subject who had sustained a single gunshot wound. The subject was transported by ambulance to Avera Holy Family Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

There is no danger to the public at this time.

John Deere moving plant to Mexico

IOWA — Since January 2024, John Deere has laid off 650 workers between locations in central and eastern Iowa and more could be on the way. The company is in the process of purchasing land in Mexico to build a new production plant. Some employees are opting for early retirement before being laid off.

According to the report, John Deere plans to move production of mid-frame skid steer loaders and compact track loaders from the current plant in Dubuque to Ramos, Mexico by 2026.

Recurring & Ongoing Events


To update this information, email or call 515-295-3535. Some changes to schedules may occur without notice.

____Libraries, Museums, Recreation, Events_____

Algona Nativity Scene: Small groups by appointment. Call 515-295-7241.

Algona POW Museum: Saturdays and Sundays 1-4 p.m.; Memorial Day to Labor Day open weekdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

What's Happening & 3•2•Do



Local Fishing Derbies

Join Morwens Kiwanis on Saturday, June 8 from 8:30 - 11 a.m. at Smith Lake or the Whittmore Outdoor Club on Sunday, June 9, from 12-3 p.m. at Siems Park for a fishing derby. More details below.


Rock the Grotto

The Kossuth County Democratic Party announces new speaking series

The Kossuth County Democratic Party is excited to announce a new quarterly speaking series called Chautauqua Talks. They will resemble the old Chautauqua talks that were popular in the rural Midwest at the turn of the 20th century. Theodore Roosevelt called Chautauqua the “most American thing in America.” These talks will be focused on bringing our community together around education and entertainment. Our first speaker will be Dr.

Kid’s Fishing Derby at Siems Park

The annual Kid’s Fishing Derby sponsored by the Whittemore Outdoor Club will be Sunday, June 9 at Siems Park southeast of Whittemore from noon to 3 p.m. This is a free event for the whole family. There will be prizes to the top three winners in each age group.  Youth 10 years old and younger must be accompanied by a responsible adult. This is a free fishing weekend in Iowa so no license required. Enjoy a free hot dog lunch until 3 p.m. Bait is provided but bring your own tackle.

Preserve the Taste of Summer workshop

ALGONA—Learn how to “Preserve the Taste of Summer” during a hands-on workshop from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Kossuth County.

The workshop teaching pickle making and pickled products will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, from 5-9 p.m. in the Algona High School Family Consumer Science Classroom (600 S Hale St., Algona).

Algona Police Report

Monday, May 27

12:01 a.m. Animal complaint.

9:36 a.m. Lost property.

11:18 a.m. Peace disturbance - barking dogs.

1:03 p.m. Suspicious circumstance.

1:24 p.m. Animal complaint.

5:26 p.m. Missing dog.

6:17 p.m. Speak with officer.

7:29 p.m. Ambulance.


Tuesday, May 28

2:02 a.m. Ambulance.

4:10 a.m. Transport.

6:57 a.m. Traffic stop, arrest.

10:12 a.m. Ambulance call.

Kossuth County Sheriff Report

Notice to Readers:

The information included on this page has been obtained from public records — either court files, police and sheriff logs or accident reports. The Kossuth County Advance staff reminds readers that all charges are accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


Monday, May 27

1:09 a.m. Report of cattle out, Whittemore.

12:06 p.m. Report of driving complaint, Wesley.

College Notes

Bormann named to Kirkwood’s Dean’s List

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Kirkwood Community College has released its Dean's List for the spring 2024 semester. These students have achieved a 3.3 grade point average or higher after completing 12 or more credit hours at the college. From Kossuth County, IA, Caleb Bormann of Lu Verne was named to this list.


Waldorf Announces Residential Dean’s List


Buscher 25th

Extending Cheers For 25 years for the Buscher’s.

Nicole and Brad celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.  They were married June 5, 1999 at St. Michael’s Church in Whittemore, Iowa.

They enjoy fishing, raising show rabbits and the Iowa Hawkeyes.  A House divided for the Cowboys and the Vikings!

They are the parents of Jordan, Kayla and Taylor.


Miller 90th

Bernie Miller, formerly of Algona, is celebrating his 90th birthday on June 10.

Birthday wishes can be sent to 104 3rd St. Dakota City, IA 50529.


Fowlers Turn 60

Lyndon & Mary Fowler are both celebrating their 60th birthdays.

Lyndon’s birthday is June 6 & Mary’s is June 12.

Cards can be sent to 213 S Minnesota St. Algona, IA 50511.

AMU Programming

Monday, June 10

9 a.m.: Presbyterian Church

7 p.m.: Intern Breakfast

8 p.m.: AHS Softball vs. Saint Edmond


Tuesday, June 11

9 a.m.: Trinity Lutheran Church

10 a.m.: Grace Church

7 p.m.: School Board

9 p.m.: Algona Chamber Forum


Wednesday, June 12

9 a.m.: Faith Assembly of God

10:30 a.m.: Divine Mercy Catholic Church

6 p.m.: School Board

Senior Center

Thursday, June 6

Tuna and noodles, mixed vegetables, peaches, breadstick

11 a.m. – Exercise


Friday, June 7

Beef stew, dinner roll, peas, strawberries

10:30 a.m. – Bingo


Saturday, June 8

10 a.m. - 4:40 - Cards with Ann


Monday, June 10

Honey chicken, baked potato, mixed vegetables, oranges

10:30 a.m. – Bingo


Tuesday, June 11

Fox brings special gift for Cram family

Artist Ken Fox brought a special gift to Algona and presented it at the art exhibit and reception held for him last Monday at the Algona Publishing Gallery.

Christensen named Teacher of the Year for ACSD

ALGONA—Jennifer Christensen was named the recipient of the annual AHS Class of 1979 Award for Excellence in Teaching at the conclusion of the school year Wednesday, May 22.  The award is designed to recognize the outstanding contributions of a teacher who goes above and beyond the job of teaching.

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