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David Gisch is new academic dean at DMACC

WEST DES MOINES—Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Math Professor David Gisch has been named the associate academic dean of sciences at DMACC. Gisch will finish out the academic year teaching mathematics before transitioning to the new position in May.

Algona music kids leave their mark on Nashville

By Sydney Seebecker

AHS Journalism

Yee-haw! A week ago, band and choir students from AHS were given the opportunity to go on a trip to Nashville. They spent three full days exploring the city and the surrounding suburbs.

AEA support transforms life for the Nelson Family

Submitted by Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency

FENTON—The Nelson family credits the exceptional support provided by Area Education Agency (AEA) professionals for the remarkable progress and transformation in their son Silas' development journey.

Knights of Columbus #952 make donations

The Knights of Columbus #952 raised $2,660 for Annual Parish Families Against Hunger (P.F.A.H.) at a breakfast held on March 10. The Knights of Columbus Council # 952 and Divine Mercy Parish packaged food for their twin Parish in Haiti. They also had tip cups out on tables at all their events from March 2023 to March 2024. From these donations they raised $1,173 for P.F.A.H.

Learning through catapults

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Cameron Peterson creates a sturdy base for the basketball hoop he created at the Fenton Public Library. Submitted photo

Pen pals, reading fun at NU Elementary

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Fourth graders Paisley Wegner, Janae Pergande and Nora Giddings open their pen pal letters and learn about their new pals. Submitted photo

SPAC receives donations
Pedersen is 1440 citizen

The Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office is honored to recognize Beth Pedersen of Bancroft as the March 1440 Citizen of the Month. Pedersen is a kindergarten teacher at North Union Elementary and owner of the Bancroft Dance Academy.

Her nomination speaks of her service toward area children both as a teacher and dance instructor. “Beth shows these children the type of love that makes each and every one of them feel so special and that she truly cares about them”!

Bulldog Heroes

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Third grade Bulldog Heroes are from left: Collin Fuerstenau and Isaak Real.

Third grade Bulldog Heroes are from left: Holden Rasmussen, Lindsay Haning, Ashlyin Ginger, Kora Johnson, Laura Ree and Jace Foust.

Fourth grade Bulldog Heroes are from left: Amelia Reutzel, Coragan Brandt, Jace Merkel, Mikah Jordan and Zachary Bronson. Not pictured-Austin Harmon. Submitted photos


By Maggie Wartick

AHS Journalism

The FCCLA group from AHS traveled to Cedar Rapids from Sunday, March 17, through Tuesday, March 19, for State FCCLA. The members who attended include Ashley Cantu, Abby Brooks, Sydney Seebecker, Maggie Wartick, Faith Zeller, Kaitlyn Burns, Lainey Venteicher, Caitlin Louscher, Hillary Holmes, Gabby Venteicher, and Sienna Fehr. The theme of the event this year was “Walk in Their Shoes,” focusing on childhood cancer.

Seniors win! (Superstars recap)

By Ben Helmers

AHS Journalism

Superstars, with a retro theme, took place on Wednesday, March 20. It was a great day of friendly competition and taking a little break from school work.

Research farm serving Kossuth County farmers

By Meredith Nelson - ISU Extension and Outreach Program Coordinator

The Northern Research Farm Association recently held their annual meeting in Wesley. Experts from the Iowa DNR, Iowa State University (ISU), ISU Research Farms, and ISU Extension and Outreach gathered to share updates on important topics in Iowa agriculture. This provides a great opportunity to share the history of the farm and its ongoing impact.

Phillips is new private lands wildlife specialist

Conservation Districts of Iowa has hired Tom Phillips as a Private Lands Wildlife Specialist for Kossuth, Palo Alto, Humboldt and Emmet Counties. Phillips will work through local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) offices and will be an additional resource to aide landowners seeking to restore and improve wildlife habitat on their property. This position will also be able to connect landowners with conservation programs to help them achieve their business goals.

Public hearing time different than mailer

ALGONA—The Algona City Council will conduct a public hearing on the proposed fiscal year city property tax levy on April 1, 2024 at 4 p.m. in city council chambers at Algona City Hall, 112 W. Call St.

The time of the public hearing was incorrect in the information that was mailed out to Kossuth County residents.

Hunter education courses scheduled

A hunter education course has been scheduled for this spring. The course will meet on Tuesday, April 16 from 6-9 p.m., Thursday, April 18 from  6-9 p.m., and Saturday, April 20 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The Tuesday and Thursday's classes will be held at the Water's Edge Nature Center at Smith Lake. The Saturday class will be held at the Izaak Walton League across from Smith Lake. To receive certification, participants must attend all three sessions.

Keep Iowa Beautiful announces Pick-Up Iowa Program

DES MOINES—Keep Iowa Beautiful invites Iowans to join the Great American Cleanup and an estimated 3 million volunteers across the nation by removing litter from public spaces during Pick-Up Iowa which began March 11 and will end July 31.

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