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KRHC’s Dar Elbert receives national rural CEO honors

ALGONA—Kossuth Regional Health Center Chief Executive Officer Dar Elbert is being recognized as one of 80 rural hospital CEOs to know by Becker’s Hospital Review for the second year in a row.

Rural hospitals play a critical role in keeping communities safe and healthy. The CEOs leading these small but mighty healthcare organizations have worked tirelessly to continue serving patients throughout the pandemic and ensure financial stability for the future.

Cotton Grave opens office in Algona

By Kim Wegener

Features Writer


ALGONA—Cotton Grave Farm Management and Land Realty has been providing Kossuth County and the surrounding area residents with farm management and real estate services for many years through its office in Spencer.


Cink 80th


Bev Cink will celebrate her 80th birthday on February 26. Her family is planning a card shower in honor.

Cards will reach her if sent to 411 S. Hall Street, Algona, IA 50511.


Lacey 80th


Marilyn  Lacey will celebrate her 80th birthday at an open house on Saturday, February 25 from noon to 4 p.m. in the party room of the Good Samaritan in Algona.

A card shower is also planned in her honor. Cards will reach her if sent to 412 W. Kennedy Street, Algona, IA 50511.


A dozen 5th and 6th grade students from Bishop Garrigan Schools performed in the North Central Iowa Honor Choir directed by Dr. Christina Svec on Tuesday, February 14 in Algona.  They were joined on stage by approximately 200 students from other area schools.
Front, from left: Connor Plathe, Grayson Morse, Piper Roethler, Olivia Roethler, Mya Penton and Madilyn Wells.

Twin Rivers fourth and fifth graders go snowshoeing



BODE—The snow on the ground provides new opportunities and experiences for students at Twin Rivers. Each year The Water’s Edge Nature Center in Algona provides a variety of hands-on learning experiences for area students and community members. This year, on February 7, the TR fourth and fifth grade students took advantage of the snowshoeing experience. Students were taught about the history of snowshoeing.

Pops Concert at Garrigan Friday

ALGONA—A Night at the Movies will be the theme of the music performed by the band and vocal departments during the Bishop Garrigan Pops Concert on Friday, February 24.

Bleachers seats are available for the concert and tickets can be purchased at the door for the 7 p.m. concert in the Friedmann Auditorium at Bishop Garrigan High School.

Lu Verne Elementary celebrates 100 days of school


LU VERNE—Lu Verne Elementary school recently celebrated the 100th day of school with fun activities.

Principal and Superintendent Mr. Hueser announces the Students of the Month.

Second graders celebrating the 100th day of school are from left: Susan Cortez, Ayden Cortez and Isaak Real.

Students use 100 cups to build a pyramid.

Valentine Party Fun in Fenton

Lori Peterson, library director at the Fenton Public Library, said there was a great turnout for the Valentine Day party at the library on Monday, February 13 with patrons ages eight months to 12 years-old in attendance. The kids listened to a story, had a snack and visited stations with a variety of craft projects and games.

Photo above: Isyss Householder and Amelia Bollinger of Fenton concentrate on creating heart stamp creations.


Bulldog Heroes


Third grade Bulldog Heroes are from left: Gavyn Bradford, Tommy Fell, Mathias Wilson and Mason Carlson. Not pictured: Willow Steuk.

Fourth grade Bulldog Heroes are from left: Lucy Weichert, Kennedy Roberts, Lance Vonnahme, Wes Reefer, Zeb Wiita and Keagan Vaske. Submitted photos

The Bark House



ALGONA—Shelley Louwagie’s class at Algona High School is focused on being student lead and work based as well as entrepreneurial. Their first endeavour is called "The Bark House", a smoothie and tea business. “We are planning to expand with other food based options as the semester progresses,” Louwagie said.   

Diekhuis wins BINGO jackpot



On February 6, Tiffany Diekhuis won the jackpot during the Kiwanis BINGO at the Algona Senior Center. The Algona Noon Kiwanis Club hosts Bingo on the 1st and 3rd Monday nights of each month at the senior center. All ages are welcome to come and try their luck at winning some money. Submitted photo

1440 Citizen of the Month



The Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office is honored to recognize Donna Kitzinger as the February 1440 Citizen of the Month. Kitzinger has spent most of her adult life as a school teacher and although retired, she still fills in as a substitute teacher.

Special election, March 7, 2023

KOSSUTH COUNTY—Absentee ballots for the special election for the North Kossuth and North Union Community School Districts are now available at the Kossuth County Auditor’s Office. Only people living in the North Kossuth or North Union School District are eligible to vote in this election.

Individuals can vote at the Kossuth County Auditor’s Office up until 4 p.m. on Monday, March 6 or request an absentee ballot through the mail.


Schroeder 90th


A birthday party will be on Saturday, March 4 in honor of Rita Schroeder’s 90th birthday at the Lone Rock Legion from 2 to 4 p.m.

Cards will also reach her if sent 3202 60th Ave., Lone Rock, IA 50559

Birth Announcements

Emery Shea Christensen

Sean and Kayley (Thilges) of Burt announce the birth of their daughter, Emery Shea, on February 18, 2023, at the Kossuth Regional Health Center. She weighed 8 pounds, and was 20.5 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Jeff and Lisa Thilges of Whittemore. Paternal grandparents are Lance and Jennifer Christensen of Burt.

Great-grandparents are Bill and Eunice Hanson of Sergeant Bluff, and Steve and Cindy Halvorsen of Emmons, Minn.

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