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2024 KCA Academic All-Stars

The Kossuth County Advance (KCA) has announced selections for its annual Academic All-Stars. The students are picked by the KCA staff after nominations are received from the four local school districts the newspaper covers on a regular basis – Algona, Bishop Garrigan, North Union and West Bend-Mallard.

The selections are made based on criteria that involve a complete high school career that included academic performance and involvement in school and community activities.

2024 Algona FFA banquet

Photos below in order:

Iowa Degree Recipients from left: Ellie Vaske, Paige Vileta, Carson Skow, Kara Rotert, Logan Lentz, Porter Divis and Kayla Buscher.



2024 Algona Alumni FFA Senior Scholarship Recipients from left:  Paige Vileta, Jacob Schutter, Reid Louwagie, Logan Lentz, Morgan Kelly, Ian Fehr and Carlee Allen. Missing Mya Garman.



Kids help save library

If kids can do it-you can too

Wesley Library Director and President of the Kossuth County Library Association (KCLA), Lany Mitchell, stands in the middle of a group of Garrigan and Seton students (along with outside donations from friends) holding a check for $3,500 to KCLA.  The students held a Jean Day fundraiser to raise the money to help keep Kossuth County Libraries open.

Iowa Crop Progress

DES MOINES - Fieldwork activities were limited as rain across the State held Iowa farmers to just 1.4 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending May 5, 2024, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Rains the past two weeks have resulted in reports of some counties moving out of the extreme to severe drought stages.

Topsoil moisture condition rated 4 percent very short, 12 percent short, 65 percent adequate and 19 percent surplus.

Webinar on Fermenting Whey to Produce Spirits

ORANGE CITY, Iowa - The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team monthly webinar series continues Wednesday, May 15, from 12 noon to 1 p.m.

The program will feature Curt Basina from Copper Crow Distillery discussing the fermentation and distillation of lactose sugar found in whey to produce ethanol. Basina will also focus on some of the issues faced using whey in distillation, including legal requirements associated with distillation.

Ag drainage water recycling potential

AMES, Iowa – What if Iowa farmers could collect field drainage and rainfall to supply the right amount of water at the right time for crop production – and improve water quality in the process? That dream is coming closer to reality, thanks to the emerging technology of drainage water recycling (DWR) already in practice on several Iowa farms.

Scouting for food

Boy Scout Troop #71 collected 2558 items plus one palate of laundry soap for the Kossuth County Food Pantry. In addition to that they collected $1996.85 in cash plus $265 donated gift cards. They bought $460 in gift cards totaling $725 in gift cards they gave to Henry Ricke, Food Pantry director along with another $1104.96 in groceries when the scouts went shopping.

College Notes

Haase to compete in National SkillsUSA competition in Atlanta, GA

EMMETSBURG, Iowa — Fifteen Iowa Lakes Community College students and four Iowa Lakes Career Academy students demonstrated their exceptional skills and expertise at the 2024 Iowa SkillsUSA competition, which was held on April 26 at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in Ankeny, Iowa.

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North Central Iowa has been working on Community Health Needs based on data collected for Kossuth County as well as information collected from the Community Health Needs survey that was conducted late last summer.

The priorities that were identified from the survey include: 1) Food Access 2) Mental Health Support and 3) Aging support.

Nominations for Heritage Award open

Nominations will be received from organizations, individuals, or groups; credentials submitted to Founders’ Day Committee, Algona Area Chamber of Commerce, 123 E. State St., Algona, Iowa 50511 by June 1, 2024.

The Heritage Award Committee, composed of a member of the following organizations, will review the nominations: American Association of University Women, Founders’ Day Committee, Lions Club, Morwens Kiwanis, Noon Kiwanis, Rotary and Soroptimist International.

Seasonal cemetery decoration reminders

As Memorial Day approaches, please keep the following decoration guidelines in mind for gravesites located at Riverview or East Lawn Cemetery.

Artificial flowers may be placed on graves from May 15 and to June 15. Decorations will be removed after that date by cemetery staff. If placing a decoration that you intend to keep, please be sure to remove it before June 15.

Hear lowa Veterans' Stories in Their Own Words

Sara Maniscalco Robinson, an lowa National Guard broadcast journalist, will present a program at the Corwith Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on May 24, 2024. She founded the Iowa Veterans Perspective in 2017, and she will share the stories of the veterans she has interviewed as a part of that project. She has indicated an interest in interviewing local veterans.

KCCF Impacts Highlighted in 2023 Annual Report

The Kossuth County Community Foundation’s 2023 annual report is now available on the Community Foundation’s website at The report highlights key impacts made and lists funds held with the Community Foundation along with grant-funded projects.

Registration is open for summer recreation programs

Sign up now for golf, tennis, sand volleyball and more

Registration is now open for summer activities available for youth and adults through the Algona Recreation Department.

Youth Golf Lessons

Lu Verne Library May events

May 11 at 1-3 p.m. - Mother/daugter High Tea Party

May 25 at 7-9 p.m. Sock Hop “Kick off your shoes: summer reading kick-off”

May 28 at 5 P.m. - Book Club Discussion

May 30 at 6 p.m. - Adult Craft Night

Plant Sale May 11

The Kossuth Area Garden Club will be conducting its annual plant sale on Saturday morning, May 11 in  the commercial building at the Kossuth County Fairgrounds. Hours of the sale will be 9 a.m. – 12 noon. Club members will be offering a large variety of perennials and other garden plants taken from their gardens. “Come early for the best selection,” said Walt Reemtsma, president of the club.

Proceeds from the sale will be used to support community beautification projects.

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